Sunday, 3 December 2017

Over the Hump


The 18th Infantry are sent to guard the river crossing.

Having been banished from the office with a heavy cold, there was nothing else for it but to finish the 18th Infantry Regiment, aka "Wellington Man's Own". An extra incentive was also provided by the arrival by super-extra-speedy post of a pair of superb resin bridges, courtesy of Mr Hind. I've no idea who manufactured them, but they fit my old Napoleonics perfectly.


Herr Major:  "Zey shall not pass!" 

My sincere thanks to everyone for encouraging me to get them done. I'm not sure why my enthusiasm for these chaps began to wane, as they've turned out so much better than I dared hope. I think it must be a combination of the outbreak of good weather (it really has been lovely these last couple of weeks) and a lull in my work stress. I've been floating on a cloud of contentment ever since I came back from Oz. This was not good for productivity, evidently.


However, there was nothing doing so they went back home again.
Christmas, on the other hand, is shaping up to be rather stressful....there have been mutterings about "going to see my sisters" and some sort of vast inter-clan gathering in the South Island. I may have to paint an awful lot of Frenchmen to get over this.

WM

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  1. They are a very handsome unit, well done.

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  2. Lovely shiny toys...
    Well worth the effort...

    All the best. Aly

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  3. Thank you chaps. This may be the end of my funny-looking Prussians for a while. I really need to do some more proper regulars.

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  4. Phew, they made it. I never doubted they would be stars. A brilliant and unique unit. Who knew that going to Oz led to euphoria? Visiting sisters, eh? I look forward to a deluge of really glossy types.

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    1. It may have been relief at getting back out again alive, Archduke - much like visiting the South Island, now I come to think about it.

      Glad you like the troops. If they stood in front of a grey windmill they'd be completely invisible.

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  5. Another fine unit Matt, and a beauty of a hand painted flag.

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    1. I had to confront my fear of those big black crosses eventually, Lee. I might try to use an acrylic pen for the lettering in the future, however.

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    1. Thank you, Stokes. I'm trying not too be too proud of them lest they suffer the fate of my Vistula Lancers.

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  7. They look great. I hope your x-mas isn´t too stressfull and doesn´t give you the hump :-)

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    1. It could be worse, Paul. It could've been my sisters. Now that would be truly terrifying.

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  8. Another great unit, I've also just spotted that you vary the hair colour on your figures; just going that extra mile eh?
    Noting your family and painting plans I would just offer a word of caution about having those French-types anywhere near your womenfolk.

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    1. With all those different shades of brown I was mixing up, it would have been a shame not to, Rob!

      I'm going all out for French panache in the New Year.

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  9. Very nice, a very impressive first picture, great job!

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    1. Thank you, Phil. I've been searching for the right bridge for years!

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  10. Very nice indeed. Well worth the wait!

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    1. Cheers, Tony. I think one of the things irking me about these was that they are "off plan", i.e. not part of Wallmoden's army!

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    2. No plan survives contact with the lead mountain.

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    3. It's been more like a lead volcano this year, Rob.

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  11. A fine looking unit you have there. But will they fight. When will these boys be getting a game ?

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    1. Good questions, Mark. The traditional Yuletide JC-WM Annual Stoush (well, it's happened once, anyway) might be the time to find out. If they run away while JC is commanding them I'll have no complaints.

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  12. Excellent unit, bravo.

    Paul

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  13. Reminds me a bit of early war ACW Confederates. A fine looking unit and a credit to your creativity!

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    1. Thank you, LG. I wouldn't have attempted this if you hadn't dared me to do it the first place.

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    2. Though, when I look at them I do imagine them singing Hey Ho Hey Ho its off to work I go! as they cross that bridge.

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    3. They do have a rather cheery, aspect, don't they LG! Singing, however, was forbidden lest they wake up the Troll.

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  14. Very nice Matt but I do hope they have been ordered to break step to avoid any damage to that bridge!

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    1. They have indeed, Ian, not least because getting their feet wet would make them fall off their bases.

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