A discursive look at Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, plus a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Lancelot? - 1000 and still rambling

The flow of finished staff officers is merely a dribble at present - Chateau Foy is being painted on a grand scale, so there are more rollers in evidence than No.1 brushes. This is all good - we now realise that our lovely white house had acquired a definite shade of pale green.


However, here's one new arrival. This is the first of the figures for the new-format "Marshal Marmont" command stand - the castings are from Hagen - the rider is from a useful pack of assorted ADCs and the horse, I believe, is a Turkish Crimean horse, but it is fine. It is a well known fact [bluff] that French ADCs were much given to Turkish military fashion - or was it Egyptian? Whatever - it's fine.

This is one of Marmont's aides - he might be 2nd Lt Lancelot-Meunier, of the 15e Chasseurs (sadly I do not know his first name), who was on Marmont's personal staff at Los Arapiles - he adds a bit more colour and variety to the army. It is not inappropriate to have a Lancelot in my Peninsular War collection - the brigade commander for King Joseph's Guard is a General Merlin, after all, and the British Big Boss is a bloke named Arthur, so it all fits together nicely.

Lancelot's companions will be along shortly - they are undercoated and ready for their treatment.


I am surprised to learn that this is my 1000th post on this blog. For anyone who reads this stuff on any kind of regular basis, I can only offer my sincere thanks and my sympathy - I really didn't expect to have this much to say. As a monument to self-indulgence and rambling verbosity it is not without significance, I guess. As my late cousin used to say, "I hadn't realised you could pile it so high". Back in the beginning, the blog was described as "discursive" - a term which was maybe not without a faint pejorative resonance.

Spot on!

14 comments:

  1. Nice figure that Lance! And hugged congrats for the 1000 post?

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    1. Thanks Ray - I usual play down (or fail to notice) landmarks like this, but 1000 posts is a bit sobering - what a windbag!

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  2. I'm just over 100, Foy, and thought I was doing well. Clearly not.

    A very nicely executed figure.

    Wm

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    1. Thank you WM - I am enjoying the luxury of doing a series of one-off custom staff figures - it gives me an opportunity to take extra trouble to get the piping straight(ish) and the buttons there-or-thereabouts, an effort which would oppress me greatly for full battalions!

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  3. I didn't realise that (still) rankled, meant as a compliment...

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    1. No rankling here - now or previously - I have always taken it as a compliment. I thought the word was - how do you say? - apposite, which is why I adopted it for the subheading. A couple of readers have pointed out that "discursive" has gradually become sort of synonymous with "unfocused", and wondered why I had such a self-deprecating banner. I regard this as sloppy modern usage, and - even if it really did mean this - I would find it amusing enough to hang onto it anyway.

      The cheque is in the mail.

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  4. Tony, congratulations on crossing the 1,000 post milestone. Quite an accomplishment. There rarely seems to be a dull moment at Chateau Foy. I have enjoyed following every step of your journey.

    Good show and here's to the next 1,000!

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    1. Thanks, Jon, for your support. I shall always wear it.

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  5. Tony, that really is impressive, both the ADC and the number of posts!

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  6. Best blog I've frequented. Congrats on the 1000th post and cheers for introducing me to the joy of hex.

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  7. Keep going - I'm sure you can pile it higher still!

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  8. I was a bit confused by an ADC having a lance until I put my glasses on and saw that its was a paintbrush in behind him....

    Anyway congrats on a 1,000 posts.

    As for "self-indulgence and rambling verbosity", speaking strictly as a blogger, I'm all for it.

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  9. Thank you all, gentlemen, for positive messages - I shall crack on with the next 1000, immediately...

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