Being a little country our international infrastructure does not have a great depth. Case in point being a couple of weeks ago when a farmer decided to do some digging on his farm and took out the only pipeline which brings aviation fuel from the Marsden Point refinery to the rest of the country. This meant that international flights were severely curtailed. On one of those flights was my latest package containing my Napoleonic/18th century purchases. Anyway....2 weeks late they are safe on my book shelf.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Got home from mowing, hacking and mulching up at our holiday house and found these on the door step. Another 10-ish titles still in transit. Pretty sure McMillan publishers have my picture on their fridge at work. I am branching out a little in to the Seven Years War and British Empire in India. As of now however , I am going to focus on getting my Austrian figures together for a possible 2018 Jan start.
The cool thing about this weekend was that I was able to get some reading done. Right now I'm reading Citizen Emperor by Philip Dwyer. Napoleon from Dwyer's perspective was a megalomaniac and an opportunist who was also a pretty crappy general. Not sure I agree with Dwyer but he has certainly put in the research and presents a compelling line of argument. I guess the "romantic" Napoleon of the mid to late Eighteenth century is the image that I am most comfortable with.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
My Father's Day church model was a snap together without glue affair. When finished, it was a really imposing model. Tonight, I got out my half forgotten paints to see what colour scheme it might have. I think it is modelled on some sort of Italian church. Not ever having been to that part of the world myself, I have to fall back on my deep knowledge of NZ church architecture. I did actually attend church occasionally as a kid and I want this model to feel as cold and oppressive as the Anglican church next door to my old house.
In the second shot, you can see a Revell American Revolutionary War figure a long way from home knocking on the door for spiritual guidance. Perhaps he speaks Italian.
Monday, September 4, 2017
The Peninsula War Atlas is a real tome and comes with its own cover. Real nice for the coffee table if I had any friends to gaze lovingly at it. My wife and daughter just looked at it at laughed. The other is a regimental history of the 9th Infantry Battalion. Looks pretty cool also.
Monday, August 28, 2017
This year seems to be destined to be a year of buildings and books. Not a single figure paintbrush on the horizon. On Sunday I steered by wife down to Toy World where she bought my Father's Day present. I've had my eye on thus model for a while and even though I have other church models I thought it might go well with the Italieri stone house I made last year. The model has mixed reviews but I still think it is quite an imposing capture point on a table. We'll see how it turns out over the next few weeks.