Tuesday, 23 May 2017

New Arrivals

A big box full of painted goodies arrived today. Including Turkish Janissaries, Prussian Dragoons, Prussian grenadiers, Prussian vignette, Russian NCOs, Prussian IR24 centre stand to go with the vignette I made and painted earlier in the year.
This latest Orta now gives us sufficient action type Janissaries.
I have included a photo of the new Orta, plus a photo taken many years ago before these new janissaries were cast, showing the splendour of owning an Ottoman army. Lastly a photo of that vignette of Field Marshal von Schwerin.
John
 
 
 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Something Smaller

Made this 20mm figure today. Sort of a generic 20mm 18th Century infantryman.
I have shown a few other figures for size comparison.
 
I will in the future make a few more figures and include them in a master mould. Then with the castings produce a range of Austrians/French/Prussian/Russian/British etc
 
I think this will be the future figure size for 18th Century gamers who wish to game in the Grand Manner with massed armies.
John
 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Welcome to the Military Gentleman's Webpage

Some years ago, following a series of articles shown on the internet of a campaign that I had completed, an American lady called Marcia contacted me regarding her ancestor who had been mentioned in a number of the engagements. This led to many conversations, emails and paperwork crossing the ‘big pond’.

It soon became apparent that, as a result of our correspondence, we had the material and the background to this character to turn his story into a publication. And so, with Marcia’s blessing, ‘The Travels and Adventures of an Officer of the 18th Century’ was born. The work, which is written as an adventure story, covers the earlier part of his military life.

The second part of the book is an extensive gallery of over 100 pages, including a number of double-page landscapes, allowing many of the models in the collection to be shown separately, along with photographs of other miniatures that are not included within the main story. 

The project has taken about seven years, from concept to publication.  Figures had to be made and painted, and models constructed to create the period backdrops in keeping with this amazing story. With the help of many friends, I have now completed the book, and it is now available.


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The book has 300 pages, and this first limited edition (of 500 numbered copies) will be produced in large format (305mm by 230mm), on high quality 170gsm silk paper, cased in wibalin over 3mm boards, for a high-value production.

The binding is sewn litho to ensure stylish reproduction and because there are a number of double-page spread photographs. The unique inclusion of two ribbons will allow you the reader to keep an eye on the gallery section whilst at the same time enjoying the main story!

About the Photos

The pictures shown within the text of this webpage are merely "snaps" and do not appear in the book itself. (For an example of the professional photographs within the book, see the picture of the flags at the foot of this page).
Most pages of the book are illustrated with original pen and ink drawings, specially commissioned military artwork, and professional photographs of model soldiers. In total there are more than 500 images throughout the book, covering:
  • the Russian /Ottoman Wars,
  • Wars in Western Europe,
  • the Bavarian Succession,
  • and the conflict in America, culminating in the Wars with France and Spain. 

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Within the book, there are:
  • full-scale, pitched battles
  • skirmishes
  • duels
  • naval engagements 
  • and sieges
involving regular troops from the main protagonists of the 18th century world; and irregular troops, from Ottomans to North American Indians.

Please note:
This book is not for those who want a set of games rules, or a series of "how to" articles; but it is for those collectors who appreciate the fine art of beautiful model soldiers and armies in wonderful settings, including extensively detailed model towns and cities.

How do I acquire the book?

Go to the Book Order tab/button on the navigation bar above, and follow the process on that page, and you will receive the book within just a few days.



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Thank you for your interest.

Best wishes

John