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Stollen: 1/72 Renaissance Wargame Blog
Absolutely nothing happening hobby-wise since my last post at the start of the month. Running up to the end of the semester now with final class meetings next week, final student projects, reviewing scholarship applications, and trying to write a conference presentation in there somewhere. Sigh. But I did learn about a new blog, or rather a recently resumed blog (started way back in 2008) that might be of interest to those of you with a particular interesting in sculpting and/or painting your figures. Check out Making Miniatures, which has all kinds of interesting discussion on the topic. Ok, back to the salt mines for yours truly.
Please forgive me if this is old news, but I have only just stumbled across this particular book, and thought that it might be nice to share the news with anyone else who might have an interest in the subject. If any of you have searched in vain for the out-of-print Instrument of War by Christopher Duffy, you'll have noticed that the book has appreciated since it first appeared. To the tune of several hundred US dollars, and in a few cases, copies of said book exceed US$1000. Um. . . right.
While I consider the Grand Duchess and myself to be quite comfortable at this point in our lives, I cannot imagine dropping quite that much on a single used book. So, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Duffy has a new (revised?) edition on the Austrian Army of the Seven Years War period due out this fall. If, like me, your pockets are not infinitely deep, this might be an interesting and useful addition to your library. Instrument of War will become available on Amazon in Early November 2018, and you can place an advance order here.
For one, I have already overindulged in jellybeans and chocolate (Blagh!), and Easter is not until tomorrow. In any case, if you observe, have a delightful East Sunday and holiday.
Not very much happening here in the Grand Duchy of Stollen the last several weeks. After Spring Vacation at the start of the month, it has been hard to get started again down here in Zum Stollenkeller for one reason or another. But a much needed boost to my hobby spirits arrived Friday afternoon. And only about five years late.
A few weeks ago, you might imagine how surprised I was to see that a company of John Ray's A Military Gentleman (2013) had popped up in my Ebay feed in very good condition and at a very inexpensive rated. I still cannot quite fathom why someone in possession of such a book, and having gone to the retail expense of purchasing it when new, would wish to part with it, but mine is not to reason why. I made an offer to the seller and procured the book for far less than the original asking price. It took a while for the book to arrive, and for a while I feared that it was all some kind of ruse, but AMG finally turned up Friday. No clue as to original owner, but copy #400 now has pride of place on the lower shelf of my beside table.
The set-up of the book is, in a word, wonderful. The military biography of one Major John Welch is presented, illustrated by hundreds of lavish photographs of John Ray's fantabulous (there really is no other word) collection of period figures, flags, and terrain, as he bounced first from the North American colonies, to the Balkans, to Central Europe, to Russia, and back to the Americas. My particular favorite parts of the book are the late R.J. Marrion's illustrations throughout as well as any number of rough pencil sketches and the galleries of additional photographs in the rear third of the book. It really was a case of dumb luck stumbling onto this particular copy at an affordable price, and I will certainly hang onto it for the rest of my time on this earth. And who knows? It might be just the sort of thing that helps kindle a more serious interest in model soldiers for the Young Master, who lately is more interested in how engines and various other sorts of mechanical things work. Still, you never know as Michael Caine might say.