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A Morale Class Question: Where to Put Croats, Pandours, and Freibattalions???

Austrian pandours, circa 1742.  These might provide an interesting painting reference for 15 or so Minden figures that have been lurking in the leadpile unpainted, as yet, for a number of years now.

Soliciting input this Sunday morning from any visitors to the GD of S who care to comment.  In the ongoing tinkering with my moral rules, I am still not quite certain where to put the aforementioned troops on the A-E continuum.  I know that such troops could be very deadly and cutthroat in the right circumstances, yet run away all too easily in others.  Somehow making them D or E class doesn't seem quite the thing though, so I need some more informed guidance.  What are your views and the reasoning behind them?  Thank you in advance

-- Stokes
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Stuart Asquith RIP. . .

 The now departed author and hobby personality playing a colonial game in 1978.  No hiding the width of neckties from that era!

Another one of the hobby greats, Stuart Asquith, passed away during the weekend.  While we never met (I am on the wrong side of the Atlantic), I was fortunate enough to exchange a couple of short emails with him 10 or 12 years ago when he was involved with a blog about all things Charge!

Said blog was managed by four or five UK hobbyists during the wave of enthusiasm that followed the 2006 Sittangbad and 2007 Mollwitz refights at Partizan in the U.K. just as hobby and imagination blogging took off in a big way.  Sadly, the blog disappeared pretty quickly, but it was a real blast interacting with Stu even if only briefly and in passing.  He was very personable and humble in his emails to me, expressing surprise that a stranger in the U.S. had an inkling of who he was.

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Early November Tae Kwon Do Style. . .

The Young Master (left) spars with his more advanced opponent (right) during the Friday evening belt test.  The 50+ children and adults were put through their paces during the 90-minute event.  I can't recall ever seeing Paul so sweaty!
Our son The Young Master, who wrestles with Autism Spectrum Disorder, earned his yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do during a grueling belt test early Friday evening.  I am so proud of him that I can hardly speak without getting teary.

-- Stokes

The Young Master, in his grizzly bear costume, gets his new belt tied by The Grand Duchess at the belt ceremony this morning.  A trick-or-treat session followed for the children with a covered dish lunch after that.

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A Second Solo Painting Challenge Takes Shape. . .

Another great old Knoetel illustration, detailing soldiers from a few of Frederick's free infantry formations.

Not much happening in the way of toy soldiering the last several weeks, but that does not mean I have been completely idle either.  Just busy thinking, as we are wont to do, about what might be next in the painting queue.

For a long time, I have intended to assemble a small -- semi-fictitious -- Freicorps of troops comprised of various arms.  Strike while the iron is hot say I!  Or at least still warm.  Ok, tepid.  But in the wake of considerable summertime painting and tabletop activity, it seemed like an opportune time to do that in the interest of keeping The Grand Duchy of Stollen project moving forward with a fall and winter painting challenge.  

After a few evenings down here in Zum Stollenkeller having a look through the leadpile, here's what I'm considering.  Besides a squadron of recently purchased Minden Uhlans (14 figures and horses), I have dug…