“What is OSW for?” asked Henry Hyde yesterday, exasperated that so few had asked about or commented on the battle reports about and wonderful photos of the recent Bailen game between him and John Preece.
I don’t know about any of you, but my conscience hurt a bit after reading Henry’s comments, and I'm a bit sheepish for not replying at OSW sooner. Suffice to say, since the game along with subsequent reports and photos involved a Napoleonic battle and BIG units, I was definitely intrigued. Still, I decided to wait before posting any questions or remarks at OSW.
As for my reservation about posting more copious comments, well, I suppose I put in my two cents (desired or not) at OSW fairly often. Sometimes a few members are nice enough to reply to my queries and/or observations. Most often though, there’s not a word. That’s ok, I don’t have self-esteem issues. But now and then, I have the distinct feeling that I'm not quite on the same page with some of the regular contributors to the OSW discussions. Maybe that's just me?
But, it does seem at times like it’s the same 10 or 15 guys posting there, and, given the lack of response to many of my own and others’ messages, that it’s a fairly closed circle. No, that’s not intended as my gauntlet thrown down on the ground at the collective feet of other OSW members, it’s simply an observation. And I enjoy regular visits to that group anyway, seeing what new photos and files have been added along with new/continuing discussion topics.
In any case, I've become apprehensive in recent weeks about posting my thoughts and questions at OSW too frequently because I worry that others might feel that I'm somehow dominating the exchanges, or, worse, that my postings are somehow irrelevant, and my queries or remarks are simply being tolerated -- albeit politely. As I noted yesterday at OSW, sometimes too it's nice to sit back and see what others have to say without hogging the floor. That's part of what the Grand Duchy of Stollen blog is for after all!
The other reason that I now try to keep fairly silent involves a less pleasant bit of information I learned, through Henry, during September or October, when I posed a question on the OSW board about the rule set Playable Napoleonic Wargames. It seems the author is in all kinds of trouble for engaging in rather nasty and illegal activities with minors in
Needless to say, you could have heard a pin drop at OSW, figuratively speaking, in the wake of my query and Henry’s bombshell reply. I was terribly embarrassed for even asking the question in the first place, once I learned about the situation. So, it just seemed like a good idea to keep a lower profile most of the time at OSW. Maybe my embarrassment is needless, but it’s how I felt at the time – and, to some extent, still do. But on to more pleasant things.
What's the purpose of the OSW group? Well, to me it's a place to share enthusiasm for our respective and related interests first and foremost: painting and collecting military miniatures, especially, but not exclusively, 18th century and Napoleonic. Second, the OSW discussion board is a place to look at and learn more about all of those great old figure lines plus information on the various and sundry old school wargamers/authors. Finally, it's somewhere to enjoy the painting and gaming efforts of others. And let's not forget that the imaginary countries some of us develop and discuss at OSW are equally stimulating -- along with the engaging narratives that still others share occasionally. Off the top of my head, these are the things that keep me going back to OSW again and again.
So here's a related “old school” figure question for those of you who drop by the Grand Duchy of Stollen fairly regularly. Steep prices notwithstanding, I‘ve become fascinated by the Holger Ericsson 30mm wargame figures, and I think they might conceivably work well to plug a few holes in the limited Revell 1/72 SYW range that I use. So, I'd like to know much more about Holger Ericsson and his work than the little I’ve been able to dig up on the web.
Who among you can share their knowledge about these wonderful little miniatures, or suggest where I might turn to learn more myself? And how in the world did Mr. Ericsson carve his masters from wood? By the way, my thanks to the Duke of Alzheim, Greg Horne, for informing me that the H.E. master figures were not carved from wax as I previously beleived! Don't know where I got that idea. . .
On that same note, any ideas on whatever became of these wooden master figures? What were the original molds themselves made from? H.E. also created the masters for at least some of the original 18th century Spencer Smith figures, right? So, what are the measurements of the H.E. 30mm wargame figures from base to eye? More generally, how does one end up in a profession like Mr. Ericsson's, designing figures for a living?
So far, no one at OSW has responded to these same questions. So any knowledge you regular visitors here might be able to impart would be greatly appreciated. Since my undergraduate and graduate studies centered on Scandinavian languages and literature, I guess I'm just naturally drawn to these Swedish figures. It’s inevitable. I might even just have to order a 30 figure regiment of charging heavy cavalry eventually!