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A Case of the Butterflies. . .

Beautiful to look at , but very, very dangerous from a wargaming perspective.
In light of a recent conversation I had with a wargaming friend while in Berlin, I find myself lately pondering how I might use those unused Waterloo-era Napoleonics.  These, some of you might recall, have been in careful storage since the early 2000s when I made the radical switch from 15mm to 30mm, and the Grand Duchy of Stollen project with its imaginary mid-18th century focus began.  

In theory, it all seems so simple.  So plausible.  So reasonable.  So do-able.  

Here's my thinking on all of this.  Think more like a general instead of a company officer.  Make the game a more abstract exercise.  Use the hundreds of figures I have painted already, transfer them to small, square basswood bases, and paint up the few remaining that I might still need.  The figures become purely symbolic, a dozen or so (for infantry) representing various divisions and, in a few cases, brigades.  Each base can then be modeled…

Home Again. . .

The recently released Hay Wagon from Black Hussar Miniatures.  Tempting, don't you think?
Well, Sir, we finally made it through our front door just after 9pm last night (Saturday) after something like 24 hours awake and in transit.  I immediately put the Young Master and his teddy bear "Bear" to bed while the Grand Duchess made me some fresh coffee, and then I quickly unloaded our suitcases from the car.  Ahhhhhh. . .  Travel is fun, but getting there and back is always an ordeal given the indignities of modern airports, jetliners, and related activities.  The Grand Duchess and I sat and chatted for a few minutes, and then hit the hay.  I'd bet we were both asleep before our heads hit the pillow.  I finally woke at about 7am this morning, so I am more or less back on a regular sleep-wake schedule it seems.

"Wonderful, Stokes, old man," you might say, "Fascinating.  But what about your residence in Berlin?"  An interesting time to say the least, and …

Summering outside Königsberg with Irwin-Amadeus II and Hives. . .

Gelbensande Manor outside Rostock, Germany, masquerading here as the country home of the Grand Duke's cousin, one Bernhard 'Bumby' von Tempelhof.