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A Few Doctored Photos from the Recent Grand Review. . .


A few reprisals of some of last Saturday's photographs after sharpening, automatic levels adjustment, brightening, and cropping.  I hope you might enjoy looking these over once again.

-- Stokes











Comments

Paul Robinson said…
All looking very splendid and something to be proud of. Excellent.
Pierre le Poilu said…
I love the "homemade" village and the mix of figure manufacturers. Really good to see.
Robbie Rodiss said…
Stokes,
Its great to see lots of painted figures marching sedately across a wargames table, well done.
Mark Nichipor said…
Your lay out and scenic are fantastic. The parade of troops inspired. Thank you for sharing.
Phil said…
What a wonderful village, love the superb last picture!
warpaintjj said…
The buildings are charming and your armies impressive.
For me the fields don't work without the context of a hedge or fence or even access from a road or adjoining a farm.
If time permitted I would persue this period as well as my beloved Napoleonics!
Have a great year Sir. Best wishes,
Jeremy
What a beautiful looking game! All the different colours of building, and the clean geometric lines make it seem like a work of art as much as it looks like a wargame.
I do like the 'Charles Grant' simple building and painting techniques, yet each with its individual character. Your battlefields look splendidly simple - and simply splendid.
Fitz-Badger said…
Wow, you have quite a city going there! And well-populated with soldiers and civilians. The style of the buildings and other terrain goes well with your style of painting figures, too. It's all reminiscent of the hand-colored etched prints of battle scenes, vignettes on maps, etc., of the era.
Wellington Man said…
I'm lost in admiration for your amazing and beautiful creations, Stokes. Wonderful and inspirational. Many thanks, WM
David said…
Very impressive! I envy you your splendid armies and set up.

Cheers,

David.

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