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The Moving Forward Mindset. . .

After the Battle of Hohenfriedburg by Carl Roechling.  Just about my favorite illustration of 18th century troops.  An argument in favor of oversized standards, colors, and guidons for our tabletop troops if ever there were one.


Sadly,  this particular weekend -- as feared since the school year kicked off for all three of us here in The Grand Duchy two weeks ago -- leaves little time for soldiering here after about three delightful months of, for yours truly at least, a reasonable degree of painting, modelling, and actual gaming.  As will, no doubt be very familiar to many of you coming out of summer holidays and vacation time, you still have to get the same amount of things done with 35-40+ fewer hours of formerly free time each week.  

For me, it's mowing the lawn when it dries out enough outside and prep for Monday's classes, plus all of the usual family stuff, which have left precious little time for myself over the last couple of days. Sigh.

Still, onward and upward, eh?  Lately, I've been thinking a lot about Austrian flags of the WAS-era.  Great stuff, and when I get around to painting more Minden Austrian infantry in 'white' (always a contentious subject), I plan to select three German regiments that had facing colors other than red and give 'em all the older, more varied flag patterns. 


I've got a set of Pete's Flags in a drawer somewhere and also scanned them into a pdf file when I purchased them a couple of years ago, since I prefer my flags on white printer paper, which is much easier to shape, furl, and over-paint (ala Jim Purky's method) once dry.  But all of that's still down the road apiece.

If I manage to find any spare time today (Sunday), I've got a new squadron of the Minden Bosniaken to sort out and move in the direction of painting preparations.  One more squadron of those RSM95 French cuirassiers in bearskins to finish glossing too.   


It's all well and good to read and daydream about what one might do next, and that is an enjoyable and even vital part of our hobby, but it doesn't get the figures painted, glossed, and on the table any sooner.  Gotta keep the ongoing Grand Duchy of Stollen project on the rails and moving forward this school year with actual production even if that is slowed and more limited somewhat by the usual onslaught of daily Life.

Speaking of which, it's almost 10am here now, and I am off to make Sunday breakfast for The Grand Duchess and The Young Master.

-- Stokes

Comments

warpaintjj said…
Same story here Stokes,

my wife & three daughters all go back to school or university any day too.
I hold out the usual hope of an Indian Summer here, I am usually rewarded.
Gaming & painting will pick up I think in my case.

Very best wishes,

Jeremy

PS lovely illustration!
Der Alte Fritz said…
...in other words what your saying is that Wargaming is your hobby. It relaxes you, gives you things to do that can keep you busy at times, and it brings you lots of enjoyment. Sounds good to me. 😎
I have always made my flags overscale, unless they are large flags anyway. The British Napoleonic and ACW Union flags being roughly 6 foot square needn't be enlarged at all in scale, but I find that the 4foot square and even smaller flags of the Confederacy really do gain presence by expansion.
Yes, yes, and yes! The RSM figures are now all completely glossed and stowed away until a later action on the tabletop and, no doubt, a few Kodak moments.

Best Regards,

Stokes

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