Friday, July 5, 2013

What would you like to see next?

Let me know and I will see what we can do.

Well, I am really back this time...

Things have been quite hectic/ depressing/  traumatic/ (insert adjective here) over the last 10 months. This is the first time I have been back to the blog. Good to see that there are still hits every day!

Just when I thought I had all things sorted in October they came back with a vengeance. On top of it all now.  Things will get better around here. Time to start dusting out the place.

Friday, October 12, 2012

I'm Back!

Let's leave it at that... Time to rebuild this place :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Golconda Miniatures Available at Salute!

Nic from Eureka will be attending Salute 2012, in the UK, on 21 April. Unfortunately, he won't be taking more than a few samples of the range, unless you pre-order.

If you are interested please contact Nic by this link or me through the blog, or by email gwz"at" (usual thing about replacing "at" etc to stop spammers).

Further info regarding Salute can be found here


Friday, February 24, 2012


Well, not quite that bad, but I have been in a hole of late. I need a good holiday or something...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A disappointing book...

Military Flags of India from the Earliest Times was very promising when I read the review. Unfortunately for my purposes there was not a lot of interest. To be honest, there was nothing  of interest. The book was published by BR Publishing of Delhi in 2011. There are 126 pages of text and 64 plates.

There are 16 pages of text dealing with Moghul flags and two disappointing plates:

The strength of this book is for the post British period, dealing at length with flags of the modern Indian armed forces. 35 of the 64 plates outline those flags. There is one (1) flag relating to the Mutiny. Essentially, all the other flags relate to the ancient and early medieval period. Many of the plates, other than those of the modern period, are black and white.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Military Uniforms in the Netherlands

I purchased this book from On Military Matters in the hope that there were illustrations of the Dutch East Indies troops. Unfortunately, there weren't...unless you want troops such as naval personnel.Nonetheless, I can always use the information for a "what if" where European troops are transferred to the Indies.

Having said that, this book is great. It certainly lives up to its title -Military Uniforms in the Netherlands. But not outside of it. A large proportion of the illustrations can be found at online sites, such as the Vinkhuijzen collection atthe New York Public Library. The book, however, has a nice text and is set out in a way so much easier than searching online, at least for me : )

The book is 320 pages with approximtely 200 colour pictures of contemporary drawings and illustrations. It is bound in linen and is 30cm x 26 cm. From the back cover:

In 1903, the Military Historical Archive in the Netherlands inherited a large quantity of source material. In this legacy was a volume of illustrations of Dutch military uniform coats, dating from the second half of the eighteenth century, and a series of drawings of uniforms made by Duncan Macalester Loup (1751-1812). Both items are currently in possession of the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH). Owing to their great detail and colourful rendition, these illustrations are one of the treasures of the Institute’s collection.  
With the publication of this book, the Institute and the Netherlands Army Museum have made this remarkable part of the Netherlands’ military heritage accessible to a wide audience. 

This is a great book if you are interested in the period. It also contains information that I haven't seen elsewhere, but alas no information regarding flags.

There are three editions - Dutch, German and English. The Dutch version is 69 euro, with the others slightly more expensive. Postage is a killer : )