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 : )


Friday, January 20, 2012

Weapons - In scale or exaggerated?

I was asked a few questions today about the size of the weaponry for the figures. I was informed that they were "far too small." I did explain that the weapons are in scale for the figures.

This did get me thinking though. I certainly prefer weapons in scale, although there is a limit to that in order to prevent breakages. But what would you prefer? Weapons in scale, or exaggerated slightly?


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Golconda Miniatures List of Codes

I was nearly going to call this a catalogue, but thought that might be too presumptuous!

Anyway, for those who would like to order any of my figures from Eureka (and thankyou to all that have!), here are the codes:

100GOL001 Sepoy marching
100GOL002 Sepoy officer
100GOL003 Sepoy drummer
100GOL004 Sepoy standard bearer
100GOL005 Regular cavalry

100GOL020 Cavalry charging
100GOL021 Officer on foot

100GOL030 Archers
100GOL031 Swordsman
100GOL032 Matchlockmen

100GOL040 Sepoy marching
100GOL041 Sepoy officer
100GOL042 Sepoy drummer
100GOL043 Sepoy standard bearer

100GOL050 Moghul officer on foot

Rank and file are in multiple variants within a code. Officers , standard bearers and musicians are currently one pose per code. The figures are available from Rob at Eureka US and Nic at Eureka Australia.

More coming soon! Let me know what you would like to see.