Sunday, 26 April 2009
Inspired by yesterday's photo I have decided to make a standing Mountain infantry man with skis. I hope to post a picture of the completed figure this week.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Of late I have started to research the Romanian Army via the Internet. I expected to find little but have found loads of fascinating information- from ammo carrying dogs to mountain troops with plumed headgear like Italians and plenty more beside...
Watch this space for updates. I have posted this picture as a taster.
Monday, 20 April 2009
This is the maxim machinegun and crew wearing the field grey uniform and experimental helmets.
Also I post a photo of one of army Red/White's superb signal troops. He is in the act of releasing his pigeon -no doubt carrying an important message to HQ.
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
What I cannot find is photographs of the Mountain troops in winter gear and/or with skis. I have photos of them using horse drawn sledges for transportation but no skis. Anyone able to help...
Monday, 13 April 2009
The black and white photo depicts some Swiss Landwher . I like the figure with the large beard and also the chap with the stick- no doubt to help climb these steep mountain paths. A charming photo with much interest- I trust you will find it interesting too.
Friday, 10 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
I collected the old composition Elastolin figures of the Swiss army of 1970 vintage as well as the historical 40mm hard plastic ones- Romans,Landsknects etc. I still have many to this day ,and countless moves later.
So I built upon this with books about the Swiss army as I grew older . Books which showed fascinating pictures of the Swiss Army in 1912 ( the so called Kaisermanouvers) WW1 and WW2. Thus my appetite grew. Many interests ( as we all do) came and went,were revisited or forgotten. The Swiss remained. All that was needed was a catalyst- in my case FLW being in a toysoldier magazine some time ago. I loved the article and the H G Wellsian pluck of Paul Wright. I emailed him,joined the Yahoo group in time and awaited the rules with enthusiasm. Now I have begun the army and look forward to 2013 and the Centenary competition that is planned. However their are lashings of fun to be had in the world of FLW before them I'll wager...
The rules bring the spirit of H G Wells and the halcyon days of wargaming right into our midst for 2009 and beyond.
I intend to chart here my collecting of Army Red/White - Switzerland in the "real" world . It is hoped that other armies will appear here too.
Also I intend to present period photographs, drawings and other information about the armies of the period leading up to the great War.
I do hope you will join us again and I await your comments with interest...