Old Stuff Day

old stuff

March 2 is Old Stuff Day.  OK, so I’m a day late here in New Zealand, but as it is still March 2 in some parts of the world (I’m looking at you, America!), I think I’m still alright to post this.

So, what is Old Stuff Day?

“On this day, each blogger can go through their history and find posts that they’d like to shake the dust off and present again to the community at large. Some suggestions for content that would be good to post: 

– Posts that you considered special that didn’t receive as much attention as you thought they deserved

– Content that people liked in the past, but haven’t seen recently

– Posts you might have created before your site received much traffic, and now deserve to be reshown

– Or any content you’re particularly proud of!”

So here’s some of the old stuff on my blog that I’m particularly proud of:

Trumpeting on about my forebear

This was the first in a series of posts that I did on my family history. While reading other people’s family histories can sometimes be a little boring, I thought this particular character in my lineage would be fascinating to others besides myself – especially on a military history/wargaming site – as he was a trumpeter in Napoleon’s army.

Uniform of a trumpetter of the 12th Draggons

More on my father’s Dutch war service

As the title suggests, this was the second of a couple of postings about my dad. I thought this might be of interest to my mainly Anglo-centic readers, as my Dad’s war service was in one of the smaller European players of WW2.

My father is on the left of this picture, in the front row.  Note the red cross emblem on his collar, showing his service in the Medical Troops.

A fantastic landscape diorama – and I do mean fantastic

This posting constantly sits in the list of my most visited postings.   It features an amazing diorama in the Netherlands.  I think it is particularly inspirational in showing the effectiveness of the dimension of height in a diorama – so often they are very flat.

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One of the nicest wargames terrains I’ve ever seen

This is another much-visited posting, again on terrain.  It was instrumental in starting one the most popular wargaming blogs around. My posting featured Joe’s amazing Old West town, and it got so many hits that Joe realised he was missing out on something not having his own blog, and thus Colonel O’Truth’s Miniature Issues was born.

Joetown4_sepia

My Minden miniatures finally based

This posting was one of quite a number about my ongoing project to paint 18th century army along the lines of the movie Barry Lyndon. The pictures in this posting came out rather well, I thought, despite just being posed on my old painting board in the garden.

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My Barry Lyndon armies

And this is the post in which I first established my Barry Lyndon ‘imagi-nation’. I refer to this posting quite often to remind myself what I had in mind for this project, and to re-inspire myself with the magic of the movie.

Gale's Regiment of Foot in the movie 'Barry Lyndon'

Photos of finished colonial New Zealand wars figures and terrain

This posting includes some of my favourite shots of my New Zealand Wars armies.  The model kiwi terrain in the background of some of the shots also caught people’s interest.

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A pirate’s life for me

This posting features a niche period I’ve dabbled in, and that has been a lot of fun. Many visitors to my blog obviously also share my delight with pirates (however nasty they might have been in real life!), as this remains a very popular posting.

My favourite battle painting

Another really popular posting. I’m really pleased with the way this one turned out, particularly with the clarity of the detail pictures I took from the painting.

'The_Battle_of_Fontenoy,_1745

Is history important?

An under-rated posting?  Well, this posting was my attempt to be a bit controversial. While it caused a little bit of interest at the time, overall it slipped under he radar for most visitors.

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5 Comments

Filed under Colonial New Zealand Wars, Eighteenth century, Empress Miniatures, Family history, Foundry, Minden Miniatures, Napoleonics, Pirates, Uncategorized, Wild West, WW2

5 responses to “Old Stuff Day

  1. Paul Crouch

    Roly hii .. Im still here in cyberspace .. I came across this website all about Peter gilder my inspiration when i Started out in Wargaming all those years ago ..
    Click on the links check out the photos and articles he really was a founder of what we know now ..
    Love the site here keep it up my friend ..

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=peter+gilder&hl=en&sa=X&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=0KI1UZXNFoW0kQXYn4HACg&ved=0CEkQsAQ&biw=1652&bih=989

    • Nice to hear from you, Paul.

      Peter Gilder’s work has indeed held up well to the latest advances in wargaming terrain.

      • Paul Crouch

        Roly hii .. Hows is everyone there is Steve still Blazing a wargames trail across the coast .. I remember those glory days .. the Early years of the Fusiliers great memories ..

  2. Davy

    Who says nostalgia ain’t what it used to be? Great to see your wonderful Minden figures again, Roly, particularly as I am currently reading Savory’s “His Britannic Majesty’s Army in Germany.”

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