23 maart 2020
Yesterday we celebrated the occasion of my 65th birthday in low key, Covid-19 style, with just the three of us at home (and me being on call). Thankfully it was much less busy than Saturday, when among other things I had to tell several people that they tested positive for the damned virus. Anyway, there were still some fine gifts to be had. I certainly won’t lack for things to do during my off time during this unusual period!
The Danish Army of the Napoleonic Wars has been an interest of mine for many years. The limited availability of quality information on this important force,. even in Danish, has been a challenge. This is the book I would have written and more. To say that it is detailed would be a gross understatement. If there is anything you wanted to know about the about the organization, uniforms, weapons, etc of the areas covered, the answers are pretty much here ( a second volume presumably covering the Cavalry, Artillery, and Militias is planned, and it looks like even a 3rd volume covering the Norwegian Army is planned.) I will have to update my existing blog posts on these troops based upon the information here. There are more than FORTY color plates in the book, in the “Peter Bundy” style as far as the depictions, although evidently the author is also the illustrator. I”ve read half the book already. It’s not cheap but hardly outrageous for the quality, and Helion has frequent deals and discounts, and many other excellent titles). Very highly recommended if you have any interest in the topic! I’ve already read half of it since yesterday!
While I am very set on Field of Battle as my Horse and Musket era rules (the 3rd edition was just finalized and should be available shortly), enough wargames e-friends like them that I thought I would get a copy. Even if I never run them myself, I might want to play them at a convention (if and when they return), I couldn’t find a copy at Historicon last year, and it took more than 3 months to get this copy (it was on back order). I am looking forward to reading through it!
While looking for other items, I found these 25 mm siege Siege mortars, something I have rarely seen anywhere. So I picked up 2 packs of them (I took one as my Army Card renewal freebie). They will enhance my Vauban’s wars set up.
Another discovery browsing the extensive Old Glory on line Catalog were these items – a bag has 2 Pontoon wagons, each with 4 horses, and the other bag has 6 pontoons and 4 deck sections with 16 support pieces. Just what you need when confronting a crossing of the mighty Danube, or the lesser Isar!
These additions will allow me to use existing leftovers to raise another 4 units of French line in the early uniforms (bicorne), plus a unit of converged Grenadiers to round out the Division
With existing lead on hand, these packs will allow me to add another 3 ECW Horse units, and another 3 units of Foote.
I needed these command sets to raise the bulk of the “300 Austrians” – enough for 10 more units. I already ordered the required flags from Adolfo Ramos, and they are on their way here. Am I crazy or what? 🙂