|A blast from the past - what a wonderful magazine this was.|
One of the great advantages to having the opportunity to join John Ray's "A Military Gentlemen" Forum has been the wonderful people I have been able to correspond with. Stating that they are "legends" of the hobby would not be understating the fact and I am so pleased to walking at the feet of so many gaming "Demi-gods", getting such wonderful advice, images of the most spectacular of figures and an insight into a group of truly inspiring gentlemen gamers.
One such fine fellow is the world famous Doug Mason. For those wargamers of a certain vintage Doug needs no introduction.
For the rest of you, he is a famous wargamer, painter and converter of figures whose amazing work graced the pages of Miniature Wargames, Wargames World, Wargames Illustrated and any other magazine worth its salt over the past four decades. So much of his work was seen at the Wargames Holiday Centre in the days of Peter Gilder where he was also an active participant.
I had a cunning plan as part of my ongoing Napoleonic 1805-07 project.
The picture that leads this post depicts one of my favourite Command vignettes of all time. The keen eyed amongst you will recognise the work based upon Murat charging at the head of a mass of French cavalry at the Russians at Eylau in 1807. I believe today that the original resides with the very entertaining and clever Mr Mark Freeth, owner of the current WHC in Basingstoke.
My idea was to ask Doug to make me another one for my own collection. Being the fine fellow he is, he very happily said yes and set the wheels in motion.
|The castings which are soon to be modified beyond all recognition|
|Starting to look like Doug is well on track|
|Such fine details go into the hand soldered stirrups and metal sheet beaten to be the shabraques|
|Pretty clever fellow is our Doug!|
As you can see, this is getting very good. I will post some more details shortly and then the finished item in front of his new command here in Australia however if you cannot wait to see how Doug continues his wonderful work, simply visit his site here.
You will definitely not be disappointed.