Friday, February 15, 2019

Henry Ireton's Regiment of Horse

With the recent addition of a regiment of foote (see Aldrich's Regiment of Foote) for the ECW project, motivation remained high to push on to another unit.  Since a number of Empress Miniatures cavalry have lingered in The Lead Pile for awhile (only two and a half years by my count!), these horsemen seemed a reasonable target.  
These nine horsemen muster out as Henry Ireton's Horse in buffcoats and lobster pot helmets.  The sculpting on both man and horse is superb.  The horses actually look like horses to me.  Perhaps the best horses I have seen in 28mm. The troopers are very good as well although detailing is not as raised and as easy to paint as in other figures.  Still, the results are terrific.  If I need to expand the cavalry arm of this project, Empress Miniatures is certainly high on the list.   
Enough infantry figures remain in The Lead Pile to muster out two more regiments.  I will set a goal of getting at least one of those regiments into the painting queue in 2019. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cavalry Refit: KGL Heavy Dragoons

Time for the KGL cavalry contingents in the project to receive their new recruits and refitting.  After bringing in one new trooper each, the 1st and 2nd KGL Heavy Dragoons are ready for service.  Figures are Front Rank.
This refitting and reorganization exercise is turning out to be a relatively painless activity.  Painting one additional trooper per unit and rebasing takes time but not a task to be dreaded at all.  With the addition of one new trooper and a new basing scheme, I feel like an entirely new unit has been built.  I prefer the look of nine figure cavalry BMUs over eight figure BMUs.  I am pleased I forged ahead with this task.

Friday, February 8, 2019

National Gallery of Art

Battle Scene - Phillip Wouwerman
With a son living in the other Washington (D.C., that is), our occasional travels to the Capitol always include visits to the Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery. 

A regular stop, not to be missed by me, is the National Gallery of Art.  Upon every visit, the same selection of works always catches my attention.  Sometimes, I stumble upon these familiar works as I roam the massive museum.  Other times, I seek them out and try to recall in which wing of the Gallery these works are kept.  Some of my favorite works follow:
David's Napoleon
Haarlem Civic Guard - Frans Hals
Andies Stilte as Standard Bearer - Verspronck
Vincenzo Cappello - Titian
Meeting of David and Abigail - Rubens
Zenobia Queen of Palmyra
Rialto Bridge, Venice - Guardi
Fortress Konigstein - Belotti
The National Gallery of Art is a national treasure and should be included in any visit to the Washington D.C..

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cavalry Refit: British Heavy Dragoons

Another pair of cavalry units make it out of refit and reorg.  Each unit received one additional recruit and a rebasing exercise from four stands of two figures each to three stands of three figures each.  This time two British heavy dragoons units make it off the workbench.  The two units are the 3rd Dragoon Guards and the 4th Dragoon Guards.  Two fine British cavalry regiments.  Figures are Front Rank.
What remains in the cavalry refit and reorganization?  Waiting their turn at the recruitment center are two KGL cavalry units, two French hussar units, and a unit of Vistula Legion lancers.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Regret to Inform You...Google+ is Dead

Well, we knew it was coming.  The data breach coupled with low usage put the final nail in the Google+ coffin.  Today I officially received an email from Google stating,
You've received this email because you have a consumer (personal) Google+ account or you manage a Google+ page.
In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers' expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.
On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
 and,
If you've used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more
What does this mean for blogging in general and the Palouse Wargaming Journal in particular?   

Since I did not use Google+ for blogging (well, at least I don't think I did), impact should be small.  One ramification of the demise of Google+ is that any comments created with Google+ (your own blog or another's blog) will be deleted.  Yikes!  How many Followers have left comments on PWJ using Google+?  I guess I will find out soon enough.  The second fall out regards photo storage.  If photos are stored on Google+, those are scheduled for deletion too. My.  It is hard to determine exactly where my photos are stored.  I hope all photos are stored on Blogger or Google.
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