Paintwork will follow - I’m planning a 1940 French overall khaki finish so these chaps may also see service in Spain.
Sunday, 29 September 2019
Monday, 23 September 2019
Friday, 6 September 2019
Back to Paris now for the final thrilling installment.
While Marshal MacMahon bravely has his photo taken at Fort Issy...
...his troops assault the first barricades. Happily the defenders ran away from this one. Note the engineers with a barrel of gunpowder poised to breach the wall.
Historically, when the first Government troops entered the city there were accusations of treachery. In the game this was replicated by one of the Commune players being banged up in jail for a couple of turns.
It can now be revealed that the Government's negotiations with the Prussians (whose army, it will be recalled, still encircled the city) had gone well and two regiments of elite Breton infantry had been sent by rail round to the north. They appeared in the middle of day two and effected an unopposed entry to Paris.
Thursday, 5 September 2019
As night falls the defenders of Fort Issy remain confident...
...but overnight they are outflanked by Republican troops.
Soon the flag of freedom (or it might be brutal repression, depending on your point of view) flies proudly atop the fort's ramparts.
Republican forces near the city...
...where the criminal mob mans the walls. They were an ill-assorted bunch of scruffy figures.
See what I mean?
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
....General Gallifet’s division was tasked with that.As you may have gathered from the tone of these posts, I was cast as Marshal MacMahon, with Mike L as General Gallifet and Anthony M as General Cissey.
The town hall flying the red flag. Deputies can be seen lolling drunkenly on the steps outside.
The wicked Communards were played by Brian C and Graham A. Setup and umpiring by PW.
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
This was a Funny Little Wars game played in London with an assortment of 54mm toy soldiers. It is 1871 and the French republican government under Adolphe Thiers has finally lost patience with the Commune which controls the city of Paris. A corps under Marshal MacMahon is ordered to capture the outlying Fort Issy and then return the city to government control.
A word of warning at this point - if you might be easily misled into taking any of this seriously, or to taking offence at some period politics and language, then stop reading now and go and do something else.
If, on the other hand, you are confident that what follows is merely a sorry tale of some middle-aged men playing with toy soldiers, read on!
Above - our 100% accurate scale model of Paris.
Sunday, 1 September 2019
Better late than never, here are my purchases from the informal bring & buy at COW. There are always some books - the first is every bit as dodgy as it looks and has already been read and put in the surplus pile.
David Crook provided these 25mm Sea Peoples figures for an excellent price. Free!
The seemingly bottomless boot of DC’s car also yielded this box of dodgy 54mm ‘modern’ figures. I’ve kept a few (and the palm trees) and passed the others to Ian Drury.