Saturday, 11 January 2020

Guns, guns, guns ...

One thing that became very obvious as I began the process of moving my collection of Napoleonic figures into their new 'formation in a box' storage, was the general shortage of renovated artillery pieces that I had to hand. I have therefore decided to rectify that situation, and I am currently in the process of restoring some ancient pieces of artillery that I recently rediscovered (they date back to the late 1960s/early 1970s, and I think that I bought them from a shop in Hornchurch, Essex) as well as the rest of the yet-to-be-renovated Del Prado British guns that I have in my collection.

I expect that this will take me three to four days, after which I hope to begin work on renovating the Del Prado French artillery pieces in my collection. Once that is completed, I hope to begin moving the remainder of my Napoleonic figure collection into their new homes.


  1. Now I have a mental image of a piece of fruit on a spoon charging a line of walnuts in the Crimnea!

    1. Ross Mac,

      I assume that you mean the following:

      General Burroughs: ‘Crimea, by Jove. War was war in those days, and men were men. No room for weaklings. Balaclava for instance. Here, you fellows remember the positions. Now, here, these nuts were the Russians - guns, guns, guns. On the right, the British infantry - the thin red line. There was the commander-in-chief and here was I, at the head of the old 68th. The right was impossible, the left was blocked, behind us was the commander-in-chief. I realised the position in a flash. I said, "The 68th will move forward." Immediately one of my subalterns came to me, shaking. Absolutely shaking. I said, "What's wrong Carruthers?" "I'm afraid to face those guns, sir". I said, "Would you rather face me?" Hmm. He took one look at my face and off he went. Ten minutes later he was shot to pieces at the head of his men, as a soldier should be, eh?

      It’s one of my favourite clips from the film.

      All the best,


    2. A piece of fruit on a spoon perfectly describes most cavalry officers of my personal acquaintance :-)

      Regards, Chris.

    3. Chris Kemp,

      It's probably just as well that the British Army has Engineers! At least they are educated well enough to be able to do things!

      All the best,



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