Thursday, 31 December 2009

Books


I have been looking at this novel all year- today i found it remaindered for£2! Here is the cover. It is set in 1752 and is about firework makers- two of my favourite things...
I have just started it and will let you know!
By the way Happy New Year to you and yours wherever you are...

Sunday, 27 December 2009

On the workbench /what I am reading...

Well Christmas has passed here in Tradgardland most equitably. The weather continues to present challenges and debate as to the safety and necessity of travel. My mother-in -law came for lunch yesterday and Jan was able to take her there and back without too much hassle. Today I hit Edinburgh to see my mother for her birthday and to take her out for part of the day.
We have eaten and drunk excellently-as befits a Major Feast and enjoyed ourselves well. I was given some inspiring books - "Vanished Armies" is a collection of eye witness paintings of uniforms from the lead up to the great War. Beautifully rendered they are just waiting to be replicated on the table top...
Two Osprey books (Herod and TYW) arrived too and I am sorely tempted to raise a small Herodian force for Basic Impetus . Add to that a calender featuring one of my favourite artists/designers Voysey and a beautiful Moleskine journal to record ideas and thoughts...I have done very well indeed.
On the workbench are a unit of 1938 militia belonging to the English Mistery and some Parthians not to mention the Lutelanders...
Have a great day whatever you do!

Thursday, 24 December 2009


Hello, I am Zoe, The Duke of Tradgardland's eldest daughter. I will guide you through the preparations that have been happening in our house today.
There is still a large amout of snow lying and it it is very cold outside and weather predictions of snow showers throughout the night.

This year we bought a pot grown Christmas tree that we are going to bonsai and keep for many Christmas's to come. There is a selections of decorations that have been collected over the years. Including 1920/30's decorations from my Dad's side of the family and several that we have made ourselves.
Freya made the Snow man, above in technology as well as holly and a tree.

Today the house has been busy cleaning and preparing food. I made cranberry sauce this afternoon, a Delia Smith recipe that I have slightly changed.

Makes 4 portions

250g fresh Cranberries
1 and a half tablespoons of red wine/ port
Juice and zest of 1 orange
2 cloves
a small piece of cinnamon stick/ quarter of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
35g caster sugar
Optional: 1 teaspoon of fresh root ginger/ half a teaspoon of ground ginger

Pulse the cranberries in a food processor or roughly chop.
Add to a sauce pan with the other ingredients and gently bring to the boil and simmer for 5-8 minutes with a lid on, until you get a thick consistency. Serve warm straight away or leave to cool, cover with cling film and store in the fridge until needed. It can be kept refrigerated for 2 weeks.

Merry Christmas to you and your families
From Zoe

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The Parcel...


It was really cold last night- to say the least. However I am up,have good coffee to hand and will tell you now of my parcel....
My daughters spotted the postman trudging through the snow and I colected my parcel from him at a freezing front door...
It was indeed a parcel from Lutelande- a whole "Charge" regiment designed and cast for me by John. The figures are fantastic and will be used to raise the regiment refered to in last Sundays post. It will introduce a new character to the battlefield also . I will see if I can get some undercoating done today...




Wednesday

It has been a super day. Further snow arrived overnight and we awoke to a decent (7 inch) amount of snow. Jan and I walked to get the turkey and other food from town and I picked up "Wargames Illustrated" afterwards. Good articles upon the 1st Crusade and the Very British Civil War of 1938.
Afterwards the girls spent much time outdoors enjoying the snow and made this super snowman.
All in all a good day. Later in the afternoon the postman arrived with a parcel from Lutelande. What more could one ask...






Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Updates

This Christmas I thought I would post some images from the postal history of the Duchy of Tradgardland. Today's offering is from the 1950's and depicts the little know shrine of St Wolfgang (built by the Bergmann Family as a chantry chapel in the 19th century) a few miles south of Tradgardstadt. Tradgardland still retains the right to produce stamps which are eagerly sought by collectors worldwide.

I am now on my hols- huzzah! School broke up yesterday with a lovely Carol service in church followed by an atmospheric train ride home thru the snow.
I have much planned hobbywise. Terry Gore medieval rules are coming after Christmas having been got by a friend for me at a good price- these will be used for 15th Century games especially. Some parthians arrived yesterday for a small force for Basic Impetus at my local club. I hope to start work on the 1938 vBCW militias I am slowly building and preparing.
Not to mention the parcel coming from America...
Have a great day one and all!More stamps tomorrow.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Rose

Today in the Duchy of Tradgardland it is Gaudete Sunday. The Duke of Tradgardland ,whilst hearing Mass, reflected upon the Rose colour of the vestments and candle upon the advent Wreath...
He thoughts turned to Rose -that traditional colour of the Duchy
and it's servants.His mind strayed to the new regiment being raised from amongst the Lutelanders for Tradgardland and its young colonel Paul of Stollen...
After Mass the court Chaplin inquired when Col John Liam Panettone ( a famous Irish- Italian soldier of fortune) would arrive to drill the newly raised troops and put them through their paces.As Paul of Stollen is but a babe in arms Panettone will assume command. The Duke was unsure of exactly when he arrived but made discrete enquires as to his whereabouts....
I am looking forward to receiving a extremely exciting parcel from the States very soon with some new figures to start upon over Christmas. More details soon!


Saturday, 5 December 2009

Surprise...

It is early morning in the camp near Tradgardstadt. The Tradgardland Militia awake to find sweets placed in their boots (by order of the Duchess herself) to recall the gifts left by St Nicholas. Sleepy headed they arise to another day with spirts lifted amidst the winter cold...

A happy St Nicholas (6th Dec) to one and all from the Duke of Tradgardland and his Household!

Monday, 23 November 2009

1938...

I am in the midst of a new kitchen being delivered and an ongoing sore ankle but I wanted to share my background for a VBCW with you all...
Midsummer 1938 saw things come to a head in East Fife.Growing concern over the increasingly Communist nature of Fife coupled with a desire to support a "Godly King" in the face of Republicanism had the local area aflame with rumours . Finally( in great secrecy) a meeting was arranged in the university town of St Andrews.Around the table sat a disperate group of men representing the interests of many- Established Presbyterianism,Anglican League influenced Episopalianism,the University authorities,the town council ,local lairds ,tenant farmers,the Royal and Ancient golf Club and members of the fishing community.Promises of support from beyond the sea were laid upon the table also. The debate lasted long into the night and latterly they were joined by the commander of the local airbase at Leucars. The following morning saw the start of what became known as The League of St Andrew. Four days later ,within the ruins of the medieval cathedral, a vast crowd gathered to hear oratory and see flags unfurled...A message of Independence,under God, was sent to the Goverment in Edinburgh and patrols established over the coming weeks in the surrounding fields ,sea and sky. What would be Edinburgh's response. The coming months ,as summer drew on to autumn would see many changes,joys and sorrows...
Do let me know what you think of it!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

GOOD NEWS...

Duke Karl Frederick ,wounded in the recent battle with the forces of the Imperial by artillery, is recovering in the ducal palace. The head wound has laid the Duke low and has caused great concern to the court...
his memories of the battle are hazy- the routing of the Tradgarland dragoons on the left flank and the pursuit of them by Imperial hussars and curaissers,the taking of the barricades by Tradgardland infantry, the valiant Archbishop's jaeger on the right flank and the bloody fire-fight in the centre...
Whilst, in the midst of his thoughts, the Duke is interrupted by a messenger. The Duke opens the letter and a smile crosses his face for the first time in days-there is a newly born heir in the Duchy of Stollen!! The Duke leaps from the bed,calling for his Chamberlin and Secretary and dictates a decree that the bells of the Duchy be rung after mass on All Saints Day to celebrate the birth of the heir to the Duchy of Stollen...

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Greetings...

Happy Halloween from all at The Duchy of Tradgardland...
Pumpkin by Anna & Freya.



Sunday, 25 October 2009

The Duke of Tradgardland...

I have finally made a base with a figure representing the Duke of Tradgardland. He is accompanied by his personal standard bearer. They will take their place upon the table for the first time tomorrow in the game against the Imperium.


Saturday, 24 October 2009

An Update..

I trust this finds you well. It has been half term and it has been good to be off for a week. I have enjoyed some time to do some painting and reading and prepare for the last month of the kitchen work- painter starts tomorrow...After my "Charge" game - which was great fun, I intended to post the pictures but they had not come out at all...
I was rather disappointed and somewhat surprised. However the good thing was that Tradgardland beat the Imperium in a close fought game. My regular opponent is due tomorrow and I will post pictures afterwards.
Other news-
I went to a wargames club for the first time in perhaps 30 years. I was invited by a chap I travel with sometimes on the train-thanks Tom. He invited me to see an Ancients rule system being played "Basic Impetus".
I was most taken with the game and the friendly welcome I received. I will go back and intend to raise some Picts for what is a diverting and enjoyable system.
Of late I have become more and more immersed in the alternative world of VBCW ( a very British Civil War) where Edward viii didn't abdicate and Britain was plunged into civil war. The background is well researched and I cannot wait for the second source book due out next week. It is a heady mix of interwar equipment and fascinating what ifs...
I have also had my interest in the history,art,architecture and politics of the period reignited and I am enjoying a combination of BBC 4 documentaries and reading.
By the way there is a lively discussion of VBCW at the gentleman's wargames parlour.I have also been revising a FLW Scandanavian army list and ferreting out images for my FLW blog- some crackers posted there of late ,if I say so myself...
I must go now- clocks to turn back,church to go to and friends coming back here afterwards...
Have a good Sunday!

Monday, 5 October 2009

The Big Knights...

One of the joys of the blogging world is to be introduced to something interesting. Many of you will already know "The Big Knights" if you don't you must watch them on video-soon to be on dvd I believe.
I taped them over the Christmas they were first shown- a 5 minute episode a day. I ( and my family) have watched them many times since. They can be enjoyed by children ,adults and all ages!
They are wonderfully witty , quirky and really funny- don't miss them! If you are a fan do share what is your favourite episode /character. I love the base metal to gold one...
p.s a link to a site to find out more:
http://www.thebigknights.net/

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Saturday



Sunny but very windy here. Getting figures based and flocked for Monday night's "Charge " game. Not too much left to do....

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Kaptain Heider

With a look of immense relief upon his face Freikorp Kaptain Heider began to roll up the yellow flag with the black pelican upon it.
It had been a most successful evening - thirty men signed up and all looked like they could handle themselves both on and off the field of Mars.

Kaptain Heider settled into the corner of his chair near the roaring fire,the flag having been placed in the sack under the table , and took out a couple of books from his worn and battered satchel. He opened the copy of Aquinas's Summa Theologica and became immersed in another world...
His thoughts drifted back to the village school he had taught in before he answered the misguided call of adventure. He had been shocked to meet one of his former pupils tonight who had offered his services as a doctor for the company.
A knock at the door brought him back to reality. His face returned to the familiar gruff mask of daily life as he acknowledged his supper with a grunt. Now back to St Thomas and the long hours to read in before the morning brought the problems of another day...



Monday, 28 September 2009

At the sign of the Black Pelican

Taking one wrong turn in the back streets of Tradgardstadt was unfortunate, taking more than one was utter folly...

Those who did so would find themselves in a decaying slum within a slum. They would be lucky to get out alive -obviously without any valuables they possessed!

Towering over all else in the Syldavian quarter was a large inn namely "The Black Pelican." It formed the social,political,religious and cultural heart ( a black one of course) for the community of Syldavian exiles which sought to make a living within the Duchy of Tradgardland.

The inn was large and looked as if it had grown from the putrid earth itself rather than being built by human hands. The sense of something organic was almost tangible . Within, all was stained black by the smoke from the roaring fires and the never extinguished pipes of those who frequented the place. No dog passing the kitchen yard was safe and the yelps of the unwary could be heard frequently by passers by.

Tonight the inn was busier than ever for a Freikorp Kaptain was recruiting - no questions asked, no soul too warped and no rest for the wicked!

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Sylvania





Zoe( my eldest) has bought a French dvd of Tintin- to improve her listening skills. It is the one featuring Sylvania- The sceptre of Ottokar. I have been watching it and am most taken with the uniforms . My thoughts have run , amidst visitors& school reports, to what uniforms were worn in Sylvania in the 18th century. Any Tintin aficionados are welcome to make suggestions here...

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Mildew...


From my desk all that is important lies within easy reach. The pens, ledgers and detritus of my calling surround me. My needs are simple yet beyond comprehension of those who dwell beyond the glass. I remain the Ducal archivist in spite of those who are ever pressing me to stand down. I answer to no one but Duke Karl Frederick himself as those who have gone before me answered to the Dukes of their time and place. The leather may fade and become covered in mildew, the parchment rot upon the shelf but the House of Tradgardland will never end…

Monday, 21 September 2009

Monday


Gentlemen
Monday once more.. Off today for Monday hol. @ doctors re ankle ( no joy 2 courses of antibiotics and 2 x rays later) still doesnt know what it is or really what to suggest except blood test and physio...
Busy but satisfying weekend of reinstating ,assembly Ikea furniture and the like. Still time to base some figs tho.
Am flocking syw figs today configured in units of around 32 or so inf. It is the "Militia" organisation in Peter Young's Charge Rules circa 1967 . I am increasingly drawn to these rules and the simplicity/fun they point to. Will try solo game soon I fear... off to read Sidebottom and drink coffee to warm up as the central heating is off at present- hopefully reinstated soonish. By the way picture is by Caspar David Friedrich- one of my favourite artists and painter of atmospheric,wondrous pictures .Hope you like it and are inspired to seek out more of his work. Jolly useful to illustrate 18th century blogs too...

Friday, 18 September 2009

In Edinburgh...


Coming home from my ADHD course in Edinburgh I stopped off at the Games workshop shop. I haven't played wab for countless years yet I still like to pop in now and then and see what is happening.
I loved and still remain a fan of the Warhammer Empire army - a fantasy Holy Roman Empire ( which is certainly not holy roman or an empire...as they say)which has some interesting background and truly beautiful figures - many which have non fantasy usage. I came away from the shop with the June "White Dwarf" - Empire special of course and the nifty bases pictured above. The wee bases are 25mm, the bigger 40mm and 1 is 60mm. The other 5 bases ( called biker bases I believe ) will be utilised as cavalry one.31 in all for a fiver - not bad I feel. I also left the shop enthused to paint by the wonderful figures on display- whatever your vies are re fantasy the figures look great...
Have a good weekend one and all! P.S I am rather tempted by the plastic units packs of Empire Infantry- i am sure I would find a use...

Monday, 14 September 2009

Hey Mr Postman....


On the Tradgardland border with the city state of Weltschmerz-Hammerklavier tension is in the air. A patrol of the Tradgardland Militia approaches the border post in fear and trepidation They are charged with delivering a letter from Duke Karl Frederick to the Prince-Bishop. The men are unaware of the contents of the sealed parchment and equally unaware of the implications for Tradgardland and beyond…

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Update/Winter Quarters...



Yesterday was spent reinstating the siting room. Myriad books were transported,placed lovingly upon the shelves and the final effect was excellent.Furniture was put carefully upon the new oak floor and the room looks great. There will be a quieter time until the kitchen units arrive from Germany and the decorating completed. We hope all will be finished by the commencing of Advent.

Today (like yesterday) the sun was shining and the grass (long abandoned to its fate due to busy household events of late) was given a couple of cuts.My thoughts went to the lawn's potential for fLW gaming next summer- weather permitting. Sadly I employed the petrol mower rather than the scythe depicted in the Swedish painting in this blog entry. It was a good chance to think about the hobby plans for Winter Quarters:

SYW- games with Bill Protz's rules Tradgardland against the forces of the Imperium currently camped upon the border. Basing to be accomplished and magnetic basing to be employed. Units with be raised for the Duchy from figures I have and I think I will invest in some hussars... A small bishopric may also raise forces - funds and energy permitting...

FLW ( have you seen the super "LittleWars" for the 21st Century rules by Paul wright called "Funny Little Wars"- you must have a look as they are inspirational and witty too.) I will continue to collect 54mm Swiss,sorry Army Red/White, expanding into cavalry and artillery by way of some chalets as scenery. I hope to take the army forward into the age of inter-war mechanised warfare with the odd tank and bicyle towed anti tank guns...I must also finish some army lists for Paul too!! I need to think of an oppostion for Army Red /White too. Those pesky Danes also are rather attractive to model too!

Ancients:still unsure about rules but will probably go down the dbm/dbmm route. Also hope to play test some rules which are period specific. As to which army to finish I am ever torn and go between many, completing none! I am currently reading Sidebottom's newish novel and Sumner's super book on Roman military clothing- I fear they will influence my choice of painting...

1938- A very civil war. Vol 1 of the source book really interested me and I am sooo tempted to dive into yet another period. Vol 2 is out very soon. There is an excellent set of "Old School " rules posted on the gentleman's wargame parlour site for this period which are well worth looking at... not to mention going 54mm and employing FLW.

No doubt I will be derailed from my plans. Already I have been thinking about the sunny and saintly Prince bishop of a small bishopric within the Duchy of Tradgardland. An inspirational 16th century map has really caught my imagination and I feel being sucked into this intriguing and colourful city -state.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have fun while the sun shines...

Friday, 4 September 2009

New recruits...


The cheerful and saintly Prince Bishop of Weltschmerz-Hammerklavier has offered to raise a regiment for the Ducal Army from within his Bishopric.
Weltschmerz-Hammerklavier lies within a forested valley within the Duchy of Tradgardland and is an independent ,if minuscule, town proud of it’s ancient traditions . Traditionally remaining aloof from the life of Tradgardland it has been a Europa-wide exporter of carved Nativity scenes for more years than anyone can remember.
Pictured here is the new flag( emblazoned with the arms of the Prince-Bishop) embroidered by the townswoman with care skill and love…
As I have quite a few unpainted figures, which I have found lately , I am going to paint up this unit for the autumn /winter campaign alluded to of late in this blog. I hope to paint a standardbearer (complete with flag) and officer this weekend - work and weather permitting.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

My regular opponent has kindly agreed to be my opponent this winter in some syw gaming. Although not really into imaginations he has agreed to command the forces of the Imperium,sorry Austria. We will be using Bill's BAR probably. Camera permitting watch out for some battle reports in the coming months. Phil will command-


Forces of the Imperium on the Tradgardland border:
C in C- Graf von Apfelstrudel
Infantry Regiment Kaiserschmarrn ,Infantry Regiment Schwarzwalder Kirshtorte ,Linzertorte Curaissiers ,Lebkucken Hussars ,Knoedel Grenz Hussars,A detatchment of Schaumrollen Grenzers and elements of theTrain of artillery...

Sunday, 30 August 2009

The Weekend



Floor down thankfully! Reasonably normal weekend ( if hectic) to hand and thoughts re re basing 18th century figs. I have just finished basing them 60mm by 40mm with 6 figs per base. Now I feel I have limited myself...

Tried experiment yesterday of basing on 25mm LOTR round plastic base. Fig looks good ( still broken digital camera so no piccies) and I feel I have options for Charge, Bill Protz's rules etc. A great deal of work but worth it. What do you think?

Photo from German photographer mentioned of late upon "Wars of Louis xiv " of late.

Link if you are interested:http://www.history-live-foto.com/bgal3/index.htm

I just love her work -it is amazing !

Back to work tomorrow,bases to order,children to educate,house to return to normality and adventures to be had. Have a good week one and all!

Friday, 28 August 2009

Update...



Life is hectic- new term,new boss and the builders in! The kitchen walls are being knocked down to form a larger area incorporating the hall and a new oak flooring is being laid upon the dining/sitting rooms. The upshot is all books are in the process of being moved ,everything is in the wrong place and it is indeed the domestic world turned upside down.

It has meant I have seen books and figures I have not laid eyes upon for years. I am in a dilemma as to wheter to give rules I don't play to the Charity shop. My wife ,sensibly remarked,that I would probably end up buying a new copy in months to come so not to bother!

There are so many uncompleted projects have out of boxes- syw,ecw,ancient ,Victorian s.f ,54mm H G Wells for FLW and many ,many more. The enthusiasm rises,money is spent,figures arrive and then are spirited away . It is hard to focus...

One advantage of the house being like this is I have no chance to paint/game in the foreseeable future and therefore am taking stock of what to do. I don't know about you but I am often too tired after work to do anything much.

On the reading front I am loving "Warrior of Rome " by Sidebottom - a cracking read and great fun - even if you hate ancients ( how could anyone ,I hear you cry) it will make you want to buy Romans!!!! Also reading about a north African philisopher/bishop/gentlemen/general called Synesius of Cyrene who also wrote some cracking poems and hymns- not to mention organising,raising and commanding troops against invaders/raiders. Well worth a google if you have time...

On the audio I am having great fun listening to Florence and the Machine and The Killers. On the visual front Babylon 5 is living up to my expectations and more- I am hooked once more!

Have a good weekend and if I can re set up the computer I will add more over the weekend.

p.s the Picture ( The Traveller ) is one of my favourites, I was using it for an art lesson this week and thought you might enjoy it...

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Inspiration...




Well this summer we managed to get a couple of local trips - we went to St Andrews where I went into the sea- it was a warm ,beautiful day. Last week we went to St Monans - a small coastal village with working harbour. I was most taken with the architecture and am considering building a few houses like the one in the picture out of card in the Grant/Stokes/Lead Gardens tradition. these will represent (if they get done )a Tradgardland fishing community...
Sadly our digital camera has packed in again. It did the same last summer and amazingly came right in the end. I remain hopeful .... but no piccies of my hobby stuff for the present. On Friday I had a 28mm game of ancients and fought against Carthage to achieve a winning draw with my Romans. A good exciting game with dbm . I hope to game more this autumn and winter.
Next Sunday we need to move all my books, furniture etc to have flooring put down and the kitchen is losing two walls and gaining space from the hall- it will be great but the work will drag on towards Advent and beyond...
Currently I am painting 28mm 15th century French,54mm WW1 Swiss and trying to resist 28mm Middle Imperial Romans which have lain here for ages. As I am reading "Warrior of Rome " by Harry Sidebottom - a fantastic evocation of the 3rd century and not to be missed, I am finding it hard to resist those A & A figures...
Weather has been torrential rain of late and high winds last night ,with drizzle this morning. After church we zoom into Edinburgh today to see hardwood flooring and then zoom out again to prepare for the new term which begins tomorrow. Finally can I recommend a film " Young Victoria" which we viewed last night . It is a good view and worth hiring. Missed the usual glass of real ale/red wine as I have just begun antibiotics for an infected ankle . Finally can I share my excitement for a dvd which arrived yesterday Series 1 of Babylon 5 - an old rave from the past of mine - can't wait. Enjoy your Sunday one and all

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Detail...



Over the summer we have been planning our new kitchen. We hope to get one by a German compamy called Alno. Thereir motto appears to be "Der Unterschied liegt im Detail" which means "The difference is in the details."

On such a theme I have posted a photo I took at the 18th century house in Cockermouth. It's evocative detailing transported us to the past when we were there...

In the world of blogs/imaginations and tabletop armies it is the detail that makes all the difference. The touch in word or image which brings the country or army to life- little details which evoke another time or place ,which transport us ,albeit breifly,to another world.

I have loved these small things of Tradgardland (as well as those of others too) which have given me the most pleasure- thinking up a name,family traits,everyday life and so much more...

We are indebted to Phil Olley and many,many more who inspire us to add more vignettes to our armies - to have big fun in the Wee detail....

The return



New computer arrived today -huzzah! The Grubers are online again. I have begun to catch up with the E vE material and individual blogs- glad to see Lady Emma moves forward. The accompanying photo is of us all at the 18th century house in Cockermouth I previously mentioned. It is good to be back...

Friday, 31 July 2009

Where I have been

Computer down!!!Normal service when a new one is purchased...

Friday, 24 July 2009

A tale of two gardens... or spot the difference!

The first images from our recent holidays...
One picture is of the "garden" as it was called by the company from whom we rented the holiday cottage previously mentioned. Needless to say it was never used by us at all.
The other picture is of Wordsworth's childhood home ,maintained by the National Trust , in Cockermouth. I will write more on this later. It had a working kitchen ( as of 1770) and a garden planted with varieties from the 18th century. It was a fantastic place to visit with fascinating things to do for all- well worth a visit ,unlike the holiday cottage! Spot the difference if you can- no prizes upon offer I'm afraid!



Tradgardmastre on tour...

Just back from a holiday in the Lake District with the family.We are back 3 days early due to our rented cottage being dirty and the "garden" turned out to be tiny stone-covered yard beside a bookie's shop and hotel extractor fans complete with dog poo around the chairs ...
We did see some interesting things -some pertaining to the 18th Century. Stories and pictures to follow...

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Living stone...

Two months ago I worked in the palace kitchen,three before that and I begged upon the street...
Now I begun again, I am reborn and rise from the waters to greater heights.
My masters returned from their Grand Tour to Stagonia and Rome .They were unwilling to return with a piece of ancient masonry displaying the glory of the ancients. Mean more like ,unwilling to blow moths from their velvet purses I say...
But this has been my gain. For I am the living sculpture ,once kitchen porter and spit turner - now any hero my masters wish me to be. Hop on to the plinth,green grey with the artist's pallet applied. Now I am off to be the statuary of Europa for my masters- what wonders will I see?

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Further Swiss...



A scan from a book showing infantry from Solothurn . More images and figures soon I hope...
These are dragoons from Berne.

Monday, 6 July 2009

18th century Switzerland






Uniform of a Swiss Jaeger from circa 1770.


The first basis for a Federal Contingent was established by the DEFENSIONALE of Wil and Baden. It fixed the number of men and artillery every ruling Canton ( 13 in total) had to provide. The first Cantonal military regulations date to 1755-1757 . In particular to an order of Nov 10th 1755 which concerned weapons,uniforms,annual reporting etc.


The Cantonal Regiment was formed of 2 battalions ( each of 4 companies of 100 men + staff) + 2 "banner companies" ( very old or very young men) + 1 artillery company. Men were enlisted for military service from 16 to 60 years unless dispensed with for health reasons.Every man had to supply his own uniform,weapon and equipment.


This morning I have begun work on some Canton Zug infantry and standard bearer. It is proceeding quite well so far subject to time and energy...


P.S those interested in the Swiss army of 1900 -1914 or so might enjoy my other blog - http://armyredwhite.blogspot.com/

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Swiss thoughts...



Last summer I contemplated venturing forth into 18th century Switzerland on the blog. The feeling has never really departed...

I have posted an illustration by Gerry Embleton of 18th century Swiss from Canton Aargu. I was particularly taken by the "District Captain" who looks as if he has stepped out of landsknecht times.

A correspondent in Switzerland has scanned some 19th century and modern illustrations of 18th century canton troops ( I cannot post them here ,alas, as I only have hard copies now) which include flags. They are excellent and informative illustrations.

I have a notion for some Tradgarland units be hired or become otherwise involved in a Cantonal Civil war with some real and some imaginary units. We shall see what develops....

Friday, 26 June 2009

Midsommer







This year,of late, in Tradgardland the Midsommer celebrations have taken place. The Duke and Duchess walked amongst the dancing and feasting culminating in the lighting of the bonfires to commemorate St John. What will the journey towards the Winter Solstice bring for Tradgardland muses the Duke as he watches the sparks fly ever higher...