It seems a long time since I had anything to post. On the wargaming front the Peninsular War e-mail campaign progresses slowly as more forces begin to find and engage the enemy. It will be two more wargame days before I can post a “one month in arrears” update.
I have been making some tweeks to my Napoleonic “in period” display game, requiring some new models to be painted. The problem was the infantry squares. I am using Irregular Miniatures 6mm models and there is very little definition on the infantry square castings, and from what I can see it appears that many of the men are carrying a blanket roll or greatcoat above a non-existent backpack, as the crossed belts are visible on their backs. I compromised and painted some with crossed belts and others with packs.
There is plenty of action on the reenactment front, particularly in preparation for the Waterloo 200th anniversary. I have switched armies for this one and am eagerly awaiting some very expensive uniform items.
For my camping I designed an extended tent built from two ordinary soldiers’ tents side by side, with one of them rigged as an awning to be used as a day tent. (I am a Major, so I claim I can have two tents). It worked fine in the garden with no rain and little wind. First time out in a gale I added guy ropes to brace it. Overnight the wind reversed direction and we had a downpour. The resulting weight of the rooftop swimming pool threatened to pull the whole structure down!
I have reverted to the original plan of using my bell tent and have loaned my soldiers’ tents to my French friends. This will no doubt incur the displeasure of the camp organisers because camping in the garden at Hougoumont will be somewhat “cosy”, given the numbers and the available space. Single occupancy bell tents are apparently frowned upon by the General Staff in their well-appointed marquees.
It appears that we will be displaying a white canvas tent city at Waterloo for the benefit of the expected 20,000 visitors per day, despite the fact that it never existed. On the other hand, if at my age I will be living in a muddy field for a week under public scrutiny I intend to be as comfortable as possible whilst staying “in period”. What we should be showing is officers cramming into peasant houses and the soggy soldiery making do in the field, but historical accuracy in reenactment will always come second to modern comforts.
I am told that I am a Supernumery Officer, so can I have a special cape and wear my underpants outside my overalls?