Thursday, 4 December 2014

A Little Wars 'Wintereisse' ...La Haye Sante and Major Baring - Part 2

Major Baring's inspired defence lives on in a number of ways at Waterloo.  It was a delight to find these Funcken illustrations of the battle:

The Funcken 'comic strip' book of the battle being a real gem, and completely unknown to the writer!

And the memorial to Major Von Baring and his gallant men is being restored for the Waterloo 200:

And glorious blue skies over the farm of La Haie Sainte.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A Little Wars 'Wintereisse' ...La Haye Sante and Major Baring - Part 1

After being suitably refreshed and restored - onto the farm of La Haye Sante and the King's German Legion.

The farm has been an icon since childhood days and the 1/72 scale model by Airfix.

And a superb new book, 'The Longest Afternoon' has brought the story of Major Baring and the KGL vividly to life...

The best book I have read about the Battle in many years, and a real tribute to Major Baring and his gallant Hanoverian Regiment. 

Friday, 14 November 2014

A Little Wars 'Winterreise' - In search of toy soldiers....

The glorious November weather stimulated the 'wanderer' to head straight to the 'Butte de Lion', for refreshment and the anticipation of some toy soldiers.

The whole area around the Butte is a construction site - getting ready for the Waterloo 200 - and there proved to be disappointments in store!

On my first visit, some thirty years ago (an eager 16 year old in those days) there was the wonderful experience of finding Historex and Starlux figures in seemingly enormous quantities.  The purchases then were a dismounted Emperor Napoleon (Starlux) and Cuirassier; and four Historex kits of the Old Guard.  Alas, all bar one have perished on the 'lawns of battle' and in the never ending house moves of a military career.

Alas, there are no such delights in store today.  The visitor centre was interesting, and had a large range of 'stuff' - and some excellent books - but the glory days of Starlux and Historex have departed like the last Eagles....

Of course, the whole place is a construction site, and the new centre may restore things to their glory days?  Or am I just imagining a 'land of lost content?'  

From the 'Butte de Lion' - onto the battlefield!

'I can't shoose the season
to depart from this place
I won't delay or ponder
I must begin my journey now'

Die Winterreisse

Thursday, 13 November 2014

All change - Waterloo! A Little Wars 'Winterreise'

'As a stranger I arrived
As a stranger I shall leave'
Die Winterreise No. 1. (Gute Nacht)

The perfect 'Winterreiese' to the battlefield of Waterloo; a glorious and brooding landscape in the winter sunshine...and a journey through the night to arrive as morning breaks.

And it is all change at Waterloo - with huge works on a new visitor centre - to be opened for the 'Waterloo200'...and time to go off in search of Major Baring, Plancenoit and toy soldiers.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Which way to Waterloo?

Or as HG Wells would describe it, even in 'Toy Soldier land' all roads are leading to Waterloo...

here the King's German Legion are checking the map.  

A Ken Kearsley miniature kicking off the campaign with the 'illustrious house of Hanover' on the march.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The road to Waterloo

The great battle in the true scale with the real rules...for today.

Waterloo in 54mm with Mr HG Wells' Little Wars...