Monday, 29 October 2012

20mm Western European Buildings

A selection of the 20mm Western European buildings I bought from Lancer Miniatures recently. Purchased unpainted originally, and finished by yours truly. The first 3 storey building comes in two sections to reveal a groundfloor bunker. I was really pleased with the quality and the price. They've a very nice selection on their website (including a pretty cool looking ruined Casino), plus their delivery time was excellent - came just two days after placing the order. Take a look at their website here:

Monday, 22 October 2012

Graves of Marshal Ney, Marshal Massena and Generals Foy and Gobert

The photos above are from the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, situated on the Eastern side of Paris. Not difficult to get to and only four or so stops along from the City Centre (Notre Dam or Latin Quarter area). It's literally heaving with graves and monuments relevant to military history, and contains the final resting places of not only the above mentioned Ney, Foy, Massena and Gobert, but also Bessieres, Davout and others. There's also some stunning monuments dedicated to all those (including foreign nationals) who served in the French Resistance and Free French Army. Maps are available online, or at the main entrances to the cemetery grounds.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Napoleon's Tomb - L'Hotel Des Invalides, Paris

I've just got back from my holiday in Paris, and decided to upload some of the military related photos that I took during the six days I was there. Obviously lots of sights to see (I've the sore feet to prove it), which can't fail to impress anyone involved in the wargaming hobby whatever their chosen period. I'll post these up in sections anyway, which will be easier to browse on the site.

Napoleon's Tomb is situated in the Église Du Dome (Dome Chapel) to the rear of L'Hotel Des Invalides which houses the National Army Museum. As many would already know Invalides was originally started by Louis XIV to lodge veterans from his wars, but Napoleon I reorganized it and converted Saint-Louis Chapel into a National Military Pantheon. It was in 1840 with the creation of Napoleon's tomb under the Dome that it was finally esatblished as such. Included under the Dome, near Napoleon, are the tombs of Viscount de Turenne, Marquis de Vauban, Napoleon's Son (The King of Rome), his brothers Joseph and Jerome and also Marshal's Foch and Lyautey.