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Friday, 4 July 2014

Austrian Army - the Hello Magazine exclusive

We've been wanting do something like this for a while - basically do a photo shoot of one of our armies, possibly more Vanity Fair than Hello Magazine, but hey, why not? The old wargame magazines which inspired me to play big Napoleonic games often had big set piece photos, obviously staged, but nonetheless awesome to look at. Why couldn't we do something similar? No reason at all, just getting ourselves sorted out and actually doing it! Something like this maybe...        

This is just the kind of thing I was hoping for. It all worked out! 
The Finale on the Vissen game finished a five week epic of immensely enjoyable back to back Napoleonic gaming. But what next? Rich was away for a week and the table was clear so we went for it. We set up a stage basically, created a scene and put Austrian toys into position to make this look as good as possible! These pics aren't overly captioned, hopefully they just speak or themselves. Make a pot of tea, coffee or fave tipple and enjoy.  
 

Tony tries to get the angle just right.

The stage is set, let's take some photos...


Who's that guy? 
So that's how it looked, here are the best of the pictures.
































































There you have it. The models are from the collections of Chris and myself. There is a lot of kit here yet we have more Austrians to come, most notably three more batteries and four more cavalry regiments are still to be painted. There is some new stuff here too, the Grenz and more Uhlans, I'll get some close-ups and credits for you some other time.

This was a great laugh to do and I think we got a great result. We'll definitely do this again with our other armies at some point. I hope you enjoyed this rather self indulgent post, as usual fee free to comment and feedback.

Best wishes, Jeremy

17 comments:

  1. Jeremy you have a very large and beautiful army. When I additionally will paint some more battalions will surely use your idea. Will hold the same photo session. Thank you.

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  2. Beautiful!!!!! :) what I like to call wargamer porn!!! Lol ;) I'm now having to resist the temptation to buy some Austrians! As ever great figures with great paintwork! :)

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  3. Fantastic. I now really really want an Austrian army. These are stunning. I love the mix of manufacturers but they blend brilliantly.

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  4. Wow, great stuff, a lot of work there, and very good quality to, well done.

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  5. A great idea for showing off your figures and it's a fantastic looking collection

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  6. "Very pretty, Colonel, Very pretty, But, can they fight?"

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  7. Amazing collection. Truly a labor of love - even the braiding on the breeches! Impressive Austro-Hungarian army! Best, Dean

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  8. Great pictures JJ, I'm glad you tricked me into collecting a this many Austrians! Just need to scrape together the cash to finish it all off...
    Chris

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  9. Oh very nice. I love Austrians. Well done
    Jonathan

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  10. Fantastic! Beautiful pictures of an amazing army, your Austrian troops are really, really, really awesome...especially the infantry, splendid!!

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  11. My word, what a collection and to think that is just the Austrians. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Mr Whistle, glad you likey! I owe you guys an update so pop back soon...

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  12. Long time no hear JJ!? Hope everything is ok and you're still planning on updating your blog soon! (subtle are'nt I? Lol) I'm sure real life is more important than my marauder fix but I'm still wanting more selfishly! :)

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    1. Hi Robert, you're right it has been a long time. In all honesty I've just not felt like doing this, I could blame my 4 week holiday or bust work/family life but the truth is that I simply didn't feel like doing this... until now! We have some updates from the long summer months and we have just started a big battle on our new table, more on both tomorrow I hope - Robert, I found my Marauder Mojo again!

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  13. Glad to hear it!? I'm the same have'nt updated my blog since March.... Lol but I've been busy hobbywise :) I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to :) oh and you'll be pleased to hear you were right about the basing! :)

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  14. As youngsters we all dream of the day when we can have large collections such as this. It is great that you have been able to amass this fine looking army.

    Fritz

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  15. Splendid display, Jeremy. I recall hearing somewhere that one of the Hungarian regiments (with a very wealthy Inhaber ? Esterhazy) got special permission (at a price!) to have flags with light blue grounds as seen on one of the grenadier units here, but was never able to find confirmation of that in writing...
    Not at all a criticism, just wonder if whoever's unit is is has a source?

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