The Yule Grenadiers

So this is Xmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun

And what have I done? Mostly lots and lots of Napoleonic cavalry, of course! But also I contributed some figures to the very wonderful Benno’s Figures Forum Famous Waterloo Project, an international group build timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. At the very start of the year, I began with painting a number of Swedish Napoleonic infantry  and artillery by HaT. And not forgetting lots of day trips out to various military museums across the UK; from many provincial regimental museums, to mighty coastal defence fortifications, and even a visit to Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory herself! (And did I mention a direct relative of mine once served on HMS Victory in the 19th century? That’s another story…)

With the Nappy Cavalry Project finished, and my day job now finished until next week, I’m winding down to Christmas with a traditional activity of painting of some entirely fanciful “Christmas infantry”. Essentially, Revell’s 7 Years War Austrian Infantry set gets painted in bright seasonal colours that are up to their ankles in snow (deep and crisp and even!), sometimes even with a little tinsel in their hats. Up to last year, I was painting the 1st Noel Infanty Regiment, but this year I’ve painted a new regiment in different colours; the Yule Grenadiers! As a final flourish, my young daughter designed their flag on computer. I think she’s done a particularly great job this time with the Yule Grenadiers ‘colour’; on a green background there’s a Xmas pudding with a Yule log, a cross, holly and some mistletoe occupying the four corners. Here they are occupying the ivy-bedecked mantlepiece as part of their Yuletide tour of duty:

So, all in all, it’s been a terrific year’s modelling here at Suburban Militarism. Here’s looking to the New Year with some new painting challenges and projects (of which, I’ll post about in the next week or so). Until then, my sincere wishes to all for happy, healthy and, most importantly in these troubled times, a peaceful Christmas time and New Year.

A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

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