Suburban Militarism is a blog dedicated to the gentle hobby of painting model soldiers. It is not connected in any way with the actual stockpiling of megadeath military-grade armaments from the comfort of one’s own home.
It is also a blog dedicated to military history with an emphasis on the 18th and 19th centuries. Having been a member of the Victorian Military Society for decades, that the forces of the British Empire should make an occasional appearance will come as no surprise.
It all began in my childhood in the 1970s and 80s. Let me explain: ever since I was a small boy I was fascinated by images of colourful 18th and 19th century uniforms but was often starved of information or indeed access to many models – (this was a pre-internet era!). Time went by and as I entered early middle age, I decided to get back in touch with this passion once more, recording the collecting and painting of model solders whilst using this blog as a record of my activities. I think that there must be many more destructive outlets for a mid-life crisis than model soldier painting. As my appreciation of model soldiers grows, so has my desire for more military history. Suburban Militarism is the outcome.
Favourite topics that you’ll find here are Napoleonics (especially cavalry), Victorian yeomanry and volunteers, military museums and their exhibits, WWI and much more besides.
More background on the genesis of Suburban Militarism and my love of model soldiers can be found on the inaugural post here.
As for me, I’m from the UK and live with my wife, daughter and an array of friendly pets including two cats and a horse. My warmongering is strictly kept to the miniature world and, as a Buddhist, in every other respect I am dedicated to peace. Few know of my hobby outside of my immediate family. Behind those net curtains, one man builds an army…