Saturday, January 31, 2015

Two Grumpy Old Men

These two crotchety gents are the prizes for the Play by Blog/Email Diplomacy game that finished here last month.   

The fellow on the left goes to Edwin King, who played Italy, and won the prize for Best Roleplaying. The fellow on the right goes to Mark Haughey, who led the game as England when we had to stop.  Well done, lads.  Sorry it’s taken so long to get these done.

 Both these figures are Artizan, from their French Foreign Legion range.   Edwin first suggested these figures to me when we were discussing a figure that might do for the persona he created, Count di Graspi.   Edwin wrote a lot of brilliant fluff for our in-game newspaper, The Daily Dissembler.  My favourite entry has to be this one, in which he is a charming schemer and lecher. I have no idea what Italian generals wore in the early 1900s, but I liked the dark green uniform to suggest the traditional in-game colour for Italy in Diplomacy.

 The other fellow was painted as per Mark’s specifications, kind of English, kind of French.   With the moustache he calls to mind Sir John French of the BEF, if French wasn’t such a total Francophobe.  I’ll get these chaps in the mail early next week.  

Cheers,  MP+

These figures bring my 2015 totals to:

28mm:  Foot Figures: 6; Mounted Figures: 10


15mm: Armour/Vehicles: 5


Kilometres Run: 80

Thesis Pages Written:  75


  1. One man's grumpy old man is another's seasoned veteran. Great figures and brushwork on both!

  2. Very impressive work here Mike. Great choices.

  3. Wonderful work Michael! Great looking figures!

  4. A fantastic pair of characters. Lovely job on them both Michael :)

  5. I'm really very happy with this Michael - thank you!

  6. Replies
    1. So, we have Count di Graspi and Sir ?

      I feel we have a naming challenge coming on.

    2. We definitely need a name for him, Mark.

  7. Beautiful work going to well deserving gentlemen.

  8. So much character! Especially like the Count's eyebrows!


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