About me

After dabbing in Wooden Ships & Iron Men as a student in the 1980’s I exchanged tabletop wargaming for other pursuits such as earning a decent income, reading, smoking, marrying assorted women, sailing, traveling (I’m a magazine editor), begetting children and raising same – not necessarily in that order.

A couple of years ago my wargaming career took off again with a cardboard bang. Since then I have played many games, explored available rules, acquired and painted 10mm Pendraken models (mostly WWII Germans and Russians) and scratch-built some terrain. Favourite rules include Black Powder (and its consecutive off-spins), Spearhead and Crossfire. My present project is the Thirty Years War.

With old friends succumbing to fatal diseases and civilisation condemned to death by a thousand Tweets, there is something profoundly reassuring about adult males moving toy soldiers on a table whilst debating the merits of rare books, rarer movies, fine whiskies and finer women.

This blog is intended as a flypaper. I hope to attract some valuable comments and maybe find wargaming partners in or around my home town of Amersfoort, The Netherlands. I will probably not be a very proficient blogger since I already have a life.

Gay, you say? Ffyfington-Summerville?

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6 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Àlex Claramunt said:

    Very good blog. Glad to see someone else interested on the pike and shot warfare, and with a good knowledge of the Spanish army also. Casually, my first post was about a crossing of the IJssel river in 1629 which led to a brief Spanish-Imperial occupation of Amersfoort.

    Regards.

  2. Gracias, Àlex. Actually your article on the incident at the IJssel drew my attention to your blog. I’m quickly teaching myself Spanish with a dictionary, with an old Spanish grammar (‘¿Cuál es el sombrero de usted?’) that used to belong to my Dad, and with the Conde de Clonard as my exercise text. Las obras de este autor son muy buenas.
    There you go! 😉

    Cheers,
    Aart

    P.S. Your information about the Croat cavalry in Spanish service is also very interesting!

  3. Àlex Claramunt said:

    I’m glad that you have found my posts interesting. Also, Clonard is a very good source for the history of the tercios/regiments of the Spanish army.

    I’ll follow your blog with attention.

    Regards.

  4. Wonderful to stumble across your blog. This is perhaps a foolish question, but who painted the above image? It’s stellar and looks like something between Rubens and Callot.

    • Hello Jordan,

      thank you! To be honest I’ve had other things on my mind than this blog for quite a while and I almost forgot who drew that picture. It’s a Courtois drawing entitled ‘Departure of soldiers to a battle’. I found a reference to it in the World Digital Library where it says:

      “Originally, this unsigned wash drawing of soldiers leaving for battle was attributed to Johann-Philipp Lembke, but it is now considered to be the work of Jacques Courtois (1621-76). Courtois was a French painter who lived most of his life in Italy; he is also known as Il Borgognone. Following his training as an artist, Courtois served in the French military. He is widely recognized for his depictions of battles, often done in wash drawing. This style, which is produced by applying a series of monochrome washes over a pen or pencil outline, was very popular with 17th-century landscape painters. The pen defines the image, while the washes provide depth. The drawing is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library, the foremost American collection devoted to the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering, and one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military and naval uniforms.”

      I think it captures the utter sordidness of war very well.

      Cheers,
      Aart

  5. Excellent blog, Aart!

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