Sunday, June 26, 2011

In celebration of Les Grognards 2 Yr Anniversary!

Wargaming in History

I recently found both of these videos on the internet and thought I'd share some Hobby history with you all!

Un gibernard de première classe

 

M Albert RIGONDAUD, peintre officiel des armées, fabrique des figurines de soldats qui reproduisent très fidèlement les costumes militaires. Il présente différents types de soldats qu'il peint en fonction de la période historique à laquelle ils font référence. C'est un passionné d'histoire qui veut apporter quelque chose aux générations qui le suivront. Il explique pourquoi il utilise des soldats de série en matière plastique de préférence aux figurines en plomb très difficiles à travailler, présente sa collection personnelle (soldats de Louis XV, gardes suisses, soldats de Louis XVI...) et la collection de SCHMIDT. Il raconte son travail de recherche dans les archives pour identifier les soldats. Il reproduit sur des planches documentaires les détails des uniformes militaires dont il est parvenu à retrouver la trace. Il explique comment il a obtenu le titre de "gibernard de première classe" (un gibernard étant un "uniformologue" c'est-à-dire un passionné d'uniformes militaires) et l'origine du terme.


Babelfish Translation (Not 100%);

Mr. Albert RIGONDAUD, official painter of the armies, manufactures figurines of soldiers who reproduce the military costumes very accurately. He presents various types of soldiers qu' he paints according to the historical period to which they refer. C' one is impassioned d' history which wants to bring something to the generations which will follow it. He explains why he preferably uses soldiers of series out of plastic to the lead figurines very difficult to work, presents his personal collection (soldiers of Louis XV, guards Swiss, soldiers of Louis XVI…) and the collection of SCHMIDT. He tells his research task in the files to identify the soldiers. He reproduces on documentary boards the details of the military uniforms of which he managed to find the trace. He explains how he obtained the title of " gibernard of first classe" (a gibernard being a " uniformologue" c' be-with-to say one impassioned d' military uniforms) and l' origin of the term.


Marcus Hinton at work and play

Marcus Hinton, military historian, carves model soldiers and his wife paints them - historically accurate to the last detail.

C/U of books with old fashioned drawings of soldiers. M/S of Marcus at work in a studio filled with military memorabilia: antique uniforms, guns and hats. C/U of Marcus inspecting a plumed hat. Extreme C/U of Marcus' hands as he carves a tiny soldier figure. C/U of Marcus swapping a chisel for another tool. Marcus is seen referring to contemporary prints of soldiers as he works. Pan along military artefacts on display. Marcus is seen breaking a figure of a mould. C/U of Marcus laying the figures on the table.

M/S of Mrs Hinton sitting at a table covered in paint pots and lead figures. Various shots of Mrs. H painting the figures. C/U of a drawing of a Scottish soldier. C/U of a figure in a kilt in Mrs. H.'s hands, she paints it to match the drawing. Various extreme C/Us of Scottish soldier figure alongside French, Viking and Norman soldiers. Mrs. H. is seen painting a tiny tableau showing a soldiers returning to his family from war. Top shot of a model of a fort under siege. Various extreme C/Us of soldiers on the siege model - appears to be from the Napoleonic era.

Various shots of Marcus and Mrs. H. (wearing an antique army jacket ) playing a table top battle game with the model soldiers. Various shots of Mrs. H and Marcus shifting their opposing armies of toy soldiers across the table.