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Sebastian Palmer04 Jun 2018 1:36 a.m. PST



I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Andrew Field's excellent Grouchy's Waterloo. In fact I was sent two copies! So I've decided to give one away, in a promotional competition at my blog, here:


I'm afraid I'll have to limit entries to mainland UK, on account of the postage costs. There's a deadline for entries, which is midday next Sunday (GMT). I'll post the winning answer on my blog, and perhaps here as well, and I'll also post the book, of course, on the monday.

I hope people enjoy taking part!?


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arthur181504 Jun 2018 3:18 a.m. PST

I won't be entering the competition as I already possess the book, but want to thank you for bringing your blog to my attention – I'll bookmark it and return frequently!

Sebastian Palmer04 Jun 2018 11:19 a.m. PST

Hi Arthur

Glad you've discovered my blog. I do hope more folk will! And hopefully someone'll win the book as well.



Sebastian Palmer09 Jun 2018 3:50 a.m. PST

Just bumping this post in the hope someone might actually take part in the competition for the book. It's an excellent book, and I'd love to give it to someone with a passionate interest in the subject.

Glad to say that traffic to my blog has increased since posting this, which was certainly part of the point.

I might extend the deadline to the following weekend. Surely there must be someone reading this who's a Nappy buff based in the U.K. and doesn't already own it?

Sebastian Palmer11 Jun 2018 2:14 a.m. PST

Hmmm… except for the one reply from Arthur1815 I appear to be talking to myself on this thread! It's even worse on my blog, in that my competition deadline has passed, and there have been no responses at all… not a sausage!

Traffic to my blog has increased, and that was part of the idea, but still … C'mon folks, there must be someone out there in blog-land who loves Napoleonic history, and would like a free copy of this excellent book posted to them?

Marc the plastics fan11 Jun 2018 2:41 a.m. PST

Seb. I would like that book, so I will try your blog and have a meander. Busy at work so it will be a train ride read tonight


Marc the plastics fan11 Jun 2018 2:46 a.m. PST

Hmmm. Need google account. Ok, will sort that.

Sebastian Palmer11 Jun 2018 4:45 a.m. PST

Hi Marc, cool, and thanks.

Sebastian Palmer11 Jun 2018 4:52 a.m. PST

Thanks to Marc the plastics fan, I'll be extending the deadline on this competition to midday, Sunday, June 17th.

Actually – rather serendipitously* – this is a very appropriate date, as its both the anniversary of the Waterloo campaigns 'day of dithering' – both Napoleon and Grouchy failing to press sufficiently hard – and a day whose activity, or inactivity, Field covers in great detail, and Father's Day.

Who knows, perhaps someone will win this and gift it to their Pa?

Russ Lockwood11 Jun 2018 1:41 p.m. PST

I'll swing by your blog for a look see.

FYI: in 2015, the Hartford Area Historical Gaming Society held a Waterloo 200th Anniversary "Campaign in a Day" event covering a dozen tables and about 20 players. History changed a tad that day…

Peter runs the Blunders on the Danube blog:

Links to all Snappy Nappy Campaigns

Link to Part 1 (of 7) of Waterloo 200th

Contains OBs, maps, and recaps from umpire and players.

Russ Lockwood11 Jun 2018 1:54 p.m. PST

Some nicely done war film and plastic model kit reviews.

FYI: Dunkirk 2017:

"director's decision to fragment the narrative…"

I watched this the other month. I'm also not a fan of this style of filmmaking. It took me a while to figure out the same scene from different viewpoints idea. Pity.

colkitto12 Jun 2018 12:47 p.m. PST

OK, I don't want to have a google account, so I'll pass – but just to reassure you that your cries have not gone unnoticed, I particularly liked your 200th post – both because the BV141 was a kit I always yearned for (so weird!) when I was kid but somehow never got or made, and because your discussion of making it is both informative and endearingly honest about the bits that went wrong!

Sebastian Palmer12 Jun 2018 2:10 p.m. PST

Thanks for chipping in Russ and colkitto. I hope you'll check back in with my blog occasionally, and maybe even leave a comment or two? The comments you guys have left here would be even better posted there! ;o)
(Colkitto, I,did getbthatnyou don't want a google account… but…)

Sebastian Palmer16 Jun 2018 11:01 a.m. PST

Less than a day left on the the competition. Only three entries so far. Glad that there are some, but would welcome more

Sebastian Palmer17 Jun 2018 4:28 a.m. PST


Ok, so the competition's done. Thanks to all who took part, and all who just had a look or a read of my blog, etc. Now I have to pick a winner. :-/

Will announce at 6pm ''tis evening, as a reply to my original post

Sebastian Palmer17 Jun 2018 12:44 p.m. PST

Paul Howarth won the book. Now I just need his postal address!

Marc at work18 Jun 2018 5:41 a.m. PST

I feel like Napoleon – so close on the 16th, only to find victory snatched away on the 18th :-)

A great bit of fun though Seb – well done for trying


Sebastian Palmer19 Jun 2018 4:50 p.m. PST

Sorry Marc! :-/ But very wittily and aptly put.

Perhaps I ought not admit this, but I was initially thinking I'd give you the book, based on the fact you'd clearly taken time to delve through my blog – and that's what I was hoping the competition would foster – but then my brain seized up.

I get what I've chosen to call 'consumer blackout': when faced with choices – and the more there are, the worse/harder it gets – my brain starts trying to compute all the combinations, and then simply closes down :-/

So I asked Teresa, my wife, for advice on how to choose (in fact I asked her to choose, but she refused to accommodate my lily-livered abnegation of responsibility!), and said 'pick the one that resonates with you most emotionally'. Or words to that effect. And as I'm in the middle of an L & F Funcken reverie, I opted to go with Paul.

I suspect that this aspect of my character predisposes me towards being a lousy wargamer/commander. Which in turn might explain why I seem to prefer collecting, paitning and building models and miniatures, and watching films and reading books for inspiration, as opposed to actually wargaming!?

Thanks for taking part. All your feedback is much appreciated. I hope you'll still occasionally visit and comment, despite not winning the book?

Marc the plastics fan20 Jun 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

Yep. I enjoyed your ramblings etc, so will be driving by periodically

All the best

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