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Arteis0211 Mar 2019 8:48 p.m. PST

Why do I like Bernard Cornwell's series of 'Sharpe' novels?

Answering the above query on another TMP discussion today made me look back at this blog posting I made about the Sharpe books over four years ago:


In my wargaming armies, I have Sharpe and Harper in two scales: 28mm and 40mm.



Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2019 10:41 a.m. PST

Really enjoyed your link and the LOTR likeness with the 28mm and 40mm side by side did raise a laugh.

I would also mention the Brigade Games Miniatures figures, many of which do bear distinct resemblance not just to the Riflemen but some redcoats, officers and even wicked Frenchies from the TV series.

Probably wise to stress what every movie's credits state as they roll, (even if a documentary about Churchill or a Pixar cartoon) "Any resemblance to persons living or dead is unintentional and entirely coincidental". No problem at all in you creating images of TV characters, but a company selling them as such is…"tricky". Let us say no more than that and no-one will mind, surely…

Must ask you about the last picture of the Front Rank Rifles. At first I worried about the two kissing on the extreme right, but now see it is the leading man's hand not the other chap's face! No, the brown/decorated duo with black rifle facings. Is this Spanish cloth to replace worn out green? It is really striking and very unusual to see "redcoats" with Bakers (unless KGL)

Arteis0212 Mar 2019 3:42 p.m. PST

Ha Ha, I never spotted the 'kissing riflemen' in that photo! Call it my contribution to Pride Week!


As for the brown jacket, I can't recall the source for that, as I painted these figures some 15 years ago. But I think you're right that it is just Spanish cloth to repair a worn out jacket.

De Berne13 Mar 2019 4:55 p.m. PST

Great stuff. Thanks for being so upfront about the Sharpe novels which are sometimes over criticised on this site. I throughly enjoyed the early stuff and looked forward to a new one. There are so few other napoleonic themed novels and these are a cracking read. So Bleeped text to the oh it's not literature brigade. Lovely photos too.

Lord Ashram13 Mar 2019 6:55 p.m. PST

Hey Roly, I've really enjoyed seeing all of the armies on parade… a fan of your blog/website for years!

Can I ask… did you ever see the Sharpe short story I wrote? You might enjoy it, if you haven't!


Arteis0214 Mar 2019 12:41 p.m. PST

Thanks for that link, LA. I'll have a read.

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