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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Jan 2022 9:47 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

On a scale of 0 (none) to 10 (everywhere!), how much historical military artwork (paintings and prints) do you have on display in your home? Miniatures do not count.

Average rating: 2.64

Cardinal Ximenez11 Jan 2022 10:01 a.m. PST

Surprisingly low

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Jan 2022 10:39 a.m. PST

Good Art is not cheap. Most wargamers are cheap evil grin

doc mcb11 Jan 2022 10:46 a.m. PST

Many of us have wives who have different ideas about decor.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 10:52 a.m. PST

Doc mcb for the win!

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 10:55 a.m. PST

Doc takes the prize!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 10:57 a.m. PST

My challenge is having enough wall space to hang all the prints I have. And buying the frames!


35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 11:04 a.m. PST

Hmmm 4 Troiani, 1 Dale Gallon and 2 Kuntslers. My wife likes them, so no issues.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 11:12 a.m. PST

Yes, four, which I have hanging in my study.

arthur181511 Jan 2022 12:30 p.m. PST

Now my wife and I have retired to Wales, I have a small (by US standards) room for a study/wargame room at the back of the house. I am awaiting the framing of some of my prints from a local shop; once they are done the walls above the low bookshelves will be covered with pictures of Napoleonic battles and soldiers. Some are reproductions of famous paintings, such as those of Waterloo by Robert Dighton; others are original early nineteenth century aquatints that I collected when I was younger (and they were cheaper!).I have the same problem as ColCampbell.

The rest of the house is my wife's domain and a battle picture-free zone.

wargamingUSA11 Jan 2022 12:31 p.m. PST

Five Ltd Edition Prints, which hang in the basement near the gaming area. One each Griffing, Buxton, Phillips, Terpening, and Stivers, and an open edition poster of mounted Moroccan tribesmen. One Rocco ACW and one Dietz WWII still need frames.

JimDuncanUK11 Jan 2022 12:48 p.m. PST

Napoleon on the wall inside the front door.

45thdiv11 Jan 2022 12:49 p.m. PST

I have the original artwork for the Perry's plastic kits ACW1 and VLW 20 hanging in my game room. I would have more pictures, but I don't have the wall space. Almost all the walls have shelves.

Waco Joe11 Jan 2022 1:25 p.m. PST

I have a set of storage shelves in the mancave that someday I hope to get an image printed in vinyl to place over the ends.


Something like this:


Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 2:01 p.m. PST

As someone who buys and sells original (as in, not modern reproductions)
military and naval art (mostly 1700-1950), I can contribute the following insights:

Good Art is not cheap.

You might be surprised. The only things I find that tend to get steep are fine art by known artists (e.g., original Dighton watercolors, Detaille sketches, etc.), bronzes, and some WWI and WWII posters. Many aquatints, etchings, lithos, etc., are comparable in price to modern prints.

Most wargamers are cheap

I can't dispute this.

Wall space and the opprobrium of the spouse or SO are indeed the chief obstacles I encounter with wargamers. Interestingly, I rarely encounter these problems with toy soldier or militaria collectors.

The cost of framing is also a factor, although I am always happy to point out that most premade frames these days are well made, affordable, and come in a bewildering variety of styles. Get an acid free mat (please!) and Bob's you uncle. OTOH, if you're buying a 1916 German Kriegsanleihe poster for $900 USD, you might want a professional to handle it.

I currently have 53 items on display, mainly because framed items are sometimes easier to store on the wall!

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 4:00 p.m. PST


khanscom11 Jan 2022 5:34 p.m. PST

Looking at prints of Roberts and Kitchener as I post; 4 small Tritt repros hang over the painting bench.

Disco Joe11 Jan 2022 7:35 p.m. PST

None at all.

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