OK not film footage of the original, a movie. I was keeping the hounds company this afternoon and trolling the net on my tablet for things related to wargaming the 3rd qtr of the 19th C and stumbled on this 1912 Romanian silent film of "The War of Romanian Independence: (click on the following link.)
It begins with a village dance then mobilization, the declaration, some preliminary Russo Turkish action and then settles into Plevna and shows the Romanians tipping the balance and ends with a 30th anniversay parade. The acting and cinematography is what you would expect or better for 1912 and someone has kindly translated the captions. There are scads of soldiers in period uniforms who seem to know what they are about, I suspect they were either serving soldiers on loan or else included a lot of veterans and reservists. The film also included shots of field hospitals and at least 1 band, reminding me that those rules need to be ported over fron Hearts of Tin.
If you have any interest in the late 19thC its well worth an hour and a half. Pity its not in colour!
EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Siege of Plevna on Film
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.