Friday, January 31, 2014


Wow, it has been a while hasn't it?  One whole year.

While I could offer a whole bunch of really good excuses, as we used to say the Army;  “The effective range of an excuse is 0 meters”. 

While I did manage to complete a few units last year, I haven't got around to taking any photos yet.  So, in the interim, I present the following quote attributed to Cameron Sawyer that I stumbled across while surfing the inter-webs last week.  I can't confirm the accuracy of this, but as the Czar, I approve of it, (facts do not concern the Czar).

"The Napoleonic Wars gave the French the word bistro as a reminder of the rude, conquering Russian officers who demanded quick service in French cafes. Bystro means quick in Russian. Russian, in turn, got sheramiz avat, meaning to beg. Hardly any Russian today knows it, but this word comes from the French phrase cher ami. The starving, freezing French soldiers, retreating in disarray after the defeat at Borodino, would knock at the doors of Russian farmhouses and implore the farmers for food, crying: cher ami!" - Cameron Sawyer

So much lead, so little time


  1. So one word came from a Russian demand, and the other a French request? :-)

    You have done some gaming - I just have gotten to do all the write ups.

    Anyway, you've been a bad bad boy,Czar Barry - only one blog post all last year! In penance, you must paint up some Prussians (no, no, anything but that!) or get your Picts and Hungarians up to snuff for some Hostile Realms action this Spring (see the HAHGS discussion of same).

  2. Painting? That's not penance, that's torture.

  3. In all serious, there is Fernando in Sri Lanka if you want to go the Thomas route... or EBay for the Greg route. Otherwise, knuckle down, Sir! :-)