Thursday, 7 February 2013

Shifty by C. YEAGER

 
 I'd like to share this with you...
 
Think of the media circus, flags at half staff, and all the things that were said of Whitney Houston when she died and Michael Jackson when he died.
This hero died with barely anyone's notice.
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"Shifty" By Chuck Yeager


Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.


I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle," the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat.

Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made. Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 ..." at which point my heart skipped.

At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into  Normandy. . . do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped.

I told him "yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what D-Day was." At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem ." I was standing with a genuine war hero ... and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of  D-Day.

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said "Yes... And it 's real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.


I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in coach while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.


He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it.

And mine are brimming up now as I write this.  Shifty died on Jan. l7 after fighting cancer.


There was no parade.  No big event in Staples Center.  No wall-to-wall, back-to-back 24x7 news coverage.  No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right!


Let's give Shifty his own memorial service, online, in our own quiet way.

Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

Rest in peace
, Shifty.

Chuck Yeager, Maj. General [ret.]


P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heroes" these days...
Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston
& the like.
 
"SHIFTY" - an incredible hero.
Please do me a favour and pass this on so that untold thousands can read it.
We owe no less to our REAL Heroes.
 
Happy gaming

Pjotr 
 

Thursday, 14 June 2012

CQMS and a prize

Still tinkering with the blog and a grand prize for my 50th member / follower.

Indeed, I deleted a number of less important links and added a few new ones which have caught my interest. Have a look.

And then there is my 50th member / follower and he wins a prize: lifelong member- and followship to the Nyudrev Chronicles for FREE. Yes...free, gratis, gratuit, and that for as long as he lives or less long than that if that person should outlive me. For reasons of discretion and privacy the 50th follower has been personally contacted by me on his Parum Pugna blog of his title of Honorary Follower of the Followship of the Blog.

Just to keep everybody interested: the 100th follower will also receive a signed picture of my dog (signed by me, not the dog).

Happy gaming
Pjotr

Sunday, 10 June 2012

How to...

Me, I'm not the kind of man seeking fame by inventing warm water....

The main reason for the "how to" section is to share someone else's great idea, and give that person credit. It also helps me find quickly those links when I need them.
Anyway, I've added two links.
First Paul at Paul's Bods has this great technique for making halberds and in extension any kind of flat shape you could need at the end of a pole. I used it to create some finials -if that is the correct word- at the top of some standards. Thank you Paul for sharing that with us.
Next , looking for a durable method of mounting printed paper flags, I came across this wonderful tutorial by Stefan in his Monty's Caravan blog. By the way, while you visit that blog, scroll down and have a look at those excellent painted miniatures. I've also included Monty's Caravan in the inspiration section. Stefan, danke ihnen.

Well, almost finished the updating, next up will be the quartermaster section. Who needs it? I for one don't have any money to spend on such frivolities as toy soldiers, or so she says...

Happy gaming
Pjotr

Friday, 8 June 2012

Favourite places

and those fallen out of favour...

I also deleted some of my ex-favourite places, because they're not my favourites any more.
But please take a few moments to welcome following sites:
-the Cent jours / Mont-Saint-Jean site gives you every uniform worn by all parties in the 1815 hundred days campaign. How spoiled can you get? And all is neatly organised, so you can research by country, or by battle order...and as new information is made available Alexis, the author/artist updates the uniform plates. This is truly a life work to be proud of;
-WW2 uniform painting guides, an older blog page of "This miniature life" by a certain Lord Gumby from Brisbane, Down Under, giving links to all kinds of information on, guess...yes, painting WW2 uniforms. I do believe that blog is now defunct.

And I'm still looking for figure ranges compatible with Warrior Miniature Napoleonics...

As ever, dear reader, don't be afraid to drop a line,  even if to prove to my dear wife that people do read my postings even if there are no pictures of the balsa houses she made.

Happy gaming
Pjotr

Thursday, 7 June 2012

New inspiration

and goodbye old inspiration...

I've started to clean up the Chronicles a bit. In the "Inspiration" section I've deleted some defunct links. And put a few new ones (for me at least) in place.
The Airfix American Civil War Project is a good example of how I would want my civil war project to look. It is completely in line with my other projects.
Parum Pugna, what can I say, sowing the seeds of doubt in my mind. That Mr Pearson is a devil of sorts.
And Vauban and Shandy, a fellow Belgian gamer, in the same line of work as myself...nice and inspirational garden gaming.
Service Ration Distribution is a school example of how a sand table should look like. Respect...
And last, Jeremy Jenkins' Marauder Moments. Those armies will be -even more- huge in a couple of years. But I'd love a game with them right now.

The near future will see more cleaning up as I go along. If you feel left out or if for some reason I unintentionally left you out, drop a line and I'll sort it out.

Happy Gaming
Pjotr

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Proof of life


This time I have written a post with several purposes.
First of all to prove I’m still alive, although some people would probably consider me brain dead, which, in fact, suites me fine. Next to give an update on how all the projects are progressing. An introduction of my new acquisitions -wargames related, of course- follows that.

How do I prove I’m still alive? A picture of me holding today's newspaper? Do I send a body part to each of the listed followers (yes, you, and you, and…). I could do that, but who gets which part and what will that leave for myself and my dear wife to enjoy? Actually, I won’t be going into this before I discover SWMBO really won’t miss anything and would happily start making 48 parcels with me laying heavily sedated in a pool of blood on a cold stone slab. This would sort of take the purpose out of the proof of life thingy. So, dear reader, just consider these humble words as proof of life. Actually, putting the word “humble” in the text sort of makes it not so humble any more…and here we go again…

Which smoothly brings me to the status of my projects...

The Classic or Old School wargaming project has slowed down a bit but will find new élan because a small but permanent gaming set up is in the making, giving me a 4 by 6 foot wargames table. As for miniatures, a next restored regiment of plastic Spencer Smith models is undergoing the last stages of restoration. The standards are painted on linen and came out very well I think. Next up is a 24 figure cavalry unit.
I have also identified the 1/100000 metric map for campaigning using the method described in “The Wargame”. Just to set the scene:

It is 1758 and the Franlysse (French) armies are deployed in three lines along the Meuse and Ruhr rivers, between Meuse and Rhine and the first line along the Rhine as they are manoeuvring against Ferdinand of Brunswicks allied troops. The upstart DDU poses a serious threat to the lines of communications coming from Northern Franlysse, through Flanders, and also formed a possible allied bridgehead in the Franlysse rear, West of the River Meuse. Franlysse's Comte de Clermont had sent a large contingent south and west around the Ardennes, by way of Namur, to cover this threat to his rear lines. This contingent is ordered to strike North to force the DDU into treaty or surrender at the same time robbing the allies of a possible bridgehead. After breaking the DDU forces, the Franlysse troops -let's call them Clermonts rearguard- were to bivouac and set up winter quarters as far North as possible.
Back to the campaign map.
The map that will be used can be found here. I'll be using the Liège/Limburg sheets. Only thing I haven’t decided upon yet (because of the work involved) is whether I’ll redraw the map and adapt it using the contemporary  “Kabinetskaart” for a more realistic setting. Anyway a new grid has to be superimposed for campaigning the Grant way.
Also, as I don't really want to be a follower, I'll think I'll call my Classic or Old School wargaming something else: Retro Wargaming. Yes, Pjotr Nuydrevs Retro Wargaming project. It does sound a bit silly doesn't it. In a couple of weeks time you'll find discussions on other fora about the correct definition of Retro Wargaming, as mine -even though i think I just invented it- isn't correct anyway and should include...blah blah blah

Of course, in the mean time, imagi-history has taught us that in the end Franlysse was beaten and the DDU survived to get mixed up in the Napoleonic wars.

The Napoleonic project using Rank and File rules is well under way. The models for a generic French division are present. The cavalry (dragoons) are painted. I’m using mainly Warrior miniatures for the infantry and some Minifigs for the cavalry. I’m still looking for some artillery miniatures compatible with the Warrior models. These could be Lamming, Tradition 25, maybe Hinchliffe or Garisson? (some desperate hinting just to make sure someone out there does write a useful or at least sensible comment). These Warrior miniatures where bought at a bring and buy at a wargames convention in GENTBRUGGE last year. The Minifig cavalry where an Ebay find.
The generic and partly imagi-nation allied forces are mustering also. Two divisions worth of infantry models: part Warrior miniatures and part Prince August models.
The Warrior models where acquired from Mr S.A. who tells me these models originated from another Mr. S. A.. Anyway,  these models are painted up as the war of 1812 British and US infantry. The British will form two large guard battalions. The US and Canadian troops will form DDU militia units.
Mr T. H. from Promotheus in Aspic fame, also sent me two battalions worth of Warrior miniatures painted as Spanish. These will make up two DDU line battalions. Of course all figures will be paint converted, keeping a maximum of the original paintwork. 
You can imagine how the allied are organised with DDU militia and line units standing in for historical 100 days campaign Dutch-Belgian troops.
Next, at this years Gentbrugge convention, I picked up a load of rather crudely painted Prince August miniatures which will need some work to form five British battalions. To complete the allied army I still need some artillery and cavalry.
So I think -after resolving some basing issues- I'm well on the way here.

- These  88 fellows will form half of an allied Napoleonic 100 day-ish army
after rebasing and touching up of course.-
Which means that I’ve already largely given away what has been brought into the house. But that was not all.

I have also bought a number of books: The Wargame rules, Scenarios for all Ages, the Funcken books on the 7YW...
But I won't renew my Battlegames subscription. I don't like the lecturing (is that the correct expression?) tone of many of the authors and reviewers and most importantly: Diane S.'s hand fetish photographs don't do it any more -for me at least- and I think of upgrading to Playboy or some such.

On hold

Due to the unexpected  influx of Napoleonic forces and the loss of the main motivator (The Classic Wargaming Journal) my ancients project is now last in the line.
But I'm happy with that. I don't want to set time bound goals and challenges to organise and structure my hobby to get the most out of it.... I'm doing all that at work...I just want to fool around with toy soldiers and paint some sometimes, throw a few dice, read history books and not feel guilty when I'm not doing anything...Isn't life stressful enough? Let me enjoy the chaos of my hobby at my leisure.

Pictures

"No hands, no cookies",  as my grandmother used to say.... 


Happy gaming


Pjotr

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The Nyudrev building society

And now for that terrible secret concerning the first batch of balsa buildings...(see previous post)

I'm loath to confess...yes...it really hurts to say that...
they were made by my lovely wife. And to make matters even worse, she's better at it than me. Please enjoy the work of Sabrina Nyudrev - Von Wunderheim.

-Buildings in several states of finish. As you can see, the top lifts of to reveal ruins. The miniatures in the pictures give you an idea of scale.-

-ooh, and hedges and fences and trees...-

In the "how to" section on the left you can find a link to the Leadgardens blog, where all is explained to make these splendid "classic wargaming buildings". As if there is any other way to make wargame buildings, in any scale...
 
I feel a bit silly now, having tricked the love of my life -after all her hard work- into a goblin green sitting room.
Happy gaming
Pjotr