Tuesday, 8 September 2009

My scrapbook and the Hasselse Garde Grenadiers Flag

My first attempt at posting pictures and a bit of tinkering with the Paint program. 

First of all an attempt at flag design with the Paint program. Not bad, but not there yet.
Secondly I present the reader with a page of my scrapbook. Here all my thoughts on wargaming are recorded. To me it's invaluable. The fun thing is that I can look back and see ideas evolve, or sometimes realise that earlier thoughts were better. Best thing...unless I misplace the book...I won't lose my doodles and scribbles as "somebody" cleans up the desk.
On with the show...
Here you see a first design of the Hasselse Grenadier Guards Flag. White and green banded background of the modern day Hasselt flag and central part of Hasselt coat of arms combined.

As promised a page from my scrapbook. Thank you Dave over at Not By Appointment for the uniform template. Some of you more learned or dexterous (computer-savvy) gentlemen would probably suggest to colour the template by some program...Hey...It's my blog... and the felt tip pens were a present from the same somebody whom cleans desks.

And yes...the scrapbook is in English...Why?...Otherwise I have to translate when I transpose my writings to the Chronicles (as I now lovingly call the blog). Doesn't that make sense?

Next I'll make an inventory of my wargaming literature (that will be laugh), watch this space

Happy gaming


  1. Very pleasant and friendly to be allowed in the 'intimacy' of your scrapbook; always interesting to see other 'makers of universes' -well, countries at least- at work.
    Infantry flags of the time were square or almost so -that on display in Monte-Cristo is too wide with regard to its height- but it's *your* army!

    Long life to Die Dietsche Unie!

  2. Jean Louis,
    Well spotted. I know of the almost square flags. I intend of doing about 40 or 45 mm squarish flags painted the Olley way,as described in "The Wargame Companion". Again you see the virtue of a scrapbook. Two pages further things are squaring up nicely.


  3. *sigh* . . . I wish that I had started a notebook such as yours some eons ago.

    I most certainly do understand that "earlier ideas better" concept. One of the "tricks" that I pull on myself is to write something that I think is great . . . and then put it away for at least six months, then read it over . . . and I'm almost always more appalled than enamored with it.

    Colorful flag . . . I'm looking forward to the "squared" version.

    Thanks for sharing, Peter.

    -- Jeff

  4. Great start. Looking forward to more.

  5. The scrapbook (thank you for sharing that snippet!) is a great idea! I tend to have various notebooks and notepads, scraps of paper, post-it notes, etc. with ideas, doodles, and all, kind of scattered here and there, and can't always find stuff or find I've written down the same thing more than once in various places (like ideas for names - I collect these whenever and wherever inspiration strikes; so if someone could follow me around and see what I write they's see me jotting down odd words and phrases... lol).

    Anyway, things seem to be moving along nicely the the DDU. I know at least one person printed out some of David's uniform templates and hand-colored them with watercolor paint and additional hatching with a pen and then scanned the result back into digital form. There's no wrong way to do it.

  6. Welcome to Europa and the world of Imagi-Nations.

    Like the scrapbook scheme. Looking forward to seeing your project progress

    -- Allan

  7. Greetings and felicitations from the Reich Duchy of Beerstein. The Reich Duke admires your scrapbook!

  8. What a surprise. Here I am, trying to build an army and I'm getting comments on my scrapbook. Maybe I should forget my projects and start a blog on scrapbooking.
    Gentlemen, again thank you for the kind comments. But I have to remember that the Chronicles are just a tool for the hobby. As it has, thanks to the readers, taken a flying start, it is difficult not to get sidetracked.
    But still, go out to the stationer, buy an artists sketchbook, a hardcover writingbook or whatever and start collecting your scraps of thoughts, ideas, colourschemes, inspiring pictures, whatever. Buy a nice pen, or colours to use...it is fun. I even do it while watching television and in one other place which I won't mention, but we have two of them...so queuing isn't a problem.
    Another advantage I discovered is that the Chronicles are a good way to better my english language skills. Maybe I should start a blog in French.


  9. Peter, I envy other people their linguistic skills!
    Once upon a time, I too could converse with a smattering of German or Spanish, and even tutored Latin ... then a horrible fever in 68, and all I can really master is English ... so I wound up teaching it ...
    A person who speaks many languages is multilingual, a person who is fluent in two languages is bilingual, a person who barely manages one language is an American ...

  10. This is very impressive stuff Peter! You are definitely organised in your approach to this project!