My last post of the year. Here are some of the items I came across this month related to the Foreign Legion.
1. Foreign Legion Uniform Plates at “Miniaturas Militares por Alfons Canovas”. This website is a gold mine for fans of military uniforms and I happened to notice there were some recent posts depicting uniforms of the French Foreign Legion. There are actually several entries about the Foreign Legion on the entire blog and using the search function on the blog allows you to pull them all up. The links below will take you to the five recent posts depicting the excellent work (like the picture above) of one Jose Mº (Maria) Bueno, a fairly prolific artist and writer of uniform books in Spanish during the 1980-90’s.
2. Websites of Note. I’m always finding new places on the web but I’m not very attentive to sharing these finds under my blog roll or links. These were some of the neat ones this month….
— Bir Hacheim This French website is devoted to all things about the French military. It has several posts about the Foreign Legion. I use it as mainly as a resource to find more information about books, magazines and films related to the Foreign Legion and other elite French forces.
—Dien Bien Phu (Redstar Miniatures). This blog mainly is devoted to an interesting line of 28mm miniatures for the Indochina War. There are also some related posts to uniforms and equipment of this conflict.
—Franska Främlingslegionen. This great site is devoted to the Swedish members of the Foreign Legion. There is a wealth of information here and the author has done some remarkable research into a very narrow subject. There is a page in English and the scope of the blog says “Welcome to my page. Here I have gathered information from my collection of books and the internet, which I hope will be a fairly comprehensive “dictionary” for those who want to dig deeper into the subject, “The French Foreign Legion. Swedes and in Swedish”. A nice blog to browse–you never know what you might find here. Check out the link to the “curiosities“.
3. Thomas Gunn Figures in Action. More action pictures from Micheal’s collection of Thomas Gunn Miniatures.
4. Legion Wargames. Thanks to the Bir Hacheim website mentioned above I discovered a link to Legion Wargames, manufactures of traditional map and cardboard counter war games. In particular they have made a game called Tonkin that looks very interesting and another (soon to be released) that depicts the battle of Dien Bien Phu. Also available is a game called Ici c’est la France! The Algerian War of Independence 1954 – 1952. Their website is a bit buggy but patience is rewarded.
5. Tabletop Wargame Action. The folks at the Association – Les Riflemen blog posted some interesting pictures of a miniatures war game they played involving a 1857 skirmish between the French and Algerian Kabilye tribesmen.
6. Mercenary Graphics. Eric at Mercenary Graphics has a very nice range of holiday Foreign Legion themed products. I somehow overlooked posting this before Christmas but you can stock up now for 2014. His other work can be seen at his page on Deviant Art.
Administrative Notes: This is where I usually make bold statements about future “next year is gonna be great” goals and specific milestones for this blog. Not this time. I will simply promise more Foreign Legion book and movie reviews (since I’ve already done the reading and the watching all that’s left is the writing). Pulps and the monthly “hodgepodge” will also continue. I will try and post more miniature work since I’m finally wrapping up some projects. It seems the topic of the classic French Foreign Legion is never close to being exhausted and I’m looking forward to posting another year’s worth of exciting and interesting information about La Légion étrangère française.