Friday, May 20, 2022

Going Down To The Crossroads


General Greene calls for a staff meeting in front of the Savage Swann Tavern.


I’m feeling quite a bit better today so I went down into the Man Cave and set up a couple of photo shoots to pass the time away. Today’s fox is the meeting of some AWI Continental infantry meeting at a village crossroads as they march off to battle. 

Major General Nathaniel Greene has a rendezvous with a couple of his brigade commanders in front of The Savage Swann Tavern. The proprietor of the Inn, a Mr. Donovan, is offering cold refreshments to the gentlemen.

A brigade of Continentals can be seen marching off into the horizon. The soldiers are all from the Fife and Drum Miniatures range of figures. The civilians are from a wide variety of companies including Minden, Perry, Front Rank, Old Glory and a few unknown figures that I have picked up over the years.

I hope that you enjoy the pictures.

The buildings in these snapshots were made by The Master Himself, Herb Gundt. The table mat is from Cigar Box Battle Mats. The haystacks (aren’t they really nice and realistic) were made by a fellow who I only know as “Rick” who shows up at the Seven Years War Convention every year with his scratch built terrain pieces.

I rather like the Old Fool walking in front of the on coming battalion of infantry.
He seems blissfully unaware of his surroundings. Perhaps he has had one too many tankards of ale at the Savage Swann Tavern.

Mr. Rick’s haystacks blend in nicely with the printed wheat fields of the Cigar Box mat.

The 6th Maryland Regiment marches out of the town

I dropped my photo lamps onto the floor prior to the photo session so I had to rely on the overhead lighting in the Man Cave, augmented by the photo editing that is available in iPhotos. The lamps are broken from the fall so I will have to purchase a new set.

Whenever I do a shoot and examine my pictures, I notice little things that weren’t hidden from the camera lens, be it a stray group of figures that I’ve set aside to get them out of the shot, or troops from a different era that are sitting on another area of the table. When I’m composing a shot, rather than just taking a shot of a game in progress, I “wall off” the intended area of the photo with a forest of trees

There will probably be a few more photo sessions over the next week or so and I will see if I can weed out the mistakes and improve the lighting a bit.


  1. Glad your feeling better, love the photos. I intend to do some story telling with my collection in the near future

  2. Is it an age thing? The idea of setting up figures and terrain just to take pics of them appeals to me too! In fact, I started a test play of some Pulp rules a couple of weeks ago but ended up just posing the figures to tell the story I wanted the scenario to have - like I was ten years old again! These figures and the buildings look fantastic.

  3. Ha, I have had to repaint innumerable figures over the years due to blemishes I had not seen appearing in pictures!

  4. Glad you are on the mend! I always enjoy seeing these type of pictures on your blog.

  5. Terrific photographs! So many little details to take in. My favorite is your Savage Swan pub sign.

    Kind Regards,


  6. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Is it safe to assume no souls were actually sold in the making of the cross roads photo shoot?

  7. Glad to hear you are recovering, Jim. These photos are great...I especially love the civilian gathering. Best wishes for a speedy & full recovery. Cheers, Rohan.