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Jim O'Neill (Established 1949)
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I recently purchased a set of British BEF infantry in 28mm for my collection of early WWII troops for Bolt Action. I had never painted the British army of this period before and had to include in my order from Warlord Games a bottle of Vallejo "English Uniform" from their Model Colour range.

I started painting the British figure on the left and, although I had painted many figures in a sort of khaki colour before, as seen by the Polish officer on the right, I was suddenly transported back to 1952 in my grandmother's kitchen where my uncle Arthur and a few of his friends, who were doing their national service and had just returned from Germany, had gathered for a few beers and a chat with my grandmother. At that time, my uncle Arthur was courting my grandmother's daughter, Loretto (they eventually did get married). They were all in British army uniform and I can see them as if it were yesterday.

The only thing I can say is that Vallejo have got their uniform colours down to a tee if they can take me back to when I was three. I hope I haven't bored you with these reminiscences. In my grandmother's day, the focus of the house was the kitchen, as that was the only room that was heated.

Has anyone else experienced a flashback like this? I am still a bit flabbergasted; it was so vivid that I had to stop painting for a while.


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Great story.

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Vallejo have got their uniform colours down to a tee...


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This is exactly what I am doing at the moment! I am also painting my British troops for Bolt Action! Far away in distance but not in the heart we are!

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oneilljgf wrote:


Has anyone else experienced a flashback like this?


Yes. Memory is interestingly holographic.

Of course, 1952 was only 20 years ago for me...
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I don't trust my own memories;
if I had that kind of flashback, I'd suspect a hallucination induced by an alien brain implant.
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sullafelix wrote:
I don't trust my own memories;
if I had that kind of flashback, I'd suspect a hallucination induced by an alien brain implant.

I'd suspect the Vallejo paint fumes.

But actually, some of my memories are also quite vivid and can come upon me by surprise, flooding me with emotion. Really cool experience.
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sullafelix wrote:
I don't trust my own memories;
if I had that kind of flashback, I'd suspect a hallucination induced by an alien brain implant.

Actually I'm quite sure of my memories of the fifties and seventies; it's the sixties that I can't recollect, save for some vivid flashbacks when I stop taking my medication.


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oneilljgf wrote:


Has anyone else experienced a flashback like this? I am still a bit flabbergasted; it was so vivid that I had to stop painting for a while.[/b]

Jim




You're supposed to paint it, not sniff it.
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I remember digging out my minis from the loft after about 20 years and finding terrain I had built but completely forgotten about. This was like opening a door in my memory that had been covered up for decades.

That's one advantage of growing old, memory loss, you can find some hidden gems hidden away in your own mind.
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oneilljgf wrote:

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Has anyone else experienced a flashback like this? I am still a bit flabbergasted; it was so vivid that I had to stop painting for a while.


Jim

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Jim,

I cannot say I've had that strong an experience but similar, smaller ones are fondly remembered. The real reason for my reply is to thank you for sharing the story. It is posts such as yours that keep me returning to our wargame forum.

Thanks Again!
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oneilljgf wrote:

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I recently purchased a set of British BEF infantry in 28mm for my collection of early WWII troops for Bolt Action. I had never painted the British army of this period before and had to include in my order from Warlord Games a bottle of Vallejo "English Uniform" from their Model Colour range.

I started painting the British figure on the left and, although I had painted many figures in a sort of khaki colour before, as seen by the Polish officer on the right, I was suddenly transported back to 1952 in my grandmother's kitchen where my uncle Arthur and a few of his friends, who were doing their national service and had just returned from Germany, had gathered for a few beers and a chat with my grandmother. At that time, my uncle Arthur was courting my grandmother's daughter, Loretto (they eventually did get married). They were all in British army uniform and I can see them as if it were yesterday.

The only thing I can say is that Vallejo have got their uniform colours down to a tee if they can take me back to when I was three. I hope I haven't bored you with these reminiscences. In my grandmother's day, the focus of the house was the kitchen, as that was the only room that was heated.

Has anyone else experienced a flashback like this? I am still a bit flabbergasted; it was so vivid that I had to stop painting for a while.


Jim

Est. 1949



Nice to see a Too Fat Lardies figure painted up
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Jim O'Neill (Established 1949)
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bactrian5 wrote:
...Nice to see a Too Fat Lardies figure painted up

Timothy,

I bought both of these figures from Warlord. Was one of them originally a Too Fat Lardies' sculpt?


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