Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Yeah...they're teaching tools.

This is my annual Napoleonic diorama that I use to teach about warfare in the early 19th century. My freshmen are all suitably impressed, especially when they learned that I painted every miniature on the tabletop in under three months time.

I discuss tactics, Napoleon's generalship (and the extent to which he can be considere
d an innovator), and the role played by new concepts like nationalism and total war in the conflicts of the period.
In case you're wondering, they're Austrians in the foreground and French/Allied in the background. Let's call this the Battle of Demonstrationberg, a small and obscure battle in the 1809 Danube campaign.

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