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Bubbles_Barker

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Those of us of a certain age will remember him as the cartoonist for Stan Catchpole of Mil Mod fame

Obituary for Bryan Fosten

Posted by Martin Windrow on 18 February 2021 14:25:33 GMT In Military History, Featured

I really hate this part of my job, but once again it falls to me to provide an obituary for an old friend and colleague who played an important part in the Osprey story: the researcher and illustrator Bryan Fosten, who died a couple of weeks ago at the splendid age of 92. Although failing health forced him to give up military illustration some time ago, he maintained his expert interest in uniform history, and he continued to make architectural models (as well as abstract paintings). Bryan was active and outgoing to the last – and always one of the friendliest and most humorous men you could ever hope to share a pint with.
Until 25 years ago Bryan’s career was fairly inseparable from that of his older brother Don (Donald S.V. Fosten, 1924–95), and in fact the military-uniform connection goes back a generation further: their father Bill was at one time a master military embroiderer, and their mother a court embroideress. (Incidentally, you can still see Bill Fosten today if you drive around Hyde Park Corner in London. After service on the Western Front in 1915–18 with the Royal Artillery ammunition column of 47th Division, he found himself working as a studio assistant to the great sculptor and fellow war veteran Charles Sargeant Jagger, MC, and wound up posing as the model for the Christ-like bronze figure of the Driver on the west face of Jagger’s magnificent Royal Artillery war memorial.)
Don and Bryan were Londoners by birth, and Bryan was raised in Battersea. At the outbreak of war, Don was a student-heraldic painter at the College of Arms, but Hitler put paid to that career; Don would serve in a battalion of the Welch Regiment with Eighth Army, in North Africa, Austria and Germany, while young Bryan spent the ages of 11 to 14 living through the London blitzes, and starting work as an apprentice in the print trade. In due course Bryan did his National Service in the Ordnance Corps, including stints in Egypt and Palestine. Returning to a career in ‘the print’, in 1965 he married Heather, and their sons Angus and Ian were born in 1967 and 1971.
By that time, Robert Maxwell had put an end to his first career, and Bryan was working from home at a variety of jobs connected with magazine publishing, while he and Don pursued their shared passion for military history. Don was at one time the President of the British Model Soldier Society, and for many years a leading member of the Society for Army Historical Research. Don was the writer, and Bryan the illustrator, of their many contributions to specialist publishing, and they also worked on dioramas for the National Army Museum, which opened in Chelsea in 1971.
In the mid-1960s, a character called Roy Belmont-Maitland was running a model soldier shop called ‘Tradition’ (previously, Norman Newton Ltd) in Piccadilly, originally selling mainly Charles Stadden 54mm figures. To support this business, he decided to launch a magazine for uniform-history enthusiasts, also called Tradition, of which Bryan became the editor. In 1973, Bryan decided to devote himself full-time to military research and illustration.
In the first years of the Men-at-Arms series in the early 1970s, few of the authors or artists were specialists. When I became series editor, it was through meeting veterans of Tradition – such as Gerry and Ron Embleton, and Bill Carman – that I began to make contact with more expert contributors, who included the Fosten brothers. Thus I soon had the great (and educational) pleasure of working with Bryan, a collaboration that lasted pretty much non-stop for some ten years – and a friendship that lasted for 40. During much of that time no gathering connected with our trade or hobby was truly complete without the sight of Bryan’s face (in later years, increasingly resembling Santa Claus) grinning quietly among a knot of friends in a corner of the bar.
When I made the following list of the MAA titles that Bryan illustrated, I was surprised to find that there were fewer than 30 his contribution to the series bulked much larger in my memory. Its importance lay in the fact that it covered, splendidly, the 18th-century and Napoleonic titles published in the 1980s, when we first really got to grips with producing high-quality work on the European armies of those crucial historical periods. Working with such expert authors as his brother Don, Philip Haythornthwaite, and Peter Hofschroer, Bryan produced some 650 beautifully clean and detailed figures. It was a time before the current taste for highly animated figure work, and Bryan’s ‘Meissen-like’ figures delighted our hard-core readership of military modelers, who needed clear detail for reference.
Bryan was a brilliant craftsman, a generous colleague, a delightful companion, and simply one of the nicest men I have ever known. Osprey owes him a great deal, and personally I shall remember him with great respect and fondness.
That's really sad - he was a name from my childhood and it always saddens me when they go, like all the original modelling greats such as Alan W Hall, John Sandars etc and all the original, mad wargaming folk of the 60s and 70s.
 

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Those of us of a certain age will remember him as the cartoonist for Stan Catchpole of Mil Mod fame

Obituary for Bryan Fosten

Posted by Martin Windrow on 18 February 2021 14:25:33 GMT In Military History, Featured

I really hate this part of my job, but once again it falls to me to provide an obituary for an old friend and colleague who played an important part in the Osprey story: the researcher and illustrator Bryan Fosten, who died a couple of weeks ago at the splendid age of 92. Although failing health forced him to give up military illustration some time ago, he maintained his expert interest in uniform history, and he continued to make architectural models (as well as abstract paintings). Bryan was active and outgoing to the last – and always one of the friendliest and most humorous men you could ever hope to share a pint with.
Until 25 years ago Bryan’s career was fairly inseparable from that of his older brother Don (Donald S.V. Fosten, 1924–95), and in fact the military-uniform connection goes back a generation further: their father Bill was at one time a master military embroiderer, and their mother a court embroideress. (Incidentally, you can still see Bill Fosten today if you drive around Hyde Park Corner in London. After service on the Western Front in 1915–18 with the Royal Artillery ammunition column of 47th Division, he found himself working as a studio assistant to the great sculptor and fellow war veteran Charles Sargeant Jagger, MC, and wound up posing as the model for the Christ-like bronze figure of the Driver on the west face of Jagger’s magnificent Royal Artillery war memorial.)
Don and Bryan were Londoners by birth, and Bryan was raised in Battersea. At the outbreak of war, Don was a student-heraldic painter at the College of Arms, but Hitler put paid to that career; Don would serve in a battalion of the Welch Regiment with Eighth Army, in North Africa, Austria and Germany, while young Bryan spent the ages of 11 to 14 living through the London blitzes, and starting work as an apprentice in the print trade. In due course Bryan did his National Service in the Ordnance Corps, including stints in Egypt and Palestine. Returning to a career in ‘the print’, in 1965 he married Heather, and their sons Angus and Ian were born in 1967 and 1971.
By that time, Robert Maxwell had put an end to his first career, and Bryan was working from home at a variety of jobs connected with magazine publishing, while he and Don pursued their shared passion for military history. Don was at one time the President of the British Model Soldier Society, and for many years a leading member of the Society for Army Historical Research. Don was the writer, and Bryan the illustrator, of their many contributions to specialist publishing, and they also worked on dioramas for the National Army Museum, which opened in Chelsea in 1971.
In the mid-1960s, a character called Roy Belmont-Maitland was running a model soldier shop called ‘Tradition’ (previously, Norman Newton Ltd) in Piccadilly, originally selling mainly Charles Stadden 54mm figures. To support this business, he decided to launch a magazine for uniform-history enthusiasts, also called Tradition, of which Bryan became the editor. In 1973, Bryan decided to devote himself full-time to military research and illustration.
In the first years of the Men-at-Arms series in the early 1970s, few of the authors or artists were specialists. When I became series editor, it was through meeting veterans of Tradition – such as Gerry and Ron Embleton, and Bill Carman – that I began to make contact with more expert contributors, who included the Fosten brothers. Thus I soon had the great (and educational) pleasure of working with Bryan, a collaboration that lasted pretty much non-stop for some ten years – and a friendship that lasted for 40. During much of that time no gathering connected with our trade or hobby was truly complete without the sight of Bryan’s face (in later years, increasingly resembling Santa Claus) grinning quietly among a knot of friends in a corner of the bar.
When I made the following list of the MAA titles that Bryan illustrated, I was surprised to find that there were fewer than 30 his contribution to the series bulked much larger in my memory. Its importance lay in the fact that it covered, splendidly, the 18th-century and Napoleonic titles published in the 1980s, when we first really got to grips with producing high-quality work on the European armies of those crucial historical periods. Working with such expert authors as his brother Don, Philip Haythornthwaite, and Peter Hofschroer, Bryan produced some 650 beautifully clean and detailed figures. It was a time before the current taste for highly animated figure work, and Bryan’s ‘Meissen-like’ figures delighted our hard-core readership of military modelers, who needed clear detail for reference.
Bryan was a brilliant craftsman, a generous colleague, a delightful companion, and simply one of the nicest men I have ever known. Osprey owes him a great deal, and personally I shall remember him with great respect and fondness.
As @Bubbles_Barker said, so sad when a name from the past goes. I enjoyed his work and am sure he will be missed by us "oldies". RIP Sir, your work here is done.
 

LARD

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We had an earth ramp on the (practice) survival area at Leuth. Quite sporty loading and unloading EBs there!
I'm sure it was. Leuth - blast form the past. Abiding memory of staging through there was ' Wake-up, get your heads down, Wake-up, get hour heads down!
 

Bubbles_Barker

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I'm sure it was. Leuth - blast form the past. Abiding memory of staging through there was ' Wake-up, get your heads down, Wake-up, get hour heads down!
Yep - right on the Dutch/German border. Always amused me that our practice survival area involved driving West...
 

Themanwho

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Oh pretty please - one of you make this! Go on - three cans! (As we used to say as a bet/bribe in the RN!)

Or for us cold war Pongoes, awaiting der tag when we'd be speed bumps for 3rd Soviet Shock Army:


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Just caught the discussion on one of the faceache forums about the reduction in Chally 2s down to 150 from 200 serviceable tanks.

I‘ve got 7 Chally 2s in my model stash which is heading for 5% of the British Army’s serviceable armour. As this rate I’ll be able to recreate a model of each individual tank in service with the British Army........
 
Just caught the discussion on one of the faceache forums about the reduction in Chally 2s down to 150 from 200 serviceable tanks.

I‘ve got 7 Chally 2s in my model stash which is heading for 5% of the British Army’s serviceable armour. As this rate I’ll be able to recreate a model of each individual tank in service with the British Army........

Well I've sold about 300 1/144 scale Chieftains - only another 600 to go and I'll have sold more than saw service with the British Army... :)
 
Not for me.
Bloody stuff turns into a wash with thinners and sits like tar in the cup without.
Anyway not for here there's a thread for such airbrush nonsense :)
you don't decant it into an airbrush, you spray it onto the model kit sub assemblies direct from the can, provides an excellent surface to take lifecolour, Humbrol, Valejo ect paints.
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Just caught the discussion on one of the faceache forums about the reduction in Chally 2s down to 150 from 200 serviceable tanks.

I‘ve got 7 Chally 2s in my model stash which is heading for 5% of the British Army’s serviceable armour. As this rate I’ll be able to recreate a model of each individual tank in service with the British Army........
Which one as I’ve been on two myself this afternoon, discussing this subject.
 
Which one as I’ve been on two myself this afternoon, discussing this subject.

cant remember. About 80 comments if that helps. Mixed reactions - some saying times have changed but most saying error of judgement.

I think it’s a mistake. A place for conventional weapons. We aren’t space marines quite yet
 
you don't decant it into an airbrush, you spray it onto the model kit sub assemblies direct from the can, provides an excellent surface to take lifecolour, Humbrol, Valejo ect paints.
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Are you living in Liverpool? They have not only nicked the road wheels and tracks but the body and turret of the thing!
 

TheSnake

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For the life of me I can't find Scorpion. Scimitar or 432 kits anywhere.
Can anybody help out and point me in the right direction please?
Cheers, Snake
 
For the life of me I can't find Scorpion. Scimitar or 432 kits anywhere.
Can anybody help out and point me in the right direction please?
Cheers, Snake

try afv club 1/35 for scorpion and scimitar.

432s are rocking horse shit
 

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