After lurking for just a short time I've registered as a member so here's a little bit about myself.
My name is Roger Newsome and I live in North Yorkshire, England. I have had a passion for military history since a very young age. Besides collecting books on the subject I also paint military miniatures between 54mm - 120mm in size. Which is what sparked my interest in the American Civil War. Previously my main interest was World war One. Through my modelling hobby I discovered Civil War uniforms and figures, then came the books and the beginnings of a new obsession.
I am 42 years old, married with three children and left the Royal Navy after 23 years service in 2004. I still work at sea on a month on month off basis. Unfortunately with no internet access. I usually take at least two Civil War books with me to sea and make notes to follow up stuff when I return. Please be patient when I return from sea with a heap of questions
Many welcomes, Roger. The model looks like you've been working the craft for a lifetime. And don't worry about questions--most of us kindred nuts jump at the chance to answer questions (and argue endlessly about the answers).
Thanks for the welcome Ole. I've been painting figures for awhile now and like most things the secret is practice. I have more figures that look like they've been painted with a three inch brush than good ones.
Thanks for the welcome Johan. Yes, as I mentioned in my 6th Wisconsin thread I have Troiani's Regiments & Uniforms of the Civil War.
Having just finished the final volume of Shelby Foote's triology I'm looking at spending some of my hard earned cash on books about specific battles and campaigns. I've also recently finished Gettyburg by Stephan Sears. But I will always be on the lookout for good uniform references if you have any other reccomendations.