May 23, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #153: What the Heck Were They Thinking? #1

Back in the late the '00s Conte Collectibles released an American Civil War series known as "The Carter." Conte sets had been slowly getting a little more animated and shall we say...realistic in the later years of the company. While it's true that War is Hell many collectors didn't see a need for such graphic representations in miniatures. 

A recent collection we purchased happened to have one of these sets (ACW57173 "The Crater" Signature Series - Hand to Hand Vignette #1) in it but had been "enhanced" by the collector who got a little heavy handed with the Testors red paint, turning the set into something out of the Walking Dead. To each his own I suppose but what the heck was he thinking??

Original Conte ACW57173 "The Crater” Hand to Hand Vignette #1
Collector "Enhanced" version

Moral of the story...keep the Testors red where it belongs...in the 60s on Marx figures!

DYK?
*William T. Sherman actually used this often misquoted (War is All Hell) phrase twice in speeches but not during the Civil War where he actually said war is cruelty.The complete quote is  You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” 
― William T. Sherman

The War is hell quote originates from his address to the graduating class of the Michigan Military Academy in 1879

I’ve been where you are now and I know just how you feel. It’s entirely natural that there should beat in the breast of every one of you a hope and desire that some day you can use the skill you have acquired here. Suppress it! You don’t know the horrible aspects of war. I’ve been through two wars and I know. I’ve seen cities and homes in ashes. I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, War is Hell. 

 I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is Hell. 

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