Less is more...?


One of the latest social networks trends is Italians who get angry seeing their traditional recipes cooked by foreigners.

I know, in your eyes we probably exaggerate, but you should also consider that, for us, food isn't a mere form of subsistence: it's pure love.

And, believe me, I'm not exaggerating: one of the main ways to show your love to someone, in Italy, is through food. Our grandmas and mothers usually don't need to tell how much they love us: they simply cook tons and tons of lasagne (or just our favorite dish).

I'm not saying that this is a healthy way of dealing with emotions, but that's the truth, at least here.

For this reason, when we see you brutalizing our traditional recipes, we take it ridiculously serious.

I am incredibly thankful of having an international audience, because it allows me to share my culture with so many other ones: for this reason, I thought that it would be interesting to briefly explain to you how to proper understand those crazy people known as Italians.


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Probably the most Italian gif you will ever find on internet.

Simplicity.

To really understand the essence of our cucina (=cuisine, please understand that I can't use a French term to refer to one of the last Italian prides left!), you have to consider its roots. The vast majority of Italian recipes (or at least the most famous ones) have a poor, humble origin: they were born when there wasn't too many ingredients and above all the luxury ones were not accessible. So people had to take the best from what they had. Think about, for example, the Lampredotto, or the Gricia (a kind of Carbonara's ancestor), or just pasta: few humble but delicious ingredients, exalted by the ingenious of my ancestors.

I often see that, in the international versions of our traditional recipes, you miss this important point, complicating something that has to be simple: adding cream or onions to a Carbonara, or adding too many sauces or spices, for example. You're looking for something that you don't need, because you already have everything you need for.

Don't get me wrong: I love extra-filled hamburgers, I love sauces. But if you want to conquer me, or just an average Italian guy, two slices of a good bread with some good salame inside it's pure heaven, because (again) when you have a great ingredient, you don't have to add too many "frills". This is, in brief, the Italian approach to food, and, consequently, to life.

Interesting fact: during my travels I found a similar state of mind in Japan, so if you are Japanese, I think you'd easily understand my point.

So, what does all this have to do with miniatures?

When I had to design the Redcoat Admiral, I tried to apply a sort of Italian gastronomic approach to it.

I'm not telling that I hit the target (it's up to you to judge my work!), but at least that it was my main goal: to design a "high rank" character, with few...ingredients!

When designing a fictional character that should represent a "special" one, like for example a general, or a chieftain or whatever, the most easy and effective way is to take the base-concept and just upgrade it at the maximum level possible.

A dwarf lord is that guy with the biggest axe/longest beard/fanciest armor of the company, for example.

Obviously, there is nothing wrong with this approach, at all: it's always cool to work on intricate details and try to design something that amazes you all with its awesomeness!

And after all, it's true that in warfare, a common way to underline a high rank/status, has always been related to the quality and complexity of the various equips.

With my Redcoat Admiral, however, I wanted to take another path, trying to design a high rank character whom "status" was easily recognizable, but without upgrading too much her equipment: I wa