Sunday, 5 March 2017

Heinz etc

Tomorrow will see my Heinz birthday and Tuesday would have been Jan's 55th. It is a mixed time for us here. When Jan and I first met it seemed a splendid conceit for us to have birthdays on following days but over time it  felt like it would have been more fun to spread the fun out over the year.
57 varieties seems an appropriate number - the number of projects I have currently on the go hobby wise :), the diversity of books around me as I type and of course my age.Also I must say that there are 57 and more blogs which I read regularly for entertainment,enjoyment and inspiration.
The girls made a splendid meal last night and I look forward to presents today including the latest John Curry book on Lionel Tarr. Tomorrow and Tuesday will see me thankfully in work with the 57 varieties ( no offence meant) that make up a school. 57 not out I say!
p.s anyone watching SS GB on BBC1? I found it a tad slow at the start but have warmed to it greatly.
p.p.s does anyone recall a novel about Britain losing the war and people being sent over from Canada(?) as agents to the fallen UK? I really enjoyed it years ago and would like to read it again.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A grid of offset squares for the Portable Wargame

I have tried squares and I have tried hexagons so I thought I would try something different-
I set it up using a paper board ,some wooden houses and my late 19th Century/Early 20th Century Scandinavian armies using Airfix 20mm plastic soldiers. Not to mention an elk for local colour.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Memories etc

Black dog been sniffing around all weekend and I have done little hobby related. I was however browsing the web and found this-
I have an original Athena one rolled/scrunched up under the eaves replete with drawing pin holes and blue tac. Along with the Rodney Matthews Elric on dragon it was on my wall for many,many years. It defined the look of the LOTR characters in my mind.
I am currently looking at the LOTR Citadel figures of the 1980s on ebay and am sorely tempted. I have my Mythical Earth collection, my GW figures and my Vendel ones. Do I really need another collection,hmmmm...

Friday, 24 February 2017

A wee game

Set up a trial game for the weekend-

Featherstone rules I think...

Friday, 17 February 2017

Unpacking etc

My washing machine arrived today,was installed and is currently working away in the background as I type. My 42 mm Franco Prussians arrived yesterday. They arrived thus-
Here are of some of them unpacked-
BTW any reading suggestions on the period?I read Michael Howard as a teenager.Are the Ospreys the most economical source of uniform information?

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Portable wargames

I set up a couple of portable wargames on my 3 inch square cloth.The first was to play Bob's published rules (inspired by Ross's recent games) with 54mm figures-
The second was with the Portable ECW rules for a TYW game-


Sunday, 12 February 2017

An unexpected journey or imagineering in the later part of the 19th century?

I had some vague butterflyesque plans for the time being.I would try and drive some projects forward across a very wide front, then came the email. It told of over 350 painted and 200 unpainted (plus wagons guns etc)  comprising both armies Irregular Miniatures (toy soldier looking in my eyes) 42mm Franco Prussian war figures for sale!
"The Duke of Tradgardland breaking into song upon hearing news of a lead mountain..."
                                                        by Anton von Werner

I could not resist with retirement a few (or less?) years away this was the Project to keep me going when the Ducal warchest was not to be dipped into too often for lead in times to come. So I am awaiting their arrival, the infantry are in units of 27 figures so a goodly size..
This got me thinking of imagineering in the period. I imagined some small states holding out against the German confederation possibly Tradgarland herself. So the figures could be used for 1870 France v Germany and also for some imaginary battles involving the successors of Emperor v Elector. Let me know what you think...