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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Best Foot Forward

Well here I am a couple of weeks down the line, on the road to recovery.


It doesn't seem to have been a difficult task. Maybe I've been lucky.

OK, I take an extra pill each day and I have been very careful with what I eat and I haven't been rushing around as much as I usually do. In fact, no rushing at all.

My 10 minute walk to fetch the daily paper had been taking 20 minutes but I am now managing it in less than 12. I have been allowed to help with the weekly shopping although I'm not yet driving. I only carry two bags of groceries at a time rather than 4 or 5.

I have even been painting figures for an hour or two spread over an afternoon/evening.

Maybe I'll pick up some dice soon.

So it's one step at a time but the steps are not particularly difficult.

I still have a stroke nurse coming to see me although I think there will not be much to see and I am booked in for a 24 hour heart monitor for next again weekend.

My Grandson, just over 1 year old, made me happy this afternoon by taking his first steps on his own across the living room. No holding him back now.

Everything is up from here.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Different Strokes for Different Folks

At this time of year I would normally be posting a few words and some pictures about Claymore but instead I have a different topic in mind. (Hope the show went well).

This Wednesday I felt a touch unwell (ever-so highly understated) and I found myself whizzing up the road in an ambulance, blues and two's going loud enough for me to hear without my hearing aids.


Not sure if it was this one as they all look the same on the inside with one eye open and one eye shut.

Step forward a few hours, an injection or two, some tablets, a CAT scan and a LAB report (veterinarian joke available on demand), a trio of doctors, one of whom was a consultant (I got his business card as a keepsake) and a little summary of events.

They told me that I probably had had a TIA (miniature stroke [not bad for a miniature gamer]) and my symptoms had now diminished to almost nothing. Blood pressure had been very high but was more or less normal now.

They did a few more tests with ultra-sound on my throat as they thought I might need my carotid arteries cleaned out (two separate operations, both highly dangerous). I seem to be off the hook on those (phew).

I am booked in for future heart tests but they let me go home for much needed rest. It was certainly bloody hard to get rest in the hospital ward as I had a noisy lunatic in the bed next door who was also quite ill and them damn nurses (love them really) kept waking me up to check if I was still breathing.

Seen a GP since and we mapped out my life for a wee while: some more tablets, diet change, exercise regime, you know, all the boring stuff. They'll let me drive again in a month or so, just in time for Border Reiver in Gateshead assuming my nasty symptoms stay away.

Being an adventurous chap I slowly shuffled out to the wargames hut and I spent at least an hour looking at a pile of lead on my workbench. None of it moved at all until I eventually picked up a hobby knife and promptly cut my finger. It bled and bled and bled. Did I mention the blood thinning drug they have put me on?

I eventually managed to splash some white undercoat on a few figures although some of them have a pinkish hue (think blood red mixed with artic white).

So that's where we are today. I had hoped to cut some plywood hills later on but I have banked that idea for another day.

Watch this space.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Claymore 2017

This weekend, Saturday 5th August 2017, brings us to my old club show Claymore 2017.


I will be there purely as an attendee, no charity table this year, no bring & buy goodies, no nothing.

I will be bringing my camera and hope to find several games worth picturing on this blog.

Stop me and say hello if you will be there.

Here's last years show report.

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/my-day-at-claymore-2016.html



Friday, 14 July 2017

A Norman For Me

In my previous post I highlighted some Norman Knights that I purchased from Conquest Games.

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/summer-update.html

I painted up half a dozen of them to see how they would turn out.


They don't look too bad.


Am not too impressed by the limited horse poses but they are what they are.


There are not enough kite shields to equip all the riders.


Plastic weapons are usually a bit fragile but these ones seem to have survived a few scares.


Not all the riders are clad in mail but my fun skirmish rules will not be too bothered by that.


What do you think guys?


Answers on a postcard, well you know what I mean.






Sunday, 25 June 2017

Summer Update

Well, summer here seems to have been and gone, I would like to be wrong.

Meanwhile, back in the wargames hut ...

... some Romans I am doing for a friend.


Caesarian Romans from Warlord Games.

 
MDF bases by Warbases, scenic material to follow.
 

A recent game with my friends left one of them disappointed at the lack of charging action so I picked up some Norman Knights from Conquest Games.


15 Mounted Norman Knights.


Build details will follow in a later post.


Multi-part horses, I wonder how they will pan out.


And some foot sloggers to help them out.


44 Norman Knights on foot.


I wonder how the plastic swords and spears will hold out.


As usual a post will follow.


And finally a box arrived in the post with some more sprues.


A sprue of AWI artillery costing £2.50. Warlord sell two in a box for £18 so I got two sprues (go figure).


Some AWI Command to lead all those unused AWI other ranks that I have accumulated.


AWI Hessians to bolster another Hessian unit in the pipeline.


I have some work to do clipping all of these out and glueing them together.

It will be a fun job.












 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Hot Today

First day I've been outside without a jersey (sweater) on.

Too hot to paint or play.


Am not complaining, it's been a while since we've seen the sun here.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Crann Tara - British Infantry

I purchased some British line infantry from that nice man at Crann Tara at the weekend. (Thanks Graham)

http://cranntaraminiatures.co.uk/


Here they are unfinished with Warbases sabots heading for the FIW.

They are number 2 or 3 in the painting queue and they are such nice figures I'll try and do a good paint job on them.


As you can see they are nicely cast with almost no flash and the bayonets look quite robust compared to others that I have encountered.


I reckon I'll have to use my brand new paint brushes on them.

Wish me luck.




Saturday, 13 May 2017

My Day at Carronade 2017

Scotland's biggest and best wargames show drew me and a chum to Falkirk this morning. We arrived a wee bit early but we were allowed in and I made my way to my booked flea market table.



I didn't have much to sell and selling was incredibly slow but I did manage to move a couple of units of Caesarian Romans and an AWI unit.

I did not manage to sell my Roman Villa or a few units of WSS infantry and a gun although everyone said they were beautifully done. There's always the next show.

After a quick refuel of chips and a burger I mosied around a bit talking to quite a few chums before splashing some cash on the traders.

I got some brushes for £4.40.


I'll find out how they work next week.


Hope they keep their points.

I am hoping to build up my Teutonic Order collection to use with To The Strongest so I bought some more Teutonic Order Knights.


Some Hungarian Knights


And some Serbian Knights


And some Turkish Sipahis which I hope to convert into Turcopoles.


Next up were some British infantry for my FIW collection from that nice man at Crann Tara. The nice man didn't have all the figures I was after but he offered to post them on, free of charge, as soon as possible. What a nice man. Can everyone go and say 'hello' to the nice man, he's called Graham.

http://cranntaraminiatures.blogspot.co.uk/


Meanwhile, back at Pendraken I snapped up an army pack of Achaemenid Persians to act as opponents to my other armies.


Some 40x20x2's from Warbases.


And, Finally, a Roman Stone Granary by Warbases which won't be very Roman by the time I am finished with it.


Keep an eye on this blog as I will post further developments.

Finally, finally, a big thanks to the Falkirk guys who run a smooth operation for the best of the Scottish shows.











Sunday, 26 March 2017

Roman Villa in my Back Garden

My Goodness, it is bright today, first day of the year that I have been outside without a coat. I took the opportunity to photograph my Warbases Roman Villa without setting up my lights indoors.

It looks like this.


Quite impressive isn't it?


I have joined up all the buildings, based them, and they fit neatly inside the lid of an A4 paper box.


I attached the portico roof securely for strength reasons but left all the other roofs detachable in case the villa needs to be occupied.


The main room has a mosaic floor, in this case 'the Kidnapping of Europa'. Time Team will be pleased. I wonder who Europa was, I'll need to 'google' her.


The side rooms have plain flagstone floors as I only had 3 days to do it :)


The new owner looks like he will defend his villa to the last.

The villa (28mm) is from the Veni Vidi Vici range of Roman buildings by Warbases and retails at £35. I tiled the roofs with their Roman Roof tiles using a sheet and a half at £2 each, these will be available on their website soon. The garden area has tufts and flowers from my stock.

http://war-bases.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=65_198&product_id=1381

The figure (28mm) is a Caesarian centurion by Warlord Games.

The painting is by my own fair hand and disguises discrete applications of filler around the corner joints. The exterior walls are Ivory White, interior walls are Afrika Sand/Burgundy, roofs are Terracotta (unsurprisingly, by Foundry), woodwork is Burgundy, all by Howard Hues and the grey is Dawnstone by Citadel.




Saturday, 18 March 2017

Back On Track

Sorry things have been quiet recently.

Normal life often gets in the way but then I've been a wee bit unwell, then my grandson was a wee bit unwell too which made my daughter very tired which would have made me a bit more tired too if I hadn't been called for jury service which made me quite tired anyway.

Hopefully things will get back on track soon.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Portable Wargame - First Quandary

OK, I started basing figures on 40 mm MDF squares so each figure has a 10mm frontage.


They are OK-ish.

I think they are too spaced out.


This is one of my not-7YW units using a 10mm frontage.


It looks fine. I use them with rules that utilise single figure casualty removal so 10mm leaves room for stubby fingers. I also use them with Black Powder which doesn't use figure or base removal.

This is a 32mm base so figures get an 8mm frontage.


They are a bit tighter.


Here's a 32mm base and a 40mm base for comparison.


So Guys, help me answer the quandary, 8mm frontage or 10mm frontage. My original thinking was for 40mm square bases, largely because I had some to hand. Now that I can see the figures ranked up I'm more of an opinion towards 32mm square bases.


Answers by reply to this blog post.