Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Warbases Loading Shovel

One of my recent purchases was Warbases Loading Shovel from their Sci-Favela range.

Here's how mine turned out.

All very dinky and neat, should I 'weather' it?

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Skelp 2018 - Goodie List

Just a modest collection of goodies acquired at todays Skelp (small show in Forfar).

A few paints from Colonel Bill.

A Sci_Fi Loading Shovel (Warbases) should we ever get back into Sci-Fi.

Some big crates and some small crates for clutter.

Some beds and chairs, perhaps for the Jungle Hut.

Looks like bottles and glasses, originally by Scotia Grendel now marketed by Warbases.

Some rats, for everywhere.

Some round bits for round bit bases.

A preview of a new-ish item.

Something like this.

And the ubiquitous bag of 40 x 40's.

I'll let you know how they turned out.

As for Storm Callum, a bit of a whimper most of the time.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

In the Jungle, the Mighty ...

... Jungle, the Lion sleeps tonight.

Well at least the Prussian had gone away.

Instead some Zanzibari's come snooping around.

Looking a touch greener this jungle hut has a new resident.

A bit greener down that side.

And that side too.

Greener up top too.

And round the back too.

It blends in nicely when more of the jungle turns up.

Time for a game then.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Prussian in a Jungle Hut

Yes, that's right, there's a Prussian in my jungle hut.

Are you sure?

Yes, he's definitely a Prussian. What's he doing here?

I was too lazy to find a more appropriate figure (if I have one) while I was keen to get some WIP photos of my jungle hut. It's a Warbases building.

I've added a few internal details.

And a few outside.

I've added a few matchsticks to beef up the underfloor supports, a simple job even for the most ham handed modeller.

A mosquito net is a must-have for any whiteman endeavours here.

Lots of clutter here ...

... and there.

What's next?

Some more clutter, inside and out, and, wait a minute ... some jungle.

Watch this space.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Prussian IR No 1

In between continuing bouts of tiredness, trips to the doctor and some more antibiotics I have managed to finish a regiment of 7YW Prussians for a friend.

Glad they are done.

4 battalions of Napoleonics are in the immediate queue and another 7YW Prussian Infantry Regiment to follow.

Busy days.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

40 Winks and some Pots

Am getting some little fiddly bits done.

Some matchsticks, Milliput, medical gauze and some scraps of plastic card.

Makes a change from laying slabs in sand and cement.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Slowly Slowly Catchy Monkey

That's been a month since Claymore and I feel as if I am getting somewhere albeit slowly. Having finally got my cancer monkey off my back I can start to look ahead and get things moving again. I still get the odd day when I just have to have 40 winks and sometimes 40 winks more. My GP said it can sometimes take 6 months or even a year to get over radical surgery. If that is the case then I'm well past half way.

Last weekend I was at Border Reiver in Gateshead. A nice and not-so-little show a reasonable distance from Edinburgh. I made a few purchases, details below.

Some essential paint and brushes.

Some Napoleonics from Eagle Miniatures.

Some wildlife for a future project.

Some tents for another future project.

Some matt spray varnish which I am getting good results with.

And another future project.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch (hut) I have been making some army camps for my Teutonic Order forces.

A few bits of MDF, some matchsticks, some blue foam, some gravel and a lick of paint provides a camp occupied by some secondhand tents suitably embellished and occupied by a few Brothers.

Not a difficult build but quite a few matchsticks though.

The tents can be whisked away and the camp occupied by fighting troops should the need arise.

Playingwise we've had a few games of What A Tanker by the Two Fat Lardies.

Nice game although suffers a wee bit from a lack of scenarios.

We will persevere a bit longer.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Claymore 2018 - The Aftermath

Well, that's another Claymore out of the way. At least I made it this year as last year I was housebound recovering from a TIA. I subsequently went on to develop a bladder infection/obstruction and ultimately emergency surgery when a cancer ridden kidney was removed.

More of that later.

Many thanks for all the wellwishers.

So Claymore 2018 was the first time I had seen many of my friends and acquaintances and I spent a long long time updating them all sequentially or in small groups. Seeing the show turned into a secondary pursuit but I did manage to catch a few games and sample the atmosphere of my home show. I can't believe I used to be one of the major Claymore organisers, it was such a long time ago.

This is the atrium quite early on which was more crowded than this picture shows for most of the day. Apart from the sports hall and the bring & buy there are a few more traders tucked away near the entrance.

The sports hall was pretty busy too, ringed with more traders and gamers in the centre.

The bring & buy was absolutely heaving and I'm led to believe did a storming trade. I couldn't get near the sharp edge which was just as well as I had pre-ordered all my necessary goodies beforehand.

This is Barry Hilton and his crews offering. Would you believe that I never got a chance to ask him what it was. (note to self, must try harder next time).

More about Barrys stuff here:!/2018/08/white-out-at-aspern-essling-reflections.html

This the Leuchars Veterans Carrying On Up The Khyber.

Durham Wargames Group going large (42mm) in the snow.

Some of my former clubmates now formed as the Gothenburgh Gamers dabbled in a great big canal assisted (I believe) by a Suez veteran, well done that man.

More details from a chums blog.

King in the North, Dale Smith and his retinue went touring through a 1945 Berlin Square. I never got a chance to check back later to see how the advancing Russian hordes got on and did any of the beleaguered Germans survive.

Every WW2 game with Germans in it just have to have a Tiger and so they did.

Meanwhile, back at home.

Here's some 7YW Crusader Prussians I am doing for a chum.

The battalion includes a Grenadier company who will be siphoned off to join other companies in a Converged Grenadier unit.

Those in the know will be able to say this is a 1st Battalion.

Now, all they need is some tufts and static grass.

Finally, a health update.

Had a phone call this morning from Oncology. They have cancelled my appointment due on Tuesday of next week.

They have reviewed my last CT scan and the suspected cancer spot on my right lung has gone, the suspected cancer spot on my left lung has gone, the shadow on my hip looks benign.

I have been transferred back to Urology expecting an appointment and some more precautionary CT scans. I would take all that as an improvement.