Saturday, 20 December 2014

Day Nineteen of the Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar

Margahrah and the Battle of Burnehof by Tony Harwood

Day nineteen of this years advent calendar is another story featuring the Lyonesse Commisariat Marghrah and his loyal troop of retreating Ferach Elves - Margahrah and the Battle of Burnefof. For full details go to this link.

The character of Margahrah has developed quite a bit since that first story back in October 2011, and although I originally intended the Getting Ahead or Headless Zombies adventure as a one-off. I've become quite attached to this Ferach Hero. For details of his earlier adventures go to this link.

If you are new to the Advent Calendar check out this link for details of this years entries or this link for earlier years.

Happy Cryptmass


Monday, 15 December 2014

Dracci Breath - Day Fifteen of the 2014 Advent Calendar

Craig Andrews of Orcs in the Webbe has just uploaded the latest free post on the OITW Advent Calendar 2014 - Dracci Breath, written by me. For full details go to this link.

This short story was written in response to a request from Craig, following some images I sent him of this modified resin casting of a Dwarf 'Weapon of mass Destruction'. The casting is from Scotia Grendel and was bought at a local wargame show earlier this year.

The Dwarf operator has been 'Flintloque-ified' and painted to represent a Landwehr trooper.

Part of the model (I have still got the three resin legs in my 'bits box') was based and glued on to a Blue Foam stone dais before being painted, varnished and flocked. The OITW post shows some work-in-progress shots.

I hope you enjoy the backstory and the model. For more Advent 'goodies' go to this link.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Gin and Tonic by Tony Harwood

This coloured pencil sketch was a birthday gift for my Daughter.

Happy Birthday Holly.

It was drawn on artists sketch paper and coloured with watercolour paints. the frame has been matt waxed to take away the gloss white finish.

Holly's favourite drink is a Hendricks Gin and Tonic (with a slice of cucumber).

Tony (Dad)

Friday, 12 December 2014

A Carol from Flanders

Sue and I have just returned from our first 2014 Christmas Carol Service and we were entertained with this Carol.

A Carol from Flanders (a poem about the Christmas truce of 1914) by Frederick Niven set to the Christmas Carol music While shepherds watched their flocks by night.....

In Flanders on the Christmas morn
The trenched foemen lay,
the German and the Briton born,
And it was Christmas Day.

The red sun rose on fields accurst,
The gray fog fled away;
But neither cared to fire the first,
For it was Christmas Day!

They called from each to each across
The hideous disarray,
For terrible has been their loss:
"Oh, this is Christmas Day!"

Their rifles all they set aside,
One impulse to obey;
'Twas just the men on either side,
Just men — and Christmas Day.

They dug the graves for all their dead
And over them did pray:
And Englishmen and Germans said:
"How strange a Christmas Day!"

Between the trenches then they met,
Shook hands, and e'en did play
At games on which their hearts were set
On happy Christmas Day.

Not all the emperors and kings,
Financiers and they
Who rule us could prevent these things —
For it was Christmas Day.

Oh ye who read this truthful rime
From Flanders, kneel and say:
God speed the time when every day
Shall be as Christmas Day.

For full details go to this link.

Merry Christmas.


Monday, 8 December 2014

More Wargame Terrain by Tony Harwood

My book More Wargame Terrain or Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 has been selling well and there are just 13 signed and numbered copies left. Should you be interested in purchasing one of these limited edition publications, please go to this link.

In addition, the re-print of Building Wargame Terrain or Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 is also running out. Details can be found here.

Thank you to everyone who has helped to support this project.

In November this year I challenged myself to upload a daily Blog link for each of the 30 days of the month, one-a-day. This has had a considerable effect on both the daily page views and number of followers (as well as giving me a great deal of satisfaction). In November the Blog experienced the highest number of monthly views - over 12,300 and 5 new followers bring the current total up to 441. Once again thank you for all the support.

I'm not sure I will be continuing with daily updates, but as an experiment, I feel it has worked. Maybe I'll repeat the challenge sometime in 2015.

Tell me what you though.

Blog posts for December 2014, has so far been concentrating on the Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar, an initiative that I am proud to be associated with and so far I have had two daily advent pages - Renovating Walls and the latest Foul Mouth Freddy short story. Keep an eye out for more content before the end of the month.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Day Five of the Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar 2014 - A very special tribute

Today sees the Orcs in the Webbe Advent pay tribute to two well-loved and sadly missed personalities. The first is Roger Willcox a fervent supporter of the Yahoo Flintloque Group - The Notables who as his alter ego Uncle Rogipoos added so much 'colour' and fun to this already 'mad as a box of frogs' group. While the second pays tribute to one of the funniest British comedians of modern times - Rik Mayall who also passed away earlier this year.

You both shall be greatly missed.

Today's short story and scenario pits these two giants against the evil Sproitoids, a creature so vile and insidious that it only dares to show itself once a year and then only for a short time..... For full details of the scenario - Farewell to Two written by Gavin Syme and Mark Lesney go to this link.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Day Four of the Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar 2014

He's back!

Day Four of the Advent Calendar features the latest adventure of our lovable anti-hero Foul-Mouth Freddy - Foul Mouth Freddy Looses the ****ing Chest.

Freddy is somewhat b****ered when a chest containing Cryptmass presents is lost. Read all about it here.

In the past, it has been said, that Christmas doesn't start until Freddy makes an appearance, so grab a glass of Port and settle down with a warm mince pie to enjoy his latest mishap adventure.

"What - you've never heard of Foul-Mouth Freddy? Then where the **ll have you *****y been?" Luckily this link will explain all.

Happy Cryptmass.