Saturday, 18 May 2019

Harvington Hall, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Sue and I visited Harvington Hall, near Kidderminster and had a guided tour of this interesting moated manor house.

It was the first time we had taken this trip and we thoroughly enjoyed the house and its story particularly the numerous hidden Priest Holes. Here are some images taken on the day. For more information, please see this link.


Friday, 17 May 2019

Satyr for 40mm Greek project - part five

Moving along quite a bit from the last post - here we have the finished Satyr model.

I painted the miniature with various acrylic paints before adding the shield and varnishing the figure with both gloss and matt varnish.

The base was finished with some self adhesive static grass tufts.


Thursday, 16 May 2019

The Battle of Waterloo - a talk by Tim Burgin

Last night I attended a lecture hosted by the Chaddesley Corbett History Society entitled The Battle of Waterloo presented by Tim Burgin a member of the Waterloo Association. The talk which lasted about 2 hours followed a timeline which started on late Saturday 17th June, through the events of the 18th of June and touched on some of the repercussions of this historical battle.

Tim used a mixture of reproduction firearms, models and actual shot from the battle interspersed with framed and limited edition prints and maps to illustrate the key actions of the day hour-by-hour. But it was the informal and humorous manner in which Tim interacted with the audience that was the highlight for me and the two hour talk fizzed along at breakneck pace.

Later there was a question and answer session which highlighted Tim's expert knowledge of his subject. I would thoroughly recommend searching out similar talks and making the time to attend one of these events.

Arriving back home I was impressed by how much new knowledge Tim had passed on to me in a short and joke filled presentation - very well done and thank you.


I have added links to the Waterloo Association which you can find here and details of the talk as presented by the Chaddesley Corbett History Society.

Tim Burgin is a member of the Waterloo Association. Tim uses prints, books, replica weapons and models as this talk follows the culmination of the "100 Days" following Napoleon's escape from Elba and one of the most famous battles in history, the Battle of Waterloo. The talk is entertaining, Tim looks at the event from the point of view of the people who took part and the things they saw and did. Please note that this tale is fairly bloodthirsty, it is about a battle! It was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, in contrast to our recent commemoration of WW1 that took 4 years to fight out. All over the country this battle was celebrated with Waterloo Bridges, streets, towers and of course the world famous station in London, it is one of the UK’s historical events that everyone knows about, but no one can tell you about. At the time it must have been on everyone’s lips. A great victory. Victor Hugo used situations from Waterloo in Les Misérables. While discovering a famous story, we can fill in the gaps in our knowledge.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

For Sale on Ebay - rare More Wargame Terrain (the last copy!)

I have just one copy of this rare and long out-of-production book for sale on ebay. For details see this link.

In addition there are a few additional items which will end this weekend.

Thank you for looking.


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars another review

I have received notification of another review for Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars a book written by me and available via Pen & Sword.

For details of the review written for Wargames News and Terrain see this link.

There is an earlier review written by A Question of Scale which can be found via this link.

If you are interested in buying a copy please go to this link. Please note; the book is NOT AVAILABLE via me. However copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers is still available from me via this link.

Finally, should you know of any other reviews, please comment on the Blog, so I can link to them.

Thank you.


Monday, 13 May 2019

Satyr for 40mm Greek project - part four

This single figure project is moving along quite slowly. The flesh areas were built up over a light brown/leather brown base highlighted with flesh and white. I have 'washed' the painted area with some GW flesh wash (the blue topped pot) before taking this photo.


Friday, 10 May 2019

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy issue 102 - Modelling a Boer War British Blockhouse in 28mm scale

The latest issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy - issue 102 (June/July 2019) features an article written by me on how I built a Boer War Blockhouse. The two page tutorial shows how I scratch built 28mm scale corrugated sheeting from aluminium foil, food containers and modelled the rough stone battlements.

For further details on this magazine see this link.