Friday, 14 June 2019

Airfix Magazine Annuals

Earlier this week Sue and I were tidying up the attic and I came across these early edition Airfix Magazine Annuals. The first volume (the black covered book on the bottom left) was bought for me when I was still in school - that's over 40 years ago!

It is a collection that I do not envision selling as the nostalgic value is worth so much more that the monetary. And as you can see they are very well read.

A real 'blast-from-the-past'.


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review #80

A third post detailing a six page treatise on painting and colouring wood found in the specialist railway magazine Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review. This time issue 80 from October 2009.

The article called Working with Wood was written by James Coldicott and shows materials and techniques for finishing scale timber for model making. The article covers; Materials and Tools, Timber Preparation, Solvents, Graining and even a step-by-step walk-through showing how to model aged wood in miniature. Another great read.

As with the two earlier posts - I would recommend searching out this not-too-common magazine series and checking out the very informative model making articles.


Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review #96

This is another Blog entry highlighting an article in the specialist narrow gauge railway magazine Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review that I picked up second-hand at the recent 7mm Narrow gauge show in Burton this weekend.

Issue 96 from October 2013 has a 6 page article called Weathering a Sentinel written by Tim Shackleton that details the use of MIG weathering powders and other weathering techniques on a 7mm scale white metal and brass 80hp Sentinel built from the Wrightlines kit.

Once again a beautifully written and illustrated tutorial with loads of hints and tips for realistic weathering and finishing that I have enjoyed reading. This is not a common magazine but it is well worth searching out as the techniques are very informative.


Monday, 10 June 2019

Wargame Terrain & Buildings - a You Tube Review

This week I came across this Wargames Illustrated You Tube review. For more information and to see the video please see the link below.

Further reviews and information on how to order a copy of Wargame Terrain & Buildings The Napoleonic Wars can be found here.


Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review #86

As regular readers and followers will know, I like to browse and purchase second-hand model making magazines, picking them up from charity shops or second-hand at shows. At the recent 7mm Narrow Gauge Railway Show in Burton I picked up a couple of second-hand issues of the specialist model making magazine Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review and in particular number 86 from April 2011.

The magazine has a 10 page spread by Simon Harris called Modelling and painting in the larger scales. This has to be one of the most informative model making articles I have ever read (and re-read) and is full of hints and tips for painting realistic metal and wooden subjects with some innovative and unusual materials and techniques.

The magazine is not generally available but I would thoroughly recommend searching it out and in particular getting hold of this tutorial as the techniques used will be of interest to modellers everywhere. It really is that good.

These are just three of the many illustrations of the narrow gauge wagons painted by Simon. They are built to the scale of 1/12th. I hope you will agree that there are quite spectacular.


Sunday, 9 June 2019

7mm Narrow Gauge Railway Show - this weekend

These scratch built models were built and painted by David Wright of Dovedale Models and seen at the recent 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Show held in Burton this weekend. I spent some time speaking to David who was only too happy to pass on his knowledge and offer advice.

The models are built to either 7mm = 1 foot or 1/48th scale.

The image above shows some work-in-progress or test pieces to illustrate his talks. All are Das modelling clay, but the base or core material ranges from card to foamboard to MDF.

More images can be seen by following this link.

Truly inspirational.


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

D Day - 75th Anniversary

They shall grow not old.....

The Guardians of the Riverbank from Northumbrian Tinsoldier

The Guardians of the Riverbank is a limited edition set of 10 metal miniatures and 7 dice in a beautifully packaged gift set from Northumbrian Tinsoldier. For full details see this link.

The models arrived in this black card box (above).

And were presented in a tissue and foam wrap (below).

The full contents include;
10 - 28mm scale metal miniatures
10 - plastic bases (slottabases)
1 - black velvet purse with 7 blue crystal dice
1 - presentation leaflet
3 - full colour postcards

I chose the Northumbrian Tinsoldier miniatures above the Oathsworn (official Burrows & Badgers) minis as I thought the limited edition pack was better value and a little more characterful.

I think I will replace the plain plastic based for something more fancy, but look forward to painting them up.


Saturday, 1 June 2019

Burrows & Badgers by Michael Lovejoy

I picked up this book last month. I had been given a voucher for Amazon as a birthday present and thought I would treat myself to this wonderfully illustrated book. The black and white illustrations by Gary Chalk are some of the very best I have seen in a gaming book and as regular readers will know I admire Gary Chalk's drawings and have many of his books and illustrations.

There have been many reviews of this book/game and at first reading I agree with the very positive reviews and remarks.

No doubt, I will be purchasing some figures for the game, but at this moment I am also looking to produce some themed terrain pieces I think my modelling style will compliment the figures well.


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

31 High Street, Droitwich

31 High Street, Droitwich, Worcestershire

These are some inspirational images of 31 High Street or 'Stephens', Droitwich Spa - a building restoration that is truly spectacular. You can find additional details (and images) by following this Blog.

I look forward to the building being opened to the public when I can get some additional images.


Monday, 27 May 2019

My latest charity shop find

I picked this book up at The Severn Valley Railway charity shop at Bewdley Railway Station for just £1.00. The series of guides by Wild Swan is well known to me but I was not familiar with this particular publication even though it was first published in 1983!

I look forward to reading through the techniques over the next couple of days.

Architectural Modelling in 4mm scale by Dave Rowe
Published by Wild Swan Publications Ltd in 1983
70 pages with lots of black and white images and illustrations
List price £3.95
ISBN - 0 906867 12 6


Friday, 24 May 2019

Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars by Tony Harwood

Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars written by me is now available to order from Pen & Sword. It is listed at £14.99 but is currently available as a pre-order for the discounted price of just £11.99. For full details see this link.

Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars by Tony Harwood
Published by Pen & Sword
List price £14.99/$24.95 

160 pages with nine complete start-to-finish modelling and painting projects (see contents below)
246 mm x 171 mm
Illustrated throughout with full colour images

ISBN 9781526716392

PLEASE NOTE - the book is not available from me but through Pen & Sword (or via other book sellers).

See these reviews;
A Question of Scale which can be found via this link.
Wargames News and Terrain see this link.
Wargames and Railroads - for more information see this link.
Robin Buckland's Military Model Scene see this link.
The Old Barbed Wire Blog see this link.
Wargames Illustrated - a full review can be found here.
Plus a You Tube version can be found here.
Wargames Illustrated (a second review) - see this link.
Miniature Wargaming see this Blog entry - link.
Iron Mammoth' Studio - a more thoughtful review can be found here.


Thursday, 23 May 2019

Wargames Terrain Magazine?

I saw this link while browsing the Internet and was wondering if anyone knew any more about this project.


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars another review

Another review of Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars written by me. This time a book review written by Kris of Wargames and Railroads. For more details see this post.

For details of how to order a copy from Pen & Sword, please see this link.

Earlier reviews can be found here and here.

Thank you.


Monday, 20 May 2019

Satyr for 40mm Greek project - part six

This latest image shows the C. P. Models 28mm Satyr alongside a Spartan Miniatures 40mm figure. I had always thought of Pan as a smaller character almost child-like and am pleased with the comparison.

This stalled project could do with some additional work!


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.