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.


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Satyr for 40mm Greek project - part three

I have undercoated the miniature with a black/dark brown basecoat. Hopefully, I can get this single miniature painted quickly.


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum

Sue and I have just returned from a couple of days in London where amongst other things we went to see Man of La Mancha - the musical based on the book Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes performed at The London Coliseum.

I had wanted to see this musical for some time and commenting on this, Sue bought two tickets to see this limited-time production as my birthday present back in March. I was looking forward to seeing the performance and have to say that I was not disappointed. It really is a fantastic musical and a great production.

We arrived a little earlier than recommended and had time to explore the Coliseum - a very impressive theatre with some exceptionally intricate decoration as well as have a pre-show drink.

The show moves along quickly and it was soon time to leave. On the way back to the hotel, Sue and I discussed how the performance and the songs were both funny and moving. I thought Kelsey Grammer's performance as an actor was better than his singing voice but the supporting cast was superb and I have no hesitation in recommending it. But don't wait around for too long as the run is only 6 weeks.

For more details see this link.


Sunday, 5 May 2019

Satyr for 40mm Greek project - part two

The Satyr miniature has been glued to a 2p coin with the groundwork built up from Milliput. I have textured the base with some fine sand glued in place with dilute PVA glue.


Saturday, 4 May 2019

A Satyr for my 40mm Greek project

I spotted this 28mm scale miniature on the Internet and thought he would be perfect as a Satyr for my 40mm scale Typhon or Greek project. Most of the miniatures in my collection are old and now out-of-production 40mm sculpts from Spartan Miniatures and I have been looking to add to them for some time.

I wanted a smaller figure or miniature to portray a Pan-like character and this figure looked perfect. I purchased him from C P Models for £2.25.

I look forward to basing and painting him.


Thursday, 2 May 2019

Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars the first review

I recently spotted this review of the new Pen & Sword book Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars written by me and thought it was worth highlighting here on the Blog.

Seb has detailed a number of comments and I will be working on his constructive suggestions in future posts and books. Thank you Seb.

For details of the review please see this link.

For details of how to order your own copy please see this link.


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Two Sailing Yachts

Sue and I decided to have a morning shopping in Malvern and amongst other things I bought myself this pair of model sailing yachts.

They were bought from a local charity store and as the assistant was putting them out on the shelf, I asked how much they were and was surprised to hear just how cheap they were.....

They are so large that we could not fit them in a bag/bags and I ended up walking around the town centre with one under each arm. They are each 500mm long and 850mm tall. Originally they were remote control, but the remote was missing from each and I will sail them as fixed sail/rudder yachts.

I can recall my Bampi taking my brother and me to Brynmill Park, Swansea and sailing a similar yacht and wind-up speed boat on the boating pond so I look forward to doing the same with my grandsons Finley and Charlie the next time we visit Leamington Spa.

I spent the afternoon both cleaning them and re-tying the sails and masts before testing each of them in the bath.

How much were they?

Just £3.00 each.


Monday, 29 April 2019

For Sale on Ebay

Another batch of magazines and some Essex miniatures for sale on Ebay. For full details see this link

Thank you.


Friday, 26 April 2019

Warhammer Army from the 1990's - part two

I received a couple of comments asking for more details of this Oldehammer Orc Army. So here they are.....

Command 4 figures a commander, two shamans and a giant

Regiment A - 18 figures (2 x original Regiments of Renown)

Regiment B - 18 figures

Regiment C - 15 figures

Regiment D - 12 figures

Regiment E - 15 figures

Regiment F - 12 figures

Regiment G - 9 figures

Regiment H - 3 wild bird riders (Wyvern riders)

Regiment I - 6 wolf riders

Regiment J - 12 wolves

1 x Skull faced lobber

1 x Catapult


Warhammer Army from the 1990's

Earlier this week I was working in the attic and came across this Warhammer Orcs army that has not seen the light of day for some years. I thought it would be fun to take some photographs of the minis.

The army consists of over 100 Games Workshop Orcs all painted to a very good standard and mounted not on those plastic slotabases, but traditional card bases, textured and painted with natural fibres and small stones.

They are some really old and rare minis in this set.....

Here are some close-ups of the painted miniatures.