Thursday 28 December 2023

The Hound of the Baskervilles - BBC Going Classical

The BBC 4 series Going Classical features the BBC orchestra and world-renowned singers or musicians performing in some of the UK's most beautiful halls. In this case we have the orchestra performing a new piece with Mark Gattis and Sanjeev Baskar as Holmes and Watson re-telling the story of The Hound of the Baskevilles

I think this was the best piece of TV I saw (or more accurate listened to) over the holiday period. For more information see this link.

You can still enjoy it on BBC iPlayer. Highly recommended.


Wednesday 27 December 2023

Christmas 2023

A quick post showing some of the presents I had for Christmas - Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without at least one pack of DAS.

I hope you had some great presents.


Sunday 24 December 2023

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Friday 22 December 2023

Old Tom - A Tale from the White Liar Tavern

Day 21 of the Orcs in the Webbe 2023 Advent and a short White Liar Tale written by me. Old Tom is based on the Robbie Burns poem Tam O'Shanter with suitable Flintloque themes. I hope you like it.

For more details see this link.

Happy Advent


Thursday 21 December 2023

Bro Dawel all Christmassy

The Bro Dawel cottage was scratch built by me some time ago and has previously appeared in Miniature Wargames - see this post. The model is based on the Lilliput Lane Bro Dawel - see below.

I wanted to add some Christmas themed props to the model and then gift it as a Christmas cottage for a seasonal or Lemax style festive table piece. I have used 'bits and bobs' from my spares box and scratch built some candy canes as well as adding DAS snow to the thatched roof.

The final addition was the snowman that was modelled from Milliput with a Shako from my spares box.

Merry Christmas


Friday 15 December 2023

A Christmas Movie?

It's Christmas movie time and earlier this week Sue and I settled down to watch one. Holly suggested Die Hard with Bruce Willis. Not your first Christmas movie choice but if in any doubt just watch this You Tube video from Alfie Boe and Disney - link

Merry Christmas and Yippie Ki Ya


Wednesday 13 December 2023

Scratch Built Wall and Gate in 28mm - Miniature Wargames issue 489

The latest issue of Miniature Wargames - issue 489, January 2024 contains another article written by me - this time showing how I built and painted a perimeter wall section with a wooden gate to accompany the ruined wall sections featured in last months MW. For more information, see this link.

As well as the terrain tutorial I have a second shorter article featuring Flintloque - see Community Corner on page 5 in which I contribute a short 'love letter' on this game system.

The latest issue is now available to purchase from WHSmiths.


Sunday 10 December 2023

Repairing an old and damaged piece of scratch built terrain

Earlier this year I was asked by a very close friend if I could repair a piece of terrain that he had of mine. The model was damaged after it had been dropped and was showing multiple areas of flaked paint and missing pieces.

The first two images show the model prior to any repairs and the chipped roof tiles are very apparent.

The last two images show the repaired model with new roof tiles, repainted walls and re-flocked base. The areas of repair were first strengthened with two part epoxy glue and then textured prior to painting.

It was a real pleasure to work on one of my older pieces of terrain and the finished model has made me want to produce more Flintloque inspired pieces of terrain.


Thursday 7 December 2023

Orcs in the Webbe 2023 Advent Calendar day five

Orcs in the Webbe day 5 and this time a pencil sketch by me of my Flintloque/Deadlock character Margahrah the former Lyonesse Commissariat and acting Captain that features in the three part Deadlock scenario Getting Ahead as well as the additional two stand-alone scenarios Margahrah's Bane and Margahrah and the battle of Burnehof. For more details see this link.

The character of Margahrah was named after my Aunty Margaret (Marma) and her dog Sally he is based on a maths teacher and head of year called Mr Perrins who had a great influence on me as well as the fictional French police detective and Commissaire Maigret.

The sketch was done some time ago - I had planned on rewriting the three part Getting Ahead or Headless Zombies stories and publishing them as an illustrated novella and this and some other sketches were to be featured, but I never got around to it - maybe one day.

Happy Advent


Friday 1 December 2023

Orcs in the Webbe 2023 Advent Calendar day one

Day one of this years Orcs in the Webbe Advent Calendar features some simple spaceship battle rules written by Matthew Hartley. The rules come at a very opportunistic moment as I have a couple of squads of converted spacecraft sitting on my desk just waiting for a game and although mounted on circular plastic bases instead of hexagonal, I'm sure I can find a way of 'muddling through'.

For more details, see this link.

Happy Advent.