Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I couldn't get any more of the units in B&Q for my lead pile overflow but I bought something similar but with bigger drawers. I have taken those figures from the smaller drawers, where I have a large amount spread over multiple small drawers, and put them in the big drawers. Interestingly, the figures I had the most of were WW1 Germans, ECW and Thracians. The lead pile overflow is now neatly stored away.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Giles appears to be casting aspersions on my choice of DVD, which were seen behind my lead mountain in the post below!
Well, I love Howards Way! It's so eighties! And cheap looking. And always full of scenes of shivering actors trying to pretend the weather is nice!
For readers who were lucky enough to escape this "aspirational" BBC series from the eighties it was all about the boating set in Hampshire in the south of England. The dreadfully wooden Tom was made redundant from his job as an aircraft designer and set up as a boat designer instead working with old-fashioned, drunken, dinosaur boatbuilder Jack and bringing in all sorts of trendy working techniques and practices (A Thatcherite allegory, perhaps) to the disgruntled but forelock tugging local workmen at the Mermaid Boatyard. Tom designed an ugly new racing yacht, the Barracuda, and a local boatbuilder actually put them into production in real life. My father in law sailed one once and said it handled like a brick.
My father in law kept one of his boats in the Hamble right next to the Elephant Boatyard which was the fictional Mermaid Boatyard in the show. We used to eat in the same pub as in the series!
So Howard's Way is part of my new nostalgia kick caused by being in my fiftieth year! I am getting more nostalgic for things that remind me of when my life was much less complicated: no demanding children, no school fees, no wife getting me to spend £1,000 on three lights, no having to tell stupid foreign government ministers how to sort out their infrastructure and no commuting. Instead a nice comfortable life at home, just starting in the City and spending most of my salary on classed growth claret and weekends with the engagingly voracious and curvy V (who confirmed everything my father had told me about convent girls).
Those were the days. I think I'll go and watch an episode of Bergerac now...
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
This is one of the new Copplestone Louis XIV range which depict figures from 1665-1680. French troops of this time had only just started being issued with uniforms and Régiment de Carignan-Salières was one of the very first we know about to have received them. Typically the coat would be one colour and the linings, which were turned back on the sleeves, would be a contrasting colour. It was about this time that many French regiments were being issued grey uniforms with coloured linings although this process took some time to complete and even by the late 1670s not every unit had uniforms.
Next I think I will do a couple of figures from a more traditionally uniformed unit. I've still no idea what to actually use these figures for and am contemplating something I don't usually do which is having a non-historical historical approach. These means the uniforms are right but the units I paint may never have engaged each other.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
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This is a magazine I pick up occasionally as it isn't that easy to get and also, because it has themed issues, sometimes the content just doesn't appeal. Nevertheless it is usually interesting and has a better figure review section than the other magazines.
I bought this month's issue because it featured the Roman invasion of Britain in 43AD which definitely is interesting to me. Now, I haven't done anything but flick through it but it's almost unreadable as the translation is so bad. I actually thought it looked like it had been done by a computer programme but, in fact, they list no less than five translators. Now I speak Italian and know that Latin languages don't translate that well into English but, even so, someone could have gone through it and tidied up the sentence construction a bit. I don't remember it being this bad before but they better sort it out before I buy another one!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
1 (1) 19th Century Sudan Armies 9,983 (50,283)
2 (3) Legatus' Wargames Armies 3,464 (23,505)
3 (2) Cavegirls in Fur Bikinis 1,595 ( 99,888)
4 (4) Spartan WAB 1,200( 12,123)
5 (12) Lord of the Rings 1,283 (3,986)
6 (9) The Great War 1,020(3,190)
7 (10) Great Northern War 991 (5,172)
8 (8) Return to Darkest Africa 857 (8,007)
9 (14) Zulu War 843(2080)
10 (5) Dark Ages WAB 834 (4,9804)
11 (13) 1st-4th Century Roman WAB 532 (4,203)
12 (7 )Punic War WAB 379 (4,579)
13 (6) Byzantine WAB 279 (3,228)
14 (15) Swashbucklers 163 (737)
15 (11) Pulp Warriors 54 (48,905)