Wednesday, 7 October 2015


I have returned to work and all is proceeding well but I am a tad tired on it.
I have enjoyed harvesting and eating produce from the garden.The photo above shows some of what my daughters took back to university with them.
I am working towards using Wargames Holiday Centre Malburian rules in my mid 18th century games. I have always had a soft spot for the rules,felt they gave an enjoyable game and have had this copy for around twenty years
I am sorting out my semi flats for some late 19th century/early 20th century games.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Newish recruits

I finally got round to basing these chaps-
40mm semi-flats again and already painted. I find I cannot bring myself to paint over another's work and delight in the charming efforts of their previous owner.The toy soldier look appeals greatly to  me in this project in particular and so the spirit of R L Stevenson and H G Wells lives on upon my dining room table or maybe even sittingroom rug.
Underneath the non grenidier figures I found this-
Each figure has a wee piece of paper glued to the underside of the base thus where their regiment was hand written.I have based them with minimum glue to preserve the paper where possible,again out of respect for whoever painted/named the figures.
Finally a request. Does anyone have the following mould?
I wonder if you would be willing to cast me six figures for which I would be more than happy to pay for them plus postage too.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Life is

Jan for many years had these words ( on a battered old card) initally stuck up above the hob at eye level then propped up against her bedside lamp. They were important to her and for that reason were read at her funeral. I also want to share them with you all-

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
Mother Teresa

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Upon the woes of Warttemburg

"Setting aside the rumours (only briefly I assure you) concerning chamber pots and hands of whilst the Duke's extravagences must be faced. One needs not mention the affair of the kidnapping (and virtual confining) of the Meissen Kiln Master for seven inglorious years nor the young alchemist feted at Court as you will already know these things too well already.However, something must be said regarding the Duke's singular and abiding passion-porcelain.Of the hours spent alone in his closet pouring over figurines,plates,cups and more. Of Thalers spent that were not his to spend,of debts too cruel to mention..."
extract from "The Diaries of Doctor Erasmus Rutze"
Due to the Duke of  Warttemburg having limited funds in his warchest ( understatement of the 18th Century) the dragoon regiments are mounted upon draft horses not chargers. Esprit de corps is rather in short supply but the men are grateful for any horses as the clouds of war appear over the Duchy...

Saturday, 26 September 2015

On patrol...

 Through the countryside of the Electorate of Honaver the Horse Grenadiers ride on patrol. They are  oblivious to the worsening situation whereby  the neighbouring Duke of Warttemburg has demanded the return of stolen porcelain and makes extravagant threats of invasion...
Figures are recently acquired  pre-painted 40mm toy soldiers of unknown manufacturer- can anyone shed alight on this?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015


Thanks to you all for your thoughts,prayers and comments left at my last post. They have helped greatly.
Alan and family

Sunday, 30 August 2015


Jan , my best friend and beloved wife of 24 years died yesterday. She declined very quickly over the last week. She had fought her illness with immense courage and positivity for five years and is now at her rest.