Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A day out and an update for Jeff and others...

Today we all had a day out to the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.Here is a picture of me sitting in front of the planting to commemorate the start of the Great war-
 we had a lovely day out and magnificent weather too.
Here is the latest pics of the ECW project-
The highlanders will use irregular shaped movement trays...
A couple of 32 figure musket/pike regiments...
Earlier this evening I made a four barreled leather gun from an old paintbrush and kebab sticks- we will see how it looks when painted.
By the way has anyone used highlanders with the Bayonet ECW rules?

Monday, 21 July 2014

A day of inspiration... and sunne too

Yesterday a number of things occurred which inspired me re the hobby and beyond. Firstly I found some Les Higgins chaps  ( from Old John) I got some years ago.They are just asking to be finished.Splendid Old School fellows oozing charm. I have plans afoot to continue the project...
Secondly these arrived - Click on for a larger picture.
When at Blackwells (house not bookshop) I had seen this newish book on The Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. My wife remarked to me afterwards that my eyes lit up as I read it in the Blackwells gift shop ( veritable mine of amazing volumes on the Arts and Crafts movement by the way) and I have taken little persuasion to order it. Well this tome arrived yesterday and is fantastic- beautifully produced and  filled with so much fascinating info.
Whilst uptown I picked up a copy of Current Archaeology magazine. When reading I saw an illustration of 11th century Saxon fortifications on Silbury Hill. Now there's a modelling thought in 28mm or even 40mm...
My ECW movement trays arrived from Warbases (great company to deal with) and will move my project forward.
Finally on another blog I read a comment by John Preece mentioning a 96 figure Captain General's regiment.John, if you do read this please tell us more!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Dalauppror asked (amongst others) that I post a photo of the raised beds when they were planted up.Here they are this week-
Despite the high winds of the other day the Duchy of Tradgardland plaque is now in place-

Friday, 18 July 2014

When we were away

We have been back from Ambleside ( we had excellent weather) a week now so it is time high time for a post on the holiday.We managed to enjoy the surrounding countryside by walking-
This is Stock Ghyl Force in Ambleside.
High Sweden Bridge- an old pack horse bridge.
We also visited interesting places none more so than Blackwell- a house designed inside and out by M H Baillie Scott.He is probably my favourite Arts and Crafts architect and designer.
We also found splendid places to eat like Blackwell's above and Chesters , Skelwith Bridge below-
Chesters has an outside eating area perched just above the river and is a great place to think,read,write or daydream as well as enjoy generous portions of cake and fantastic home cooked pizzas. here is a link to them-
All in all a great holiday was had by the whole family.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

By Ben Afleck, near Glen Ford...

It is good to be off work.This morning I walked uptown to Mass and then got some 1p bases on the way home.We finished building the table/bench combo we bought yesterday and used it for the first time at lunch.The great weather continues and the sunne shines on us here in Tradgardland. Of late I have spent some time mentally strolling on slopes of Ben Afleck near Glen Michael - for those of you who have forgotten the awful jokes or are  new here let me direct you to my following post- http://tradgardland.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/mapping-ridiculous.html on my 17th century pun filled part of Scotland.
It has encouraged me to rebase/prepare some figures for some forthcoming battles in mid 17th century Scotland.
Here is the scene of chaos/endeavour/industry in the shed above and below.
The rules will be the Bayonet ECW ones by Neville Dickinson and I am going to use a variety of movement trays from Warbases.
Finally more puns/place names welcome for the forthcoming map- go on give it your worst shot!


Monday, 14 July 2014

Modelling three- the fort continues.

This is a continuation of modelling posted on 3rd July.
A visit to Starbucks at Abington on the way home from hols provided two more towers and a dome-
After being glued they were left to dry completely.Today I got out a mix of paint and sand and splashed it on merrily...
I am quite pleased with the progress.
Apart from 1930s North West Frontier I am wondering what other periods and locations I could use it for. Any suggestions?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

We have been to...

Been off line this week due to a splendid family holiday (more about this later) to a place which has inspired a little imagineering and flag creating-
Any guesses as to the real place which inspired this flag I created since I got home?
I had plenty of time to read and finished this book which I recommend to you-
A very interesting read about a great poet and author.
I look forward to now reading about what you have been up to on your blogs.

Those of those who commented on my flags might enjoy this old post explaining about their meaning-