Monday, 18 January 2021


 No wargaming today but I enjoyed a couple of games with the family. Chess and Mind the Gap were fun to play but this was the main game this afternoon. Forbidden Island is a cooperative game where either we all win or all lose. Again the rules are easily learned but it can be very hard to win. We have had this game for some years now but it remains popular, one I would recommend to anyone.

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Sunday Morning Early

 There has been much correspondence recently from the vwc about Funcken books and the joys there in. The joy of very well illustrated uniform books. Something we all enjoy. This morning, with coffee and TMS on the wireless ap, I looked out this splendid example of an engrossing uniform browse-


Saturday, 16 January 2021

What are you listening to as you paint etc?


I wonder what you are listening to as you paint or model? I really enjoyed the above on BBC Sounds. I read the book some time ago but it is a great listen too. Sometimes I enjoy painting in silence before the household rises or on the rare occasion they walk together. 

Friday, 15 January 2021

Umstrittental or return to old imagineering and taking it forward

 I started work on my imaginary 18th Century valley around 2011, found a map and created units . The photos below show my notes from the time which gave a brief background to the units, uniform details and flag info. As I am coming towards the end of the Ottomans I felt that these figures might provide a fitting opponent. So they were looked out and repairs began. I am looking forward to seeing seeing them taking on the Turks...

And now for something completely different

 Just giving these a soapy wash prior to painting-

Had a useful Janissary painting session today but fancied a change of scale.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Tents etc

 With my coffee this morning I popped over to one regular blogsI read-

I saw the Wollner recast tents there and decided to have a go at replicating them in plasticard for my Ottomans. Here are photos of them so far ( only needing a stand to be added to make them free standing) as well as a wee try out of the Ottomans on the battlefield- light cavalry and medium cavalry on the flanks with infantry in the centre. I put out the Austrians too to see how it all looked.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Eric’s Ottomans: the Janissaries

 Been working on the Minifigs figures today. I got a 1978 Funcken out for reference. I got the Renaissance volume in French and it has been on my shelves ever since I bought it in the Toy Tub Edinburgh. Figures moving forward...