Thursday, 27 January 2022

Fascinating pub name

 Was in Edinburgh today and saw this pub sign…





Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Comment tales

 I have been having problems leaving comments on blogs, including my own. Some work some don’t there is no rhyme or reason. I have even found I cannot leave comments on Wordpress blogs using Facebook but have managed to using my Google account. So just to say I have been enjoying your blogs as ever , even if I can’t comment on them . Hopefully  the problem will resolve itself soon.

Monday, 24 January 2022

Giving the Chinese artillery in 54mm

 The Chinese figures came with no artillery. I decided to remedy this by firstly painting up a large old fashioned gun and secondly by scratch building from bits n bobs a jingall. The resultant jingall is a tad over sized but will serve on the battlefield. Here are photos of work in progress and also finished items.








Sunday, 23 January 2022

Away and Home

 Friday saw me at P’s for an ancient game. P command the Germans and G and myself the might of Rome.Enjoyable and companionable game where success ebbed and flowed ending in a draw. 





Saturday saw an interesting post from Mark-


https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2022/01/22/micro-militaries-or-europes-tiniest-armies-mark-felton-on-youtube/

It reminded me of a book l had looked out for another purpose the other week Here are a couple of pictures from the book-







Saturday, 22 January 2022

Makers mark

 Some of the Chinese have these stickers on them. Can anyone tell me about the company I can’t seem to find any info on it.



Friday, 21 January 2022

Reading and storage pondering

 Needing to work out the best way to store the Chinese, any suggestions welcome. Doing some reading too. The Osprey is a good introduction and the Ian Heath an excellent source of information. I have three others in the Foundry Book series and they are all well worth getting hold of. My others are on Tibet& Nepal, Burma & Indochina and Small Wars 1919 to 1939.




Thursday, 20 January 2022

China in your hand 2

 The rest of the Chinese arrived today. Thanks to their previous owner’s excellent packaging they arrived safely and took ages to unwrap. I will set up a grand parade over the coming days but in the meantime a few photos-




Without over complicating things I want to differentiate on the table between modern rifles ( with a nod to ammunition problems as many Chinese units had many different rifles of different calibres in the same unit)  and older ones , melee only units and Western trained ones. I hope to bring out the character of the army. Longer term plans are to get some artillery, jingls and irregular cavalry. There are a lot of figures so I think initially I will make two armies out of them and fight a civil war or rebellion.