Friday 30 August 2019

Carnival Row

Just started to watch this on Amazon Prime, what do you think so far?

Thursday 29 August 2019

Sort of like Christmas or birthday...

Today the courier brought the Ottoman Turks from the collection of Eric Knowles. I have really enjoyed opening the wee box’s of old school Minifigs delights. Thanks to D C for facilitating this.

Wednesday 28 August 2019

The shape of things to come... Pathe News

General Rosti and his staff from Thun are seeing the future of army communications demonstrated. This splendid early warning system is to be established across Helvetica. Mr  Rivella , with his charming wife looking on,demonstrates tomorrow’s cutting edge technology for the 1920s . It is fun,folklore and the future rolled into one...what say you daisy the cow?

Sunday 25 August 2019

Interwar Austrians

Painting some 54mm Interwar Austrians to oppose the wee army in the previous post. Figures are a mix of old Britains and some Dorset soldiers I bought second hand. They are on an excellent book I got for a fiver at Carronade in 2017. It is about the Austrian Army from 1918 to 1938. Text is in German but the illustrations and photos are what l bought it for.

Saturday 24 August 2019

If you can’t beat them join them: Army Red/White mobilises

I was really taken by this post and subsequent ones-
I decided to see what l could mobilise between gardening tasks and whilst listening to the cricket. So here it is the Confoederatio Helvetica -
Officer commanding ( with chaplain and messenger pigeons) a company of bicycle infantry, two companies of dismounted cavalry one of which has a machine gun, six companies of infantry and a mountain gun complete with mule team.
As this is a part time army which has all soldiers practicing as members of rifle shooting clubs  ,all infantry count as sharpshooters when firing. All figures 54mm .

Friday 23 August 2019

Duchy of Volare Cantare recruits

Recruits in 1/32 scale arrived from eBay via Russia. They are hardish plastic and will serve well once painted.

Wednesday 14 August 2019

What make are these?

Can anyone identify these figures?

A very wee Portable Wargame

Been cleaning out the garage/shed this week and painting the bathroom. In the shed l found some 10mm fantasy figures. This inspired me to set up a game using a square of felt as a board and off cuts as terrain. A pair of friends ( one a dwarf and one an elf) who have been looking for their hobbit friends encounter some orc riders. Figures are by Copplestone castings which pack great detail and character for their size.
Small,portable,fun and easily carried around. What’s not to like?

Saturday 10 August 2019

Norwegian Homeguard helmets etc post ww2

Brian left an interesting comment on this blog about ww2 style German helmets with Norwegian badges  in a London market. I have found the below photo which shows post war Norwegian Homeguard uniform.

Friday 9 August 2019

It’s Friday and l’m indoors

The rain and wind are lashing the Duchy today. Inspite of the weather I am fortunate to have a Plummer and joiners working today in the bathroom, not to mention sawing outdoors in the rain.. Earlier in the week my daughter noticed the floor was giving way quite a lot and the toilet was listing too. I phoned the joiner who discovered that the floor was rotten and the toilet would sink through it sooner or later. To cut a long story short they have fitted me in today and are working hard as l type . A big thank you to Gary, Jim and Gary for making this happen.

On the hobby front there are two projects starting. The first is a Pictish Army for DBM. I ordered it last September as an autumn /winter project as my retirement began. The figures have finally begun to arrive, don’t ask long story. It is a largish 28mm army and one to fight the Late Romans and Romano British of my regular opponent. Ideally l would like to finish them by Christmas.

The second in an old school Minifigs project. I have bought an unpainted  Renaissance Ottoman army which is from the estate of the late Eric Knowles.  I am delighted to have some of his collection to work on and looking forward to seeing them. Thanks to David Crook who has really helpfully facilitated this by means of emails and photos. The backstory will be shared here later.

Thirdly l am enjoying gaming the interwar conflicts of the Duchy of Volare- Contare. I will build up the forces in 1/72 for some Portable Wargame battles with my spare Airfix figures etc. I am also building up some 1/32 figures to explore the conflict in the Alps between the Duchy and the Kingdom of Francia. This will be fought using John’s Company Fire rules. As it is a platoon/ company game not too many figures will be needed.

So there we are ,some plans. Off to make the joiners some tea...

Wednesday 7 August 2019

On the Border ( with apologies to Al Stewart) a Portable Wargame.

Elements of the Volare- Cantare army have poured across the border into the Empire. Tanks and mountain troops are leading the attack. Local units of the Empire army including cavalry and tanks have rushed to the area to halt the invaders at the main north road... 

Tuesday 6 August 2019

Tanks for reading this and answering my question.

The above book arrived in the post today and fascinating it is. In it there are pictures of the Yugoslav army using German  helmets and weapons from WW2.  This led me onto thinking about what happened to the Germany’s tanks , planes etc at the end of the war. Were they recycled / reused by other countries? If so can you give me examples and suggestions about where to find out more? Thanks.

Thursday 1 August 2019

Ancients revisited.
I have restarted using my Ancients blog with a Roman theme and ongoing campaign featuring the Dux who has just taken over command. Do use the above link to stop by and have a look.