Wednesday, 1 January 2020
The new year has arrived here in the Duchy. The hours leading up to the new year were filled enjoyably by watching “ Bohemian Rhapsody “ with some of the family. I never stay up to midnight and so awoke to the new year in the early hours. Today l will continue the enjoyable job of sorting out my recent Airfix acquisitions .
I got some wee screw/ nuts n bolts sorter boxes in Aldi’s yesterday when getting some essentials late afternoon. They will come in handy for storage of the sorted figures and eventually for them when based and painted. The sorting began...
I am fortunate to have the Osprey sized book by a French chap ( ?) on the Airfix 1/72 figures which incidentally is always a fascinating read. This was on hand in case any oddities were found.
The figures I hailed as old friends were the 1960 designs as opposed to the 1973 ones. For example I had never handled the 1973 French Foreign Legion before and found them long and thin compared to the ones I enjoyed as a boy. Equally I didn’t really take to some Napoleonic chaps in bearskins I had never owned. However it was a joy to be reunited with the Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham sets especially the personality figures like Friar Tuck and Robin himself. The favourites so far were the 1960 ww2 Germans, Afrika Korps and 8th Army. They spoke to me of the 1960s and boyhood games morphing into Wrg’s platoon action rules or Battle , Practical Wargaming played over Bellona vacuum scenery. More sorting to do and then I will post more on this. Figures will be used in the Portable Wargame battles and some Featherstonian close wars games. Finally what the best way to remove old paint from Airfix chaps?