Friday, 23 July 2021
Here are the punt gun crew, members of the Albion rural militia. Blind Hugh helps his friend , Albert, to carry the punt gun into position, whereupon Albert fires it. They have worked together for years.
Thursday, 22 July 2021
Tuesday saw me having a splendid trip to the seaside domain of Ronnie Cobham ( of Fife &Drum forum and vwc. Fame, not to mention commentator on the Tradgardland blog ) for my first face to face Wargame in fifteen months and his in thirty five years! A great day indeed and thanks to him and his wife for their hospitality too.
We were trialling Willz’s One Side Of A4 Rules with some spontaneous add ons by ourselves. It was a chance to use Ronnie’s splendid 1745 collection. The game was played on a dining room table and was great fun. I commanded the Jacobites and managed to facilitate their defeat. An enjoyable time was had and we are resolved to do it again soon. In the meantime here are some photos-
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Worked on these figures today. I hammered nails into Mdf bases as supports and bent one as the leg of a running figure. I decided not to add tape to the leg but leave the nail visible to show the repair. They will fight together as a unit along with the two cavalry figures which will be quite a challenge.
Sunday, 18 July 2021
Let me tell you what is wrong with the world, I use it as a dumping ground! Let me explain, my Theatrum Mundi, my wee gaming place has become neglected. It has become a place to dump correspondence needing attention, books I am reading and a place where l just lay stuff down on! Plans are afoot to remedy this situation and to make the space available to have a solo game on which can be kept up a number of days. Thus allowing me to enjoy the look of the thing, plan my next move and return to the situation as it was before with a rolling programme of games going on. Here it is this morning, hopefully to be sorted in the coming days.
Saturday, 17 July 2021
I have not been in Inverness since the mid eighties but am glad to be here albeit very briefly for a celebration. The train journey is through glorious country and I had forgotten just how stunning it is. Managed to have time to pop into Inverness Art Gallery and Museum as well as a vast second hand bookshop in an old church. I hope to return soon.
I have become interested in this set of no dice fantasy rules and the world it is set in-
I started on the figure of a Bucca yesterday with his net to catch victims with. Having read recently of the size that goldfish can grow to if they are released into the wild l gave him the paint job below-
Friday, 16 July 2021
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
My hosts ,when I was away , mentioned a GKC Father Brown short story set in a Zenda like country. They did not know which of the stories it was in. I have tried to find out which yesterday to no avail , can you help? Thanks in anticipation .
Tuesday, 13 July 2021
l have been in Yorkshire staying with friends since Thursday. We , amongst other things, visited Knaresborough, enjoyed the trompe l’oeil paintings in the centre of the town , visited a Saxon Holy Well, sampling its water and watched England’s valiant efforts last night. A most enjoyable time away.
Friday, 9 July 2021
Tuesday saw me tidying the painting desk. The pigeon holes are great but liable to have loads of random stuff crammed into them. The desk top was awash with off cuts of metal, plastic and wood almost too small to see. Tiny polythene bags had overtaken and seemed to be multiplying. After some effort a pleasanter area emerged much more conducive to creativity. A big help was the reallocation of the handy wee box to hold heads , bases and sundry items.
Thursday, 8 July 2021
Had a lovely trip to St Andrews today. Hadn’t been for ages but really glad to be back. A look round Toppings bookshop, lunch at North Point cafe ( we highly recommend it) at an outdoor table followed by a wander about. An ice cream rounded the day off very nicely indeed. Here are some photos including an interesting mosaic.