Saturday, 24 July 2021

Friday, 23 July 2021

Blind Hugh : he’s part of the punt gun crew.

 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.

A spare figure obviously meant to push a wheel barrow gave me the idea for the punt gun carriers. The punt  gun is a musket extended by means of part of a biro. Here is a photo below of a real punt gun- 

Thursday, 22 July 2021

15 & 35 or a Great Day out!

 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

Action at Only Child Farm (1)

 The three half tracks arrive at Only Child Farm, what or who is waiting for them?

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Repairs completed and a challenge ahead.

 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

What’s wrong with the world.

 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

My heart’s in the Highlands...

  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.

My name is Bucca , I don’t live on the second floor

 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

The Glen and The Palace

 Yesterday saw me catching up with old friends in the Glen. I walked there via Dunfermline Palace where, amongst others,  Charles l was born. Here are a few pictures l took including signage for the pilgrim route.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Father Brown in imaginations

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 .

Arms and the man ( and lady)

 My replacement arms with rifles etc arrived whilst I was away. I have begun fitting them today-

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

I’ve been away...

 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

Weekday wee trip - St Andrews

 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.