I encountered this magnificent creature on my day out this week.I thought that readers of this blog might enjoy seeing it.
Friday, 28 May 2021
Having been inspired by the Mad Padre’s regular posts I have decided to start Flat Fridays. Each Friday I intend to post something about what I am working on in the way of zinnfiguren and semi flat figures. Today here are two pictures of recent additions to the Duchy collection. I am still not quite sure how much work will be needed on them, the jury is still out. Anyway the pictures-
Thursday, 27 May 2021
Daughter #1 needed to go to South Queensferry today so Daughter #2 and I went along for the train ride. Lovely walks , some shopping and lunch al fresco made it a splendid day out. It is a lovely village which holds many happy memories for me as well as some evocative history. Enjoy the photos-
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Working on these chaps today. Added a couple of bazookas with very simple conversions. Figures based and minimal paint added followed by gloss varnish.
Monday, 24 May 2021
Sunday, 23 May 2021
I was thinking about all those fictional fights in the Classic literature of Wargaming. Wells, Grant, Young and all. What is your favourite and why? I think for me it is “Action at Twin Farms” from Battle! Practical Wargames. I really like the drama of the story, the maps and the fact it is an accessible size not to mention that the cast to be assembled is small. Over the years I have played it in different scales, periods and with differing results. Do tell what is your favourite and why...
Saturday, 22 May 2021
Not feeling 100% today so taking it easy. Listening to Henry Hyde podcasts, flipping through books , sorting stuff , dozing and thinking. I decided to see what I had in the way of Roco Minitanks. I had looked out a few for my ohw try out the other day and decided to check the rest in the box. Including some assorted made kits l have a fair bit. Later reading the Grant books I wondered about the possibility of seeing where the armies of Charles Grant and Peter Young would be in the 1930s. Also tapped into the early Airfix Germans I looked out. They are some of my favourite all time figures. So here are the pictures from the sorting and thinking...
Friday, 21 May 2021
Thursday, 20 May 2021
Well worth a read-
Much wisdom there.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Here are some pictures of art locally. I saw it on my weekly trip uptown. Been reading these rules properly for the first time today having had the book on the shelf for some years now. Any comments on your experience of them most welcome.
Monday, 17 May 2021
With recent events, some discouraging news and a general malaise in the Duchy my mojo has gone awol. I am trying to get it back but finding all is a tad overwhelming. A little light painting has stalled and gardening has been a pleasant distraction. I am feeling the draw of my ancestral heimat. One thing I have been considering is to try and learn German, particularly to read it. I have zero aptitude for languages. Any suggestions how to proceed?
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Saturday, 15 May 2021
I scheduled a post for midnight last night and noticed it wasn’t there. It showed my garden and I commented on how it was becoming full of green as the year progressed. I assumed I had made a mistake in posting until I saw this email. I cannot work out why it deleted at all ! Anyone shine light on this?
The soldiers crossed the border by cover of the night and made their way to the farmhouse depicted on their maps. As they arrived the farmer was seen running into the woods but they couldn’t stop him. So here they wait in enemy territory until new orders come or reinforcements arrive...
Every year I am amazed by the way the trees visible from the house and those in the locality suddenly turn green. There have been hints but then all changes. The trees forming the beech hedges loose their dried brown leaves finally and are replaced by green. Marvellous and so often taken for granted.
Friday, 14 May 2021
Another 1914 where German Unification never happened and a Bismarck died in infancy. Where the Empire that was never holy, Roman or even an Empire trundles on..
The soldiers of the Cornflower King are on patrol near the Kingdom’s border. Rumours have it that some enemy soldiers have crossed the border and are occupying a farmhouse nearby...
Figures are 70mm Schneider semi flats and recently arrived. Just finished painting them and varnishing them today. Rules are homegrown and brief.