I left a comment on a recent post regarding how I would like to get better acquainted with current comics/graphic novels but am not sure where to begin at all. Any suggestions for a good read in terms of artwork and storyline would be great. Thanks in anticipation.
Saturday 31 December 2022
Up Dobbies ( garden centre not house elf) for breakfast this morning and got these in the sale-
A figure for general 54mm use, an arbour with fencing and spare wreaths to add a Christmas touch to my houses and a winter backdrop. All came to under ten pounds , I am well pleased.
Friday 30 December 2022
One of the highlights of the run up to Christmas, when my daughters were small, involved the local library. They wanted to be there when the Christmas books were put on display and out to be borrowed. Year after year we eagerly tried to get the family favourites. The one in this post was the most sought after. Some years we got it, some years we didn’t. Anyway many years later my eldest tried to track down a copy to buy as it had been such an integral part of her growing up. Eventually, after much time and effort, she tracked the book down and got a copy that had once graced a library , it seemed fitting. It remains a prized possession. Here is the book she got-
Went to an interesting comic/ graphic novel exhibition in the local library this morning. I took some pictures and thought that some of you might be interested-
Thursday 29 December 2022
Been thinking of additions needed for the 1790 Tradgardland project. I had thought of vignettes, baggage and a few bits and bobs then it struck me - Cavalry! I got some images up for inspiration-
Great pictures but not a solution. Anyway the game will be set in snow with snow based units including ski troops. So here’s the question- how useful are cavalry in a snow covered battlefield? Do I need them or not? What eighteenth century precedents do we have for cavalry in winter warfare? All answers are eagerly anticipated!
Wednesday 28 December 2022
In Edinburgh today. A wee visit to the Portrait Gallery then coffee then a wee look then home. The girls stayed on looking for sales bargains.
Monday 26 December 2022
Over the last few days l have moved the 1790 Tradgardland project forward a tad-
Saturday 24 December 2022
All that marching through the frozen wastes was deemed to be worth it when the city of Tradgardstadt came into sight. The soldiers marched through the silent streets towards the market square. Once there , Glogg was distributed to one and all, before the Carol singing began. As the voices of the troops carried across the square and beyond , citizens left their homes , joined the throng and sang too. A glorious night under the jewel encrusted black velvet cloak of the sky!https://sewyarncrafty.co.uk/
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours from me and mine here in the DUCHY of TRADGARDLAND! May you have a splendid time that befits the joy of the season!
Friday 23 December 2022
Baron Benevolence is delighted with his new cog. He bought it from a couple of rather shady looking second hand cog sellers from Venice who happened to be in the area. The ship is called the San Marco. She has proved seaworthy and shipshape and Bristol fashion. The Baron’s retinue is gradually acquiring sea legs and becoming more confident at fighting on the ocean. Here are some pictures of the San Marco being put through her paces ( along with the retinue) on the high seas-
I am greatly indebted to Mark Copplestone who kindly sent this ship to me. What a coincidence it is called the San Marco. I look forward to naval battles ahead with Bill Lamming’s rules…
Thursday 22 December 2022
Bought these rules( which have just arrived) here in the Duchy. They are an early Christmas present to me from myself. The idea was to buy at a time of year when there might be opportunities to read them quietly over coffee or something stronger.
Initial thoughts are very positive. I like the diceless nature of tribal and the playing cards used for everything, including measuring distances. In Death in the Dark Continent the army lists are captivating. I have long been interested in the Sokoto Caliphate and it is good to see a list for them. Interesting reading and planning ahead…
Wednesday 21 December 2022
The young woman in the local craft shop was very helpful pointing me to just the right tool to buy. She also showed me where to get white felt. At the checkout she asked me what I was making and I told her about the bases and that I was a wargamer. She listened in an interested manner . Her colleague said that they get wargamers in all the time, had heard of the hobby and was enthusiastic about what was perceived as another craft. I will certainly be back. Next visit will be to buy a Wargames Mat in the shape of a six by four piece white felt. Morale of the story support your local craft shop, they’re our friends.
Monday 19 December 2022
Up early, coffee drunk, cricket on the radio and the intention in my mind to base a 48 figure unit. Here are the figures-
So the bases were got out. As you know I am currently using Ronnie’s method of sticking felt to mdf and figures then to felt. Now to get the scissors to cut round the bases stuck on felt…