In the museum was a diorama made in 1969 featuring Willie figures. It depicts the Black Watch at Ticonderoga. Although small it is a spirted piece of work, containing many figures either made specifically for the diorama or converted for it . Without more ado here are the pictures and a couple of pages from the current Willie catalogue for comparison-
Friday 29 September 2023
I took some photos on a wander about after the excellent guided tour-
I was most surprised to find this painting in the museum. I am sure I saw it in the home of the man it was given to , many , many years ago. I can only assume it was given to the museum on his death.
Yesterday saw me in Perth at the Black Watch Museum for a grand day out courtesy of Ronnie whose cunning plan it was. Splendid coffee and scones were had in the bistro prior to a guided tour. Our excellent guide Rosemary took us through the collection in a tour lasting around seventy minutes. She was welcoming, knowledgeable and most interesting. I would certainly recommend a visit and the tour.
Here is the sight that greets the visitor-
More info about the above sculpture here- https://theblackwatch.co.uk/the-hauntings/
Next time a little on the museum and its contents.
Thursday 28 September 2023
Yesterday l was in Glasgow for my weekly class . I took photos from the seventh floor of the tower.
Tuesday 26 September 2023
Monday 25 September 2023
In spite of torrential rain at times Sunday proved sunny enough for us to have coffee and cinnamon buns in the garden at Abbot House-
This week sees me having a couple of games potentially, hopefully the first outing for my late medieval French army . In the meantime enjoy this-
Saturday 23 September 2023
New arrivals here in the Duchy , unboxed the other day.
Friday 22 September 2023
Wednesday saw me in Glasgow for the first of my Northern Renaissance Art course.
I returned by bus through torrential rain to a non functioning toilet. This began a series of events involving plumbers, noxious smells of sulphuric acid , sewage flowing round the garden and no solution. I was told to phone Scottish Water and report it. A stressful evening had occurred. Scottish Water were really helpful and promised to come first thing in the morning.
True to their word they came in the morning early, sorted the problem , unblocked things and cleaned up the sewage, disinfecting the garden as part of the process . They then phoned to say they had been and report on what they had done. Kudos to Scottish Water for their helpful and supportive attitude on the phone and efficient sorting out of things.
The episode has left me reflecting how l so often take things for granted like a flushing toilet, always there and functioning. We are so fortunate with simple things like running water here in this country. It has made me reflect on all those news stories I read or heard about, briefly pondering upon and then moving on. It is good to count one’s blessings now and again.
Bert and Bob cast their professional eyes over some new wagons donated to the Penedredfel Light Railway-
I am greatly indebted to Brian C for donating these splendid scratch built wagon to me. I look forward to seeing them being pulled along quite soon. Brian are you able to tell us a little more about how these were made and what the different wagons are?
Wednesday 20 September 2023
Pop over to the Osprey blog for some interesting articles, background and fiction related to the forthcoming folk horror game
Tuesday 19 September 2023
Two mounted generals were in the box of Eric’s Ottomans-
Monday 18 September 2023
As promised some goodies from Eric Knowles’s Army . Firstly ,as Bob commented, Eric uses a fascinating mix of figures in his armies. This is evident in the figures he has used in this Ottoman Army- ancient, Persians, ancient Britains, Huns and so on. I find this approach both charming and refreshing and one I can identify with. Secondly Eric labelled his figures with sticky labels on the underside of the bases in his own hand writing. I am impressed by this and want to preserve the bases and labels. Now for some pictures-