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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Tackle Model Soldiers This Way

Over the last year or so I have been building up my Old School Wargame library, by sourcing and buying books that I felt typified the start of wargaming. I have been lucky in being to buy,usually at reasonable [cheap] prices, the books of Peter Young, Charles Grant, Charlie Wesencraft, George Gush and obviously Donald Featherstone. I already had a few by Featherstone, but have since been able to pick up most of the books he wrote. Last week however I saw this advertised and was intrigued enough to buy it,[ probably over the odds] Anyway it was a book published in 1963! and like all Featherstone books is interesting and informative, albeit obviously dated. Amongst the chapters is one on how to make your own figures including a helpful photograph of Donald Featerstone pouring molten lead from a saucepan into a mould. God knows what the nanny staters would make of that little gem of advice. It did take me back to my childhood of molten lead [ for arrows] small chopping axes and carbide bombs. I would probably be on an asbo now using current standards. Once again it reinforces how lucky gamers are now, and I for one do appreciate this, Still a very nice book and a pleasant read.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

2010 A Retrospective

Well 2010 has flown over, and it only seems two minutes since I started this blog last New Year in response to my wifes illness and the inability to go out on the drink.
 I think the blog was a better choice in most respects. The year itself was a strange one from my wargaming point of view. I didnt get to attend my usual number of shows, and I didnt get to put on a game at the shows that we normally would. This was due to work,weather and holiday commitments in the main. My painting also tailed off alarmingly towards the end of the year,due in no small part to finally selling my home.
  2011 now beckons with another year of major changes and major stress. A new home to build, a new job to find,and a further grand child on the way. All are big things in their own right.
 The New Year is also a time for resolutions, and I think I will set some this year;
1] Finish off my SYW project.
2] Attend more shows.
3] Play more games, preferably at least two a month.
4] Whip the Prussians finally [ hello Colin]
5] Finally lead King James' army to glory against William.
6] Get the SYW rules published in glorious colour.
7] Lose weight and grow more hair.[ now these are unachievable.]




My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
Austrian Grenzer

Smoggycon 2013

Smoggycon 2013
Smoggycon 2013

Smoggycon 2012

Smoggycon 2012
Smoggycon 2012

Smoogycon 2009

Smoogycon 2009
My French getting another beating