THE INDEPENDENT WARGAMES GROUP.
Being a Journal of views, prejudices,ideas and photographs of wargaming not just nationwide, but hopefully world wide.The name IWG was adopted in the early 1980's in response to the then dominant Wargames Research Group, but things have moved on,and wargaming appears to be in somewhat of a Golden Age, so sit back and hopefully enjoy my rantings.
I have always been envious of the windmill that Phil Olley possessed for his Polish renaissance game,and if I remember correctly,that windmill had sails that rotated. Anyway, since that first envious thought, I have seen several very fine examples at various wargames shows over the years. So biting the bullet I decided to obtain my own version of a windmill.
The beauty of the internet is the access to model dealers from around the world, and hence I was able to source my very own windmill from a Croatian company called TABLETOP WORLD. Definately not the cheapest model company, but certainly the provider of some first rate terrain pieces.
I would recommend the company to any wargamer who wants a very well modelled building. From the initial order, to delivery in the United Kingdom took two weeks, which I think is pretty good.The windmill is made from a lightweight plastic/resin and is very highly detailed. The kit comes in six pieces and is easy to build. More importantly it is a joy to paint. Im afraid I couldnt reach the painting standards of the windmill on the Tabletop World site, but it still looks good to me. Originally I intended to fix the piece to a base, but, having completed the painting I have decided to leave it free.
I know not everyone is a fan of E BAY, but personally I have found the site very handy for buying some item, that I have always wanted, for instance issue 4 of the 1971 Military Modelling. A must for all anoraks.
Anyway on an impulse I bid and won a small number of painted SYW figures from the site.
I must admit I didnt need them, they were also of a true 25mm scale, so would look odd in a unit, but they looked interesting.
When I got them, I was really pleased at just how good they were. Once I touched up the flesh, based them up and did some work on the inevitable yellowing varnish, the figures came to life. I havent a clue of the manufacturer, or the wargamer who painted them, but they were worth the bidding. I havent given up on my own painting, but between various weekly doctors checks, the world cup and sleeping things have somehow slipped. Still I have started a regiment of Willie figures for a unit of my Wild Geese, so hopefully I will crack them off soon.