Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Three recent purchases

Here are three recent book purchases. The first was bought for me by Sue and is an illustrated book of paintings and watercolours showing the Victorian ideal of a country cottage. Victorian Cottages (part of the Country Series) by Andrew Clayton Payne. The book is full of inspiration for future models.

Secondly a real find - again a gift from Sue who has a way of finding these fantastic little gems. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Warfare. It was picked up for just 50p.

Finally a book found by me in a charity book shop, Traditional Houses of Rural France by Bill Laws. The book is jam-packed with colour illustrations of beautifully photographed rural houses. Just my type of book. This one cost just £1.00.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

BS2017 - Hammerhead Shark - part eighteen

The Build Something Contest on Lead Adventure update.

The entries are in and we are just awaiting details of the contest rules and how the entries are going to be judged. Good luck to everyone who entered and commiserations to those brave soles who's entries were not able to be completed in time.

Here is just one more image of the Hammerhead. Showing the painting started.

I will post details once the contest is live.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

WMMS Alumwell 2017

The West Midlands Military Show - Alumwell is less than a month away. Regular followers will know that it is my intention to be an exhibitor at the show and if all goes to plan, use the show to launch my new Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models for Wargamers.

At this moment the book is still being formatted and it will be a close run thing to get the production, printing and packaging all ready in time for Sunday 12th March 2017.

I happen to think that Alumwell is one of the friendliest shows on the circuit, but this might be because it is my local wargame show and I tend to meet up with old friends. Either way, I would hope that if you are attending you will stop by and say hello.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Troglodyte Terrain pieces for Panzerfauste

These are some painted examples of the Troglodyte Pillar terrain pieces for Panzerfauste. The originals were sculpted by me some time ago and then cast in resin by Hysterical Games.

The models were expertly painted by Hannah of Hysterical Games and although I would not have thought about using a purple wash, I think they looks fantastic and very atmospheric.

At this moment the models are not available to purchase via the Hysterical Games webstore, however if you were to contact Rob (or Hannah) of Hysterical Games I am sure they would supply more details.

The images were used with permission.

Although the models were designed for Panzerfauste, I am confident that they could be used in many different game settings and genres.


Monday, 13 February 2017

Orcs in the Webbe

Image borrowed from Orcs in the Webbe

Earlier this week, I was checking back on some articles that I had written for Craig Andrews of Orcs in the Webb and while looking for the particular story, I realised just how much information I have on OITW. For details of the three pages of stories, articles and step-by-step builds, go to this link.



Sunday, 12 February 2017

Edward Trencom's Nose by Giles Milton

This particular novel was bought for my Mother-in-Law as a Christmas present and after she had read it, I thought that I would give it a try. Edward Trencom's Nose - A Novel of History, Dark Intrigue and Cheese, is a little difficult to categorise as it does not sit in any one genre. Giles Milton has succeeded in writing a story that combines historical fact with fiction as well as adding humour and intrigue - then there's the cheese!

A fuller review can be found here.

I found it a great read, full of humour and interest, the descriptive comments about cheese and particularly the one chapter describing a flood were some of the best descriptive writing I have read for some time. Highly recommended as a Jolly Good Read.

Edward Trencom's Nose - A novel of history, dark intrigue and cheese by Giles Milton
Published by Pan Macmillan in 2002
ISBN - 978 -0-330-44538-2
UK price £6.99


Friday, 10 February 2017

How to Sharpen Pencils

Earlier this week, I met with an 'old school' craftsman who was installing a fitted kitchen in to a neighbours house. I needed to make some notes and was about to pick up his sharpened pencil, when he stopped me saying that I could not use his pencil! His pencil was used for marking out only.

The pencil was a standard Steadtler, nothing special, but it was tapered and sharpened to a very fine point.

This got me thinking.....

Are you aware that there are professional pencil sharpeners? See this you tube link for details.

Needless to say, I have been trying to perfect the technique, so far with only OK results.