Friday, 21 April 2017

The Cottages of Lilliput Lane

Another charity shop find - The Cottages of Lilliput Lane published by Portfolio Press in 1991 bought for just £2.00.

I have in previous posts commented on how I look to Lilliput Lane and David Winter Cottages for inspiration when building my own wargame terrain. This hard-back book lists and details each of the Lilliput Lane sculpts as well as giving details of how they are modelled and cast.

I can see me using these illustrations as more inspiration when modelling further buildings.


The Cottages of Lilliput Lane
Published by Portfolio Press, New York
Photographs by Walter Pfeiffer - Text by Deborah Scott
266 pages full colour
ISBN - 0 942620 14 3

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Armour Modelling by John Prigent

Sue and I had a day in Cheltenham and I picked up this second-hand copy of Armour Modelling by John Prigent, part of the Osprey Masterclass series for just £5.00. The book was in one of the many charity stores in Cheltenham and I thought it too good to miss out on.

It is a card covered ring bound reference book of 192 pages, full-colour illustrations with lots of step-by-step projects, just the sort of book I like.....

I look forward to reading it.


Armour Modelling by John Prigent
Published by Osprey Publishing in 2008
Cover price - £19.99
ISBN - 978 1 84176 974 5

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Some charity shop finds

These three books were picked up from the Oxfam Book Store in Cirencester yesterday. The Look and Learn book is full of beautiful illustrations, many by one of my favourite artists; Angus McBride, while the two Roman booklets are illustrated by Ronald Embleton. All three were on the reduced tale and cost just 99p each.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Models For Wargamers - the first review

Earlier today I was directed to this post over on Wargames and Railroads, a Blog written by Kris Marquardt a long-time supported of my 'how-to' articles and guides. The Blog post is a review (the first review as far as I am aware) of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers.

Should you like what you see - there are still copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 2 - More Wargame Terrain and obviously copies of the latest publication Models For Wargamers available, for details of how to order your own copies, please go to this link.

It is fair to say that Kris's previous comments about Guide No. 1 and Guide No. 2 have helped to improve the presentation and content of Guide No. 3 as well as magazine articles that I have had published.

Thank you Kris. I am glad that you enjoyed the most recent book.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Models For Wargamers Book - available to order

Copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers are now available to purchase. for full details please see this post.

As with the earlier two guides, the first 100 copies will be numbered and signed.

Thank you.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Gloucester away-day

Part two of our weekend away saw us visiting Gloucester and taking time out to have a picnic at the Jet Age Museum which is on the Staverton airfield. The weather was fine, if a little windy and we sat at the picnic tables at the side of the airstrip. My highlight was seeing (and hearing) a Havard take off - boy is it loud.

This particular Meteor has a non-standard canopy, it looks like a T33 canopy to me.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Shrewsbury away-day

Another away-day, this time to Shrewsbury, where I took these images.

The image below was a modern reproduction of a timber framed building which I thought caught the traditional construction style very well.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Happy Birthday to me - some of the presents

In addition to a new sketch book and some gift vouchers for W H Smiths (newsagents/book seller in the UK), I received this near pristine second-hand copy of the Andreas Miniatures Catalogue from Sue and a copy of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman from Holly and John.

Tomorrow Sue and I are having a weekend away while Holly looks after Flo and we will be celebrating Mothers Day with a picnic in Gloucester.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

West Midlands Military Show - Alumwell 2017

Here are some images taken by me at the West Midlands Military Show, Alumwell last Sunday.

The show was the venue for the official launch of the latest Dampfpanzerwagon Guide - Models For Wargamers. Should you wish to learn more, please use this link or follow the tab to the right.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Models For Wargamers now available to order

Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers is now available to order. For full details of how to get your own numbered and signed Limited Edition copy, please go to this link.

I should also point out that there are a few copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.2 - More Wargame Terrain available and to order a copy, please go to this link.

Dampfppanzerwagon Guide No. 1 - Building Wargame Terrain has been out of production and sold out for some time.

Thank you.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

West Midlands Military Show 2017 Alumwell

Sue and I are now home from a very busy and enjoyable day out at the WMMS, Alumwell where I exhibited some of my scratch-built models and launched Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers book.

Image One - Sue volunteered to help out and had a great deal to do with the way the table was laid out.

Image Two - The right hand side of the table.

Image Three - The left hand side.

Image Four - The centre.

Image Five - The three helpers, Sue, Holly and Flo.

Thank you to everyone who popped by and a big vote of thanks to those who purchased a book (or two). I have commented in the past how much I enjoy this show not only for the fantastic displays and demonstrations but also for the friendly atmosphere and warm welcome.

I should also point out that copies of the signed and numbered Models For Wargamers books are selling out quickly. For details of how to order your own copy, please go to this link.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Models For Wargamers Book official launch this weekend

On Sunday, Sue and I will be at the West Midlands Military Show, Alumwell where I will be officially launching the Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers. My intention is to have models from all three books on display plus some others, for example the resin casts from the Panzerfauste range and a couple of models that have featured in magazine tutorials. If you are attending, please stop by and say hello.

I have a couple of copies of More Wargame Terrain which will be sold for just £15.00 a copy but it will be the new book that I will be concentrating on.

As with the earlier publications, the first 100 will be numbered and signed. My plan is to hold a prize draw once these books are sold. Should you wish to order your own copy, please go to this link.

While details of the Alumwell show can be found here.

Thank you.


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Rathcore Holders & Grips

Earlier this week my Rathcore Miniature Holder and Grip arrived. I had chosen the larger, pale wooden handle with extra cork inserts for my pledge and all were delivered safely. I have still to try it out but I must admit that they are beautifully made - true works of art.

For details please see this Kickstarter link.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

WMMS, Alumwell, just one week to go.....

The West Midlands Military Show, Alumwell is just one week away. My plan is to be one of the exhibitors and show off some of the scratch-built models featured in all three of the Dampfpanzerwagon Guides as well as officially launch Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 3 - Models For Wargamers. The new guide will be on sale for just £18.00. The first 100 copies will be signed and numbered.

Pop by and say hello if you are attending. Full details of the show can be found here.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, details of how to order can be found here.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Hammerhead Shark BS2017- the voting is now open.

The Lead Adventure Forum Build Something 2017 Contest is now active and votes are being taken on the entries. For full details go to this link.

My Hammerhead Shark Aeronef is in Group A

Here are some construction and painting images for your perusal. While the image above is the image I entered for the contest.

I hope you enjoy the contest entries - there are some real beauties featured.