Wednesday, 14 January 2015

More of the shine in my life!!

 Well I did manage a bit of painting over the un-holiday and quite a bit of basing - of which more in a later post or two . However here is another small contingent for the shinyloo project

 these 4 polish lancers represnt most of those I have- I will make a trumpeter and an Eagle from 2 spare officers  part of a sustantial number of Stadden 30mm cavalry I aquired last year.
 The project moves on slowly- next up will be some British RHA.
But I might go and do something less shiny first.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

A very Serious moment.

Bearing in mind what it says on my Blogger profile aboutfree speech

Je suis Charlie.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Upand Coming Russian Magnificence from Drabant.

Nick Bokarev of Drabant sent me these photos of up and coming Drabant releases. there are 2 new 40mm Malburians and a new box of 28mm Dark Ages.  I'll have them all as soon as I can get some in. Hopefully in time for York .
One of the new 40mm Marlburian British. This one may have appeared here previously.

A pose variant. I can see a unit 2at ease" coming along ....
 In time the 40mm will be added to my on off 40mm Marlborough project- currently more off than on .
28mm Russians.  Lovely!

Friday, 2 January 2015

Why do we do this ??? Part 1

 So here I go again . Pondering on the motivations for various chaps indulging in this hobby  with all its multitudinous facets. Are my or indeed your motivations the same or even similar ?  What are the motivations of the fantasy dudes- which - to believe the magazines -we are in the same hobby as?. And which  again if we accept the maketing is a far far more numerous hobby -even excluding GW than we mere underling historical chaps with our dusty books and actual knowledge. Now the fact that the Fantasy hobby is indeed larger is almost beside the point - but not quite. There was a time that even I  the"Arch- Historian "  was known to fiddle with Dwarfs and the like but what put me off was not only the relentless childishness of many of the other participents. Also he incredible lack of humour- their games had no jokes in despite the fact that it was all made up !  They were so bloody SERIOUS .Man, get a life ! To some of thse dudes the phrase "Get Happy" seems to mean beating up a Dwarf!. Jokes- even bad ones were thin on the ground. I remember in the 1990s when OGUK  carried a lot more Fantasy stuff than I do now  organising a small Dwarf Army for the display case. For a laugh I put them in 7  figure units with Seven in Roman Numerals on their flag . The number of Fantasy dweebs  who asked me
"Why have those Dwarves (note the tolkinesque pronunciation)  got the Number Seven on their Flag ?"
 "What else do Dwarfs come in but sevens!!"
 It has to be said that most of the Historical chaps saw the bad joke immmediately . but more than anything else it was the  total humourlessness of so many fantsy and Sci-fi (especially GW ) players that put me right off.
 History had more JOKES!!
Now if we are supposed to do this for FUN surely there should be a few Laughs !