Saturday 30 December 2023

Yes I'm attempting it next year !


Me and Charlie will be having a go again at this next year . Charlie (the dog) is coming up 11 next year and is slowing down a bit (and is VERY resistant to walking in the rain - so am I ) so it will be a greater challenge - we will see how we do !.

Thursday 28 December 2023

A Christmas game


Here we see 'A' pondering his next move in our Christmas game . We used my Wofun 2D SYW collection and the Honours of War rules, and I was soundly beaten using my Cavalry too aggressively , sadly as normal I forgot to take some more photos as the action grew hot .

I got these two books for Christmas , I've only dipped into them so far , but both look jolly interesting .

Wednesday 27 December 2023

Old dog and New tricks.


Here we see the author resplendent in his new 'hobby apron' ! , after ruining numerous tee shirts , trousers and shirts with glue.and paint , Santa Claus (my dear wife) brought me it for Christmas with strict instructions that it must be worn on ALL occassions ! . 
PS the fleece is another present from Santa as well !

Friday 22 December 2023

Thousand miles in 23 completed !


Well with todays trudge through some very soggy and muddy fields, me and Charlie completed our "Walk a Thousand Miles" Challenge ! . I will be signing up for next year's one in the New Year .

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Toy Soldiers in Art (?) No. 11


Found on the William Britians Facebook Group . The West Somerset Yeomanry learn the rudiments of scouting with the aid of  Britains figures , taken from the 'Navy and Army Illustrated' 1898 . The chap on the bottom right looks disappointed that he can't shoot the figures with his Martini Henry ! . (click on photo to enlarge)

Monday 18 December 2023

On the painting tray at the moment.


Trying to clear up some loose ends on the painting table before the Christmas celebrations . There are some 40mm Irregular figures and explosions which have been in my 'to do' box for a while and the couple of 54mm Lifeguards that need repairing and painting . With the bout of wet weather this week I should be able to get quite a bit done , ..............

Friday 15 December 2023

Lincoln Logge 'King of the Wild Patio'

May I present Lincoln Logge self styled 'King of the Patio' , here seen with his Patiogonian Indian companion Tonto . 

Lincoln Logge was the first European to cross the Great Patio and the discoverer of the Great and Lesser Ponds , here seen overlooking what is supposed to be the Lesser Pond.

Here is the only contenporary photo of Logge that I have been able to trace . Ned Butline the famous 19th century Western promoter wrote a Dime novel called "Across the Greate Patioe" which sensasionalised his exploits - Logge was incapable of telling the truth and fantasiesed his exploits on the Wild Patio to a great extent.

Here we see Logge meeting 'Escargot  Killer' the famed Patiogonian Indian Cheiftain , Logge served as a scout for 'Red Army' during The Great Patio War ., and should be appearing on the tabletop soon.


Sunday 10 December 2023

Cleaned up nicely .


Fresh from the stripping process and smelling pungently of Dettol , my two Life Guards and the Davy Crockett type . The cavalry figures need quite a bit of work doing on them , one needs an arm casting to replace the missing one and the other needs a sword blade adding , both horses need tails adding as well - so quite a bit of work needs doing to them. I'm rather pleased with the other figure , thanks to Brad identifing him as a 'Lincoln Logs Pioneer'  , I knew nothing about this firm which seems to be a bit of an American institution - The Birth of Lincoln Logs | HISTORY , so I'm looking forward to painting him up as a bit of genuine Americana .

Thursday 7 December 2023

Next up for the Dettol bath .


Hunted out the two spare Lifeguards to go with my Lancers , and they are rather worse for wear - both horses have missing tails , one of the figures has a missing arm as well , so quite a bit of repair work to be done on them . I decided to strip the paint to help with the rennovations and painting. Whilst rummaging around in my spares box I found the rather unusual David Crockett/Mountain Man/ Pioneer figure and as he has hardly paint left on him I decided to give him a bath as well. We will see how they look in a couple of days once the Dettol has removed the paint from them.

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Britains hollow-casts finally based up !


So I've finally got my 54mm Lancers based up , it's taken a while as I had to send for some more bases and various 'real life' issues have intervened . 

I drilled some depressions for the hooves to fit into and put a dab of Hot Glue into the hole and fixed the figures to the bases. I find you have to base these 54mm Britains hollow-casts otherwise they fall over and knock  the surrounding ones over domino like ! .

Here they are going on a Winter patrol overlooking the Great Patio where the vestiges of the last snow fall can bee seen .

I think the Trumpeters might be relegated to HQ duties and replaced with a couple of Officer figures ,  I  might have a cuple of Hollow-casts Cavalry figures that may be suitable .

Sunday 3 December 2023

Tis the Season


Well things have not progressed very quickly here - 'real life' and Seasonal doings have somewhat curtailed my painting and hobbying . However whilst accompanying MrsK to a 'Christmas Fayre' I was able to purchase these fine chaps -about 5" tall and brightly painted very Toy Soldiery indeed !.