Thursday, 5 April 2018

My Narnia

Someone on one of the blogs I frequent shared some pictures of his study and asked others to do the same. Now my 'study' is also my library, wargames room, storage room; painting, building and writing room. So I thought I'd share some pictures of my multi-functional set-up. Unfortuantely the pics are a bit dark even when enhanced and the place could do with a bit of a tidy.

 Looking into the room from the bottom of the stairs. Computer desk is on the right, on the screen can be seen a background of the Chinggis Qan metal statue in Mongolia. painting desk is on the left. Top of pic are some of my dvd's.
 My 10, 15 and 25mm figures and some terrain in this storage unit. Just out of shot at the bottom are all my 6mm armies stored in A4 rigid plastic boxes.
To the right of my computer desk is the major part of my library with the filing cabinets underneath. the stairs up are just to the right.
 Moving on to the right there are the stairs up, more books and the top of my drop-leaf table. The big picture on the left is of Prince Rupert and his brother Maurice that I found in an antique store in Leek, Staffordshire. At the bottom of the stairs is a framed picture of Bobby Moore (from West Ham United FC) along with his signature next to it. (Christmas prezzie from a friend).
On the right of the last picture is a small cubby-hole that goes around behind the chimney breast and under the stairs. In there is a small cupboard and my four tier plastic drawer set for my unpainted chaps.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The older you get, the quicker time passes!

Well, flippin' heck, don't time fly when you realise you haven't posted anything for a while...a long while; very remiss of me. Life is moving on and the French-Italian Wars project is coming on slowly, so far I have:

2 units of 15 gendarmes
2 units of 48 Landsknecte pike
1 unit of 44 Swiss pike
1 unit of 40 Italian pike
1 unit of 15 Italian mtd knights
1 unit of 30 Italian dis-mtd arquebusiers
1 unit of 30 Spanish Sword and Buckler types
1 unit of 9 Stradiots

Each of the units is made up of 3 40x20mm bases and all are from H&R.

I've also now got about 95% of my WWII Early War British, German and French armies at 1:5 divisional strength but I am holding back on painting them until the French-Italian chaps are finished. This should take me up to the end of the year if everything pans out.
   However...
   About a year ago I was contacted by Stephan at Rapier Miniatures (known as Fredbloggs on the LOA forum) and asked if I had any research on the Mongols for an upcoming range. (Silly man, asking if I had any research on the Mongols.) Anyway, long story much shortened, the other day a package arrived from Rapier and inside were two of their Small Armies of Mongols. They were almost begging me to paint them and seeing how lovely they looked I offered to paint some for his trade stand so here are some taster pics. All are cklickable for a warts-and-all image.

 Army command

 L/MC firing bow
 L/M Cav with lance
 Unit command
 LC/MC loading bow
 Armoured chaps on armoured horses
 As above pianted as keshig

Now of course, I have a slight dilemma, do I carry on painting the Renaissance chaps, change to WW II or think blow it, I'll go with the Mongols. Seeing as I already have a Mongol 6mm army in Irregular I reckon they can wait and I will carry on with my plan for the year. But, if Rapier bring out Russians, Khwarizmians, Polish, Hungarians, Cumani, or Song Chines I might have to re-evaluate my position. 
   One thing that should ber mentioned is that we are going back to Wormhouldt in a couple of months for another break and, knowing me, I will be all fired up (pun unintended) for my Early War project. Enough of this idle chatter, I'd better get a wiggle on with the Rennaisance to get as many done as I can before the hol.