Friday, 30 July 2010
The beach combing netted me several small shells and stones to use as basing material on my models and a small quantity of fine grained sand which I'm now in the process of drying thoroughly. Beach sand is irregular and varied and I think it makes much better basing sand than anything bought in a shop. I hasten to add I'm not suggesting you go out and raid the beach until it ceases to exist, particularly if its a protected coastline.
After the history lesson we had a wargame on the beach. This followed the age old principle of building opposing sandcastles and then knocking them down with stones thrown turn by turn. It seems my aim isn't as good as that of my 5 year old and my castle was soon in ruins and sueing for peace.
Bit by bit the whole day passed by and we had had a great time. My wife made me chuckle when she made a comment about me managing to get through a whole day without my "toy soldiers". Little did she know.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
As usual I took a load of pictures and after much editing, cropping and touching up here is my selection.
There were quite a few unusual vehicles at the show that I've not seen before outside a museum. However one thing that was missing from most of the vehicles on display was information. Some vehicles had details and histories for visitors to read but many didn't. If your not an expert (and I'm not) its very hard to find out what each vehicle is. Some of my captions are blank (and others possibly wrong) so if you can fill in the gaps, or correct me, that would be great.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Dust was a big problem this year and seemed to get into everything. I spent a large part of the day cleaning my camera. Mind you it was better than the year when the site was 6 inches deep in mud!
Keep an eye out tomorrow for the rest of my pictures.
Friday, 23 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Maybe I'm painting a bad picture of Dagenham (OK I am) it's not a bad place to live, but it looks nothing like the idealised pictures and models the planning department use when trying to sell new projects to the public (otherwise known as the "consultation process"). If the architects can't even make a decent model why are they being trusted to make the full scale version? What the council need are some tabletop gamers to make properly constrcted models with some decent painting, proper scenery, ... and maybe a trench system or two.
Monday, 19 July 2010
Having taken a quick look through the 124 pages of this months WI here are a few of the articles that stood out:
- Rommel : Rise of the Desert Fox - As the title suggests this article looks at the early battlefield career of the man that was to become the menace of North Africa.
- The Battle of Arras 1940 - This article looks at the crucial encounter between the 7th RTR and the 7th Panzer Division as the Germans pushed through Belgium & France.
- Salute 2010 Painting Competition - I found this article very interesting because I didn't get a good look at the painting competition entries at this years Salute. So many people were crowded around the display cases that I decided to come back and look again later, and then never got the chance.
- The Northern War - New Zealand 1845-46 - A very interesting look at the Maori Wars and an often overlooked part of colonial history.
- Churubusco 1847 - The US-Mexican war of 1846-8 was the training ground for many later Civil War generals and as such provides an interesting look at the events that shaped the US army running up to that climactic encounter.
- The Battle of Marathon - Greece and Persia go head to head in what has been described as "one of the most important battles in European history".
It's no secret that I enjoy the mix of articles and eye-candy illustrations in WI but for me this is one of the best issues in a long time.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
In the meantime, be safe out there folks.
Monday, 12 July 2010
However on the principle that less is more I have started to use distilled water for blending and mixing etc. Its cheep and can be bought at any service station/garage and is even available in supermarkets. I still use tap water for brush cleaning and drinking... although of course I don't drink the brush water. That would just be weird.
I'd be interested to hear what you use and why, and of course if you can offer up some scientific reasoning behind some of the claims of 'chemical reactions' when using tap water that would be great.
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Isenguard (seen just right of centre in this photo) .
Friday, 9 July 2010
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
Examples from History
History also shows that religious upheaval will almost certainly follow such a severe shakeup of the social structure of a society. In a world where magic and clerical healing are common, religion may very do very well from such a disaster. The society that develops from the remnants left behind may well be more radical and more pragmatic. In many ways this is the ideal backdrop for a campaign world as the normal constraints of class and status are broken down and social mobility becomes the order of the day.
Plague in a fantasy setting, just as in Hollywood, can be much more devastating than real world examples. Severe as the Black death was, its overall mortality rate was 'only' 30-50%, leaving enough survivors for society to recover slowly. Fictional plagues could be more virulent, be global in reach and result in much higher death rates literally dumping the survivors back in a new stone age. Such an event would easily be defined as a cataclysm.
Even less severe plagues could conceivably result in the fall and rise of civilisations, either because high mortality breaks down regular institutions and the rule of government, or because lesser powers take advantage of militarily weakened neighbours. Cities may become abandoned, fertile farmland can become a desert and trade routes fade into obscurity. All of which provides opportunities for adventurers and bandits alike.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Thursday, 1 July 2010
This was a fantastic weekend with a huge amount to see and do. I was lucky enough to attend both days of the show and even then I was hard pressed to see everything in the detail I wanted. This really is a premier event if you have any interest in armoured vehicles and a great place to see some historic examples running and roaring.
One example was the Valentine. I've never seen a running example of this tank before so it was a real treat to see it in the arena.
The Tiger is currently undergoing renovation so was not running at the show. This was a great pity but hopefully the work being carried out now will ensure this historically significant tank continues to run for many more years to come.