Sunday, 28 August 2016

Northumberland : Castles, Battlefields, VBCW, CONGO and Operation Sealion

Have been on holiday this past week to lovely Northumberland lots of dog walking, beautiful Castles, sunny weather and some chill out time which allowed me to get some relaxed painting done. In no particular order....

Alnwick Castle always impressive ....have been before but my daughter overjoyed to meet Harry Potter
 
Edlingham Castle c.1400 not far from Alnwick ...didn't seem to be in a very defensive location as easily overlooked by nearby hills. 
Next to a lovely old church.
 
Warkworth .....first time here would like to go back when less busy but they had a medieval combat display which was fun.
 
We also managed a trip to Flodden, since the 500 year celebration they have put in some excellent display and information boards and a really good path around the main part of the battlefield. This shot is taken from the centre of the Scottish position looking towards Branxton and the English.
 
We also visited Etal Castle where they have a reasonable display about the battle 
 
and a tiny, rather tired looking diorama but I always have to take a photo if I see 
figures....it is crying out for a Big Perry type table display !
 
Dunstanburgh, again been before but a lovely walk which ended in Craster eating smoked kipper heaven !
 
And now the painting............. The Congo slaves got finished to add to the Zanzibar figures
 
These photos are rubbish ! But I picked up some WW1 officer figures at Historicon with a view to painting them for VBCW. These two feel like a pompous Royalist General (might change his cap band to a different colour thinking about it) and an Albertine Captain.
 
Two more....again I can be flexible who they fight for although the guy on the right clearly has some Royalist affiliation.
 
Finally with some quality down time........I managed to crack through some Germans for 'Sealion'. 
Three squads each with a submachine gunner, an MG43 and an Officer.
 
A close up of one squad....
 

10 comments:

  1. A fun-filled week...I do love a good castle! Lovely figs...especially the officers!

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    1. Castles do make we want to paint up those knights I have though 😀

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  2. Great figures and 2 of the great joys of Northumberland, castles and kippers

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    1. Hot kippers in Craster were a real treat.

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  3. You can't beat Northumberland for castles - beaches are pretty good too!

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    1. Yep we saw a few of those as well....and the inside of tea shops😀

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  4. Very nice. I like the look of the Germans, too

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    1. They have been on the painting table for ages .....I have some fallschirmjager to paint next then. I am good to go😀

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  5. A nice tour of the area. The figures look great. That fellow with the red cap band looks a proper Colonel Blimp type.

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    1. I think red just makes him a bit too socialist alliance and I think the workers would be looking to be led by their own hero.

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