Saturday, 12 August 2017

Castles, painting and beer !

We are just back from a very pleasant week in Yorkshire. Weather was great and it was nice to have some downtime in a very quiet location near the village of Hovingham. With most family holidays I plan on doing some painting in between trips and shopping and meals. This was no exception and I did pretty well. Also managed a couple of castles and picked up a couple of excellent second hand books and a German Kfz 69...... but I haven't painted this yet πŸ™‚
Helmsley castle well worth a visit the village is nice too
Clifford Tower...bit of a rip off but the views were great
Can never have too many books and I had been painting more Moors
This is an outstanding book even on my brief skim......very rare to find something quite so specific and relevant in a charity shop ! 
Also excellent...very detailed covering a significant amount of the use of elephants during the ancient period
And the painting.........

British reinforcements for Operation Sealion
German pioneer squad....mainly crusader but with a couple of slightly modified Warlord
Blacktree Arabs/Moors
Moorish archers
Not actually painted on holiday but I finished off the bases when we got back...my first unit of confederate cavalry
and the beer..........πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Pottering down in London

I have been down in London for a couple of days, there is always so much to see and do here are a few highlights from a military / gaming perspective πŸ˜€
Imperial War Museum πŸ˜€
The original Sealion map on display πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
A Smith gun....and I only just made one the other day πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
Flak 88 πŸ˜€
Campaign map drawn by Romel for the desert campaign
Two of the Rorke's drift VC's Chard on the left
Mr Awdry πŸ˜€ at the portrait gallery
Excellent Russian Revolution exhibition at the British Library πŸ˜€