Monday 27 January 2014


Hoping someone might have an answer. None of the scroll bars seem to work on my Blogger template although the arrow keys seem to do the trick. However it doesn't seem willing to save gadgets/pictures etc so I can't change any of my gadget pics ...... any ideas?

(here's a nice Rodney Matthews picture to make the post more interesting)

Saturday 25 January 2014

THE END OF AN ERA ( or another money spinning exercise)

Well it was on the cards something would happen to White Dwarf, the recent issues have been complete rubbish (the review from my 11 year old son, no doubt he is influenced by my own cynicism, but even so...) . According to the newsflash here White Dwarf is going to become a weekly (ye Gods I remember when it was bi-monthly) pamphlet, presumably like the hitherto free fliers GW have had on the counter ) and then if you require photos of the same old models painted in different colours month after month you can invest in the new Warhammer Visions. I can't see either publication lasting long.

Thursday 23 January 2014

THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (or what have I let myself in for now)

It's safe to say that I don't need any more projects on the go at the moment, not having enough time to concentrate on one, let alone nine  or ten , so I was astounded to hear myself saying to my 2 older sons (Thing 1 and Thing 2)"Why don't we collect the armies to re-fight the battle in The Hobbit?" Needless to say they thought it would be a good idea (particularly as I would be stumping up for the figures).

The Battle of The Five Armies by John Blanche
in A Tolkien Bestiary by David Day

We decided on 1/72 scale mainly for cheapness and there are a couple of companies producing really nice boxes of figures at about £6 for 40 odd figures. I need to sit down and work out exactly what we need to get, but I reckon we should be able to do the battle on a scale of 1:20 for under £100. Thing 1 already had some Light Alliance Dwarves on the go so these will form the basis for Dain Ironfoot's 500 grim warriors, and we have been sent a bundle of Caesar Dwarves by a kind fellow blogger (thanks Douglas).

Great figures based heavily (or copied) on the Lord of the Rings films. 

Not bad painting for a 10 year old (he's now 11, but did these last year for a Moria game).

I am thinking of doing the elves first using Caesar figures, and then there are an awful lot of goblins to do..

Monday 6 January 2014


One of the benefits of  Christmas /New Year  is that I get to come home from work earlier than normal  most evenings in the week between  the two and get a spot more painting done.

This is one of the first figures I ever had, the Fiend Factory Zombie. I have since collected a few more

shown here doing an Egyptian walk (or perhaps a Larry Grayson impression)