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Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

Posted on June 19th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

On Sunday I was treated to a day out with the family to visit the Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. I’ve wanted to come here for a while but the weather always seemed to be bad, or we were too busy, so its taken a while to finally happen. I wasn’t …

New camera!

Posted on June 17th, 2018 under . Posted by

New kid on the block – The Canon Powershot G5XA few weeks ago I bought a new camera as an upgrade to my existing high end compact. My last camera (the Canon Powershot G15x) is still functional and is all round an excellent machine but I have wanted an …

Battle of the Marne – Marchais-en-Brie 8th September 1914

Posted on June 14th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

The Battle of the Marne is sometimes described as the Miracle on the Marne and marks the failure of the German Schlieffen Plan and the beginnings of positional or trench warfare. With German forces sweeping towards Paris and the french army in full ret…

Broadside 2018 Show Report

Posted on June 12th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Apologies for the delay getting these picture up, I’ve not been a well boy. Last week I started feeling distinctly below par and on Thursday began getting a toothache. By Friday this had escalated to full blown screaming agony. The dentist gave me some…

Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum

Posted on June 8th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Sorry folks, more holiday photo’s and another Museum! I will get round to some actual gaming related posts shortly but for now I had to tell you about this great ‘hidden gem’ of a museum. I say hidden but by that I mean ‘hidden from me’ because when I …

Clouds Hill – Home of T E Lawrence

Posted on June 4th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Last week I was lucky enough to have a day to myself to visit the Tank Museum at Bovington. While I was in the area I decided to take a short detour (less than 2 miles) to visit Clouds Hill the holiday home retreat of T.E. Lawrence more commonly known …

Monkeys, Tigers and an Elephant

Posted on May 31st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

So I’m away for a few days this week, visiting Dorset with my family and this means I’m just a short hop from the Tank Museum at Bovington. My wife gave me a ‘day pass’ to head off alone (while she and my daughter visited Monkey World down the road) an…

Broadside Test Game

Posted on May 27th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

There is just a few weeks to go before the Broadside Wargames Show in Kent. Posties Rejects usually put on a game here and over the last few years we have run various demos to show off the sort of games we play in the Shed-o-War. This year will be no e…

Valance Time Tunnel

Posted on May 26th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

This weekend my local museum Valance House is holding a multi period living history event dubbed the Valance Time Tunnel. Its not a big event but the range and quality of the reenactment groups is very good and all the exhibitors were friendly and very…

Desert Cruiser Tanks – A9’s and A10’s.

Posted on May 23rd, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Its been many years (read ‘decades’) since I have built plastic kits in any number. In the intervening years my fingers have got fatter, my eyesight poorer and the kits seems to have become more complicated! So it was with some trepidation that I appro…

Tubes for my Game Mats

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Over the years I have bought several game mats, some get used some don’t, but all cost good money and until now have been rolled up and crumpled in a corner due to lack of storage space. So last week I made the long overdue decision to buy some cardboa…

A trio of Valentine II’s

Posted on May 18th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Following hot on the heals of the Italian M13/40’s I completed earlier in the week here is a squadron of British Valentine II’s. I would have had them completed a few days ago but I have been waiting for some unit insignia and divisional decals to arri…

Fiat M13/40 Medium Tank

Posted on May 15th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

This is the first batch of 15mm tanks to roll off my production line specifically for use with What a Tanker!. The Fiat M13/40 was built to supersede the earlier and smaller L6/40 and M11/39 and served throughout the war. It was built with riveted stee…

Land of the Lost Blogroll

Posted on May 9th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I don’t know quite how, but I have managed to accidentally delete my entire blogroll from Feedly (the Reader app I rely on). Four hundred and fifty blogs, many of which I have followed for years, have now vanished from my reading list… Eeek!!! I…

VE Day event at Waltham Abbey

Posted on May 7th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Sunday I attended a living history event that had been cancelled last year but has been revived on the sunniest May bank holiday for many years. The 170 acre site was once the home of the Royal Gunpowder Mills and is now a heritage park set in beautifu…

The Spirit of Normandy

Posted on May 6th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Saturday I had the pleasure and honour to spend a day with some true heroes of WWII. This is an annual event and chance for the Veterans to raise some money for the Spirit of Normandy Trust, the organisation that took over many of the responsibilities …

Tanks begin to roll in

Posted on May 4th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After my recent play test of the new What a Tanker! rules I decided I wanted to play more of this game and that I want run a game at Reject HQ as soon as possible. I have a random selection of 15mm tanks left over from when I sold most of my collection…

Paytest of What a Tanker!

Posted on April 30th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

This weekend I finally had a chance to not only thoroughly read the What a Tanker! rules but also play my first game. This was a solo playtest featuring just two tanks and a lot of terrain. Despite selling most (but thankfully not all) of my 15mm WWII …

A Quick Cromwell

Posted on April 28th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

A couple of weeks ago, while at Salute, I picked up a copy of What a Tanker! by TooFatLardies. I had a long chat with the guys before the show opened and was impressed with the simplicity of the rules that conceal a whole sub level of subtlety and nuan…

More casualty marker dice frames

Posted on April 26th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Last year I made up a load of casualty markers for my games. I made several sets for single dice, sets of two and three, but I soon realised I needed a few more of the single frames. So while I was at Salute I picked up some more of the little MDF…

The Wrong Brush

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 under Posted by

Painting with Custard…I was smiling when I started! I need to cheer myself up and paint something that isn’t large, flat and vertical. The much promised Post-Challenge decorating spree continues and I’m starting to get a little tired of the mess…

Salute 2018 Photo Review

Posted on April 15th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Another huge success is the only way I can describe Salute 2018. This is the biggest one day wargames event in the UK and its hard not to be impressed by the size, diversity and shear ‘buzz’ of this annual wargame show. It may lack the personal touch o…

Salute 2018 first peek

Posted on April 14th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I’m back from Salute 2018 and its been another amazing celebration of our wonderful and extraordinary hobby. I have taken a shed load of pictures as usual and hopefully tomorrow I will find time to start editing, labelling and sorting them for upload. …

Looking ahead to Salute

Posted on April 10th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Salute is just a few days away and as always I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been to many over the years and every time it seems to be larger and more tiring (or maybe I’m just getting older, fatter and slower?). I always approach such a big sho…

Ray Harryhausen Exhibition

Posted on April 7th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I recently went to an excellent little exhibition at my Local History museum Valance House. This is the last surviving manor house in Dagenham, dates back to Medieval times and is still partially surrounded by a moat. Today it is a museum largely dedic…