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West Midlands Military Show 2015 – The Aircraft

Posted on March 28th, 2015 under . Posted by

The final part of my WMMS reports details some of the model aircraft that were on display. The first image shows the cockpit control panel from a ME109.Tony

Valet Parking

Posted on March 27th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Where does the well-heeled tank commander park his steel monster ? Why, in our new Tank Garage of course ! Air-conditioned with four bays, plenty of room for maintenance and re-arming and protected against anything other than a direct hit, all the top armies are opting for these this spring. And if you need somewhere […]

The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver

Posted on March 27th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Earlier this month, I read a review of brush soap on The Miniatures Page, for details go to this link. Later I browsed e-bay and found a UK based supplier of The Masters Brush Cleaner and ordered a pot.I thought I would test out some of the claims…

One Month and Counting …

Posted on March 25th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I like days like today – it’s a brisk spring day, not too cold, so I can do some resin casting outside (but not so warm that the resin sets too fast, which can be a problem in the summer). The cat’s basking in the sunshine on the deck and the bantams are ruining the […]

Build Something 2015 _ the voting is now open

Posted on March 25th, 2015 under , . Posted by

The voting is now open on The Build Something Contest 2015, for full details go to this thread. My own entry The Horseshoe Forge can be found either on this Blog (see earlier posts) or here.Good luck to all.Tony

Away-Day Glastonbury

Posted on March 24th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Last year Sue and I decided that we would make up a ‘bucket list’ of places in the UK that we wanted to visit. Due to circumstances completely out of our control this did not happen, but in 2015 we are trying to tick off as many as we can.Glastonbury a…

Relative Size

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under , . Posted by

Over the weekend I had a couple of requests for size comparison photos of some of our models – one for a shot comparing our new 15mm AmRep tanks with their 6mm counterparts, the other relating to the size of our new 15mm infantry compared to our tank crew and Power Armour. It has occurred […]

Away-Day Monmouth

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Sue and I have just returned from out Away-Day in Monmouth. This is an unusual day out for us as we normally drive past rather than too Monmouth. In fact I think this is the first time for about four years that we have visited this historical market to…

Croome Park Ice House

Posted on March 20th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Sue and I spent most of the morning walking around Croome Park, Worcestershire, a National Trust house and gardens. If you’ve not been, you are missing a real treat, beautiful gardens and an interesting house with loads of history.The highlight for me …

The Colossus of Spaceships

Posted on March 20th, 2015 under , . Posted by

For this week’s new release, we have more additions to our ever-popular British spaceship fleet. The Colossus class battleship is of similar size to the existing Churchill, but instead of the latter’s all-round turret firepower, the Colossus has heavy fixed-forward armament comparable to the much larger Fisher dreadnoughts. The model is supplied with the same […]

Building Wargame Terrain – stocks are very low

Posted on March 19th, 2015 under . Posted by

Sue and I are in the process of ‘Spring cleaning’ the garage and this gave me the perfect opportunity to tidy up my current stock of wargame books.I have less than 25 copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No. 1 Building Wargame Terrain and 30 copies of Damp…


Posted on March 18th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Salute 2015 is now about five-and-a-half weeks away. Loads of time, aeons. That said, the show edition of Miniature Wargames has just dropped through the letterbox which reminds us that we’re getting ever closer. We’ve been planning our show releases since before Xmas, although as always we’ll be panicking up to the last minute I’m […]

West Midlands Military Show 2015 – part four

Posted on March 18th, 2015 under . Posted by

In this latest update – I have included the Sci-Fi or Fantasy images. I hope you like them.Tony

West Midlands Military Show 2015 – the AFV’s

Posted on March 14th, 2015 under . Posted by

In this update, I bring you the Armoured Fighting Vehicle’s. Take a look at the first image and then take a second close look – that’s right these are card models built to 1/35th scale!The WMMS is not just about wargames, these images show some of the …

American Republic Armour

Posted on March 13th, 2015 under , . Posted by

After Tuesday’s minor ‘leaving all the orders at the workshop’ FUBAR, we’re back to normal, Friday 13th notwithstanding ! Everything has been safely retrieved and sent – although you may detect a faint whiff of burning when you open your parcel, it seems that someone lit a large bonfire in the farmyard opposite the workshop […]

Terry Pratchett

Posted on March 13th, 2015 under . Posted by

The passing of Sir Terry Pratchett has been extensively reported over the last couple of days, but I wanted to add my own comments as Terry through his Discworld books has been a large part of my reading life.Like many, I first became aware of his zany…

Free modelling material for scratch-builders

Posted on March 12th, 2015 under . Posted by

I have frequently written about the use of ‘scrap wood’ when building wargame terrain. I know that many (including myself) use Balsawood, but there is a huge un-tapped source; Scrap wood or wooden packaging. For example;Image One – Shows a simple woode…

Gruntz Activation Cards

Posted on March 11th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Yesterday was a workshop day, doing metal casting for orders (and stock, we’re already slowly gearing up to Salute – at the moment this just involves doing a few extra castings every time we spin a mould and keeping them to one side for the show). I did have a bit of a brain-fade and […]

West Midlands Military Show 2015 report

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under . Posted by

As promised, here is the first of my WMMS photo reports. I hope that you like the images I have chosen.Tony

West Midlands Military Show – Alumwell Wargames 2015

Posted on March 8th, 2015 under . Posted by

Sue and I have just returned home after a great day out at The West Midlands Military Show hosted by the Alumwell Wargames Club. This was the first time that I had exhibited my scratch-built terrain models – the ones featured in Building Wargame Terrai…

Safe Harbour

Posted on March 6th, 2015 under , . Posted by

We have more new items in our Small Scale Scenery range today. The first is another in our growing collection of coastal fortifications, Fort St Mawes. This small cloverleaf castle is a Device Fort, built by Henry VIII to protect the Carrick Roads near Falmouth, Cornwall, from the French (most fortifications along the English south-coast […]

Aeronef Stat Update

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under , . Posted by

I’ve just updated the Aeronef Profiles Page on the website with stats for all our our recent Aeronef releases, including the von Perseval and Brazilian models released last week. While I was there I made a few fixes and updates to the profile generator software – all of the stats cards are generated automagically by […]

Barking Irons for FREE

Posted on March 4th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Issue One of the short-lived paper based magazine Barking Irons is available for FREE – Go to The Notables Yahoo Group and you can download the 32 page magazine for free.To access the group go to this link.This Spanish Windmill Model that was buil…

The Hartlepool Monkey by Sean Longley

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 under , . Posted by

I picked up this hard-back book while visiting Coventry earlier this month. Actually Sue saw it in a charity book store and pointed it out to me. I have in the past written a Foul Mouth Freddy short story based on the same tale – for details see this link.

While an internet search brought up this delightful graphic novel.

Details of the original tale can be read on this Historic UK site, here while this postcard (found by doing a Google Search) gives another image.

The book only cost me £2.50 and given that I’m sure it had never been read, this is a bargain book I look forward to reading and reviewing at a later date.

Monkey Hangers! Fact is sometimes weirder than fiction.

A review of the story can be found here.

The Hartlepool Monkey by Sean Longley
Published by Doubleday in 2008
ISBN 9780385612531
List Price – £14.99


Wargames Soldiers & Strategy – issue 77

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

The latest issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy has just arrived. The main theme in this issue is WW1 or Great War French and I have a four page article detailing how I ‘scratch-built’ a Chatillon-Panhard Balloon Lorry. The model was inspired by a…