Hello again. It’s that time of the week where I post some news and it would appear that this week, I have been travelling again.Before I went away to the Falklands, I made a deal with my wife that when I got back, we would go to Paris for a week… and…
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This week has been one of finding my feet and getting a bit of hobby stuff done. I have been at home alone most of the week so have had plenty of opportunity to get used to being at home again and also to start getting some hobby time in.So… what hav…
Welcome to the latest traveller to arrive in Inso’s World; Asslessman. I hope you enjoy your stay here and feel free to comment as you see fit.The last few weeks have been a bit crazy; arriving back from a 4 month detachment, getting the heads-up that …
As you will be aware, I have been putting together a small Squat army lately. Now, I don’t want the army to be a copy of the old Squat lists from ‘back in the day’ but there are certain components that I like and that I want in the army. These include …
I know it’s midweek but I forgot to mention something on Sunday’s update… I went to see a movie last Friday.So… Avengers: Age of Ultron (without spoilers):First of all, there are the familiar characters with a few extra thrown in for good measure. …
Hello again. It’s Sunday and that means that it is time to update the blog, and what better way to do that than to make today’s update… ENORMOUS?Let’s start at the begining and say that it is good to be home in England again, even though I am still s…
I have left the Falklands and am now back at home in sunny England. I got home yesterday and have been tying up a few loose ends so that I can relax for a couple of days before going back to work.There are a few things afoot that I will share on Sunday…
It’s another Sunday and time for another blog post… so what has been happening this week?
Well, to start with, there have been a lot of arrivals and departures so I have had quite a sociable week in the bars and mess. There was a foam party on Friday in Timmy’s which was more of a light snow party but it was a good night (apart from a small amount of a disagreement I had with a para who decided to be a bit too overbearing with one of our female colleagues… fortunately, it all ended well). We also had a couple of leaving speeches (including one for me) before the foam party and the Pengie I have been working on was handed over. Here’s the finished item:
Welcome to Inso’s World again and this week I have managed to get a Sunday post sorted out for Saturday instead.
This week has been a bit of a strange one with weather demanding a few changes in the order of play. First of all, I was due to be on exercise on Wednesday but due to very strong winds, the exercise had to slip to Thursday.
The exercise was a practice evacuation for a pretend island. It was geared towards training troops to deal with evacuating civilians during a time of civil unrest and rebel actions. It was to try and replicate what may happen in real life if British citizens are caught up in fighting and need to be rescued. I played a civvy for the day and had to act out a role as a local who was glad to be leaving but had a grudge with one or two of the other evacuees. That meant that I had to do a bit of shouting and pushing and shoving and generally being a small nuisance to the troops. While this was going on, rebel forces turned up and the troops had to defend themselves while making sure we were kept safe. The cool bit was that we were evacuated by Sea King helicopter to a hangar for processing and then loaded onto a Hercules for a lap of the airfield. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take any photographs so I can’t share any of the day’s events.
All in all, it was an interesting day away from the usual sort of work I do; even if it meant quite a bit of hanging around… or ‘military milling’ as I call it.
The following day, I was due to go to Mount Usborne with a group of our lads to renovate a war memorial. We had all the equipment, paint and polish ready for the trip but this happened:
Painting and polishing in the rain and snow wouldn’t really work so we had to scrub the trip. It looks like it will now have to wait until the warmer/dryer weather turns up later in the year because it seems that winter has finally arrived. The temperature has certainly dropped considerably over the last few days.
Fortunately, I’m only here for another couple of weeks so I won’t have to deal with too much of the colder weather. I can almost smell the home-fires burning.
See you from the airport!
Hello again. Yes, I know it is another slightly late blog post but I have been busy. However, I have managed to finish sculpting the latest Pengie… and here he is:Click the Pic!As before, I have blanked out the plaque with personal details on. I now …
Hello again. As you may have noticed, last Sunday’s blog post never happened. That was mostly to do with not having anything to post; another work type week with little of interest to share.
Well, this week I am going to turn my attentions towards penguins or ‘Pengies’ as they are know out here.
Well a Pengie is a going home gift that is presented to work friends when they return home from the Falklands. As you will have realised, the gift is in the shape of a sculpted penguin and it is designed to reflect certain aspects of their tour. As an example, if someone ended up falling over and breaking a wrist, their Pengie may have a cast or sling. If they are party animals, their Pengie may have a party hat or fancy dress costume.
Recently, the tradition of presenting Pengies has sort of fallen by the wayside but things have picked up and the tradition has returned strongly. Now, it wouldn’t be proper if the Pengie was just handed over. In order to properly celebrate the return home, a speech is written and the Pengie is presented with a photo showing elements of the tour and the name of the leaver. This little leaving ceremony is normally held in either the mess bar or Timmy’s bar (our section bar).
Well… I was allocated a ‘victim’ who has a passion for running, cakes and wine… so here’s her Pengie:
I have blotted out names and dates but the purple thing on the front is a plaque detailing them. I have written a speech for her and we will be gathering in a week or so for the leaving celebration. Of course… part of the speech is a song (well… I am a karaoke fan) so I hope it goes down a storm.
I am currently working on a second Pengie that will be for a complete party animal so watch this space for pics (coming soon).
So… only a month left to go and I reckon in a few weeks I’ll have something pretty cool to share (involving helicopters, yomping and Hercules aircraft) so there should be something to keep the blog interesting.
See you from the peat-fields!
Just a quick post to show the Squat Platoon as it currently stands:Click the Pic!I still need to add a few details and some heavy weapon tractors but that will have to wait until I get home. As a result, these have now been packed away; ready for the t…
Well… two days late with today’s blog post and what do I have to say for myself? To be honest… not a lot.
Recently the internet connection has been a bit poor and coupled with a few laptop issues (namely my wee beast freezing up on me all the time), my posting has been a bit curtailed.
So how can I make amends? Well, I went to Port Stanley again on Sunday and drove to the coast nearby to a place called Gypsy Cove. While we were walking about, we saw a few penguins… first in a hole:
… and then on the beach:
There was also a big gun:
In other news, I have finished my little platoon of Squats as far as I can and will take a pic at some point this week to show them all off together but in the mean time, I have been required to start sculpting leaving gifts and this is the first one (very WIP at the moment):
It will eventually be a penguin shaped runner with a bottle of wine and a piece of cake. I have another one that I need to do as well so I am hoping to get some decent sculpting time soon.
That’s about it for now.
See you from the cliff edge!
Welcome to Inso’s World again and this week has seen a few little milestones that I would like to share.
First up, I have now been on the island for more than two months and that means that I am over half way. As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, I have been on call for the week but I handed over my pager on Friday so I was able to go out on Friday night and enjoy an evening of Karaoke and a few pints in Timmy’s bar (the bar I am currently manager of). I had a great evening and was able to celebrate with a bit of a sing song.
Secondly there is something much more important. My son has passed his aptitude test for joining the Royal Air Force this week. He is just on the first rung of the ladder (the fitness/medical/interview process is still to come) but I am so happy for him. It is just a shame that I am not at home at the moment to pass on my pride first hand.
From a hobby perspective, I have had time to get a bit more sculpting done and, as a result, have more or less finished the second infantry squad for the Squat platoon. As I mentioned last week, there will still be details that I need to add when I get home (I need the heavy weapon units and a few back-packs and things from my bits box) but the sculpting part of the platoon is pretty much finished. Here is where I am at with the second squad:
This coming week will see me checking all the sculpts and tidying things up if I need to. Then I will be happy to take a platoon photo to show off.
On a separate note, karaoke is one of those things that you either love or hate. Some people will avoid it and others will seek it out. I love karaoke because it shows a wide spectrum of abilities and is really entertaining. I can safely say that there is little better than singing Sweet Caroline and having a hundred-plus people in the bar singing along with you and filling in the gaps. I think that it is a bit similar to being in a football crowd and everyone chanting together. Add a few beers into the equation and it is brilliant fun. You learn a lot about people that you would never find out otherwise.
See you from the singing pit!
Is it Sunday again already? It seems to have come around so quickly this week.
Well, I’m still on the island and still working hard and this week has mostly been about sorting out my platoon duties rather than my proper day job. I am back on call and even got to play soldiers a bit on Saturday due to a bit of training… so it has been very much be a green week… with more on the way.
I have been on a bit of a downer since I went to San Carlos last weekend. There is nothing like being in a place of peace and tranquility to make you really notice the chaos of being out here, doing lots of jobs and being away from family. That has basically meant that I have been grumpy all week and hiding in my room in the evenings instead of socialising. On the one hand, it hasn’t necessarily endeared me to my work colleagues but on the other, it has meant that not only have I put a bit of extra effort into packing my ‘go-kit’ but also had plenty of time for sculpting. As a consequence of this sculpting time, I have very nearly finished the first infantry squad of Squats (just the control unit on the heavy gunner’s wrist to go). Here’s a pic:
You will notice that the picture is a bit bigger than usual but that is down to me trying to get to grips with my new camera. The picture shows the whole squad with the Sgt, plasma-gunner, heavy-weapon operator and seven las-gunners (one will end up as comms and another the loader for the heavy weapon – but that will have to wait until I get home so that I can get access to my bits boxes for the added components). I have also begun work on four of the next Squad so, from a sculpting perspective, it has been a good week.
I am on call for this coming week so I will be having another ‘stay at home’ week and will hopefully have plenty of sculpting time… I may even get the platoon completed… who knows?
See you from purgatory!