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Almost a month done.

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

Welcome to this week’s blog post and this week it will be a fairly quiet affair.

One of the things you have to do when you go to a place like the Falklands for four months, is decide what you are going to do while you are out there. Now, it may seem like quite a simple thing to decide but whatever you choose to do will shape your tour.

Last time I was here, I chose to work hard and in my free time, visit the bars and socialise… and yes… there was much karaoke going on as well. This was all very well but I was lucky to get home without a massive beer-belly and a failed liver… not to mention the low times I had due to the depressive nature of alcohol. 

This time around, I have chosen to focus most of my attention on getting fit and running a half marathon while I am here. As part of the fitness programme, I have started to undertake the Falklands challenge (which I will expand upon later). I also wanted to go on a couple of battlefield tours (Mt Tumbledown was the main one and I have already ticked that box) while I was here and have a proper visit to Port Stanley to have a good nose about.

There are other options; many clubs, volunteering, arranging trips, going on heli/aircraft flights etc… but you can’t do everything, can you?

The Falklands Challenge

This is a challenge to cover 574 Km on land and 62 Km on water. The land options are: running, cycling or cross training. The water options are rowing or swimming. Fortunately, you can use the swimming pool and the machines in the gym to complete the distance (which is representative of a trip around the islands). Unfortunately, I didn’t bring any swimming trunks with me so I am covering the water part of the challenge on the rowing machine. Since the 8th of Jan, I have covered 82 Km on land and 25 Km on water. I have also clocked up over 700 press-ups and sit-ups… so I am properly ticking along with the whole fitness challenge.

With all that, plus the fact that I am not sleeping at all well, you will understand that I haven’t even looked at my sculpting kit yet so I apologise for the lack of Squat pictures. Hopefully, I will have something interesting to share with you next week as the weekend promises to be highly entertaining.

See you from the top of the wall!

A trip to Mt Tumbledown

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

Welcome to this week’s blog post and this week it is all about a little trip I took to visit Mt Tumbledown on the Falkland Islands.

Tumbledown overlooks Port Stanley and was the focus of fierce fighting between Argentinean troops who were dug in on the mountain and British troops who wanted to shift them from the high ground.

It was winter; there was snow and extremely cold weather. The British had to cross large areas of dead ground to reach the base of the outcrop and then assault upwards, in darkness under a hail of bullets, mortar rounds and artillery shells.

The battle for Tumbledown was fierce and in some cases, hand to hand with bayonets and knives but ultimately the British won the battle.

Today, I followed the route the British soldiers took from the approach to Mt Tumbledown, up the mountain, across the ridge and then on to Mt William. It was tough going in daylight with the rain falling and the wind gusting but it was nothing compared to what the British troops faced in 1986. To face a constant barrage from well dug in troops when you are cold, tired and can’t see very well due to the darkness must have needed superhuman determination and courage.

Here is a poem written by a guardsman who took part. This poem is displayed in the main corridor of the Mount Pleasant complex:

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 And here is the site of the battle:

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 I think I’ll leave things there for now.

See you from a position of reflection!

The first post from the island

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

Welcome to Inso’s World again and as you will have noticed; I am a week late in posting. The reason for this is that I am now in the Falkland Islands and have had a very busy couple of weeks. It all started with a 26 hour journey from my front door to my new room on the island. I spent 16 of those hours in the air, with the remainder being an hour to get me to the airport and a lot of time waiting around. Being an insomniac, I didn’t get any sleep on the aircraft so I started my time here tired… but that didn’t stop me having to do ground defence training, rifle zeroing, arrivals processing and then sorting out my life when I got here. I was then put straight on call-out for over a week whilst being second in command of my own little platoon of 30 troops (something a little alien for a desk-bound, aircraft technician). That said, it has certainly been entertaining and time has flown by.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to celebrate the New Year in a fashion of my choosing (due to being on call-out) so my new year began on the evening of the sixth Jan and included cider and darts.

The section I am on has a bunch of great people on it and it was thanks to them that I got Christmas Day at home (they shared all the duties of the guy who I replaced for a few days so that I could come here a little later than the 24th Dec; which is when I was due to leave the UK). A lot of my work is Health and Safety, documentation, Quality Assurance and other office work but on top of that, I have my platoon to look after and a number of other little jobs to keep me busy.

There is still the opportunity to get out and about and see the sights so it isn’t all work and no play. In fact, on Friday night, I spent an evening in the mess and got the opportunity to sing a few Karaoke tunes so it was a fun evening.

My room is quite spacious and has all the home comforts including a TV and a sink (it enables me to wash and shave without having to queue up at the communal facilities so it is a godsend). The bed is comfier than my bed at home so I am starting to get a bit of sleep now that I have settled a bit. Here is the view from my window (I have blotted out certain items for security purposes… the Islands are, after all, still contested by the Argentineans):
 

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As you can see, it is a bit bleak.

I have brought some sculpting to do but haven’t started doing it yet because I have been settling in. I expect that I will start doing some sculpting soon so that my bunch of Squats finally get their arms.

The internet wireless can be patchy and it costs £8 – £10 for 100 minutes (although there is the opportunity to use free internet from fixed consoles) so I am restricting my internet usage. As a result of that, my forum and blog activities have been reduced so I can spend more time talking to my family.

Well, that’s about it for now. I am sure that once I start getting into the routine of things, I will post more interesting things but for now, I will bid you farewell.

See you from the command post!

Travelling.

Posted on December 27th, 2014 under , . Posted by

This week’s Sunday post will be today because I can’t guarantee that I will be able to post the usual Sunday news due to me travelling.Over the next few days, I will be flying over 7000 miles to a small group of islands in the South Atlantic, very clos…

Christmas Wishes.

Posted on December 25th, 2014 under . Posted by

It’s that time of year again… Christmas Day. I hope that you have all enjoyed your day and the company of those you wanted to share it with.I have had a lovely meal, a few gifts and my little family all together for the day (me, my missus, my son and…

Sunday again.

Posted on December 21st, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Seeing as it is Sunday and I haven’t been putting any work into the hobby lately, I thought I’d dig out a few more bits and bobs for army pics.First up… the enemy that lurks under the earth on the Tunnel Fighter’s world:Click the Pic!The bugs are Tyr…

Bot-tastic Saturday.

Posted on December 20th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Yep… I’m still bored so here is a full army pic of my Beetlebot force:Click the Pic!It isn’t the best of pictures but I am still getting used to my new camera (which is more of a ‘fun camera’ than a proper camera).The Beetlebots have cropped up on he…

It’s Grymn down South…

Posted on December 17th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

I was sitting, minding my own business, when I suddenly realised that I haven’t posted an army pic for my Tunnel Fighters.

The only previous picture of any note was this one but it was only the basic units:

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Well… seeing as I have time on my hands and had nothing too pressing to do, I decided to dig everything out and plonk it on the table… so here is the entire army (including the white vehicle which is the only unit that remains unfinished):
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As part of this random event, I decided to make a rough tally of how much it had cost and I suddenly realised that I spend far too much on my hobby. Without taking into account the paint, glue, putty and man-hours to build it up, it comes in at around £1100.00… that’s a whole lot of money spent on a completely unpractical thing… Anyway, here’s a pic with a few labels:
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Hopefully, when I get back from my tour, I will dedicate the required effort to finish the command vehicle, varnish the remaining un-varnished items and finally finish this project once and for all.
If nothing else, this project shows that you can take fairly random items and tie them all together with a coherent paint scheme and a bit of explanation. It also shows that it is possible to complete an army, even though every single unit is converted in some way.
See you from the cupboard!

It’s nearly Christmas!

Posted on December 14th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Before I start this rather late blog post, I’d like to welcome Barks to Inso’s World. Hi! I hope you find something amongst the pathways that inspires or challenges you.So this week has been one of fun and frollicks!Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was al…

Packing up and preparing.

Posted on December 7th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

This week has been one of packing things away and preparing to go away for four months. I have had confirmation that I will be deployed to the Falkland Islands the day after Boxing Day (if I’m lucky) or possibly as early as 23rd Dec (if I’m not lucky)….

A bit of a downer.

Posted on November 30th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Welcome to Inso’s World and this week I have no hobby stuff to share. Why? Well… if you read on, you’ll find out.In the military, you often have to go away on detachments/deployments and sometimes they are planned months in advance and a rota is sort…

A typically Autumnal week.

Posted on November 23rd, 2014 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Before I start, I would like to welcome zorro the Inso’s World. I hope you find lots of things to keep you occupied during your stay and feel free to share comments if there is anything that particularly interests you.I guess Autumn is properly here. I…

A week of nice distractions.

Posted on November 16th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I knew I wouldn’t be able to focus on the Squat project this week… especially when I have my Mechadrome mechs sitting so close. As a result, I have spent a lot of the week messing around with my mechs and… to be brutally honest… first impressions…

Adherence to ceremony and a host of new mecha.

Posted on November 9th, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Today is Remembrance Sunday. It is a day when my family visit the local town of Wallingford to attend the ceremony of Remembrance. Every year (when I am in the country) we do the same and every year, the square is filled with people who are also there …

Mechadrome has landed.

Posted on November 8th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

I know it’s Saturday but this is just too good not to share.My parcel from the Mechadrome Kickstarter from Gangfight Games has arrived… (Click on the pics for bigger images)…Here is the box:Here is the bag:Here is the bag once removed from the box:…