Last 15 posts from BigLee's Miniature Adventures

Lots and lots of Zulu’s

Posted on November 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

More Challenge prep and this time I’m returning to a historical setting with the Anglo Zulu War. I’ll refrain from using that line from the film but it is what leaps to mind seeing these laid out. This is over 760 Baccus Zulu’s and, would you beli…

Brooklands Military Vehicles Day

Posted on November 19th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Yesterday I went to the Brooklands Motor Museum in Surrey for their Military Vehicle event. Its probably the last such event of the year for me and one that I haven’t been to before so I was looking forward to it. I have been to Brooklands before though, a few years ago I was here for a corporate day with my old firm. When I and my boss finished the event we spent a couple of hours exploring the site before heading home, our ‘official’ reason for being there completely forgotten! This time I was able to take my time looking around the site and unlike my last visit I came equipped with a decent camera. 

Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit. Local landowner Hugh Locke King wanted a race track but it was the design genius of Colonel H.C.L. Holden that saw it develop into the 3¼ mile concrete banked circuit that became synonymous with British motor racing. Work commenced in late 1906 and was completed in just nine months with the first race in July 1907. Very soon afterwards the site also began its long association with aircraft design and testingBAC, Bleriot, British Aerospace, Hawker, Sopwith and Vickers have all tested here and it is estimated that over 18,600 new aircraft of nearly 250 types were first flown, manufactured or assembled at Brooklands. (Source: www.brooklandsmuseum.com).

The museum boasts a wide range of exhibits, from its Aircraft Hanger; Workshops; Motoring Sheds including an exhibition of British Grand-Prix racing vehicles; a selection of aircraft including Concord outside; and of course the remaining sections of race track and banking which have recently been restored. The Military Vehicle rally was just the sort of excuse I needed to revisit this excellent museum and explore it properly. 


Bedford RL Recovery Vehicle

Bedford RL Recovery Vehicle

German BMW and sidecar in North Africa colours

Harrier Jump Jet

105mm Howitzer

Austin 7 Bomb Disposal Vehicle

Barnes Wallis ‘Grand Slam’ Bomb – 10 ton of awesomeness! 

Vickers Vimy Replica

‘Aircraft Factory’ display featuring a Wellington Bomber

The wellington has been restored but the skin left off so you can see the latticework frame designed by Barnes Wallis
Test Hill – This 1:8 Gradient is a tough challenge for some vehicles

The new ‘Aircraft Factory’ hanger

The Taureg was classed as a remote area patrol vehicle and was one of only two built to order for an unknown African or Arabian customer in 1978. 

M3A1 White Scout Car

Despite the cold weather it remained sunny all day ensuring a good day was had by all.

Skirmish at Isentium

Posted on November 14th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Today I decided I needed a game come what may so I decided to give a solo game a try. I’ve not done much of this in the past but I think this may be the way forward for me. I’ve missed a lot of games with the Rejects this year due o unfortunate timing …

To the Strongest for the Anglo Zulu War

Posted on November 11th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

So the Zulu madness continues. For the last couple of months I have been tinkering with various ideas for a set of Zulu War rules. I started out conventionally enough by looking at lots of different rule sets that were already available. None felt righ…

The Challenge Prep Begins

Posted on November 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The long process of Prep’ing for the Analogue Challenge has begun, and I thought I’d start with a little something to get Ray’s blood pumping! I bought these Martian Tripods earlier in the year from Pendraken when I briefly flirted with …

Gaming my way to Happiness

Posted on November 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

One of the regular reasons wargamers often give for not indulging our hobbies is work, be that the type that earns money or the type that keep the house running. Many of us are busy trying to hold down a decent job – sometimes two! – just to make ends …

The Shuttleworth Collection

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The wife and I went away for the weekend for a friends wedding and on the way home we decided to visit the Shuttleworth Collection. I have been meaning to visit this museum for a long time and now that I have been I realise that I am going to have to c…

The Shuttleworth Collection

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The wife and I went away for the weekend for a friends wedding and on the way home we decided to visit the Shuttleworth Collection. I have been meaning to visit this museum for a long time and now that I have been I realise that I am going to have to c…

SELWG 2017

Posted on October 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Its not secret that SELWG is one of my favourite wargame shows. Its just the right size for me;  always has some great games on display; is close enough to my home that I can drive it in under an hour; usually the weather isn’t too bad for standin…

SELWG 2017

Posted on October 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Its not secret that SELWG is one of my favourite wargame shows. Its just the right size for me;  always has some great games on display; is close enough to my home that I can drive it in under an hour; usually the weather isn’t too bad for standin…

Encouragement not Criticism

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’ve just been watching the latest Episode of Tabletop Minions on Youtube and the subject has touched a nerve with me. The presenter described an email he received from a newbie to the hobby who took his (or maybe her?) newly painted army to a local sh…

Encouragement not Criticism

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’ve just been watching the latest Episode of Tabletop Minions on Youtube and the subject has touched a nerve with me. The presenter described an email he received from a newbie to the hobby who took his (or maybe her?) newly painted army to a local sh…

Stocktaking…and tidying up.

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Some days just don’t go to plan but still end up being very productive. I had planned on doing some painting today, finishing a few loose ends before the preparation starts for the Analogue Painting Challenge in December. I started off well but one thi…

Stocktaking…and tidying up.

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Some days just don’t go to plan but still end up being very productive. I had planned on doing some painting today, finishing a few loose ends before the preparation starts for the Analogue Painting Challenge in December. I started off well but one thi…

Play testing the Line-Exchange rules

Posted on October 7th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I should have known the Young Padawan would be reluctant to face my Macedonian Pikemen again, so instead I have had to resort to some solo play-testing of the ‘new’ Maniple Line-Exchange rules. The whole exercise took less than an hour and quickly demo…