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Airfix Magazine Annuals

Earlier this week Sue and I were tidying up the attic and I came across these early edition Airfix Magazine Annuals. The first volume (the black covered book on the bottom left) was bought for me when I was still in school - that's over 40 years ago!It is a collection that I do not envision selling as the nostalgic value is worth so much more that the monetary. And as you can see they are very well read.A real 'blast-from-the-past'.Tony

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Campaign Planning and Management - 2019 Project

Image (cc) paganjesus on DeviantArtI'm the kind of person who likes to have a project, so I'm setting myself one right here.For years I've been looking for a way to weave the player characters into engaging plots while still keeping prep low and flexibility high, and it finally feels like things are falling into place. My hobby project for the rest of this year is going to be formalising my ideas and getting them down on paper. Electrons. Like so:On DMing, or How I Learned to Let Go and Embrace the Chaos (May)Railroad / Sandbox / Other (June)Reusability and Separation of Concern (July)Using a Grid for Plot Components (August)Populating the Grid (September)Using the Grid for Planning (October)Reshuffling Items in the Grid (November)Example Campaign (December)Sounds manageable, and by the end I'll know if it works or not. Hope you'll follow along. I'll be using this post as an index as I go and post a retrospective at the end, wish me luck!

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7mm Narrow Gauge Railway Show - this weekend

These scratch built models were built and painted by David Wright of Dovedale Models and seen at the recent 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Show held in Burton this weekend. I spent some time speaking to David who was only too happy to pass on his knowledge and offer advice.The models are built to either 7mm = 1 foot or 1/48th scale.The image above shows some work-in-progress or test pieces to illustrate his talks. All are Das modelling clay, but the base or core material ranges from card to foamboard to MDF.More images can be seen by following this link.Truly inspirational.Tony

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Stars Without Number Ship Combat Control Sheet

Image (cc) desuran on DeviantArtI've talked about Stars Without Number a lot. I think I'll probably continue to do so; I love it. One thing I did find hard to keep track of was Ship Combat, fantastic system/minigame though it is, so I decided to make this control sheet. I also think I ran it slightly differently to the book - it felt right to me - so I'll explain how to use the sheet to run it the way I did. I'm sure you can adapt it.I suggest you have:A copy of the Ship Combat Actions for each player (I printed handouts from the free SWN rules) for referenceOne SWN Ship Combat Control Sheet for the table - click to download from Google DriveA collection of minis, markers, or tokens to help keep track.  They can represent the players directly or indirectly, it's just for visual reference on the sheet.Command PhaseThe Captain decides and declares the plan of actions.Players assign their tokens to departments (top row) if they will be taking Department Actions or to the Delegate Pool if they choose "Do

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My latest charity shop find

I picked this book up at The Severn Valley Railway charity shop on Bewdley Railway Station for just £1.00. The series of guides by Wild Swan is well known to me but this particular publication is new to me even though it was first published in 1983!I look forward to reading through the techniques over the next couple of days.Architectural Modelling in 4mm scale by Dave RowePublished by Wild Swan Publications Ltd in 198370 pages with lots of black and white images and illustrationsList price £3.95ISBN - 0 906867 12 6Tony

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Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars by Tony Harwood

Wargames, Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars written by me is now available to order from Pen & Sword. It is listed at £14.99 but is currently available as a pre-order for the discounted price of just £11.99. For full details see this link. DetailsWargames, Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars by Tony HarwoodPublished by Pen & SwordList price £14.99ISBN 9781526716392Tony

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Refocus and rebuild

A personal update: due to time constraints and the current focus of my gaming this blog is going to focus on RPGs only from now.I have loads of ideas for resources, and I want somewhere to share them, and I want to start on a big project about campaign and adventure planning, so any stuff on wargaming or boardgames is going to get lost.  It's also going to dilute the focus of the blog. So I won't be doing it, sorry.Also to do: go through and update broken images/linksfollow more blogs and add them to the rollWish me luck!

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The Battle of Waterloo - a talk by Tim Burgin

Last night I attended a lecture hosted by the Chaddesley Corbett History Society entitled The Battle of Waterloo presented by Tim Burgin a member of the Waterloo Association. The talk which lasted about 2 hours followed a timeline which started on late Saturday 17th June, through the events of the 18th of June and touched on some of the repercussions of this historical battle.Tim used a mixture of reproduction firearms, models and actual shot from the battle interspersed with framed and limited edition prints and maps to illustrate the key actions of the day hour-by-hour. But it was the informal and humorous manner in which Tim interacted with the audience that was the highlight for me and the two hour talk fizzed along at breakneck pace.Later there was a question and answer session which highlighted Tim's expert knowledge of his subject. I would thoroughly recommend searching out similar talks and making the time to attend one of these events.Arriving back home I was impressed by how much new knowledge Tim h

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Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy issue 102 - Modelling a Boer War British Blockhouse in 28mm scale

The latest issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy - issue 102 (June/July 2019) features an article written by me on how I built a Boer War Blockhouse. The two page tutorial shows how I scratch built 28mm scale corrugated sheeting from aluminium foil, food containers and modelled the rough stone battlements.For further details on this magazine see this link.Tony

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Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum

Sue and I have just returned from a couple of days in London where amongst other things we went to see Man of La Mancha - the musical based on the book Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes performed at The London Coliseum.I had wanted to see this musical for some time and commenting on this, Sue bought two tickets to see this limited-time production as my birthday present back in March. I was looking forward to seeing the performance and have to say that I was not disappointed. It really is a fantastic musical and a great production.We arrived a little earlier than recommended and had time to explore the Coliseum - a very impressive theatre with some exceptionally intricate decoration as well as have a pre-show drink.The show moves along quickly and it was soon time to leave. On the way back to the hotel, Sue and I discussed how the performance and the songs were both funny and moving. I thought Kelsey Grammer's performance as an actor was better than his singing voice but the supporting cast was superb and I h

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Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars the first review

I recently spotted this review of the new Pen & Sword book Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars written by me and thought it was worth highlighting here on the Blog.Seb has detailed a number of comments and I will be working on his constructive suggestions in future posts and books. Thank you Seb.For details of the review please see this link.For details of how to order your own copy please see this link.Tony

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Two Sailing Yachts

Sue and I decided to have a morning shopping in Malvern and amongst other things I bought myself this pair of model sailing yachts.They were bought from a local charity store and as the assistant was putting them out on the shelf, I asked how much they were and was surprised to hear just how cheap they were.....They are so large that we could not fit them in a bag/bags and I ended up walking around the town centre with one under each arm. They are each 500mm long and 850mm tall. Originally they were remote control, but the remote was missing from each and I will sail them as fixed sail/rudder yachts.I can recall my Bampi taking my brother and me to Brynmill Park, Swansea and sailing a similar yacht and wind-up speed boat on the boating pond so I look forward to doing the same with my grandsons Finley and Charley the next time we visit Leamington Spa.I spent the afternoon both cleaning them and re-tying the sails and masts before testing each of them in the bath.How much were they?Just £3.00 each.Tony

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