Saturday, 24 April 2021
Sunday, 21 March 2021
In my last post I mentioned that Umbum had an Ishtar Gate which was no longer in production. I started searching for one and, instead, came across this model from Paperlandmarks ( paperlandmarks). It looks a great model. But beware! You have to glue the parts together and the tabs are rather narrow in places. The crenels are VERY difficult to do if following the sparse instructions. After the first section I just folded the parts and cut out the crenels. Another alteration was lowering the roof so figures can be placed in a good defensive position rather than towering over the structure which wouldn't look right. You can see where the white card starts, that is the height where the roof should be. I did the same for the towers.
The card is rather thin, unlike the Umbum model which is much thicker.
But don't try to build it if you haven't got the patience of a saint!
The figures are minifigs 25mm Persians,
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
After the battle, many new ghosts cry,
The solitary old man worries and grieves.
Ragged clouds are low amid the dusk,
Snow dances quickly in the whirling wind.
The ladle's cast aside, the cup not green,
The stove still looks as if a fiery red.
To many places, communications are broken,
I sit, but cannot read my books for grief.
Thursday, 24 December 2020
Like for many other wargamers, it has been an excellent year for painting figures. Some, more lucky than others, have completed figures held for years. Who knew at the start of the year old, long held in the lead pile, figures would be brought out and painted due to unexpected down time from work? Or time spent at home for other reasons?
My own time at home saw a completion of outstanding figures, though I bought some new ones! A few of the Frostgrave bestiary figures. Now they are almost completed. Hopefully, the Christmas list will provide a few more. I have not asked for many as I want to limit the painting to enable completion before ordering more. That said, I am awaiting a sprue of the new Frostgrave demons. In the new year I will be looking to the Galloping Major for some French and Indian Wars figures and Heroics and Ros for Napoleonic French. The H&R purchase will be several hundred figures so I will need to finish everything before ordering those.
So, have a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!
Saturday, 19 December 2020
Just an update on the Frostgrave figures I've been painting.
|4 wild dogs|
As with the Gnolls I've tried to make these look similar, as a pack rather than 4 individuals
|Small and medium constructs|
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Monday, 16 November 2020
It's been a while but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. I have concentrated, when able, on painting and keeping the lead/plastic pile down. Choices, choices.
First up is a couple of log cabins for the French and Indian Wars. A present of Hovels log cabins.
Last, but not least, some Gnolls from Northstar, (northstarfigures.Gnolls).
I find it difficult to paint plastic for some reason. My metal figures turn out much better, at least IMO.
I wanted to give them a 'pack' look with some variation in dress colours to denote a pack structure. Don't ask me in which order they are other than the one pointing is the leader. Not that they have a leader in Frostgrave as I think they come under monsters.
I have now given them a banner (from the MiniFigs PB Persian cavalry figures) I hope I can find a suitable transfer to put on it. Possibly a wolf's head from Epic 40K? Or from Little Big Man Hoplite shield design?
Don't look too closely!
I have six packs of Frostgrave figures to paint, two to each pack, except for the hounds which has three.
That will keep me busy at least until Christmas and possibly beyond. That will see my lead pile at ZERO!
Saturday, 19 September 2020
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Du Fu is one of the great poets of Chinese history.
Born into relative wealth, he ended up as a common man farming.
His life seems to be one of movement due to wars and civil strife
Song of the Wagons
The wagons rumble and roll,
The horses whinny and neigh,
The conscripts each have bows and arrows at their waists.
Their parents, wives and children run to see them off,
So much dust's stirred up, it hides the Xianyang bridge.
They pull clothes, stamp their feet and, weeping, bar the way,
The weeping voices rise straight up and strike the clouds.
A passer-by at the roadside asks a conscript why,
The conscript answers only that drafting happens often.
"At fifteen, many were sent north to guard the river,
Even at forty, they had to till fields in the west.
When we went away, the elders bound our heads,
Returning with heads white, we're sent back off to the frontier.
At the border posts, shed blood becomes a sea,
The martial emperor's dream of expansion has no end.
Have you not seen the two hundred districts east of the mountains,
Where thorns and brambles grow in countless villages and hamlets?
Although there are strong women to grasp the hoe and the plough,
They grow some crops, but there's no order in the fields.
What's more, we soldiers of Qin withstand the bitterest fighting,
We're always driven onwards just like dogs and chickens.
Although an elder can ask me this,
How can a soldier dare to complain?
Even in this winter time,
Soldiers from west of the pass keep moving.
The magistrate is eager for taxes,
But how can we afford to pay?
We know now having boys is bad,
While having girls is for the best;
Our girls can still be married to the neighbours,
Our sons are merely buried amid the grass.
Have you not seen on the border of Qinghai,
The ancient bleached bones no man's gathered in?
The new ghosts are angered by injustice, the old ghosts weep,
Moistening rain falls from dark heaven on the voices' screeching."
By Du Fu
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