Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Model Shop, No-Way!


Last weekend I went to the Isle of Wight for a 40th Ruby anniversary of a friend staying in a hotel in Sandown. To my surprise there was a model shop called Upstairs Downstairs. It was nice to see a model shop for I have not been in one for a long time now. Upstairs there was the railway gear and downstairs the wargame stuff although this was mainly for Warhammer and Airfix kits, but there were many difference types of trees on offer and also grass tuffs of many different colours.
The shop was packed with railway scenery and looking around there were loads of products that I could of purchase.  But I did not go away empty handed as I picked up a packet of Metcalfe OO/HOs Cobblestone Builder Sheets, M0051.


There are 8 sheets of the cobblestone sheets in the pack and these are going to be used for the courtyards in my farms and for the town square.
If you are going on holiday to the Isle of Wight this summer then take a look at this shop in Pier Street Sandown, between the pier on the seafront and the main high street. If not then look at their website.I hope to go back there again but I must have some cash with me next time.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Another Great Find


At last I have found the book that I have been hunting for since it was released in 2014. 24 Hours at Waterloo 18 June 1815 by the author Robert Kershaw. The book has been researched from eyewitness accounts, diaries and letters and it gives you an hour by hour account of that famous battle from both sides. The book contains ten chapters.
I found this second  edition in “The Works” which for those of you outside of the UK, the shop sell’s mainly books at a greatly reduce price. This book retailed at £9.99 pence was on offer for just £3 and as the book is on my want list, I picked a copy up. But my review of this book will be a bit later on in the year, I hope, as I am at present reading another book, which has taking me ages to finish.

Friday, 31 March 2017

The Battle of Waterloo 2015 Commemorative Stamps

The British Post Office made a set of stamps to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
I have completely forgotten about these and I will now have to start looking for them as they do not appear on the Post Office web site now.

The landscape stamps are:


The defence of Hougoumont
The Scots Grey's during the charge of the Union Brigade
The French cavalry’s assault on allied defensive squares
The defence of La Haye Sainte by the King’s German Legion
The capture of Plancenoit by the Prussians
The French Imperial Guard’s final assault

The horizontal stamps are:


92nd Gordon Highlanders
Light Infantry King’s German Legion
Prussian Infantryman
French Imperial Guard Grenadier

These stamps look great but I have never seen them around although how many of us now receive letters in our post from family or friends? 

This one is my favourite one out of the set

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Skirmish 2017 (Zulu Special)

Today I went to the SKIRMISH 2017 Show in Sidcup, Kent promoted by Redcoat Models.. I have never been there before and I thought that it was about time that I did.
The weather was dry but dull and very windy but I managed to get up early and set off by bus to the venue. As I got off the bus in the main road, there was a clear sign to show you which way to go, and so finding the Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School was very easy.
Arriving at just before 10 am The entry fee was a mere £4 and once you left the entrance to the building you came straight into some trade stalls. 

Main Hall For traders
The layout to the show was very easy as most of the trade stalls were in the main hall. This is where the Zulu War exhibition was and it was on the stage. A nice collection of the British 24th foot uniform and weapon’s  including their kit and for the Zulu’s spears, shields and pictures.

British Infantry Kit
In the dining hall was where the wargame/demonstration games were being played  and although it was not that very busy it was great to speak to fellow wargamer’s and take a good look at their set ups.
There were two games that caught my eye the first being a large Zulu demonstration game in 1/32 scale with the building of Rorke’s Drift from 4Ground. This game was a lot of fun to watch with the Zulu’s slowly winning the game.

Maidstone Wargames Society
The other game was by the Maidstone Wargames Society a Roman hill fort being attacked by Celts in 15mm. Also in the hall was the Welling Model Club who were painting up their British Zulu figures and here I had a nice chat to two of the members. With a cafeteria in the side room in another room off the hall was a small bring and buy stall which had all sorts of things from terrain pieces, figures and books. I left the show at about 12.45am  and I must admit that I did enjoy the show and made me think of all the fun that we had when I was running a wargaming club back in the 80s.

Wargaming Hall

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Skirmish Show This Sunday

I have never been to any of the SKIRMISH Show’s in Sidcup although I was going to go there last year and never got round to going.
So this Sunday (19th March) I will be making that trip to the Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School in Sidcup.
It starts at 9am and ends at 2.30pm but the good thing about this is that there is a cafeteria and fee Parking. They usually run two shows a year and this on this occasion it’s the Anglo Zulu War Special.
I am really looking forward to this as it will be my first show of the year and my next one will be the SELWG 17 in October. As always I will be doing a show report here with a few pictures.