Thursday, 12 October 2017
Monday, 18 September 2017
Last Sunday I went to the Skirmish Show in Sidcup, South East London as I had such a good time there in March earlier this year with the Zulu themed show. This was my second wargame show in a year which I have not done for a very long time. Still as this was going to be a Napoleonic Special show I just could not wait to get there. It was a cold start to the day but I was in the hall by 9.45am.
The first thing that hit me was that there was not as many traders there in the main hall or in the lobby as there was in the March one. There seemed to be less people around this time but I thought it was early yet but they never came even when I left at 11.30.
On the wargaming side there were thirteen tables but only five were for Napoleonic’s of which one was a naval game and another one from the Skirmish Wargames - Sharpe Village in 54mm.. The other three were from the Herne Bay & Whitstable wargames Group in 20mm , North London Wargames Group 6mm Borodino 1812 and Rainham Wargame Club a 28mm game with French and Prussian troops.
In the main hall though there was a nice display of British Napoleonic equipment and had a very nice chat with the owner. Still I did not come away empty handed as I picked up a box of French Light Infantry by HaT which have been on my shopping list for a few years now.
Next March the first special show is Vietnam but before that roll on SELWG in October.
|The Gentleman is from the Crimean War|
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
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
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 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
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|