Tuesday, 27 December 2022

The Lord of the Rings Radio Play

I found this in a box recently and thought “Hello old friend!”. Haven’t listened to it for many years so I’m currently really enjoying it whilst I get on with a bit of hobby fun.

Originally recorded by the BBC in 1981 (though subsequently remastered for better sound quality) it’s a little dated in some ways but I rather think that just adds to the charm. A few of the sound effects definitely remind me of Monty Python!

Anyway, if you like LotR and haven’t listened then I certainly recommend it. Here are a couple of pictures of some of the cast during recording sessions.

More info here.

Sunday, 25 December 2022

The Galactic Empire …

… wishes you a Merry Christmas!

“I find your lack of festivity disturbing”

Sunday, 18 December 2022

Grand Manner Pantile Bread Oven

Grand Manner produce some very characterful resin scenery. I especially like this bread oven.

Painted for friend, this piece has been completed as per all of my other pantile scenery. Handy for WW2 Italy, Crete, etc, plus Peninsular Napoleonics.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 12 December 2022

Vines, vines, vines!

Continuing to be inspired by Pat Smith’s excellent book about Mediterranean wargames terrain, I resolved to expand my vineyard collection with another batch of vines. Here they are safely stored in a 20 litre RUB.

As before each section starts with a wood and wire armature.

On to which I glue pieces of Woodland Scenics clump foliage

I have enough sections now to comfortably cover an area approximately 3’ by 2’, so effectively a quarter of a conventional Sharp Practice or Chain of Command table.

Here are some in a recent WW2 game.

Happy gaming! 😎

Sunday, 4 December 2022

Refurbishing Trees with Geek Gaming Scenics

I really like the Last Valley trees and think them ideal for games set around the Mediterranean. However a few of mine were starting to look a bit tatty after too much wear and tear. I’ve no idea what the original flock was, so a simple fix was a heavy brush over of watery PVA and a sprinkle of Luke APS fine blend flock.

This flock is ace, see https://www.geekgamingscenics.com/ Highly recommended! 
Thanks for looking.