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Monday, 17 July 2017

Jungle

Jungle with masked warriors  for scale
I have manged very little this week, mostly due to lack of enthusiasm but as always coupled to real-life issues. I've been experimenting with my jungle basing, and managing not to match the current batch up with the previous one. In addition I've been painting (and repainting some of the terrain boards and once more nothing I've done I'm happy with - such is life.
In any event her are the feeble results of my last week's endeavours:



Same stuff, different angle (obviously)
The unpainted fronds stand out dramatically imo.- that will be fixed
New stuff to the left, old to the right
So adding the new lot to the old lot I can now cover approximately four foot by two foot with jungle bases, though there are still several palms that have to have their fronds painted  and I've got at least another ten or so bases, untouched, still to do.

As mentioned I've been painting my boards with little success and may well have to start from scratch again ! A few photographs of the 'story' so far:
One end of the harbour board
Close up of the rocks
Other end of the harbour board
Experimenting with various painting techniques
In other news, I've been trying to fix a recently bought figure who has one of the longest arms I've seen and I've also seem to have contracted some sort of techy disease. (no, not a virus). I lost the interweb for several days, (which was no great loss tbh) and the card reader in my desk-top compy failed. This latter failure meant I had to read the card through my laptop, email the photographs to myself so that they could be read on the desktop and then cropped etc. before being posted!
At times I wonder whether it's worth all the effort.

So that's it then for yet another week, as always your comments are both welcomed and truly appreciated.



Monday, 10 July 2017

Masked Warriors

One of sculpts I have a single figure of.
My "Jimland" project is now that little bit nearer to finishing with my completion of the two packs of Old Glory masked natives that I'd bought recently. They are as complete as they're ever going to be, following my principle of "that'll do", save for varnishing as I still haven't decided whether to varnish them in gloss, matt or a combination of the two.
At ten figures to a pack for £13 they're very good value for money,; I bought two packs (Nos. 1 and 3 iirc).The packs contain a random assortment of figures and each pack had different styles of shield too, which makes for a bit more versatility when putting them together as the shield come separately.
As an added bonus, there was little to no flash on the figures which made the cleaning up process a lot easier.
To give even more variation I did  manage to bend a few limbs around and  the front-heavy running types had their pose curtailed  too.
Here's the results:

Another 'single'
Identical sculpts, different shields.
Running guys, apt to fall forwards
Not sure if these two are identical, .but nice dynamic poses imo
Yet another two runners (Bored yet ?)
"Why the long face ?"
Nearly finished
"I said blow the bloody doors off" - oops wrong film.
Even I'm bored now
The ubiquitous, even obligatory group shot..
As well as finishing off this little lot, I'm still working on my terrain boards (which currently consists of slapping paint on in different ways to see how they look) and the last batch of jungle pieces has been all but finished too!

Sp that's it for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope you've something of interest and have managed to stay awake; as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Ubonga 2

'King' plus attendants
I'm more or less recovered from the downcast mind-set of the last two weeks and have been fairly busy , almost but not quite finishing the 20 masked natives bought at Durham three weeks or so ago.
I've been working through the few miniatures that I have for "Jimland" and although not entirely finished (they've have the  final 'insopection' to pass), they're in a state sufficient enough for play.
More Natives (with reverse view of two )
Along with these I have the last of my the European Explorer types ("white-men") ready for the table too.
Reporter/Photographer type and a woman in typical trope-role. 
Two of the ugliest female sculpts I've ever encountered.
The masked warriors (95% finished) surrounding the tray of unpainted. 
Jungle, only the centre bottom piece has a little more to do on it.

The jungle in coming on apace too, with nine out ten of the current batch bases filled with flora, but they all do have their bases to have two more highlighted colour to be added (Burnt Sienna and Sand fort any  that are interested).
Over the next week I'll be trying to finish some terrain boards for the game, the twenty masked warriors, the jungle and I'm hoping to have a bit of a tidy up too!

So that's it once more for this week, as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated and if you haven't already, check out "Wargame Addict's blog"  HERE

Monday, 26 June 2017

Ubonga

Askari types  (I do need another half a dozen)
Generic Explorer types
Ubonga was the fictional African setting for a campaign game for use with the Sword and the Flame rules on the "By Jingo" site (sadly, mostly now defunct, but you can see what's left here: By Jingo , which I first played way back in the early 2000's and it was  also the first place I discovered Jimland. On a recent visit to the site I also came across the rules The Black Amazons In King Solomon's Lost City Of The Diamond Mines In The Elephant's Graveyard At The Source Of The Nile", which I'd completely forgotten about, but are as relevant now as they were then.
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Some  obvious types
"What has this to do with my current post ?" , I hear you ask (you did ask right ?), well nothing save to save that after a week of being  disillusioned ,depressed and generally being in a funk it cheered me up and I made up for doing nothing all week and getting stuck into some hobby stuff!
 The current batch of the figures are just about finished and although I'm not too happy with the current basing on them it'll do for the moment.
I've also managed to clean what little flash there was on my latest purchases and based and undercoated them all. 
Basing (using old credit cards,  store cards etc.
The futures bright!
Spot the trope types
Finally I've still working  on jungle and making slow progress (it's all the drying time for glue and filler!), whilst the urge to sing "The lion sleeps tonight" is only a whim away, a whim away, a whim away....

I'll get my coat...

That's it then for this week I do hope you've found something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Melting

The bearer, now ready to trek through Jimland
After the monsoon season in which I visited the Durham Show (see last week's blog) , I've been melting here in the Saharan heatwave, which is really not that conducive to getting anything done hobby-wise.  In addition, after the aforementioned show I was left feeling a bit 'flat', unenthusiastic and decidedly unmotivated. Despite all this I have managed to make a small dent in my jungle terrain and have painted the errant bearer for 'Jimland. Nothing spectacular and it did take me the biggest of efforts to sit and do an hour's- worth of hobby related stuff each day and I also managed to find a couple more animals!
Here's the results of my paltry efforts over the last week or so.





40 to 60 Palms ready to base up


Basing up palms etc. (not the ones above!)
I've been basing up palms and came across the snag of the larger ones having a metal wirer running through them. No problem you might think, however whereas previously I've stuck the extra long 'stalks' though the base and slice it off with a craft knife, this didn't work with those that had the steel wire insert.
Cutting the wire before basing them up was a frustrating experience as the damn palms refused to stay vertical long enough to glue in place..    

Clips, making a quick and dirty fix!
As can be seen in the photograph above and in more detail on the photograph to the right my solution was to use clips to act as supports holding the larger trees on place whilst the glue and filler did their jobs.
When finished the jungle bases in the above photograph will approximately double the amount of jungle I'll have, but the photograph below shows that I have at least as many bases more still to to - though I doubt I'll run out of plants and palms to fill them all out.




Even more bases; note the pile of them bottom right
Here's the animals I sorted, previously purposed for duty in the arena (54mm gladiator).
Previously shown rhino on the left, new on the right
 The new rhino is larger (possibly too large?) than the one I've previously shown, but possibly not so large as to be unusable.
Hippos (new one on the left|)
I now have three hippos, all probably usable, but I'm not completely convinced!

And that's it for this completely lacklustre week, I really am finding it difficult to drum up any enthusiasm hobby-wise - could be a very difficult blog post to write next time!

Thanks for taking the time to look and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Durham Show

The main hall.
So on Saturday I ventured south to Durham Wargames Group Open Day despite it being the monsoon season here in God's country. My travel arrangements were such that I could only spend at most 2 hours at the show, but little did I know that I would need less than an hour!
I've attended many DWG shows over the years, both as a member of DWG and as a punter, though not in the last couple of years.
The other hall
As you'd expect there were games (four !) and many, many sellers of Wargaming delights (and some rubbish probably).
For once, the show seemed busy, but as I'd left well before lunch time, I can't even guess what it was like after lunch, traditionally the time when the show died a long slow death.
"Don't Panic"
Of the four games that were on display, one was a joy to watch, two were meh, and the Durham group's  own game had little more than I'd expect from a good club game, despite the terrain being built by a former member.
In the main hall, squeezed in between the numerous traders (nine or ten) were two games, "Don't Panic" by Redcar Iron beards may have been a participation game and event though well-presented, it left me cold.
The photograph to the right shows the entirety of the game.
The second game in the main hall was slightly larger and although I did take note of what it was all abut I can't for the sake of me remember any of it!
By the pikemen and flags depicted it was set some 50 years either side of 1600 bce. A good looking game I guess, but one I couldn't really say was particularly absorbing.
Please note that the old 'problem' of debris and detritus on the tables, I've mostly photo-shopped out, but it was present on every game, to one degree or another. 
The Tantobie lads' game  - war of the Roses iirc.
By far the most impressive game was situated in the smaller hall with about six participants, all of whom were more than willing to chat to Joe Public (my alter ego) and was put on by a small group from Tantobie (in Durham).
The game was a feast for the eyes, 40mm War of the Roses figures with some old commercial buildings alongside some scratch-build models too.
Though it seemed it would be a slow boiler, they were rolling dice from the get-go and it had progressed fairly quickly, even during the little time I was at the show. (I spent more time around this game than doing anything else)
The figures - superbly painted 40mms
More of the same (various painters too iirc)
Another view of the village
The Union 'end'
Outside the main venue, one had to brave the monsoon to take a brief walk to the Bowling green hut for both the Bring and Buy (busy) and the Durham group's own game - a 28mm American Civil War action set in the Shenadoah valley.
The ACW is one of my favourite periods and given the chance, I would have gladly participated in this game, had it not been a dsiplay game; it lacked a certain 'something' that I can't quite put my finger on. The rules and players I know well  'Johnny Reb' and old Durham Wargame group members) that I have played many games with using my own 15mm ACW armies.
The Confederate 'end' of the table 

The Bring & Buy
Charlie with Northumbria games closing down sale!
There were many prominent traders present, Dave Thomas, selling mostly Perry, Colonel Bill, Irregular Miniatures, Pendraken to name but a few. I think the trade stands outnumbered the games by at least  four or five to one.
I did take a few pics of the traders too...
...mostly for nostalgia, I guess.
I'm a sucker for Irregular minis and have bought many kilos of them after the liquid lunch at many a Durham Wargames show, but his time around I simply didn't have anything on my shopping list , despite poring over their catalogue the previous evening!
Charlie at Northumbria games is a very old friend and it was a bit sad to see he was giving up trading.
Ian at Irregular Minis
The few purchase I made were from Colonel Bill's ( a pack of 17c villagers and a pack of Explorers) and Andy, from 'Old Glory UK', who was the brains behind the Tantobie Boys' game brought me a selection of Africa/ Lost world Natives and a pack of the "Village Mob" from their Pirates range.
I ended up with two packs of masked natives even though I was sorely tempted by the others packs offered up.
Jungle - wip
So spent up, more or less, soaked through by the walk to and from the pavilion and fairly bored by the whole show I headed homeward. I reckon I had been at the show for little more than an hour!

In other news...
Even though I have not been at 100% capacity for anything over the last week, I've still been making inroads into getting more jungle terrain completed, but more of that next time.
I also managed to paint the bearer that had somehow got separated from the others and with just his base to finish, that's another victim member to add to any expedition into ''JImland"

That's it then for this week, as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.