Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Terrain Tuesday #9

A quiet word with the people in my local friendly charity shop resulted in me picking up a box of broken or incomplete toys this week, in exchange for a small donation.  [If you're going to ask charity shops to root things out for you, it's imperative you go back and pick them up in a timely manner - most have practically no storage space and are unlikely to want to hold on to something they can sell to someone else if necessary.]

At worse, I thought, I would end up with lumps of plastic that I could use as Frostgrave ruins, or  even as stamping pads for texturing bases, etc.  As I put the pieces together it proved a bit better than that.

The once impregnable gates of Felstad now stand empty
And a roof finds a new home..

Fireman Sam's station, I believe
Doktor Strange has use for that tech, and a plinth is always handy
  But the crowning glory has to be the castle, guarded by doughty Sikhs for scale...

This will be my last post for a while due to the computer problems I've been having.  My laptop is being collected for assessment by the insurers tomorrow and I'm not sure when it'll be back or replaced.

So, goodbye for now.  I'm off to delete all the Japanese tentacle porn from the hard drive...

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Do Not Adjust Your Sets...

I'm currently having a laptop crisis - as you see the screen is buggered.  This is making using it quite a faff, so I might not be around reading and commenting on blogs or FaceBook for a while.

I shall be available via e-mail if anyone needs to get in touch, and Diplomatist Books will be soldiering on.

In the meantime, I shall be exploring whether the fault is reparable or if the machine needs replacing.  Any ideas anyone?

Friday, 20 November 2015

Great News!

The Die is Cast!

Curt has announced that the 6th Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge will begin on 20 December.  If you're interested, go here and sign up - I don't know how many places are available, but they will go quickly.

Huge thanks to Curt, who does a massive amount of work organising this event (he even donates the value of the entry piece to charity!).   This year he has made the sensible decision to enroll some helpers, so a shout-out to them too!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

This Won't Be The Only Box You See Today...

Not this one (oh, lucky dogs!)
The fruit of the Nickstarter has arrived.

I ordered at Lich Lord level, so for my £35.00 I got this lot...

And as I ordered through Annie at Bad Squiddo Games, I got some freebies.

The only discernible problem is with the casting of the Dark Cauldron, but that's minor.

Better photos when my hands have stopped shaking with excitement!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Dear Secret Santa...

Well, Cath has put together the list of who's doing who and has suggested that we give our benefactors some hints, so here goes...

First, a big thanks to Cath and to my benefactor.

All the following are in 28mm.


Dr Who


  • Miniatures suitable for wizards, a warband or random encounters
  • Spell card deck
  • Terrain

Other Figures

Hopefully, there's enough to be going on with there!  Don't feel it too restrictive - if you want to be creative and this gives you some ideas that aren't on the list, I'll be happy with whatever I get!

Thanks again!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Terrain Tuesday #8

No work from me this week, but given that some of you found my snaps of architectural bits and pieces useful, here are some from my recent wanderings around Peterborough.

First up, a railway signal box


Then the Great Northern Hotel, a railway hotel opposite the station.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Hereward Loot

I've been on my travels of late, and off-line*.  I will report on it, but for the moment I'm going down the well-worn path of saying that I'm too tired and will instead show pictures of loot.

*The reason for the latter can be summarised as "stupidly forgetting my re-charger and lumping a dead lap-top around with me".

Today I was in Peterborough at the inaugural Hereward Wargames Show hosted by the Peterborough Wargames Club.

First the Freebies!

The show was sponsored by Gripping Beast, who  donated copies of their fine Hereward the Wake figure for the first 300 tickets sold.  For reasons that I'll explain in another post, I've now got four!

Ainsty Castings had an offer on the Crooked Dice stock they had, so I picked up as couple of their Not-Dr Who packs, together with Ainsty's Not-TARDIS console.

I'm kicking myself for not buying some more of their excellent terrain pieces.  I'd did get a pair of characterful Aggro Bobbies though - can't have to many coppers, can you?

From a rummage box on Lancer Miniatures stall I bought £3.00's worth of dry-stone walls.  Perhaps not 28mm scale, but near enough for me,,,

Colonel Bill provided a couple of likely lads...

From Black Pyramid Games came 'Er Majesty tooled up to belch lead, a couple of Iron Men bombers and a Prof Stanton Brook, who is a criminal mastermind if I've ever seen one.

Lastly, from Monarch Miniatures came a cheap West Wind Nosferatu set.

The Wife has a hankering for a Tong league and told me to look out for something suitable.  She doesn't think that either the West Wind or North Star tongs will do, and there was nothing else.*  I'm hoping that she'll be happy with these - Nosferatu is a favorite film, both the great 1922 version and the 1979 remake, but above all the 2000 Shadow of the Vampire.

*We'll probably go for one of Foundry's sets.

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