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Square Bashing / Train track
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:26:49 PM »
I was just browsing the PP World War 1 armoured train section and saw the notes about how hard the right track has sometimes been to get hold of.

However, I also see that Hattons stock what looks like the right track at 4.20 a yard:


AK47 Republic / "Mad Mike" Hoare
« on: February 03, 2020, 08:08:31 AM »
Mike Hoare has passed away, aged 100:


He had an action-packed career, and I've enjoyed those of his memoirs that I have read so far.

General discussion / MOVED: Volkssturm
« on: February 01, 2020, 01:23:38 PM »

General discussion / Hobbycraft sale
« on: January 06, 2020, 04:13:28 PM »
For those in the UK, Hobbycraft currently has a sale on. Notably 25% off Really Useful Boxes and mini glue guns at 5 each.

I see that they have also started stocking a limited range of Zvezda WW2 models, at 5 a box.

Oh, and our branch had both of the Revell 1:150 pirate ships in: 18 for the ghost ship and 23 for the Black Pearl.

Bloody Barons / Medieval Warfare Magazine, Oct/Nov 2019
« on: January 04, 2020, 06:07:37 AM »
The October / November issue of Medieval Warfare magazine (Volume 9, Issue, 4) is a Wars of the Roses special.

It includes:
 - a 2-page article on the English Archer
 - an 8-page article on the early years of Edward IV's reign (1461-1470)
 - a 10-page article on The Year of 3 Battles (1471: Barnet, Tewkesbury and London), including a centrefold spread of Barnet, batlle maps of both Barnet and Tewkesbury and a nice single-page map of England locating the Wars of the Roses battles
 - a 2-pager on the pollaxe
 - a full page of "further reading" on the Wars of the Roses [I note that Bloody Barons version 1 is a notable omission, as are the Freezywater publications)

Amongst other topics in this issue are:
 - an 8-page article on Sybil of Jerusalem
 - a 4-page article on Roman assassinations
 - 8 pages on the Viking-era excavations at Myklebostad, including several photos of a reconstructed longship
 - 4 pages on Alexander Nevsky
There is arguably more for the historical wargamer in this publication than in the average wargames magazine!

General discussion / MOVED: 2020 Forum donations
« on: January 03, 2020, 09:57:09 AM »

General discussion / MOVED: Subscription
« on: January 03, 2020, 09:56:56 AM »

General discussion / Happy New Year!
« on: December 31, 2019, 03:08:03 PM »
Well it's 2020 here now, so wishing everyone on the Forum a very happy Year of the Rat, and a full-filled new decade in the hobby.

General discussion / PP environmental credentials
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:16:14 AM »
Writing today from a land in which single-use plastic appears abundant, and domestic paper and card are burned rather than recycled (!), a slightly tongue-in-cheek thought occurred to me: lead figures are good for the environment!

Spare material from the manufacturing process is simply melted down and reused, while also avoiding the significant end-user waste that plastic sprues represent.

And in years to come, unwanted toy soldier collections can simply be melted down and reused elsewhere.

Surely a big win in the plastic vs. metal debate?

Battles in The Age of War / Japanese Castles
« on: December 25, 2019, 10:32:27 AM »
We spent a good chunk of today visiting Himeji castle. It's impressive on so many levels: size, complexity, longevity, current condition...
I'll post up some photos when I get back, and have enough material for a The Mill article,  if there's interest out there?

Pieces of Eight / Cheap Airfix kits in Lidl
« on: December 21, 2019, 12:14:39 AM »
I'm posting this on behalf of Ray "Pigsticker", whose PC is going in for treatment today:

Just to let you know that Lidl currently have a range of Airfix kits for 4.99. These are small 'starter-kits ' with glue, brushes and paints included:

1/400 Mary Rose,
HMS Victory (not sure of scale but small about 6" long)
1/72 Focke-Wulf
1/75 Mitsubishi Zero Zen
1/72 Spitfire
1/72 Hawk Trainer

As I already have C17/C18th models for gaming but not earlier ships, so I bought the Mary Rose. Would the victory be any use for P Pig pirate games?

Piggy Days and Competitions / Crete Games
« on: December 02, 2019, 12:07:14 PM »
Thank you to all who have so far shown interest in my plan for some "PBI in Crete" games.

The idea is to:
 - work out details before the end of this year
 - make and paint stuff as necessary during the first half of 2020
 - hold a trial day at Entoyment in September, to see whether any of this actually works
 - run a Crete game at the 2020 Weymouth Weekend
 - hold a proper Crete Day at Entoyment sometime in 2021 (80th anniversary) - I hope to have 3 different scenarios to run by then.

Entoyment currently have tables free on 5th, 19th, 26th of September 2020 (12th is Colours in Newbury). Could interested parties please let me know:
 - if there is a clash with other events on any of the above three dates that I am unaware of
 - which (if any) of these you could attend?

Announcements and Shows / Warfare 2019
« on: November 16, 2019, 02:28:20 PM »
It was good to see some familiar faces this morning at the Warfare show in Reading (I do hope Dave took Ben off to buy some brushes after our meeting - oh, the kids these days...  ;) ).

It felt a little less dense than previous years (even though the car park was rammed solid - surely this can't have been due to people doing sports at the same venue...?), and one or two traders seemed to be absent, but broadly it was much as it has been for the last few years.

But that will change next year, when the event moves to Ascot racecourse. This sounds like a good move. The Rivermead Centre toilets are notorious, and many of the lights weren't working in the main hall today, plunging the far end of it in particular into gloom. This lack of light did, though, make the lit displays by the likes of Pendraken, Adler and Bacchus stand out so much better, and thus the little painted marvels they were showcasing. In the larger scales, Empress Miniatures' (unpainted) 28mm 20th and 21st Century figures were stunning. And there was also a fair amount of 15mm for sale too!

It was nice to see more youngsters and ladies than normal. Maybe the Rod Stewart effect has made wargaming more appealing too! I look forward to seeing how the Ascot venue will change things.

General discussion / Is terrain-making now cool?
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:16:14 PM »
This is pretty fantastic - and who is cooler than Sir Rod Stewart?


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