Monday, 19 November 2012

The Butt of all Jokes...

My usual slow plod has come to a temporary halt due to me being laid up following a minor operation on the old Farmer Giles; with the post-op convalescence of which I don't recommend to anyone, proving a considerable pain in the arse - boom,boom.
Suffice to say, I am unable to sit comfortably ('ooh, er, missus') for any length of time to paint, and in any case, my modelling stuff lives at my work flat in London; so I am separated from it for at least another week  - doh!
However, prior to this unfortunate occurence, I was cracking on (no pun intended) in two unrelated directions - nothing new there - primarily on...Warlord Games excellent 28mm 'Boadicea Triumphant!' model, which the little woman kindly bought me for my birthday.


As you can see, the chariot remains distinctly unoccupied at present, although both Boudica and her faithful charioteer are prepped, primed and ready to go; I decided to approach this project as three separate parts; horses, chariot and figures to maintain impetus. This is probably the single most ambitious  model I have attempted, despite 'wargaming' on and off since 1996; therein belies the extent of my achievements and vision in this great hobby to date! In fairness, I tend to concentrate on smaller scales primarily, so perhaps I am being a little harsh on myself...ho,hum.


I had intended the horses to be both white (clichĂ©, I know, but who cares?), but after a couple of cock-ups with the washes I was using - I tend to overdo them - they ended up like this, which I quite like. My aim is to complete the model by Christmas - I know, my ambitions know no bounds!


...and secondly, some Colonial British infantry from my favourite 15mm manufacturer, Peter Pig, and their excellent 'Patrols in the Sudan' range. Those that have read my sporadic posts in the past may recall my liking of Two Hour Wargames (THW) and these troops  are the first finished for use with their Colonial Adventures rules set. All of THW's products are designed to use any basing systems you may already have, so I decided to base my rank and file on multiple stands -  to allow flexibility for use in other rules sets -  and the NCOs on separate bases as originally intended.


THW games can be as big or small as you like - the latter of which suits me perfectly - and still give a dynamic, entertaining experience. They are equally suited to head to head, same side or solo play and are designed with all three in mind.


I will post more progress reports once I get up and running again; my apologies to those of a reserved or squeamish disposition regarding the introduction of this post; but I believe in spreading my self-pitying misery to as many unsuspecting recipients as possible in a vain attempt at sympathy; and we all know where that can be found in the dictionary... :)

That's it for now,

Monty



19 comments:

  1. I thought pinching my crackers was bad but ouch! Nice work so far Monty!

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    1. Cheers Lurker - much appreciated, mate ;)

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  2. A wise man (I think it was Homer) once said "Sometimes the only thing you can do to make yourself feel better, is make someone else feel worse." After that sequence of arse puns, you should feel loads better!!! :-)

    Great work btw.

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    1. Many thanks Vlad, I do feel a lot better :D

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  3. That chariot is superb and terribly sorry to hear that you are in pain!

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    1. Thanks Michael, I continue to wallow in self-pity...

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  4. Nice looking figures. Here's to a speedy recovery. I'd be interested to see what you do with Colonial adventures, being a THW fan myself.

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    1. Thanks Sean, very kind all round ;) I plan smaller games with CA initially and expand in time, but keep the figure count down using a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio.

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  5. Looks real nice so far!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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    1. Cheers Peter, I've got your blog, mate - nice one ;)

      Regards,
      Monty

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  6. Nice colouring Monty! :) I like them.

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  7. Sounds damn painful Monty! Nice looking figures though.

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    1. Believe me Ray, it is not nice ;) thanks though!

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  8. Mmmm I have not had a case of the piles since 92, but I can remember the feeling.

    Very best of luck in the recovery phase mate.

    Good looking work by the way.

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