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Monday, 14 January 2019


As I'm currently struggling to find any motivation to do anything hobby related and as it's coming up to my 7th anniversary of the start of this blog I'd thought I'd share a few thoughts of my blogging experiences.
When I started blogging, there wasn't a manual I could find to explain the etiquette; of blogs, not their content, but how one goes about comments, followers (I term I dislike) and replies etc.
Common sense states that one should be polite at the very least, a thing I bear in mine when both commenting on others' blogs and when replying to my own followers' comments and this is most generally the is the case on gaming blogs.

What I do find annoying is when I post a comment on another's blog and there is never a reply. I'm of the opinion that that's just bad manners and I know of several bloggers that do not reply to comments I've made and consequently I discontinue replying - of course.
As bloggers seem to like to play the numbers game (Look how many followers I have, how many 'hits' I get each month, etc) I fail to understand why  a simple "Thank you for your comment" is so hard for some to do.

Research 2

Following on from last week's post, grizzly bears etc,. The 'weird west', zombies versus cowboys (awful film btw), Dracula's America etc., I have a fascination with. Not because I like these particular genres but because I have been a fan of Westerns for about sixty years !  Many manufacturers get stuff wrong for which I blame Hollywood. Simple things, Belt loops (a 20th century invention), the quick draw Buscadero rig, worn low on the hip (again Hollywood and the 1920's).
Gunfights were frequent, but I could only find one instance of a high noon style gunfight Wild Bill Hickock) .  Most folk carried their guns ready in their hands!
Lastly for this Western rant, probably the most famous gunfight of them all, that in Tombstone in 1881, took place during a small snow flurry;  Doc Holiday was wearing a grey suit and carried his gun in his pocket!

That's it then for this week and I'll be trying to find something to rant post about next week.

Thanks for your support and I have replied to all your comments of last week in a single reply at the end of the post.
(I'm also trying to catch up with posts as I can).


Monday, 7 January 2019


Grizzly Bears
Hi everyone, as usual I've managed to not produce anything so far in 2019 (and very little in the latter parts of 2018 for that matter)
If you write  a blog you may also have noticed that I haven't been commenting either for the last week or so - I'll try and catch up but I;ll not be making any promises - sorry.

American Black bear

You probably have realised this is not one of my normal posts (if you understand the title), but it reflects how I feel atm
Whilst 2018 fizzled out and had its normal ups and downs, 2019 has me being more despondent about my future gaming than ever before.
So I doubt I'll be posting much this year.

In case you;re wondering why the pictures of bears, it's a pet hate of mine that folk don't do the simplest of research, Grizzlies generally aren't black and the unfortunately named American Black bear is every colour from black through various browns to white ! Graves in Christian churchyards and   cemeteries are generally aligned East-West as are Churches. I often cringe at what I see on-line and wonder...

It's probably an age thing

Monday, 31 December 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone, I shall of course be celebrating in my usual pious way and not remembering  much that occurred !

2018 saw me play about a game a month until about October, that's ten games more than I played in 2017 and I had a living opponent for two of them!

Compared to the handful of miniatures I painted in 2017, 2018 was a very fruitful year as I probably painted well over 500 figures, including a whole Mahdist army, fauna and explorers  etc.for Jimland, prehistoric humans and their antagonists. Sadly as my eyesight worsens and my enthusiasm drifts I can't see me ever get to anywhere near those numbers again.

See you all in 2019 !


Monday, 24 December 2018

Happy Mithrasmas

    The start of a tradition?
To quote from last year's blog:
  "It's that time of year again when we slaughter a bull and drink its blood, exchange gifts and generally have a good time." Or of course celebrate however you wish and have a good holiday break.

I haven't got any gaming related 'loot' on my list this year and It'll be a big surprise if I receive anything even remotely hobby related, but of course I'll be reporting if I receive anything !

I will of course be looking forward to seeing all the loot everyone else gets (if any)

Have a good holiday everyone!

Monday, 17 December 2018

Coelodonta Antiquitatis

Coelodonta antiquitatis or Woolly Rhinoceros to you and me are one of those iconic creatures, like the Mammoths, most easily associated with prehistoric man, so of course I had to have a couple for my prehistoric games.
In the photograph on the right, the smaller rhino is the "Steve Barber" model, probably originally designed for his smaller range, whilst the larger one on the right is the DeeZee version fro Arcane Scenery.
I like the variation in sizes and they could easily represent a male and female .
On to the photos:
Side view: note the darker centre band as indicated on some cave drawings
The other side view with slightly more noticeable dark band
The now obligatory rear view
Size comparison with one of the larger Copplestone cavemen.
The two new
Thought I'd add this photo of a Paraceratherium, the woolly rhino's ancestor !
When I first started on this prehistoric jaunt, It did think that it would have been a much easier journey than it has been - who would have thought that I would have  so much research to do and not just the various beasts' colourings !
The various creatures that manufacturers produce are one of the problems as there are distinct groups of animals that have only been found in specific areas of the world though they're all lumped together!

Next week's post will be brief,  as it's Mithrasmas eve and I'll be getting ready to sacrifice a bull and exchange presents in celebration of Mithras.

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

Monday, 10 December 2018


Another week and another beast for Palaeo action.
The figure is from Steve Barber Models, requiring a little filing to rid it of its mold lines, but it is a figure I like a lot.
I've painted it up using lion-like features and colouring as there is no definitive evidence as to their colouring. 
As usual, the photography is poor and I didn't notice the smear on the lens until it was time to post - oh well.
Here's the photos:
Side view with noticeable smear
Smear moves to right side view
Only slightly smeary in this view
Spot the smear (bored yet ?)
Total menagerie so far
This week has seen me get a mere two hours painting in , but I did have a wonderful blurry weekend, some of which I remember...
Next week though I should have finished my two woolly rhinos to post about, but that's it for this week; thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 3 December 2018


     My six pack
My wolves would have been posted last week but for the excellent "Battlegrounds" show taking priority and this week would have seen me posting my take on a Smilodon (Sabre Tooth). The Smilodon will feature next week, giving me a bit of a buffer to get my two wooly rhinos finished (fingers crossed).
There's really not that much to say about the wolves, they're DeeZee models from Arcane Scenery and of course my painting hasn't done them any favours!
On to the photos :
Obligatory boring picture
Slightly less blurry side view
Formation dancing wolves
Mandatory rear view
"Grandma, what big teeth you have!"

Slightly different front view (maybe just a bit boring)
That's it then for this week, not much I know, but it's all I've got, (normal excuses of age, eyesight, real-life and so on, apply)

In other news, just in case you haven't noticed my update profile, I'm now a Grandad to a third grandchild ! Another boy; both mother and child are healthy,

As always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.