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Monday, 20 May 2019

Old Cardboard (AB#3)

     A Church (obviously)
First off these are really card, not cardboard and were bought at a local shop more than 40 years ago!
The alternatives at the time were generally "Faller" plastic kits, railway models (Airfix and Triang mainly at the time) or make your own.. At the time, the latter alternative wasn't on my agenda  and if you saw my early buildings you'll understand why.
The came in a see-though flat pack and from my pecuniary outlook were very expensive.
They're small, probably 1/87th scale (suitable for 15mms) and are generally of an 18th century central European style and did include some famous buildings if memory serves.
There was one two or three models dependent upon the size of the model(s).
The photographs partially show a ruler for size and an 18th Century figure (a John Ray original -about 32mm tall).
The figure is slightly larger than my own forces and although obviously not in scale with the figure but these buildings were the mainstay of my collection for Seven Years War games with my "30mm" figures.
The church again ( again  a bit obvious)
Here's the photographs:
The tallest building I have
View with ruler -it's on about a 3" square base.
Another larger building (probably based on a real one)
Rear view with ruler - approx 3" square base. 

A shop of some sort

Very small, but perfectly formed

Another, with annoying turrets
Rear and side view

One of my favourites
Rear and side view (dust still in evidence)
Yet another  (bored yet ?)

Extra boring rear and side view
Another great building imo, dust included !

These have some very good ideas for scrath-building
Great as a farmhouse
These models imo are also useful as for painting, there's that much detail on them.
Another townhouse with a damn turret

Note the damage to the gable end top ! (they are a bit delicate)
Most were reinforced with balsa, but not duplicates I'd accidentally bought !
Making anything that looks like a city in a larger scale would occupy a huge area on a table and as I wanted to have a city within a star/Vauban fort (about 5 foot in diameter) a smaller scale was the only way to go. For small villages, three or four building would suffice and occupied enough ground to be an impediment and were much more in keeping with real 18th century battles that these were used for.
The whole ensemble, occupying about a two foot square)
These are neither forgotten or abandoned buildings, as they've been used in many many games, but not for over twenty years iirc. They were however, lost to me and did take a while to find and dust down !

That's it then from me for another week, one in which again I've managed to achieve nothing save for doing this blog!

Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you've found something of interest in my museum of curiosities (see last week's comments for  explanation).

As always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Trojans (FA#9)

My Trojan forces had been completely forgotten about until I came across two boxes of them, whilst digging out my Samurai forces.
The first box contains my four chariots, with varying degrees of damage, due to a lot of having to move my collections from one storage area to another (mostly for real-life reasons).
This project came about at a Wargames group I attended over fifteen years ago, whereon everyone picked a side in the Trojan Wars, a hero and had to make up a small force for it.
I can't remember which hero I was allocated and whether or not my forces ever saw action on the table either !
Rear view (obligatory blurry photo)
Different rear view (bored yet ?)
 The above chariot was the only one still completely intact with all crew present !
 Here are all four of them:
One crewman awol !
 Opening the second box revealed a hodge-podge of figures in various stages of completion, but no finished ones !
Still a bit of work to do here !
A few figures in various stages of completion
I realised that this was some of my #1 son's half-finished forces, which meant mine were elsewhere (insert cock up and Trojan joke here - Editor's note: Only understood by older readers).

I remembered storing them in a metal biscuit tin and after quick search (only slightly frantic) I found said tin. In case you're wondering why a tin,  it's because a lot my figures are mounted on bases with a magnetic strip, these included !
Here's the photos:
The phalanx
Close up of the phalanx
Close up view
Swordsmen (yep I know all the technical 'Ancient' terms)
'Javelins' close up with blue check biscuit in the background
Musicians (we were using the "Warhammer Ancient Battles set of rules)
"Standard" bearers, some sort of fan and a bulls head
Supernumeraries, leaders, shield bearers etc.
 As in most of my storage there was also the odd surprise...
Ladders, for the towers in the citadel of Troy I built.
A Casualty figure for the boxer rebellion (I do wonder where the others are.)
 Finally, the all important group shot:
Obvious group shot  (sans ladders and Boxer casualty)
So just over a hundred figures, with a few more uncompleted (and probably not mine), not really an army, but still a sizable force and only intended as a quarter of the total force and as I can't even remember which side I was on so these could even be the "Greeks"!

That's it then for this week and another army that may or may not have been used once and truly forgotten about. I have merely only dabbled in 'Ancients', but  seemingly I do have a few.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully something will have been of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 6 May 2019

A Tale of Two Boxes (FA#8)

Digging out my Japanese Castle and Temple (tea-shop. takeaway or whatever) reminded  me that I have some Japanese forces - somewhere !
Scurrying around I eventually found two file boxes, that were heavy enough to house my Japanese Samurai forces.
Opening up the two boxes  I found only one contained figures I had started, whilst the other contained figures that I had bought from a friend many years ago (20?)

My figures are a mix of a  few manufacturers, Dixon, Warrior and iirc Amazon miniatures (though don't quote me).
I mixed and matched many heads, some looking OK but others looking quited bizarre.

So here's the photographs:
The two file boxes side by side. (mine in tight formation on the right)
Mostly Dixon minis  (?) , banners & sashimono on all my figures are for the Honda clan
Yet more Dixon's...
...and more (with weird head styles !)
Mostly "Warrior" figures , maybe, possibly
Haven't a clue who made these
Another pic of the above (obligatory obvious comment)
So the above is a sample of my two  hundred or so single based  figures, but in the other box....
Daimyo with bodyguards (obligatory blurry picture)
Palanquin  (note all figures are Dixon's in this collection)
Close up of infantry types (yep, I know all the proper lingo)
... and lots of cavalry which I could never afford !
Ninja, of course - almost mandatory that everyone has to have them
The army general (insert Japanese terminology here)
It was at this stage that I wondered where the infantry for this force was, being convinced that I only had two boxes of Japanese, but I then remembered the infantry were in a separate box.
Once more I risked life and limb to access places Indiana Jones would have found tricky and recovered the missing box containing the remainder of my Japanese.
Now that's more like it !
Close up (Editor: read padding)
Proper close up
They're all painted up as the "Ii" clan, renowned for wearing red.
And finally, amongst all the oriental goodness was this chap, (whom I mounted on a slotta base):

Ork, goblin or whatever  I haven't a clue ...
So that's my Samurai collection, some of mine have seen action in a SAGA game recently (about three years ago) whilst the others to the best of my knowledge have never seen any form of tabletop action. So yet again another unused and forgotten army (or two!)
There are lot of better (possibly) figures on the market now, rather than when I started, but not that many in metal  and fewer still with any character to them.
I gave up on this project because I couldn't find a set of rules that were fit for purpose despite looking at many sets. Recent cardboard filled sets need not apply for consideration.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, I hope it was worth it and of course your comments are always welcomed and appreciated.