Welcome to my blog, the story of my continuing journey into the World of Zombie Wargames.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Monday Blues

Another week gone and another where I've achieved next to nothing due to coughing, sneezing and generally being ill and finding it almost impossible to paint anything. I have however been able to surf the net, do some reading and watch a zombie related film or two.
The illustration is from the new series of books I've been reading which you'll gather are called  "Dead..." and are by T.W.Brown. Once I managed to get into the first book properly (after a few chapters) and began to understand the writing technique of the author I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone.  I believe there are already 8  books in the series already printed with numbers 9 and 10 to complete the series. Having finished the first book I immediately had to buy the second, then the third, I found them to be such page turners. My first one (Dead, the Ugly Beginning) currently costs 75p on Amazon Kindle e-books ! The others vary in price around the £3 mark for the Kindle editions.
Whilst surfing around the net I came across this photograph of a fort I made for John Ray (author of the book 'The Travels and Adventures of an Officer of the 18th Century'").
It was made for him somewhere around fifteen years ago for his American War of Independence wargames.
I also made a further two models forts for him, each successively larger than the one shown. I can't take any credit for the painting of it though as my version was much less impressive than shown here.



 I also came across the Russian Church I made about twenty years ago in the original colours that I'd painted it in. I have shown this model before in it's new incarnation of white. It can still be seen occasionally being used by "The League of Augsburg" gamers  as far as I'm aware.
It's very gratifying to me to know that a model I'd made so long ago was still being used. (I often wonder about a the medieval village I'd made about the same time period) 
The church was made with the help of my second son and was for use with 25mm figures (they'd be called 28mm these days), such as Foundry Hinchcliff etc. 



To finish off my ramblings this week I dedicate the next photograph to one of my followers (you know who you are).
In case you can't read Japanese it tells "The text gives a description of the camels including their size, what they eat and that they come from Arabia ." It seems a pair of camels were brought into Japan in 1821.





Now that's a horde !
 One of the films I watched was the 2004 remake of "Dawn of the Dead"- I'll give my opinion of it at a later date along with a few others.
(This photograph is from the 1978 version I think)

That then is that, as they say though finally I'd like to welcome my latest follower "ptr" who has a very interesting blog that is well worth a look and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.




21 comments:

  1. Spring maladies are a real pain when you want to get going. Thanks for the book tips, I've been kicking around reading unexciting c£@p recently so these are worth a spin for me. I love the models, the fort especially. Get well soon.

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    1. Thanks Irqan, tW Brown also has a three-part series entitles Zomblog which should also be worth a look.

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  2. Coughing and Sneezing. Look Just stop it!
    The models do look good and not a coffee stirrer in sight! How things have changed!

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    1. Haven't you seen the church? :D

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    2. The church was actually not made from coffee stirrers they were tapers (used to light bunsen burners in the old days -lol)
      Thanks Clint, I expect more from your Samurai now I've given you a hint.

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  3. Nice scenery Joe.
    Good heads up on the books, I've just finished my xmas reads.
    Get well soon.

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    1. Thanks Bob, if you like gruesome you'll like the

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  4. Man flu is serious Joe, good scenery as well.

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    1. Thanks AL, I caught it of the wife, so there's no sympathy either way.

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  5. Having chatted with you about that "Dead" series of books I will certainly look out for them. I haven't read any zombie novels at all this year. Yes, I know, sacrilegious!

    As always, your scenery is something else to behold. Great work, Joe.

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    1. Thanks Bryan I think the Dead sries is right up your street.

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  6. Get well soon!

    Can't really comment on the books, but the models look fantastic. Haven't you shown us the fort before? I'm sure I've seen it.
    Either way, really well done, I especially love the church.

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    1. Thanks Mathyoo, I did put the fort up on Facebook recently for my non-blogging follwers.

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  7. Sorry to hear that you've not been well. Get better soon (or else!).

    Those camel pictures are a bit strange, aren't they? Even allowing for the artistic style, they look very wrinkly and quite huge!

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    1. I'm getting better all the time C6, thanks for thata. The camels look genuingly huge, even given that the Japanese are not known for their height, the camels still seem overly large, but perhaps they were chosen for that very reason,to impress the Samurai ?

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  8. Sorry to hear you've been under the weather sir, hope you're through the worst of it now, interesting finds

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    1. Thanks ZA, I think I'm getting better too, nostaligia isn't as good as it used to be in my day.

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  9. The fort and church are both quite nice. It would be a pleasure to push toy army men around terrain you make.

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    1. Thanks BF, I'd be happy to push a few around any yterrain atm.

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  10. Very nice to partcipate in this forum and your reflections about small and big matters.

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    1. Many thanks Ptr., much appreciated

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