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

Monday, 28 August 2017

Treasure Chest ?

Treasure Chest ?
I'd been looking for something, (though for the life of me I can't remember what - it's an age thing) and decided to have a clear-out of the old (Ikea iirc) 'chest' that has sat above my desk for quite a few number of years (I'm guessing about ten). I had used it to store my paints in, the deep drawers being big enough for the large bottles of acrylic I tend to use.
What started as a clean out though, turned into something of a treasure trove !
So starting from the bottom drawer and working my way up here's the results of my treasure hunt:
The bottom Drawer

As expected a jumble of empty, dried out pot of paints and little else, or so I thought.









The usable meagre (very) contents
 Checking through the contents for anything that could be salvaged the photograph on the right shows the results.
Two tins of old Humbrol paints, a Foliage Factory clear orangey-red and a bottle of GW dark-brown wash - all still very much usable - score!
The small plastic rhino was equally usable (there are pygmy rhino's right ?) and the marker pen worked fine too.!
Now if only I can find the rest of the pair of compasses for the ink 'arm' !
The two centre drawers, looking better
So, moving on, the two centre drawers looked a little more promising.









Not much this time in the way of paint, but two bottles with life left  in them sufficient  to justify their rescue - a GW Beaten Copper and an Anita dark green.
The negative found I haven't a clue about (yet); the card bases were a strange size (not being my usual 20mm square, but rather a rather larger 20mm x 25mm); the paint-brush  was still in fair shape; a die - always useful but the  blister of figures looked a  lot more promising!
  The blister was indeed a tad more than promising, it was stuffed to the gunwales with all manner of goodies, as you can probably see from the photograph to the left.
Five pirates  (two cursed with 'chest-foot'), fully painted; a capstan; a ships wheel; spears, swords and shields (all looking very ancient-ty), a small pile of skulls and a ships figurehead of a mermaid!
The five pirates brings my solely pirate  figure collection to over 400!
The reason for the larger bases also  became apparent

The three disappointing-looking top drawers
I didn't think the three top drawers could come anywhere near the 'treasure' I had found in the centre drawers, but once more I was pleasantly surprised at what I found therein, and delighted to find out just how wrong I was.




The usable content of the top-left drawer

The left-most drawer had six bottles of paint (four unopened!) another die and a draft horse (I think for a 15mm ACW limber).









The centre drawer's usable contents
The centre drawer was slightly underwhelming but still contained three GW ink washes and  a bottle of "Brazen Brass; four new Stanley-style blades, a metal 'puzzle' and a random plastic bottle.
The right-hand drawer, with all the plastic bags in it though looked a lot more promising








The top right-hand  drawer.
The last drawer contained all sorts of goodies.
The two gladiators came as a complete surprise to me as I can't remember purchasing them or acquiring them at all  - or more importantly - why! They look like 54mm figures and will no doubt fit in with my collection of gladiators and gives me reason to write another post on my other blog, that has sadly become stagnant.
Contents of one plastic bag !
One of the seven swivel guns 'found'.
As well as the cocktail sticks, saw blades, card bases, various swords, a spear  and yet another shield, I had seven bags each containing a swivel gun (probably either from Redoubt or Irregular miniatures)
They'll probably get used at some time in the future and I now realise why I have so many pirate figures that seem to be just washing their hands - they're to man these swivel guns.
In addition to the swivel guns there was also a ships cannon (or as I would say it's like a ship's cannon, only smaller)



The ship's cannon. It may not look that small here....


...but compared ot one of my home-made ones.
The final haul
 So to round off I give you a picture of the final 'haul', not bad imo and probably better than some 'loot' I've ended up with after many wargame shows and I think I'm also right in the title for this post "Treasure Chest".






As I intimated in last week's  post, this was the first of three pre-planned posts, but don't expect another treasure chest!
I in other  news I'm finishing the last of terrain boards that'll be used for both "Adventures in Jimland" and pirating; when finished I'm sure it'll be fodder for another post as will my first sortie into Jimland, which is imminent!

That's it then for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit, even just to look at the eye-candy (such as it is) and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.



24 comments:

  1. Treasure trove indeed, Joe. Some corking finds there with plenty appearing useful for your pirate project amongst others :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Blaxx, I think the last time I used this box was whilst I was working on my pirate project initially, sometime around the year 2000.

      Delete
  2. I can imagine the smile creeping across your face when what started as a "chore" turned into a treasure hunt!
    Marvelous! and I just love it when something like this happens (apart from the reminder about the "age thing" - it happens a lot here too!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks WA, the more I found useful, the more I began to look like the Chesire cat, especially the painted figures!
      I have had other recentold finds too though which were not as inspiring -(e.g. approx 100 undercoated celts!)

      Delete
  3. What excellent finds Joe, I've just had a clear out of my workspace and only found broken bits and rubbish!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I have a definite advantage over yoju in that I've lived in the same house for over thirty years and probably accumulated a lot more stuff than ourself - but I'm pretty dure you'll get there too.

      Delete
  4. What a great post Joe, it was like being on a voyage of discovery with you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks you Michael, it was a definite voyahe of discovery for me and one that I thought I should share, hoping that it would be of interest.

      Delete
  5. I do love having a dig around in forgotten boxes! 400 pirates though!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehe, I'm sure we all have some hidden trasures we've forgotten about hiding somewhere. I can honestly say I knew I had quite a few pirates but didn't realise just how many.

      Delete
  6. Replies
    1. Thanks Jay, I agree wholeheartedly.

      Delete
  7. What a fantastic treasure find sir!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Michal, there were some real gemsamongst the many finds.

      Delete
  8. A worthwhile rummage. Several things I would be very happy with.... unopened paint for a start. Maybe I should look in the dark recesses and see what I can find.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yep, it was very worthwhile and finding unopened paint was a definite unexpected bonus.

      Delete
  9. Great storge box and progress Joe!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The boc is largely redundant, I doubt I can, but the contents will get a new lease of life.

      Delete
  10. Nice post, it makes sense, the swivel guns and all your hand washing figures, good timing as your back on pirates, I'd guarantee I'd only find stuff after I'd given up on the project!
    Best Iain

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Iain, I reckon they wereleft when I first gave up on the pirate project all those years ago and currently despite efforts it's again on the slow- (rather than back) burner.

      Delete
  11. Great finds. I know folks who would kill for some Chestnut Wash!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Brummie, I bought an awful lot of it the the day, and almost ran out of it - until I found the new one!

      Delete
  12. God knows what I have kicking around in my paint-room-cum-attic. Just looking at my book shelves gives me a surprise, as the amount of books I've bought and immediately forgotten about amazes me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, and you probably got alot of collecting (read hoarding) of shiny things still to come!
      As for books I too have lots and can at least (nearly) pinpoint where each and everyone of them is!

      Delete