Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Close of Our European Tour

Well, we're finally back. It's been almost six weeks since we started our vacation. It was a fabulous trip, visiting beautiful locations in the UK, France and Spain while spending time with many wonderful folk along the way. While it was a terrific spring break, I must say we're happy to be back and settling into our regular routine - and for me to getting reacquainted my hobby desk. 

It would be churlish of me not to share a few photos of our adventures so here are some selected snaps of our time abroad.

First up is our stay in the UK, enjoying the generous hospitality of Sidney Roundwood and venturing to Newark to see the National Civil War Centre and taking in the Partizan wargames show. 

Sidney Roundwood (of the famed 'Roundwood's World') as a Roundhead at the National Civil War Centre, Newark
Perry twins and Alessio Cavatore playing Bolt Action at Partizan

The curtain wall of Herford Castle - Elizabeth I stayed at the castle during her youth.

Next was a few days in Paris to catch up with friends and take in a few exhibitions.

1936 Popular Front photographic exhibit at the Hotel de Ville, Paris
Rene Magritte's interpretation of Napoleon's death mask, at Les Invalides, Paris.
Memorial to Marshal Ney near to where he was executed at the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris.

Then we set up camp near Avignon in the south of France for a few weeks, enjoying the weather, the food, drink and beautiful attractions of the region.

Entrance to the Papal Palace at Avignon, France.
Roman triumphal arch at Orange, France.

Roman gladatorial arena at Nimes, France. Amazing.
Me with original examples of 16th C 'handbuchse' siege muskets at the Musee de L'Emperi, Salon de Provence.
Captured Austrian colours at Musee de L'Emperi, Salone de Provence
Marshal Davout's dress uniform, bicorne and baton at the Musee de L'Emperi. (Yeah, whoa... I think I may have pee'd a little when I saw this.)
Jaimie, Sarah, Alice, Phil (aka 'Phillion' of 'Diary of a Gaming Magpie) and myself enjoying lunch in Villeneuve-les-Avignon

After Avignon we headed off to Malaga for a week to bask in the Andalusian sun and see the sights.

Alcazaba, the 11th century Moorish citadel in Malaga, Spain
'Paseo de Canadienses' honouring the humanitarian efforts of Dr. Norman Bethune who aided the civilians of Malaga during their horrific pursuit from the city, February 1937.

Our final week was spent in Madrid. Here we enjoyed the local tapas, churros con chocolate and cerveza.  I also met up with Benito (Anibal Invicus) and Alf (Barrage Miniatures) who were fabulous hosts. I even managed to take in a game with the guys at Club Dragon which was very impressive.

Alberto, Julio, Juanjo and Benito playing 'Sharp Practice' at Club Dragon, Madrid.

The above photos only scratch the surface of the mischief we got into, but it gives you a hint of the fun we had. Tomorrow I'll be back to work, well-rested and ready for a another stretch in the trenches, which I guess is what vacations are all about. It also means that I'll be getting back to my hobby desk, so I hope to be able to mark some progress on my various projects in the coming weeks. See you soon!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Weekend Out to Partizan

Partizan Main Hall
This past weekend we had a wonderful time travelling up to Newark to see the sights and take in Partizan.

Sidney Roundwood acted as our chauffeur, whisking us from Roundwood Towers up to Newark - a drive in which I would have been highly stressed if I had to undertake myself, so thank you again Sidney for taking that on.

The British Civil Wars
We visited the newish National English Civil War museum located in the centre of Newark. I was initially struck by how relatively small it was, but this was aswaged by the quality of the exhibits. I particularly liked the special exhibit on 15/16th century medicine, especially the books and wheelchair of Sir Thomas Fairfax and the plague doctor's creepy regalia. 
Campaign Boots of Sir Thomas Fairfax
Sir Thomas' Wheelchair that he used later in life                
Curt the Plague Doctor
We stayed at a wonderful B&B called 'The Lions' and had excellent fair at both the 'Prince Rupert' pub and 'The Rushton'. All highly recommended.

On Sunday, after a leisurely English breakfast we meandered our way to the George Stephenson Hall which hosted the Partizan show. I really have nothing to compare it with but I thought it was a wonderful event - well attended, efficiently run and with many tempting things to see and buy.
The Bloggers' Meet-Up at Partizan
There was a bloggers meet-up in the early afternoon arranged by Pete (Panzer Kaput) - thanks Pete! I had the pleasure to meet up with a few old salts from the Painting Challenge and make some new acquaintances as well. I great occasion and a fine bunch of people.
Ian showing us his amazing 6mm Greeks

6mm Madness  
 After Partizan a few of us retired to 'The Prince Rupert' for a few drinks and excellent fair to match the company.
The Post-Partizan Pub Visit (Tamsin serving as Photographer)
Below is the results of my somewhat modest shopping from Partizan, including a few lovely pieces of 'Curtgeld'.
Some Partizan Loot to Ship Home  
Kara, Indy and 'The Obliterator'      
Lovely OtterHounds from Dave (which look very similar to our 'Oscar')
Great momentoes from a wonderful weekend in Newark!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The 2016 Invasion of Europe

We're just packing up the zeppelin for our spring vacation so things may be a little quiet at Analogue Hobbies for the next few weeks.

Calling the Hanks-Campbell party...
We will be staying at Roundwood Towers for our first few days in the UK. Sidney and I plan to be in Newark for Partizan this upcoming weekend, for which I'm very excited about. I understand there is a blogger's meetup scheduled for the afternoon. If any of you plan to be at the show please look for a tall fellow with close-cropped hair and a silly-yet-strangely-fetching van dyke beard.  That won't be me - I'll be the guy next to him...  ;}> 

After the UK we're off to take Paris and after that we'll be heading south for a couple of weeks making a nuisance of ourselves in Provence. Our final leg will see us enjoying the Malaga/Granada region before a final few days of carousing in Madrid. 

I may try to blog a bit on the hoof. That is if I can figure out how to do it on my iPad without completely snapping my crayons. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Landsknechts Arquebusiers, Group Two - Work in Progress

Spring has been a little shy this year, but has finally made its appearance. Hallelujah! So while I've been making the best of enjoying the outdoors I have managed to get few more Landsknechts done for my upcoming arquebusier unit.

These four lads are Perry-sculpted 28mm models from Wargames Foundry. 

I still find the 'anything goes' styling of Landsknecht clothing to be a little daunting. Nonetheless, I've found that once I get a fix on a colour combination it usually comes together alright.

Of this group, I think the fellow with the white and pink sleeves and hose is my favourite. 

You have to figure that this guy has to be a pretty hard case to pull-off that getup...

Just one more group and I can get them based up. Hooray!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

28mm Foundry Landsknecht Arquebusiers - Work in Progress

I'm currently working on a Landsknecht arquebus unit for my Italian Wars project. The going is rather slow, but I'm plodding along at a fairly steady pace.  Nonetheless, I thought I'd post a few work-in-progress pics of the first four gunners of the group. 

I'm having fun with their riotous clothing, but I must say after doing a few figures my mind starts to turn to mush trying to think of interesting colour combinations. All I can say is thank goodness for Pinterest for providing a bewildering assortment of Landsknechts images  - I think I'd run out of ideas without some outside inspiration.

I have no idea if the trippy painted woodstocks are historically accurate, but I've seen them on other sites so I'm running with it.

There will probably be around 16 figures in the unit, all on a single base similar to my other units. I'll post the next set when they're done.

Have a great week everyone!