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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Long time...

... no blog. Bad.

What goes on ? What do I do with all my time (the little that's left, furthermore)? I go to work, I do family stuff (being a much reduced paterfamilias), tend my allotment plot, do bits in the little garden, read books, stare into space, drink coffee, beat myself up because I don't write stuff, or go walking in the mountains, or... fail to write this blog.  But, I have done a few wargamey/kit basher/toy soldierly things since I last posted.

First off, the rotten Yankee invaders of 1812. Now I have a unit of militia finished:

 
Here they come, creeping through the forest..


 
arguing amongst themselves about the precise constitutional position their officer is in when it comes to orders...

 
The good thing is that I now have US Regulars, militia, and artillery, all ready for the invasion. On the British-Canadian side, I've only the Royal Artillery to finish.
 
On the aero-kit-bashing front, I managed, with much blood, sweat and tears, to get this kit of the Vickers Valiant finished:


It's from 'Micro-Mir' in 1/144, and it was a bit of a swine to make. A short-run kit, it fitted where it touched, and my experience with the brass photo-etch has finally decided me against photo-etch. It's just too 'flat', too finicky, too bl**dy difficult to glue. There were, for example, 18 tiny (around 1.5mm in length) bits of etch for the vortex generators on the wings. After one long session, I got all 18 fixed, but they were only barely in place, and, of course, the slightest handling led to breakage. So I cut them all off, and was later pleased to find a photo of a Valiant in Australia without the wing vortex generators!

 
Nonetheless, it's a pretty impressive kit in 1/144, and now sits nicely next to my 1/144 Badgers on the shelf.
 
Meanwhile, in garden-land, all is beauty and peace:

 
While my 'study' is all unfinished projects....





7 comments:

  1. I don't know, that's an awful long list of excuses, why not just admit that you have a real life? Nice garden btw!

    But back to 1812. The boys look good! Not sure how they are going to handle the Valiant though.

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    1. I'm good on excuses! Yes, only the Royal Artillery to go, and there might be dice-filled action!

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  2. Great looking garden and what my house would look like if I wasn't kept in order by family...

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    1. It's my tiny woodland, and unlike a certain hero I hope it will be sometime before it is said, 'he came there no more as a living man'.

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  3. You are an Englishman, it is summer and you have a beautiful garden. The solution is simple, sit in a deckchair wherever possible and read a damn good book about the summer of 1940. The modelling side can wait until the rain returns...

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    1. Thank you, kind sir! I have surprisingly comfy plastic chair in which I sit under vine and Virginia creeper...

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  4. Thanks for this post Queader! Now I've got to get on and implement more thank you..



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