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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....


  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.

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

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

    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'.

  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...

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

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