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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.'

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The shape...

... of things to come.

Not, you'll be pleased to hear, yet another boring post about the whys and wherefores of H G Wells' fiction. Mind you...I don't think I've mentioned before that I used to shop in the same Windsor store that Wells was an apprentice window dresser in - shades of Mr Polly.

No, instead, the shapes of things to come here at the Hobbit bunker:

What ? Lumps of liquorice ? 

No, some of Frontline's finest resin in 20mm. Recommended. Actually, the black, undercoated lump above will join these two below:

Either on their way to, or from, the Egyptian frontier.

Perhaps in as hopeful a mood as this chap below:

One of the few historical experiences I really do wish I had enjoyed is visiting Alexandria, not in the Classical period, when the Macedonians founded the place (did they ? Or did they just re-name it?), but in the 1940s, when it was a place of beauty, where the clear waters lapped the beaches, and Egyptian women sunbathed (yes, and wore clothes that reflected a degree of public freedom), Greek merchants sold stuff, and the Jews were still there - along with Britain and its cohorts. If you want to break your heart for somewhere you never knew, read Penelope Lively's latest.  But, it's gone, like so much else, good and bad.  I really must give up the Aussie wine.


  1. Tanks for an evocative post Al.
    Some great tanks too.Interesting thoughts re Alexandria,I think I would have liked to see the ancient library before it's demise.
    There's something appealing about ww2 (ish) Italian kit that I can't quite put my finger on.I owned 1/300 desert italians and armour and 20mmm Raventhorpe Somalia invasion Italians in th epast.Now I have the starting of it again in 20mm as Volare-Cantare,it is like old friends coming back.

    1. What will you be using the two turreted chaps up top for? They look very well.

  2. I visited Port Said and saw the Israeli bullet/cannon holes. Not quite Ice Cold In Alex but still evocative.

  3. Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair...

  4. Splendid work, I quite like some of the Frontline stuff

  5. Perhaps you've read, or would enjoy, Derek Robinson's wartime fiction. Lots of desert in there.