Monday, 18 September 2017

Skirmish 2017 (Napoleonic Special)

Last Sunday I went to the Skirmish Show in Sidcup, South East London as I had such a good time there in March earlier this year with the Zulu themed show.  This was my second wargame show in a year which I have not done for a very long time. Still as this was going to be a Napoleonic Special show I just could not wait to get there. It was a cold start to the day but I was in the hall by 9.45am.
The first thing that hit me was that there was not as many traders there in the main hall or in the lobby as there was in the March one. There seemed to be less people around this time but I thought it was early yet but they never came even when I left at 11.30.
On the wargaming side there were thirteen tables but only five were for Napoleonic’s of which one was a naval game and another one from the Skirmish Wargames - Sharpe Village in 54mm.. The other three were from the Herne Bay & Whitstable wargames Group in 20mm , North London Wargames Group 6mm Borodino 1812 and Rainham Wargame Club a 28mm game with French and Prussian troops.
Soldiers Kit
In the main hall though there was a nice display of British Napoleonic equipment and had a very nice chat with the owner. Still I did not come away empty handed as I picked up a box of French Light Infantry by HaT which have been on my shopping list for a few years now.
Next March the first special show is Vietnam but before that roll on SELWG in October.

The Gentleman is from the Crimean War



Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Model Shop, No-Way!


Last weekend I went to the Isle of Wight for a 40th Ruby anniversary of a friend staying in a hotel in Sandown. To my surprise there was a model shop called Upstairs Downstairs. It was nice to see a model shop for I have not been in one for a long time now. Upstairs there was the railway gear and downstairs the wargame stuff although this was mainly for Warhammer and Airfix kits, but there were many difference types of trees on offer and also grass tuffs of many different colours.
The shop was packed with railway scenery and looking around there were loads of products that I could of purchase.  But I did not go away empty handed as I picked up a packet of Metcalfe OO/HOs Cobblestone Builder Sheets, M0051.


There are 8 sheets of the cobblestone sheets in the pack and these are going to be used for the courtyards in my farms and for the town square.
If you are going on holiday to the Isle of Wight this summer then take a look at this shop in Pier Street Sandown, between the pier on the seafront and the main high street. If not then look at their website.I hope to go back there again but I must have some cash with me next time.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Another Great Find


At last I have found the book that I have been hunting for since it was released in 2014. 24 Hours at Waterloo 18 June 1815 by the author Robert Kershaw. The book has been researched from eyewitness accounts, diaries and letters and it gives you an hour by hour account of that famous battle from both sides. The book contains ten chapters.
I found this second  edition in “The Works” which for those of you outside of the UK, the shop sell’s mainly books at a greatly reduce price. This book retailed at £9.99 pence was on offer for just £3 and as the book is on my want list, I picked a copy up. But my review of this book will be a bit later on in the year, I hope, as I am at present reading another book, which has taking me ages to finish.

Friday, 31 March 2017

The Battle of Waterloo 2015 Commemorative Stamps

The British Post Office made a set of stamps to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
I have completely forgotten about these and I will now have to start looking for them as they do not appear on the Post Office web site now.

The landscape stamps are:


The defence of Hougoumont
The Scots Grey's during the charge of the Union Brigade
The French cavalry’s assault on allied defensive squares
The defence of La Haye Sainte by the King’s German Legion
The capture of Plancenoit by the Prussians
The French Imperial Guard’s final assault

The horizontal stamps are:


92nd Gordon Highlanders
Light Infantry King’s German Legion
Prussian Infantryman
French Imperial Guard Grenadier

These stamps look great but I have never seen them around although how many of us now receive letters in our post from family or friends? 

This one is my favourite one out of the set

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Skirmish 2017 (Zulu Special)

Today I went to the SKIRMISH 2017 Show in Sidcup, Kent promoted by Redcoat Models.. I have never been there before and I thought that it was about time that I did.
The weather was dry but dull and very windy but I managed to get up early and set off by bus to the venue. As I got off the bus in the main road, there was a clear sign to show you which way to go, and so finding the Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School was very easy.
Arriving at just before 10 am The entry fee was a mere £4 and once you left the entrance to the building you came straight into some trade stalls. 

Main Hall For traders
The layout to the show was very easy as most of the trade stalls were in the main hall. This is where the Zulu War exhibition was and it was on the stage. A nice collection of the British 24th foot uniform and weapon’s  including their kit and for the Zulu’s spears, shields and pictures.

British Infantry Kit
In the dining hall was where the wargame/demonstration games were being played  and although it was not that very busy it was great to speak to fellow wargamer’s and take a good look at their set ups.
There were two games that caught my eye the first being a large Zulu demonstration game in 1/32 scale with the building of Rorke’s Drift from 4Ground. This game was a lot of fun to watch with the Zulu’s slowly winning the game.

Maidstone Wargames Society
The other game was by the Maidstone Wargames Society a Roman hill fort being attacked by Celts in 15mm. Also in the hall was the Welling Model Club who were painting up their British Zulu figures and here I had a nice chat to two of the members. With a cafeteria in the side room in another room off the hall was a small bring and buy stall which had all sorts of things from terrain pieces, figures and books. I left the show at about 12.45am  and I must admit that I did enjoy the show and made me think of all the fun that we had when I was running a wargaming club back in the 80s.

Wargaming Hall