Monday, 21 January 2013

A few updated minis.......


Currently suffering from a chest infection that won't go away.........doc's appointment on Friday...the earliest I could get. Thought I would throw some finished pics of minis that have been in the queue for too long....

3 more Wargames Foundry gladiator miniatures




5 very old Rose Miniatures ancient Romans.....well, 2 slave girls and 3 Romans may be more accurate.....Rob at Garrison Miniatures may have these in production still




A group shot........and no, David Bailey I am not..................


 Finally picked up the last Minifigs SF piece I needed to complete the range - SF30 Earth Federation Magnocraft with Driver. It's been a long wait......the Lost Minis WIKI has the full range on show.




Below is a dwarf war wagon kit bash I started about 25 years ago....like most projects it hasn't got passed the undercoating stage.....an amalgamation of Citadel, Minifigs, Pheonix and Hinchliffe parts.....if memory serves me right.


 A couple of updated pics on the VBCW Rolls Royce conversion..............



and finally we appear to have been adopted by a local cat.......Gigi. The children love him and he has grown a lot since he first appeared........


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Shock! Horror! Games Workshop in Star Trek licence talks!!!!


Lol. You heard it hear first................................


Citadel had the licence for the first movie back in the late 70s.......30 + years on are we likely to see decent minis again following those terrible clix attempts??

Friday, 11 January 2013

Pirates I tell you.....ooh arr............


Black Tree Design have been sitting on these greens (after the color of the 2 part epoxy used in sculpting) for a few years now. Sculpted by Wojtek, a great Polish sculptor who does a lot of work now for Warlord Games.....unfortunately Black Tree don't have a release date but if you are interested please contact them and ask about them.......tell them I sent you.......I need these minis cast up.........































Wotjek was also the name of a Russian bear used by the Russian army during WW2.......




In 1942, a local boy found a bear cub near Hamadan, Iran. He sold it to the soldiers of the Polish Army stationed nearby for a couple of canned meat tins. As the bear was less than a year old, he initially had problems swallowing and was fed with condensed milk from an emptied vodka bottle. The bear was fed with fruits, marmalade, honey and syrup, and was often rewarded with beer, which became his favorite drink. He also enjoyed smoking and eating cigarettes. He enjoyed wrestling and was taught to salute when greeted. The bear became quite an attraction for soldiers and civilians alike, and soon became an unofficial mascot of all units stationed nearby. With the company he moved to Iraq and then through Syria, Palestine and Egypt.


To get him on a British transport ship when the unit sailed from Egypt to fight with the British 8th Army in the Italian campaign, he was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private and was listed among the soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. Henryk Zacharewicz and Dymitr Szawlugo were assigned as his caretakers.

As one of the officially enlisted "soldiers" of the company, he lived with the other men in their tents or in a special wooden crate, which was transported by truck. According to numerous accounts, during the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped his friends by transporting ammunition – never dropping a single crate. In recognition of the bear's popularity, the HQ approved an effigy of a bear holding an artillery shell as the official emblem of the 22nd Company (by then renamed to 22nd Transport Company).



Following the end of World War II in 1945, the bear was transported to Berwickshire in Scotland, along with parts of the II Corps. Stationed in the village of Hutton, near Duns, Wojtek soon became popular among local civilians and the press. The Polish-Scottish Association made Wojtek one of its honorary members. Following demobilization on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the Edinburgh Zoo. There Wojtek spent the rest of his days, often visited by journalists and former Polish soldiers, some of whom would toss him cigarettes, which he then proceeded to eat, because there was no one there to light it for him. Wojtek died in December 1963, at the age of 22. At the time of his death he weighed nearly 500 pounds (230 kg) and had a length of over 6 feet (1.8 metres).

The media attention contributed to Wojtek's popularity. He was a frequent guest of BBC's Blue Peter program. Among memorial plaques commemorating the bear-soldier are a stone tablet in the Edinburgh Zoo, plaques in the Imperial War Museum and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, as well as a sculpture by artist David Harding in the Sikorski Museum in London and a carved wooden sculpture in Weelsby Woods, Grimsby. There are proposals to erect a memorial in Edinburgh.

Check out the WIKI article for more info (from which this info was borrowed) and also the Daily Mail one re the Edinburgh monument......

Battlefront released a limited edition Wojtek in their 15mm Flames of War range...can't remember how you were meant to pick it up but I got mine off a trader at Salute last year.....



Friday, 4 January 2013

Indigo Prime - If I Believed - the early 90s....


Finally found a file converter that worked - http://www.pcfreetime.com/ - watch the 'freebie' uploads that you need to untick etc but otherwise did the job.

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I have a bunch more tapes that I may try and get converted....who says I won't leave anything for my children :)

Me in the 90s.....playing bass....


Badly converted .VOB file...tried a freebie converter before paying for it but the song starts halfway through and the video, without sound, starts after 3.20...then ends after 20 seconds or so...any recommendations would be appreciated :)

Anyway....if it works a little all is well until I get a better upload......I shall chase my youth more later :)


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