Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August, and the Desert Bug Bites!

The Western Desert Bug has bitten hard here at the Lead Gardens...and WWII things in general. I've broken out the 15mm stuff that has been sitting in boxes for way too long in what I hope to be a brisk Fall season of wargaming despite a busy teaching schedule...but as my non-academic friends often say..."That ain't working!"

Today, I also received a shipment of 20mm Raventhorpe figures (Brits and Germans) for late WWII from RLPBS  that will be underway on the painting table soon. I'm doing small forces for the Arnhem operation using Rapid Fire.

In the meantime please enjoy some pics of a 15mm Italian artillery battery pounding the advancing Brits.

...while the Italian staff enjoy a nice meal and a fine red...

and the South African armored cars probe forward...

Mama Mia!...it's Hot Work indeed!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...

So it was my usual "Sunday-morning-the-kids-are-still-asleep-so-I-can-think-about-wargaming" time, and I was searching for uniform information for a force of colonial Sikh infantry that I'm working on...and this mouth-watering image came up on my screen.  Apparently this is a collection of around 1000!? Britans hollow cast figures that was donated to a local museum by a single family up in New Brunswick, Canada. There is only this picture on the website but any of you are up in that area it might be worth a look.

I'm sure there are larger collections out there, (Malcom Forbes comes to mind) but you hardly ever get to see images of them. The Forbes collection had nearly 100,000 figures in it but it was sold off in parts to various collectors...and sadly they don't get played with.