Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thoughts About a Stalled Hobby

The thing about hobby blogs is that if the other 99% of your real life sends you away in different directions - nothing ever gets added to the pages. Unfortunately, this is the case with my hobby of late. I haven’t painted since February and even that was a terrain piece not figures. I have no figures to paint on the horizon as well. I like looking back over this little blog because as I don't keep a diary, these little posts serve to remind me of the other things in my life which were happening at the same time. I don't really want to blog about business and family as I want to keep these aspects of my life to myself and I don't feel comfortable discussing others lives around me. They can do that for themselves if the fancy takes them.  

Anyway,  I am guessing that a year will pass before I feel the urge to continue the hobby.  Just to keep myself vaguely in the hobby I have decided to buy the Osprey Napoleonic titles which have been niggling at me to get over the years.  One of the cool things is that if you buy an Osprey Publishing Gold membership for about 90 pounds you get a 30% discount off your purchases. I am planning to spend around 600 pounds before the end of the month to snag the last of the titles so at least that keeps me in hobby territory. Once my bookcase is replete, I hope that (and the coming of spring and finally selling a business) will signal a kick starting period. I would really love to finish my Austrian army before I turn 50…..

So I'll promise myself to keep blogging about this cool little nugget of a hobby as often as a can. Next up photos of my Osprey collection?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

La Haye Sainte

Since I'm on a roll, here is my completed Sarissa Precision Waterloo farmhouse guarded by some British infantry. This was a really fun and fast project. One week start to finish.

Time Life World War Two

When I was a kid my dad and I took a trip together to Wanaka to see uncle Bert and aunty Kathleen. Uncle Bert and his brother had farmed at the back of the Mile Flat at the back of Hampden for many years. Neither had married and when Willy died,  Bert sold up and moved to Oamaru. There he met Kathleen, a retired primary school teacher and they married. Later on in life they moved to Wanaka when it was on the cusp of becoming a tourist mecca. I guess they were pretty wealthy but they lived a quiet retired life.
This story reaches this blog because on my last trip over with my dad, I spotted a shelf with about 20 Time Life books on WW2. while I was there, I read as many as I could and when it came time to go Uncle Bert gave them all to me. I was quite stunned as they were bloody expensive books. Aunt Kathleen explained that Bert had finished with them and never really got the most out of them anyway because he had never learned how to read! Anyway,  now after all these years I have dragged the entire collection from storage under the house and have put them next to my office desk. Although I have ceased being too interested in WW2 it somehow seems fitting to have them next to me. They are a personnal taonga   and a link to my whanau turangawaewae. Thanks uncle Bert!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Austrian Artillery

Christmas has come and gone and I have had time to finish my "Galloping Guns." I despaired of ever getting these chaps finished but finally the extra horses were added to the teams to make them 6. Illustrations do tend to have six horses to a team so Hat's measly 4 was too hard on the nags in my opinion. Anyway, back to work on Wednesday. The game is quickening and big things are afoot in my life for this year. Blogging may become even more infrequent. The pretend wargames table is destined to gather a little more dust methinks.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Napoleon at War

I am giving the hobby a break for a while as the year moves to its busy side. Next year will be a year of changes for the family. Among these many changes will be my oldest daughter moving off to Auckland University. Anyway, I hope to keep the hobby going in 2017 but I will sign off now with a pic of my old Del Prado Napoleon at War. Vive la Emperor!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Artillery awaiting limbers

I  guess most artillery would have had 6 horse teams so I will have to raid my spare french figures to make up for the deficit in horses. All work for the coming months.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stone House by Italeri

Today I  took a  break from figures and built up this little house. I have a dearth of houses and general terrain for my imaginary wargames table so today's effort goes some way to fixing this. It was a great little day project in between my work on the Austrian artillery. Good times!