17 Aug 2016

Normandy Beaches - D-Day tour

Another summer trip, this time a guided tour of the Normandy beaches including a stopoff in Portsmouth to see Southwick House where the invasion was planned and where the decision to "go" was taken.

Here are the photos:


The invasion map at Southwick House - made by workers from a jigsaw making company in the Midlands

Pegasus Bridge - the new version (the old one was too small for modern traffic so has been replaced and is kept off to the right of this photo)


Cafe Gondrian. Painting tips if you have one yourself


The plastic chairs are not very WW2 vintage


 Looking back across the bridge to the 50mm gun position on the far side.


Not been repainted since the war...?


Sword Beach


Juno Beach


Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach


Sherman at Gold Beach. I think this is a Jumbo?


10 Aug 2016

More Dead Mans hand....

Just a random game from the club - buying those buildings sure is addictive...






Don't forget, this site also has a Cowboy Name Generator so you can easily cook up your own gang...

7 Aug 2016

RIAT 2016 - the RAF Fairford Airshow

In July I just happened to be on holiday and staying in Cheltenham when the RAF Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo took place... and so a visit to it somehow snuck onto the week's agenda...

Here are some of the photos and videos from Europe's (or possibly the worlds) best military Airshow.

F16 lineup with some Mirages too


The A400M is big...


 USMC V22 Osprey

Tigermeet F16


 A400M's ridiculous display


A line of multinational Typhoons


More Typhoons (well, the same lot from a different angle)


Subtle squadron mottos #134


Greece - still flying the F4


View from the top of the aircraft steps


Same, but seconds later...


Erm... probably a Typhoon?


Typhoon, F35 and the Red Arrows in formation


And slightly nearer...

And hen going away..

F35B in hover mode.  
 Hopefully a video /..

F35B


F35A

Both flavours together

The Red Arrows


Both F35's, B in the foreground


The Red Arrows.  All 10 of them....

F22 Raptors
F22's again.

1 Aug 2016

Slate Ridge Mauler

Given the summer, painting and writing up match reports have taken a bit of a back seat to sitting in the garden and drinking imported session IPA whilst grilling chunks of chicken on the bbq.

However, in the midst of all of this excitement, a Malifaux monster, in the shape of the Slate Ridge Mauler has taken to the tabletop.

Mounted on a 50mm round base and pinned to a chip of actual slate (which was surprisingly easy to drill) he and his 4 arms are ready to appear sporadically when I next get in a game and want to try out what is often regarded as an under powered but potentially situationally useful model.


Grrrr!

6 Jul 2016

Saumur Tank Museum

The Musée des Blindés tank museum in the Loire Valley town of Saumur is one of the world's largest tank museums - and I managed to take a load of photos there a couple of weeks ago!


According to Wikipedia the museum has the world's largest collection of armoured fighting vehicles with over 880 vehicles, although less than a quarter are exhibited. Over 200 of the vehicles are fully functional, including the only surviving German Tiger II tank still in full working order!




1 Jul 2016

Gordon Bennett, it's El Sid! 5 more ADLG Reports

ADLG has reinvigorated a whole host of previously little-seen armies and figures, and next up on the rehabilitation trail are some Two Dragons Normans (and dubiously Viking-esque Almughavar morphs) who take part as a Feudal Spanish army in 5 games of 300 point large-army L'Art de la Guerre 15mm action at the 2016 BHGS Challenge.

Marvel at how these brave Norman-esque warriors emerge blinking into the light after so many years with flocked (rather than more modern grass tufted) bases.


Thrill as they double-base themselves to form ADLG units.


Gasp in horror as they still appear to have learnt nothing about tactics and planning despite their years of free time in which to study the classic military manuals.


And chortle with smutty delight as El Sid James provides the General's Commentary in all 5 match reports

16 Jun 2016

Piracy on the high seas of... Leighton Buzzard!

Leighton Buzzard is not normally associated with Piracy on the high seas, nor is it twinned with any exotic ex-Colonial cities from far flung continents (although being twinned with a town called Titisee is admittedly vaguely amusing).



But, even so it was the venue for the latest round of the UK FoGR One-Day Competition ....and so on a bright Sunday morning my Buccaneers yet again took to the table in a flurry of bad dice, even worse puns, and some oddly appropriate commentary on lawn care !


Read on for all three reports!

12 Jun 2016

Near-future Sci Fi Mechs from e4M's plastic Mech box

Here are some shots of e4M's super-cheap plastic Mechs, sized as 28mm stormtroopers but great as monster Mechs for 6mm. They are painted but not quite finished.




I'm not yet not sure about adding an Army Painter coat to them (I probably will though).

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