Recent activity

So, what have I been up to since my last posting?

Apart from spending five days at Blenheim Palace for the horse trials (see facebook post from my dog:, during which I drafted the rules for my new game “Bomber”,  I have been painting models and constructing terrain.

For Bomber I have been painting up 14 1/600 Lancaster bombers and some 1/1000 buildings.  At the same time I have painted 5 GHQ 1/285 Shermans and about two dozen 30mm Plastic Spencer Smith Grenadiers.  I also painted two regiments of 6mm MDF figures for ny “in period” Napoleonic games.

My new method of getting things done is to leave new purchases on the painting table until they are ready, even if I have moved on to a new interest while waiting for delivery of the models.

For the ongoing Operation Sealion campaign I have made some new hexagon tiles for the engagement at Postling (see the image with this post).  Several new hedged roads were needed for this scenario.

So, what for the future?

More MDF figures to be painted, mainly cavalry.  Bombers to be finished, and JU88 night fighters to be started.  many more 1/1000 buildings to be painted and based.  Rules for Bomber to be playtested.

A day at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Last week Lady Whiskers and I took the caravan for our annual chill-out at an equestrian three day event.  For the past three years we have visited Blenheim Palace but this year we chose Burghley House.  The camping was pleasant, although with different amenities and possibilities to those we have previously enjoyed.  For example, if you wanted 240v power you had to bring your own rather than paying an arm and a leg for the convenience.  On the other hand, the Golf Club restaurant was open to us for the duration.

Our holiday normally goes something like this:  Day 1. Arrive and set up caravan, check out what is happening. Day 2. Shopping. Day 3. Dressage, shopping, walk the cross-country course.  Day 4. Walk the course again watching the competition. Day 5. Show Jumping and more shopping. Day 6. Pack up, drive home, unpack, discover there is nowhere to put the shopping.

Saturday 5th September was the Cross-Country day, which is my favourite bit.  Dressage is interesting enough until I have seen three horses do the same dance, and Show Jumping is fun when they reach the finalists.  I managed to capture some video at each obstacle on the course over the five or six hours we were walking around (having already walked the 6.5 Km course the previous day to examine all the jumping routes and options).

Getting my excuses in early:  The video was shot with an unsupported hand-held camera  – a Fujifilm Finepix S1 – set on “auto”, amongst a crowd.  I had to grab the shots as and when I could get a view, often without knowing the rider’s chosen route.  This is my second attempt at video with this machine, and I had problems with the two zoom buttons, occasionally hitting one while trying to use the other.  It’s also my first ever use of video-editing software, which I used to trim the absolute worst and to put the jumping efforts in the correct sequence around the course. There’s still some fairly dodgy stuff there but mainly where it was all I had of a specific obstacle.

I beg your forgiveness.  I will invest in a monopod for future events.