Wednesday 21 December 2016

Upbeat festivities

Thanks to all who commented on my previous sad post, and to those who took the trouble to write, and email, and send condolences in so many ways. Myself and my family are very grateful.

On to happier themes...
Ring out Solstice Bells!
As the year draws to a close, and the festivities begin in earnest, I'm embroiled in finishing up some wargaming bits n bobs before the clan arrives for Christmas.
So, my workbench is covered in units at various stages of finishing and basing.

Royal Ecossais, Prussian Grenadiers 5/20 (Jung Billerbeck), and Austrian Grenadiers are in view, as well as a French brigade commander.

Like many, I'm also eagerly awaiting some parcels - it's that time of year, isn't it?!
I decided to treat myself to something new for the season - just reading matter, but it will be easy to retreat behind the bastions of a hobby-related book while others are engaged in the offerings on the box.

This year, I can look back with some satisfaction at painting output, with a mix of 18th Century, Colonial, and Ancients all receiving attention.

Next year, more of the same - I'll finish the Macedonian army; add to the Colonial madness; and the 18C stuff may even get to the stage where it is ready to see the light of day at a show.
I'm also toying with the idea of a little adventure into something new, and very different. I'm at the exciting stage of sourcing figures, rules and other project paraphernalia (sniffing out lists, assessing ranges, and ogling stuff on the web and facebook groups for inspiration and ideas).

And finally, to all who have visited the blog this year, let me take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.


  1. Merry Christmas, Phil! Thanks or another interesting year of inspiration.

    Best Regards,


  2. Merry Christmas to you too Phil, splendid minis here!

  3. Merry Christmas Phil, lots to look forward to next year. :)

  4. A Merry Christmas to you and your, Tony

  5. Merry Christmas Phil and may those parcels arrive a damned sight quicker than mine over here in Australia. Bloody mail is driving me crazy. All the best mate.

  6. Merry Christmas/ Yuletide Greetings, Phil, to you and your loved ones! Thankyou so much for providing some interesting reading & inspiring photos over the year. All the best for 2017. Cheers, Rohan.

  7. And the same from me as all the others have said Phil. Thanks for your continuous blog output besides being so busy in other aspects of your life, but uh-oh.....we've a heard this before "something new and very different". Your blog posts are like a page turning novel......
    Best wishes for 2017

  8. Merry Christmas Phil. Enjoy the season as much as able and I'm looking forward to seeing more of these excellent figures in the new year.

  9. Merry Christmas Phil, look forward to seeing your wonderful collection grow.

    All the best