Twang … Whoosh … Thwack

A treat on Amazon Prime, the original “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. Hence the title of “Twang … Whoosh … Thwack”. These were some of the sounds of my childhood as week after week we watched Richard Greene as Robin Hood outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and out shoot every archer in Medieval England.

Among all the other Robin Hoods, with the exception of Errol Flynn’s, Richard Greene is the quintessential Robin Hood.

Tonight I watched episode 4 of the first series which apart from the regular guests, also had Leslie Phillips of “well hello” and “ding dong” fame as the somewhat foppish Sir William.

What’s all this got to do with wargaming and/or Enhanced Community Quarantines? Well, I recently subscribed to Amazon Prime and there are some great time-wasters, er, I mean programs there and I must admit, they have been getting in the way of painting figures and working out the next two or three years of life (more on that in a later blog).

As for the wargaming side of things, I would be a liar if I denied thinking of the old Airfix Robin Hood set. Of course, thoughts then turned to the Sheriff of Nottingham set and the Sherwood Castle. I did have all three sets in the 1970s when I started in Wargaming The Sherwood Castle was to make a castle for 25mm Medieval games (and maybe the Robin Hood and Sheriff sets as well if I got around to painting them which I never did).

Moral of this story? Apart that for an Aussie kid the late 1950s and early 1960s were a reasonably good time, rather it is to get off your bum and get painting  (and the thinking that comes along with that).

Twang … Whoosh … Thwack

6 thoughts on “Twang … Whoosh … Thwack

  1. Doug 4 May 2020 / 12:43 am

    I remember the Nottingham Castle, but strangely enough, I don’t think I ever had the actual figures to go with it? Just Romans and ‘Britons’

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  2. Greg Kelleher 4 May 2020 / 8:31 am

    Loved Robin Hood in the 60s. I seem to remember that a young Paul Eddington played Will Scarlet and perhaps an iteration of the Sheriff. Good memories.

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    • Thomo the Lost 4 May 2020 / 8:34 am

      I will keep an eye out for him. Lady night I watched episode 4 which introduced Tuck (And Leslie Phillips of course). Richard Greene’s accent is superb as well, very much the gentry


    • Thomo the Lost 7 May 2020 / 8:08 am

      Leslie Phillips has turned up in two episodes so far playing two different characters. I have realised again how good Richard Greene was in the role although I can’t recall a bow and arrow being as noisy as his longbow. The sword fights were a bit wooden however.


    • Thomo the Lost 7 May 2020 / 9:13 am

      I noticed this morning reading up on the Robin Hood TV series that there was an earlier series on Robin Hood made in the UK with Patrick Troughton playing Robin of Loxley. Unfortunately episodes of this series have been lost in the sands of time.


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