No Posts? Lazy or Busy? Olympics

Busy … and that’s my excuse.

Actually, I am on a trip back to Oz (a business trip) so away from one of my major painting piles. However, there is no real chance to paint in Oz either ((there is another major lead pile here still too)) as I have meetings organised in Brisbane (memo to self, check when the Exhibition is on in Brisbane next time before making appointments), Sydney and Melbourne over a ten-day period.

When I get back to Singapore on the 22nd I will need to spend time sorting some stuff out as there will be an accommodation move shortly.

I will, however, have some time next week to post a Work in Progress update. This will be centred almost entirely around 6mm and will contain my first experiences with etched brass.

Until then, let me just note that Channel 9 in Australia provided coverage of the Olympics for free-to-air TV and the coverage sucked. Mediacorp in Singapore did a much superior job. Well done UK however, the London Olympics shows that if you keep at something for 64 years you will get good at it! 😆

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My Loot from Salute 2012

DSC01405I enjoyed Salute 2012 and if I had an unlimited budget, I would have spent a small fortune happily. I resisted spending a small fortune on Aeronefs and Land Ironclads at the Brigade Models stand, resisted the ships at Tumbling Dice UK, the 1/300th figures at Heroics & Ros, the 10mm at Magister Militum oh I could go on. I thought, however, the sensible thing this trip was to purchase stuff that is difficult to get sent mail order, either because of fragility or weight. That really meant that I was looking at scenic items and books. That’s what I did then.

With the scenic items, I have been slowly building Soviet forces for World War 2 as well as an Hungarian force as opposition. I need buildings for the battlefields so paid a visit to Timecast who make some fine resin buildings. I ended up getting:

  • wooden cottage and barn
  • Stalingrad factory set
  • Lvov town house
  • Kharkov town house and shop
  • Rostov town house
  • Romanian church c. 1772
  • Thatched Crimea buildings

These will go with the other buildings I’ve collected for the Eastern Front battles to come.

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The other items I grabbed whilst there were printed materials – books and rules principally. I picked up:

  • First three issues of the Medieval Warfare magazine
  • a number of publications of the Pike and Shot society
  • re-joined the Pike and Shot Society after a number of years non membership
  • picked up some ancient publications from the Society of Ancients stand grabbed the CDs covering the Order of Battle of the Roman Empire for the Civil Wars 68-70 AD as well as the Ancient Strategists CD (Vegetius and Sun Tzu)
  • A copy of the Hammerin’ Iron and AK47 rules from Peter Pig

So, no figures, no time spent on the bring and buy (although I was there late in the day so maybe there was nothing there) and no huge expenditures but hey, it was a great day. There was so much inspirational stuff there in the demonstration and participation games. More on that in a later post.

Malaysia High Commission London – Services

mal_hc It seems that the Malaysian High Commission in London has been moonlighting. Entering “malaysia high comm london” results in the map to the left with additional information being displayed.

You should be able to see the “extra” service.

Seems it is a visa with a happy ending.

Thanks Scott for pointing that one out.