Saturday, 28 May 2016

Paint Table Saturday#134

Having safely arrived at another welcomed half term break, I had a notion to drop the suit off at the dry cleaners and have a mooch around the Sunshine Coast's mighty metropolis.  After the third attempt of trying* the enthusiasm had rather wained, but I did pop into 'The Works', on the off chance of a cheap dinosaur or two, and came across this interesting little book.  The First World War in a 100 Objects by Peter Doyle.

*Perhaps the World Health Organisation should stopping worrying about Rio and investigate what is targeting Southern Rail's drivers and guards!

Not only heavily discounted, this light read is rather nicely put together and should provide a perfect accompaniment  to my elevenses next week.  Buoyed with my find, I decided to pick up a little something for the hobby table in the shape of a rather splendid coir doormat, which I'm hoping will become wheat fields at some point in the not too distant future.
As for the paint table, well to be honest very little has happened of late, but I have started to put some paint on my Medieval Stable from 'Barrage Miniatures', more of which I will detail in a later post, 
but all too often in these periods of drought, I seem to find myself a victim of UXB** - why else would an emerging steam powered tunneller from 'Ironclad Miniatures' find its way to 'Awdry Towers'

**Unexpected buying!

60 comments:

  1. Ah yes, UXB. I know you well.

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  2. I remember going to watch "At the Earth's Core" at the pictures as a boy. The girls went to see Bambi at the same time.

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    1. A fabulous piece of celluloid history.

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  3. I've looked at that "Mole" machine several times (Salute this year being the most recent), but surely you shouldn't be starting anything now as it's "Forgotten Heroes" as of Wednesday!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. You are, of course absolutely right Roger, perhaps I'll put it away until Dinovember.

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  4. Oh, come on now - whilst the item may have been unexpected, the buying was most definitely expected. You're a gamer/painter after all :)

    Nice finds :)

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  5. Coir door mats do make rather splendid wheat/crop fields.... A quick brush over with RED and you have poppy fields!

    I wish you well with your burrowing machine, I just wish I had a use for it.... Lack of use may not stop me..... but currently I have other plans. (Muhahahahah... evil cackling in the back ground!)

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    1. Great idea for poppy fields Clint, might have to try that too.

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    1. Plenty to keep me out of mischief.

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  7. And the whole of half term stretches before you, pregnant with possibility...
    Not heard of Barrage Miniatures before, but will certainly be paying a visit to their site -that stable is very nice.

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    1. Barrage Miniatures are wonderful people, just trying to find a use for some of their boats!

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  8. You do know UXB comes in pairs?

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  9. A nice book find. I'll have to try the coir mat idea.

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    1. There are certainly quite a lot of useful posts out there using coir mats, so I thought it was worth a go.

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  10. Its great to find an interesting book and even better when its discounted. Great work on the stable.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thank you Ross, always like a discount!

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  11. Books sounds like it will be an interesting read. Lots of good projects gracing Awdry Towers this week. Love that underground tunneller will look awesome when you give it your personal touch.

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    1. I may have to put the tunneller away as Roger has just pointed out that I should be concentrating on 'Forgotten Heroes'.

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  12. Really like the stable Michael!

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  13. UXB is both a curse and a blessing as we can all attest. Looking forward to seeing the Barrage Miniatures stable completed. They make lovely kit!

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    1. You just need to watch out for the late night UXB - always tricky that one.

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  14. What a varied selection of gaming goodies and inspiration! Seems like a good day to me!

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    1. It certainly got better as it went on.

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  15. Nice book....I get the feeling that most of us gamers collect tooooo many books. I reminded myself of this when I had to tidy up again­čśÇ

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    1. Far too many Matt, far too many! ;)

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  16. I've placed many an order with firms in Uxbridge, if you take my meaning...

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  17. UXB! 1st time that I've heard that term. Thanks.

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  18. A good find with the book and the wheat fields will add variety to your table.
    Seeing your picture of Queen Victoria, reminded me it was her birthday the other day. The only reason I know this is because one of the chaps in work brought in three large Victoria sponge cakes to celebrate her birthday. Huzzah!

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    1. What a splendid tradition, many happy returns Ma'am!

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  19. The Mole machine keeps coming up on my radar - feel a pulp moment coming on later this year.
    So many projects so little time.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. I've been weakening for a while now, just need to find the time.

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  20. Some very cool projects and an inspiring read, Michael!

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  21. The tunneling machine definitely looks interesting :) Can't wait to see how you paint it up!

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    1. It does look like it will be fun, when I get around to it.

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    1. Hoping that it will become a very nice whet field, but nothing growing yet.

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  23. That tunneller looks like an awesome piece Sir! Can't wait to see it painted!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thank you Peter, I've popped it away for the moment, but looking forward to working on it in good time.

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  24. My big apology Michael, with no observed your blog before.
    Your work is a source of endless inspiration!

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    1. You didn't know this window into this ├╝lace of some of the most elaborate pieces of art in 28mm? How did you survive without this wargaming nectar?
      ;-)

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    2. Thank you Gentleman, you both very kind - now breath!

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  25. Some splendid additions, my friend. Should keep you busy during the break.
    ;-)

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    1. Thank you Stefan, I don't know where the time has gone, but I still have a couple of days left.

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  26. Great looking stable Michael!

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  27. That steam powered tunneler is quite the thing! Love it!

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  28. That book looks like an awesome find! I'm sure you will find many ways to incorporate them into your works of art.

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