Regular readers to '28mm Victorian Warfare' might remember the last time that I was seduced by the look of the rather splendid trees from '4 Ground', the mighty 'Oak Tree' being a case in point. You might also remember that I had decided that, whilst very lovely, they were a tad pricey and one was better off building from scratch. Well it will come as no surprise to many to hear that I have succumbed again!
Now in my defence, I was at 'Salute', I had counted up my pocket money and knowing that I was looking to create a river system what would be a better accompaniment that a weeping willow? Let me tell you, a weeping willow and three smaller willows, that's what! Before you could say, Toad, Badger, Mole and Ratty, they were paid for and in the swag bag.
As this summer's 'Witchfinder' game grew closer, I finally got around to basing them up and I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to incorporate some of the characters from Kenneth Grahame's much loved classic. Badger and Ratty are from 'Warbases', whilst Toad was a lucky find on the 'Master Crafted Miniatures' stand.* Sadly Mole is not represented, I did toy with the idea of creating a couple of molehills on the final base, but time was against me and so he remains conspicuous by his absence.
*Not sure what I am going to do with the tortoises that I picked up at the same time, but I am sure they will come in handy!
So has all this changed my opinion on the pricing of the trees? Well not really, they are very expensive for what you get, not even a pre-painted base this time! That said, they are very nicely crafted and their distinctive shape and particularly the size of the larger models really does add something to the table. So whilst I shall continue to whinge about the hefty price tag, I am thrilled to have them in my collection.
“It's my world, and I don't want any other. What it hasn't got is not worth having, and what it doesn't know is not worth knowing.”
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows