Friday, 25 May 2018

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Thursday, 24 May 2018

AKTION a new wargaming magazine from AK Interactive

AK Interactive have launched a new wargaing magazine called AKTION which also includes articles on Cosplay. Details can be found here.

At this moment I feel this is one to look out for, I'm not sure I'll be rushing out to buy issue No. 1. but I am interested to see what AK do with this publication.


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Kenilworth Castle, another away-day

Another away-day - this time Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire. This was the first time Sue and I have visited this site and with glorious weather and another picnic on the green we had a great day out. For full details see this post.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Resin buildings from Apocalypse Miniatures.

The resin buildings that were originally built by me and then cast in resin are now available to purchase via the Apocalypse Miniatures pages for full details see this link. the examples shown are some of the first casts by Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games and were painted by Mark Lunn.

Above; The Traders Shack - £30.00

Below; The Apothecaries Rest - £40.00

And finally for here; The Barn - £38.00

The full range of over a dozen different terrain models has recently been extended and these new models should be available soon.


Friday, 18 May 2018

The New adventures of Monkey - Netfix

Both Sue and I have been enjoying this latest Nexflix series - The New Adventures of Monkey which is a re-make of the original 1970's series Monkey Magic.

I can remember watching the original series never quite knowing what was going on. The new 2018 Netfix series is a little clearer but still remains faithful to the original story and humour. If you remember the original, do yourself a favour and tune into these 25 minutes episodes for some fun-filled nostalgia.

Details of the new series can be found here, while information relating to the original can be found here.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Shakespear's Rose Theatre to be built in York

I learnt of this ambitious project while reading a Tourist Information booklet for York. The plan is to build a reproduction of the The Rose Theatre. The building will be a copy of the 13 sided Rose Theatre first built in London over 400 years ago. It will be a temporary 'pop-up' structure constructed from scaffolding, corrugated iron and wood with a planned audience area for 950 people, both standing and seated. In addition to the structure there will be a themed park containing Elizabethan entertainment and food offerings. For full details see this link and this Guardian Newspaper article.

I initially picked up the booklet because it had a number of images that took my fancy, but once I read of these plans, I started planning an over night stay in York and looking to see which plays are being performed. In the past Sue and I have visited The Globe down in London as well as regular visits to the RSC and Swan in Stratford (in fact our plan is to visit Stratford-upon-Avon again today). We both love seeing Shakespear live and the thought of seeing a play in these planned surroundings is just too much to miss.

The building work is due to commence in June with performances booked between June 25th and September 2nd. Prices vary between £12.50 for the 'standings' and £59.95 for the seated. - having experienced The Globe, I would recommend that you try the standing area at least once. I just wish we lived closer as I am sure these performances will be fantastic.

I just can't wait to see this new attraction.

Tony (and Sue)

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Going Minimum Gauge - my latest e-bay purchase

Going Minimum Gauge - a guide to modelling narrow gauge railways of 15" gauge and under in 7mm scale by the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association, is a handbook based on the Associations members-only publications Narrow Lines. I bought myself this 1999 edition from e-bay.

The 28 page handbook is a superb introduction to this genre and although not including much on 18" gauge industrial railways (my main interest) has been a great read. My plan is to use the format/contents as a blueprint for a couple of Blog entries detailing my own OSO Salt Narrow Gauge layout and interest so look out for some new Blog posts soon.

I have in the past been a member of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association and continue to purchase odd issues of their members magazine Narrow Lines. In fact I have quite a collection of their magazines, many with comments or articles written by me and securely stored in the attic. For more details of how to join, please see this link.