Sunday, 4 February 2018

New Horizons!

I have seriously neglected this blog recently, having been very busy preparing for the move abroad. So much to think about, and having to let go of so much sentimental stuff to charity and recycling has left little energy for much else. The garage has been cleared, the loft is almost done, furniture has been let go to charity etc. Spanish houses tend to sell at least partially furnished, so we need to let go of more stuff yet. There is the matter of passport renewals before the price increase and currency exchange rates to keep in mind, it's all a bit daunting but nothing is going to stop us now. We are being guided by experienced professionals on both the property and currency markets so feel we are in good hands.

So where does this leave me on the hobby front? Well, most of my spare time has been spent on my English Civil War collection which now approaches 800 figures, but it's about done now and I'm going to finish it all off with magnetic basing and lining of the file boxes for travel. As part of the downsizing process I took the decision to sell off all of Flames of war collection and all of my French & Indian War collection. This might come as a bit of a shock to some, but it never really got used and the new owner has already given it it's first outing with the Sharpe Practice rules so I'm happy.

However, as painting soldiers is very much my method of unwinding and relaxing I decided to find myself a small project that will keep me painting until the move and this morning ordered two boxes of plastic figures from Perry Miniatures, the superb AfrikaKorps set and the Desert Rats set. I have never done the desert campaign but always fancied having a go and to be honest the pictures on the Perry site blew me away when I first saw them months ago. Each box makes up a platoon for Bolt Action and while I would have preferred not be sticking figures together again, I know the results will be worth it.

Well worth a look at the pics on the Perry site if you have never seen them, this will be the focus of this blog going forward. I removed the last post re F&I Wars as being no longer relevant as the game never got played, but if your into the desert campaign I hope you will continue to join me here as I build this one up.

Images borrowed from the Perry website, how inspirational is this?

Desert Rats. 



  1. With so much going on at the moment, getting into a true wargaming stride may not happen until after you move and have settled in. Best of luck with it all. I am guessing that shifting so much of your stuff - especially the FOW, was quite liberating.

  2. My favourite WWII theatre of operations... looking forward to seeing this.. and don't forget the armour/vehicles - so many characterful options... Grants, hanomags, portees, and my favourite, the Stug III's and IV's...

  3. Hi Steve, these figures have been tempting me for months now, and even though I would have preferred not to have to assemble them I simply could not resist. They have arrived and are indeed wonderful sets. I only recently discovered that Perry also sell all of the vehicles to go with them, in resin. I wanted something fresh and a bit different so this is perfect.

    Steve, on a side note I have called it a day on my Hinchliffe ECW's at close to 800 figures and don't plan to add any more. As I'm currently clearing and sorting out I find I have around 50 spare figures, mostly Hinchliffes with some Minifigs and a couple of Warriors! Can't be arsed to sell them so you are most welcome to them if you could use them, my pleasure :)

  4. Thanks very much Lee, that's very kind but, no, I have more than enough to keep me going but once again, thanks for the kind offer.. just need to get my head down and get paint on metal...