During the recent trip to the Ardennes, Russell and I visited the Bastogne Barracks AFV collection. I'd seen this in 2017 (see link here) when it was rather crammed into a single building. Accommodation and visibility has considerably improved (although the lighting isn't great), with the collection spread between two buildings. It's well worth a visit! I'll let the photos tell the story.
Thursday 30 November 2023
Wednesday 29 November 2023
Tuesday 28 November 2023
If building dodgy old plastic kits is ever recognised as a sport by the International Olympic Committee I think readers of this blog could put up a pretty strong team. Though turning up in a cloud of polystyrene cement fumes might cause issues with the drug testing equipment...
Anyway, on to this dodgy old kit. Purchased from the COW bring & buy a few years ago with no particular plan in mind, it seemed like a useful thing to have in stock. Inspiration struck a few months ago, meaning I'd have to build the thing.
Monday 27 November 2023
Sunday 26 November 2023
Having been reading up on the Seven Years War and its predecessor the War of Austrian Succession, it was time to carry out a review my suitable toys. There was only one possible conclusion - I needed more!
In particular I needed some Prussian cuirassiers. I took as my starting point the old Britains plastic lifeguard figures as they were helpfully already wearing breast and back plates. Suitable heads were sourced from eBay.
Saturday 25 November 2023
I'd run this battle - one of the opening encounters in East Prussian in August 1914 - several times previously using Op14 and 6mm toys on a 3x4 foot table. This time we has rather a lot of 54mm toy soldiers and a 20x20 foot floor! I used my cut-down version of Funny Little Wars, adapted for the Great War.