Sunday, December 23, 2012
It has been many years since I ventured out into the 25/28mm figures, up until 2 years ago I had a quite extensive Napoleonic 25mm Army, as I lived out of town I stored my army at a friends place however the earthquakes put paid to that when the entire army was crushed by a wall collapsing in my friends home during the Second big earthquake that hit Christchurch two years ago.
We were not even allowed to go back into the house to try and reclaim clothes or belongings including any figures left intact.
Not long after I went through a period of bad health brought on by cancer and being diagnosed with early parkinson's disease, that meant any painting of a new army was out of the question; mainly due to extensive low morale (read depression) and shaking hands.
I was fortunate to have a small 15mm Napoleonic Army which was not in the house at the time of the earthquakes so it survived and with the help of a few very good friends I accumulated a few more 15mm units, but my painting standards due to shaking hands when I concentrate is abysmal so once again I gave up on painting in disgust.
Fortunately I have been blessed with good friends, and through them they have once more enthused me to go back into the 25mm armies, painting will still be a challenge but it is one I hope to master again, but the building of my armies will be painfully slow, due to the painting skills and costs of importing figures into New Zealand.
I have my first Horse and Musket figures on order (wargame factory) and are hopefully are on their way once Santa clears the backlog of parcels to go. They are to be used in my "The Vales of Lyndhurst" Blog, which is the story of the Anders family in a turbulent Mid 18th century England. The Blog is intended as a "small action/story" set in the "County of Lyndurst" unlike my other "mega' Blog http://rechburg.blogspot.co.nz/ which is a continental size wargame Blog.
The Armies in the Vales of Lyndhust will generally be very small, I am thinking at the most up to a dozen units a side at the most with the average around 6 units a piece.
The story of the blog is the discovery in the County of Lyndhurst the last remaining royal descendent, an 11 year old boy called James, the power struggles that follow as the Anders and fellow royalists struggle to protect the boy from harm and hope to get him placed back on the throne of England.
At the moment the blog is very light in substance, that is simply because I am still researching and building up a character list, so more will be added over the next week or so.
So I am sitting here scheming and dreaming about the Vales of Lyndhurst and wondering just how far around the poles has Santa gone by now, I know he wont be here by xmas and its most likely he will have to go back to get my wee men, but he better hurry.
Now by the way all I want to wish all you guys the very best Xmas and a really good and happy New Year, and keep the blogs coming, I do love them all.