Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Life Gets In The Way

Sadly, I haven't found time to summarise the results of the survey I ran last month because I've had more than a few real life problems to deal with.

One computer problem resulted in the loss of some important work data. Thankfully I recovered the data but it took nearly a day and a half of solid graft. I've also had to deal with a seized isolation valve leading to the hot water tank which I discovered when I tried to change the washers on a leaking mono-block tap.

Not everything has been bad news.

  • My new next door neighbour has been re-fitting his house before moving in. Our houses were built 20 years ago by the same builder using the same fittings. So I've been able to acquire a few useful (an no longer available) spares for things like my shower door and my gas fire before things went in the skip.
  • Also I got the builder doing the re-fit to replace my frozen valve and fix the tap. He managed the latter using parts from next door's unwanted kitchen tap!
  • Finally, last week my wife had a week off so we were "out and about" this sunny isle.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Painting Yellow

There's been a recent thread on WD3.4 on the basics of painting with acrylics using a black undercoat. My contribution was my favourite recipe for yellow. This is a very common problem and I thought I'd post the details here too.

It's a two stage process (at least):

  • Base coat - Vallejo Light Brown (929) which is actually an orange brown.
  • Highlight - add Vallejo Light Yellow (949) to taste for as many layers you fancy.

Both are very highly pigmented paints which cover well and, when mixed, produce a very deep and vibrant yellow which is great for small areas on 15 mm figures. It really pops. In contrast, Vallejo Light Yellow (949) looks too stark being essentially a lemon yellow.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Reader Survey - Last Few Days

Just a quick note to let you know that the reader survey will close at the end of the month. The response so far has been very interetsing and I will be posting a summary early next month.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Recent Books

I've mainly been reading non-fiction for the last few weeks and I finally got round to yet more of the my "to be read sometime" pile. Since June I have read:

LongestSiege.jpg Rifles.jpg DesertGenerals.jpg

Here are my one sentence reviews:

  1. "The Longest Siege" reads very well indeed covering the encirclement as well as the siege were the author never spurns an opportunity to praise the fighting prowess of the Australians. 7/10.
  2. "Rifles" uses an interesting literary device to provide a wonderful book on the Napoleonic wars painting a vivid picture of how the wars were fought. 9/10.
  3. "The Desert Generals" is the revised edition from 1983 were the the author provides further evidence for his devastating 1960 critique of the British campaign in North Africa and Montgomery in particular. 10/10.

The images are linked to Amazon if you want to buy a new copy but if you just want a reading copy then my used copies are yours for the cost of the postage. To arrange this just email me using the contact form in the page footer.