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Friday, 26 August 2016

For the Alliance... or Something...

Recent purchase.

I want a unit of Fountain Guards for my God of Battles Mercenaries proxy Gondor army, and I came across these on a Buy-and-Sell Facebook page.

I included the the High Elves, just because (I have a ton of plastic Hight Elves with swords and bows, butI can always find a use for a few more metal ones with spear and shield - and the missing shields can be replaced using Instant Mold).

The Elves and the Guard with the spear/hand off are going straight into the Ultrasonic Cleaner, and I am going to have to dig through my RotK blisters to find the Fountain Court Guards I know I purchased back when they were released.

The rest of the Guards can be used as is, until I get the cleaned one and two of the NiB ones painted, then I can take one at a time out of service and get it stripped and painted, until I have one full unit nicely painted - and then it will be time to search for a few more for another unit!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

BoB Painting Club: Private Gideon Jones

I have been strugling with this little bugger since I returned from vacation; I wanted him to match the 'command section' I painted years ago for 'The Secrets of the Hidden Temple', and, of course, I had absolutely only the roughest idea about what colours/paints I used back then.

I also have no idea of the exact compositions of the colours I used on Jones, as I had to mix and match on the fly (using the approach of trial and error), which is not very effective, as the exact shade cannot be discerned before the paint has dried properly, so a highlight that looks right when painted on, actually may be too bright/chalky when dry.

Well - no colour breakdown this time, and I shall definitely NOT use this approach on any further minis from this series!

Do Not Call me Ishmael...

...and you cannot call me Al. Call me Khufu instead.

I got the first load of cobblestones (and sand) delivered yesterday, and, unfortunately, I was away fetching more soil from the recycling plant in Ringe as it arrived, and the driver unloaded the maxi-bag just in front of the garden gate, so I had to move the entire load (by hand and wheel-barrow), to be able to pass with the soil.

The other maxi-bag, containing 1.5 ton sand
for embedding the cobbles.
I managed to get the stoens moved, the soil unloaded, and get the trailer filled again on the way to Odense, as I had to pick up my wife from work.

All in all, I have now secured 3 loads (of approximately 1 cubic meter each) of soil, and I had to store it in different places around (and on) the front lawn, but I hope we have now enough for the beds that need renewal, AND the new ones that I am going to make (for some raspberries and an apple tree of the spartan kind).

Unfortunately, I fell sick last night, and I am not going to be able to do much work toda (and tomorrow - if my stomach allows it -  the girls and I are going to the International Medieval Festival in Horsens for the weekend, so there will be a lull in activities).

Well, at least I shall not have to wait for anything to arrive, before I can continue work next week...

The old sandpit, used by noone these days, was pressed into service for storing some soil.

I could not fit more soil here, as the edges contain some flower bulbs that my wife has to remove.

The corner bed, in all its newfound glory - with extra soil that has to be leveled.

And the left corner of the lawn - the only place I had to deposit some of the soil directly on top of grass.
At some point in the future, this corner will get the same treatment as the right one, so I am not too bothered about ruining the lawn.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Potato Downer

My potatoes yield next to nothing this year, which is a real downer, as I did everything as prescribed by experts - but the heavy rain that ruined the plants did so just in time to prevent them growing spuds.

When we arrived home from Catalonia/France, the vegetable garden was totally overgrown with weeds, and I have started weeding the potato patch in order to be able to put a motorized garden cultivator to use (I shall probably have to buy a cultivator this autumn, but we shall have to see about that, as the car got a problem with the transmission during the vacation, and the repair may prove rather pricey.

Garden Project Continues

Returning home from night watch this morning, I went straight into the garden to continue the work I started earlier.

First, I removed almost all the grass and other weeds from the bushes clearing, so it is ready to be used as a storage place for more new soil, which I shall fetch from the recycling plant tomorrow.

The few areas I did not touch contain flower bulbs, which I prefer to let my wife remove herself, lest I damage too many of them.

I then altered the edge of the far right corner of the lawn (it is actually a nice circle curve, but the lawn is a bit uneven). Remember, that when I lay down the cobbles (which I ordered last night and expect to receive one of the next days, along with some sand for embedding them), I am going to remove turf equal to the width of two rows of cobbles.

Finally, a view of the newly cleared bed, bushes moved, and some me-nots and small pansies I saved from the bushes clearing area.

Unfortunately, at about 9:45 a.m. rain started pouring down, so I went inside, started watching 'The Last Kingdom', and fell asleep, so I do not know, whether I could have gotten more work done (the garden looked very wet when I woke up, though, and it is raining again tonight, which leads me to believe that I have not wasted much time).

Tomorrow I shall drive my wife to work, bringing the trailer, buy a step ladder for outside use (6 steps), and fetch a load of soil. In the afternoon I then have to pick up my wife from work, and again I shall bring the trailer and get another load of soil before going to Odense. I may have to get even more soil, as our strawberry bed is also in dire needs of renewal, and I guess that the easiest way is to again dig away the top soil, fill up with new soil, and then plant the seedlings.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Another Garden Project

Most of the last week I have spent almost all my spare time in the garden; up until now, both July and August had been really bad, with lots of rain (not yielding much water, but making outside activities rather unpleasant), and temperatures under 20 Centigrades, so when we got sunny, dry,, reasonably warm weather all of a sudden, it was time to get some serious work done!

In one corner of the front yard, the lawn had been permitted to slowly invade an area otherwise reserved for flowers and bushes, because it was full of old roots from bushes cut down before we purchased the house.

The last bush from the area I cleared in June (the one with the white flowers) had to be moved to that corner, so I had to do something about the grass.

To restore the bed to its intended use, I decided to dig away the turf, and then remove another layer of soil - as I wanted to get both roots and seeds removed, to prevent the grass from just growing back in a couple of months. Of course, I also dug up the roots.

I used a string to mark the edge of the bed. It is my intention to edge the entire lawn with a double row of small cobblestones (I have given up on cleaning the old bricks I got last year - we simply have too bad weather for sitting outside with this very messy/dusty work, so it is simply not going to happen), and they are going to be placed beyond the newly established edge (I shall have to remove turf accordingly).

The turf I used in the 'driveway' to our back yard. Two years ago, the water plant people did a lot of work on two wells in our back yard, and the wheels on the heavy lorries made an indent in the lawn at this point. I am now trying to even out the surface with the excess turf from the front yard.

The bushes at the back of the bed had to be moved (the largest one was far too close to the aplle tree to the right), but first, we had to get some soil from the recycling plant (it is free of charge) to restore the surface to the level of the lawn.

The two last pictures in this post is of the bed all ready for the new soil.

The intention is to remove all the low green shrubbery of which you can see some at the front, but it is very hard work, and I shall not continue doing that right now, instead focusing on getting the cleared area fully done.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Attic Attack: Day 2, God of Battles

Ulrik and Kevin had a go at God of Battles, Ulrik commanding his LotR Dwarves, Kevin taking control over my slightly re-configured Lizardmen army-

The Reptiles advanced in force on the central rock pass.

The Skink Archer company was annihilated by the Dwarven elites...

...but then the saurus Ravagers got stuck in - and made minced meat of the Dwarves!

It was getting late, and Kevin had to leavevsoon, and with his main unit (and Priest) gone, Ulrik was not very keen on fighting on, so we left it at that.

The beads were marking Miracles on the units, by the way, in case you wonder.

Currently, I am spending all my spare time in the garden, as the weather suddenly turned almost summer-like thi week, so I do not know if I shall have any gaming related news for a while, but if we get some rainy days, I should be able to continue work on my Company of Heroes for Blood Eagle (LotR Fellowship characters), so stay tuned!