An occasional diary of life at Beast Towers decorated with random pictures of minor note.
The coward believes he will live forever
If he holds back in the battle,
But in old age he shall have no peace
Though spears have spared his limbs
Ever wondered what they all look like?
Are you sure you want to know?
Take a peek if you dare!
Insult Of The Day
First Impressions & Final Words 04/09/08
Ask anyone who has had their world brightened by a brush with Lord S and you will hear, almost without exception, that he is charming, witty and possessed of finely turned calves.
Ask anyone who has spent some time in Lord S's orbit and the assessment usually becomes more varied. The 'charm' &' wit' comments are still there but are usually tempered with an array of additional comments such as ?Not to be left with anyone's mem-sahib,? ?Exceptionally firm buttocks? and ?Utter cad & bounder.?
Those of us that know him professionally simply describe him as a ?Work-shy fop of the first water.?
Still, it was a shock to most of us to hear a persistent rumour that Lord S is considering retirement. When asked for a comment, Cos said, ?Retire from what exactly?? And then went on to reiterate the work-shy fop opinion, only with considerably more Anglo-Saxon language.
Despite the CoS's poo-pooing, the rumour has found fertile ground in the Public Bar of The Swollen Goat public house where it now seems to be accepted opinion that Lord S is indeed retiring and plans to spend his twilight years in Marrakesh. Or Venice. Or Shanghai. But almost definately the 1930's.
But it's only a rumour, isn't it?
Here's a picture of Lord S in pensive mood, only adding fuel to the fire.
Pre Cold Steel Big Game 06/08
On the Saturday before Cold Steel (more of which in a later update,) CoS had some chums over to Beast Towers and spent the day playing a MASSIVE game of the Great War. For some pictures, take a look here .
Here he is blowing the whistle that started the German assault....
Off To Claymore 31/07/08
Tomorrow we're off to the Claymore show in Edinburgh (Scotland,) and as usual we will be staying at Lord S's hunting lodge, Castle McStoney, enjoying the legendary hospitality of its steward, Chris McStone, and his stable boy Timmy.
Lord S has already stomped orf and is driving up in the Bristol loaded with shotguns and picnic hampers because, as regular readers will recall, Castle McStoney has one of the last free-range Haggis shoots on its extensive moorland setting and Lord S likes to get there early to get Timmy to oil his barrel.
Here is a snap of Lord S taken at last year's shoot with Chris in the background. And you thought we made this stuff up.
In this snap, again from last year, Timmy points out the Wind Farm in the distance to CoS in the foreground with fortifying pipe, and Lord S.
Here, relative newcomer to the moors, but not to shooting things, Bill from Musketeer Miniatures is instructed by Chris in the art of standing in a kilt and looking resolute.
Oh dear. Tense times at Beast Towers 31/07/08
Seems the world and his dog forgot that it was Lord S's birthday yesterday.
Oh dear. He's not very happy. Not happy at all. All we can do now is to await the inevitable revenge.
Happy Birthday Soapy! 10/07/08
Happy Birthday Soapy from everyone at the Beast.
"How old?" I hear you ask. Well, he's ten years younger than Lord S and as we all know Lord S is 39 - has been for quite a few years now - so Soaps must be 29. Again.
Today's picture is from Lord S's scrap-book and shows his 29th b'day celebrations in full swing. That's Mrs Miggins with one of her cakes in case you're wondering.
Safety First 13/06/08
Just back from a visit to Soapy's to pick up the latest 'greens' and while I was at the Design Studio (TM), had occasion to use the bathroom. Last time I was there it was a fairly neutral white & blue but this time the whole thing was covered in protective pink rubber. I commented to Soapy that, given his recent accident, I could understanding him taking safety precautions but that maybe this was a bit much? Soaps assured me that it was just lucky coincidence and that the rubber had been on order long before the accident. I left. Quickly.
On Gardening......The Thought For The Day 06/06/08
There was little choice when it came to subjects for this week's misnomer that is Thought For The Day; it had to be Gardening. Beast Towers has been consumed with talk of Gazebos and Gertrude Jekyl, Top Dressing and Tradescant. The workshop smells of peat and loam and for once it's not the straw in StuBy's room. Last night, I disturbed Lord S in the snug at The Swollen Goat to run by him a few ideas for the Thought.
My suggestions were around the spiritual nature of gardening :
?And they heard the voice of The Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,? Genesis 3:7 (I think),
or maybe Francis Bacon's observation that ?God Almighty planted the first garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures,? from the rather apt 'On Gardens'.
When asked what he thought, my brother finished his Old Todger, set down his tankard and said,
??Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees
That half a proper gardener's work is done upon his knees?
Kipling, old boy. Gunga Din? And with that he went to see if the new toothsome filly behind the bar wanted to pop to the top lawn and observe his Obelisk in the moonlight.
Well, you can't argue with that, can you?
Until next time, good day to you all,
Today's picture is of Ted, the groundsman, dealing with a nasty outbreak of cats wandering across the lower lawn.
Haughty Culture 05/06/08
or ?The Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye.? Rudyard Kipling, 'The Glory Of The Garden.'
Hard work is the bedrock of any great success. Which is why Lord S has someone to do it all for him. Just to be on the safe-side.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of The Garden. Unaccountably popular, gardening has for many become the new religion, with Garden Centres now meccas for bank-hollidaying masses, and garden TV pundits the new gurus. Even normally right-thinking chaps such as Bill ?Bill From Musketeer? Thornhill from Musketeer Miniatures are in its thrall.
Lord S has long, and loudly, dismissed the process of gardening as ?Unnecessary bending,? which might mean that his Lordship's latest stunt will come as a surprise to many. He has increased Ted's budget (Oh do keep up - Ted is groundsman here at Beast Towers.).
Two weeks ago Lord S was lucky enough to find a book in someone else's open bag on the life & works of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, 1716-1783. With a name like a chap Lord S shared a dorm with back at prep school, and thoughts of a very different kind of 'unnecessary bending,' he started to read. Several packets of Woodbines and a pipe or two of continental rough shag later and Lord S had read the book and hatched 'A Plan.' Under his direction, Ted was to transform the scrubby patch of grounds next to the skip and the old oil sump into a living tribute to an C18th dandy's very dream of an Arcadian glade. Ted said that was all very well but would play havoc with the drainage in the lower field.
Don't forget to check out next weeks Havamal for a progress update and the Coming Of Monty Don to Beast Towers. Unmissable.
In the meantime, here's a picture of Bill down at the Musketeer Allotment. He may be pleased to see you but that's a cabbage.
In an announcement entitled "Latest On Bombers & NCO's 05/06/08" that was recently added to our front page, it states that after much celebrating at Soapy's recovery "we were nursing hang-overs." Lord S wishes it to be made clear that he was not infact suffering as he was infact "Hanging over a nurse," at the time. Matron!
Return Of 'Thought For The Day by The Rev.' 16/05
I realise I have been somewhat remiss in my contributing to Havamal recently for which I apologise. In my defence I've been roped in to help with the setting up of the new Lord S Home For Fallen Women & Wayward Boys, another one of my brother's charitable works that he doesn't like to talk about. Now that things there are settling down nicely, hopefuly you should be hearing more from me.
By way of gently breaking myself back in, here is a little something about a fellow member of the cloth, the Rev. Studdert Kennedy, aka Woodbine Willie...............
Woodbine Willie 16/05/08
A shining example to us all, Anglican priest the Reverand Geoffery Studdert Kennedy was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 for being a top chap. In particular he received his award for braving No Man's Land at the height of the battle for Messines Ridge to provide comfort to the wounded, both English & German alike.
Amazingly popular with the troops in the trenches, Woodbine Willie came about his soubriquet as a result of his habit of handing out fortifying cigarettes to all and sundry. He often hobnobbed with the fellows in the front line, sharing a mug of something hot, and was also known as a fine teller of saucey jokes.
Woodbine Willie survived the war and went to work in the slums of London among the homeless, the unemployed and the war-damaged veterans. He died aged 46, mostly likely as a result of all the strengthening cigarettes.......
I'll sign off from this issue of Thought For The day with a quote from Woodbine himself, as written in his Advice To Military Chaplins. Until next time, good day to you all.
"Go everywhere they go....
Take a box of fags in your haversack and a great deal of love in your heart....
You can pray with them sometimes, but pray for them always."
Reverand Geoffrey 'Woodbine Willie' Studdert Kennedy, 1883-1929. Top Chap.
More Soapy Update
Here's a vaguely accurate artist's impression of Soapy demonstrating the extent of his injuries.
Soap's has had a bizarre, shower-based accident that has left him unable to sculpt for a few weeks. Bum. This has annoyed CoS as it mean delays in our production schedule and it causes severe 'back-up'for our release dates. Lord S is miffed because it's the first shower he's allowed Soapy to have without his personal supervision.
Here's a pic of Soaps at Salute sorting out the StuBy snacks, again just prior to doors opening.
Photos From The Edge - Salute 08
Sorry for the lack of updates - things have been a bit of a blur recently. We had Salute to get ready for, with tons of new releases, then we had to 'stock up' our new chap on the continent, Alex (or Le Chap sur le continent, as I suppose we ought to call him,) and get ready for a BEF mission to check out Carronade, a great, 'new' show in Falkirk, Scotland. Add to this all the usual mail-order plus of course the release of The Great War rulebook and we've been busy, busy, busy. Not that I'm moaning.
Salute was a blast as always. For those of you who feel they missed out, or indeed those of you who want to relive the experience, here's a pic of CoS in front of the stand in the calm before the storm just before doors opened. Caution: Bigger picture here!
Empire Buiding 18/02/08
Well I suspect you've all seen the HUGE pile of stuff we've got to get out before Salute. I can forsee weeks of late nights and early mornings. We're all very much looking forward to the Woodbine Design Company stuff (TWDC) and if any of it comes as a surprise to you chaps, imagine what we felt when the plans were revealled. We guessed something was up because Lord S only books the Snug down at the Swollen Goat for really important announcements, like the purchase of a particularly fine new cravat or Uncle Jarvis's acquital.
The actual setting up of the new company was quite straight forward, CoS informed us, as the scupltors were all keen and GB really wanted to expand into other areas of the hobby. What took the time was trying to persuade Lord S that British Empire Pink was not really the colour for the backing cards, but, do you know, he might just be right.
The Top Secret Plans for the future of TWDC are, well, Top Secret but one introduction may be a sort of Collector's Club for specialty Gentleman's Collectable type ranges such as the almost certain to be made Lord S's Gentleman's Collectable Gentlemens' Club Collectors Club. I think. Maybe.
More TWDC guff as we get it.
Happy Birthday Bill! 15/02/08
Happy Birthday Top Chum of The Beast Bill 'Musketeer' Thornhill! Let's hope the cake is large enough to hold all them candles old boy! Lord S wiishes to point out that Bill has now officially overtaken him age-wise as Lord S is, of course, merely 39. Still.
In honour of his chum's birthday, Lord S will be hosting an Official Beast Celebrates Bill's Birthday Bash tonight at Mrs Miggins's. Slice of cake and glass of sherry upon entry. Shame Bill won't be there - past his bedtime now.
Off To A Good Start...... 18/01/08
First update of the year so HNY to you all. We came back from our slightly extended Christmas break to find piles of mail-order. Add to this the preparations for the Cold Steel event and we?ve been exceedingly busy.
Cold Steel went with a swing; there will be an official report just as soon as we round up the court photographer so I won?t go on about it too much now but?.what is it with the weather?! In the summer we had Hot Lead and Evesham saw its worst flooding in 50 years; now Cold Steel and the waters rise again. Dark mutterings and whispers were heard amongst the locals at the Swollen Goat public house and it wasn?t long before popular opinion had firmly placed the comings and goings up at Beast Towers as the precursor to the water based wrath of the Lord. Representations from the town elders have been made and Lord S has given assurances that, should anything untoward happen with the Avon as a result of our forthcoming Havoc! Medieval Event (March 30th, book now, places going faster than Mrs Miggins? fresh-baked badger turnovers,) Martin Gibbins, as GB Events Director, would be burnt alive in a giant wicker effigy of Lord S himself. Most generous we thought. It certainly seemed to appeal to the village council and a nasty pitch-fork-and-flaming-brand based incident was neatly averted. Hurrah!
P.S. Ted has already started on the wicker-man. Not that we're expecting any probs, it's just rather wishful thinking on his part; apparently country folk loves a good burnin'.
Album Of The Year 2007
After last year's voting saw more rigging than the crew of HMS Victory, this year's contest has been a relatively easy affair....except that the Album of The Year is not an album but rather a demo CD by Friends Of The Bride.
Friends Of The Bride write snappy pop with snappy lyrics in a kind of indie-swing way, (no, really!) and we've got their Demo as Lord S's people are currently in negotion with the band to use their track "I've Had My Moments," as the title tune in the forthcoming byopic of Lord S's life. Currently due for motion picture release next year, the working title is "I've Had My Moments: The True Story Of A Fictional Character." No, really.
For more on Friends Of The Bride go here!.
Tish, Fi, Hogwash & Twaddle 5/12/07
Lord S has dismissed as "Twaddle" suggestions that he has been suffering from severe Mince Pie poisoning after his championship retaining performance at the opening of the Mince Pie season, held, as tradition demands, at Mrs Miggins last weekend. He has put down his less than enthusiastic performance at work this week to a touch of Gentleman's Flu, nothing more. Suggestions to the contrary are, his Lordship says, "Beyond the rabbit proof fence."
Almost entirely coincidently and not that I'm showing you this for any reason, here is a picture of the pies Lord S managed at the opening shindig.
Christmas & New Year Break - The True Story
Some of our more awake readers may have noticed that there is now a page detailing such riverting facts as our as last postage dates and our Christmas closure times. Not very exciting but here is the original version that CoS heavily edited with his War Office Black Marker......
"With Christmas fast approaching the 5 furlong marker, The Beast will struggle to remain open until early-lunch time Friday 21st December when we will be retiring to Mrs Miggin's Pie Shoppe and then The Swollen Goat Public House for the duration of the holiday.
We'll be back in the workshop, bloated & hung-over, on Wednesday 2nd January 2008. You have been warned."
Still not a very exciting read but, hey, beats working.
View From The Back Door / Warfare Weekend 19/11/07
Here's the view from the back-door of Lord S's West London Town House where we were all billeted on the Saturday night of the Warfare show.
Warfare was a great show, tremendously busy on the Saturday and not too bad on the Sunday either, thank you very much! Lord S was there but spent most of the time muttering about falling standards of dress and don't these people own ties and why did nobody stand-up straight these days and why had none of the GB staff brought appropriate hats and why had Musketeer Bill's moustache slipped side-ways onto his chin and on and on and quite frankly on. Standard.
For more Back Door action, read the Team Building report somewhere below......
Busy, busy, busy. 16/11/07
Too busy packing for Warfare for an update this week. Sorry.
First Frost'07 15/11/07
Ted took these this morning. Frosty, isn't it? Isn't it tho.
Remembrance Day/Sunday 11/11/07
Both fall on the same day this year. Lord S & his London staff will be at the Cenotaph but if there is a service at your local war memorial, please make the effort and attend.
I know you've all read it but read it again this Sunday.
Larger version here.
Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, MD was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the battle of Ypres. He died on service of pneumonia.
All Quiet On The Havamal Front 30/10/07
Sorry for the lack of updates; we've been a bit busy really. Lord S & The Rev have been up in London quite a bit helping Uncle Jarvis help the constabulary with their enquires, leaving Cos & the rest of us to get on with things. This week we've been preparing for the Crisis show in Antwerp - a trip that we are all looking forward to, partly because we haven't been to the excellent TSA show for ages and partly because afterwards we are going on a mini-tour of WWI museums. Talking of which, while closing down The West Wing of Lord S's country pile for the winter, Betty came across this picture of his Lordship's Grandfather, er, Lord S taken somewhere on the Western Front during the First World Unpleasantness. Perhaps we shall be following in his footsteps this weekend.
Quiet Week 28/09/07
Quiet week this week. Nothing much to report apart from more lovely Saxon masters from Soaps - pics on his blog. CoS has been painting more Saxons, StuBy has been casting up for Derby (which will be the first outing for said new Saxons plus bits of siege equipment that have just rather sneaked out,) Lord S has been wandering in and out (mostly out,) and the rest of us just getting on with 'stuff.'
Haven't had a picture of the grounds recently, mostly because Ted has been battling the drainage issue in the lower field - it's been very boggy since the flooding. But to mark the advent of autumnal weather in the Cotswolds, and just to prove the old boy hasn't lost his touch, here is a pic of one of Ted's faves from the green-houses. More excitement next week.
Team Building: A True Story 18/09/07
Last weekend was Team Building weekend and it was, if you will allow me to use a football analogy, a weekend of two halves. Or, as the Rev put it, a Curate?s Egg of a weekend*.
So, let me tell you about last weekend..?
Team Building Day: The Prologue
It was with much excitement that we looked forward to Friday for on Friday we would be driven down to London by Uncle Jarvis. This in itself should have prepared us for the duality of the next two days as Lord S?s uncle?s 1963 Rover P4 95 leaves much to be desired. More used to the environs of London W1, P4 has developed a cruising speed of 5mph, the tendency to stay very near the kerb on the left and the annoying quirk of the passengers door remaining ever so slightly ajar. However this does give plenty of time to enjoy Jarvis?s fund of ?Tales From The W1 Front,? as he calls them. Tall Tales of his exploits & adventures of the most thrilling sort and let me tell you, they leave very little to be desired.............
So, suitably full of unsuitable tales of London Life, and much later than we had hoped, Uncle Jarvis deposited us at Lord S?s West London Town House. Lord S was out; unavoidably detained at his club by a case of excellent White Burgundy courtesy of the Duc De Pomme Frite, one of his Lordship?s chums from his days ?On The Continent?** After a light supper, we all retired to our rooms to get a good night?s rest, ready for the fun & frolics of the morn. Oh dear.
Team Building Day 1: Task 2: Shut that door!
Six thirty we were woken by Ms. Sauron, or Hell?s Housekeeper as I?ve heard Betty refer to her*** . I suppose the hour should have rung alarm bells (sorry) but we were lulled by one of Cook?s most hearty breakfast. Ms Sauron then played us a recording left by the still absent Lord S. It went:
?What ho Chaps!
Welcome to the The Blue Lotus Seventh Annual Founder?s Day Dinner, Smoker and Win Ding??eh, what? Next week? Oh, sorry.
Welcome to Team Building. The first rule of Team Building is you?no, hang on?.got it. Unfortunately I can?t be with you today as a result of last night?s Late Evening so today I leave you all in the capable hands of Ms Sauron who will reveal a team building exercise that will bind you tighter than something bound very tightly, will meld your disparate spirits into a cohesive whole, much like the Gin & Vermouth a melded together in a truly first class Martini??..which reminds me?Betty? Where?s that Noonday Reviver?????
And what was this task worthy of Jason & His Argonauts? Fix the back-door. Apparently some local yobs, or ruffians as Lord S referred to them later, had tried to break into the basement kitchen only to be met by Sauron in her nightie armed with an umbrella & meat-cleaver. Needless to say, they didn?t hang about. I hear that one of them is still in counselling. But what they did do was make a mess of the door. So?..after a few hours O?level woodwork & general tidying up of the grounds - a job-ette that was somehow added on by Sauron (no one argued,) we were indeed a united whole; united by our disappointment. Even Chief Of Staff was grumbling. The contrast between our day & the way that Uncle Jarvis said Saturdays usually went could not have been more marked. Except of course that by the end of it we too were knackered. Hey ho.
Team Building Day 1: Task 2: Turkish Delight
Afternoon tea was served in the garden. Sauron said we were far too dirty to be allowed in the house and to be fair, we were. What we needed was a jolly good shower or better still a bath. A nice, long soak. And that?s just what we got! With, and again you?ll have to excuse the phrase, knobs on! Just as we were ready to mutiny, in walks Lord S and announces Task Two - a Turkish Bath!
So, we ankled the short distance to The Blue Lotus Club and its opulent Victorian Steam Rooms. The next couple of hours were bliss and we soon relaxed into jolly bonhomie , although before you ask, not the sort of bonhomie that Uncle Jarvis enjoys at The Savoy & Imperial. If you?ve never had a Turkish Bath, do so, especially if someone else is paying.
Supper at Simpson?s-in-the-Strand and back to the Blue Lotus & its renown Smoking Rooms. Heaven.
Team Building Day 2:Task 1: Boy's Own
A leisurely start and another of Cook?s especially hearty breakfasts**** Time for today?s first Team Building Exercise. As we had quite frankly expected, Lord S had no real ideas whatsoever and, true to form, the Task was a thinly disguised Day Out For The Chaps; A trip to the National Army Museum.
So with happy heart and heavy stomachs we set off for the not-quite-so-short walk to the museum. No wonder Lord S?s calves are so wonderfully turned. Upon arrival we discovered the museum was celebrating the relationship between the British Army & India, with plenty of themed exhibitions, hands-on displays, curry for lunch and a sitar recital. A thoroughly splendid day out and it was a happy team that prepared for the walk back to the Blue Lotus and a light supper in the Club?s Dining Room.
Team Building Day 2: Chief Of Staff's Special Task
As we were about to leave, Lord S had one final surprise, this time for Chief Of Staff. On the way out we passed through the courtyard of the National Army Museum and paused to watch a breath-taking display of Sikh Martial Arts from top practitioners Babal Fetah Singh Gatka Akhara. At the height of the sword-swirling frenzy, Lord S gave a subtle nod and two MASSIVE Sikhs with beards like cricket bats leapt into dumbstruck the audience and dragged Chief Of Staff into the ring. Here, amid the whirling blades and chanting, he was made to kneel before the even more MASSIVE Sikh head-honcho and rest his banana on the palm of his hand. Oh come on, no sniggering. A fruit. Mind you, it did look bit suspect. The leader then took up the biggest blade you?ve ever seen, was blind-folded and span any number of times on the spot by a couple of acolytes. With a ear-piercing scream the blade was brought down at lightening speed on a quite frankly too-calm-for-his-own good Chief Of Staff?s banana. With timing that beggared belief the blade stopped millimetres above Chief?s palm and the stunned audience watched in silence as the resultant two halves said goodbye to one another a tumbled in slow motion to the floor. Marvellous.
Team Building: Conclusions
So, what did we learn about Team Building?
Who knows? Lord S certainly doesn?t. But what we DO know is that you won?t find anywhere better to work than at The Beast. But then we didn?t really need the weekend to tell us that.
Team Building: Postscript
Uncle Jarvis (pictured right). was apparently lending his invaluable experience down at the local Police station on Sunday evening so we got the train home. Probably for the best.
Footnotes to Team Building
*Google ?Curate?s Egg? if, like most of us, you have no idea what he?s on about?
** Never quite sure what Lord S got up to, but those years in Europe are always simply dismissed as his days ?On The Continent,? always in quote marks, always glossed over.
*** Out of her earshot naturally, which incidentally is a distance of 2 miles, a fact discovered most painfully and now never forgotten by Soapy. But that?s another story.
**** Breakfast included Cook?s near legendary Haggis, shot, regular readers will recall, on our last sojourn North Of The Border at Castle Stoney.
Iron rods, shiney new lead & fists of steel - 3/9
Chief Of Staff is back and it?s business as usual after the fun & games we had with Lord S ?in charge.? Gone are the lunch time drinkie-poos and early afternoons; back come the early starts and the rod of iron. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Lord S has popped off back to London to get his moustache trimmed and to attend an important function; the unveiling of the new wine list at The Blue Lotus.
Work wise it?s all go. We?ve got the first few production moulds for Soapy?s amazing new Early Saxons - expect an imminent release and the first advert actually painted by Chief of Staff in a long time. We?ve also had some more Russians from Grandmaster and they too are fab . They complement his Teutonics perfectly. Not sure about the release date for these yet. Young Vega has dropped off more of his new Vikings; only a couple to go and we?ll have a great set to release. And to think these will be his first sculpts. Amazing.
Did you see that documentary on Weekend Nazis? There's been planty of discussion about it on all the forums so won't add anything here except to say that here is a cutting that we found on the editing room floor of Lord S in deep reasoned debate with one of the 'reenactor'. It's not very good quality but I think it conveys the intensity of the discussion nicely.
Holiday Snap 21/08/07
Thought you might like to see this picture of Lord S relaxing in the very smokey Smoking Room at Castle Stoney during our Claymore Expedition. The greeny-blue ambience is a life-enhancing mixture of Gauloise & Lord S's special 'Moroccan' blend.
Is this thing on, what? 13/08/07
What ho! Lord S here. Made the mistake of giving Darren the week off - some nonsense to do with his annual bath - so have had to put in the hours this week, keep the old Beast ticking over in Chief Of Staff's absence and all that. Have to say, it's been a bit of an eye opener. Did you know that Darren buys everyone a drink at The Swollen Goat every lunch time? Or that working day ends at three thirty? No, I didn't either, but according to the remaining staff, that's exactly what happens.
Many a missive has flitted into one's in-box this last week or so, mostly of an admiring nature re ones new motor car. To answer the most popular query, it is in fact a Bristol Blenheim Speedster. To answer the usual follow up, the cap is the dernier mot of driving accessories; in fact, as mots go, you can't get more dernier. So yah-boo to you.
Would just like to take a moment to publicize a good cause that will be recieving the full weigh of the old Lord S support: Over to you, ladies:
"On Wednesday 29th August the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry are giving themselves over to frivolity and partying, so I do hope that you will be tempted to join us.
We are a charity providing volunteers in times of London and national emergencies - and we have reached our centenary. Therefore celebrate FANYing in times past and lands distant - in 1930s Africa.
On Wednesday 29th August our HQ, in Westminster, will be transformed into a Kenyan parade ground. With war looming, and the African based Corps awaiting the chance of active duty, we will dance the night away, starting with an Eightsome Reel and ending with new fangled modern music such as Glen Miller and Benny Goodman."
Thank you ladies. I'm sure you will all agree, a worth cause and jolly splendid night out rolled into one. Can't wait. And in case you're wondering, and I know you are, there will be plenty of toothsome fillies in attendance for a chap to click with.
North Of The Border 02/08/07
Tomorrow morning we shall be heading North, Scotland bound, for on Saturday we are attending Claymore in Edinburgh. We always look forward to our yearly sojourn in the land of the Scots; not only is Claymore an excellent show, not only do we get to meet up with plenty of Beast Chums but we also get to stay at Castle Stoney, one of Lord S's ancestral piles. Situated within easy reach of Edinburgh, Castle Stoney and its estate has been managed by generations of the MacStoney Clan. The current Steward, Chris MacStoney guards the ancient stonework and maintains the blasted heath that houses one of the last Haggis shooting grounds still in operation. At least that's what he tells his lordship.
Beast Trivia Fact: The Estate's extensive staff includes Timmy, The Stable Lad. Timmy is a former staff member at the Beast Towers, bannished to Castle Stoney by Lord S for being far too loud and not using the correct spoon one Christmas meal. Here, under Chris's stern gaze, Timmy is again playing a valuable role in Beast Life.
Lord S has infact set off for Castle Stoney already, issuing instruction for us to follow-on with the baggage. Above, Lord S pictured leaving Evesham centre earlier today.
Hot Lead: DVD Extras 19/07/07
So far I've watched 3 progs on the tv about the forthcoming Harry Potter film - total running time 1 hour longer than the actual blinking film. All it's really done is remind me of all the ins and outs of the plot that I had forgotten from the book and thus taken the shine off what would otherwise have been an enjoyable trip out with the kids. And no doubt all those 'infomercials' will be on the ridiculuously overpriced 'Special Edition' DVD anyway. Bum.
Having said that, this update to Havamal has something of the same feel as the afore-mentioned mockumentaries being, as it is, a glimpse behind the preparations for Hot Lead, this weekends WAB extravaganza here at Beast Towers.
Beast Towers has been a hive of activity over that last few weeks - tables have been booked, scenarios endlessly discussed and tested, scenary checked and double checked, army lists scrutinised and draws rigged, er, drawn. Floors are swept and brass plaques are polished. Even the toilet has been cleaned.
There has been a slight domestic though in re the catering. Mrs Miggins was down to provide her usual selection of Badger Pies and stout sandwiches of indeterminable filling when Abdul, Lord S's Moroccan House Boy suggested that he might be allowed to provide a finger buffet of sweet-meats, stuffed dates and preserved lemons. Mrs M accused Lord S of 'Going all Mark-Anthony,' to which his Lordship issued a sharp rebuke - or at least as sharp a rebuke as any man can manage while wearing lashing of kohl eyeliner and a purple silk dress. Needless to say, the bickering went on for several days with Lord S doing nothing to resolve things - infact he seemed to rather enjoy it. In the end it was Betty who saved the day by announcing that his assistance was required to smooth some matrimonial turmoil currently being experienced by his neice who lives in Sidcombe, South Devon. This would necessitate entrusting Lord S to Abdul's care while he took his leave for a few days, including the Hot Lead weekend. And this would mean that Abdul would be far to busy pandering to his Lordship to cater for the event. Mrs M was exceedingly pleased and I believe it to be for the best. After all there is only one toilet here at Beast Towers. And I've just cleaned it.
Postscript. Only now, several days later, has the true depth of Betty's cunning become apparent. When he packed for his mercy mission to Devon, it appears Betty 'accidentally' made of with all of his Lordships socks, every last silken pair. As a result Lord S is currently housebound thus keeping both himself and the troublesome Abdul out of the way. Today the postman delvered a brown-paper and string wrapped parcel, post-marked Sidcombe, containing two pair of hose and a note saying 'For Saturday night & Sunday morning, B.' The man thinks of everything.
Busy Week 12/7/7
Busy week here at Beast Towers, not much time for any updates. The first of the new Early Saxon greens have arrived from Soapy and they are fan-tast-ic. Except they're grey which took a lot of explaining to StuBy. More are promised next week too. Can't wait,
Events Director Martin Gibbins and Darren The Beast have been busy going through the vast Beast scenary collection to ensure we've got enough for the forthcoming Hot Lead. GB events always feature at least two scenary heavy scenarios which tax Martin & Darrens' logistical skills somewhat. It all seems under control though.
Lord S has been in mourning the last couple of weeks for the death of Gottfried Alexander Leopold Graf von Bismarck-Sch?nhausen on 2nd July. He's coming round now though. "Who is this chap? Sounds like a German!" I hear you exclaim. Well, Count von Bismarck never married and left no heirs, which, according to The Rev, "Says it all really."
Picture Of The Week 06/07/07
Will you look at that? Fab. Top quality conversion & painting by Chum Andy Hawes. Read all about it on Andy's blog here.
Soggy Bottom 27/6/7
Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern that we may be suffering rain-wise in the present deluge. It is, however, under control here which is indeed unusual given the locales propensity to flooding. Even the lower field is reasonably dry. Much to Ted's obvious satisfaction, it seems the drainage issues are sorted.
Lord S is, however, back in a funk.
In a fit of what looked like post-return good-humour, he allowed the local Scouts to camp out in said lower field. Everyone thought this uncharacteristically generous and, true-to-form, ulterior motives are now apparent. It seems Lord S had been listening to the Weather Forcast on the BBC World Service, was expecting the usual boating lake in the lower field and was obviously looking forward to many a soggy woggle.
Summer Solstice 21/06/07
Caution required when dealing with The Beast today as we all had an immensely early start to see the solstice sunrise around 4:30 this morning. No early night for us either as revelries will continue after work as we cavort about the Cotswolds. To sustain us through the day, Mrs Miggins has baked us some commemerative badger pies in the shape of, er, the sun.
Test Card 19/06/07
A well watched feature of my childhood. the Test Card signalled two exciting events: either the imminent arrival of Camberwick Green, Trumpton or, joy of joys, Noggin The Nog. Or that the BBC had suffered a Technical Hitch and had had to suspend transmission of Blue Peter mid-show. Either way, hurrah!. We at Beast Towers don't have a Test Card. Nor, strictly speaking, do we ever have Technical Hitches (that we admit too.) But when I've got nothing to say here in Havamal, a picture of Ted's flowers from Lord S's estate usually does the trick. So, here are some nice flowers for you. For the more horticulturally minded reader, I think you'll find that they are know in the trade as Pink Flowers. Enjoy.
The Proverbial Bad Penny
Good/Bad News (again, delete as you see it,) Lord S has returned. When pressed about his extended leave of absence, he put it down to, and I quote, "One too many glasses of Green Faerie with a mescal worm chaser, waking up four weeks later, three time zones from the ancestral seat and with no recollection of goings on between." Crikey. Apart from aquiring a healthy tan, a new moustache and a Moroccan House Boy, Lord S appears unaffected by his ordeal although he was somewhat suprised by his fluency in Maghrebi Arabic.
To celebrate his return, Lord S is throwing a slap-up binge at Mrs Miggins'. Your invites, I am assured, are in the post.
Partizan Looms 23/05/07
Partizan this weekend and we're desperately restocking the show stand. This will be the first-show-that-isn't-Salute outing for the new set-up so will no doubt be jolly good fun. We'll actually be taking a mini versionette of the full stand as we can't face man-handling the MASSIVE cabinets up and down Kelham Hall's slippery-tile and step-infested hallways. We will have some new painted stuff on display though as Top Chum Nick Northstar will be loaning us his 'handy travel cabinet' for the day. Check it out as Darren is just baseing up Soapy's new Pict Lord in his chariot, painted by another Top Chum, Dave Blogmeister Woodwoodwoof.
Talking of Lords, thanks for all the messages of (delete as applicable) concern/support/blessed-relief over the continuing state of missingness in which Lord S is currently no doubt resting. Among his minions & retinue, concern has given way to slight annoyance at his extended absence. To say we're missing him would be going too far but he does bring a note of gaiety to our daily hum-drum. Apparently.
Today's picture comes courtesy of new Chum Eric Bonsell. It's a fig from ABR08 Arthurian Heroes and rather nice it is too. Thanks Eric.
Still No Sign 17/05/07
Not seen Lord S in the workshop for several days now. All the usual haunts have been scoured; the bookies, The Swollen Goat, The Blue Lotus Smoking Rooms, assorted back-alleys of the parish & Simpsons Chop House but to no avail. Darren has suggested that he may still be in a Grade A Funk over the 'Batman' business. Soapy thinks that maybe a mis-timed suggestion over dinner at Miggins's & in front of a dozen handsome young chums that Lord S was going a bit thin on top has resulted in a soujorn in some back street trichologist's lair. Whatever the reason, we're almost getting concerned. Almost.
Found this pic of Huscarl from AND01. Great fig isn't it?
Angus McBride 1931 - 15th April 2007
It was with great sadness that we heard of the death yesterday of illustrator supreme Angus McBride.
He was a source of great inspiration at the Beast where his combination of historical accuracy and feel for atmosphere struck a powerful chord with us all.
Angus we salute you.
A fine example of the work of the great Angus McBride.
Back To Normal 16/05/07
No shorts today & StuBy has stopped fiddling with his woggle. Even the Rev has stoppped singing. Back to normal.
PS Lord S has not been seen for two days now and Miggins is getting concerned.
We all watched 'Scouting For Boys' last night on the BBC. What a top show! The Perry's bits looked great & the rest was remarkably fascinating. The Rev particularly enjoyed the songs written in BP's honour post the relief of The Siege Of Mafeking. He's been wandering about singing:
"Hurrah! Hurrah! He saved the fort!
Hurrah! Hurrah! BP's our sort!"
to, it has to be said, a variety of different tunes.
Mrs Miggins has also been watching the Edwardian programs on the BBC. She was particularly taken with the Edwardian Supersize Me prog and this weekend is themeing her menu on those of Simpsons Chop House. So far it makes the Atkins diet look like Muesli.
Sunday Lunch Remedies
Today's post is of an educational nature and is provided by Betty, Lord S's rather incongruously named Gentleman's Personal Gentleman. Take it away, Betty;
I would like to take the liberty of passing on a recipe for reviving one's gentleman after a particularly late evening. This efficacious concoction is said to have been originally constructed by Mr Evelyn Waugh, was a personal favourite of Mr Kingley Amis and used to great effect in an age where the 'Late Evening' was considered an art in itself. O happy days.
The Noonday Reviver
1 hefty shot of gin
1 (1/2 pint) bottle of Guinness
Mr Amis says, "Put the gin and Guinness into a pint sliver tankard and fill to the brim with ginger beer. I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the attribution, which I heard in talk, but the mixture will certainly revive you, or something. I should think two doses is the limit."
I am happy to report that it has never needed more than two to right Lord S.
A Hero's Tale
You find me writing this wearing tights. Thick, woollen, grey tights. And pants. Black ones. Over the tights. I?ve taken off the mask as I can?t see too well out of it. I hate dressing up.
It all came about because this past week, Lord S was invited to a party & the invite said, ?Come as your favourite hero.? The invitation was from ?She The Master Coverts Above All Others? and so merited special attention. Naturally Lord S called all and sundry together for a brain-storming session before promptly heading up to London - a critical meeting with his tailor to choose an inappropriate check for a new suit.
At first discussion centred upon the best hero of the comic book and cult film variety, partly because that is the orbit of STMCAAO, partly because this is the sort of discussion the GB staff are particularly good at. Then the Reverend Shirley popped in, listened for a moment, and pointed out that there were too ?real-life? heroes, perhaps we should consider some of those?
Well, after we explained to StuBy that lGBHQ was hardly ?real-life? & that, even if it were, Lord S was unlikely to agree that Darren was indeed a hero and would most certainly think dressing up as him a most alarming choice, we realised that The Rev. may have a point. And so began The Discussion Of Heroes. Come mid-afternoon and we felt compelled to move to the conference facilities of The Swollen Goat public house, so that we could concentrate all the better, and fortified ourselves with Old Todger Ale and a slice of Mrs Miggins? Badger Pie.
After a few hours of spirited and somewhat rowdy debate, a vital flaw in The Rev?s argument for ?keeping it real? was uncovered. Almost none of the potentials wore a costume and since one of the prime considerations for Lord S was an outfit that would show off his firm buttocks and shapely calves, this lack of attire was deemed a disaster. With the impending return of his Lordship, all thoughts of being clever were abandoned and we hastily agreed The Batman would be the best choice. Or The Phantom. But definitely not Superman.
And so it came to pass that an outfit was assembled and all agreed that Lord S cut a suitably dashing figure no belle could resist. And then it happened. The Reverend Shirley popped in, listened for a moment, and asked wasn?t the party in Richmond-upon-Thames? Wasn?t Richmond the previous locale for GBHQ? And didn?t we have to leave Richmond PDQ after a MASSIVE social faux-pas by The Master himself? If rumours are to be believed, and why not, the natives of Richmond keep pitch-forks a-sharpened and brands a-blaze awaiting the return of Lord S. As usual The Rev spoke more wisdom than he?s generally given credit for. Blast.
So, with a truculence of heroic proportions, Lord S abandoned plans to bedazzle STMCAAO with his buttocks and to sweep her up in his cape, shed his costume and decreed that we should all take turns wearing it until he felt better. He?s nothing if not fair.
Lord S is currently in The Swollen Goat enjoying a ?Late Evening.?
Been a bit quiet at the moment in Havamal. We've been exceedingly busy with mail-order & since Lord S has been barred from the Swollen Goat for a couple of weeks, he's been in the workshop rather more than usual so I haven't been able to get at the PC. Here's something for you though. It's Lady Godiva, the historical reality version, as sculpted by Soaps for Wargames Illustrated. The fine paint job is by talented Chum Tom Weiss. Have a look at Tom's site here. Can't show you Lady Godiva, the fantasy version, as it's now part of Lord S's 'Gentleman's Curios' collection.
Well, we're back.
Not sure what we think about Salute yet. Business wise it was fab and our new stand went down well. It's just the show itself. Those re-enactors. Still not sure about the venue either, from a punter's point of view. Exhibitor wise it's a doddle to unload & load but our customers are still unconvinced by Excel..... until then here is a calming picture of some flowers taken on Lord S's estate by Ted the gardener. Soothing.
CAUTION AT SALUTE!!!!!!!!!!!
Some of the GB staff at Salute are completely knackered and will be armed with MASSIVE bad tempers on short fuses. However they are easy to spot as they all sport panda-eyes and 1,000 yard stares. Avoid them where possible. Mind you, the alternative is being served by Soaps. Oh well.
It's the Final Countdown.....
..........to Salute 2007. The GB staff have been ruining their reputations as work-shy fops this week, pulling 18 hour days getting the new Trade Stand ready for its debut at Salute'07. Obviously Lord S has taken a lead & set a shining example to the men with regular inspirational speaches from the balcony every hour, on the hour.
Here's a picture of one of the GB Berserkers road-testing a sample of the new GB Staff T-Shirt. Armanimungous.
End Of An Era 29/03/07
Tomorrow is the last day of business for Lord S's fave Coffee Emporium, Joe's Friends - just around the corner from His Lordship's West London town-house. Top Chef & Bottle Washer, Pan, has been pandering to the seriously coffee addicted for a few years now but has decided it's time to hang up his apron. However the Good News is that he is going to concentrate on his roasting - expect an exclusive Beast blend soon!
Until then we thought you might like to see this picture of Lord S desperately trying to recreate the Joe's Friends buzz in his Gentleman's Gentleman's kitchenette (his Gentleman's Gentleman is called Betty....best not to ask..)
John at Mystic Spirals just sent us this pic of a forthcoming model of Viking Loon Egil Skalagrimsson. Nice or what! Notorious axe-wielder & head-case, Egil was also a poet of high-regard - mind you, I wouldn't have told him otherwise.
Here is a sample of the great man's work:
Warrior, the wolf's fangs
You've crimsoned, the worm-season
Of the hero comes, hold
Higher the blades;
Let's race to Lund
And launch the rites
Of the battle song
Ere the sun sets.
Word! Or something.
Red Sky At Night.
It's stopped raining, Ted's sorted the drainage in the Lower Field & just look at that sunset. When he saw it, the Rev proclaimed the hoary old chestnut, "Red Sky at night, shepard's delight." Lord S muttered something about "Lucky shepard" and stomped off to The Swollen Goat for a 'Late Evening.'
Thought For Today 09/03/07
It's been terrifically rainy in the parish this week. Yesterday I was walking back from my evening sherry at The Swollen Goat public house when I bumped into Lord S, huddled in the doorway to the Mrs Miggins. He looked to be waiting a break in the rain to make the dash from Miggins's to the Turf Accountants & futhermore he looked miffed. In an attempt to raise his Lordship's spirits I quoted from St.Matthew:
"He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and send the rain on the just and on the unjust."
Quick as a flash Lord S retorted with, I think, Lord Bowen,
"The rain it raineth on the just
and also on the unjust fella.
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust steals the just's umbrella."
And with that he kneed me in the cassock and made off my brolly!
Well, you can't argue with that, can you?
Good day to you all,
Looks like rain.
Looks like we've got a problem with the drainage in the lower field, Ted.
Looks Like Snow
And snow it did.
Lord S Announces New Range!!!!
In a bold move, Lord S announced today that The Beast will be moving into Moderns! The range in question will cover the Ango-Zanzibar War of 1896. It started because of a cricket match, lasted three-quarters of an hour and there were no British casualties. Hurrah!.
Who's got the longest sword? and stuff about the war here.
Album Of The Year 2006
Hmmmm. The voting went like this:
Darren voted for Kingslayer by Grand Magus,
StuBy Do voted for the sound the bag of donuts makes in the morning,
Rev Shirley voted for Death By Sexy by The Eagles Of Death Metal,
Lord S voted for Burial by Burial.
So, by unanimous vote, official Beast Album of The Year goes to Kingslayer by Grand Magus! Well done chaps. Crate of Mrs Miggins' Finest Chutney will be on the way to you as soon as you get in touch.
Thought For Today By The Right Rev Shirley 7/2/7
Good day one & all.
One of my regulars, I mean parishoners, the aptly named Chum Verbal, once remarked something along the lines that the best trick the devil ever pulled was convincing people he didn't exist. Can't argue with that really.
Sorry For The Lack Of Updates 7/2/7
We've been busy. Lord S's has been busy with the accountants, Messrs William Hill, Ladbrookes & Tote, finalising the books for last year while eveyone else has been flat out in Arthur World. We love The Age Of Arthur here, possibly as much as Shieldwall. It is certainly the best produced of the books. Fantastic. Get one. NOW!
View From The Workshop
Early morning mistyness.
We're Back! 3/1/7
And boy is it chilly in the workshop. We've just downloaded all the mail & orders from the holiday & tomorrow should recieve all the post mail. We'll be turning on the furnaces & waking the casting trolls from their Mrs Miggins's Christmas Pudding induced slumber tomorrow so normal service should be resumed from about lunch time.
Friday Thought by The Right Reverand Shirley 08/12
Good day one and all. Today's thought comes from Chum Pan Papacosta in his book 'Calm like a bomb.' In this excellent if somewhat depressing kid's story for growing-ups, the protagonist, a bear (keep with me) comes to the following conclusion:
'Being lost was much better than being in the wrong place.'
Says it all really.
Good day parishoners!
Of Miggins & Mince Pies 2/12/06
The workshop was shut on Friday 1st December as one & all were at Mrs Miggins' Pie Shop for the opening of the Mince Pie season. By all accounts, Team GB had a rollicking good time, although Lord S did treat the revellers to a glass of Miggins's Extra Special Sloe Gin & Mulled Wine cocktail so most can't actually remember things too clearly...hic. Next event is our Winter Solstice All-Nighter, again at Mrs Miggins', for which she going to bake an enormous commerative pie in the shape of an enormous pie. Can't wait.
Friday Thought by The Right Reverand Shirley 01/12
Man can't live on Mince Pies alone but tomorrow I'm going to give it a go.
Good day parishoners!
What's All This Then? 21/11/06
Can you tell what it is yet? Answers on a postcard. Mark your entries "It's A Welsh Lord Competition" and send to Mrs Miggins.
Friday Thought by The Right Reverand Shirley 06/11
Good day one & all.
This weeks Friday Thought comes from dead Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) who said:
"Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life."
Says it all really.
Good day parishoners.
Whither Chum Brian's Blogg? 20/10/06
Talented painter, modeller & top Beast Chum Brian Phillips is in the middle of moving so has packed up his brushes for a bit. His excellent blog following his latest project, a gorgeous WAB Sassanid Persian army can be found if you click here. Updates will be flagged in the News section when he's unpacked!
Here's One We Couldn't Show 20/10/06
Here's Chum Andy Hawes's GB Arthur about to use the high ground (moral & physical) to cut -down a shiny cricket bat wielding imposter Arthur!
Friday Thought by The Right Reverand Shirley 20/10
Today's Friday Thought comes from Brother Ian Brown,
"AIM FOR THE STARS AND YOU'RE GONNA HIT THE CEILING"
Says it all really.
Good day parishoners.
"To mark the Battle of Hastings? 940th anniversary, 3,000 top re-enactors and performers from across the world will gather on the original battlefield to accurately replay the thrilling sights and sounds of the battle. Never before has English Heritage re-created the battle on this scale: William and Harold will face each other on the field of battle supported by one hundred mounted troops and fiercesome foot soldiers as they clash swords for the crown of England." So says the English Heritage web-site. What they shamefully fail to mention is that Darren Beast will be amongst the Saxons, fighting to save England. Why not go along and marvel at his enormous chopper? Check the English Heritage. site for more details of what will be a fantastic weekend. Huzzah!
Teutonics a go-go
Here's an update I cut'n'pasted from the front page before it was removed.....
Remember the picture of the green of a Teutonic Foot Knight we posted when they arrived from Rob? Well here is a casting of the same figure, painted by Chum Darrell Hindley. All here at Beast Towers are officially 'Well Chuffed' with everything about the new Teutonic ranges; the figures, the shield designs, the banners, the new horses , the painting and the forthcoming WI ad. Everyone involved has been rewarded with a special commerative horned pie made especially by Mrs Miggins. Hurrah!
Is it Christmas already? 25/09/06
Not only have Woolies got Christmas decorations for sale but the Beast has also been touched by the hand of Santa. Today I put the finishing touches to the adverts (yes, that's right, plural...) for the December issue of Wargames Illustrated. Back page goes to the Teutonic Knights looking very festive in a snow drapped pine forest. Then we have the Welsh; a unit shot of the Teulu and a pic of the amazing high command. Wait til you see them. Finally another festive shot; our church in the snow with all the details of our new premises. Oh, by the way, you'll want to buy this one and not just look at it in Smiths!
Ticket money passport. 15/09/06
Ooh, ooh, I'm so excited! We're as good as packed and ready for the off. We're not moving far but that doesn't mean there's any less packing or unpacking of vans to be done.....
Our new place is much bigger and is going to allow us to do so much more. Once we're settled, expect a few announcements.....
Just back from Claymore & a weekend in Scotland. Top fun. We stayed at Castle Stoney & were fantastically looked after by the Steward, Macstoney, and his boy Timmy. In a typically magnanimus gesture, Lord S had Rob Broom from GW Historical & Simon & Michael from Curtey's Miniatures as well as Bubba Stu, Soapy & Darren all in rooms at his Scots hall. Much merriment was had, especially on the Saturday evening when we got back to the hall from the show. Infact, most of the guests were definately suffering from 'an excess of merriment' on the Sunday and Stoney had to provide many fortifying breakfasts before we were in a fit state to depart.
On Friday we will be mostly driving to Scotland so the workshop will be shut and there will be no-one in to take your calls. The drive takes all day so Mrs Miggins has prepared us a packed lunch of Haggis Pies & Irn Bru. We will be staying in Lord S's hall just outside Edinburgh, tended with loving care by the Steward, Chris MacStoney, and are very much looking forward to the CLAYMORE show on Saturday. If you're at the show, please say hello. We will be back, be-kilted and stuffed with porridge on Monday morning as usual.
It's quiet....too damn quiet. 20/06/06
As we haven't released much new stuff in the last couple of months, we thought you might like to know what we're up to..........
Soapy got married! Hurrah! Soaps & the lovely Lucy have been to Bali on honeymoon but while not doing what newly-weds do, Soaps has started on two MASSIVE new ranges of Welsh & Picts for the Arthurian period. These ranges are being built on 16 new dollies and the first few are some of Soap's best work. These ranges will get a 'big bang' release when they are complete, hopefully in time for Christmas. Soaps will be adding to the Romano-British & German Tribes too. We have a few odds'n'sods from Soaps to release between now and then though.Watch this space...
We also have some Teutonic Knights, foot & mounted versions, being sculpted. Fur cloaks & horned helmets ahoy!
Soapy is the one on the left, in the suit.
Salute warm up
Begining to plan this years Mission to Salute. What with Triples a couple of weeks before it and our stockists in Europe after stock for their shows, I suspect we'll be casting late into the night through-outl April. And you thought this job was all glamour and free biscuits.
So what to release for Salute? We always like to have something nice to release at the show - last year it was the Thematic Byzantines & The Beyond The Golden Gate WAB book. This year we are going to release (or re-release) our range of Civilians, Livestock & Scenic Bits'n'Bobs. This will see some old faves remoulded and available for the first time in two years (or longer in some cases,) plus some great models that we have had for ages but never properly released. Full details nearer the time. I can actually tell you what we've got planned for Salute next year too but that would spoil the suprise (and you may well hold us to it too!)
Wargames Illustrated Photo-Shoot & Jolly 22/01/06
Just spent pleasant afternoon watching Darren & Uncle Dunc taking pix of Thematic Byzantines for a forthcoming article. Hard work. Luckily WI is right next to Nick 'Northstar' Eyre's gaff so we were able to drop off the latest boxed sets to Nick for distribution. In case you haven't seen these, they are boxed unit deals designed for Model & Toy shops, initially the Punic Wars range. Nick persuaded us with coffee & biscuits that we should have some complementory figures in bisters (you know, Hannibal, Scipio etc) and looks like we'll be up to that too. Not sure about blistering everything, our ranges are massive. What do you think?
Pic - Duncan of WI infamy zaps Swiss Tony at the recent Cold Steel bash at GBHQ.
Show season looms...
..and we haven't had a chance to renovate the cabinets AGAIN. Bum.
Second weekend in January and we eventually got our Christmas Dinner. Darren, Soapy & Lord S were accompanied by 16 of our chums, via the pub, to Mrs Miggins where a fine feast was had by all. Hurrah! Despite the the consumption of mead, many of the revellers were up at the crack of dawn to attend the Cold Steel event at Beast Towers, including organiser Martin 'D&F' Gibbons (who had James 'El Cid' Morris & Rob 'Basil' Broom staying on the floor of his hall) and the Patten Bros (who, despite staying up all night at Darren's Grand Hall, went on to win - see report elsewhere.) Thanks to everyone who came. It was great to see you all. Only 2 months of washing up to be done and it will be paid for too.....
Thanks To All Who Joined In Yesterday
Unfortunately the pie was all gone by 17:10.
Five Minute Silence 14/10/05
Here at Beast Towers at 17:00, Lord Sherwell & his huscarls will be holding a 5 min silence to mark the anniversay of the death on this day in 1066 of the last English King, Harold Godwinson. Please put down your tools, pints or in our case enormous choppers and mark the moment when this country went to the dogs.
On a lighter note, Mrs Miggins has baked a commerative pie in the shape of an enormous pie which we will scoff at 17:05. Hurrah!
Found it. 07/10/05
Is it just me? 07/10/05
Or does anyone else find their hackles rising when they hear that Katie Melua 'thing' about bicycles?
Has anyone seen my camera? 29/09/05
We had a work's outing to see Land Of The Dead this week. It was OK. Thought you might like to know.
Games Day 25/09/05
Just returned from Games Workshop's Games Day event in Birmingham, exhausted yet exilerated. Blimey. Plenty of interest in all things historical, Zama went down very well. 8500 people through the door certainly makes for a completely different experience to even the most thronging of wargames show. There will be pictures on the GW site eventually. Right, I'm off for a bath and a mil.spec. G&T.
Still my favorite figure 16/10/04
And a great paint job by Andy Hawes to boot.
An evil man, if you make him your friend,
Will give you evil for good:
A good man, if you make him your friend
Will praise you in every place.
Dedicated to Ed MacDonald; a good man.
We have nothing wise to say today.
Hail to the speaker,
Hail to the knower,
Joy to him who has understood,
Delight to those who have listened.
| Next Show for GB
Claymore, Edinburgh Saturday 3rd August.
Always a good show, well worth a visit to the Granton Campus of Edinburgh College, 350 West Granton Road, Edinburgh EH5 1QE.... more