Monday, 2 June 2014

Nominated for a Liebster Award

Which sort of has me puzzled as I didn't know what it is

However, consulting the Gods (or Google) has provided me with some basic details and I'm happy to say "Cheers" to Mark - aka Geordie in Exile for the honour

Actually "happy" is not the right word. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I'm a bit prone to bouts of skepticality, which I blame on life and geography. There's a saying that if you boil a Geordie down to his essence you would find a cheery friendliness, but if you boil a Teessider down to his essence he wouldn't be the bit surprised at all. I'm not ready to own up to being from Teesside yet, but much of that applies. In fact I''m a MonkeyHanger and a lifelong supporter of Hartlepool United and this has left me with some fairly low expectations of what life has to offer, and I'm often not disappointed. Well, I am, but not surprised by it, if you see what I mean........

However I'm also aware that not everything that comes through the letterbox is a bill, so with that hopefully positive thought I will press on and answer the questions associated with the Liebster strain sent to me by the nominator


Why did you start blogging?

Curiosity mainly, and I suppose the vanity that somewhere someone may be interested in what I say, do and think, at least as far as wargaming goes.

If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?

Internet forums.

What is best in life?

Mrs R. Sometimes I also think crushing your opponents under your boot, raping their cattle and stealing their women is fun too, in a gaming sense. Or driving down a road on a sunny day with "Bat out of Hell" on the radio, or that first sip of beer that you have waited for all day. But the wife is probably the best thing in life for me.

Fame or fortune?

Fortune. You cant buy happiness but you can get a better class of misery if you have a lot of money. Actually a moot point as I dont expect to get either.

What miniatures are you most proud of having painted?

Hmm - interesting. Some time ago me and my mate Steve got silly with a little competitive painting and we painted some Old Glory 15mm French Infantry as a whim - or it may have been for one of those Big Battalion scale games from the guys that wrote Empire. As each time we produced a couple of figures to show to each other it became clear that we were working rather hard at beating each other. The end result was a beautiful 72 figure battalion of French Ligne. Only problem was there was a big flaw in the rules which was that although they purported to be something like 1:6 figure scale they used a variation of the Empire system which meant that to all intents you were playing 1:60 so we binned it, and the French went to a collector in the US.

How do you deal with burn out?

Do something else then come back

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

I dont own either so cant really comment

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars. I think Trek is interesting as a reflection of American self image, but to be honest neither is actually any good are they - really?

If you could only buy from one miniatures company from now on, which one would it be?

Interesting \ silly question. Ten years ago it would have been Peter Pig, because I was a big fan of AK47, and thought the Peter Pig 15mm were superb - still do. Problem is that as I get older my eyes are starting to fail and I cant see well enough to paint 15mm like I would want to, so maybe Perrys because they do some great stuff and its big enough for me to see

What is your favourite takeaway?

Currently either the "Asian Special" pizza from our local, or a nice curry

So there we go. Normal service will be resumed as soon as I'm sure what normal is


  1. You're supposed to nominate another 10 blogs.....

  2. I know - I'm compiling a list.................

  3. My bad I forgot to pass that on the last bit about the blogs Trebian