Tuesday, 18 October 2016

300 posts and 100,00 visitors - a celebration and a giveaway!

Hi folks,

I'm always aware that with blogs - and hobby blogs in particular - readers tend not to be interested too much in the personal life of the blogger and more interested in the hobby side! I've always very much tried to keep my personal goings on separate, and post about important things - like toy soldiers!

To keep with that theme, here's some PSC Plastic Cromwells my lovely wife allowed me to build while relaxing on honeymoon!

Onto the smushy stuff!

Looking back, I started this blog in May 2013 - which was not too long after I had first met and started dating the lovely Mrs Madtinhatter. Coincidentally about the time of my 300th blog post and 100,000th visitor, I was doing this:

Incidentally the cliff tops where we had our wedding reception was the site of a WW2 battery of Medium coastal defence guns... The trick to successful relationships with non geeks is realising that the other party is not interested in such trivia!

So, this post is a celebration of several things. I've come a long way since that 1st post. My collection has grown along with my skill level and lead mountain. I've still a long way to go, but keep looking at those early painted models and wondering when I can fit in a touch up of them all! The other impact the blog and my hobby has had - although the support of a wonderful woman plays the biggest part - has been my improved health and quality of life. 

Thanks to everyone who has followed and visited the blog over the last 3 years (who wasn't a Russian SpamBot) and for all the support, comments and opportunities to engage with fellow hobbyists. As a token of my thanks, I was going to have a competition.

However, last time I had a competition the postage costs were fairly hefty, so I'm going to have a giveaway instead. All you have to do to enter is being a follower of the blog and leave a comment below (one entry per person, but feel free to leave multiple comments!). In November I will randomly select a name from those who are followers and have left a comment, and that person will receive a £20 gift voucher for the online hobby store of their choice - assuming said store sells online gift vouchers! Simple!

So thank you all for your support - normal toy soldier related posting will now resume!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Quiet hobby weeks - and a wedding!

Hi folks,

I'm very aware that the blog recently reached 100,000 views and 300 posts. I've a plan to hold a little competition to celebrate, but with the wedding and now honeymoon my posting and hobby efforts have been curtailed!

I've also got some info to share about some upcoming Miniature Modelling Mayhem challenges. Namely 'Novelty November' and 'Gunuary' (in January).

At the moment, I'm enjoying not being at work, dragging the new Mrs Madtinhatter around various historic Scotland tourist sites and when I have quiet time assembling plastic Cromwells!

Pics, details and such to follow!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Finished!: 1st troop of 24th Polish Lancers

Hi folks,

Not much more of an update than the one I posted on Friday! I managed to finish all of my Shermans for my first troop of A Squadron, the 24th Polish Lancer Regiment, 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade, 1st Polish Armoured Division...

Just some pictures, which hopefully show off my approach with these guys. I've tried to keep the stowage fairly tidy and uniform, as well as the use of track links on the front of the tank (other than the single tank with sandbags).

These are all 'rescued' open fire plastic Sherman V's, with a bit of TLC applied to hide gaps in the hulls, etc.

Oddly enough, while in Edinburgh at the weekend I came across this chap:

This Statue in Edinburgh of a Polish soldier and Wojtec the bear commemorates the Scottish connection with the Free Polish forces and Polish people. The inscription, touchingly, reads:

"In memory of the
Polish men and women 
who fought 
'For Your Freedom 
and Ours'"