Sunday, 26 April 2015

THE BIG BLOG UPDATE!

Hello again. It's Sunday and that means that it is time to update the blog, and what better way to do that than to make today's update... ENORMOUS?

Let's start at the begining and say that it is good to be home in England again, even though I am still shattered.

I started travelling on Tuesday morning with a 7 hour plane trip from the Falkland Islands to the Ascension Islands. I then got off the plane for a couple of hours and sat in holding while the plane was refuelled etc. Then it was back on the plane for a further 9 hours, arriving at Brize Norton at around 08:00hrs. An hour messing about in the terminal, followed by an hour in an MT vehicle (being driven by a nice driver) and I was dropped off at my door. I had time for a cuppa and a quick hello to my wife and daughter before I popped into work to let them know I was home and then I was home for a few days.

Things to note:

  • I have not had a proper night's sleep since last Saturday (8 days ago)
  • I am still on Falklands time (4 hours behind UK time)
  • I am a little jet-lagged
So... that's the first bit out of the way. Next up...

...I was encouraged to go to Salute yesterday. Salute is an annual event run by the South London Warlords that is all about the wargaiming community. It was a change for me this year because I was not working on the Hasslefree Miniatures stand... I was just a punter. That meant that I could wander around and look at everything at my leisure. Here are a few of the tables that I noticed:


Battle Star Galactica (Click the Pic!)


Star Wars (Click the Pic!)


Beyond the Gates of Antares (Click the Pic!)


Alien VS Predator (Click the Pic!)


Warzone Resurrection (Click the Pic!)


Stingray (Click the Pic!)

Obviously, there were many more tables to see but I thought I'd just take a few of the ones I liked rather than spamming everywhere with too many photos to look at. On my travels, I was glad to see that the guys from Hawk Wargames had finished their spaceship for Dropzone Commander:




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It was a truly epic ship, with tens of little dropships, tanks, vehicles and other details that really made the project pop.

So... onto the next thing... what did I buy? Well... here's a pic or two:

The Miniatures: Clockwork Goblin 'Grizzly' walker, 2x Vulkan Battlesuits from Prodos, Robotic arms from Blight Wheel Miniatures, a creature from Twilight Miniatures and a pack of Angry Beavers from North Star (bought from the Dice Bag Lady):


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The food: Three lots of jerked meat from Artemis Black's:


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Other Stuff: Two dice bags from the Dice Bag Lady and also (not shown) a Salute mug which is full of tea at the moment:


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I bought the bags for my wife and daughter because they are extremely well made and I knew that they would find a use for them.

While at Salute, I met many people but due to me being so tired, I only stopped for a few moments so didn't have time for a propper chat... to be honest, I was little more than a zombie so I probably did them a favour! That said, I was very glad so see them and felt a little guilty about not spending more time with them but I was on the train home by 13:30hrs and was lucky that I didn't miss my stop (I may have dozed a little).

So... onto the hobby.

I have not done anything hobbywise yet, apart from digging out a pair of heavy weapon tractors for my finished Squat platoon and also the back-packs that I need to fit to my weapon loaders. Mind you, I have also clipped a second platoon of plastic Squats from their sprues, ready to be cleaned up and assembled for conversion... so I haven't been totally 'hobby idle'.

I think I have filled this post with enough for now. Once I have started to fill my space better at home, I will start with more hobby stuff and also get stuck into selling stuff on E-Bay... the time's they are a changin'!

See you from the open door!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Home, Home on the Range...

I have left the Falklands and am now back at home in sunny England. I got home yesterday and have been tying up a few loose ends so that I can relax for a couple of days before going back to work.

There are a few things afoot that I will share on Sunday so watch this space.

In the mean time...


See you from familiar territory!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

An interesting week

Hello again.

It’s another Sunday and time for another blog post... so what has been happening this week? 

Well, to start with, there have been a lot of arrivals and departures so I have had quite a sociable week in the bars and mess. There was a foam party on Friday in Timmy’s which was more of a light snow party but it was a good night (apart from a small amount of a disagreement I had with a para who decided to be a bit too overbearing with one of our female colleagues... fortunately, it all ended well). We also had a couple of leaving speeches (including one for me) before the foam party and the Pengie I have been working on was handed over. Here’s the finished item:

 

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I have blotted out the names again.

Yesterday we went back to Port Stanley and had a lovely meal in the Malvenas again. I had venison and it tasted superb. We all enjoyed the evening and even had time to stop on the way back and look at the stars... out here there is hardly any light pollution so you get to see many more stars than you normally would. Then it was back to the mess for a night cap. Unfortunately, I seem to be a magnet for disgruntled army chaps, as I had to tone down another drunken bloke who just appeared in our group and scared everyone off... what followed was an hour of counselling that is an hour of my life I’ll never get back...


And that has been my week. Days to do are getting few so I am now thinking about packing and sorting things out before my return to England.

I can’t wait.

See you through the veil!




Saturday, 4 April 2015

There's a change in the wind direction.

Welcome to Inso’s World again and this week I have managed to get a Sunday post sorted out for Saturday instead.

This week has been a bit of a strange one with weather demanding a few changes in the order of play. First of all, I was due to be on exercise on Wednesday but due to very strong winds, the exercise had to slip to Thursday.

The exercise was a practice evacuation for a pretend island. It was geared towards training troops to deal with evacuating civilians during a time of civil unrest and rebel actions. It was to try and replicate what may happen in real life if British citizens are caught up in fighting and need to be rescued. I played a civvy for the day and had to act out a role as a local who was glad to be leaving but had a grudge with one or two of the other evacuees. That meant that I had to do a bit of shouting and pushing and shoving and generally being a small nuisance to the troops. While this was going on, rebel forces turned up and the troops had to defend themselves while making sure we were kept safe. The cool bit was that we were evacuated by Sea King helicopter to a hangar for processing and then loaded onto a Hercules for a lap of the airfield. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take any photographs so I can’t share any of the day’s events.

All in all, it was an interesting day away from the usual sort of work I do; even if it meant quite a bit of hanging around... or ‘military milling’ as I call it.

The following day, I was due to go to Mount Usborne with a group of our lads to renovate a war memorial. We had all the equipment, paint and polish ready for the trip but this happened:




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Painting and polishing in the rain and snow wouldn’t really work so we had to scrub the trip. It looks like it will now have to wait until the warmer/dryer weather turns up later in the year because it seems that winter has finally arrived. The temperature has certainly dropped considerably over the last few days.

Fortunately, I’m only here for another couple of weeks so I won’t have to deal with too much of the colder weather. I can almost smell the home-fires burning.

See you from the airport!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A late preview

Hello again. Yes, I know it is another slightly late blog post but I have been busy. However, I have managed to finish sculpting the latest Pengie... and here he is:





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As before, I have blanked out the plaque with personal details on. I now have a week and a bit to get him painted up, ready for the handover. This time around, I am not going to be the speech giver... unlike last time. Fortunately, the speech I gave (and the little song that went with it) went well and the recipient really liked her Pengie so it was worth all the effort.

I hope to have quite a lot to talk about on Sunday so stay tuned.

See you from a Sea King!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Catch-Up Sunday

Hello again. As you may have noticed, last Sunday’s blog post never happened. That was mostly to do with not having anything to post; another work type week with little of interest to share.

Well, this week I am going to turn my attentions towards penguins or ‘Pengies’ as they are know out here.

Well a Pengie is a going home gift that is presented to work friends when they return home from the Falklands. As you will have realised, the gift is in the shape of a sculpted penguin and it is designed to reflect certain aspects of their tour. As an example, if someone ended up falling over and breaking a wrist, their Pengie may have a cast or sling. If they are party animals, their Pengie may have a party hat or fancy dress costume.

Recently, the tradition of presenting Pengies has sort of fallen by the wayside but things have picked up and the tradition has returned strongly. Now, it wouldn’t be proper if the Pengie was just handed over. In order to properly celebrate the return home, a speech is written and the Pengie is presented with a photo showing elements of the tour and the name of the leaver. This little leaving ceremony is normally held in either the mess bar or Timmy’s bar (our section bar).

Well... I was allocated a ‘victim’ who has a passion for running, cakes and wine... so here’s her Pengie: 


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I have blotted out names and dates but the purple thing on the front is a plaque detailing them. I have written a speech for her and we will be gathering in a week or so for the leaving celebration. Of course... part of the speech is a song (well... I am a karaoke fan) so I hope it goes down a storm.

I am currently working on a second Pengie that will be for a complete party animal so watch this space for pics (coming soon).

So... only a month left to go and I reckon in a few weeks I’ll have something pretty cool to share (involving helicopters, yomping and Hercules aircraft) so there should be something to keep the blog interesting.

See you from the peat-fields!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Squat Platoon.

Just a quick post to show the Squat Platoon as it currently stands:




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I still need to add a few details and some heavy weapon tractors but that will have to wait until I get home. As a result, these have now been packed away; ready for the trip home in a few weeks.

See you from the edge of reason!