I've got half a day free to paint today but I feel so ill I don't think I'm up to it which is really frustrating. Maybe I'll have a Lem-Sip and see how I feel after that!
I went to Dorking Models yesterday as I have been having difficulty getting the plastic model filler I use for the bases of my figures. Dorking is an excellent old-style model shop but really for plastic kit builders and railway stuff. They do sell 1/72 plastics and have an excellent selection of those as well as AFV models in the same scale. I'm sort of surprised they don't stock 28mm plastic figures but there is probably no space left for them (and it's probably just as well they don't!). Anyway, I picked up a couple of tubes of Humbrol's plastic filler, which is my favourite (the Revell one is a little bit too runny for bases).
You know you want it
While there I popped into Smiths and got the 300th anniversary edition of Wargames Illustrated. This really is an epic issue and reminded me, in a way, of those huge anniversary Playboy magazines from the seventies. As Guy would have said, when he was small, about a large book "Isha fudder!" Lots of interest for me in there as they have articles on the Spartans at Thermopylae, Spartacus (part of a series on last stands), Romans in Mona, a truly epic Saxons v British battle, a Dark Ages skirmish, Agincourt, the British Army from 1670-1704, ACW, Isandlwana and much more. Proportionately, not too much Flames of War, although I think from their advert in this month's issue they have just openly identified their target market for the first time. I've always had a vague thing about doing WW2 gaming, particularly in North Africa, but, from what I have seen of it, FoW suffers from the Warhammer 40K problem of too many tanks too close together and doesn't even purport to give a resonable recreation of WW2. I suppose it is directly designed to get children to move on from W40K to historicals and that's probably a good thing but it looks wrong visually for me. On a normal sized board I would imagine a WW2 game as having no more than 40 figures a side and maybe one tank.