Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Graves of the Rorkes Drift Defenders -Alfred Henry Hook VC

Probably the best known defender due to the superb but totally incorrect portrayal in the film Zulu by James Booth ,in real life Hook was the perfect soldier and a god fearing tea totallar but still performed heroically during the hospital siege , he appeared to have been admired and loved by all even his monument was paid for by admirers both civilian and military  . Hooks grave is in the beautiful churchyard at St Andrews near churcham ,although it was the subject of a recent mystery when the monument disappeared only to be returned later with a claim it had been restored which I dont think happened ?.

Defenders of Rorkes Drift Graves-Coporal J.J.Lyons

A rather confusing hunt for this hero , he is buried in St Woolas Cemetary along with 2 other defenders , privates Murhy and Saxty .The grave yard is huge and none of the staff could help us with our quest after almost 5 hours hunting we only managed to find John Lyons Grave , adding to the confusion was one of the first defenders graves we visited was in Manchester belonged to John  Lyons of A company .

Defenders of Rorkes Drifts Graves -Corporal William Allan VC

Coporal William Wilson Allan was awarded his VC after being wounded and then for the rest of the fight he passed amongst the troops handing out ammo and encouragement . His grave is faily well looked after and there is small piece about hm in the old building at the entrance to Monmouth Cemetary .

Brecon Cathedral & the 24ths colours

We made a quick visit to Brecon Cathedral which contains a lot of plaques commerating the 24ths activites during the Zulu war and also have the colours of the 24th and the wreath of immortals presented after the war by Queen victoria in 1880.

Rorkes Drifts Defenders Graves -Private John Jobbins .

One of the lesser known defenders aand until recently his grave lay over grown and forgotton , group of locaal veterans discovered and cleaned up his grave and added a new stone .Its still hard to find as a large part of St Cadocs Grave yard in Travethin is very overgrown and neglected ,when we asked at the church they had no idea of who John was or were his grave lay .

Rorkes Drift Defenders Graves= Private John Williams (Fielding) VC

One of the defenders of the hospital and only 21 at the time ,he was born Fielding but enlisted under the name Williams .After holding out for an hour Williams and his co defenders ran out of ammo as the zulus burst in he managed to burst through the wall  into the next room where he found Henry Hook ,together they dug through the walls whilst taking it in turns to fight the zulu with bayonets  helping the wounded to escape . Johns Grave is very easy to find  In St Michaels church in Llantarnum , just go through the gate and its on the right and is well looked after .

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Battle of Britain board game

I have now eventually recieved decent hard plastic aircraft from Plastic Soldier Company for the Battle of Britain game , they are very good quality especially compared with the rubbish they tried to palm everyone off with originally ,so late delivery ,very poor quality ,very little info from the organisor then after waiting months the final insult was its cheaper retail than the kick starter price ?. Ive not purchased any ting from them since and wont again .Thankfully it didnt put me off kick-starters and ive had some great experiences since .I will post pictures later when I have some paint on them .

Monday, 11 June 2018

1943-45 Australian Jungle Division

Finished my Aussies for Bolt Action New Guinea campaign mainly Warlord Games with a few Artizan and Brigade Games bits .
Officer & 2 Infantry

Scout Team

Infantry Section a mix of SMG's ,Rifles and a Bren

Papuan Infantry Section

Sniper Team


Flame Thrower


Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels 
Bull Allan , a option instead of the stretcher bearers 


Vickers MMG

25pdr Short 

a TOW for the 25pdr

Matilda Frog flamethrower

Sunday, 3 June 2018

DR Who Exterminate painted stuff

Ive been very ill recently so not got any gaming in but managed to get some bits painted ,mainly for Dr Who and Bolt Action ,heres the Dr Who bits still lots to do but more than enough for a game .
Davros-Heavy Weapons Dalek -Supreme Dalek &Genesis Ark

Cult of Skaro

The rest of the Daleks plus you are no longer safe hiding  upstairs

Missy ,cyber leader , Cybermen and Cybermats


1st,4th,10th&K9 resin models

10th & companions -Rose,Martha ,Donna & Wilfred

12th & friends Clara ,Madam Vastra ,Jenny Flint & Strax


Friday, 27 April 2018

Jacobite Rebellion kick starter

A fantastic kick starter from Flags of War offering a wonderful range of 28mm figures ,well worth alook if you are looking at this period .

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

What a Tanker

Our first game of too fat lardies ,What a Tanker rule set tonight at Sheffield Wargames Society , and what agreat game it is ,fast , fun and easy to pick up after turn 2 we only had to look at the rule book once just using the quick play sheets for everything .We played 3 shermans against 2 Pz iv and a stug with the germans pinching a late win with 1 of the shermans brewing up and the other 2's crews fleeing the scene.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thud Ridge

A few pics from last nights game at Sheffield Wargames Society (well one of about 7 actually) .A 1/600th game set in the skies above Vietnam with the US Navy aircraft getting to grips with the Migs and Sams of the North Vietnamese ,loads of action with rescue missions for the downed pilots ,wild weasels and other fun stuff .