Monday 26 November 2018

A vanity Noggin the Nog sculpt now cast up.....vanity we tells you!

Some years back, Pete Brown of The Mouldmaker mentioned his love of Noggin the Nog in a Facebook (I think) conversation and I got to thinking that there were no sculpts for this immortal series.......sooooooooooo.....I threw caution to the wind and sculpted one out of epoxy putty......the results were certainly not earth shattering ('I've seen worse' said Pete very diplomatically) however when the latest Noggin master mould was being made up there was space for my own piece........pure vanity and not a commercial release for obvious reasons!

Nog cavalry and new crows painted by the marvelous Andy Hides.... 

Masters of the Woodsman and Miner - note that the Miner can be used without the larger base on Nick Cases' boardgame 'Tales of the Northlands'.....

Poor pic of both versions of the flying machine and the Kickstarter badge painted again by Andy....

More soon!

Sunday 11 November 2018

Lest we forget......

Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime ...
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under I green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, --
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.