The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August



1424


Thursday, 11 December 2014

At Last! A New Post!!

Hi all,

I was contemplating whether to just say that I've been away from the hobby for four months due to personal reasons (which is certainly true!). Read on if you want to hear the 'blues jam'- if not just scroll down to the pics below;

Basically I've been away from wargaming and painting for about four months due to a relationship breakdown with the love of my life. I was with her for fourteen years when one day she asked me to leave, which is what I did. This was obviously devastating news as although we weren't married the relationship, which was very loving, was the basis of my life and it has taken me four months to come to terms with it being over! I doubt that I'll ever be really 'over it' but at least i now feel strong enough to start blogging, painting and being creative again. I guess that the fact that we had not had any children in this case is a blessing as they would have almost certainly have suffered psychological trauma through the breakdown of what was once a very strong relationship. My partner was always supportive of the hobby and was often to be seen at shows with me around the country. I don't bear her any animosity and in fact i am very thankful for our time together.

So, I hear you say, what have you in the pipeline?

Currently I'm working, or rather about to embark upon a couple of projects. The first being two demo games that will be at Salute in 2016 and Vapnartak in the same year; the games being The Battle of Hastings and Battle of Fulford Gate.

The second project is going to be another demo game, possibly at Partizan next year that will feature the Second Afghan War and Mike Owen's brilliant range of North West Frontier mini's combined with Studio Miniatures North West Frontier range and of course, it would be almost sacrilegious not to include some of the Perry Miniatures sculpts that they did for Wargames Foundry back in the day as well as some of their suitable Indian Mutiny/Indian Rebellion of 1857 mini's.

That's all for now really except to say that bearing my obsession with Late 14th Century Warfare I have of course asked Santa to "please bring me three boxes of the new Perry Miniatures HYW English!

Pics below, I'm sure that you've all seen them before but what would a post on a wargaming blog be without any pics, eh?










Thanks for reading and thanks for your patience for my lack of posts.

Darrell.

24 comments:

  1. Keep your chin up mate - stay positive - your in it for the long run!!

    Good to have you back

    Roy

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Roy. It means a lot to me that it comes from you mate.

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  2. Welcome back !
    I'm not a specialist of Perry Miniatures, but those figures seem to be excellent !
    I have a preference for the Archers.

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    1. Ooh, the Perry Twins have been favourite sculptors of mine for many a year now. The stuff they have done whilst running their own business (about 13 years?) is inspirational in terms of dynamism of pose and realistic looking soldiers.

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  3. Sorry to hear of your personal problems but it's nice to see you back in the bloggersphere.

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  4. Very good to see you posting again! I also love the Perrys' work. Looks like I'll run into you at a few shows... Best, Simon

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    1. I *should* be at Partizan, depends on me scrounging a lift. Is so I may be putting on a game. I'm just waiting for Lawrence to send out the invitations. I will see you there almost certainly if I get my ass down there Simon. I'll be doing the rounds with my camera even if I'm putting a game on!!

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  5. Good to see you back with the brushes. Take all the time you need to and hope that you continue to cope. Suffered enough myself with living in a head that only works when it can be bothered so can appreciate you needing sometime. Looking forward to seeing what rolls of your brushes as I have always enjoyed your work
    Loki

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    1. Thanks Andrew. I've got some bits and bobs to do but Santa is bring me three boxes of Perry HYW English so I may get distracted. I've got General Roberts Henry V and for the Second Afghan War coming up (that's not to mention many, many archers and men at arms!!

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  6. Sorry to hear the sad news, break ups can cause many many problems, Glad you're feeling up to blogging and painting again though.

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  7. Hi Darell,
    Glad you are hacking your way through things - as you know I can relate too well. There is light at the end of all tunnels and you are getting closer to it.
    (and don't forget my long suffering Late Romans one day :-) )
    JP

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    1. JP, I know mon ami. I hope that things are a little better at your end?

      The Late Romans have not been forgotten about so please don't worry. The time i took away from the hobby was necessary or i may well have packed in altogether- it all just reminded my of the lost relationship way too much. Now I can copemuch better with the loss.

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  8. Good to see you Blogging again.
    Jason.

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    1. Good to be back Jason :>)

      I'll try to get that 10mil mini painted up sometime soon too.

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  9. Im sorry to hear, we missed you.
    Glad to see some life on blog again.

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    1. There may well be a great deal more life on this blog when Santa arrives Engel :>)

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  10. Hi Darrell, very sorry to hear about your situation. Times like this are never easy. You really do share a depth of strength for telling us.

    It is good to see you get back to the painting desk and blogging. I have certainly missed you posts of inspiration.

    Kind regards,

    Richard

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    1. richard,

      It's very good of you to point that out, weidly I hadn't considered it but I do think that it's a very good point.

      Thanks for the encouraging words.

      Darrell.

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  11. Sometimes for me the pleasure of the brush, the smell of plastic glue and flock stuck to your fingers with PVA is how I get out of my blues. Glad you are back.

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  12. Sorry to hear about your tough spell. Good to see you back. Wishing you nothing but good things in the new year, during which I hope to see you show off your painter Perry late 14th century figures!
    Blessings, MP+

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  13. Thanks Michael, it's good to be back though i'm not over it yet by any stretch.....

    There will be an influx of 14th Century stuff this year but I can't say more than that at present!

    Darrell.

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