For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
In addition to completing the Belgian civilians Aaron has also started on something else for our WWI range. He hasn’t finished yet so just a little sneak peek for now……
Following on from the rather belated release of our latest Belgian infantry figures we have a preview of some more.
This time its a selection of six (well actually six and a half) refugees. As with the others in the range they have been sculpted by the talented Aaron Brown of Black Crab Sculpting.
They are due to be leaving New Zealand in the next day or so and we’re aiming for a release at the Crisis show in Antwerp in November (assuming that they don’t get delayed in customs of course).
So if you’re a Belgian player looking for someone to defend or a German player looking for someone to terrify these could be just what you’re after.
My master building days haven’t quite gone according to plan (sick children & shopping for my mother) but I have managed to make some progress.
Tony introduced me to the Caproni Ca.60 a little while ago. This was a prototype passenger plane from 1921 with nine (!!!!) wings. It only made one flight before it crashed. Anyway it cried out to be made for Nef.
Since I’m in a bit of an aeroplane mood at the moment following on from the Heyworth we released at Salute I’ve also finished a Russian bomber based on the WWI Sikorsky Ilya Muromets bomber. Rather more conventional than the Caproni but still rather distinctive with the wings right at the front of the fuselage.
Also on the go are a couple of new Nef battleships. This time for Italy and Switzerland. The Italian battleship is an upscaled version of the Re d’Italia featuring three turrets. The addition of a third battleship for the Italians will make their fleet a little top heavy so I’m also working on a couple smaller Nef to balance things out.
The Swiss currently only have a small Nef fleet and lack the vessels needed to safeguard their neutrality. The new battleship should help keep their neighbours in check.
I have also achieved one of my other goals – I’ve managed to watch a series of Drop the Dead Donkey as well.
Ok so this is a fairly shameless excuse to get a picture of one my cats on the internet.
However the wife is going away for five whole days to Snowdonia with some friends so naturally I’m taking time off work to enjoy time on my own in the house. Even allowing for the fact that I have to take the sprogs to and from school each day I will get around thirty hours in the house on my own. I don’t think I’ve had that much time on my own at home since 1998.
So my plan is to spend as much time as possible making new masters, cleaning up models for moulding and doing general Brigade stuff. I’m aiming to post the results of each day in the evening. Not sure what I’ll make – there aren’t any firm plans at the moment.
That’s the idea anyway. I’ve got a stack of DVD’s that I don’t normally get to watch lined up, a fresh supply of plastic card and a pile of chocolate to fortify me.
Of course I might simply sit and play Diablo III…..
Salute is only a few day away now and the list of things to do seems to grow every day. One thing however that we can tick off as done is the stock for our 6mm buildings. Lining the buildings up like this has made casting them strangely addictive. I’ve found myself in my garage at 1am just getting one last set cast before I go to bed. That’s the last set until the ones I do at 1:30am of course.
Now we just need as many people as possible coming to see us at Salute to buy them all!
We’re providing a few of our new 15mm buildings to the South London Warlords for them to feature in one of the their games at this years Salute. The first castings have just been finished so they will be off to the Post Office this lunchtime.
These are so new that even Tony hasn’t had a chance to see the first castings yet!
Its also been a while since we’ve added to our range of Great War Belgians. So here is a first look at a little group of three chaps having a shot at the invading Germans.
All three will be available with headgear to represent either Line Infantry, Carabiniers or Grenadiers.
I’m hoping to get them out for Salute on April 21st, however since they’re currently in New Zealand waiting to go to the post office that may not happen.
Two weeks for them to travel round the world, have a master mould made and then three production moulds. Its going to very tight.
The British Nef fleet hasn’t had too much love of recent times. In fact its been several years since the Engadine dig cruiser was released. So with Salute coming (very quickly) we’ve decided to add a few new models to the British range. After all the British should have the biggest and best fleet shouldn’t they.
So I locked myself away in Brigade towers for a couple of days armed with plastic card, knives, glue and large supply of Diet Coke with the aim to knock out half a dozen new models.
First up is a large bomber based on the Handley Page Heyford from the 1930’s. The Heyford is one of my two favourite British bombers along with the Short Stirling so was an obvious choice for inspiration. However this being Nef it’s a little bigger than the real Heyford having six engines rather than two (and more guns).
There are still a few bits to finish off (the crew need to be added) but it should be out for Salute.