Music: DiDi & Rookes

Off to West Malvern for a gig, first time in ages. Byakhee Richard had organised a gig with two musicians neither I’d heard before – I checked them out on the net before hand to check they weren’t country and western or some such nonsense.

DiDi first up, range of musical styles, a solo artist everything from acapello to punk/grunge type, and one hilarious song which involved audience participation much to the embarrassment of one punter who turned up late. I have a video of this, but…

Note it was difficult to take photos because she was very animated.

Similarly animated was Rookes, again a solo artist. This time with some more electronic gadgets but this wasn’t electronic stuff.

All the live “percussion” and backing vocals were recorded live in front of the audience using a Loop system, so this wasn’t someone using backing tapes.

At the same time as using this Loop device, and a couple of other devices for the synthesisers, she was playing either electric guitar or ukulele.

Quite an achievement, and made a really good sound.

So I had to buy the EP that is not available in physical form until next year, and I got it signed. 🙂

If you get a chance, go see these two musicians, they’re worth a punt. They’re not my normal choice of music but they are dedicated, professional and very very good. I had an excellent time !

GO SUPPORT THEM

Living Statues

Just a quick one – the Living Museum scenario in Frostgrave has six statues. It’s taken me ages to sort these out but here they are finally.

I totally stole the idea from Jon, and indeed made his kids drink loads of orange juice to get the right bottle tops.

I settled on hero quest men at arms figures, cheap, static and no loss to the gaming community being painted as statues !

I started off with these two – I based them in plain round bases to make sure they couldn’t be mistaken for actual models.

They then went on top of the bottle tops, which were in turn mounted on 40mm round flagstone bases.

So now I have enough for another scenario for when I host.

Statues slowly click their fingers
Catch the beat and born again
Come into the drawing room
She draws them in
That smoke filled room
Broken glasses token smiles
Dust is fine so she breathes it in she
Circulates with ermine hands Picking the wallflowers one by one

Now walk Into the sun

Statues moving in the ballroom
On the dancefloor all is bright Vicious sins of gentlefolk
I love my horse that’s the joke
Find your picture in the mirror
Find your portrait on the wall
Turn the sundial back again
This is a dance for everyone

Walk with me now

The sun machine is coming down
And we’re gonna have a party

Statues slowly click their fingers
Catch the beat and born again
East is west and west is east
Follow me into the garden
Find your future in the crystal Leave your friendship in the hall
Follow me now this is the way This is a dance for everyone

Register to Vote NOW

For those of in the UK, you now have until midnight tonight to register to vote.

Having just sold my house and gone into temporary accommodation with my parents I’ve had to do this, BUT it takes all of 5 minutes.

Click here to register to VOTE

Don’t leave it to the last minute as the website will probably be overwhelmed.

Five minutes of your time, is small change compared to the efforts of millions over the years to gain and extend the voting franchise in this country. Don’t let them down.

Hersey Miniatures 25% Sale

Yes, one of the best small independent sculptors and manufacturers is having a sale. If you want odd thing like Halfling Witch Hunters then this is the place and time to go:

OUR BIGGEST EVER SALE IS NOW ON! This is because Andy is on his own these days and needs to finish sculpting the last few Kickstarter figures. The only way to get that done is to stop shipping the regular orders for the next couple of weeks, so to compensate for that, we are offering our biggest Sale ever – up to 25% off metal figures and even up to 10% off some of the resin ones, too! Offers will end midnight 29th July UK Time, and orders will begin to ship in the week of the 1st of August.

Heresy Miniatures

I have my eye on the not Bappuss, “Pussbag” as a familiar for my wizards. 😉

For those not aware of Bagpuss, its a 1970’s children’s programme, and its my favourite.

Bagpuss is a magical cat. When he wakes up, all his friends come to life. He can also make his thoughts visible in bubbles above his head.
Despite this, he doesn’t play a major part in most of the stories, instead being content to lie on his rug and listen to the songs the others sing as they identify and repair the thing.

All in all, he’s just an old, saggy cloth cat.
Baggy, and a bit loose at the seams.
But Emily loved him.

Hereford Wargames Club

In the course of running our Big Games, JP & I have been contacted by several local gamers based in and around Hereford (UK).

So rather than rely on haphazard and sporadic e-mails, we offered our blogging skills to get a site up and running.

So we did, or rather JP did nearly all of it.

Here it is !

Attack of the Potato

As a wargaming enthusiast I am regularly weidling knives, saws and other blades, doing DIY in the house and garden I have even bigger and more powerful tools (power drills !), but what should I suffer my worst injury to date from ?

Kartoffelkopf !
Yes, I managed to injure myself peeling potatoes last night.

I thought I’d gouged a bit out of the tip of my finger off and jury rigged a dressing to stop it bleeding, which worked sort of 6-10pm. At first I couldn’t get an appointment with a Nurse, so went to the Pharmasist who replaced the dressing (gauze) with a melonin dressing. I then went to the Co-Op to pick some food up, and promptly bled all over the checkout, and my purchases. Back home, and now bleeding profusely I arranged an immediate appointment with the Nurses. On examination they concluded I’d not just cut/gouged my finger, I’d actually sliced part of my finger tip off.

So after years of playinge with craft knives, I’ve done more damage to myself with a potato peeler ! 😦

Which is really annoying as I’d just got back my blogging mojo. These two items are near completion. A fancy fountain/well (resin unknown manufacturer); and a finger post (!) from the old GW Empire Farmhouse set IIRC.

In the background is one of two Mordheim ruins that are awaiting renovation.

Typical !

Science Studies

An amusing take on how the media, and climate change deniers credulously accept the headlines.