Friday, 4 January 2013

a very special day :-D

well if your on Benno's forum you will know (hopefully) what today is.... its my birthday, a very special one also, as now I can count myself amongst those who call themselves an adult, though I myself will be a big child at heart for many years to come... maybe for ever, though what do you expect when one of my things is messing around with little plastic soldiers :-P

so what has my birthday consisted of.... 1st up I must disappoint some of you, as it did not consist of any huge parties, drinking or other activities. First up we went to the movies and watched the Hobbit. Cool movie such a shame its the first of 3. however I am eagerly awaiting the next2. then we went to my friends house where we had a BBQ and messed about pushing huge blocks off the side of the cliff and then when they smashed on the sand below taking them up the rocks and then making a wall... then we pushed that down :-D got 2 mates over tonight, currently sorting out where we'll all sleep. 1 couch 1 bed and the floor. I have the bed, which I'll share with the dog, I am sure my friends don't want to share the couch or floor with the dog.... he's a big Labrador (though he is not overweight).
on the topic of dogs the dog managed to escape but our friends down the road saw him and got him, which is lucky as he's like the k-9 Houdini.

anyway, I have had a great birthday and I'll now try and beg for some presents from my parent :-D if I get any more sets in the days... maybe weeks to come you'll know why.

Talking about presents recently I received A LARGE box of figs from Canada from Laurence Strong. there was so many figs that I decided to send all the WW2 ones off to the Netherlands to Michael (same Michael I did the street column tutorial for) I will hopefully send that off soon too.

the HUGE BAG I found it the box
one look in and I saw HUGE potencial for my Oronegrean project, well the 18th century one
once organise (i.e this is from a few days later) I got a load for me and some for michael
this is mine, loads of airfix figs... I think all are, whole sets even. a small sample of what I have are Arifix Napoleonic British, French and Prussians as well as some Grenediers from AWI and more.
oh and some space men, they say Hong Kong on the bottom but I have no idea what they are from... oh and a modern plastic figure but I have no clue what set he is from.

anyway Hope your having a good time and that you all enjoy your birthdays this year, or if you already have I hope you have enjoyed it.

23 comments:

  1. Many happy returns for the day Gowan. Its all downhill from here mate.

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    1. thankyou??? first part is nice but the second is not so great

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  2. Happy Birthday! Don't let Paul upset you (:D), you may still have 4 or 5 years before it's all downhill! :D

    If any figure says Hong Kong (or Macau - these would be really old), they are (and I'm almost 100% sure of this) illegal copies or "inspired" on Airfix and ESCI figures.
    Most of my 20th century figures (1:72 and 1:35) are from Hong Kong.

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    1. thanks for the info and the cheer up. thanks

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  3. Th Modern figure looks a bit like an Airfix, but who knows for sure? A good many of my German infantry are HK knock-offs of airfix figures. Not bad knock-offs actually.

    Happy birthday, Gowan, and enjoy your new soldiery. Hlf the fun is imagining how you will organise them into battalions, squadrons and batteries...

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    1. still Organising it all and enjoying though For Oronegro at least I have the structure thought out... just the foes need organising

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  4. Happy Birthday Gowan! Great haul. Looks like I need to spend more time on Benno's. The Space men look interesting, I've been wonder how to do Sci-Fi in 1/72 for awhile. My initial thoughts have been to take modern special forces figures and paint them looking futuristic, whatever that means.

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    1. thanks, please go on Benno's I really like chatting to other members.

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  5. Happy birthday Gowan! A rich source of 18th C. Oronegran troops (and enemies?) but if I may be pernickety you'll need a source of cheap head with tricornes :-)

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    1. yes that is a problem a cheap source... some can go without just not my Oronegreans, though the marines will, for practicalities sake

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  6. Happy Birthday Gowan! The modern figure is from Matchbox. It came as part of the base supplied with the Matchbox Field Gun No:32 - which was part of the Superfast range of Matchbox diecast cars produced in the 1970s -1980s. The same pose was also used as part of the figures supplied with the original range of Matchbox Battle Kings, but figures from that range have large oval bases.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Matchbox-Superfast-No-32-Field-Gun-Superb-Mint-Un-used-Condition-/140871707435

    More information on the Spacemen figures can be found here:

    http://projectswordtoys.blogspot.com/2009/10/origins-of-tri-ang-spacex-figures.html

    I think you are going to have lots of fun with these figures!

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    1. Brian is spot on with the pose. It was one of my favourites as a lad, because it had a SLR.

      The barrel is prone to breaking off as well.

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    2. thanks for the info Brian... thanks also for wishing me a happy birthday :-D

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  7. Happy Birthday, my young fellow!
    But how old are you now??

    A nice Birthday gift!
    I'm sure that you will do some good works with them!

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    1. of coarse I must say what age I am right... 18 a man now though still very much a child on the inside.

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  8. 18 ?? woow ! it's an important step of our life!
    Best wishes for the next steps!

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  9. A million apologies for this late happy birthday.
    The collection looks great fun...some of it also quite rare..the prussians, the RHA set and particually one fig I see..the band major, only ever the one in set!!! It took me nearly a year to find one to complete my set. If I was you..do as Gandalf suggests to frodo.."keep it secret..keep it safe" :-D
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. apology accepted, thankyou very much for the birthday greetings... as for the sets, they are quite small aren't they? a childrens band almost compared to the other figs but as you say I'll keep them secret until all are based up and ready to show.

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  10. Didn't I say congrats to you on this place? Shame on me! But I didn't forget on Benno's!
    Happy belated birthday!

    That Matchbox figure is older as you! :-)

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://www.peterscave.blogspot.be/

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    1. yes shame on you :-D no just joking thankyou

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