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A Field in England (2013)

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If you like your 'war' films full of bish-bash-bosh then this isn't a film for you.

This is a film by Ben Wheatley (who is perhaps slightly more famous for doing J.G. Ballard's "High Rise" starring Tom Hiddleston).

Shot in monochrome, the film follows a small, disparate group of individuals who have fallen off the edge of a battle. But not deserters! They are going for a pint.


En route to the pub they stop and eat a mushroom stew, some of which have, shall we say magical properties.

They then set off to pull a rope, have a major group dynamic change, hunt for some treasure, and...

...but that would be telling.

Very sweary, some nudity.

An interesting film, I mean 'interesting' in a good way. So if you like your films more arthouse than Hollywood then you might enjoy this film.




A Year On...

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A year ago when I started this blog I was pretty convinced that nobody else in the world would ever be interested in my inane ramblings. Admittedly, reaching a massed global audience wasn't actually on my agenda; I just wanted to store all my bookmarks, links, notes, pictures and thoughts all in one place.


Staff at the KeepYourPowderDry work's anniversary/Christmas party. Think the Saturday boy (front left) might be delicate tomorrow.
When it became clear that other people (who hadn't been coerced) were actually reading the blog, I initially wondered if I'd make 1,000 hits in a year. That was a sizeable, and seemingly pie in the sky target. Then the 'I wonder... target' quickly became 5,000, then 10,000, then 12,000 giving a nice monthly average, finally 15,000. The end of year stats are hovering around 15,600, which I don't think is too shoddy. Visitors come from every continent, and almost every nation. My inner anorak finds it really interesting looking a…

Artillery Park

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Alas the curse of the fat fingers, combined with a teeny weeny smartphone screen meant this post sneakily crept out a day or two early, without pictures! So, now, here it is complete in glorious Technicolour. The Saturday boy will spend some time on the naughty step as punishment.

The different commanders at Ch√Ęteau KeepYourPowderDry have been having a recruitment drive, and all three factions have expanded their artillery parks.

The Covenanters have another frame gun and crew from Peter Pig, and a pack horse and horse holder from Magister Militum.


The Parliamentarians have a new medium gun (saker) and crew from Peter Pig, a limber from Museum Miniatures with a Peter Pig dragoon horse holder.


As do the Royalists.



All, of course, feature custom casualty markers from Warbases.

Now to help the recruiting sergeants assemble new regiments of foot.

The Queen's Sconce

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The fact that I am planning a sconce has got me thinking, and ultimately revisiting the Queen's Sconce in Newark. I've already blogged about having a grand day out in Newark but a more in depth look at The Queen's Sconce is required.

Newark had considerable defences built to protect the town and the strategic route North, some of these defences dating back to Henry VIII's time when he fortified the town during the rebellion against his religious reforms called the Pilgrimage of Grace.

The strategic value of Newark explains the building of castles on the site since the eleventh century. Today Newark castle remains albeit in a slighted state, as do twelve scheduled ancient monuments, all of which relate to the defensive earthworks of the Civil Wars. The King's Sconce existed until the 1880s, the site is now a housing development. The larger Edinburgh Sconce (an offensive earthwork) has been lost also.


Newark's fortifications: the Queen's Sconce is central and…

Sconce - completed

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I promised myself a sconce/star fort as a reward for completing eight regiments of horse. Only taken me seven months to finish them, as I keep getting sidetracked with engineers, generals, sedan chair things.

So here it finally is. My star fort. Or sconce if you prefer.

This is the resin model from Magister Militum (a JRs model I think). I believe that the only other production sconce in 15mm is a paper model.

The model is slightly problematic though: if you look at the Queen's Sconce in Newark you'll quickly notice that the sconce, and other star forts of the Civil Wars were earthworks, and the Queen's Sconce has just one entrance.


Aerial view of the Queen's Sconce, Newark
The model is more Vaubanesque as it is a stone built fort, and due to the way it is sold (you buy it as a half fort, and they only make one design of 'half') you end up with two entrances.


So I have two choices, modify it with Polyfilla and a Dremel, thereby making it into an earthwork with …

Royalist Cavalry: Part Two

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Here's the latest installment of eye candy. Four more Royalist Regiments of Horse.

Eagle eyed readers will spot the newer Peter Pig one-piece cavalry castings (pack 24 cavalry+pistol+hat).

All I will say is thank heavens for washes which help hide the really awkward bits to paint* at the front of the one piece figures.

Cornets, as alwalys from Maverick Models.

Colonel Sir Edward Widdrington's Regiment of Horse

Served mostly in Yorkshire, participated in Marston Moor, Naseby and possibly the besieged at Newark.
Colonel Richard Molyneux's Regiment of Horse


Derbyshire regiment of horse based at Chatsworth, took the field at Naseby, and besieged at Newark.
Colonel John Lucas's Regiment of Horse
Part of the Marquis of Newcastle's Army, took the field at Marston Moor where Sir Charles was captured. Colonel Thomas Leveson's Regiment of Horse
Participated at Newark, Marston Moor and Naseby


*They are if you are ham fisted like me, skilful painters won't have such issues