Bolton, Lancashire.PAYING FOR IT!Current occupation:
Own a small Commercial Upholstery Business.What’s the best job you've ever had?
Hmm? Although its not always apparent, the one I have now.What would your ideal occupation be?
Tour guide for castle or fortified manor house.GETTING INTO IT!How did you get involved in wargaming?
Via the Games Workshop route, Warhammer Fantasy etc and then got introduced to Historicals with DBA and never touched Warhammer Fantasy again.What was your first figure?
My first figures were a group of Citadel Adventurers for some GW Dungeon Games in 1987.Do you have a favourite period/genre?
Medieval mainly but also dark Ages and Ancients with a splash of ECW.How big is your figure collection?
Not as big as it was before my recent cull, at the moment I’ve got two armies of 6mm Romans and Seleucids, a large 28mm Viking army, a small 10mm ECW Army. And large 10mm collections of Medieval Armies from early to Late and Arab Armies also from Early to Late.And how big is your unpainted lead mountain?
Again due to my recent cull not too big, all I’ve got to paint at the moment is a Medieval Scots army (Pendraken of course!)Do you have a favourite model in your collection? And do you have a pic?
Tough question I’ve various fav’s from each manufacturer For Pendraken it would have to be one of my ECW command stands or the Medieval Knights (mid)
Also I really like my command stand for the Mamluks/Arabs from TB Line.
For 28’s its got to be my Gripping Beast Trebuchet or The siege of Jerusalem Dioramas that I did a few years back.What is the most important aspect of wargaming for you?
I like the whole hobby, from research and reading, through modelling and painting, and of course the gaming.PLANNING ITWhat project are you currently working on?
Medieval Scots.And do you have any long-term projects on the go?
Medieval Scots.Do you have any wargaming influences?
Looking at the blogs of the likes of Darrel Hindley, Saxon Dog and Army Royal etc (and wishing I could do that in 10mm!!!)BUYING IT!Do you buy scenery, or scratch build it?
A bit of both.Which figure range is at the top of your request list?
More Medieval.Which individual item is at the top of your request list?
Any Medieval!Which wargaming websites do you visit regularly?
Pendraken of course, TMP and various Wargaming Blogs.If someone handed you £100 right now, what would you buy?
I honestly don’t know.What has been your biggest one-off purchase?
For wargaming there has been lots!!! (Dont tell the wife
)PAINTING AND MODELLING IT!How many hours a week do you paint?
It varies, at the moment not at all!! Then I will have weeks where I put loads of hours in.What kind of technique do you use?
Base coats in block colours, Ink wash, pick out plain colours again and then one or two highlights.Do you have a preferred brand of paint?
Vallejo.Do you have a painting area?
Just one of the GW painting stations, that way I can paint in any room.Have you had any painting/modelling disasters?
Lots, but one that comes to mind is painting a load of 28mm ECW than varnishing them using Army Painter matt varnish and they all went white! Looked liked they’d been in a snow storm!!Do you have any painting/modelling top tips?
I don’t consider myself to be a good painter so tips from me wouldn’t be worth much but I will say don’t paint unless you're in the mood.PLAYING WITH IT!How often do you get to game?
Used to be once/twice every week. But I've not rolled a dice since last August regularly, though I did have a game of Command and Colours the other night (good game).Do you belong to a local club?
My Local club is CACK (Coppull and Chorley Knights) of which I am a member but due to working hours etc haven't been in months.Do you prefer short games or long campaigns?
I like both, but for club or weekly play I prefer short games.Do you have a wargames room? And do you have a pic?
I just use the dining room.How do you store your figures?
All my armies are magnetically based and in various storage boxes.READING ABOUT IT!What are you reading at the moment?
Factual - Fatal Colours
, about the battle of Towton.
Fiction - The Lion Wakes
, a medieval tale of the Scots battling the English and falling out with each other.Do you have a favourite book?
Lots. All about Medieval life and warfare, etc.Do you buy any wargaming magazines, and if so, which ones?
Every now and then if there's something that looks like its worth reading, mainly WI.WATCHING IT!What are your 3 favourite films?
It would be hard to pick three favourite films, I like so many, but if pushed: In Bruges, Kingdom of Heaven (Directors Cut), Zulu.And your 3 worst?
The three worst I have on DVD: Timeline, The Last Legion, Barbarossa. What are your all-time Top 3 TV shows?
Again picking a top three is hard but I would say: Saxondale, Time Team, History of Britain from the Air(the medieval one).And right now?
Game of Thrones, Time Team and most historical documentaries.LISTENING TO IT!Who is your favourite band?
I've loads of favourite bands and like various sorts of music but as a guide bands from Jethro Tull, The Watersons and the like, to Lamb of God and Slayer via a good serving of various Prog Rock bands and Classical and others!! (I said it was varied!)And favourite album?
Couldn’t pick a favourite.And your 3 favourite songs?
At the moment favourite tracks are ‘Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis’, by the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. ’Mont Saint Michel’ by Mike Oldfield. ‘John Barleycorn’ by The Johm Renbourn Group.NOT RELATED TO IT!What other hobbies/pastimes do you enjoy?
Longbow Archery, walking my lurchers, Gardening.What do you drive?
Ford and Fiat.Are you a breast or thigh person...?
Thigh all the way!! And who are your Top 3 Totty?
Just three??!! The wife, Kate Rusby and Judie Tzuke (back in the eighties), Alex Polizzi, Bettany Hughes, oh! and so many more. In other words, a thinking man's totty.Do you have a favourite quote?
Oh most of my fav’s are from films and TV, here's a few, to be honest they wont make much sense unless you know what context they are used in, in the film or programme.
“Wasps…Wasps are Bastards” or “If its living in your house and its not paying rent, you’ve got the right number” and various others from Saxondale. Film wise “'Cause we’re here lad” (always comes in handy, having sons). One that’s not in a film or TV is.. “Never assume, for when we assume we make an ASS out of U and ME”.If you could do anything, what would it be?
Apart from the usual make the world a better place etc., I'd like to live in a half timbered fortified manor house
…..(with a moat!)