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Title: 3/12/12 - Sunjester
Post by: Leon on 03 December 2012, 03:24:08 AM

Graham Harrison

Aylesbury, UK

Do you have a pic?



Current occupation:
Self employed, Sun Jester covers a variety of aspects in the Heritage/Cultural sectors.

What's the best job you've ever had?
A 2-year contract with the National Trust to set-up, train and mentor a live interpretation company to portray characters from the 1930s - I got to be chauffeured around in a vintage rolls Royce, have a trip up the Thames in a Dunkirk little ship and to meet President Karzai of Afghanistan (whilst wearing my tweeds and plus-fours).


What would your ideal occupation be?
See above, or else run a profitable wargames shop (I can dream!).


How did you get involved in wargaming?
When I was 11 my mum saw an ad in the paper for an open day by the local club. As I was getting under her feet she said "Here's the bus fare, go and see what this is all about". I never looked back.....

What was your first figure?
Airfix plastics - I had 1000s long before discovering wargaming.

Do you have a favourite period/genre?
Not really.

How big is your figure collection?
I refuse to answer on the grounds I may incriminate myself (my wife will probably read this!).

And how big is your unpainted lead mountain?
Small enough to worry me.

Do you have a favourite model in your collection? And do you have a pic?
No, all my little metal men matter to me.

What is the most important aspect of wargaming for you?
Having fun with friends.


What project are you currently working on?
Rebasing my mid-19th century 15mm armies, some bright spark suggested everyone at the club use the same base sizes as we are now all using the same rules. He has a French army. I have French, Prussian, Bavarian, Austrian and Piedmont!

And do you have any long-term projects on the go?
10mm War of Spanish Succession and 10mm AVBCW.


Do you have any wargaming influences?
I'm easily influenced.... ooh shiny!


Do you buy scenery, or scratch build it?
Mainly buy it.

Which figure range is at the top of your request list?
More 10mm stuff for AVBCW.

Which individual item is at the top of your request list?
Armed bobbies for AVBCW.

Which wargaming websites do you visit regularly?
This one. I used to look at PMT but got fed up with all the ****holes.

If someone handed you £100 right now, what would you buy?
It depends what Pendraken are releasing next.

What has been your biggest one-off purchase?
A painted 28mm Late Roman/Dark Age fort by Grand Manner.


How many hours a week do you paint?
Between 3-10, depending on work commitments and how much time I have in the morning before tea is required upstairs.

What kind of technique do you use?
Slapping paint on with a brush, then a dark wash to hide my mistakes, hoping no-one looks too close.

Do you have a preferred brand of paint?
No, I use most things. I've still got some Citadel and D&D pots from the '70s that get used occasionally.

Do you have a painting area?  And do you have a pic?


Have you had any painting/modelling disasters?
Too many to count

Do you have any painting/modelling top tips?
Don't let me paint your figures.


How often do you get to game?
Almost every week, sometimes twice.

Do you belong to a local club?
Tring Wargames Club: (

Do you have a funny wargaming story?
Just a Few Orcs saying "I don't intend rolling a double one". Yes, you guessed it.

And have you had any wargaming disasters?
All my disasters are the result of careful planning.

Do you prefer short games or long campaigns?
Either, just so long as I enjoy myself.

Do you have a wargames room?  And do you have a pic?
Sadly no. But I can fit a 6x4 on top of my dining room table.

How do you store your figures?
Really Useful boxes of various sizes.


What are you reading at the moment?
'The Desert Generals' by Correlli Barnett.


Do you have a favourite book?
The Lord of the Rings (I still read it almost every year).

Do you buy any wargaming magazines, and if so, which ones?
Not for years.


What are your 3 favourite films?
Zulu, Laurence of Arabia, Aliens

And your 3 worst?
The Star Wars "Prequels"

What are your all-time Top 3 TV shows?
Babylon 5, Firefly, The West Wing


And right now?


Who is your favourite band?
Too many to choose, but must include Thin Lizzy (70s Rock), Artie Shaw (Big Band) and Guesswork (local live act)

And favourite album?
Renaissance of the Celtic Harp - Alan Stivell

And your 3 favourite songs?
Too Sick to Pray - Alabama 3, Galileo - Indigo Girls,  Maybe Angels - Sheryl Crow


What other hobbies/pastimes do you enjoy?
Reading, dog walking, growing vegetables, cooking, collecting 1930s/40s records for my wind-up gramophone. I used to do Medieval combat re-enactment, but my joints aren't up to it now!

What do you drive?
My family around the bend!

Are you a breast or thigh person...  ;)

And who are your Top 3 Totty?
My wife. My wife. My wife.

Do you have a favourite quote?
"The sensible thing to do is..." - Richard Tyson (just before doing something that was definitely not sensible).

If you could do anything, what would it be?
Teach my dogs to wargame, just so long as the poodle doesn't cheat.



Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 December 2012, 06:48:03 AM
Great interview.  8)

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: Steve J on 03 December 2012, 07:53:38 AM
Another great interview :).

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: Techno on 03 December 2012, 08:36:09 AM
Great stuff ! :-bd
Cheers - Phil.

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: Hertsblue on 03 December 2012, 10:16:46 AM
Man after my own heart. Even down to the less than tidy painting station.  =D>

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: FierceKitty on 03 December 2012, 10:25:13 AM
You wear that suit with a certain flair, sir, if a nudist may express an opinion. :)

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: Nosher on 03 December 2012, 02:53:13 PM
if a nudist may express an opinion. :)

TOO MUCH INFO...... :-& ;D ;)

Great insight SJ. Really enjoying the thread Line of Fire. It's beginning to prove the adage that you don't have to be mad to wargame, but a little quirkiness goes a long way!!

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: goat major on 03 December 2012, 04:45:26 PM
Great interview ! I thought the painting station was too tidy but that problem says more about me than SJ !

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Post by: General Bt Sherman on 03 December 2012, 05:13:31 PM
Great stuff! I really enjoy reading these.

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: nikharwood on 03 December 2012, 11:48:47 PM
An excellent interview Sunjester  8)

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: sunjester on 06 December 2012, 05:58:32 PM
Thanks very much for the comments guys.  ;)

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester!
Post by: Orcs on 07 December 2012, 08:22:15 AM
Great interview ! I thought the painting station was too tidy but that problem says more about me than SJ !

I've never seen it that tidy !!!!! :)

Believe me the Poodle would cheat.  :)

Good interview though,

Title: Re: 3/12/12 - Sunjester
Post by: Last Hussar on 12 February 2013, 05:32:18 PM
Unfortunately what this doesn't capture is the air of absolute certainty that 'Orcs' said "I don't intend to roll a one".

Of course the poodle would cheat.  Look at who would be teaching her. :d