“Play is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein

She “What are you doing honey?” He: “Oh, just painting some important research!”

Lieutenant Thomas Currie Derrick, VC, DCM (1914–1945)

Mark Johnston’s edited book Derrick VC in his own words: The wartime writings of Australia’s most famous fighting soldier of World War II.  The book was purchased through Amazon and is a great read. A mix of diary and commentary by Mark Johnson, I thoroughly recommend it. I new about the history of Derrick’s war serviceContinue reading “Lieutenant Thomas Currie Derrick, VC, DCM (1914–1945)”

More rising sun

A while ago I started putting together my Bolt Action 28mm Japanese Army. See here for details. Over the last week or so I have been putting together the rest of the plastic models. This has limited my painting somewhat to the “vignette” WW2 Australians, although the research for these has also added much toContinue reading “More rising sun”


When in my last year of primary school we moved to a brand new suburb of Kingsbury, complete with sporting ovals, parks, and a proposed new university, I was unaware of the suburbs history. It wasn’t until I went to secondary school that this became very much a part of my growing up. My firstContinue reading “Kingsbury!”

Australian Flame Thrower Team

“Possibly one of the most terrifying and demoralising infantry weapons ever produced is the portable flamethrower. As the introduction to the 1944 Australian Army training pamphlet for flamethrowers states: ” … flame has a powerful psychological effect in that humans instinctively withdraw from it, even when their morale is good. In addition, it is aContinue reading “Australian Flame Thrower Team”

New Guinea Sniper

An unidentified soldier uses a .303 Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifle Drawn from hunters, competitive shooters, natural marksmen, outdoorsmen, city dwellers, farmers and veteran soldiers, they fought to assert local battlefield dominance and instil among their enemy a paralysing fear. Sometimes admired and other times reviled by their own comrades because of the retaliation theyContinue reading “New Guinea Sniper”

Wednesday on the weekend!

Yesterday IRO replied to one of my comments on his post Medieval tale by saying “our weirdness unites us“, but I don’t think you can get much weirder (in a good way) than the concept of a TV series about the Goth teenage version of Wednesday Addams. I was expecting one of those teenage “comingContinue reading “Wednesday on the weekend!”

Australian Command

The command units for my Bolt Action Australian Jungle Platoon are now completed. They consist of a Captain and a Lieutenant both with and ADC accompanying them. The Captain is armed with a rifle and the others with SMG’s. Captain Lieutenant I do have another aide with SMG to add to each officer, but doContinue reading “Australian Command”

“When life gives you lemons…..suck the juice out of them and spit out the pips”

Or you can watch the second season of “Warrior Nun” I don’t think I am making a spoiler with this one – a corrupt Vatican whodah thought! Now I don’t pretend that this is any high brow intellectually stimulating show, but it has b#tch fights, attractive ladies and has an excellent action-adventure story. What’s notContinue reading ““When life gives you lemons…..suck the juice out of them and spit out the pips””


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