Sunday, 11 October 2009

Solent sniffing & Nab intro...

The sailing season may well be coming to a close, but the summer down here in the south of England is gripping on by the skin of its teeth, and so yesterday found me out on the boat for an afternoons sailing, in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, despite it being the second week of October. Winds were westerly (with just a little south in it) and I guess force 3 predominantly, though there were a few agreeable gusts to keep you on your toes...

Beautiful afternoon with little motoring (except the last bit to get home) and another first as this was the furthest I'd poked my nose out into the Solent all summer as I rounded well after the Eastoke mark before turning for home..

I think I'm ready for my first big trip now, and to get more prepared I've even started shopping around for GPS equipment smileys. I strongly suspect that it's not going to happen until next year (simply not enough time left this year) but it's something to look forward to over the winter... the first trip I'd like to do is to the Nab Tower [click here] (pictured right), for no other reason originally than that I've always fancied seeing it (!), but I now understand that there is a second reason, as it also has a military heritage... more on that when I get there (and more importantly get back!)

Distance: 10 miles (125 miles year to date)
Wind: Force 3 occasionally gusting force 4.


  1. Great figures, Steve, and I really like the way you've done the basing as well - those chunks of rock are very effective.

    Best wishes


  2. Great stuff Steve, I always like the information and background you provide to the good looking figures.
    Also I'm glad to see you went with nice sharp pointy bits of rock rather than smooth pebbles like some. desert rocks are sharp because they're shaped by wind not water (making them smooth).

  3. The figures look really good and I really enjoy the poem, I may have to memorize it for a toast one day.

  4. Fuzzy Wuzzies you can't beat them! I've now painted 120 of the 300 I need, sigh!

    Agree about the bases. Excellent!

  5. Congratulations on your inspiring Sudan blog; it's set me off and I've now got some Essex and Peter Pig figures to get me started. However, before I get much further I need to sort out basing and rules. I've downloaded the AWI rules and applied to join the Old School Wargaming site for the Peter Gilder bits but Pony Wars seems to be unavailable so is there any chance of a copy of your rules?

  6. Rob - welcome to the heat and dust of the Sudan....!

    Contact me through the OSW group and I'll send you a set - I should war you that they are in a perpetual state of change though they are nearing some level of steadiness...

    It's mostly down to trying to fill the gaps Mr Gilder left us!

    See also the following - I have already registered an interest... :o)

  7. Hi,

    On the video it looks like you have fixed your GPS to the bulkhead at the front of the cockpit; I would be interested to know how you fitted it.

  8. Hi DLA - yes, when I bought it I bought the marine version which came with an adjustable mounting bracket like the following:

    PS. Can you turn on comments on your Little Grace blog - was going to leave one on the tillerhand post but couldn't.. :o)