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Monday Music: Paper Lace “Billy Don’t be a hero”

Painting Soldier Blues at the moment so…….

I had this on a Paper Lace LP back in the 70s until my bloody older brother repossessed his record collection that he had left at home for years while overseas. That is when I learned that possession being 9/10ths of the law didn’t really hold up. Hope you still have it Chris 🙂

Monday Music: Panzerleid

Yeah I know – it is not Monday.

I first heard this when I watched the 1965 movie Battle of the Bulge.

Panzerlied was composed in 1933. In 2017, the German Army was banned from publishing song books containing Panzerlied and other marching songs by the Minsiter of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen.  An attempt at denazification apparently but they are happy to name their tanks after big cats, just like the Wermacht in WW2.

Youtube deleted the previous video. Probably because they are actual Nazis.  How long this musical version will remain is anyone’s guess. Tokyo Philharmonic’s rendition.



Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Woolshed.  Have a good one.

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Old Water Tower by the Woolshed, covered in roses. Closest thing to a White Christmas here in New Zealand

Please enjoy some Some Traditional New Zealand Christmas Music.


And another Royal Guardsmen Snoopy v Red Baron song – perhaps the forgotten Snoopy Song from 1969.


Monday Music: Godzilla

It has been a while since I have done a Monday Music post.  I saw this thread on TMP and just had to post this great piece of music by Blue Oyster Cult.  Also, did you know that  2014 is the 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s first appearance in the 1954 film ‘Gojira”? Who cannot like a giant mutant dinosaur who wrecks Tokyo?

For all things Godzilla you can visit this web shop. I am pretty sure that you will find a Godzilla to match every scale from 3mm up to 54mm.


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Monday Music: Snoopy’s Christmas

In New Zealand we always know when the Christmas season is upon us when we hear Snoopy’s Christmas on the radio for the first time.


This year, for me, it was quite late – just last week. I think that it drives a lot of people nuts, but I find it quite reassuring. A bit of local tradition.  The song is by the group ‘The Royal Guardsmen’ who are in fact a US group.from Florida.

Snoopy’s Christmas

Another Snoopy v The Red Baron Song

And apparently Snoopy didn’t get The Red Baron the first time.


It is reassuring to know that Snoopy is still on the trail of bad guys in these modern times.


Enjoy the music and Happy Christmas to all.


Monday Music: Bonanza

After my last post on the Wainwrights, my 28mm West Wind version of the Cartwrights, I just had to post these videos of the Bonanza theme song.  Also check out the ‘original map’ of the Ponderosa Claim.


Lorne Greene singing the theme song.

OK, this one is pretty weird. A song that consists pretty much totally of saying the actors names. Gurf Morlix singing ‘Dan Blocker’.

Enjoy yourselves Pards.

Monday Music: The Dam Buster’s March


Continuing with great war movie theme music, I present the Dam Busters March.  This was composed by composer Eric Coates (1886-1967).

I somehow think that when Sir Peter releases The Dam Busters this military march won’t feature – although it may be a nice homage as Guy Gibson’s PC-dog, Trigger, farewells his master.

And talking of homages.  When I lived in the UK in the late 1980s this advert appeared on English television. I thought it was funny then and still do. The Dam Busters Association gave it their blessing apparently, after a consideration from the brewery.


Interestingly enough, here in New Zealand in the early 90s there was an advert for Sudafed (an anti- congestion drug) that used the Dambusters theme. The RSA (Returned Services Association) moaned like crazy and it was withdrawn. I couldn’t get my head around that, especially after the actual guys who were on the raid who were alive at the time gave the green light to the Carling ad. Shrug.

There was a board game released based on the Dam Buster raid and I remember playing it once or twice back in the early 90s.   A bit of research shows that it was released about the same time. I thought it was older.  It was quite a bit of fun to play if I remember correctly. You had to gather your crew and for 617 Squadron and of course, destroy the dams.  It used a board and a card driven system – that is about all I recall of it.




Monday Music: Tomorrow Belongs to Me


When I was young lad I first saw the movie musical Cabaret starring Liza Minelli, Michael York and Joel Grey (as the Emcee).  Minnelli won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part. Set in the last days of the Weimar Republic the movie is about the relationship between a Kit Kat Club singer Sally Bowles (Minnelli) and a young academic (York).  The growing popularity of the Nazi movement in Germany is nowhere better portrayed than the scene in a beer garden when a young German sings “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”.  This scene had an impact on me as a youth – it put me off being a follower of anything.

Of course I would be lying if I said anything other than the biggest impact of the movie on a young wargamer was Liza Minnelli herself.  God she was hot when she was 25.  Of course, it may have been the stockings and boots.


The movie being set in 1930s Germany – there are plenty of pulp type figures for gaming in this period. There are Artizan Designs “Thrilling Tales” Range, the wonderful Pulp Figures Range by Bob Murch, Blue Moon’s Pulp Range (also available from Old Glory) and others.

I enjoy roleplaying this period as well – and there are some classics from FGU’s “Daredevil” to Hero Games “Pulp Hero”.  I have recently started using Savage Worlds for Pulp Gaming. Great set of rules. Topic of another blog post I think.