This time it is all my own doing you see I had been really good while at Triples and had not purchased a thing, I made a promise at the start of the year and have done well to hold out this long in reality. That was all to change at Triples after a conversation with Andy and John of Ainsty castings. You see they have a product that I have craved for sometime, but being a bit sensible I have not splashed the large sum of cash needed to purchase it, not that I need permission you understand its just a very big item and fairly expensive and I have never quite had enough spare change in my wallet at anyone time. However my wife was with Diane at the event and they went off to have a look at what I had been offered. Sunday morning I got a nod in the right direction before setting off to work for the day so I did a deal (more after the weekend on this).
However you see this meant I had to now spend some money, not a lot and I knew exactly what I wanted. Having spent a fair bit of time on the Dixon's web site during some Facebook discussions with Dave for his gangsters he pointed out the range of Pirates. Everyone knows I have a weakness when it comes to pirates and they seem to thrive on pointing me in the direction of nice ones to paint up. So off trotted I to the stand to see Trevor and blow me he had not got any at all, however he offered to fetch me one on the Sunday as he was travelling back home Saturday night, so I collected Blackbeard on Sunday excellent customer service is what I call that. Combined with the fact he is a wonderful sculpt and has been looking down at my workbench this last 8 days and my resistance broke.
He came down from the awaiting attention shelf straight onto the paint table Monday afternoon.
Edward Teach (also Edward Thatch, c.1680—22 November 1718), better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Although little is known about his early life, he was probably born in Bristol, England. He may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne's War before settling on the Bahamian island of New Providence, a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined sometime around 1716. Hornigold placed him in command of a sloop he had captured, and the two engaged in numerous acts of piracy. Their numbers were boosted by the addition to their fleet of two more ships, one of which was commanded by Stede Bonnet, but toward the end of 1717 Hornigold retired from piracy, taking two vessels with him.
Teach captured a French merchant vessel, renamed her Queen Anne's Revenge, and equipped her with 40 guns. He became a renowned pirate, his cognomen derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies. He formed an alliance of pirates and blockaded the port of Charleston, South Carolina. After successfully ransoming its inhabitants, he ran Queen Anne's Revenge aground on a sandbar near Beaufort, North Carolina. He parted company with Bonnet, settling in Bath Town, where he accepted a royal pardon. But he was soon back at sea and attracted the attention of Alexander Spotswood, the Governor of Virginia. Spotswood arranged for a party of soldiers and sailors to try to capture the pirate, which they did on 22 November 1718. During a ferocious battle, Teach and several of his crew were killed by a small force of sailors led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.