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Signs of Life? (7th Jul 2019)

Life gets busy.  Jobs change, kids grow up, and the older you get, the faster things seem to change.  Before you know it, years have passed by. This blog has been dormant for a long time and for a variety of reasons that I’ll simply call ‘life.’  I’ve hit ... Read More

1813 Project Order of Battle (5th Feb 2013)

Having committed to the new 1813 project described by Immer Vorwarts, I started looking at an order of battle to model.  Jason & Eric are focusing on units that fought at Mockern in the fall of 1813 as part of the Battle of Nations (Leipzig).  Since IR ... Read More

1813 Project Order of Battle (5th Feb 2013)

Having committed to the new 1813 project described by Immer Vorwarts, I started looking at an order of battle to model.  Jason & Eric are focusing on units that fought at Mockern in the fall of 1813 as part of the Battle of Nations (Leipzig).  Since I’m b ... Read More

28mm Napoleonics Painting Update (4th Feb 2013)

I’ve switched back to working on more 28mm Napoleonic figures after doing little but Warhammer 40K Tau for the last 8 months or so.  This is prompted by my new friend Jason cranking up his 1813 project using the “Black Powder” rules, and ... Read More

28mm Napoleonics Painting Update (4th Feb 2013)

I’ve switched back to working on more 28mm Napoleonic figures after doing little but Warhammer 40K Tau for the last 8 months or so.  This is prompted by my new friend Jason cranking up his 1813 project using the “Black Powder” rules, and inviting me to pa ... Read More

On Games Workshop’s Rules Designs (20th Jan 2013)

I made a comment on Twitter this week about how the main rules mechanics for GW’s Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40K games are ‘stuck in the 70′s.’  I was asked what I meant by this, and 140 characters simply isn’t en ... Read More

On Games Workshop’s Rules Designs (20th Jan 2013)

I made a comment on Twitter this week about how the main rules mechanics for GW’s Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40K games are ‘stuck in the 70’s.’  I was asked what I meant by this, and 140 characters simply isn’t enough space to even start talki ... Read More

Back With a Brand New Plan (10th Jan 2013)

So I post a long-winded 2013 update and, of course, less than an hour later I get an email from another local gaming acquaintance that throws my plans into upheaval. It looks like 28mm Napoleonics is back on the front burner again so it’s time to or ... Read More

Back With a Brand New Plan (10th Jan 2013)

So I post a long-winded 2013 update and, of course, less than an hour later I get an email from another local gaming acquaintance that throws my plans into upheaval. It looks like 28mm Napoleonics is back on the front burner again so it’s time to order so ... Read More

A Long Overdue Update & Plans for 2013 (5th Jan 2013)

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a long time since I updated this blog.  As usual, there are a couple of reasons for this: Life has been busy.  My work got very busy in the second half of 2012 and I spent a lot of time working out of town.  Natura ... Read More

A Long Overdue Update & Plans for 2013 (5th Jan 2013)

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a long time since I updated this blog.  As usual, there are a couple of reasons for this: Life has been busy.  My work got very busy in the second half of 2012 and I spent a lot of time working out of town.  Naturally th ... Read More

New Army Painter Inks (30th Jun 2012)

I managed to try out the new inks from The Army Painter this evening in between dealing with firefighting for work & feeding some starving children.  The figs are still drying but for now I am impressed.  We’ll see what they look like when fully dry ... Read More

New Army Painter Inks (30th Jun 2012)

I managed to try out the new inks from The Army Painter this evening in between dealing with firefighting for work & feeding some starving children.  The figs are still drying but for now I am impressed.  We’ll see what they look like when fully dry but I ... Read More

Foundry Sees The Light (28th Jun 2012)

It’s the end of an era today, folks. Wargames Foundry, one of the earliest drivers of ’28mm’ historical miniatures, sent me an email today: Dear Sir/Madam, While you may not have noticed yet, things are changing at Foundry and we are the ... Read More

Foundry Sees The Light (28th Jun 2012)

It’s the end of an era today, folks. Wargames Foundry, one of the earliest drivers of ’28mm’ historical miniatures, sent me an email today: Dear Sir/Madam, While you may not have noticed yet, things are changing at Foundry and we are the middle of a proce ... Read More

Army Painter Inks (24th Jun 2012)

I stopped into one of the Twin Cities’ excellent game stores today while out on a hobby day with my son and picked up a few bottles of the new Army Painter “Warpaints” line.  Per a tip from Der Feldmarchall I picked up a bottle of APR ... Read More

Army Painter Inks (24th Jun 2012)

I stopped into one of the Twin Cities’ excellent game stores today while out on a hobby day with my son and picked up a few bottles of the new Army Painter “Warpaints” line.  Per a tip from Der Feldmarchall I picked up a bottle of AP’s inks that match the ... Read More

Painting Update, or How I Learned to Live Without the Optivisor (21st Apr 2012)

After finally kicking myself in the butt I’ve started working in earnest on my 28mm Sash & Saber Russians again.  As I described in my last post I’m trying something new (and old) starting from a white undercoat and then blocking in the main c ... Read More

Painting Update, or How I Learned to Live Without the Optivisor (21st Apr 2012)

After finally kicking myself in the butt I’ve started working in earnest on my 28mm Sash & Saber Russians again.  As I described in my last post I’m trying something new (and old) starting from a white undercoat and then blocking in the main colors with a ... Read More

FoW Painting (7th Apr 2012)

I picked up some 15mm Battlefront Panzergrenadiers about a year ago on Bartertown.  I got them cheap, cleaned them up, primed them white and then shelved them in favor of other things as I am wont to do sometimes. I’m trying to get back into the swi ... Read More

FoW Painting (7th Apr 2012)

I picked up some 15mm Battlefront Panzergrenadiers about a year ago on Bartertown.  I got them cheap, cleaned them up, primed them white and then shelved them in favor of other things as I am wont to do sometimes. I’m trying to get back into the swing of ... Read More

A Fresh Start (29th Mar 2012)

After another long break I’m trying to climb back into the saddle again.  I started a new career last fall, and while that has been a very good thing it has meant a huge learning curve both for me and for my family as we all adjust to a new lifestyl ... Read More

An Update of Sorts (13th Oct 2011)

Life rolls on.  A recent job change has moved gaming down the priority chain a bit.  Now that things have settled down I’m starting to paint again.  I’m slowly working on Coppens’ Zouave battalion and am making decent progress.  After th ... Read More

ACW project rolls on (30th Jul 2011)

I managed to get enough Perry zouaves assembled to create six stands for the upcoming 1862 project.  I’m trying something different and priming them white and then staining the base colors on to try and give me some natural shading so far so good ot ... Read More

Brother Against Brother (29th Jun 2011)

I was invited to my friend Jeff’s house last Saturday to try out a small 28mm semi-skirmish game using the Brother Against Brother rules.   We originally were planning on an ACW clash, but circumstances being what they were it turned out that we pla ... Read More

Changing Things Up (31st May 2011)

The one constant in life is change, and as such my hobby projects have changed a bit over the last month or so.   I’m currently working on some 28MM projects and am enjoying the process of relearning how to properly paint the larger figures again. F ... Read More

Another Napoleonics Game (20th Apr 2011)

Quick update here after not posting for a long while.  Five of us met last Saturday to play a Legacy of Glory 15mm Napoleonic game at my place.  it was the first game in a few months thanks to sickness, work schedules, family, etc.   The main positives we ... Read More

Plans for 2011 (27th Jan 2011)

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted something here.  Family life and work have been very busy this winter and it doesn’t show many signs of letting up. Looking to this year I can see two main projects for me.  I’m continuing t ... Read More

An ACW Game (27th Sep 2010)

After a lost summer from a gaming perspective, we finally managed to get most of our group together last Friday evening for a quick game.    Considering the length of time it takes for your average Legacy of Glory game, we decided to try something differe ... Read More

Making Forests (9th Sep 2010)

After a lost summer (from a gaming perspective), I finally have motivated myself to do some hobby-related stuff again.   We have an ACW game scheduled for the end of the month and I decided we needed woods… and lots of them.  Around the same time I ... Read More

Starting Over (2nd May 2010)

A few months back I posted photos of a 28mm Sash & Saber Russian infantryman I had been working on.  I picked the figures back up this week for the first time in a while and decided I was unhappy with the paintjobs.   I had been experimenting with trying ... Read More

Legacy of Glory Game 4/11 (12th Apr 2010)

Had some folks over yesterday for another game of Legacy of Glory including a new prospective player, Dave B.    Sorry, no pics this time. The LoG 2 beta rules didn’t arrive in time so we played a straight-up first edition game.  Another 1807 scenar ... Read More

God’s Own Scale – 20mm (9th Apr 2010)

Just a quick post to comment on some 20mm WWII BEF infantry I’m working on as a change of pace from the Napoleonics.   On the Guild they call 20mm “God’s own scale” or something similar and after painting some of the figures I can ... Read More

Some AB Russians (7th Apr 2010)

I was messing around with our camera last night and got a few ‘passable’ photos of my latest work.    There are 6 new pictures on my Photobucket account. The photos look shiny because I haven’t finished the bases so there’s only an ... Read More

Weekend Painting Blitz (22nd Mar 2010)

My lovely bride is heading out of town this weekend with her girlfriends on a scrapbooking retreat so yours truly is left to his own devices.  This means taking care of the kids during the day, and three nights of straight painting.  I’m going to tr ... Read More

A short WIP update (10th Mar 2010)

Not much new to report.  The taxman was not good to us this year so my hobby budget has been limited for a while.  That’s OK because I’ve got a good number of AB Russians still waiting to get painted. Speaking of which my jagers and generic sk ... Read More

New 15mm Figures from Blue Moon (aka Old Glory) (4th Mar 2010)

Big advertisement on TMP this week from Blue Moon Manufacturing announcing the start of a 15mm Historicals line.    OK… this wasn’t a huge announcement on TMP, but it’s interesting to me for the following reasons: While I’m unsure ... Read More