Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog Contest - Fast Draw

"I hope this handgun is a nine-shooter!"
Still one week remaining in the Haiku contest.  With no activity in a few days, time to mix it up a bit.

What does that mean?  Well, how about a "Fast Draw" for a Kindle version of Hyde's Wargaming Compendium?  I have the Kindle version in addition to the hard copy and it is quite handy having it available on the iPad.

Anyone who has submitted at least on Haiku gets one entry in this random drawing.  Bluebear Jeff with four Haiku receives four entries out of the 12 received thus far.

Sometimes the odds are not favorable but you succeed despite the odds.

And the winner is:   Michael Peterson!

Congratulations, Michael!  If you can send me your email address, I'll send details on how to collect.  If you do not want the Kindle version, let me know and I will draw again.

Thanks for playing!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

SAW U.S. Volunteer Infantry in 25mm

Work at the painting desk slowed considerably this week.  "Slowed" is an understatement.  "Stopped in its tracks" is more like it.  After having spent a week on vacation, I returned only to be hit by a debilitating flu with complications.  With very infrequent and short sessions, a second unit of U.S. Volunteer infantry makes its way off the workstation. 

The figures are Old Glory and bring the total U.S. infantry to 60.  I may be getting close to giving a small SAW game a try.  I plan to continue working SAW figures into the painting queue and a unit of U.S. cavalry will be finding their way into the queue soon.

The volunteers are wearing a mix of trousers but all have the ubiquitous blue shirt.

Next off the painting desk will likely be a large handful of 15mm WWII German paratroops.  The 15mm WWII project has not seen much (any) activity since the beginning of 2014 so why not give it a boost?  What prompted a return to this project?  Well, Peter Pig recently held a sale and I was sorely tempted.  Upon reflection figured I ought to burn down the pile a bit before bringing in new recruits.  What? I passed sale?  It must be my weakened state of mind and body.

BTD USA is holding a 50% discount sale too and I thought I had made it without buying anything.  I received an email, however, this morning stating that the sale had been extended through Monday.  Oh, the pressure...    

Monday, September 15, 2014

Two Year Anniversary Contest

Yes, the Year Two anniversary of my entry into the blogosphere approaches.  For me, the last two years have been quite rewarding.  Chronicling my hobby activities has provided an incentive and focus towards my hobby-time efforts.  Well, anyone who has read the eclectic nature of my various projects may be wondering, "Focus?  You must be kidding." OK.  Scratch "focus."  Replace with "dedication."

The most rewarding benefit is the number of friendships gained through these communications.  To borrow from 70's rocker Ted Nugent, we all need good friends (and a bottle of wine).
Ted Nugent's Good Friends and Bottle of Wine

Reading the lyrics below, these words might ring familiar to many wargamers.  We all know what others must endure within our hobby, right?  Going crazy, hazy vision?  Certainly, maladies for the painters and the button counters among us.  The last stanza contains the kernel of tabletop wargaming, don't you agree?  I do!

I think I know your condition
Yes I've been down that road before
Maybe it's just superstition
But there's one thing that I know for sure

They say that I'm going crazy
Well it's true, sometimes I want to scream
Maybe my vision gets hazy
But there's one thing I know that I need

It's true that life has it moments
Sometimes up and sometimes down
Identify your opponents
And gather all your good friends around

While I may not be able to produce something of such Nugentian clarity, perhaps at least one reader can take on this challenge?

Challenge?  What is the challenge?

With the last twelve months featuring numerous posts detailing the advancement of my Samurai Battles project, how about a Haiku contest?

The Prize:
A copy of Henry Hyde's excellent tome, Wargaming Compendium.  Henry's work is THE book I wish I had available to me as a reference when I first was drawn into wargaming.  Life would have been much simpler.

The Rules:
1. Theme 1: The meaning or essence of wargaming to you.
2. Theme 2: Why Wargaming Compendium should be yours!
3. Stick to the traditional three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables each.
4. Enter as many times as you like.
5. If your Haiku was inspired by one of the already posted Haikus, list your inspiration.
6. Being a public Follower may influence your entry's ranking.

Contest will close 30SEP2014 and there may be more than one prize awarded.

Yes, I still have my 1978 LP of Nugent's Weekend Warrior.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SAW U.S. Volunteer Infantry in 25mm

Painting progress continues on with the Americans for the Spanish-American War project.  Saturday's output sees the first of the U.S. Volunteer Infantry.  These fifteen figures comprise half a bag of Old Glory figures.  The other half bag is on the painting desk undergoing a similar treatment.  This unit, like its Regular infantry before it, are awaiting the issuance of colors.  

While still early on in the project, attention will need to be turned towards rules.  My current inclination is to dust off Fields of Honor and give them a few trials.  Fields of Honor contains basic armies for many of the 19th Century conflicts.  Unfortunately, the SAW was not one of them.  Still, I should have the data needed to construct the combatants.  I have many fond memories of playing FoH years ago and still remains one of my favorite colonial rules.  Today I rarely see the rules mentioned.  I will set forth the basic mechanisms of the rules in a later post. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Libyan Heavy Infantry - Renegade

Back to the painting desk after a week away.  Even though the weather has been pleasant, it felt equally pleasant to sit down to the painting desk after a brief hiatus.

This time marching off from the painting table is a thirteen figure Libyan heavy infantry stand for Impetvs.  Figures are Renegade with the exception of the officer which, I believe, is Aventine.  Even scoring the transfers before applying to the very curved shields did not solve the bunching problem I had in earlier units.

With Renegade on indefinite holiday, not enough heavy infantry remain to field another complete unit.  There are still a few handfuls of Renegade skirmishers to paint and field for the Carthaginians but that is it.  I also need to find some suitable Carthaginian cavalry that can be fielded alongside the huge Renegade horse. 

The 28mm Punic Wars project has not seen much activity thus far in 2014.  In fact, only two other units have crossed the painting table this year.  I guess that means the project may be stabilizing.  Either that or other projects have elbowed it out of a higher priority.  Nevertheless, it is satisfying to make another addition to the project.

It would be fun to get these guys onto the table for a game. With cooler temperatures on the horizon, gaming activities will soon switch to those of the tabletop variety.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hey! Why the Silence?

It has been quiet around here.  Why?  Well, I spent the last week plying the waters of Southeast Alaska exploring the towns, fjords, and glaciers of the region and learning a bit about its history and culture.

On the wargaming front, my intention was to work on a rules review while away but that goal came to naught as I was quite occupied with activities at hand.  I did manage to read Theodore Roosevelt's gripping account of his exploits during the Spanish-American War in Rough Riders.  What an enjoyable and fascinating read!  I return rejuvenated to press on with the Span-Am project.

Before heading for home, we stopped in Victoria, Canada for one evening.  One objective was to revisit Miniatures World adjacent to the magnificent Empress Hotel.  I last visited Victoria and Miniatures World about 20 years ago so I was due for a memory refresher.

Miniatures World houses a display of dioramas some of which are military themed.  Many of the displays were familiar and brought back fond memories of my earlier trip but new exhibits were on display as well.  With battlefields in miniature, model railroad displays, miniature operating sawmills, dollhouses, and more, there is something of interest to almost everyone.

A sampling of the exhibits follow:

Normal activities resume and a Two-Year Blog Anniversary contest is in the works.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Napoleonic Spanish Officer

This solitaire Spanish officer has been lingering in The Lead Pile without any like-minded Spanish Napoleonics.  I liked the look of the figure so added him onto a Brigade Games' order when I was filling out the ranks of British and French infantry.
He is really exquisitely modeled but cannot seem to find a place in my current Peninsular War project.  Rather than leave him unpainted, I figured why not paint and base the officer?  Perhaps he could be used as a special character figure in one of the games?  Perhaps add a mounted figure and make a two figure command stand?

Of course, this will likely lead to fielding a small Spanish contingent.
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