Sunday, May 25, 2014

Liebster Nomination

Marcus at The Monkey that Walks blog has nominated The Palouse Wargaming Journal for a Liebster Award.  Marcus, I thank you!

From my understanding, this is in effect a chain letter to help in promoting bloggers having fewer than 200 followers.  Those blogs that I, in turn, nominate, are to copy and paste the award to into their blog linking it back to the person who nominated them (The Palouse Wargaming Journal). Part of the ritual is answering a handful of questions.  The nominator can prescribe a set of questions for the nominee.

The "official" rules as interpreted by me:

  • Copy and paste the award on your blog linking to the blogger who has given it to you 
  • Pass the award to your top 11 blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment one of their posts to notify then that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog 
  • Sit back and bask in the warm fuzzy feeling that comes that knowing you have made someones day! 
  • There is no obligation to pass this onto someone else but it's nice if you take the time to do so. 
Since Marcus did not dictate a set of questions, I will tackle a few of the questions he answered in his Leibster nomination.

1. Why did you start blogging?
To chronicle my efforts in my wargaming hobby and provide a bit of motivation and direction. Maintaining a website became too onerous so I switched to blogging at the suggestion of one of my gaming buddies in the fall of 2012.

2. If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?
Mainstream credibility. We are not all kooks playing with toy soldiers.

3. What is best in life?
The satisfaction in knowing that when the die is cast, you have done your best.

4. Do you want to live forever?
I have often quipped that I really need two lifetimes: one to paint and one to game with all of those figures painted!

5. Fame or fortune?
No third choice? I pick Power.

6. What miniatures are you most proud of having painted?
Usually, the last unit completed!

7. How do you deal with burn out?

8. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Non sequitur

9. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Always been a fan of Shatner's overacting in the Original Star Trek series.

10. If you could only buy from one miniature company from now on, which one would it be?
Purchasing from only one miniatures company suggests that this company must have a large number of varied and complete ranges. Therefore, I choose Wargames Foundry.

11. What is your favourite takeaway?
Rarely succumb to takeaway but if pressed, I would claim sandwiches are number one in frequency.

Which blogs do I, in turn, nominate? For my Elite Nine, in no particular order, I nominate the following worthy-of-a-visit blogs:
Twin Cities Gamer

Here's No Great Matter
Dartfrog's Adventures in 6mm
Blunders on the Danube
JJ's Wargames
Carry on up the Dale
Brushes and Bases
Black Powder Games

Each of these I regularly visit and always look forward to their latest offerings.  The above blogs run the gamut of periods and sizes.  Always something of interest in each of their postings.  Less than 200 followers or not, these are terrific blogs by any measure!

I will change the questions up a bit for my nominees.  The questions are:

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?

3. Do you read Battle Reports and what makes them inviting to read?

4. Is figure painting a chore or pleasure?

5. Napoleon once was quoted as saying he preferred a general that was lucky over skilled. In gaming, are you lucky or skilled?

6. Could you limit your gaming and collecting to one period and one size? If so, what?

7. How do you deal with burn out?

8. If you could only buy from one miniature company from now on, which one would it be?

Thanks to those who follow my exploits in wargaming.  I appreciate your interest.  As always, comments are welcome.


  1. Congratulations a well deserved award

    1. Thank you, Andrew! I appreciate your visits and support.

  2. Well done, Jonathan! I love this one: "I really need two lifetimes: one to paint and one to game with all of those figures painted!"

    They say that in heaven, there is no beer. I do expect miniatures, and an epic battleboard. ;-)

    1. Thanks, Monty! You know, I should have confirmed your follower count before my blog roll selections. I always turn to your blog first and figured you have more than the 200 cut off. I need to make an addendum and place your fine blog in the list!

    2. Guilty of the same thing ;) Jonathan, I've only seen about half of the blogs you've listed - going to have to look them up!


    3. FMB, I hope you find at least one that you enjoy!

    4. You are much too kind, but thank you!

  3. Jonathan, thank you so much for the the tip on other good blogs and the nomination of Black Powder Games! Due respect will be payed on my blog shortly. Looking forward to answering your questions, especially no 5 & 6 have me wondering at the moment.

    1. My pleasure! I have been enjoying watching your mid-19th Century collection grow.

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    1. Hi Michael, this is all FMB's doing through his kind nomination.

  5. Congrats Jonathan! You for sure deserve the award!