Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Birthday 2014

This weekend we celebrated my birthday, and I got some loot that you may find interesting.

First is the TIE Defender for the X-wing Miniatures game.  The Defender was always my favorite in the old TIE fighter computer game, and it should be pretty powerful in the table top game too.

Second is Justice League: Axis of Villains, which is a strategy game about defending the Justice League tower from an onslaught of villains. 

Third is the King's Quest collection, which collects together the King's Quest games 1-7.  I have heard that there are some problems with playing these games on newer computers, but I loved them as a kid, so I will jump through some hoops in order to play them.

Finally, we have The Landmark edition of the Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, which I am very excited to read... sometime.  However, there should be plenty of gaming ideas in that book, which I look forward to. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scratch Built Dropship

Sadly, not mine, but one I saw on Iron Mitten.

I really love the idea of taking "junk" and making something practical out of it, and since I have one of these same bottles at home, I was staring at it for a while in the shower this morning, thinking about how to make it into something useful for Inq28 or other WH40k/Generic Scifi sort of games.

Unfortunately I always start to get carried away, and I was thinking about blue foam shapes for the nose and tail, a chimera turret, vector engines, windows using disposable contact packets, and adding a layered styrene skin to have panels and exposed wiring... at a certain point I need to stop thinking and just make something.

(also see this post from the Marienburg Gazette)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


A few days late for this, but 100 years ago Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were shot to death in Sarajevo by Princip, a member of the Black Hand. This was of course the immediate cause of the Great War, which started a month later on 7/28/1914.  While that war may seem remote to some, it is obviously hugely important to making the contemporary world, with global effects rippling out from a few pistol shots in a far away city.

As it happened I visited the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna a couple of years ago, where they have a whole room full of artifacts from the shooting, including the car, Archduke Franz's coat, and the pistols of the Black Hand agents captured following the attack.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Perry Brothers Liberated

We are aware that there are rumours flying around that we have left Games Workshop! Thought we should set the record straight and let you all know that…we have! After 36 years, man and boy, working on Warhammer, 40K and of course, for the l...ast 15 years LotR and the Hobbit we are now able to focus our energy on our historical ranges.This means more time to dedicate to Perry Miniatures, and of course Mr Jackson who we continue to make 54mm WW1 figures for. We had an excellent evening on Friday at The Trip to Jerusalem with GW, and ex-GW, colleagues and friends who got us very, very drunk - cheers!
Above taken from the Perry Miniatures Facebook page.
With the move away from metal and now from individual figures, as well as the end of the LotR/Hobbit run... it only makes sense I suppose. 36 years at GW is more than enough for anyone, although with this departure, it means that there are even fewer "names" left at GW, as they leave for greener pastures. 
Celebrate by hurrying to the Perry Miniatures website and buying some figures!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

023 Sells Army

ZeroTwentyThree is selling his WHFB Marienburg (Empire) army. While this is undoubtedly a great tragedy for him, it should be a great opportunity for someone else [or rather two chances, since he is selling humans in one lot, and weirdos in another].

Friday, May 2, 2014

Inquisitor d1000 Part 9 - Demeanor

Here is a d100 table of Appearance as part of the d1000 inquisitor attributes project. Go back and read that post if you want to know what this is about.

Just Psyker and Stats left to go for this project, and then I will have the grand summation post, and create a page to help people find all of this "content".
Roll Demeanor
1 Absent Minded
2 Amoral
3 Arch
4 Assertive
5 Bad Tempered
6 Barbarous
7 Brusque
8 Calm
9 Careless
10 Catty
11 Cautious
12 Charming
13 Cheeky
14 Cold
15 Composed
16 Conceited
17 Conscientious
18 Contemptuous
19 Coquettish
20 Courtly
21 Coy
22 Crotchety
23 Curious
24 Debonair
25 Deceitful
26 Depraved
27 Docile
28 Dogmatic
29 Domineering
30 Enthusiastic
31 Excitable
32 Extroverted
33 Faithful
34 Fawning
35 Ferocious
36 Fickle
37 Flaky
38 Full Of Him/Herself
39 Fussy
40 Good Natured
41 Haughty
42 Hedonistic
43 Heroic
44 Immoral
45 Imperturbable
46 Impulsive
47 Inconsiderate
48 Introverted
49 Inventive
50 Irritating
51 Jolly
52 Jovial
53 Languid
54 Lordly
55 Lout
56 Loyal
57 Majestic
58 Manic
59 Manipulative
60 Moody
61 Nervous
62 Noble
63 Old Fashioned
64 Opinionated
65 Passive
66 Patronizing
67 Perfectionist
68 Persuasive
69 Picky
70 Playful
71 Pleasant
72 Polite
73 Pompous
74 Pragmatic
75 Punctilious
76 Puritanical
77 Quick Tempered
78 Reserved
79 Rude
80 Sage
81 Sanctified
82 Savage
83 Serious
84 Slimy
85 Slovenly
86 Sly
87 Somber
88 Spiteful
89 Staid
90 Stately
91 Surly
92 Taciturn
93 Thoughtful
94 Torpid
95 Trustworthy
96 Undiscriminating
97 Unswerving
98 Urbane
99 Volatile
100 Witty

As always, please let me know what you think.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Forgotten Glorious Sample Figure

Way back at the end of 2013, I saw a notice on Wargame News and Terrain, which indicated that a company I had never heard of was offering a sample figure.  Never one to pass up a free miniature, I hurried over to their website, and sent them a request for a French figure, with the idea that if it was not a range that appealed to me, I might be able to use the figure somewhere else, maybe as a pulp figure, or in 40k (with some additions).

As the company is located in France, I did not expect the package to come quickly, and yet I was still surprised to get the packet nearly a month later.  I guess not every company can be GZG (plus, again, it was free, so why complain?).

While it took me quite a while to get to it, here are some comparison pictures of the figure I got (a French infantry officer)

Left to right: Perry, Pulp, FG, Copplestone, Foundry
FG, Games Workshop, you can see how narrow the FG figure is

Narrow, and tall too

Painted picture of the figure from their blog

You can sort of tell from the pictures, but the figure has a separate head (here glued on), and is fairly tall and slender.  It does not really match up with any of the figures I compared it to, but that would not be a problem if you were to use only FG figures.  Unfortunately, FG only makes a few French figures currently, but more are in the works.

 The Great War references that I have are predominantly for the air war (although I did have a single plate of a French soldier in a uniform book), so as usual one must turn to the Internet. Fortunately for the French infantry painter there is Sidney Roundwood's very detailed Late War French painting guide.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

X-wing table

This week my wife got a gift from a friend as a thanks for some family portraiture.

That gift will make the best X-wing table, even though that is not its intended use.  (I hasten to add that my wife's friend works for PB, so did not pay full price!)

As you can see the silk screen process is nearly perfect, and the scale of the death star is good as well.  The picture is very close to 3x3 feet (dimensions given on the website are for the mailing box).  Unlike many canvas prints, the interior is solid, presumably to support the LEDs and wiring.

The only disappointing aspect of this picture is that it has stopped blinking, but one can certainly live with that as a game table.

On a related note, I was finally able to play (well, games master) a session of X-wing, and aside from R2-D2 keeping Luke alive indefinitely vs. "Dark Curse", it was great fun.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Apologies for the long gap in posts.  It is not that I lacked for subject matter, but rather that I had simultaneously too much to say and too little time in which to say it, leading to silence.  Blogging is as much a habit as it is a skill, and unfortunately I let myself fall out of the habit.

That it was also tax season, gardening work has restarted, and that I went to a conference for work, did not help matters either.

In any case, I have a couple of posts queued up, and will be making those soonish.

As an interesting aside, somehow the blog remains as, if not more, popular when I am not posting, and March and April have shattered all previous page view records, while I have also gained a few followers (and thank you kindly for deciding to follow!).

Thursday, February 27, 2014

the 300

No, not the Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here, obedient to Spartan law, we lie, 300.

I have not posted for a while, both because I have some pending projects that I wanted to finish and be cause of regular life taking up more time; but also, and possibly more importantly because I wanted to do something for the 300th post to the blog.

So yeah, 300 posts.  Pretty amazing if you think about it, particularly if you consider that my lovely and supportive wife and I bought a house and had two kids during that time; and over 46,000 page views and 60 followers is also quite gratifying.  So yay, me, and here is a bit of blog celebration and some highlights.

Top Five Posts
The top five posts of this blog, as measured by page views are:
  1. Armies of the Napoleonic Wars: An Illustrated History A new post and popular for reasons unknown to me.  Seems to be popular in Spain.
  2. From WFRP to fine art  Also popular in Spain, I think because it mentions WFRP and Estalia.   Sometimes I flatter myself and think it is because of this:
  3. Swords Popular as a Google search, possibly because there are not many pictures of "short swords" out there.
  4. Post Possibly popular because of the sprue picture, popular with me because it features the Games Workshop brochure that Tony kindly sent me.
  5. Kampfgruppe Normandy Was popular at the time of its posting because there was lots of interest in the book... most of which is no doubt gone now that it is OOP.
Four Favorite Creations
The four favorite things I have done since I started this blog:
  1. Baneblade: Built during the past four years, I need to paint it.  It has a number of alterations from the original kit, which is part of why it took so darn long...
  2. Giant: the largest kit I have painted (since the Baneblade is still unpainted!).  I think I could do a better job now, but it still quite imposing.
  3. Scratch built galley:  Turning scrap wood and paper into a scale model was extremely satisfying, and I think that the result is quite nice as well, considering.
  4. Deepest Sea Players' Guide: by far my most ambitious project, with 28 pages of content covering the various things that a player in my little universe needs to know, both about the setting, and D&D play generally.
Three things to look forward to
  1. Inq28: Poised to explode onto this blog, now that I have over 20 figures near to the "complete" phase and ready for paint.  This has been underway for years, so it will warm the cockles of my heart to get the blighters painted and on the 'net for everyone to see.
  2. Bo5A: As the last Hobbit movie comes out in December, and as the movie features the aforementioned Battle of Five Armies, this needs to be done!  23 battalions is a bit daunting, but it can be done. (and I have a few ideas to jazz the standard set up a bit if I get done before hand)
  3. Inquisitor d1000: Seven segments deep now, and only a few more to go. I will make up a new page to the blog when it is done for ready access.
Two things done recently, but unposted
  1. Finish painting Tau: All done!  Just need to dulcoat and take pictures
  2. Dwarf Sculpting: Decided to DIY my Longbeard regiment... one miniature at a time.
One important last thing:

Thank you, dear readers for helping me along the way, and for continuing to read that which I pour out.