Monday, December 24, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
The ArmChair General: When the Navy Walked - Hurricon 2012: ArmChair General, When the Navy Walked, at Hurricon 2012 Rob and I went to Hurricon this past weekend and had a good show. Our demos ...
The Burning Sands of Syrtis Major: Royal Mounted Gashant Corps: Inspired as I was by an article in Transactions of the Royal Martian Geographic Society, Volume 1 , I decided to paint up a company of gas...
Saturday, September 29, 2012
A fist full of Plastic: Lucky Products AWI Troops - Recent Reinforcements: Recently an online auction site based in NZ, had some of the Lucky Products AWI troops for sale. They were offered in two separate lots, one...
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Shawn and I were able to touch base and go over a few things and I anticipate that I will have the first draft by November. I am anticipating it as follows:
· WTNW Overview
· The Battle of Crispo (Written by Miklos, a Crispian native on the defense)
· WTNW Setting
· Letters from the Front (A means for adding first person realism to the setting material. This will be interspersed throughout the main setting document)
· New Rules (Tech Levels, Sabotage Deck, FOW (Breakdowns), Steampunk objectives, etc)
· WTNW Countries/Nationalities (Orbats, Tactics)
o Confederate States of America
o Republic of Texas
o Republic of California
o Sudanese (Pathans)
o United States of America
o Zulu (and other African Tribes)
· So you Wanna Be A Steampunk Eh? (Rules for making your own steamtech)
· FOW Cards
· Sabotage Deck
Monday, September 17, 2012
This game was actually last Thursday, but as mentioned before, there was a lot going on last weekend. The day before RECRUITS is always hit or miss. Some guys can't get a kitchen pass for Thursday AND all weekend. But, it turned out 7 could. GASLIGHT always brings 'em out.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Daddy's Little Men: German WW1 East Africa Army Complete: Well that took forever! Between buying the figures from multiple manufacturers, modding them and struggling with the painting this project t...
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Last summer, the cinema world lost the great, prolific and distinctive filmmaker Raul Ruiz. Probably best known to contemporary audiences for "The Mysteries Of Lisbon," the Cannes winner has in the middle of preparations for his next film, "The Lines Of Wellington," which was set to center around the Battle Of Bussaco in 1810 and the French invasion of Portugal. Well, fans will be relieved to know the movie is still happening.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
female miniature dachshund Baby had passed away in her sleep
right in her favorite sleeping spot by my chair. She had been ill
for a short time but, it did not seem to be that serious,
and I had thought she would recover but, alas no...
She was a big part of our family and will be sorely missed...
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
One More Gaming Project: GASLIGHT at Historicon 2002: Ten Years Ago This Mo...: I thought with Historicon 2012 behind us now, it might be fun to travel back in time to the early days of GASLIGHT as it was ten years ago a...
Monday, July 23, 2012
One More Gaming Project: Historicon 2012 AAR: Mars by GASLIGHT Extravaganza...: Saturday morning, Buck and I ran our big 21 player Mars by GASLIGHT Extravaganza. This was a mash-up game of many different Mars backgroun...
Monday, July 16, 2012
Super Galactic Dreadnought: New name, same games: GuadaComaCon: South Texas Mini Con now has a new name. One hex = 500 feet Taking inspiration from the two rivers that converge in our host city of New ...
Friday, July 13, 2012
Super Galactic Dreadnought: South Texas Mini-Con has a website: That's right, the South Texas Mini-Con now has a website of its very own. It's still pretty much a skeleton right now, but save it in your...
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Frank Chadwick's Space:1889: Sneak Peek at the German Space: 1889 RPG: Big news! Uhrwerk Verlag has some sample art up on the upcoming German Space: 1889 role-playing game along with an overview -- in Ger...
Monday, June 4, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Le Cateau, 1914 was played using Richard Brooks' Op14 rules and was run by Martin using his 15mm toys (and my aeroplanes). Martin has very kindly made available the briefings which I reproduce in part below. He ran the BEF while I donned the Von Kluck's spiky helmet.
After the battle of
on 23rd August the BEF fell back with Von Klucks 1st Army in hot pursuit. On the 25th the BEF was forced to split
its march around the Mons on the Sambre. Von Kluck's advance
guards fought a series of actions with BEF rearguards but the exhausted British
could retreat no further and decided to stand and fight Forest of Mormal
Thursday, May 17, 2012
One More Gaming Project: First Red Martian Unit Finished: This week I finished my first unit of ten Red Martians and an overall commander for the big 20 player GASLIGHT game Buck Surdu and I are ru...
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Fjodin's 15mm World: Irregular Miniatures 15mm Maasai: 15mm Maasai from Irregular Miniatures . These figures have only one pose, but plenty of variants. Maasai with mustache, necklace and b...
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Daddy's Little Men: Battle of Tanga Day One: Last night Jon made the drive up to my house to give "Things Are A Bit 'Ard" a try. It's a set of variant rules from the Too Fat Lardies S...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Itinerant Hobbyist: Pre-Game Pics of Jerry's CDTOB WWI Board: Jerry is getting ready for another Command Decision WWI game in 15mm. He's been spending a lot of time on these great looking boards. Jerr...
Friday, April 20, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Fjodin's 15mm World: British infantry colour test: Just painted two identical British infantryman miniatures in classical red and khaki uniform. These minis are only one pose from Peter ...
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Frank Chadwick's Space:1889: Better Pictures From Cold Wars: I apparently made a mistake uploading the pictures in the previous post. I (ahem) uploaded the thumbnails instead of the actual pictures. (I...
Friday, March 23, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
20mm Nostalgic Revival: Donald Featherstone: The Father of UK Wargaming is 94 years young around this time, many congrats to him, his books got me started way back in the mists of t...
PREPARING FOR A WARGAME
( WITH THE HELP OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE )
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a wargamer
as modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
disguise fair nature with hard favour’d rage.
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect,
let it pry through the portage of the head
like a brass cannon; let the brow o’whelm it
as fearfully as does a galled rock.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide;
hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit
to his full height. On, on, you noble wargamer
whose blood is that of fathers who wrote the rules !
Fathers who, like so many Alexanders,
have at these Conventions from morn ‘till even fought,
and pocketed their dice for lack of argument.
Dishonour not your mothers, for did they not sit
whilst those whom you call fathers painted their armies ?
Feel superior to players with troops in other scales,
and teach them how to wargame. And you, good players,
whose hands were made for wargaming, show us here
the mettle of your army; let us swear
that they are worthy of your painting, which I doubt not;
For there are none of them so mean and base
that hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
straining upon the start. The game’s afoot !
Rattle your dice ! And upon the charge
cry ‘God for Scruby! Featherstone! and HG Wells!’
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany:
Speech to the North German Regatta Association, 1901
In spite of the fact that we have no such fleet as we should have,
we have conquered for ourselves a place in the sun. It will now
be my task to see to it that this place in the sun shall remain our
undisputed possession, in order that the sun's rays may fall
fruitfully upon our activity and trade in foreign parts, that our
industry and agriculture may develop within the state and our
sailing sports upon the water, for our future lies upon the water.
The more Germans go out upon the waters, whether it be in races
or regattas, whether it be in journeys across the ocean, or in the
service of the battle flag, so much the better it will be for us. For
when the German has once learned to direct his glance upon what
is distant and great, the pettiness which surrounds him in daily life
on all sides will disappear. Whoever wishes to have this larger and
freer outlook can find no better place than one of the Hanseatic
cities....we are now making efforts to do what, in the old time, the
Hanseatic cities could not accomplish, because they lacked the
vivifying and protecting power of the empire. May it be the function
of my Hansa during many years of peace to protect and advance
commerce and trade! As head of the Empire I therefore rejoice over
every citizen, whether from Hamburg, Bremen, or Lübeck, who goes
forth with this large outlook and seeks new points where we can drive
in the nail on which to hang our armor. Therefore, I believe that I
express the feeling of all your hearts when I recognize gratefully that
the director of this company who has placed at our disposal the
wonderful ship which bears my daughter's name has gone forth as a
courageous servant of the Hansa, in order to make for us friendly
conquests whose fruits will be gathered by our descendants!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monty's War Gaming: Interlude, just for a laugh...: Saw this on FB and it gave me a chuckle... That's it for now, Monty
Too Good Not To Share!!! Well Done Monty!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sits in a conservation tank
after a steel truss that had surrounded it was removed on Thursday,
Jan. 12, 2012 at a conservation lab in North Charleston, S.C. Scientists
say removing the truss allows the first clear view of the sub since it
sank in 1864 off the South Carolina coast.
submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch
Conservation Center in North Charleston,
South Carolina January 12, 2012.