Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lament on the book pile...

I thought I'd post something on my blog before the end of July 2015.  I haven't had a chance to read.  I tried reading at a doctor's office today waiting for my mom.  I only got seven pages read before I gave up.  I'm still reading Unbreakable:  The Chronicles of Promise Paen.  I'm only on Page 93.  There are 330 pages total.  I'd like to make a dent in it this weekend.  I'll see if I can.

Unfortunately, I've added to my book pile.  I now have the following hard copies to read:

Kill Team by Gav Thorpe
Master of Sanctity by Gav Thorpe
The Unforgiven by Gav ThorpeT
The Sharp End by David Drake
Beyond The Reach of Empire by Colonel Mike Snook
Two H.P. Lovecraft anthologies of his short stories

Now for ebooks:

Mekong First Light
Germany Ascendant, 1915
The Lost Stars:  Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell
Proxima by Stephen Baxter
Swords of Good Men
Age of Shiva
Such Men as These
The Last Stand of Fox Company
Memory of Water
Twilight of the Hellenistic World
The Protectors:  A Thriller by Trey Dowling
Eden to Armageddon
Troy:  Last War of the Heroic Age

I have no idea when I'll get around to reading my electronic books.  Maybe sometime next year...  Ugh!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday night painting....

I got home this afternoon.  I've been painting some 15mm SYW Reichsarmee imperial dragoons.  This is the first painting I've done in a week.  I've missed it.  I'll get back to more painting in the coming days.

Between my father's death and funeral arrangements, I did the following:

1)  Write a 28mm TS&TF variant for the Spanish-American War of 1898.

2)  Read a couple more chapters of Unbreakable:  The Chronicles of Promise Paen.

3)  Sell off excess 28mm figures because of an impending move in the near future.

4)  Deal with a friend the 28mm figures he wanted sell off.

Yellow Journalism:  The Spanish-American War, 1898 is another The Sword and The Flame variant for the Cuban theater.  I asked about possible 28mm rules for Span-Am War and got mixed replies.  So I joggled the minds of the local wargaming experts on the subject and then modified my own TS&TF variants for the American, Cuban, and Spanish armies.  I admit my ignorance on the conflict.  But my rule variants need to be play tested and looked at by others before I upload it to TS&TF Yahoo Users Group....

I looked forward to reading Unbreakable.  It's military sci-fi about a woman space marine by a new author named Bauer.  Fate intervened every time I went to read it .  I can read only get a chapter or two at a time.  So I've had this book for over a month and only have 76 pages read so far...

I got rid of my 28mm ECW, 28mm Trojan War, and 28mm Modern Afghanistan.  I'll be moving to a new place in three months.  I'll have less space to store my figures.  I've accumulated too many figures.  I had to cut back for the sake of space.  I made a list of what I wanted to keep.  It came down to my 28mm Samurai, 28mm Koreans, 28mm Mongols, 28mm 1882 British, 25mm 1890s British, 28mm Colonial Germans, 28mm Colonial Belgians, 28mm 1882 Egyptians, 28mm Mahdist Ansar, 28mm 1880s Boers, 28mm Zulus, 28mm Congolese natives, 28mm Congo Arabs, 28mm Masai, 28mm Viet Cong, 28mm ARNV, 28mm Vietnam USMC, 30mm Warmachine, 30mm WH40K, and 15mm SYW.  I probably still have too much...  

A local friend is liquidating part of his wargaming collection.  He had some 28mm OG Spanish-American War Americans for sale.  I looked at what he had for sale in 28mm and contacted him.  I then got motivated to write a 28mm Spanish-American War rules variant for TS&TF.  Looks like I'll eventually get around to painting 28mm Span-Am armies.  After I get done with my 15mm SYW Reichsarmee, 15mm SYW Saxons, 18mm SYW Swedes, 18mm SYW Prussians, 30mm Warmachine Steelhead Company Mercenaries, 30mm Warmachine Rhulic Mercenary army, 28mm Mahdist Ansar, 28mm Colonial Germans, 28mm Masai, 28mm Viet Cong, 28mm ARVN, and 28mm Vietnam US Marines...


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Catching up on painting....

I spent today doing laundry and finishing a WH40K Bane Blade.  I took the GW vehicles outside to be sealed.  I'll have photos when everything is done.  Not much else is going on.  I made some space in the basement when I submitted some things for a local gaming auction.  I'm hoping what I put in sells this weekend.

I have a 15mm SYW Reichsarmee infantry brigade to get back to.  I hope to finish it by the end of the month.  But I need to get flags and more metal stands for my remaining 18mm SYW projects.  That's were things stand...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WIP, WH40K Vehicles, 02JUL15

Here are photos of some WIP, GW WH40K Vehicles:

                                          WH40K Bane Blade, WIP, 02JUL15.

                                          WH40K Deathwing Land Raider, WIP, 02JUL15.

I've been working on them while I watch the CFL on ESPN2 tonight.  It's scary watching Canadian football because your local sports team is getting ground into dust by the opposition.  I began watching Canadian football last year.  I now know the teams and some of the players.  God help me!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review of Cold Victory by Poul Anderson

Author:  Poul Anderson.
Title:  Cold Victory.
PublisherTor Publishing.
Copyright:  1982.
Pages:  282.
Price:  $2.75 (US).

Overview and Impressions:

Cold Victory is an assortment of short stories about the Psychotechnical League that rose out the ashes of World War III in 1958.  Science became the guiding force behind human development.  Prosperity became common place.  But automation and technology put human labor to waste.  Discontent and revolution soon followed. 

Anderson's short stories are set in this dystopian future.  They revolve around Earth, Mars, the asteroid belt, and Jupiter's moons.  Each of them has a retro feel to them.  Most were written in the 1950s.  Cold Victory reads quick.  It was nice change from WH40K novels to read some hard retro sci-fi.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Review of The Unremembered Empire by Dan Abnett

Author:  Dan Abnett.
Title:  The Unremembered Empire.
Publisher:  The Black Library.
Copyright:  2014.
Pages:  413.
Price:  $9.99 (US).

Overview and Impressions:

This book in the Horus Heresy series features the Ultramarines primarch Roboute Guilliman trying to salvage what was left of the Imperium as civil war raged between Horus's Chaos traitor legions and the Imperial loyalists. 

However, the Five Hundred Worlds are isolated from Terra due to warp storms.  Guilliman tries to rebuild civilization as refugees from all over the galaxy flee to his realm.  Assassins and primarchs also descend on Macragge.  There are also xenos led traitors and all sorts of plot twists as the novel progresses.  The reader also meets an insane Vulkan and Lion el Johnson, primarch of the Dark Angels who come to Macragge on a mission to insure Guilliman doesn't betray the Emperor in his attempt to save the Imperium.

Overall, a good read.  Recommended for WH40K fans.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Die Con 2015 AAR: 20JUN15

Here are some photos from Die Con 2015 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, IL:

                                          Pat Lewis' AWI 6mm game board.

                                          Dave Schaeffer's Blue Max game.

                                          Mark Johnson's 25mm Napoleonics game.

                                          Lance Western conversing with GM Pat Lewis.

                                          Adam Jones III's 1/2400 Battle of the Java Sea.

                                          Privateer Press Weekend 2015 at Die Con 2015.

Here are photos of the 28mm Franco-Prussian War Battle of Woerth:  August 6, 1870 using Chassepot and Needlegun.  Lori Brom was kind enough to provide participation prizes for for several of the players!

       Initial deployment.  Each side a 28mm infantry brigade, a cavalry regiment, and a battery of artillery.

                                          Bavarian movemtnt.

                                          Pat McGarriety ponders his next move.

                                          Pat McGarriety advances his regiment of Bavarian infantry.

     Lance Western waits to move his jagers.  They never did advance that far due to lousy movement rolls.

                Glenn Wilson looks on as Craig fails another command roll with his French cavalry!

                       Glenn Wilson failed another command roll after Craig's troops refused to move.

                                          The Bavarians regrouped and put the hurt on the French.

         The Bavarians succeeded in causing the French to fail army morale and won the game!