Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review of The Martian Tales Trilogy by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Author:  Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Title:  The Martian Tales Trilogy.
Publisher:  Barnes and Noble.
Copyright:  1912, 1913, 1914, (2004).
Pages:  669.
Price:  $9.99 (US).

Overview:
I hadn't read Edgar Rice Burroughs's works.  I started his novel back several months ago.  I just got finished with it today.  The three related books are Princess of Mars, Gods of Mars, and Warlord of Mars.  

The protagonist is ex-Confederate soldier John Carter and his adventures on the Red Planet.  He is magically transported to Mars and begins an odyssey on a new world.  John Carter fights, makes friends and falls in love.  All in an epic telling.  The writing is fast-paced and first person from John Carter's viewpoint.

The second book, Gods of Mars, is about John Carter's quest to win his wife back and put an end of evil practices of Martian theocrats who feast off the remains of the planet's ignorant masses.

Warlord of Mars continues John Carter's quest to free the Princess of Helium and the final battle on the northern polar region of Mars.

Recommend for Victorian Sci-Fi fans.




Friday, July 25, 2014

Real life getting in the way of things....

I've been dealing with insurance companies and making phone calls this past week.  My car got totaled.  I get to go car shopping next week.  And I'm without a car right now.  I also sat down and figured my finances.  There are many things I won't be able to get/do.  Bills come first (financial responsibility from a WH40K player, it's the End Times, aggh!).

I'd like get another 18mm SYW Swedish army and a 18mm SYW Prussian army.  Maybe next year....

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mid-Summer 2014 progress report

I'm blogging to let know people I'm alive.  I've been spending the weekends painting.  Specifically, I've been working on 28mm 1870 Bavarian infantry brigade.  I want to get a battalion done a week.  Problem is there are seven battalions to finish!  I also started a 28mm 1870 French Turco infantry regiment, too.  I'll be done with my 28mm FPW projects when those armies are finally painted.

Realistically, that puts me into September/October to complete my 28mm FPW game for Command Con 2014.  I'm only running one gaming slot this year for Command Con 2014.  That will be Friday, November 7th at 12 PM, I believe.  I'm also running a 15mm SYW Battle of Minden - August 1, 1759 on Saturday, July 19th at 12 PM at Wargamers Cave.  I'll also be running a 28mm Boer War Game 1881 on Saturday, August 9th at Guns of August for Big Muddy HGA...

Other activities have seen me writing and catch up on my reading.  I' finished Edgar Rice Burroughs' Princess of Mars.  I'm now reading the second book.  I have an interest in 28mm VSF.  But it's another expense I can afford to do without, for now.  I have a backlog of 20 books to read before I'm caught up with everything.  Any progress I make towards my unread pile is progress none the less...

Good painting and good gaming,
Blake


Saturday, June 28, 2014

WH40K Demo Game by Hostile Contact

Steve Hood (Combat Colours) and Joe Collins (Sapper Joe) squared off in a WH40K demo game run by Curtis Tuner (Hostile Contact) today at Wargamers Cave in Granite City, IL.  Both sides had 1,000 point armies.  Combat Colors had Space Marines.  Sapper Joe had Chaos Marines.  They fought over several contested objectives.

Combat Colours blew up one of Sapper Joe's Rhinos.  Sapper Joe returned the favor by pinning down Combat Colours' dreanought.  Sapper Joe had a Nurgle predator that pounded on the dreadnought to little avail.  But he got lucky and blew up Combat Colours' Razorback.  Meanwhile both sides' infantry shot it out over contested terrain until the two brought their jump troops and terminators on board.

Then, things got really ugly.  The game went six turns.  Steve lost by the narrowest of margins because he didn't have any troops available to contest an object other than his devastator squad.  Sapper Joe found the game to be a good learning experience.  Combat Colours is also interested in playing more WH40K, too.

I'm hoping for another 1,000 point demo game next month at Wargamers Cave.  BTW, we're doing 6th edition WH40K.  I've played 7th edition.  It's no fun.  I found that out last night when my Blood Angels fought Dark Eldar....

Monday, June 23, 2014

Review of Hitler's Guards by James J. Weingartner

Author:  James J. Weingartner.
Title:  Hitler's Guard - The Story of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 1933-1945.
Publisher:  Battery Classics.
Copyright:  (1974), 1989.
Pages: 194.
Price:  $22.50.

Overview:
This is one of those stories about books I'd purchased, read them, and then realized I used to own a copy of it and had already read it!

The books is the story of Joseph Sepp Dietrich and the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.  The unit originally started out as a ceremonial bodyguard unit.  It was an entire panzer division by the end of WWII.

How that happened is part of the book.  The other part is how the unit was used to deal with the Third Reich's enemies, both foreign and domestic.  The Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler fought all over Europe during WWII.  They were seen as an elite of the Waffen SS carrying out Adolf Hitler's personal orders.

Starting with the "Night of the Long Knives" and the murder of Ernst Roehm to the final days of the Reich, Sepp Dietrich willing became Hitler's personal "paladin" in carrying out his master's orders.  This places Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler not only among the elite military units of history, it also ranks them as some of the worst war criminals, too.

Though little thought was given to Himmiler's propaganda, Sepp Dietrich and average ranks of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler say themselves as a new racial elite fighting the Bolsheviks and international Jewry in their crusade on the Eastern Front.  For they liked to say, "My loyalty is my honor."  Recommended.

WIP, 23JUNE14, 28mm 1870 French

Here are some photos of 28mm 1870 French, WIP, 23JUN14:



                           28mm 1870 French Command and dismounted Chassuers d'Afrique.

June painting and figure purchases...

I've been working on 28mm 1870 French command and 28mm 1870 Chasseurs d'Afrique this weekend.  I'll get some photos of the finished pieces up soon.  I'm taking a break from painting this morning.  I feel like Napoleon III at Sedan sometimes.  The amount of figures I have to paint is overwhelming.  I'm trying to make a dent in my unpainted miniature pile.

Some days, it goes better than others.  This weekend was productive.  However, I still have an entire 28mm 1870 Bavarian infantry brigade to finish.  I moved onto 28mm 1870 Prussian and Bavarian artillery to finish later this week.

I finally got a large purchase I'd bought about 1.5 months ago.  A WH40K Baneblade kit.  I have no idea what type of tank I'll assemble.  I'll finish my 28mm FPW armies before moving onto the remaining WH40K vehicles...