Saturday, May 28, 2016

More WIP, 28MAY16

Here's more WIP, 30mm Warmachine Steelhead Company Mercs, 28MAY16:

                               
                                          Base Coats done on 30mm Warmachine figures.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Late May 2016 reading....

I read some more in Stephen Baxter's Proxima.  I got the point where the main character, a minor criminal is on Proxima c.  I also read another chapter in The Last Stand of Fox Company by Drury.  Fox Company was ordered by its CO to dig in during a snow storm that would be the coldest winter in 30 years.  All before the fighting breaks out between them and the Red Chinese in November 1950...

I'm also reading Jim Butcher's Small Favor.  Another book from the Dresden Files.  It's urban fantasy set in Chicago...

WIP, 30mm Warmachine Steelehead Company Mercs, 27MAY16

Here's a photo of some WIP, 30mm Warmachine Steelhead Company Mercs, 27MAY16:

                       1 Merc Warcaster, 1 Merc Solo, 20 Steelhead Halberdiers, 6 Merc Cavalry.

Monday, May 23, 2016

WIP, 15mm SYW Reichsarmee infantry brigade no. 2, 23MAY16

                           WIP, 15mm SYW Reichsarmee infantry brigade no. 2, 23MAY16

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mid-May 2016 reading and painting projects...

The only time to myself is in the morning and evening.  I'm taking of remaining parent full-time for the near future.  As far as reading projects for this week, here we go:

I read several more chapters in Stephen Baxter's Proxima.  It's an Ebook on my NOOK.  I'd like read some more tonight.  I also started Jim Butchers's Small Favor.  It's a Dresden Files book of urban fantasy set in Chicago.  It's a more interesting read than Proxima.

I also have a nonfiction Ebook on my NOOK called Last Stand of Fox Company.  I plan on reading more tomorrow afternoon.  It's on the Choshin Resivoir during the Korean War.

As far as painting, I got all my remaining 28mm figures based and primed.  That was a massive job.  It includes:

200 28mm Sudanese infantry
25 28mm Sudanese cavalry
85 28mm Masai warriors
42 28mm Colonial German infantry
90 28mm Viet Cong infantry
32 28mm ARVN infantry
4 28mm M113s
36 28mm Vietnam US Marines

I also scored a painted 30mm Warmachine Cygnar army, which also includes a Stormwall colossal.  I've done well.  Though I still continue work on my 18mm SYW Reichsarmee infantry brigade #2...

Blake

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Early May 2016 reading...

It's been hard finding time to read while taking care of my remaining parent full-time.  I have some downtime this afternoon, so  I'm updating the blog.

I started reading the Ebook,The Last Stand of Fox Company this past week.  Its about the 7th US Marine Corps Regiment at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.  It looks interesting, but some grim reading.  I managed to get the first chapter done.

The second reading project is Proxima by Stephen Baxter.  It's about paroled criminals settling Proxima Centauri in the 22nd century.  I'm only 27 pages into a a 490 page novel.  It looks to be more believable and less over the top than the last book of his I read, Titan.

I also read a novella this morning in Analog Magazine.  It was about clashing tribes on a ruined world.  Very Mayan/Aztec like with New World Spaniards thrown in good measure.  Reminded me of the conquest of Mexico meets Star Wars.  It was about 40 pages longs.  Hopefully, this will be a more interesting magazine issue.

I'll have formal reviews of the novels when I'm done with them to post online....

Blake

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review of Mekong First Light by Joseph W. Callaway Jr.

Author:  Joseph W. Callaway Jr.
Title:  Mekong First Light.
Publisher:  Presidio Press.
Copyright:  2004.
Pages:  222.
Price:  $7.99 (US).

Overview and Impressions:
Lt. Joseph W. Callaway Jr. talked about his time in the US Army from 1966 to 1968.  He served as a platoon leader in the Mekong Delta for six months in 1966.  He then went to being a special adviser for the Royal Thai army in 1967, who deployed to South Vietnam.  Lt. Callaway finally served as an officer at a Special Forces Base Camp during the Tet Offensive.

The author had a troubled childhood before settling in New Haven, Connecticut.  The US Army's Officer Candidate School straightened him out.  He then shipped to "Indian Country" along the Mekong Delta for six months as a platoon leader.  He lost many friends and acquaintances there.

Callaway was then transferred for a tour as a special adviser to the Royal Thai Army.  He said that was more PR than anything else.  Once he finished up there, Callaway signed on for an extension of his tour with the Special Forces.  Then, the Tet Offensive happened.  He was in charge of base security for a local MIKE base.  Things got interesting from there.

The author survived the conflict.  Though he hated President Johnson and distrusted the Federal government because of its conduct during the Vietnam War.  That's something that still resonates to this day.  Recommended.