Saturday, August 16, 2014

WIP, 16AUG14

Here are photos of works in progress, 16AUG14:



                                          28mm 1870 Bavarian jagers and mounted command.


                                          28mm High Elf Archer Cavalry.


                                          30mm Menoth individual figures and mercenaries.


                                          30mm Menoth Choir and Knights Examplars.

Mid August 2014 Update...

I been occupied by real-life recently.  My father has stomach/esophagus cancer.  He's supposed to find out out where it's located and if it's spread to the rest of his body.  Dad isn't a candidate for surgery.  His oncologist would treat his with radiation and chemotherapy.  I don't think my father will handle the radiation well.  It's hard on the body.  A friend of mine lost 80 pounds during his fight with liver cancer back in 2005 before he finally died.  He couldn't hold down any food because of the radiation.

That's what I remember when I visited him in the hospital in Des Moines, IA back in late 2004.  Craig Moran went through two surgeries and radiation.  And his cancer came back the second time.  But that was more work related to his exposure to carbon black fibers.  My father's mother died of stomach cancer at 84.  I think my father inherited it...

But my father has numerous other health problems.  The cancer is just the latest.  He'd been dealing with dementia and memory loss.  That's a horrible fate in itself.  If the cancer is terminal, I hope my father goes fast.  I don't want him to suffer.  If it's treatable, then my father has more time to enjoy his life.

I've made my peace with him.  I don't get along with my father.  I've never been the favored one.  I've been the dependable one.  My patience with my father tirades and temper tantrums over a lack of grandchildren have worn my patience thin.  I could go on about his self-centeredness and lack of objectivity in his life.  But that's part of the disease he suffers from.  Part of it is himself.  When my father does die, it won't affect me as much as my brother who is upset at my father's potential demise.  Then again, my younger sibling is as narcissistic as my father.  I've limited my contact with both of them for my own mental health....

The only gaming stuff I've been able to get done has been painting of 28mm FPW figures and some Warmachine Protectorate of Menoth stuff.  I'll take photos and try and post them tonight.

Regards,
Blake

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.