Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Promise: Mid-November 2017.....

I look at the backlog of painting projects overrunning in my office/painting room.  I want to cry. 

Where the hell has this year gone? 

I tried keeping up with my ambition.  Reality got in the way.  I've scaled back my painting schedule to manageable levels.  It's Mid-November 2017. 

Where am I at?  What did I accomplish this year?  What's left? 

I couldn't paint at this time last year.  I only got back to painting full time in December 2016.  Here are my completed projects:

Completed Projects:

1)  85 28mm Masai Warriors.

2)  42 28mm Colonial German regular infantry.

3)  32 28mm ARVN Ranger infantry & 4 28mm M113s.

4)  36 28mm Vietnam War US Marine infantry.

5)  90 28mm Viet Cong fighters.

6)  5 28mm Vietnamese villagers.

Current Projects:

1)  120 stands of 6mm 1980s South African micro-armor and infantry.

2)  130 stands of 6mm 1980s Angolan micro-armor.

Future Projects for 2018:

1)  30mm GW High Elf army.

2)  30mm GW WH40K Adeptus Mechanicus detachment.

3)  30mm GW WH40K Nurgle Death Guard detachment.

4)  30mm Warmachine Rhulic Dwarf Army.

5)  28mm Amazon fantasy army.

6)  30mm WH40K Khorne Lord of Skulls titan.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mid-November 2017 reading...

Here is what I've read this week:

1)  The Romanovs.  Courtship and marriage of Nicholas and Alix in the late 19th century.

2)  Old Man's War by John Scalzi.  Got to the part where the Old Farts get new, green bodies and are shipped off to the Colonial Defense Force basic training.  Perry becomes the recruits' platoon leader.

3)  The Legend of Drizzt:  Volume One by R.A. Salvatore.  Drizzt escapes from his demented family, who are seeking to kill him for betraying Lolth, the spider-goddess.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Early November 2017 reading: Part II....

Here's what I've read the past week:

1)  The Romanovs.  I've worked up to the 1860s and absolution of serfdom....

2)  The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodden.  More steam-punk adventures in Victorian London involving a cyborged time-traveling historian...

3)  Old Man's War by John Scalzi.  A 75 year old man is recruited to join the Colonial Defense Force.  Just got to the part where they give him and other recruits new bodies...

4)  Street Without Joy:  The French Debacle in Indochina by Bernard Fall.  See previous review.

5)  The Legend of Drizzt:  Volume One by R.A. Salvatore.  Got to read about Drizzt's exile from the Drow city...

Review of Street Without Joy by Bernard B. Fall

Author:  Bernard B. Fall.
Title:  Street Without Joy:  The French Debacle in Indochina.
Publisher:  Stackpole Books.
Copyright:  1961, 1964, 2005.
Pages:  408.
Price:  $19.95.

Overview & Impressions:
Street Without Joy is a defining book on the French debacle to recolonize Vietnam in the 1950s.  The author was there during the conflict.  After the war, he interviewed North Vietnamese leaders who were confident in winning the second Indochina war with the Americans.  Fall wrote pessimistically about the West ability to learn from Revolutionary War.  Especially, when the political will wasn't there to face a prolonged conflict.  Neither the French nor the Americans learned this lesson  Military might is a poor substitute for political acumen when fighting a counter-insurgency. 

American won two counter-insurgencies in her young history.  One of the Philipines' insurrection and the second was the Pony Wars against the Native Americans of the late 19th century.  Both were bloody, unpopular, and high-handed engagements.  That kind of will-power was needed in Indochina.  The French had the firepower, but lacked the will to fight.  The Vietnamese were spurred on by nationalism and a sense of mission to get rid of the hated Europeans.  America made the mistake in continuing the French fight in South Vietnam without learning from their defeat.  Fall made that clear in this book....

Depressing reading.  On the plus side, it goes quick for military history.  Too bad American policy makers didn't read it before committing lives and treasure to a losing cause. 


Thursday, November 9, 2017

WIP, 6mm 1980s South African Micro-Armor, 10NOV17

Here are photos of a WIP, 6mm 1980s South African Micro-Armor, 10NOV17.  I'm done with the base coats:

                                          WIP, 6mm 1980s South African AFVs and trucks.

                                          WIP, 6mm 1980s South African MBTs and APCs

                                          WIP, 6mm 1980s South African AFVs and artillery.

                                          WIP, 6mm 1980s South African trucks and motorized vehicles.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Early November 2017 reading....

Here's what I've been reading this past week:

1)  The Romanovs.  I'm in the Crimean War.  No fan of the French or the Turks.  Poor Russians got outfought and out generaled in this conflict.  Now, I'm halfway through the book.  Should have it done by X-mas....

2)  Starting Old Man's War by John Scalzi.  Thought I'd never get around to reading it.  Sort of juvenile.  Supposed to be a good read.  I haven't read any other works by the author.  He's supposed to be a big time military sci-fi writer....

3)  Street Without Joy by Bernard Fall.  More French stupidity leading up their debacle in 1954.  Rather depressing read....

4)  The Legend of Drizzt:  Volume One by R.A. Salvatore.  Only read about a dozen pages.  Drizzt's father gets sacrificed to Lolth.  What a downer.  However, it was to be expected with evil Dark elves...

New month, new project...

For the record, I hate painting 6mm micro-armor scale. 

It's a pain in the butt.  I did two different WWI navies for 1/2400 scale.  That was no fun.  Micro-armor is worse.  It's the sheer scale of the project that is daunting.  Once you get in a groove, it's easy.  However, I have boxes and boxes of micro-armor to paint.

You wonder how I came about this project?  It fell to me from the sky.  One day, a friend named Sapper Joe put out a list of different stuff for sale.  Two complete 6mm micro-armor armies for $125.00. 

Looked like a good deal, I thought at the time.  Problem is Sapper Joe is annul retentive about his armies.  He collected everything complete a 6mm brigade. 

Did I tell you the project was 1980s 6mm Angolan and 6mm 1980s South African micro-armor?  What had I got myself into?  Everyone else is doing 15mm FoW Team Yankee Cold War.  Problem with that it was any East-West conflict would have gone NBC.  Bye-bye western Europe and a good part of eastern Europe.  Thank God there was no WWIII in the 1980s.  No matter what tread-heads might think....

So, I'm stuck with African Cold War micro-armor.  It needed to be based, painted, flocked, labeled, and sealed.  I'm almost done with the base coating of the 6mm 1980s South African micro-armor.  The system I'm going to be using is Fist Full of Tows, III.  I've still got to figure out how to create the unit labels with GIF flags.   This whole thing should take about 3-4 months once everything is based and flocked.  Though the figure Apocalypse is staring me in the face.  There's several hundred stands of micro-armor to paint!