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!