Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year and Xmas Goodies

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 


After a while I realized I forgot to mention what Xmas goodies I got this year, mostly what I got was books (yes, I am starting to sob as I realize I need more space on my book shelves).  But I am happy with the books I got and since they are not available in electronic format, I can't complain about needing more shelf space.

So, what books did I get?  As you read through the descriptions, I think you will get a feel that were was a common theme...

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Xmas & a Project 2013 - Update

First off, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Yuletide, Season's Greetings!



In keeping with the WWI theme of the picture, on Saturday, Steve H. (CombatColours) ran three games of Wings of Glory at Game Nite in St. Louis.  I did not take any photos, but there was six of us for all of the games.  Interesting the order we played the games was in reverse chronological order with late war planes first, then mid-war, and finally early war.  I did not kill any thing in the first game while flying a French SPAD XIII, then got one kill in the second game while flying a British SE.5a, and shot down in the third game while flying a British DH 4.  So all in all, I did average. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Gaming, Painting, and Other Mundane Things for 2013

Well, here we are rapidly heading towards the end of time by the Mayan calendar, as well as our own, and I see zombies in my future.  Now, if that means my fat body being torn to pieces by flesh hungry ghouls or little zombie miniatures being painted up is still yet to be determined.   But since I just ordered some Elhiem's 20mm zombies, I bet you can guess which of the two previous options I think will happen in 2013.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Danger Close"


Pretty much all of us have heard of the phrase, "Danger Close".  But what does it mean and how does it effect wargaming?

Friday, December 7, 2012

What Battlefield is this? Answer to Quiz #1

This battlefield is the site of the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.  Today, December 7th, is the 150th anniversary of the battle.  It was a battle that due to very poor performance by the Confederate Generals and sheer aggressiveness of the Union forces prevented what should have been a major defeat to the Union's Army of the Frontier as the Confederate forces initially outnumbered the Union almost 2:1 until reinforcements arrived.  It is one of those battles that is hard to game because the players would never allow the historical hindrances to handicap them so. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

What Battlefield is this? Quiz #1 (part 2)

Well, we still don't have a winner, but we did confirm that this is an American Civil War battlefield and the first picture from yesterday is an apple orchard were a deadly assault was  made.  So in this entry, I am going to provide some additional hints.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What Battlefield is this? Quiz #1 (part 1)


Anyone care to take a guess where this picture is from?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Kickstarter: 25mm The Pacific War 1879-1884

Kickstarter, why do you vex me so?  Don't you know that I swore off 25mm?  But you had to do a South American war?

Another project to tempt me so...those Bolivian uniforms were pretty.

Kickstarter:  25mm The Pacific War 1879-1884 (link)


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Liebster Award




Well, this was unexpected!.  There is a meme going around for the “Liebster Award” and I was put in by Dougie, from the “Dougie's Wargaming Blog.”  (Thank you, Dougie!) I actually got it earlier in the week, but due to work & just being so exhausted, I did not get around to saying anything until now. So staying in with the spirit of reason for the meme award, I accept this award and will follow through the rules as stated below.

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Liebster Award Rules

Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it to you.

Pass the award to your top 5 favourite blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.

Sit back and bask in that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing that you have just made someone's day!
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Honestly, I think just limiting the number to only five is very, very hard as many of the blogs that I follow are well worth the nod of recognition.  Luckily, Dougie nominated several (excluding his, which someone else did already) which I was able to remove from the list of blogs to wrestle with on naming.  So here are the five that I will name in alphabetical order:

Civil War Horrors:  This blog is by the author Sean McLachlan of several Osprey books and a couple of novels.  His blog is mainly about a subject near and dear to my heart, the Civil War in Missouri.  There is usually some great tidbits of ACW history on a very regular basis.  Also check out is travel blog about his trip to Iraq.

England Prevails…:  This blog has just re-stirred to life after a nine month coma this year.  Steve Blease of Wessex Games created this blog to do a modern English Civil War between Royalists & Republicans.  While my personal “Anarchy in the UK” project is more in lines with Mark & Matt’s “Winter of ‘79” blog (which was also nominated by Dougie) for time frame, it does provide some flavor and ideas to help fuel it.

Plastic Zombie:  This blog is by Irqan.  I have been following it and several other blogs that have been running their own zombie survival campaigns using Two Hour Wargames’ rules, All Things Zombie (ATZ).   While I have not started my zombie project up yet (it is tied into the “Anarchy in the UK” project for using the same toys, just need to buy/paint zombies), it is nice to see a different take to the zombie games with Irqan’s blog.  Unlike the other ATZ blogs, Irqan’s zombie game is taking place in the 1920’s and he is using 1/72nd plastic figures.  Plus, Irqan is a friendly and good person to email with.

SP’s Projects Blog:  This blog is by Pete, also a good and friendly person to chat with emails with.  Pete’s blog got some interesting posts on SWAT games and some ideas for resource points in doing SWAT games.  His latest entry on the zombie infection mega-game sounds fun.

Wanted: BRAINS!:  Finally, this blog is one of the other ATZ campaign blogs that I have been following.  It is pretty good and well worth the award and a mention.

And finally, a special mention to this blog as Blake is a local gamer who will run games at stores, put on convention games, paint up big armies, and basically is makes a good effort to keep miniature gaming active going and in St. Louis:  Blake’s Gaming Adventures

Cheers
Joe