Friday, August 17, 2012

20 Questions...

Saw this on another blog, so I thought I add my 2 cents worth....

1. Favourite Wargaming period and why?
American War for Independence, hands down.  I grew up with books around me about it, and our grade school used to do a "colonial week" every year (back when schools used to teach US history...)

2. Next period, money no object?
100 Years War, all Perry Miniatures!

3. Favourite 5 films?
5. Northwest Passage (Spencer Tracy)
4. A Bridge Too Far
3. The Shining (TV Miniseries, not the Kubrick version, although that is a sentimental favorite)
2. The Godfather 1 and 2
1. Tie:  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (the ORIGINAL)/The Best Years of Our Lives
4. Favourite 5 TV series?
5. Diners, Drive Ins & Drives
4. No Reservations
3. Star Trek TOS
2. Dragnet
1. The Twilight Zone, TOS

5. Favourite book and author?
The Face of Battle - John Keegan (RIP)

6. Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!
William Tecumseh Sherman: He understood the horror of war, and the absolute necessity to ruthlessly persue victory to put an end to it.

7. Favourite Wargames rules?
I have to say, I'm hard-pressed to name a favorite.  For sentimental reasons I'm going to say Donald Featherstone's Wargaming Airborne Operations.
8. Favourite Sport and team?
I don't follow sports, so I'll say all the women's vollyball teams at the Olympics!!

9. If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?
Ford's Theater, Washington, DC, the night of April 14, 1865.  I'd intercept and beat the piss out of Booth and throw him off the balcony, the traitorous bastard.

10. Last meal on Death Row?
Prime rib, rare with mashed potatoes and corn.  Cholesterol? Who cares?

11. Fantasy relationship and why?
With all due respect to my wife, who I adore completely, I'd have to say Sarah McLachlan.  I find her voice to be heartbreakingly sexy...

12. If your life were a movie, who would play you?
Charlie, from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (the ORIGINAL)

13. Favourite Comic Superhero?
Captain America, or course!

14. Favourite Military quote?
"If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking" - William T. Sherman

Okay, I'll be honest; I looked that one up, but just about anything he said works for me!!
15. Historical destination to visit?
Arnhem, Holland

16. Biggest Wargaming regret?
Not getting into Napoleonics earlier

17. Favourite Fantasy job?
Miniature painter - in a universe where a miniature painter can actually earn a nice living...

18. Favourite Song Top 5?
5. Right Down the Line - Gerry Rafferty
4. Stardust - Nat King Cole
3. Across The Universe - The Beatles
2. The Way You Look Tonight - Various Artists
1. Anything by ELO/Jeff Lynne

19. Favourite Wargaming Moment?
The last game I played!

20. The miserable Git question, what upsets you?
- Terrorists
- People who abuse women, children, or animals
- Americans who hate America (I don't care what people from other countries think about America)
Here's the origial post:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Still here...

Just an update that I am still around, and will try to get an update here some time soon.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Be careful what you wish for....

Just my advice....

I am hoping to get this blog going again in 2012. I seem to have terrible luck with digital cameras, and I think my latest one is on the blink!

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's holiday, and I hope I can get more postings out here than I have in recent months.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Year, New Job, New Camera!

...well, the title says it all. After getting laid off, seeing my wife through a bout with breast cancer, and FINALLY getting a new job (and a new camera...), I'm ready to pick up where I left off.

So, no kidding this time, more posts are on the way!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Some musings on blogs, and local gaming stores

I just don't get it. You'd figure there is nothing to this "blogging" thing. Yet, I cannot for the life of me get the formatting of my photos correct. I can never seem to post them so a viewer can "click to enlarge". I'm of average intelligence, so maybe it's the system? Oh well. I'd love to get some feedback from you on how to manage this beastie called blogging!

Local hobby stores. They're getting harder and harder to find. I just made my first visit up to Maplewood, NJ to browse at Maplewood Hobbies. Great store; huge selection of paint and FOW items, friendly owner and patrons, and pretty active as well. Huge upstairs gaming area with 3 or 4 tables. Very nice, and a great visit. Then the owner told me he's having a difficult time staying open. This isn't the first time I've heard this. My local store, Gamer's Realm in West Windsor, NJ has told me the same tale.

Years ago I had a dream that maybe one day I'd open a hobby store. It makes me sad to say I'm relieved I never realised that dream. I guess it's the "internet revolution", and nobody even thinks of buying from a brick and mortar store anymore. I wish both of these stores, and their owners, nothing but the best. It would be a far more boring world out there without them.

The GWOT: The Good Guys

I've been working on these for a while. The first is a photo of all of my completed western forces:

This force is comprised of US marines (3 fireteams), British Infantry (3 fireteams), 1 fireteam of Australian Special Forces, and one fireteam of US Special Forces (since they all dress in the same mixture of clothing, they can be any of the services forces, Delta, SEALs, of SF). All are from Liberation Miniatures.

Here are a few close ups:




I've painted and organised these for use with Ambush Alley, and they'll soon be seeing service in Afghanistan.

I found these incredibly easy to paint and base up - I'm using US nickels as bases as they have the "heft" I prefer.

In a near-future posting, I'll have some photos of the bad guys.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Rumblings afoot!

It's been a long time since my last post, but I'm just about ready to re-ignite the flame!

Stay tuned for reports on what I've been up to lately.