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Gardening in 2018

Posted on June 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

 My wife and I like to garden (Ok she likes to garden and I work for her).  This year we went a little overboard on tomatoes and have planted 8 different kinds and have a total of 38 plants “in-the’way”We’re starting to get some tomatoes form…

Historicon Prep Update – The Clocks-a-Ticking

Posted on June 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

Yikes!  There is a month to go until Historicon and I’ve still got a good bit to get ready.  Last May I wrote up of list of objectives for the new games and have since promptly ignored it.  Well mostly ignored it.  Here’s where I st…

Scenery Workbench and Workspace

Posted on June 10th, 2018 under , . Posted by

 The other half of the newly “reclaimed” 8×8 ft storeroom will be used as a scenery workbench.  The actual workbench is 5 ft by 3 feet which will provide plenty of room for just about any scenery project – from basing to 2×4 ft terrain panels…

Sectional Terrain Storage

Posted on June 8th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

 As I recover from my little health drama, the wife and I have been doing a little clean out of the stuff (ok, crap) we’ve accumulated over the years.  It’s a depressingly large tally and has almost filled the full sized dumpster I rented. &n…

Terrapin Sunday!

Posted on May 28th, 2018 under , . Posted by

 If it’s May on the Maryland Eastern Shore, then a few things are true: the weather is great, the crabs are plentiful and the Terrapins (a type of turtle) are laying their eggs.  On SundayI ran into some of the said reptiles deciding that my …

Historicon 2018 – My Games (Shameless Self Promotion)

Posted on May 24th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Yes this is my annual plug for the games I running at Historicon.  Its all very self aggrandizing and such but there you go.  You can pre-register for games at the Historicon siteI’ve got six games on the Event List (PEL) which you can regist…

Jungle Terrain – Finished!

Posted on May 20th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The 24 Jungle Terrain sections are now done.  Overall I’m very happy how these came out and this was a really fun project. I tried to break up the green monotony by adding some different colored flowers and other types of tufts. The sect…

Health Update #2

Posted on May 17th, 2018 under , . Posted by

My recovery is progressing nicely and I’ve been cleared to do light exercise, which means 20 minutes a day on my Peloton bike.  That may not sound like much, but it’s a welcome step for me. Weight-wise, I’m down 31 pounds and have adjusted to the …

What are the Planned Changes for this Year’s Historicon Games

Posted on May 15th, 2018 under , . Posted by

This’s year’s convention game will be a revised and (hopefully) improved version of last years “DAK & Dragons” and “SOCOM & Sorcery” games.  The games were A LOT of fun to put on but there are also a lot of improvements that can and need t…

Jungle Terrain Test Piece

Posted on May 14th, 2018 under , . Posted by

 Here’s a shot of an “almost completed” jungle section that was built as a test.  I added the yellow and purple plastic flowers on a whim and like how they came out.  Some of the hot glue is still visible so I need to make another pass w…

Jungle Terrain – A New Project

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I’ve been cleared to go back to the hobby bench, which is a great relief for me.  I decided my first project will be building some jungle terrain plates to use in my upcoming Historicon games (DAK & Dragons 2.0 and SOCOM & Sorcery 2.0). &n…

Personal Update (Spoiler Alert: Pancreatitis Sucks)

Posted on April 28th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Some of you (Ok maybe nobody!) may have noticed a lack activity on this blog over the past few months.  It’s not due to a declining interest in the hobby. 2018 is turning our to be a less than ideal health year for our family and now it’s my turn …

New Art for the Game Room

Posted on April 6th, 2018 under . Posted by

 Some new art had been added to the game room in the form of a painting by Mark Churms of the Battle of Mobile Bay, which occurred in 1864 during the American Civil War. I grew up on Mobile Bay and spent many days on Dauphin Island, which is where…

Uh-Ohh…….

Posted on April 1st, 2018 under , . Posted by

Yet another Star Wars themed Game – damn you Fantasy Flight Games!

The Analogue Hobbies Challenge VIII is Complete!

Posted on March 30th, 2018 under . Posted by

Another 3 months of painting frenzy has come to a close.  Challenge 8 was a blast and I’m really grateful to Curt and all the Challengers for a wonderful experience.I set a new personal best, in terms of points, and managed to come in 3rd overall …

Basing Sassanids on a Sunday Afternoon

Posted on March 18th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I got a whole bunch of ’em to do today!

Terrain Squares

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

 This week in the Lair it’s been an all out effort on terrain production – in the form of 1 foot square pieces from Sally 4th’s new Terra Former line.The rather garish white you see in the first picture is 1/8 inch polystyrene plastic sheet which …

Ground Cover – Which color do you prefer?

Posted on February 27th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

 I’ve been working on a “secret” terrain project for this year’s Challenge.  Well, perhaps now not all that secret. given this post.  Anyway, I’m a bit stumped on the color of ground flocking.  I’ve got two on hand – a dark green an…

AHPC VIII: British 25 pounder & crew

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under , . Posted by

 Over the years, my Britis 8th Army North Africa collection has grown to be rather extensive but I was missing an icon from that era – the ubiquitous 2r pounder.  Well that gap has been filled by this fine miniature and crew from Brigade Game…

AHP VIII: Blood & Plunder Pirates and Sloop

Posted on February 12th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Firelock Games: “Blood & Plunder” is the new “hotness” and I’ve jumped in by buying a few factions and boats.  First up are 25 figures from the “Unaligned” faction which consist of 24 crewman and a captain.One side and then..the otherAnd …

Challenge Update: Union Infantry Regiment and

Posted on February 8th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

 I’m a bit behind in posting my painting output for this year’s challenge so will try to catch up over the next few days.  First up is a 24 figure Union Infantry regiment. These are 28mm in scale and are from the “new” Perry plastic Unio…

Challenge VIII: Progress through Week 6

Posted on January 30th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The Challenge has completed 6 of it’s allowed 13 weeks and it’s important to answer a question on everyones mind – Is he still so daft and tracking progression a spreadsheet?It hurts me you have to ask the question.In a typically overcomplicated form t…

London in January & Meeting Mr Roundwood

Posted on January 28th, 2018 under , . Posted by

 A ery quick trip to London last week for work.  I’ve grown very fond of the city for both personal and professional reasons.  That’s good because I average 10-11 trips a year.  My wife and I are seriously considering moving there o…

Dungeon Terrain Tutorial, Part II – Painting

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Once the glue has set, it’s time to paint the sections.  I typically give the tacky glue at least 8 hours to set.  My method involves a four step sequence of:1) Priming with a black primer2) Painting grey3) Dry brushing a light grey4) Washing…

Challenge Bonus Theme 1: Flight

Posted on January 16th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The first bonus round of the Challenge was titled “flight” and I was caught a bit flat footed.  The I remembered I had bought a starter set for “Check You Six” and had some unpainted WW2 Pacific theater aircraft in 1/300 scale.These are some of my…