Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brief Update

I just got the shipment confirmation for my order to paint for my Santa Clause. I am actually excited about this. It should be fun to paint even though it is larger than what I normally paint.

The new From Empire to Revolution book did rather well over the weekend. Hopefully it will sell a few more copies before becoming old news.

I have not had the energy to paint a thing. My blood pressure is getting wonky again since I started loosing some weight. Hopefully the doc has me straightened out with some new meds.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Random Thoughts

Well it has been a while since I have put up a post. I have been struggling to figure out what to post since the release of "From Empire to Revolution." It seems to have generated some interest out there which is nice. But you never quite know how well its going over.

I have actually had very little time lately to do any work on hobby stuff. But once again my mind has been wandering off course. I have been toying with trying out Dux Britaniarum for a Lord of the Rings game. There are already folks out there that have made the rule adjustments. I just needed miniatures. Well, a while ago, I won a contest and received a big bag of LOTR plastic orcs. While 28mm is not my scale, I kept these fellows. They have made it out of the cabinet over the weekend for a good look through. I have not taken the plunge yet to paint them but I may be getting closer.

My Romans have been temporarily paused. I just look at them and feel no motivation to paint them. What I am doing is finishing the basing on a number of miniatures that have been just sitting waiting to go so that is time well spent.

I am debating on two different projects for the short term. The first is an ACW campaign using Terrible Sharp Sword. And the second is a WWII Chain of Command campaign set in Normandy. I think I have everything that I need for both at the moment.

Santa Clause is going well. I just ordered the minis that I need to paint up and am waiting on them to show up. Hopefully I picked something that they would like.

My novel is getting some heavy editing. I have hopes of releasing it this year on Amazon. My reviewers are doing a splendid job of fixing my copious errors.

Friday, September 26, 2014

From Empire to Revolution is Released

Rich just let me know that From Empire to Revolution is now up on the TooFatLardies website. Please swing on by and take a look. I am very excited that this is up.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Santa Clause Update

After closing down the list initially, due a request on the TooFatLardies list, I opened up the chance to join over the weekend. We now have a total of 19 Santa Clause participants. I am very excited to see how this goes. We have some very talented painters taking part in this years Santa Clause so we should be in for a treat.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Ballad of Dangerous Dan

Over the weekend I managed to get in some games with my son of Tin Star. It is an under development game that I am part of the playtest group for. The rules are Set in the old west with gangs of 1 to 5 cowboys per side.

My son took on two of my 4 painted Peter Pig Miniatures and we had 3 quick games. We had a great time.

My son had great fun pushing the miniatures around. The rules were simple enough that he could follow them. I will be enjoying these some more and it is motivating me to paint. I need a Mexican Bandito gang next.

From Empire to Revolution - Getting Closer

Rich provided me with a proof on Sunday that I have been attempting to read through and look one more time for my gaffes. I am probably missing a bunch of them but it is looking really good. The maps that Rich did are great. He made some editorial choices that really improved it. I am very excited about this.

There are Sixteen total scenarios. There are several that are rather small with only a couple of squads per side. There are cavalry scenarios (including Cossacks), there are Austro-Hungarian and Russian shock troops and a historical scenario involving the theft of German Beer Trucks.

I am hoping that folks will be willing to give it a try.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Customer Service and Random Morbid Thoughts

Customer Service

Well really it is SUPERIOR customer service. I needed a single PzII Flamm for my early war forces in Chain of Command. I searched and could not find a single manufacturer that did one. I reached out to the Craig at Gaming Models. He also said he did not have one but thought they looked cool and asked how many I needed. My response was a sheepish "I only need one."

This did not daunt him. I received a follow up email that he said he would make it. Today I got another e-mail that it was done! I have sent my money and now anxiously await my new vehicle. The total time from request to finished product was only a couple of weeks. I am impressed. I will post pictures as soon as I can.

Random Morbid Thoughts

In recent days I have been helping a widow deal with her late husband's war gaming collection. This is a privilege to do for her as I really liked her husband and considered him a good friend. I can't even imagine what she is going through. One thing that struck me is that when we make plans for what happens when our day comes, do we make note of what to do with our gaming stuff? I know I have not. My wife would be stuck with cabinets of what she would call junk with no way of knowing what to do with it. Fortunately I have a son who is interested and I have someone who would care for it. But right now he is 6 and things change. Anyway, that was just running around in my head for the past few days.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Santa Clause Update

I am happy to announce I have sent out all of the information to the prospective Santa Clauses out there and I have heard back from many of you. I am very excited about seeing this develop. Thanks to all the participants.

Now to hit the web and see what to find for my target and get cracking.

New Terrain Pieces

I have been given some new toys. They were part of a departed friends estate. I am working out sharing out some of this largess with his friends to the best of my ability. One of the items that was present in the lot was a set of barb wire entanglements.

These are small in that they are only 2 1/2" long each. But there are a number of them. They look pretty good. I am deciding if I should put some flock on them or leave them as is.

This gets me a step closer to finishing off my supports for Chain of Command. I will update those pages again.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Santa Clause

All of the initial e-mails have gone out. Everyone should know who they are painting for now. I am looking forward to seeing how this develops. Alright everyone, lets get cracking.