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.

Santa Clause Update

The Clause is closed. I have almost everything I need. I still need two e-mail addresses and physical addresses.

I need an e-mail and a physical address for Stefan (aka. Monty) and Pendragon Without. Everyone else is good to go. I will put your through a randomizer and assign you your Santa Clause today. Be ready for an email from me shortly. With 14 total participants, this should be great fun. Keep me up to date on what you are doing and how the process is going. I look forward to this Christmas. We have some excellent painters in the mix.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

From Empire to Revolution Update

Rich just sent me the latest proofs of my Mud and Blood supplement. It is looking fantastic. I am so excited to see this starting to really come together. It is getting closer and closer to being published.

So far it has detailed information for the Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires. Including Stormtrooper and JadgKommando information. I have details on cavalry formations and the changes to the standard infantry formations throughout the war.

I am anticipating updates on the scenarios over the next couple of weeks. I am hoping that this may launch as early as my birthday (October 7th for those who were wondering and wanting to send presents).

Friday, September 12, 2014

Slow but steady Progress - Dux Romans

I managed to get my next group of 8 Auxiliaries on to bases last night. They still need paint and flocking but are getting close. You can see them in the picture below with the sandy bases.

The centurions are primed and on a painting stick. I still have to prime my shields for them. I also have my next command group and 16 more Auxiliaries on the tray. I really need to order some of the Rebel Auxiliaries in the next few days to bulk up the troops.

I also worked on the watch tower. I added a wooden frame to what will be the 'rock' base of the tower. That went well. I cut up some match sticks and PVA glued them in place. I am still trying to work out how I will do the 'rock' portion. I will probably buy some grout or Spackle and carve the rock shapes into whatever I end up smearing on it.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another Welcome

Digger joins us as follower number 156. He is the owner of the My Mine blog. While it is in Russian, he often posts in both English and Russian. There are some neat posts on his terrain creation and some Russian hardware from what I guess is a nearby museum. Definitely worth a visit. Please stop on by and visit.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Welcome to Paul Smith. Paul, I know you have a blog about but i cannot find the link to save myself at the moment. Please let me know what it is again and I will add the link here. I just found the link: Anyway, welcome.

The Centurions Arrive

I just got my order from QRF for my Centurions. Over all, I am pleased with the pack. They all have transverse crests like I wanted. Five of the eight are in chain mail armor. An of the five, three look like they are ready for a fighting formation while two are carrying their vine sticks. So that gives me three usable miniatures out of the pack. I may use one of the vine stick wielding fellows but I am not sure.

Pardon the picture quality. I took it on my desk at work. If anyone is interested in the scale armored fellows and the six shields, I will gladly send them to you for cost of postage.

What they are missing is the phalerae that is worn over their armor. Any centurion should have something there in either gold, silver or bronze. It was held on with leather strapping in a grid pattern. I am not sure if I have the energy to attempt to model this onto the figure. 15mm is kinda small for my fat fingers to make such a small change. I grew rather frustrated trying to mod my padre figure for my Italians in 15mm. I don't think I will try it here.

I plan on getting a pack of the QRF signifers and possibly a pack or two of their auxiliaries as well. That should give me lots of flexibility.