Sunday, June 8, 2014

Liebster Award Nomination and back from Camp

Liebster Award

I was just nominated for this by Joe over at Platoon Forward. I really enjoy Platoon Forward and am pleased that he would think to nominate me. It is interesting to ponder. It seems a good way to promote some lesser known blogs out there but it does seem a bit self congratulatory. But it was still nice to be thought of.

I have seen this popping up with a great degree of frequency lately. From my understanding there are some rules associated with this.

1) Copy and paste the award on your blog linking to the blogger who has given it to you.
2) Pass the award to your top 11 blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.
3) Sit back and bask in the warm fuzzy feeling that comes that knowing you have made someones day!
4) There is no obligation to pass this onto someone else but it's nice if you take the time to do so.

This is very difficult as many of the blogs that I follow are already nominated or have way more than 200 followers.

My nominations are:

1) Jay's Miniature Enterprises - Jay has a really neat science fiction story going on with his blog that is very entertaining to read. He had tied in his miniatures to the story very well and gives you snippets of what is going on. It is well written and generally funny and entertaining. Well worth a visit.
2) A J's Wargames Table - Love this site. He has had some fantastic battle reports from his colonial Sharp Practice Games. I always look forward to his posts.
3) Kreig's Corner - Not sure if he qualifies but I can't find a public follower count on his blog. This is the blogging home of a fantastic painted. I found Troy a long time ago when I was looking for a set of WWII rules to use with micro armor. I stumbled on his Schwere Kompanie rules and really liked them. I always marvel at his painting skills. If you find pictures of his 6mm miniatures, they are absolutely amazing.
4) This War without an Enemy - Another great site with some fun battle reports on it. He is a solo gamer but that does not stop him from enjoying some great games. He has been getting in some games of Chain of Command for the Spanish Civil War. I am jealous.
5) Solo Napoleon - Since the sad demise of Larry Leadhead, I have been wanting a war game themed comic. I recently discovered this guy and I have a new favorite.
6) Thoughts of a Depressive Diplomatist - I am pretty sure he has been nominated already but I like his stuff. Often not directly wargames related but it is still interesting.
7) Tides of War - This is just one of those places where you look and marvel how do you do it. The man has put on games that are spectacularly huge in 28mm. He has more miniatures on the table than many large 6mm games that I have seen. His city of Troy is amazing.
8) League of Augsburg - This place is just pure eye candy. The main problems of looking at great painters and their toys are it makes me want to throw mine out.
9) alea iacta est - This is a German blog that was nominated back in 2012. He has some fantastic French and Indian War stuff on his painting bench and due to the magic of Google Translate, even I can read it. Great place.

10) Jugando con Munequitos - Juan makes my life easy in that he posts in both English and Spanish. His blog has plenty of interesting content and plenty of beautifully painted miniatures and scenery.
11) Mad Padre's Wargames - A fun and eclectic bunch of game reports and miniatures. I can't wait for him to post a game report with his Ottoman Turks.

There are plenty more I should nominate as well but this is what I was able to get together now.

In addition, it seems that there are some Questions. I just copied the ones from Platoon Forward as I am far to tired to think up my own.

1. Why did you start blogging?
Honestly, it was to keep track of my projects and what I was doing with them. I started to catalog what I had and the amount of unpainted lead depressed me.

2. If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?
Nothing really. I am enjoying the hobby and especially meeting with people from around the world with similar interested.

3. Do you read Battle Reports and what makes them inviting to read?
Yes, I love to read others reports. Mostly because I don't get to game as much as I would like. I really enjoy the ones that are built into a story.

4. Is figure painting a chore or pleasure?
Both. When I start working on a project, I love it. But after painting the same thing over and over, it can become a chore. Say painting a company of Soviets or a battalion of British Napoleonics. But I flit from project to project enough to keep from getting too bored.

5. Napoleon once was quoted as saying he preferred a general that was lucky over skilled. In gaming, are you lucky or skilled?
Neither. I feel blessed to get in a game.

6. Could you limit your gaming and collecting to one period and one size? If so, what?
No. I enjoy too many different things. I am down to mostly one scale - 15mm. I have some 6mm stuff about but it has not seen the light of day in a while. I have some 1/144th aircraft and some more in 3mm scale. The 28mm miniatures that I have are things I have won from give aways and contests. I might actually paint some up.

7. How do you deal with burn out?
I'll let you know when I figure that out.

8. If you could only buy from one miniature company from now on, which one would it be?
Interesting question. Peter Pig does much of what I game. But there is no one manufacturer that does it all. Old Glory does quite a bit. But without the bounty of options that are available today, I think my miniature collection would be poorer for it. We are Blessed and Cursed with choices. In general, its a good thing.


I survived. It was a great week. It was our largest camp to date with over 368 kids. I am exhausted but its that good tired when you know you have done a fair days work and earned the feeling.


  1. Congrats on the award Chris and thanks for the nod.

  2. Very many congratulations Chris, well deserved.

  3. Congratulations. I don't follow most of your nominees, so I'll be sure to check them out.

  4. Congratulations, and thanks for the blog recommendations too. Cheers, Paul :-)

  5. Welcome back from camp, Chris. I hope you returned refreshed.
    I enjoyed your Liebster answers and appreciate the nomination. Not sure if I'll play but thanks so much.