Friday, August 29, 2014

Assembling the Cohort

Ah, things are starting to move. I now have finished up some Roman Auxiliary for my Cohort. So far all but 2 of the miniatures that I have painted are from the Corvus Belli packs. These have been fun figures to paint. My only complaint that I have is the lack of what I picture centurions should look like are missing. So, given that, lets look at what I have done.

To begin with I have my Cohort Tribune. He is a tribune instead of a Prefect because the unit I am modeling is a citizen cohort. I have the Tribune and two slaves. One slave is holding the man's shield while the other is taking notes on wax tablets.

You can see that I settled on my basing. I mounted these on 1/2" squares of magnets. The size is just big enough that I can put the miniatures together in a tight block without the figures bumping one another (so far). I also tried to add some tea leaves to the bases to look like dead leaves. To my eye it looks OK so far. What do ya'll think?

Next up is the command of my first century (minus the centurion).

Again, Love the Optio figure. Too bad it is only one pose. The Cornicen and Signifers look good too. I just got word that my pack of centurions from QRF have shipped so that should be sorted out soon. While I was there, I got distracted by their signifier pack. It has a figure that will be useful for the Vexilium banner for the Cohort. Also they have some variety with the signum for the centuries. Corvus Belli has 2 different ones (one for each of the command packs).

Next up is a complete tent party. Here you can see my attempt at the shield design. It is supposed to be a Roman Eagle on top, two crescent moons (one on each side) and a lion at the bottom. There is supposed to be a wreath around the boss as well but I do not have a steady enough hand to even attempt. It is not great, but at distance it should do.

When I was looking for miniatures, I ordered a few from Museum miniatures. I picked up a Auxiliary Centurion, a Signifer and two auxiliaries. I liked the auxiliaries more than the other figures. So I painted them up as well.

Anyway, that is all I have for now. I have three more tent parties on painting sticks as well as four cavalry. I can probably start working on them by Monday Night if I play my cards right.

I also plan on making movement trays to match formations that they would be in. One for Wedge and another for line/block formations. Then I plan to make a template to use to put over figures when they go into the tortoise formation. But that is for later. I need more troops before I attempt that.

In theory, I will wait until I have these painted before buying more miniatures to finish this century out and start another. But I may not be that patient.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

From Empire to Revolution - Update & Some Roman Progress

From Empire to Revolution
Rich just sent me the proof of the first 16 pages of the project. I am so very excited. The art that Rich has added to it is very nice. I am getting very excited about seeing this project come together at last.

Roman Update
Well it is not much of an update. Painting is going slowly. So I thought I would try to take an in progress shot. I braved the Mosquitoes and headed out with my phone and some miniatures.

They are coming along but I have a boat load more to do.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome and Some Random Thoughts

I just noticed that we hit 153 followers here. The latest to join is Christian Rekowski. Thank you for joining. He runs Ski's Wargames blog and is out of Savannah. Welcome.i don't see a blog listed in your profile. Let me know and I will update the post with the link.

Computer Games
I have dicovered a fun game called a while back. FreeCol is a Civilization type game that has been quite diverting. I have never played it all the way to its conclusion yet. I keep restarting. But it is a game I have kept coming back to for years now.

One thing that I have been looking for is a nice haystack for my East Front games. I have yet to find exactly what I am looking for but what I did just see on Loki's site are some haystacks that don't look cookie cutter similar they way my current ones do. Head over and check these out. These have character and will do quite well.

I am looking for something closer to this:

I found this on a Google search. URL: Roman Terrain
Someone recommended for me to visit the BigRedBat blog. I found a project that I want to do. He did some fantastic looking grape vines on a trellis. I think these would be great fun to model on the table top. Thanks for the recommendation.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcomes and More Roman Terrain thoughts

Welcome to the Wilde Goose. He runs a blog called "The Wilde Goose." It is a very interesting blog with lots of Napoleonic games. He is also part of Prague Wargamers and Bohemian Gentlemen Gamers. All are well worth a visit.

Roman Terrain
Roman Roads in 15mm are not really easy to come by based on my quick scan of the vendors that I could find. I did find Battlefield Accessories USA. They have some cobblestone roads that look promising. What I am thinking is to take the cobblestone road that they have and put a small bend in it so it has the curve seen in Roman roads. Then base that on some felt or other material and build up the sides to show the drainage ditches for it. That and a milestone should get me what I am looking for. Anyway, I am getting a sample section of road from them to see how it may work out.

Thomas N pointed out that I need lots of good ambush terrain such as forests and swamps. Absolutely. Besides, you can never have enough trees. I tried to make a forest area based on some instructions that I found online. The canopy came out OK. For the base, I had it the right shape and painted. Then I dropped it on the ground and the base basically shattered. I just have not had the heart to try to fix it. I have some individual trees but never enough.

Swamps are another issue though. Given that I hate making this stuff, the Battlefront swamp pack looks interesting. I think JR Miniatures may have something as well. Anyway, that won't happen soon.

One last thought, I have a scenario that is a raid on one of the small forts along the limes. I really want the JR Miniatures Mile fort to work. The drawings of the fort show it having walls with no towers at the corners. The mile fort kit has that. Walls with an earthen ramp on the inside - the JR minis kit has that. A plain gate set in the wall with no gate house - there I am out of luck. Or a gate with a tower above the gate rather than a gatehouse - again no joy. Inside the fort I would need a barracks building, a small workshop and a granary. The artist rendering has a small oven inside the compound as well. I could try to scratch build something but that does not seem to hold much excitement for me at the moment.

I think the starting point for me will be the roads and the watchtower. The watchtower should be top priority since I already have it. Maybe next post I will have some figures painted. Oh, that reminds me, I figured out how I will base these. I have a large flat rectangular magnet. The plan is to cut this into squares and use that as basing. The officers will be readily visible due to their head gear. Once they are based up, I can make a movement tray to move them in formation. Well, that is the plan at least.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Die Wacht am Rhine - Terrain Part II

After the suggestion that I received on roads, I began to search for some Roman Roads in 15mm. The closest was an offering from Iron Clad miniatures in 28mm. So I will have to make something which does not thrill me. But this led my mind off on another tangent. What is always present on Roman roads? Milestones. I am planning on making up a milestone marker. The nice thing is that they should be rather simple. A thin piece of dowel, a small square base and its done. Then paint to taste and add some writing on it.

In my search for milestones, I came across the picture of the one at the museum at Saalburg. Then I found a paper someone had written on milestones and roman roads in Asia Minor. While it could have been interesting, I have to admit, I only looked at it for the pictures. They had a rather well preserved example that had a triangular top piece on it. I am wondering how common that would have been. They also had one that some enterprising farmer had converted to a roller for his fields too. I think I will make more than one milestone marker, one with the triangular top piece and one without.

Next up is a village. I found an excellent site dealing with a civilian vicus (village) in Britain. The vicus was the smallest civilian administrative unit in the empire. It was a small settlement that had formed next to a 'Y' in the Roman road. It had a small temple and a minor shrine but was not large enough to support a forum or a basilica. But being the genius that I am, I saved that on my work computer instead of my laptop so you will just have to take my word for it. But a small village this size would be ideal for a skirmish game and similar to some of the outlying villages that would be closer to the border.

And then if one is looking at a larger and established settlement such as a civitas. The civitas is a planned town that supports a regional market adn at the very least has a basilica and a forum. Typically they have baths, amphitheaters and temples as well. Such would be the case with the town of Nida below Saalburg. These would tend to have town walls and their own city watch. This is likely too much to try to model for a skirmish game.

In my searches, I have turned up some more good websites. The first is This is a mostly German language site that has lots of interesting stuff. Next is I really like this site as it has maps that link and show lots of Roman sites across Europe.

Hopefully the next update will have me actually having made something.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Die Wacht am Limes - Terrain Ideas

I have been mulling over terrain for this project. I have come up with a few items that I think I will need.

Limes Wall

I started on a section of the limes to begin with. This is a two foot long section. I am planning on at least two more similar sections once this is done. That should be enough to span the whole table.

Watch Tower

I picked one of these up a while back. It is an MDF model. I have not had a chance to put this together yet. Definitely on the to do list.

Roman Villa

Yep, a Roman Villa Rustica is definitely needed. The farm complexes can be rather complex. I am thinking of building one that is a small one and another that is a medium size one with a nice garden and fountain. There are some really nice examples out on the internet. The small one I plan on building is based on this one.

I took this from the site

The larger ones can be huge and cover an entire table in scale.

In looking for what I wanted, I found Dante's Wars blog. I am very impressed with what he has put together.

Roman Fort

I want to make something like the kleinkastle Lochmuhle. That is further down the road. I have ideas but I want the other items done first.

A Temple

I found some plans for a temple of Mithras online. This could make for a nice small terrain item.

What Else?

There is a small German village. That could be useful. But what else? What other items of terrain should I think about? Suggestions?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kindle Version of In the Name of Roma

I know many of you have purchased In the Name of Roma from me and I am very thankful for that. I have received some fantastic feedback on it from many of you. Those of you that have given me feedback, would you do me a favor and please write a review on Amazon? I currently have two reviews out there now and I would really like to have a couple more if at all possible.

To get to In the Name of Roma on the Kindle store you can go to these links:

US Kindle Store
UK Kindle Store
Spain's Kindle Store
Canadian Kindle Store

I lowered the price on the Kindle store to $5.99 to see if that would make a difference. So far, not much of one. Anyway, thanks for the kind words that I have been sent. Thanks for the support.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I just realized that I have not acknowledged the recent followers who joined. Sorry about that.

The most recent is Stuart Surridge. Stuart, welcome aboard. Stuart's blog is at I don't see a link to a blog for you. Please let me know if you have one and I will happily post a link. He has a very nice AAR on a recent modern Africa game up at the moment. It is well worth a visit.

Next up is Brian English. Brian (if I have the right guy) is a regular gaming opponent of mine. I guess I have to be careful on just how biased my AARs are in the future. :)

I have recently been enjoying Simon Scarrow's Cato series. Unfortunately, I started them from the middle of the series due to what was available at the library. They are really pushing me forward with the Wacht am der Rhine project. They have been highly entertaining. But one thing they keep referring to is Legions having slings as part of their kit. I have found no other references for this. Anyone know of the validity of the Legions giving slings to their infantry? Seems like Mr Scarrow is just being creative to me. I know that there were Auxiliary cohorts that were so equipped.

Until next time.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Finishing up a few items

I finished up the basing on my Engineering elements for Chain of Command with my Early War Germans. I have a Medic, a minesweeper team and a wire demolition team. I did not have enough for a demolition team. I also had two spare Russians that I just finished the basing of to get them out of the way.

I am not happy with these. I forgot to water my ink down and they came out very dark. I am not so dissatisfied that I will want to repaint them. I will just live with them.

I just painted up the shields for my first couple of Early Imperial Romans. I went off of the shield design that is on the website. There was no way my eyes or hands could handle anything quite so detailed. So I tried to suggest at it. Not sure if it worked or not.

Here is the six that I have finished up. I have most of the command element for my first century. The Optio, the Signifer and the Cornicen. Also I have the guy who will be the Tribune for my citizen cohort. He has a pair of servants to take orders and hold his shield (apparently).

I really like the Corvus Belli optio. I think these came out pretty good.

Anyway, I have started on the infantry. I have the armor painted up and the flesh on a couple of them. They actually paint up really nicely. The one complaint I have on the CB Auxiliaries are the spears. The points are very indistinct. I will be trying out a few others as will. I have two Museum miniatures Auxiliaries (I think they are from them). They looks pretty good and should mix well (other than having better spears).

Next up is figuring out the basing. I believe that I want to have square bases for my Romans to allow them to be placed close together in formation. My Germans (whenever I get around to them) will be on Round bases as they will not be able to do close order formations like the Romans. Well, that is the current plan. Stay tuned. It could change. Anyway, things are at least progressing.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

From Empire to Revolution

Rich just sent me the cover art for my East Front Supplement for Through the Mud and Blood. I am very excited about this.

What do you think?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wacht am Der Limes - Some Ideas

Currently Early Imperial Romans have my attention. Based on the feedback from yesterday, it seems that at least a couple of readers here have a similar interest. So let me ramble on a bit about the status of this project. I actually have a title for it that I like which is unusual. Typically the title is one of the last things that I come up with. Based on the title of this post, you can gather that the title is "Wacht am der Limes."

I was recently asked how I approach the projects that I work on. My instant thought was that would be like me explaining what goes into sausage - something most people just don't want to know. Now I am having second thoughts about that. I have always had a fascination with the Roman Empire. When I was taught about the empire in school I came away with the impression that it was a hugely organized and efficiently run mechanism that started to break down and fail around 400 AD or there about. Where as throughout its history it seems that it fought against itself almost as much as it fought its enemies. Still, they are impressive.

I have relatives in Germany and knew a little that the Roman Empire extended its borders up into Germany but had little idea of what was going on there at the time. So like most projects, it began with a little Google. I found a site on the Saalburg fort and its reconstructions and that is what hooked me to the time and place.

Next was confirming what I already knew about the Roman military at the time and figuring out what they could do. Then I have spent some time figuring out what was there was in terms of a military presence in my selected area. This is probably a trip down an unnecessary rabbit hole. Anyway, here is some notes I have put together so far that you may or may not enjoy.

First, I am limiting the project to the German Limes at roughly 100AD or there about. I have found some excellent web sites that are really useful.

First up is

Next is an awesome map site

Here is a screen shot from their page on the area that I am looking at. The map is much easier to deal with than the one from as the symbols for the forts are not as large. But has more of the minor roman roads present in their map. So both are rather useful. What I cannot find is any markings for German Villages other than the small round red (at least I think they are red) ring forts marked inside the Roman area on the map above. Those are not as helpful. The ring forts date back to more of a celtic origin from the early iron age. It is likely that those settlements were largely abandoned by the time of Roman occupation.

I am focusing on the Civitas Taunensium area of Germania Superior. That is more or less what is featured on the map above. Nida was the capitol of the civitas. Saalburg would have been one of its border forts. Nida was not nearly as large a town as that of Mogontiacum (Modern Mainz). There are no less than three fortification sites present in the town. By the 3rd Century AD, the town had established city walls and had grown to a civilian population of close to 10,000 people. But by 100AD the town was a village outside of the roman fort. I am assuming that the Kastellung A - the stone fort - would be the one that would have been standing at the time. The roads leading in and out of Nida matched to the entrances to this fort.

The garrison of Nida was held by several different units during its history. These included Ala I Flavia Gemina, Cohors XXXII Voluntariorum civium Romanorum and Cohors IIII Vindelicorum. These are all Auxiliary units. The first being a cavalry unit. The second is interesting as it is a volunteer unit of Roman civilians. These would normally have been men eligible for the Legions. They were raised after the disaster in the Teutonburg Forest. Depending on who you read there were anywehre from 17 to 42 of these types of Cohorts raised. This unit is placed in Nida at close to the end of the first century from an inscription found from a centurion being dedicated into the cult of Mithras. They then were transfered to Ober-Florstadt.

The Vindelicorum Cohort was apparently an infantry cohort. They have a reenactment group that has put together a fun little video on their web page. Its loud so be prepared to lower the volume on your speakers before giving it a go. Apparently, this unit spent most of its time as a garrison of Grosskrotzenburg. Bricks made by this unit at their foundry in Grosskrotzenburg found their way all across the limes.

The cavalry unit appears to have been raised close to 70ad. It was a quingenary unit of about 500 cavalrymen. It was raised in what is now Switzerland but served in this area close to the time we are looking at. The fort at Nida was large enough that it would have been able to support two Auxiliary cohorts. Thus it is likely that the cavalry and one of the infantry units served side by side there.

The town of Nida is a major cross roads that link the significant fortifications of the bulge in the limes. The limes follow a series of large hills that provide a slight natural barrier to the flatter agricultural lands to the south. Along these hills, the limes were built. Straight north of Nida is Saalburg, a cohort fort hosting the Cohors II Raetorum Civium Romanorum Equitata. This is a mixed arms cohort with 480 infantry and 120 cavalry. This is the unit that I am focusing on.

Saalburg has a museum now and much work has been done to reconstruct the fort.

The picture is taken from

The way I am thinking of putting this together, the actions would take place around the watchtowers that are places between the forts and possibly one of the kleinkastles like Lochmuhle. Even in 15mm, the Saalburg fortification would take up most of the table. The Germans might press in and raid one of the villas in the south or the Romans may press across the limes in a punitive expedition against a German village.

The goal is to keep the Roman formations as historical as possible while not doing over much violence to the Dux rules. I have some ideas and did a theoretical German attack on a small roman fort on paper. It seems to work. I will post more once I get some miniatures ready.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Projects - Need some help in choosing a direction

I just managed to get my entry for the Chain of Command Challenge done and I started looking through my list of projects that I have begun but not finished.

1) CSS Appomattox - This is an alternative history novel that I have been working on for about 6 months or so. I am about 63,000 words into it of a projected 100K.

2) Flik55j - This is a supplement for Algernon Pulls it Off covering on of the most successful squadrons of the Austro-Hungarian air force. Given the holding pattern of Algy II, this may just remain in a holding pattern.

3) Small Warriors - This is about 80% done. It is a set of scenarios and modifications for Kiss Me Hardy covering the smaller warships that engaged in the American Revolution. Covers Royal Navy, Colonial Navy, State Navy and Privateer forces operating near or out of South Carolina during the Revolution. It also includes Sharp Practice scenarios as well.

4) Wacht am der Limes - This is a modification to Dux Britanniarum set on the German Limes during the Early Imperial era of the Roman Empire. This one is still in the idea phase. I just bought some more miniatures for this. At this point, the potential forces will be larger than that of regular Dux.

5) The third book in my AWI series - This would begin around November 1870 and follow the action north into North Carolina. I have the outline of about 3 scenarios so far. Not far along at all.

6) ACW Atlanta Campaign - I am working on a supplement for They Couldn't Hit an Elephant and Terrible Sharp Sword that covers the battles for Atlanta. Was to be finished for the 150th anniversary but that is not going to happen.

7) An Anglo-Zulu War Supplement - This is well under way but I need to get some games in to make sure what i am trying works. That and I need to paint more Zulus. I think this one is at about 45%.

Anyway, I went through these and I am really interested in all of them. I just don't know which way to go. Any suggestions?

Chain of Command Challenge - Action at Ustilug - June 22, 1941

PatG on the TooFatLardies Forum has posted a challenge to come up with some custom Force Lists for Chain of Command. I pulled out my crayons and got to work. I recently bought the book "The Bloody Triangle" which covers one of the early armor battles of Operation Barbarossa in June of 1941. I found a reference to the battle for a town the captured my imagination.

on June 22, 1941, the town of Ustilug, Ukraine was invaded as the German army sent elements of the 298th Infantry Division to take the town and press past and on to the provincial capitol of Vladimir-Volyn. From Ustilug, the Germans had access to a major road that would lead directly to Kiev.

With the release of the Sharp End by the TooFatLardies, doing this as a campaign seemed very attractive. So I began work. Using the orders of battle for the Divisions on both sides of the action, I redid the force lists to cover the troops and vehicles that they actually had available to them. There are some different troop types in the force lists that could prove to be fun including bicycle and cavalry reconnaissance troops.

Enough of that, you can find the force lists/mini campaign here:

Actual Progress on Chain of Command Early German Troops

Once again I found myself on a conference call at 4am. It seems that at 4am I am rather productive. I managed to finish painting my engineering elements for my Early War Germans. The minesweeper team is done. As well as the Wire Clearing team. The Flamethrower team was already done. I may have made a miscalculation and I don't think I have a demolition team. I need to recheck this. I did finish up a medic figure. It was an officer looking figure that was reading a book. I guess it can be a medic reading a first aid manual. Once I put on the matt varnish, I'll get some pictures of these. The varnish should be applied while I am at home for lunch.

The only thing I am missing from the main Chain of Command list is some vehicles and anti-tank guns. The missing stuff includes a sPzB41 2.8cm ATR, a Sdkfz 10/5 with a 20mm AA gun, a Flak 30 AA gun, a Pak36(t) 4.7cm ATG, a Pak38 5cm ATG and a Panzer II Flamm. Of these, FOW makes the sPzB41. It lacks any kind of carriage and seems to be made for a vehicle mount. Not ideal but what can you do. The Sdkfz 10/5, the Flak 30 and the PAK 38 I can get from Gaming Models at just $5.00 each. I could not find anyone who does a Panzer II Flamm. I contacted the guy from Gaming Models and he gave me a cryptic answer to contact him in two weeks. Hmmm.... That sounds interesting. Lastly is that PAK36(t). I have not been able to find one yet.

The only terrain item that I have no plan for is the roadblock. For early war, dragon teeth seem out of place to me. I am wondering if I had a wagon on its side and some boxes or something.

I also finished some wooden boxes. I plan on using these as Jump off Points. My current jump off points are small scenic items based on US Pennies. I was thinking about something larger. With a couple of boxes and some other stuff on it.

Once I have all of these taken care of, I think I will make sure I have a second platoon for both Germans and Soviets so I can try the Big Chain of Command with them.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fun with Statistics

I just looked at some of the reports from Blogger and found some interesting things.

In the past month, I ran a sale on my scenario books. This post pulled in 434 views. Significantly more than any other post during that same timeframe. A request for help on identifying Soviet tanks grabbed the number 2 spot with 220 views and old posts dealing with the launch of those scenario books that were on sale grabbed 131 for In the Name of Roma and 98 for The Coming Thunder. All time, the two biggest posts were for The coming Thunder with 2047 view and In the Name of Roma with 1063 views.

This completely makes sense as I have tried to push those particular posts more. But where did all of these come from? Believe it or not, the top referring site historically is the Miniature Page with 3177 referrals over the life of the blog. Despite their "entertaining" fights over the squabble dejure, they still seem to command the largest audience out there. But in the past month, it has been beaten out by several other sites. The number one referral was some Russian site that looks like a hosting page -

Number two was I really like this site. It allows anyone to post a news story for free. TMP used to let you if you were a supporting member. Now you have to be an advertiser. While the rates are not crippling for most, a scenario author who just wants to break 100 copies sold per self published book is not able to afford it. When I asked the editor about it, I was not entirely happy with the brusk dismissal that I received.

Next was from This is no surprise since they are the guys who write the rules I use to base my scenario books on. Definitely a friendly audience for me. The Miniatures Page has dropped to Sixth place for the past month. Google seems to have risen above that.

So what does it all mean? Well, not much. It is just interesting. Its interesting to see that the draw from TMP is shrinking while Tabletop Gaming News is growing.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Completing Early War German Chain of Command forces ... Hey! Look at this!

So I have been trying to get my Germans completed for Chain of Command. I started off last week making good progress. I managed to finish the basing on an ATR team and a Regular infantry squad.

In order to get the terrain items that I am missing from the Force Lists, I placed an order for some Barb Wire from Battlefield Accessories. I struggled with how to handle minefields. I really did not want to shell out money for the minefields that I see sold by Gale Force 9 or any of the other vendors. The rules call for a minefield that is 6" square. Mark suggested something so simple that I shook my head in frustration that why didn't I think of that. A simple marker for the mine field would be placed in its center. Then any infantry approaching it would potentially be in its grasp from 3" in any direction from the marker. So I broke off a piece of toothpick; cut out a small piece of paper; got glue, sand, a penny, paint and flock; and went to work. And the result it not high art but it works.

So things were progressing quite well last week. I was getting happy with my progress. Then the weekend happened. Somehow, I managed to take another look at a long forgotten piece of Styrofoam insulation that sat cast off in a corner. In my miniatures cabinet my unfinished Early Imperial Romans called out to me. Pulling open the drawer, I started to ponder where was I going with these. Before I knew it, I had out some knives and was putting some work on a section of a Roman Limes palisade.

What I have found is that the palisade fence was made with split logs with the flat side facing the enemy. Splitting anything to get a flat surface is more that I want to try in 15mm so I will ignore that bit. After the fence is a ditch. Beyond the ditch is a earthen wall that rose to the same height or taller than the fence. So I began work on getting this layout together for the piece.

I started by cutting the front section at a slant leading up to where the fence will be.

Next I dug a very rough looking ditch that will be behind the fence. I am not entirely happy with how it looks but I will smear the entire mess in PVA glue and sand at some point so that may fix it.

Next I cut off a piece of foam to shape as the wall that will reside behind the ditch. The angle of the hill is greater than what is shown in the pictures. You will just have to take my word that it looks much less crappy than the picture makes it look.

Then I cut the back side of the base piece to match the angle of the earthen wall and glued the hill to it. I then promptly, with out any prompting from my wife, vacuumed the giant mess I made on the living room floor. No, really!

So this has been sitting in the garage to dry since yesterday afternoon. I hope to find some cheap glue on a back to school sale somewhere so I can mix it up with a little water and sand and coat down the whole mess and let that dry. What I am trying to decide is if I should first make the fence part and then coat away or try to deal with the fence after coating the whole thing. I may go for buying toothpicks and making the fence first and using the glue mess to hold it all in together.

Anyway, now that Rich has released Big Chain of Command, I promise not to stray from finishing my Germans. No, really. I can do that. Oh, did I mention that I found some Centurion figures I like and ordered those over the weekend? Oh yeah, and some dials to go on my Litko flight stands too. But really, I will finish my Soviets and Germans for Chain. Did I see that Donnington has casualties for my EI Romans? hmmmm.......

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Amazon Kindle Books and Wargaming

I have had In the Name of Roma up on Amazon since the end of February of this year. It was selling for less than the PDF on my website at $9.99 but honestly, it has been less than stellar out there. I received an e-mail from Kindle Direct Publishing that was talking about their difficulty with another company that wanted to increase the price of e-books while Amazon wanted to keep the prices down.

In that article they talked about how $9.99 was a good price for an e-book but $14.99 was excessive (I greatly summarize here). So my thought was is $9.99 too much for a Kindle version of a book that is selling much better as a PDF on my blog for $11.00?

As an experiment, I just lowered the cost of the Kindle book to see if that will get more interest going. Anyway, let me know your thoughts.

Here are the links to the book.
USA Kindle Site:

UK Kindle Site:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Scenario Sale Ends Today

If you want to get half off on the Terrible Sharp Sword supplement "The Coming Thunder" and the Bag the Hun/Check Your Six supplement "The Falcon and the Gladiator", you need to act before midnight tonight (Atlanta, GA). 

Also " In the Name of Roma" is $3 off until then as well.  Chock full of IABSM and Chain of Command scenarios for the Italians on the Russian Front.

Thanks Everyone.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Painting Updates

I managed to do a little bit of work and rounded off a few more items for Chain of Command. I rebased six riflemen to round out the regular infantry squad support item and I rebased a soviet Light mortar team.

I have added these on the list in my Miniature Collection page in their respective slots.

I also added a section for miniatures that are outside the Force Lists for Chain of Command. Things like dead soldiers, wagons and the like.

Here are the pictures of the finished items.

Note that the wagon and the dead guys are not new. I just like them. I also managed to spruce up a Sdkfz 231 8 rad this morning that was looking a bit vanilla and applied some paint on some Early War German Engineers and a medical orderly as well. Just a question, did the Germans use a red cross type of arm band to denote their medics?

It never ceases to amaze me what I can accomplish when stuck on a conference call at 4am in the morning.

A morning surprise

Scanning through my backlog of e-mail this morning and saw my nearly daily e-mail from Amazon on their recommendations of stuff for me to read. The title of the e-mail seemed familiar. Low and behold, my scenario book, In the Name of Roma, was the first title listed in the e-mail. I was rather surprised and pleasantly at that. Now I just wonder if anyone else got the same mix of recommendations. Still, that certainly stroked my ego a little bit.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Please give a warm welcome to Topi Mikkola. Topi does not have has a blog and he has shared his Picasa Web Album with us and there are some excellent pictures in there of some fun looking games. If you have a blog please let me know and I will update with the link.

Other Items

I am still trying to finish off my German and Soviet Chain of Command forces. I managed to take a sneak peak at what will likely be the next project, France 1940. I have a great start on British and French forces. All of them need work on the bases. I can reuse most of my Barbarossa Germans for that project so it is very attractive to attempt. Another option is Greece 1941.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Four Days Left for the Scenario Sale

At midnight on August 8th, the sale ends and the prices go back up.

I want to thank everyone who purchased some of the scenarios. It has been a good sale so far.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Soviet Chain of Command Forces for 1941

Following up on my Early War Germans, I have put together my Soviet forces. This time I split things up a bit more for the platoon and put all of my available elements for the supports together. Thanks to everyone who helped yesterday with tank identification. Its coming along. I was surprised that I had all of the Engineering elements. Nothing like sorting through your figures to figure out what you actually have.

Soviet Rifle Platoon

The Soviet Rifle Platoon was commanded by a Leytenant and a Starshina. Rounding out the headquarters was a M39 50mm mortar team.

These were over the four squads. Each squad was commanded by a Serzhant and had nine riflemen, a rifle grenadier and a DP-28 LMG with two crewmen.

Supports ListsPicture
List One
2x PPD-40 SMG
2x SVT-40 Semi-Automatic Rifles - None Yet -
Satchel Charge - No Miniature Needed -
Medical Orderly - None Yet -
Engineer Mine Clearance Team
Engineer Wire Cutting Team
Engineer Demolition Team
Barbed Wire
List Two
50mm Mortar Team
Pre-Game Barrage
ROKS2 Flamethrower Team
T-20 Komsomylets Tractor
T-37 Tank
BA-20 Armored Car
List Three
Sniper Team
M1910 Maxim MMG
Ten Man Rifle Squad
T-26 with 37mm Gun
T-26 Twin MG Turrets
T-38 Tank
List Four
M1937 45mm ATG
76.2mm IG
Engineer Squad
Regular Infantry Squad
BA-6 or 10 Armored Car
T-26 with 45mm Gun
BT-2 Tank
BT-5 Tank
BT-7 Tank
BT-7A Tank
T-40 Tank
List Five
KhT-26 or 130 Tank
T-28 Tank
T-35 Tank
List Six
T-28E Tank
T-34 M1940-41 76mm Tank
List Seven
KV-1 Tank
List Seven
KV-2 Tank