Saturday, May 18, 2019

For God's Sake Don't Risk The Cannons

Hello from sunny Carmel, Indiana, where Spring seems to have finally arrived. We had severe weather this week and temperatures are finally into the 70s F. A normal person would spend more time outside. I slid back the sunroof cover in my car on the drive home Thursday and ended up with a sunburned head. My genetics clearly make me suited only for northern England.


I have things that I occasionally want to share that I don't want to do a blog post on for whatever reason. Usually I share these on Facebook, but I'm really not keen on Facebook for a number of reasons.

Email newsletters are a "blast from the past" that are coming back, largely as a reaction to the walled gardens of social media. If an email newsletter is good enough for Warren Ellis, it's good enough for me. I've set one up. You can subscribe over in the right-hand there on this blog, or via the subscribe page. Most likely a lot that's been posted to Facebook in the past will show up here.

Update: Well, this plan seems to be going awry. The newsletter software I chose to use, Tinyletter, is now owned by Mailchimp and is being phased out. That's probably why it refuses to send my newsletter. Why they're continuing to allow sign-ups is beyond me.

I'll be looking for an alternative, but it doesn't seem like there's much that really replaces Tinyletter. Everything else is really designed for marketing. I'm not marketing. I just want to send a newsletter. I'll be removing the subscription link from the sidebar until I can figure something out...

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dispatch - April 21, 2019

I've spent the past couple of hours punching and clipping Joan of Arc's Victory 1429 and Harold Buchanan's Campaigns of 1777. I need to give my hands and wrist a break from the clipper.

I'm hoping to play both games in the next couple of weeks. Terri (my wife) seems interested in both. We've visited Brandywine, Saratoga, and Fort Ticonderoga in the past couple of years. The character of Joan appeals to her. She can relate to these games more than others in my collection.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Table of Ultimate Gaming

After much waiting and a bit of construction yesterday, I finally have my Table of Ultimate Gaming! I'm very pleased with it. It's very roomy and extremely sturdy. The electrical outlets and USB charging ports are a nice feature as well for longer gaming sessions.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Pike & Shot Campaigns: Nordlingen

Some scenes from a PBEM game of Pike & Shot Campaigns. The beginning of the Protestant advance on the Imperial left. I'm playing the Protestants.

Saturday Night Fights - Fighting Sail

Jim and I play a game of Osprey's "Fighting Sail." This is a fun set of rules that I immediately bought after we played. I can use this with my collection of ships from "Sails of Glory" to play larger fleet actions!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

What a Tanker!

In which I play a evening of What A Tanker! from Too Fat Lardies with some of the lads from the Armchair Dragoons, using Table Top Simulator. Kudos to Jim for the fine TTS setup!

Friday, November 23, 2018

By Shot, Shock, and Faith - Intro

Some initial thoughts on By Shot, Shock, and Faith from Hexasim, a game covering five battles from the French Wars of Religion.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

2mm English Foot Battalion - 1690

I'm experimenting today with how to paint these 2mm figure blocks. I've made a first attempt by painting a Williamite-era pike & shot English battalion.

Streaming Panzer Battles North Aftrica

Jim and I played the Mersa Brega scenario last night from upcoming John Tiller Software game Panzer Battles North African Campaign 1941 last night. Here's my recorded version of the live stream.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Horse & Musket Stream 2PM today - Fleurus

I'm going to try something a little different. My good friend Jim has been praising the utility of recording and streaming games. He's convinced me to give it a try. I'll be streaming a solo play of Hollandspiele's Horse & Musket Volume I today at 2PM EST. Let's give the Fleurus scenario a spin for some War of the Grand Alliance fun today.

Here's the address for my YouTube channel.

2mm - Here we go!

My first order of 3D printed 2mm minis is on the way. These guys are War of the Grand Alliance/War of Spanish Succession models. There's also a set of battalion command groups in the order I couldn't get in the screenshot. These are models from Forward March Studios that I intend to use with the Maurice rules. I had these printed at Shapeways.