Sunday, June 30, 2013

"Digg" This...

If you're a google reader user I hope you know, by now, about the impending implosion of reader tomorrow.  Almost immediately I started window shopping for another reader platform to display my 400 blogs that I like to follow (mostly wargaming).

Well "Digg" has a great reader that will conveniently and quickly import your google reader blogs into its reader platform that is very similar in functionality to our cozy, nice, familiar google reader.

So if you haven't moved your reader anywhere yet - try Digg out.  I am using it now and am just dead tired from the 4 mouse clicks it took me to import everything!

I'm still pissed at google for scrapping reader but at least I'll still have all of my beloved wargaming blogs in one place and can continue to follow your respective wargaming activities!

In laws will be here today...  So not much painting done in my future but I was thinking about spraying up a modern Soviet tank Battalion.

I hope everyone has a good day, afternoon, or night depending on your time zone.  And get your google stuff moved over ASAP!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pics of the "Man Cave"

This is for you, Paul.  As promised, here are some pics of the man-cave that I share with the thousand-leggers and spiders.
The hobby and gaming area with some of the troops starting to get organized.
The hobby area is my desk against the wall with the storage area next to it for now.  To the right, I'll build some cinder-block and pine board walls to hold my tote boxes and trays of troops.
A small assortment of 20mm models and troops yet to be assembled or painted.

All my 15mm armies!  Painted and unpainted.

First priority?  "Get this rabble into something like an Army" (Field Marshall Von Rundstedt).

Again, please forgive the faux wood paneling and linoleum floor.  For now it's all I've got!  The gaming table will be in the middle, in front of the shelves.  It's going to be a tight fight, but one that will house a 6 foot by roughly 4 foot gaming surface.

Terrain, 6mm stuff, and EPIC Armageddon Stuff.

Close up of the Hobby Desk!  

Surprise!  S-Models' new BRDM-2 Fast Build.  Next up will be the BMP-1s...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ringing Endorsement and other news...

Found a nice gem of a website tonight - 1-72 Miniatures Dot Com.  A great site with news, eye candy, and project information for the discriminating 1-72 scale modeler and gamer.  My personal favorite was the tutorial section but the eye candy is pretty good too.  I heartily recommend this site if 1-72 forces make up part of your collection.

On another note, I have been moving things around in the basement all day and have finally got the hobby area started in earnest.  Going to make a sign that says "THOUSAND-LEGGER-VILLE" apparently these ghastly and horrific creatures really enjoy my basement as I've already killed 10 or 11 of them in the last week or so...

If you live in Europe or Oz you may not know what I'm talking about...Prepare to scream like a little girl:

LINK if you dare...

Okay so those 2 pictures weren't that hideous but these things look like monsters and are some of the fastest bugs I've ever seen.  They also grow quite large too...The older, bigger ones are especially fearsome looking especially against a stark, white wall or surface that makes their dark bodies and long legs even more menacing.

Anyways they like the basement so I've been battling it out with them this past week whilst organizing hobby stuff and preparing to sink my teeth into some painting projects once again.

I promise to take some pictures of the hobby area as it's taking shape!  Oh and I am thinking about ordering some stuff from Shapeways (3D printing).  I have a ton of 6mm Rhino APCs for Epic and could use a squadron or 2 of Predator light tanks!  For 8 bucks for spare turrets?  My wallet can definitely handle that!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A New (Old) Scale...

After a recent trip to Gettysburg I was regaling my wife with stories of epic battles with toy soldiers in my backyard with my old 54mm toy soldiers.  Family members and landscapers continue to dig up casualties and relics of those past wars to include my old US Army timmee toy Vietnam styled GIs, airfix Brit paras (whom I always used as OPFOR), late 19th century British howitzers used by the OPFOR, and of COURSE the "dollar store" M-48 patton tanks that usually came 2 to a pack (also used as OPFOR tanks).

While in Gettysburg, I spied the tourist-trap 10 dollar bags of BMC Civil War Infantry troopers.  That got me REALLY thinking back.  When I was 14 years old, I gamed some of Jackson's Valley Campaign in my backyard, using landscaping river rocks as Brigade units.  When the units clashed, I fought a battle with my BMC cheap toy soldiers.

That catapults me into the present with this humble post.  On the drive home I was feeling quite nostalgic for those days and I went online and bought some IMEX and BMC 1/32 scale troopers.

I also found some cool 54mm wargaming rules to go with them and am going to paint up some Regiments once the hobby area is completed.  This should be alot easier on the eyes too.  If it works out, I'll try my hand at AWI as well.

That all being said, I'm sure everyone is eagerly looking forward to some gaming posts as well!  I'm thinking Monday or Tuesday next week I'll post some World War II Spearhead Action in 20mm since it's been awhile.  Would be a great opportunity to show off my completed Armourfast WWII Armor.  how about a local German counter-attack?