If by some miracle you noticed my absence from the blog-o-sphere the last month or so you're in luck - I'm here and am alive. Im also continuing to paint miniatures and even occasionally throw some dice around.
The tempo of "regular life" has been brutal this autumn, with real life events taking center stage. You know what I'm talking about. Soccer games, kid horseback riding lessons, violin practice, work, chores, family events, etc. None of these things are bad, mind you, but they don't leave much time for blogging about gaming. Untangling this messy calendar to find time for gaming has been a gordian-knot of a challenge but we still found a way to make it all work.
Over the last month I'm pleased to say I participated in Jon Freitag's epic Brandywine virtual game commanding Sullivan's Division, attended Historicon 21 in-person (picking up some sweet German armored cars in the process), and finally was able to visit Bryan L's house, refighting the entire battle of Antietam on a Friday afternoon with his outstanding mash-up of Battle Cry and Hold the Line, all on a massive, blown up SPI map with thousands of 1/72 figures!
|View from the South at Antietam from 11/12 game|
|Taking the ground around Dunker Church and pushing the Rebels back!|
|Capturing the Rebel battery! But no Artillery troops to crew it - they're enroute from the UNion reinforcement point but would never make it! Here my boys successfully drove off Stuart's Cavalry with fire.|
|Bryan's Gaming Bunker with Bryan (L), Steve M. (middle) and Al (kepi). I love Bryan's games and they have such an epic scope to them on the big battle SPI maps.|
|The railroad tracks are permanently part of this eastern front board.|
|I loved the use of static grass to demarcate the fields - which were regular flock BTW. Brilliant idea which I have never thought of!|
|Ever wonder what 800 painted 10mm Napoleonic French look like? Now you dont have to guess!|
|Getting creative - note the horse mounted officer and officer with saber urging forward! Here is going to be their permanent home on 30 x 30mm squares.|