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    Miniature wargaming (historical and fantasy), roleplaying games, board games, baking

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  1. You say that as a joke, but, practically, I find miniature gaming a very satisfying hobby because of how many aspects it has to it… Happily, no shaky hands so far, but my vision is nothing to write home about. I use an optivisor over my already-short-focal-length reading glasses for serious work.
  2. We use them for hit counters; while they occasionally get disoriented, the side up against the unit reads the result; so the forward cavalry unit has four hits, and the rear has (slighly disoriented) one. I got them from Litko, where they were briefly offered as an experiment.
  3. It depends on what you want to call a hobby. I have an overarching “gaming” hobby at the moment, with board games, RPGs, and miniatures games all getting played most months, if not most weeks. I generally think of the miniatures and RPGs as a hobby, because they both take prep/creative work outside of the actual playing. I take lessons in two kinds of dancing (ice and ballroom), so that feels like a hobby. I have some very idle collections on coins and stamps, not being in a phase of life where collecting is very satisfying as an activity. It would probably have to be miniatures if I had to keep only one, because I’ve had SO MUCH history with it since 1971, but my wife would be disappopinted if I gave up ballroom. But it depends on why; any vision issues could cause me to revive music as a hobby; mobility issues could make dancing difficult. Living nomadically in an RV or a boat would reduce miniatures to small games with small figures, but that would be possible…
  4. The HAWKs, the miniatures club I’m in, had our 25th annual convention this past weekend. We’re up to 2 days and somewhat over 200 attendees now. I ran my signature game, 40mm imagi-nations using Brigadier peter Young’s Charge! rules, from 1967. My son, second from the left in the first photo 9where he’s assisting me with the Charge game) also ran a 12th century BC Egyptian/Sea Peoples battle using our combined Bronze Age 1/72 scale collections.
  5. So, despite being a theoretically off-duty weekend, I’ve had a couple of hours of work to do Friday and Saturday, and today my primary task is to relocate to another hotel. Nevertheless, I started with some primed figures on Friday morning, and by yesterday at supper time I had this: At one point on Friday I decided to walk over to the local game store, so I bought some paint and a small Nolzur’s dragon, which seemed reasonable in size for the 1/72s. By that time I almostt had enough stuff that I could have theoretically played a skirmish game of some sort, so, noticing that there was a Joann’s Fabric and Craft next door to the game store, I wandered in to see what I could find. I came out with a camo bandanna, some tan cardstock, a plastic plant with the smallest leaves I could find (not very small, alas), a small block of clay, a few cheap larger brushes, and a small pair of scissors. I collected up a few rocks on the way back. My elder son looked at this and said “So the scenario is the humans and goblins squabbling over the cows, and then the dragon shows up…” which seems pretty reasonable. If there is some extra time after the move today, I may throw some dice with Song of Blades and Heroes. But, in any case, from primer to semi-plausible skirmish in two quiet days.
  6. I’d concur with the Grenadier historical Norman identification.
  7. So, August was a bust. I didn’t pick up a brush all month. September is going to be rough, but I do have a business trip coming up which will give me an enforced 3-day weekend, so I intend to take my travel paint kit and enough 1/72 scale plastic fantasy figures to fill out at least a couple of stands …
  8. I haven’t been around much this past month or so. I did finally get my Gen Con AAR written up for my blog, and some games have been played, so it hasn’t been all bad. However, I have definitely been having motivation issues. I’m currently starting a cull of my projects, to try to get back down to a level I might actually be able to finish after retirement. That’s not depressing me, since I am buoyed up by the hope that someone else will enjoy having the stuff for their projects, but it is an overwhelming amount of work… I am therefore looking through rules; if I play something, my energy level usually increases.
  9. I haven’t been around much lately; apart from getting to Gen Con, August has not been a very good month for hobbying. Anyway, a box arrived this week with a copy of Warhammer, 1st edition. Given what it eventually became, I have been curious about its roots.
  10. Those pictures were take. After my usual matte clear coat had been applied, so, yes, something glossy about them …
  11. As recent months go, this one wasn’t bad. I got a start on a 40mm imaginary countries unit, found a couple of ancient Spanish cavalry that had never gotten based and did that, painted some Norman crossbows for Saga, and did some 1/72 scale work, including a test of Army Painter speed paints (ok) and Games Workshop contrast paints (not good). Since they ended up being mustered on the wargames book shelf, I decided to leave the background in. 😀
  12. Last fall I finished a stand of 1/72 scale civic militia, and started a second stand. In the usual way, that got set aside, and I just pulled them back out for work this week. I was making such good progress on them yesterday that I decided to push on and finish them up, so they ended up glued to the base just before I went to bed. I finished off the basing this morning, and gave them a quick coat of spray varnish. I was fairly happy with how they turned out. (The link to the first stand has a size comparison picture for the curious.) Here they are with the earlier stand:
  13. About 550 miles (or 880 km). My parents still live in the house they have had since before I was born, and I visit them as regularly as I can, given the distance, but I haven’t lived there in 40 years or so. I’m a little surprised at the “close to home” numbers.
  14. I’m sure the second batch will be better, as I internalize the peculiarities of the medium, and they look ok on the table. I’m setting up some 1/72 orcs next. However, it’s definitely a utility move to use them. There’s nothing about the process to trigger my satisfaction in doing something creative/artistic, so it wasn’t much fun. Think of dumping the ingredients in a bread machine and hitting the “on” button versus kneading and loaf forming and so forth by hand… That’s why I’ve chosen the orcs for the next run; I do need a bunch of them for my solo campaign and I haven’t been getting to them conventionally.
  15. There is a more detailed report on my blog, but I tried some Army Painter Speed Paints yesterday. My test piece was a unit of 12 Caesar 1/72 scale plastic elves. I primed these after work, and then sat down with an oatmeal container lid and a single dubious #2 dollar store brush to see what I could do. Since I didn’t really plan ahead, I had the five colors above to work with. Hardened Leather and Camo Cloak were used for cloaks and tunics; Slaughter Red and Pallid Bone for trousers; Crusader skin was flesh tones; Pallid Bone hair and arrow feather in quivers; Hardened leather for boots and bows; Leather and Red for quivers. I used whatever random brown came to hand for belts, and there are a few metallic bits. I realized after I was partway through that lighter colors cannot cover darker, so the proper sequence of painting is light to dark, regardless of where on the miniature those colors fall. Total time from starting (with figures already primed) to adding grass to bases was about 1.5 hours. I let them dry overnight and varnished them with my usual spray varnish this morning. The above is an idea of how they’d look at the typical table top battle viewing distances, alongside some other archers speed painted using my usual techniques, and an elvish command stand in which each figure was painted as an individual to the maximum level I find amusing. So, honest opinions?
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