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  1. On 1/2/2020 at 5:51 AM, Rob Dean said:

    For January, I need to work on the French Revolution, and I’d like to work on my retro-Middle Earth project, and the 1/72 scale Portable Fantasy project.  Three is really already too many to use the word “concentrate”, but that’s what I feel like doing now.  By the 31st it will probably change...

    It’s mid-month check in time.


    I haven’t done anything with the French Revolution, but I have done 32 retro-Middle Earth goblins and orcs, and ~20 1/72 scale figures for Bronze Age or Fantasy, with basing in process on some of the latter. If I stopped for the month today, it would still be a pretty decent month. 

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  2. 12 minutes ago, Sylverthorne said:


    Eventually, the person enacting this plan are going to have to either learn to sew, or start trading a friend who knows how. And where does one find a powdered wig in this day and age anyway? 

    I like the suggestion, though.

    A quick Google suggests the answer is Etsy for a nice one, or Walmart’s Halloween department for a cheap one...

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  3.  A package of Hittites and Egyptians arrived yesterday, so that I can (someday :rolleyes:) round out my collection of late Bronze Age armies for DBA 3.0.  My son has been diligently working on creating his own set, and has been painting new Hittites this week (based for DBA rather than our “house standard”) to keep reminding me that I should be painting.




    Some army-in-progress shots here:





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  4. 4 hours ago, TGP said:


    That sounds kool. But it sorta defies the suggested practice of individual Work-In-Progress threads....? Maybe if there were no pictures. IDK.


    There is this thread: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/89679-2019-is-dead-long-live-2020jan-hobbly-goals/

    That could maybe be ^ pressed into service.



    9 minutes ago, aku-chan said:


    It would have to be picture-less I think, which I feel would kinda render it pointless.


    (The old ongoing painting threads people had in the WIP section were killed off because it became too hard for the Mods to monitor them for nudity and stuff.)

    I’ll have to go back and reread the WIP guidance info.  Unlike the usual, though, I wasn’t expecting it to be a call for help, and it wouldn’t necessarily be show off since things might not usually be completed.

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  5. 5 hours ago, Corsair said:

    14 January 2020. Today is shouting out to @redambrosia


    Did another hobby lead you to this one, or has this one led you to another hobby?

    My father’s model railroading hobby led to a lot of father/son bonding time visiting hobby shops. That’s how I ended up investing my allowances in boxes of Airfix 1/72 scale plastic figures. That, in turned, prepared me for a chance encounter with a 5th grade classmate in 1971 who had a book of rules. The rest, they say, was history...followed eventually by fantasy after Messrs. Arneson and Gygax did their thing...

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  6. I gave my older son a copy of the de Bellis Antiquitatis 3.0 rules for Christmas, and he has been inspired to dust off our joint 2009 project to do Egyptians vs Hittites in DBA. That did entail rebasing some chariots, and it looked like they might look lonely on the 60x80mm stands (vice 40x60 we had been using), so I painted 8 Egyptian infantry to serve as chariot runners and put two on each base when I rebased yesterday. 



    Since I had some unfinished Libyan archers from BITD, I dusted them off and did four as two light infantry stands, to start an opposing army of my own. 





    I picked out the rest of the Libyan foot last night, but they’ll need a chariot converted from an Egyptian one (most likely).  

    In between those tasks, I also put a quick paint job on a Bones hordeling, who looks like he’ll be happier facing 1/72 scale opponents than heroic 28+mm figures. 


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  7. I hope a little thread necromancy is acceptable.  Since it’s January, I went through my game records to see what I actually played last year.  Of the 45 miniatures games I participated in (played or gamemastered), it looks like 19 were historical, if one will accept 18th century imagi-nations as being history rather than fantasy. 


    Of the 19, 13 (?!) were the aforementioned imagi-nations, the same figures being played with three different sets of rules: A Gentleman’s War by Howard Whitehouse (9 games); With MacDuff to the Frontier, home rules by my friend Ross Macfarlane (3 games); and one game with Charge! (Peter Young, 1967), the rules for which the figures are primarily organized.  I also ran 1 54mm medieval skirmish game using Medieval Mayhem, my own home rules. I was in 1 25mm Dark Ages skirmish game using Saga (1st edition), and 1 25mm Dark Ages battle game using a different collection of figures with Dan Mersey’s Dux Bellorum rules from Osprey.  At conventions and club meetings I was also in three other random historical games using rules and figures I don’t own.   


    In the late fall, my younger son picked up a copy of Phil Barker’s De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA) 3.0, since he was considering reviving a medieval Spanish (i.e. El Cid) project, and wanted to keep it manageable in his grad student space and budget.  I’m not sure that he’s picked up a paint brush yet, but my elder son and I also got copies of the rules (to update our DBA 1.0), and have been starting to revive a 13th C BC Egypt/Hittite/enemies project in 1/72 scale plastic.  We usually play a fair bit of Hordes of the Things, the related fantasy rules, although not too much last year as we were preoccupied with A Gentleman’s War.


    I painted at least some figures for several of the historical projects, 40mm imagi-nations, 40mm French Revolution to be used with A Gentleman’s War, 25mm early Dark Ages for Dux Bellorum, and 25mm later Dark Ages for Saga.  I’ve been working on 1/72 scale Egyptians etc. this week, and need to get back to the French Revolution.  I’ve also got one stray stand of 3 Dux Bellorum horsemen on my desk.  

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  8. 19 hours ago, Corsair said:

    Question for 8 January 2020. Today is dedicated to @Talae

    How many different games do you play?


    It would depend on how you count them.  


    We’ve got a closet of boardgames, and have played Ticket to Ride, Wingspan, Seven Wonders, and Carcassonne out of it in the past six months or so. (My partner will play boardgames, but not the other categories.)


    In card games, Magic, Keyforge, and Euchre.


    In RPGs, I’m only in one active, a D&D derived homebrew, but my collection is substantial (and in need of a thinning....).


    In miniatures? Lots.  Ghost Archipelago, This is Not a Test, Perilous Encounters, Dragon Rampant, A Gentleman’s War, Charge! out of my own collection (at least) and I’ve been to club meetings and conventions and played whatever in that time.  Miniatures games are my primary hobby activity.  I’ve got painted miniatures collections in about two dozen combinations of period and scale, and most of those are capable of supporting play with more than one rules set, with my rules collection being vast.


    I am between computer games; the last operating system upgrade on my computer wiped my Civ IV, and I haven’t replaced it with a newer version in several months so far.

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  9. On 1/2/2020 at 5:51 AM, Rob Dean said:


    For January, I need to work on the French Revolution, and I’d like to work on my retro-Middle Earth project, and the 1/72 scale Portable Fantasy project.  Three is really already too many to use the word “concentrate”, but that’s what I feel like doing now.  By the 31st it will probably change...

    The 31st was a bit optimistic; elder son today suggested that it might be nice if we leveraged the existing Bronze Age project into multiple DBA armies, so I spent most of the morning looking through my stash of Caesar 1/72 scale Bronze Age figures to see what might be achievable.  As it is, I might want a couple of boxes of Hittites, and I just ordered some stuff from Michigan Toy Soldier, so it would have been nice if this burst of enthusiasm had hit two days ago so that I could have added them to the order. :rolleyes: My younger son wants to work on armies of the Mediterranean in the 11th century for DBA, which led to a family text string regarding inventories of basing materials, which bemused my partner.  Play is serious stuff in my family...


    At least the retro-Middle Earth stuff has been getting done the past few days.


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  10. 6 hours ago, Zink said:

    Yearly goals

    #1 goal get off the computer more and do anything hobby related.


    I’ve got a similar goal, helped along by the fact that my latest computer operating system upgrade finally eliminated my ability to play Civilization 4, so I have no games on my computer. :wacko:  There are still forums to read, etc., but so far it’s resulted in a lot of book reading rather than minis painting. ::P:


    My other overarching year goal is to keep the painting desk cleaner; if it’s more inviting to sit down and work, more should get done.


    For January, I need to work on the French Revolution, and I’d like to work on my retro-Middle Earth project, and the 1/72 scale Portable Fantasy project.  Three is really already too many to use the word “concentrate”, but that’s what I feel like doing now.  By the 31st it will probably change...

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  11. 2 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:



    Oh boy.  I used to use one of those.  My mother had it for secretarial work before she got married and i used it through most of middle and high school (my handwriting has always been atrocious and i discovered that my grades got much better when my teachers could read what i wrote ::D:... Once i convinced them it was me doing the typing at any rate.)  I see it can use the tri color ribbon.  best of luck getting the aim down on that part.  I am very happy I dont have to use those any more.  I could never get more than 60 words a minute out of it or the keys would start jamming.  Did you get a case with it?


    I can’t type 60 words per minute at the best of times, so jamming for that cause shouldn’t be a problem.  Yes, I did get a case with it, in nice shape other than being pretty musty, so I need to decon it a bit.  I was amazed to find that the ribbons (black and black/red, at least) appear to be readily available on the big river, so we’ll see if I can get the colors to work.  The positioner attached to that lever seems to be doing what it is supposed to do. 


    I went off to college in 1978 with a Smith-Corona electric portable which didn’t need to be struck so forcefully, so the strength need to whack the keys is going to take some work as well as some calibration.  I feel like old secretaries must have been able to crack walnuts with their fingers after a lifetime of that, but, realistically, they probably had a special category of repetitive stress injuries...

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  12. Although I took my portable painting kit with me on our Christmas trip, it didn’t get used.  Assuming that I don’t finish anything today or tomorrow, which seems likely as my first hobby priority is to clean off my desk rather than paint, that leaves me with a rather modest 6 figure 1/72 scale archer stand and a Bones rogue for December, which is somewhat better than a slap in the face with a dead fish.  ::P:


    For the year, scattered across at least 6 projects, it looks like I did about 98 25/28mm figures, 51 1/72 scale figures, and 18 40mm figures.  Apparently I’ll do anything to avoid painting horses, since only a handful of the 1/72s were mounted (or a horse-drawn cart).  That ends up being about 1 tabletop figure every two days, which doesn’t sound that bad, really, but the distribution was by no means anywhere near that regular.  Next year’s resolution: Do more better. ^_^


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  13. Well, we’re back home after the road trip to Michigan.  It was a good year; my parents were glad to have the whole family together.  There was endless feasting, and I’m almost ready for some fasting to make up for it, but that will wait until we go back to work on the 6th to get too serious.  


    Today is the recovery day, with laundry and some grocery shopping as the main goals, but I also need to start clearing my hobby desk so that I can actually get something done again.  As mentioned in Acquisitions, I had a large box of siege equipment waiting for me when I got home, and a castle kit arrived just before we left, so 1/72 scale fantasy warfare is about to step up from raids and get to seizing and holding some terrritory...if I can build the pieces.  ::P:

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