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Rob Dean

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  1. Glad to see somebody is playing something...I missed my game club meeting on Friday while feeling under the weather, and I’m needing some inspiration.
  2. 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.
  3. A quick Google suggests the answer is Etsy for a nice one, or Walmart’s Halloween department for a cheap one...
  4. A package of Hittites and Egyptians arrived yesterday, so that I can (someday ) 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: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/89874-this-week-172-late-bronze-age/&tab=comments#comment-1911471
  5. 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.
  6. Looking over randomness, I am sort of surprised there isn’t a perpetual ”what I was painting today” thread...
  7. 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...
  8. https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/89874-this-week-172-late-bronze-age/&tab=comments#comment-1911471 Mostly that, but I did select the next batch to work on.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I haven’t, but I’ll have a look around ...
  12. So, in this group, families probably do have these discussions. Son and are a reviving a little Bronze Age project, leading to a shallow dive into available cloth dyes for plausible painting: https://www.academia.edu/30917356/Aegean_Dyes_Unearthing_the_Colors_of_Ancient_Minoan_Textiles Lunch project, sample 13th C BC Libyan...
  13. 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.
  14. ...and the 5th (penultimate) band of goblins is ready to take the field. The last unit has hit the desk; with any luck I’ll have them done this week and be ready for the next orc category. At some point I should start some Gondorians to have another opposing force...
  15. 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. 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.
  16. I have a handful from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. I can seldom resist when I’m there during visits with my parents...I think they have a dozen or so.
  17. I started in on the next goblin unit this morning, figuring that I had the pattern down and they’d be faster while it was still in my muscle memory. i
  18. 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. There are still forums to read, etc., but so far it’s resulted in a lot of book reading rather than minis painting. 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...
  19. ...and all based and ready to go. The next three units (2 dozen more goblins and a dozen “true orc” archers) got cleaned and are being primed.
  20. Well, that took rather longer than expected: Here are those figures from September, finally tacked to their bases. I hope to get all the way to the final varnish coat today... That clears the desk of this project for the moment, so I expect to get back to scraping and filing sometime today, and perhaps spray some primer; at least by the weekend.
  21. 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...
  22. 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. 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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