It’s Friday again and time to acknowledge another five people who decided to publicly follow this blog in the last few months, and who I have been tardy in acknowledging.
Aaron is, well, a man of mystery. I don’t know anything about you, mate, so if you have a blog or a pet parakeet or anything else you’d like to mention in a comment, pray do so.
Sgt. Steiner has a fondness for that classic film Cross of Iron and maintains an interesting blog - it’s always nice to see someone else who likes both miniatures and boardgames. I gather he lives in Northern Ireland but is otherwise reticent about himself.
Mike, aka Fritz II, lives in Bayern, Germany, and is a talented painter with a particular interest in the Seven Years War, which is once again becoming a favourite period of mine. I commend his excellent blog to all with an interest in the lace wars.
Shaun is a busy father and gamer in Australia. His blog reveals a thoughtful guy who thinks a lot about rules and looks like it has a lot of interest for WW2 gamers - I shall be a frequent visitor.
Sofie Vandersmissen lives in Belgium and is a gifted and expressive painter who isn’t afraid to use bright colours in her palette, and does some nice fantasy figures. Besides her blog, which is quite lovely, she has started a feature called Saturday painting table using Google Plus, which is a fine idea.
So we’re pretty much caught up, and at 136 followers and nearing 90,000 page views, I’m pleased that this blog is coming back to life, even if I wish I had more time to contribute to it. This last week really brought home the realization that this semester at grad school will be a heavy one, and I am wishing I had more spare time. I read a LOT last week, most school related.
Last Saturday night I did get a chance to visit James Manto over in Stratford. In his capacity as the proprietor of J&M Miniatures I browsed his stock and was very smitten with some 15mm Russian front scenery from 4Ground, and while I didn’t buy it, I noted it for a whack of 15mm Russians that are in the painting queue. As friends, we went downstairs for a beer and bit of a chat while doing some hobby work, always a pleasant evening. James worked on chopping up some rather indifferent 15mm lead figures (from Qualify castings, I think) to use the upper halves of the figures with some home made foxholes and shell scraps, a clever idea.
While James chopped up soldiers, I spent the evening trying to get over fear that I will somehow break or ruin my spiffy new airbrush, and managed to prime a set of Plastic Soldier Company 15mm Russian tanks and a mixed bag of German 15mm armour using these excellent Vallejo products.
The primers worked nicely, and I managed not to break the airbrush. I realize, however, that cans of air are not very satisfactory, and if I want to use it more often, I really need to look at air compressors and find room in the appropriations legislation for one.
And yes, that is a Tiger 1. I don’t know, maybe it’s all those photos of Flames of War type armies that you see, but I almost feel I should apologize for having a Tiger when there are armies of them crawling over tabletops. I suspect it’s the only 15mm Tiger model I will ever get, as I don’t generally like to use uber-tanks in gaming, but they were used on occasion and they are kind of sexy. The other models are resin kits from a company called Gaming Models. They aren’t perfect kits in that they are a little shy on detail but they are relatively cheap and the customer service was excellent.
And the Russian T34s. I am quite impressed with Plastic Soldier Company. These kits went together in about fifteen minutes each, while I kept one eye on the evening news, and are perfectly serviceable, a quick and dirty way to get an army going. All I need for them now is a source of 15mm Russian tank slogan and marking decals, though a lot of Russian armour, from what I’ve seen, was fairly minimalistic.
A few nice things came in the mail this week, and Mrs. Padre and I tried a board game called Mice and Mystics, but I will save those items for later posts.
Blessings to your brushes and dice rolls!