Complaining: Can’t we all just get along?
By January 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Complaining: Can’t we all just get along?

It seems like some of us don’t understand that what we do is ‘just a game,’ and games are supposed to be fun. I used to game with a guy (notice I said “used to”) who would chastise anyone who said “it’s just a game,” and of course, being the well-balanced human being that I […]

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Sratchbuilding gun emplacements, Project I

Sratchbuilding gun emplacements, Project I

With my ongoing interest in the WWII Pacific theater, I decided to try my hand at something different. I already tried sculpting, building a couple of vehicles and a pillbox, so I thought some terrain would be interesting to attempt. I found out that, of all the building projects that I have done, this one […]

Posted in: How To, Terrain
Building a Type 4 Ho-Ro, Part I

Building a Type 4 Ho-Ro, Part I

The Imperial Japanese Army’s armored vehicles in WWII performed just fine when they fought in China or when there was no armored enemy force. Unfortunately, when facing the Allies, in particular the US-supplied armies, the under-armored and under-gunned Japanese tanks fared quite poorly. As a stop-gap measure, the Japanese combined the turret and more powerful […]

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Early War German Tank Availabilty

Early War German Tank Availabilty

I remain a proponent of all things out of the ordinary. Maybe my likes are not as obscure as NHMGS President Kevin Smyth’s ,or as extravagant as NHMGS Treasurer Bruce Meyer’s, but I do like things that are not mainstream. My English Civil War armies have clubmen, my WWII collection has continental/European Italians and my […]

Fences for Rural and Economically Challenged Areas

Fences for Rural and Economically Challenged Areas

I had wanted to entitle this article “Russian Civil War Fences,” but realized they could be used in far more periods and geographic areas other than Eastern Europe. The ‘economically challenged’ part of the title was just me being a little passive aggressive. A good and aesthetically pleasing wargame takes more than merely putting nicely […]

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Converting a Japanese Command Figure to a Senior Officer

Converting a Japanese Command Figure to a Senior Officer

One of my active projects is the WWII Pacific theater. My Japanese infantry are almost complete with only small extra bits required to finish it. I have plenty of infantry that can represent the standard rank and file soldiers as well as unit commanders. I looked at the Osprey books that I have I noted […]

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Campaign Rules
By December 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Campaign Rules

So, you want to play a miniatures campaign?  As Mark Twain once said, “Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” This applies to miniatures campaigns as well.  It’s my observation that many, if not the majority, of campaign games end without a sensation of success.  There are many possible reasons for this and I intend […]

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Is It Historical?
By December 19, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Is It Historical?

I get the impression that many of you either prefer historical scenarios or only play historical scenarios.  This is quite commendable.  Now, I must ask what is a historical scenario and for you, why are they so special?  I suppose what fascinates me about these questions is why the fervor?  Yes I play historical scenarios, […]

Painting FOW at HMGS Hobby U Boot Camp
By December 16, 2013 3 Comments Read More →

Painting FOW at HMGS Hobby U Boot Camp

I was late. It happens. It happens more than I’d like, but I needed the sleep so I slept in on the first day of HMGS’s Fall-In convention in November, 2013. My first stop, after registration, was the HMGS Hobby University. I have friends there in the instructor cadre, and it’s always fun to see […]

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Making Birch Trees

Making Birch Trees

  One of my favorite periods is the 1917-23 fighting in Eastern Europe. This time period includes the Russian Civil War and the Russo-Polish War (Polish-Bolshevik War). These wars offer a variety of scenario possibilities from infantry only battles, sweeping cavalry actions, armored trains and assortment of different armored vehicles. Battles can be fought on […]

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WWPD – Quality Flames of War Content
By December 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

WWPD – Quality Flames of War Content

WWPD – News from the front. I’ve recently started playing Flames of War, and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of getting my army together. Part of that process was to find support materials to push my new habit forward. I have read and re-read the version three rules book, and both the Earth and Steel […]

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