Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Entry for September 18, 2007

Mr. Harold wasn't up to going to Tim's so I went without him. Got my To-tanem brushed with dark gray and some other stuff done.

Worked alot on thing today. My To-tanem unit is approx. 50% completed and I need to drill, pin and assemble all my Sobeki figures. The Basti and next and maybe the most difficult to paint, being cat-people and all, to get the way I like it. Must finish the 20mm AA command stand for my Japanese and get the 20mm ATR guys glued on stick & ready for priming.

Got some samples I ordered from Castaway Arts in Australia yesterday. Nice figures, but not nice enough. They work with the OG figs size wise, but the pose or "action" of the figure is lack-luster compared to the OG figs, and they cost more too. So like it or not, OG appears to be the way to go, maybe using CA figs to fill in spots where needed.

Watched my newly arrived copies of "Khartoum" the "The Four Feathers" (1939) to help get me in a Colonial frame of mind. Both great movies in their own ways. All the Mahdist's in Khartoum had Jibbeh's and no Fuzzy-Wuzzies. But LOTS of extras. The Four Feathers had FW and Ansar but not enough of them (IMHO). Still, the combat and uniforms were neat! So soon it's time to get the 28mm Colonial action started (and my 15mm Colonial finished).


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Entry for September 09, 2007


I HATE on-line stores that don't have a decent shopping cart and photos of their products. I was going to buy some sample from GFI of Minifigs Colonial figs and at the end, I have to PHONE-IN my credit card number or mail them a CC/MO for payments. Sorry, this 2007 and there is no need for that, it was bad enought there were almost NO product photos to look at. So I e-mailed them and politely told them I wasn't go to buy from them because of the shopping cart issue (I had live w/o product photos, but it helps to see the mini's). Maybe some good can come from this. I posted a "rant" about the lack of product photos on the TMP forum board under "RANTS" and got a whale of reponses, some pro, some con on the issue. But for me, I am not going to buy sight-unseen unless I have to. I've seen photos of some figs and the little buggers are a crappy figure that I wouldn't want.

I did order some samples from Castaway Arts in Australia, they look good from the photos and if they look as good in hand and match the OG Colonials, I'll have another line to use.
Bed time, off to take Mr. Harold to Tim's for fun & games!


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Entry for September 05, 2007

And so the Con has come and gone....moving back to where it was before. Had a blast, helping Tim with his table in the Dealer's Room and selling his and Harold's stuff. Didn't get to play FoW tho...but that didn't matter. As the hotel was undergoing much work on the ballrooms, we were stuffed upstairs on the 2nd floor and there wasn't much room for miniatures (or anything else for that matter!)

After the Dealer's Room closed on Saturday and we were all fed (El Pollo Loco for free!) Hugh set up a colonial game, the British trying to get civilians to safety during the Indian Mutiny. I ran a 5 man unit of British and did my best to keep the bloody wogs off of our left flank. I succeeded, but lost 3 men in the process (posthumous VC's). He used a "Free Kriegspiel" form of house rules, quick & fun.

On Saturday I also watched a demo game of "War Gods of Aegyptus" and liked the look of the game and so got a copy of the rules (a copy with some minor printing errors for $15.00) and played a demo Sunday (I won!) using the new Spartans with the play test rules. So I then got a Sobeki (crocodile men) war band as I loved the look of the figures. I guess that "war Gods" and 28mm Colonial are my "Wargames Du Jour" as Tim would say.

I plan to finish my Japanese FoW 20mm AA in the next couple of days. And then do the 20mm ATR's. If the ROF of a stand is what is listed on the equipment list of the Army, no matter how many weapons are on the stand, then I'll just do 4 stands with one weapon each. And then my FoW Japanese are DONEfor the moment (tanks are next on the agenda for them).
And then it's on to WGoE and Colonials..Wwweee! And starting to clear my garage with some ruthlessness!