Wednesday, December 29, 2004

More Arsenal WOT

I've added pictures of Arsenal Miniatures 20mm War on Terror US figures to my Operation Iraqi Freedom gallery.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

6mm Terrain, Lord of the Rings

Kieran Mahony's 6mm Wargaming page has some great 6mm pictures and terrain tips. He also includes how he assembled his LotR armies.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Arsenal Miniatures

I got some new 20mm Arsenal Miniatures US troops painted up, along with pre-assembled, pre-painted Dragon Armor Bradleys and Miniature Building Authority Middle Eastern buildings. Take a look.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Chaos in Cairo

Got my Chaos in Cairo figures finished. Take a look!. Read on for my custom CiC group:

Friday, December 10, 2004

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Fistful of TOWs Blog

Ty Beard's weblog is back up, along with a Fistful of TOWs blog. Great news!

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Cedarland

Cedarland - The Lebanon Site has a number of pictures of the Lebanese Civil War, and contemporary pictures.

Israeli Weapons

Israeli-Weapons looks like a really nice resource for...Israeli Weapons of all sorts, from small arms to tanks.

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

War in the Balkans

If you're interested in learning about the recent conflicts in the Balkans, War in the Balkans, 1991-2004 [PDF] by R. Craig Nation is a free book covering the subject, from the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. You probably want to search through their publications, there looks to be quite a bit of useful information there.

Modern Buildings

Amera Plastic Mouldings has some futuristic bombed out buildings that look like they would be great for modern multi-story buildings in an urban environment. They appear to be designed for 28mm, but Rolf of Liberation Miniatures says, "...they are spot on for 20mm." Gobano [in French] has several 6mm buildings for download intended for use with MechWarrior.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Saturday, November 20, 2004

NaNoWriMo Update

After some delays, I'm back on track, with 2/3rds done!
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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Keyhole Satellite Images

Wow. Keyhole from Google is a very easy to use service which I think would be a good resource for gamers.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Back of Beyond Times

The Back of Beyond Times has some spectacularly painted Pulp minis from Copplestone, Pulp Figures, West Wind and others.

The Uncanny Valley

The Uncanny Valley is an interesting article that describes how less-than-perfect attempts at the perfect human form turns observers off, while those same observers may enjoy both stylised and perfect human forms.

Conquest Miniatures

Conquest Miniatures has some very nice French and Indian Wars Indians, including Hawkeye, Uncas and Chingachgook (wish they had him with that huge war club!) They also have some nice Egyptian terrain.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

NaNoWriMo Update

1/3rd of the way done! w00t!!
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I batted around three or four ideas seriously, but wound up doing eldritch horror set in 1920's Cairo. I wonder where I got that idea. It's much less pulpy than CiC, though.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Friday, November 5, 2004

Modern Indian Military

Bharat Rakshak looks to be a useful India military resource.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Long time, no see

So...I've been travelling a lot this month for business, plus battling a sinus infection, so the site has been pretty idle. I do have a unit of French Dragoons and Generals painted up, as well as the good guys from Chaos in Cairo, but none have been based yet so I haven't bothered to take any pictures. Plus, I'll be doing NaNoWriMo next month, so I doubt too much will get done. What to write about? Tough call...I wanted to do Napoleonics, ala Sharpe, but figured I just didn't know enough to make it historical, and if it's not too historical, what's the point? I'll probably do something Sci-Fi, maybe relatively modern horror. I'm still thinking about it. Watch my progress here:
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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

40k Monster Conversion Guide

I stumbled across this Warhammer 40,000 Creature Feature. Some very interesting modeling.

Monday, September 20, 2004

More Miniatures Painted

I've been making a bit of progress lately! I've got all my Napoleonic French infantry done (well, all that I bought...I have two more bags ordered and on the way now), plus I took a break to paint up a Warmachine Khador Devastator warjack. Read on to see how I'm staying on track...

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Post-Vietnam Wargaming Forum

Shock & Awe is a post-Vietnam wargaming bulletin board, sister site to Fields of Fire specifically for Vietnam.

Monday, September 6, 2004

Napoleon, His Army and Enemies

Napoleon, His Army and Enemies looks to have a wealth of information about the Napoleonic period.

More Napoleonics Finished

Just finished the Austrian generals and some French infantry. Lots of progress lately-- just over 100 figures done.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Uniforms Through the Ages

Uniforms thru the ages has a nice selection of color uniform plates from the SYW through WW2.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Mentioned in Dispatches

Mentioned in Dispatches, the home page of the North Down Warlords, looks to have some good info, especially including the very valuable Napoleonic Contents, which has a beginner friendly guide to painting French infantry uniforms.

Inquisitor and Warmaster Rules Available Free

Games Workshop has released their Warmaster and Inquisitor rules for free via their Specialist Games range.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I'm On a Roll!

More Napoleonics finished-- this time, Austrian Hussars! The Austrian artillery is coming up next...guns and half the crew already done.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Real-World Events Futures Market

Jim Dunnigan's Strategy Page has a Prediction Market. It's pretty simplistic, but has a lot more items than most others I've seen, and is free until at least November 1.

I Scored Big with the Kids

My kids, a boy 3 and a girl 5, are getting into Superheroes. The other day, I went and bought a bunch of single common Heroclix from Twilight Cards of a lot of the guys they recognize-- Captain America, Spider-Man and Hulk for him, and Hawkgirl, Batgirl and She-Hulk for her. I also bought a bunch of baddies to fight: Vulture, Doc Ock, the Lizard, Scorpion and a Skrull. I gave them as action figures to the kids. Cost me about $17, with shipping, for 11 figures. The kids went NUTS over them!

Thursday, August 19, 2004

The Evolution of Napoleonic Uniforms

The Evolution of Napoleonic Uniforms is a very nice site, which includes a lot more information than just uniforms.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Black Hat Miniatures

Mike Lewis of Planet Wargaming has the website up for his new company, Black Hat Miniatures. Look under "News" for pictures of the greens for the first three packs. Looks good!

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Paper Tanks

Y's Paper Modelworkshop has a number of 1/72 scale paper tank models available.

Monday, August 16, 2004

AWI Uniform Guide

An American Revolution uniform guide, another nice link from Miniature Wargaming.

Disaster!

Ugh...scratch one helicopter kit...I just knocked my plastic solvent into the box!

Newly Finished Napoleonics

Woo! I finished my first bag of 50 Battle Honors Austrian marching in helmet, which I bought...just over a year ago. At this rate, I'll be playing my first full game of Les Grogs 2e sometime in 2011...heh.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Free Boardgames

Jim Wallman has several interesting pages, including free wargames for download.

6mm Grande Armee Stands

The Wargaming Bonanza has some really beautiful Baccus 6mm GA brigade pics.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Friday, August 6, 2004

Two Year Anniversary!

Hey, I missed the anniversary, but I've been doing this site over two years now.

New Wargaming Company Blog

Make sure and follow Mike Lewis's Planet Wargaming as he is starting his own wargaming company up.

28mm Modern Diecast Cars

I came across a very good buy the other day-- an 8 pack of 1:43 scale modern diecast cars at Toys R Us for $8. Check them out:

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Extensive Bibliography

Andy Watkins has an exensive listing, rating and very brief reviews of many wargaming related books. Hattip: Miniature Wargaming.

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Little Cyber Wars

Milton Soong of Mandarin's Manor has released a public beta version of Little Cyber Wars, a utility allowing you to manipulate a virtual miniature wargame.

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Monday, August 2, 2004

Veteran Warjacks

To go with my Sorscha conversion, I'm building some damaged and field repaired Khador Juggernaut warjacks for Warmachine.

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Not Quite Mechanized Indo-Pakistanti Wars

Chris Kemp has a free set of operational WW2 and post-WW2 rules, Not Quite Mechanized. He also a an Indo-Pakistani mini-campaign with some nice 15mm pictures.

Road Rage v8

We played a game of Road Rage v8 [pdf] Friday night. It was a fun little game of beat up Hot Wheels cars with guns on them. Doesn't look to be much support for them any more, but the rules are still around (just like Axles and Alloys). Hmmm...Road Rage News, an auto dueling blog I just found, looks interesting but idle.

FUMBBL Online Blood Bowl League

The FUMBBL online Blood Bowl league looks very cool. I remember back in the day, we used IRC to chat back and forth. I kept a board out and moved proxy players on it to keep track of where everyone was, and I wrote a little dice-rolling and card-drawing bot.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Sorscha finished

I finished my Sorscha conversion. I don't think it turned out that badly at all.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Some Conversions I'm Working On

I'm trying to do more sculpting and conversions, so I made a new gallery to place pictures of what I'm working on. Currently in there is a Warmachine Sorscha whose hat I removed, and a Mr. Ghastly I'm converting into a Superman style pose.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

More Paper Models

Ebbles Miniatures has a variety of 1/60 sci-fi vehicles, Germ's World is making some new 15mm vehicles, and Aliens Papercraft is making Aliens-theme paper models, including a small scale APC and a 1:1 scale pulse rifle.

Build Your Own Paint Shaker

Homemade Tools includes instructions on building a paint shaker and a foam cutting tool, among other things.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Monday, June 21, 2004

Professional Wargame Scenarios Updated

I've updated the Professional Wargame Scenarios entry with the new location for the Armor Magazine vignettes. Check these out if you're interested in modern warfare.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Andrew Thompson's Vietnam Wargaming Site

Andrew Thompson's Vietnam Wargaming Site has a nice 25/28mm gallery and some modelling and painting tips.

Spencer Keen Paints Stuff

Spencer Keen has a nice site, lots of pictures of well-painted miniatures and a painting guide.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Zulu Movie Trivia

I was watching Zulu for the billionth time, and happened to notice in the credits that Cetewayo was played by the real Zulu Chief Buthelezi! I never noticed that before.

28mm Die-Cast WW2 Tanks

I picked up two of the Corgi/History Channel 1:50 die-cast World War II tanks. Here are some pictures of them next to Battle Honors 28mm figures:

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Nice Medieval Terrain

Ryan Skow has some great looking Miniature Medieval Terrain, including a nice section on Thatched Roof Construction I plan to crib for my Vietnam hootches. Hattip: Miniature Wargaming.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Another Wargaming Blog

Just found out about Miniature Wargaming, an active blog.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

More Paper Models

Paper Worlds has a number a great paper resources, from counters to and folding minis to full 3-D paper models. It also has discussions and tutorials.

Friday, May 21, 2004

New Gaming Blog

Mark Siefert has started a new RPG and miniature wargaming blog.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Corridor System

You can check out the corridor system I'm working on. Not as nice as Ainsty's, but definitely cheaper.

Thursday, May 6, 2004

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Sunday, May 2, 2004

Domed Cities of Titan

I recently made some domed habitats for 6mm Sci-Fi Dirtside II games.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Fozzbozz Cases

Fozzbozz Trading Company has some economical foam carrying cases, as well as distributes Sloppy Jalopy.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

6mm Sci-Fi

I've been looking at 6mm Sci-Fi stuff lately, and whipped up a quick summary.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Blank Maps

If you need some blank maps of countries around the world, this site has them.

Wargaming Figure Scales

Here's an old piece I wrote on wargaming figure scales and the Barrett scale.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Relief Map of the Valley of Tears

Using those 1:50000 topo maps of Israel, I whipped up a very rough relief map of the Yom Kippur War battlefield the Valley of Tears between Booster Ridge and Mt. Hermonit. Read on...

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Free Topo Maps

UC Berkeley Library Digital Topographic Map Sets has some freely available topographic maps, including a full set of 1:50000 maps of Israel. Found via terrainmap.com.

Pulp RPG Finale

I finished up GMing our Pulp Africa game last night, and took some pics of the final battle. It has dinosaurs!

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

The Basement has Moved Again

Andy Maloney's the Basement, a great site devoted mostly to 20mm modern and WW2 wargaming and TAC: Arc of Fire, has moved to a new URL in the Loft!

David's Wargaming Depot

David's Wargaming Depot is a nice site. He's mostly into 6mm Napoleonics but has other stuff on his site. There's also a very revealing size comparison pic of Irregular vs. Adler 6mm Nappies.

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Pete Panzeri's Black Hawk Down Article

I couldn't find it searching on the net, but eventually tracked down Pete Panzeri's "Gamers International Newsletter" with great BHD info here. (It's in MS Word format, and you may need to subscribe to the list, but it's worth it) If it goes away for any reason, I mirrored a local copy. The file doesn't detail chalk make-up, so read on for more:

Scenario Design

Bob MacKenzie's great moderns site has an interesting article on scenario design.

Lessons of Modern War

Man, more cool stuff from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, this time lessons learned from various modern wars.

Monday, March 8, 2004

Dinosaur Gallery Added

I added an animals and dinosaur gallery to showcase some of the things I have been putting together lately.

Character Bases

I've been wanting to make one of those diorama bases to fit wargaming miniatures on for display for some time, and just made one. Read on for how easy it was:

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Easy Wargaming Trees

I came up with a fairly easy way to make some interesting trees. Check out the gallery here.

River Steamer

Check out this very quick and easy 28mm river steamer I made for wargaming...

Monday, March 1, 2004

Wargames Journal Redesign

The Wargames Journal has had a redesign, and removed their subscribtion requirement. Nice! If you haven't checked it out, do so; there is a lot of good information there.

6mm HotT Armies

I completed a couple of 6mm Irregular Miniatures fantasy Hordes of the Things armies. (Whoa, I completed something...) Read on...

Civil War International History Project

The Cold War International History Project looks pretty interesting; of particular interest to me are the Africa documents (search the Virtual Archives).

Thursday, February 26, 2004

WW2 Uniform Guide

Mundury 1939-1945 is an awesome WW2 uniform guide, even though the text is all in Polish.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Sculpting Blanks

Bronze Age Miniatures has a number of very nice blanks for sculpting your own 28mm wargaming figures.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

More Speed Painting Napoleonics

Nappy15 has the final articles from his series on speed painting 15mm Napoleonics.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Vietnam Skirmish Campaigns Book

The Skirmish Campaigns guys have published a Vietnam book, Screaming Eagles at Hamburger Hill by Mark Fastoso.

Franco-Prussian Solo Campaign

The Franco-Prussian Wargame Campaign 1870 site is devoted to an interesting solo 6mm Franco-Prussian wargaming campaign. It has info on an interesting hex-based terrain system, as well a solo orders generator.

Modern TO&Es

Earthquake's Skirmish Pages has started to include modern TO&Es on his page. Currently only WW2, but apparently plans to include Vietnam and modern.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Bulding Floorplans

Whitley Manufacturing has a number of floorplans for modern buildings which look very useful for gaming, such as laboratories, office buuldings and eventually prisons.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Israeli Armor Photos

shiryon's Photo Albums contain a number of pictures of IDF armored vehicles. It's a good modeling reference for modern wargamers.

Mongrel Miniatures

This is interesting. Frank Hammond is involved in starting a new wargames company, Mongrel Miniatures. Frank seems to pop up on every modern wargaming mailing list I'm on, and always seems to have something interesting to say, so I'm pretty excited to see what happens. They are currently producing Cold War figures in 28mm, and note they will be coming out with some 3rd World figures! Cool.

Sunday, February 8, 2004

Squadron UK/Golden Heroes

Squadron UK is "THE British Superhero Role-playing game. Originally published - to critical acclaim - under the title 'Golden Heroes' the game has been out of print for almost 20 years." Sounds cool.

Mandarin's Corner

Milton Soong has a wargaming weblog, Mandarin's Corner. It looks great, although it doesn't appear to be updated with regularity. Check it out!

Saturday, February 7, 2004

MiniSculptor.com

MiniSculptor.com looks like a great resources for those interested in sculpting and casting wargaming miniatures.

Toys in Gaming

I've recently found some very nice, relatively cheap toys for use in wargaming. Read on...

Thursday, February 5, 2004

Historical Timelines

Din Timelines contains a number of timelines throughout history.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Military Book Group

The Military Book Group has been created, with the idea that members will vote on one military-related book a month, read it and discuss it together. Sounds interesting!

Speed Painting Napoleonics

Nappy15, a 15mm Napoleonic Wargaming site, is running an interesting series on speed painting 15mm Irregular Minitaures British.

Monday, February 2, 2004

The Other Nice Man

The Other Nice Man is a d20 Modern blog, which contains nicely formatted errata and FAQ.

Pulp Adventures

Pulp Adventures looks pretty similar to the Pulp d20 Modern rules that appeared in Dragon/Polyhedron magazine. I'll have to follow up with them later and check them out.

Vehicle and Building Floorplans

CCIC is a role-playing site but it has a bunch of real world information like building and vehicle floorplans that would be useful in any wargame. It also has some interesting paper stand-up miniatures.

Sunday, February 1, 2004

Saturday, January 31, 2004

Another Name Generator

I found a great random name generator based on US Census data. In can give results based on the names frequency of occurance in the census data, thus giving common or obscure names as you desire.

Friday, January 30, 2004

ASP Tamper Contest Results

The 2003 ASP Tamper Contest results are in! Yours truly took second place in a field of ten with 14.5% of the votes.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Futbowel

As a long time fan of Blood Bowl, I have to say Futbowel looks pretty appealing. What, no other races but Orcs? Sounds like room for a supplement...

Monday, January 26, 2004

Saturday, January 24, 2004

NPC Essentials

It's news to me: Johnn Four of Roleplayingtips.com has a very interesting looking publication, NPC Essentials.

Dinosaur Howdahs!

Perfect for those Victorian Sci-Fi games, click below to see my dinosaurs mounted with howdahs. Click on the images for better pictures: