Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mid-December 2017 reading: Part II

Here's what I've read this week:

1)  The Coldest Winter.  More about the opening of the Korean war and the conflict on the penisula.

2)  Swords of Good Men.  Started reading a novel about Vikings in 11th century Norway.  Starts out in a town of pig farmers.  Different beginning for a novel...

3)  Finland at War:  The Winter War 1939-1940.  I'm now up to the part where both sides have agreed to an armistice....

4)  The Legend of Drizzt:  Volume One by R.A. Salvatore.  Drizzt is forced to flee the Deep Gnome town of Blingstone with a new friend and adventurer....

5)  Old Man's War by John Scalzi.  See previous blog posting.

Review of Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Author:  John Scalzi.
Title:  Old Man's War
Publisher:  TOR.
Copyright:  2005.
Pages:  362.
Price:  $7.99 (US).

Overview and Impressions:
The premise of recruiting the elderly and giving them new, genetically enhanced bodies to fight aliens off-world seems rather exotic.  This is what Old Man's War proves to be.  Earth is a backwater recruiting ground for the Colonial Defense Force, who protects human colonies in interstellar space. 

John Perry is a 75 year old recruit who undergoes a strange experience being a professional soldier...

The idea of aliens who love human beings a dinner is a little cliche.  The varying amounts of aliens are too much to keep track.  It gives life to the idea that humanity is on the outskirts of interstellar civilizations.  The surprise use of the multiverse plays out in bringing Perry's dead wife back to life.  I've give too much away if I said anything else about that plot-line. 

Very Heileineque book...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Completed 6mm 1980s Angolan Micro-Armor, 14DECC17

Here's a photo of my completed 6mm 1980s Angolan Micro-Armor:



                                           6mm 1980s Angolan Micro-Armor, 14DEC17.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

WIP, 18mm Dark Elves, 10DEC17....

Here's photos of a completed commission of 18mm Dark Elves I painted for Glenn Wilson.  I think the figures are Splintered Light Miniatures, but I'm not sure...


                                          18mm Dark Elf spearmen, swordsmen, and command.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ending of an era in St. Louis gaming....

Ken Lambing, former owner of the Hobby Shop, died due to complications from liver disease Wednesday morning, December 6, 2017 at a local hospital.  He had been in failing health for sometime.  He will be missed...

I first discovered miniature gaming in 1990 when I went to the Hobby Shop for the first time.  I got into WH40K by buying space marines and eldar squads.  That's when 10 figures were $13.50 for a squad of ten.  Now it's $35.00 (US) for ten plastic space marines.  And the figures were metal then. 

Soon after discovering WH40K, I started collecting SPACE: 1889 British and Martian infantry.  I still play WH40K.  And I'm blossomed into a huge 28mm late Victorian era wargamer.  Most of my armies are designed for The Sword and The Flame or Chassepot and Needlegun.

Ken Lambing and I loved WWI.  I wrote (more like bastardized) a 20mm house-rules called "No-Man's-Land" because there wasn't any commercially decent rule systems available at the time.  I still have the rules.  They'll never get published, however.  And will forever remain "house rules."  But my 20mm WWI armies have long been sold off...

Et lux perpetua....
Blake

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WIP, 6mm 1980s Angolan Micro-Armor, 06DEC17.

                                         
                                          WIP, 1:1 6mm 1980s Angolan micro-armor battalion.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Early December 2017 reading....

Here's what I've been reading this past week:

1)  The Coldest Winter:  America and Korean War.  Introduction to the Korean conflict.  The book starts with the American drive to the Yalu River and the impending sense of doom some of the combat-wise field commanders had in late October 1950...

2)  The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodden.  See previous book review.

3)  Finland at War:  The Winter War 1939-1940.  I stopped reading at December 1939/January 1940 fighting between the Finns and Soviets for control of the frontiers....

That's all the reading I got done this week.  Real life interfered with the rest.