Sunday, December 22, 2019
The picture is of the main street in St Michaels. Christmas is a surprisingly big tourist event for the town and its really fun to experience. Post Jan 1st we all pretty much go into hibernation mode until the Spring. The winter is one of my favorite times to be on the Eastern Shore. Its very quite and affords a lot of painting time. What's not to love?
Have a wonderful holiday, everyone.
Friday, December 20, 2019
But this year's there is another option - a much less expensive set of Kolinsky hair brushes which I'm going to give a try. We'll see if Stalin's Quantity has a quality all its own assertion applies to tiny paint brushes.
Also you can see a hint of what lies ahead for me during this year's challenge - Some 15mm (Ok 18mm) Russian Generals from AB Miniatures and a WW1 British tank that was primed and ready to go since January of 2015 (Challenge V). I suspect that makes it qualify for a certain waypoint on a path....
You will see a lot of 18mm Napoleonics, 28mm WW1 and a few surprises during Challenge X.
I will be off to a slow start given some water damage (see this post) but all is well.
Best of luck to all the Challenganista's!
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
|The culprit - the leak happened at the upper junction|
I think the wet ground foam has dealt a mortal wound to my trusty shop-vac.
The carpet in the basement got wet and will need to be dried and then cleaned. All of this means I'll be off to a bit of a slow start to this year's challenge. I'm off to rent a carpet cleaner tomorrow. Exciting times!
In some ways we were very lucky - the spot where the leak occurred was the area where we used to hide our sons Christmas presents in the days that Santa Claus "existed". Now that would have been a disaster
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The base assembly of my wife's armchair desk is complete. The arms on her favorite chair are really big (9 inch diameter) which is why there is such a large gap. The overall work surface if 12.5 x 16.5 inches. The unit is made out of popular wood and I trimmed it with 1/4 inch walnut for some contrast. There's also a pencil groove routed into the top.
Once I finished here it's on to my son's present which will be a tabletop valet box with a builtin wireless charger.
The club's Youtube channel just posted our Star Wars episode "Battle of Endor". It was a lot of fun to play in and the guys went a little over the top in their "acting" but I think the video came out well. The minis used in the game came from Greg and my collections. Please go check it out.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Overall, I really liked the rules - especially the command control aspects. There are some things that seemed a bit wonky but that's why one playtests, isn't it?
Any night you can get some Nappy's on the table is time well spent.
Monday, December 9, 2019
My sons is a bit smaller but a lot more difficult. I may need a fall back plan for that one
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
While the historical outcome was a decisive British victory, both armies were evenly matched, with the British having a slight advantage in infantry while the French had a tad more in calvary and artillery. ESR also simulates the tactical doctrinal differences nicely with the French having a smaller number of large formations while the British having a lot more smaller more flexible units that done have as much staying power but are very flexible to use.
The French are entering the board from the lower right side.
Here's a hint for ESR, which bases died roll on 2 D6's - DONT ROLL TWO ONES. Something always really bad happens.
Given how much we like the ESR tules set, I'll be making proper ones to use in the next game.
This is the third time I put on an ESR game at the club and I must say the rules are a lot of fun and provide a very good game. This one could have gone either way, but a rare French victory in the Peninsula isn't that bad of a thing...