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No, I haven’t forgotten the blog.

With the Autumn and Winter months in Florida being Renaissance Fair Season, I spent a large amount of October and November getting ready, rehearsing and performing, so painting time was sparse.

I’ve also found I’ve spent a big bunch of painting time doing scutwork, prepping, cleaning, putting together, and priming. (WASP Troopers and a Brain Bug for Starship Troopers, Deep Ones, SWAT Teams,  and Terrorists for USX)

That said, I managed to spend some quality time last weekend on getting some real work done,  so, I’ll hopefully get somethings posted soon.

Until then, Cheers!


A Triumph!

Posted: September 28, 2011 in General Stuff, Starship Troopers

There’s nothing else I can say except Hurricon was an absolute blast!

Played some great games with some great players and GM’s, was introduced to a bunch of new people, and tried some new game systems I hadn’t been exposed to before.

Thursday evening was the official pre-con party, spent boardgaming before a relatively early night.

Friday was the first full day of the show. I spent the morning session playing ‘The Battle of Orc’s Drift’, a Warlord Miniatures game, based on Rourke’s Drift. Warlord was fairly easy to learn, the game ran well, and the hard pressed Crusaders managed to defend the farm against the Reven.

The afternoon session was another first for me. Pig Wars, a Dark Ages skirmish rules set. These games always look fun, and so I managed to snag a seat in the ‘Honey, You Forgot the Pig’ game.  My band of Vikings, lead by Ivar Hairy-Britches set off to Northumbria, armed with a shopping list from the wife, to do some pillaging, alongside another 7 raiding parties.

Pig Wars 1

Burning Huts as the Viking Raid Progresses

By mid game, the raiders had set light to a few buildings, some of the shopping lists were being fulfilled, and we were all starting to jockey for position ready for the inevitable backstabbing over the items that were in short supply.

In the end, I came a creditable second, with an almost intact warband, a full shopping list, and a few other bits and pieces to take back to Denmark!

To the Winner (or Second Place) the Spoils!

The Loot!

Next up was Rob Morse’s Zombie game, a three parter this time, starting Friday night, and running Saturday morning and Saturday night as well, as the band of survivors from Recon earlier this year struggled to find vehicles to take them and the Doctor (yes, that Dr…),  from town to the Power Plant 13 miles away.



The Zombies try to Break Into the Games Store

Finally, after a fraught drive through 13 miles of zombies, crazies, and military types trying to make sure we didn’t get out of town, 8 or so of us made the end of the road, and will be ready to investigate the power station next con.

Inbetween driving sessions, I played in Frank Chadwick’s Space 1889 game, based on the upcoming Mars Needs Steam ruleset. I’ve always had a softspot for Space 1889, so being able to play a large scale skirmish game, being run by the designer himself was something I could not resist. (More details in Frank’s Blog, in the blog roll).

My wife and I ended up playing as the Bavarians, as a 6 force, 5 nation battle for a long lost Martian Village took place, complete with steam tanks, war walkers (Loki and Thor, the Bavarian and Prussian Walkers) and random encounters with normally hostile wildlife.

Mars 1

The by now Crewless American Tank Stands Empty Whilst The Infantry Mop Up the French

The game board was stunning, with a huge village occupying the middle, with all sorts of hidden goodies in the maze of twisty passages and rooms.

A great time was had by all, but by dint of a strong push into the French flank, a timely double cross of the US  Army, and some rather cheeky pinching of objectives from under the noses of the US Marines, the Bavarians went on to win the game!

Mars 2

The 2nd Bayern Jaegers Take up a Two Sided Defensive Position

One other great event was the Friday night Flea Market, where I scored huge in finding some rare Starship Troopers pieces (Brain Bug! Burrowers!) at great prices.

And that, apart from a mammoth session of Werewolf/ The Resistance (which carried on until 3:30am or so) was Hurricon 2011.


Next convention is Recon 2012, in Cocoa Beach, and I know I’m not going to miss it!


Last Few Days…

Posted: August 25, 2011 in General Stuff

The good folks at HMGS South have managed to get the hotel in Orlando to extend the $69 conference rate for a few more days, until August 28th to be exact.

If you’re thinking about coming, and still on the fence, then hop down off it! You won’t regret it!

109 different games on the grid! 40K and Warhammer Fantasy tournaments! Miniatures games ranging from Babylon 5 to Waterloo! Dr Who vs the Zombies!

Fun in Orlando

Posted: August 18, 2011 in General Stuff

I mentioned in my previous post that I was introduced to the Starship Troopers game at Hurricon last year.

Well, it’s getting close to showtime again!

Hurricon 2011 is being held from September 22nd through the 25th at the International Palms Resort in Orlando, and it’s frankly one of the best conventions I’ve been to.

If you can make it at all, then get yourself over to the HMGS South website and check out all the fun! (Link’s in the blogroll, by the way…)

As an additional bonus, preregistration and preferential hotel rates are still open until the 22nd of August!

Hope to see you there!

The whys and wherefores

Posted: August 10, 2011 in General Stuff

I was hoping to call this blog ‘Distinctly Average’, because frankly, that’s how I consider my painting.

To my mind, it’s nothing great. It has flashes of brilliance, and it also has some lows, where something I tried just didn’t look right (faces…. I cannot get faces to look right). The rest of it is workman like, and gets something onto the table that isn’t plain plastic/resin/lead or spray-painted black.

So why blog about it? Well, partly vanity, if I’m being brutally frank, but also a sense that I want to show what I can do, so that maybe,  just maybe, I can make someone else pick up a brush and get into the whole modelling and painting side of the gaming hobby.

It’ll also encourage me to get more painting done, which I’m sure the wife will be pleased about.