And suddenly here it is December already.
I'll admit between work and other "things" in life, I've lost track of time, painting, and this blog. Holy crap did I lose track of this blog. It was unreal.
So to be honest, since my FIL left in October, and then passed away the second week of November, things have been a little "busy" here. In October I sat down at my paint table for the first time in three months. It was like meeting old, long, lost friends.
And I slowly started back up.
But now here it is December and I am looking at the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, and so much to do, (as well as so little time to do it in).
So here's my "End Of The Year" December update. It'll go over (quickly) what I've been working on, what I've acquired and just a quick hard and fast dirty review of 2017, as well as some thoughts about the hobby and what I have seen.
And then I'll show you some of the recent figures.
FIRST OFF: Where in the heck has the year gone, and why have I done so little???
I'll be upfront with you. I'm a little embarrassed about the progress of this blog.
It seems that I am always coming back with "I'm sorry that it's taken so long., especially when last year I had 25 entries, vs 9 (including this one), for this year. Meanwhile some of these guys do hundreds of updates a year...How in the world do they do it?
But let me to explain my tardiness.
The months of January and February saw me in Connecticut with work.
Due to issues going on and not being able to finish stuff, I also had to cancel my Little Wars game, and due to the weather that Saturday it seemed that I wasn't the only one.
March and April came around and found me travelling to my sites in Wisconsin, and Ohio, and then a quick one day run up to Little Wars.
The new site is nice, but per HMGS Midwest, it is very pricey for them, so they are looking at alternative options.
May came and I got some stuff done, and then June hit and my Dremel went to the big "something or other in the sky" and died on me.
That's the second one in seven years I've had die.
Also, my painting time was cut down severely due to the fact that my Father-In-Law came to live with us for five months, (finally leaving in October).
Farewell to an Old Friend:
Something that I think also set me a bit off this year was that in the month of October, TMP'er and friend Robert Gallavan, (aka "Streitax"), passed away from cancer.
I had met him a few years earlier at Little Wars when he played the infamous "El Burrito Grande" in my "Lost Treasure of Chili Verde" game.
We struck up a good friendship and in November the announcement came as to his passing.
It was a shock to me, and was kind of hard for me to get through it.
I'm at that point in my life where I am seeing more funerals than birthdays and it really is getting to me a bit.
So for the last time for 2017...Thanks Robert for all the good times, chat, gaming, and fun. Hope to see you again on "The Other Side".
I'm sad to say that my gaming this year was horribly restricted due to the above concerns and issues. I did go with Bill Rosser to Little Wars but the games I was registered for all cancelled. I think the weather had to do with it.
I was able to do a Napoleonics game this year and lost horribly because I misunderstood the terrain and didn't hear something that was a key indicator.
Later on I started planning a short D&D campaign that got called due to FIL being here, and people who wanted to play suddenly having their schedule and life changed. Sadly to say, I think we are at the point where we just can't do the "Let's game on Saturday night" thing anymore like I used to do. Instead it seems that now we have to check calendars, schedules, coordinate, and then still be at the mercy of our jobs, in-laws, families, friends, and any real life drama.
I'd like to get back into it.
I also didn't attend Gen Con this year. Despite the fact that I only live approx 9 miles from the convention site, I couldn't see myself dishing out 200 bucks for a weekend badge, and then having to pay more money to buy tickets to a game (if it wasn't sold out already), and then finding out that online subscriptions had already sold out all of the badges.
On a secondary note, due to some of the ongoing geo-social/political/"social-justice" silliness that seems to be seeping into Gen-Con, (as well as oozing out of it and affecting the convention), I think that the money I saved is money well saved. There's a lot nowadays that I completely disagree with Gen-Con on, but it's their show. I do think however that they have reached their peak. The 60K mark in attendees seems to be the "high-water mark" that the city and the convention can reasonably handle. Unfortunately I see it still trying to grow and I am afraid that I am going to witness it becoming another debacle like comic-con.
However while at Little Wars, I did rejoin HMGS Midwest.
I feel that if they are going to bust their butts to put on a good con for people, then I should at least be able to pony up a years membership fees to help out.
Plus it keeps me in the loop with what is going on.
Let's be honest folks, for all of the stuff going on, HMGS-Midwest is nothing like HMGS (or as it was known as at one time "HMGS-East"). Every year there are constant accusations of theft, fraud, embezzlement, lies, nepotism, cronyism, favoritism, elitism, apathy, as well as people challenging the board. Every year HMGS looks for a suitable alternative to the run down, worn out, overused, under-fixed, mold infested mess that is the Lancaster Host, and to be honest there is a small but very vocal group (squeaky wheel gets the grease), that fights to keep it there simply because it's close to them and they can do the day trip thing. To hell with anyone else having to stay there. They are coming for the day. Hit the dealer room, maybe some open gaming, see some friends, maybe if they are lucky play a game, and have a drink and then be on their way home for dinner. Then there is another small group that supports the Host simply because they let people bring booze in from the outside.
Honestly? if you need alcohol to enjoy a miniature war-gaming, then there is a problem and it is with you.
But that's enough of the bellyaching; let's get onto the pictures!
I've been pushing 28's hard and fast, but I am going to be switching back to 15's here real soon for a change of pace. I really need it. I think I am beginning to burn out some on 28's.
But here is the latest batch.
PAINTED FIGURES (and some backstories)...
|Albert Norbert, victim of dirty deeds...|
|"The Back Alley Boys!" - The newest boys adventure group from Miracle Pictures!|
From L to R: Buster McGuire, Leo Hall, Davey Dooley, Forsythe "JJ" Jones, and Joey Owens.
Follow their adventures and hi-jinks every Saturday at your local matinee theater!
"If it's a good picture, IT'S A MIRACLE!!!!"
*insert quick witty toe tapping music here*
Figures from: Pulp Figures PGJ18 "Boys of the Bowery"....
|Fergus O'Shea tips his cap in respect to say "Good Day" as he hurries on his way past here....to his destination around the corner at "The Crown and Anchor" Public House....|
Figures by Wargames Foundry: VC002 "The Working Class"
|Henry Williams, Grocer...|
Figures by Wargames Foundry: VC008 "Market Traders"
Below is one of my favorite figures of this line:
|Joseph and Henry Greenwell, Street Vendors...|
Figure from Wargames Foundry: VC008 "Market Traders".
|Two "street toughs" from Dixon, (I think). I experimented with the colors and to give more "Variety"...|
|The mysterious and unnerving Miss Lin Jie.|
No one knows whose side she is on.
Rumors abound about her.
Does she work for Miss Lee in Chinatown?
Does she work for someone else?
Or is she simply in it for herself?
She is as dangerous as she is silent and beautiful.
Figure from Crucible Crush Cthulhu 28's
And now for a few scenes....
|If Albert Norbert is getting robbed by "The Fools Row Urchins" on Uxley Street, then it must be Tuesday...|
Closing out: Plans for 2018:
Well, that is it for a poor blog showing for 2017. I apologize again for all that wanted more posts and pics and game reports. Time just got away from and real life stepped in so very much.
I will do my best to make it better next year.
Plans for next year:
- I supported Reapers Bones 4 Kickstarter, so I have to do my final buy out soon. (This is going to hurt).
- Once again go to Little Wars.
- Try to make it to Nashcon.
- My wonderful wife and I are looking at trying to go to Reapercon in Texas in October. It'll be a nice anniversary gift to us and a getaway.
- Run some games...and get back to my 15's as they have been lacking horribly.
- Enjoy life.
May the New Year bring all of you good things and tidings and blessings.
See you all on the next post!