• Colonial

    This Doesn’t (Usually) Happen to Me

    I am ever envious when miniatures bloggers — most often those living in the U.K. — post about how they stopped by a “charity shop” or “car boot sale” and come away with a bag full of vintage Britains, or…

  • Paint Table Saturday,  Painting

    Outer Order, Inner Calm

    This incantation is frequently chanted in my house whilst we scurry, returning errant objects to rightful positions. The house, I suppose, is thus generally experienced as a calm and ordered space. My Hobby Shack … not so much. The desk,…

  • Colonial,  Funny Little Wars,  Painting,  VSF

    The Year That Was

    I can say “long time, no post,” but when an entire year has passed since I attended to this blog, it seems a bit ridiculous. When I finally did check in a week ago, I discovered that the blog had…

  • Colonial,  Funny Little Wars,  Isla Victoria,  Pulp,  VSF

    Vintage Christmas

    I came to miniature wargaming as an adult. Childhood Christmases did include wondrous gifts, but never the tubs of little plastic warriors that so many boys enjoyed. As an aside, I did yearn for that crate of Revolutionary War Soldiers…

  • Fantasy,  Pirates/Naval,  Scratchbuilding,  Terrain

    Gaming Table

    Building a gaming table is a daunting endeavor. If one has yet to accumulate a lot of wargaming experience, he has to imagine what “features” a table should have in order to make gaming more enjoyable. Lumber and time are both valuable these days.…

  • Craftees,  Fantasy,  Painting

    A Parable…

    This is a parable concerning craft paints, real guitars, and pretend pianos. I wrote a bit in my essay on the GULP that I paint both terrain and miniatures with inexpensive craft paints. This wasn’t always the case. When I was new…

  • Colonial,  Craftees,  Old West,  Pirates/Naval,  Post-Apocolyptic,  VSF

    The GULP

    The very first minis I purchased in my adulthood were a passel of western figures from Monday Knight Productions. They turned out to be a mixture of 25 and 28mm, as I really didn’t know the difference then, and the site doesn’t seem…

  • Colonial,  Funny Little Wars

    Sawyer’s Playmobil

    Despite the seriousness with which many pursue the cause of wargaming — devoting hours to painting figures and constructing terrain; then devoting hours more to arguing over the proper number of buttons or color of facings — one should never…

  • Colonial,  Craftees,  Funny Little Wars,  Square Pegs,  VSF

    The Square Pegs

    The time has come for me to unveil my most recent Enthusiasm;— viz.: The Square Pegs The Square Pegs are a motley collection of 54mm Toy Soldiers constructed from clothespins, pipe cleaners, and other accoutrements. Why 54mm Craftees? In the…