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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Home in Ayer.

Its been a big year but assuming nothing unexpected pops up in the next couple of weeks Ariana, Evelyn and I will be moving into this fine house in Ayer Massachusetts.  It looks small but... 
When you see it from the back it doubles in size and the basement is fully finished.  I'm hoping to be able to host some games here in the next couple of months.  
The house is at the end of a dead end street we with an extensive wooded area to our north and east... we only own about a third of an acre but its a fine location for raising a family.
Eat in kitchen and front room.
What I think of as the Great Room which will probably be our living room and entertaining area. 
I'm hoping this room will host a number of war games and Saintoge work parties in the near future. We are waiting on final approval for our mortgage but every thing looks good. We should be closing on October 26th and moving in the following weekend.
In other news Evelyn is doing well now 12 lbs, 23.5 inches long and healthy.  Here we are at Chilli's for family date night. Dad needs to lose the baby weight LOL.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Reaper Paint your dragon contest

 I entered this fellow in the Paint your Dragon contest on Facebook please take a look at the 80+ entries all of them excellent and vote for your favorites by "liking the photo".  Paint your Dragon Gallary


Monday, September 25, 2017

Yard Sale find

 Picked this up for $3.00 over the weekend.  all the part seem be there so its quite a find.  I'm thinking of selling it but keeping the tiles for Frostgrave terrain is tempting as heck.
I have to do some recon and see what people are getting for them on eBay.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Saga Irish and Romans

I got to get in my first War Game since Evelyn was born.  John and I met up for Saga both of us were trying new Armies/Battle Boards.  John was running a Roman army while I was giving the Irish a spin. You can see the initial set up above.
John moved first send in some troops around the right flank and using his Manuballista to plink at my troops. I plinked back using the Sons of Dana ability form the battle board.  I didn't do much damage but it did make John leery of broken ground.
I moved to counter the attack on the right with Javelin armed warriors and mounted Heathguard.
I sent one my Curaidh (champions) ahead I figured either john would move up with this troops to hit me or I would get a shot a the balista.
John moved in and after an initial fight were no men were killed my Warlord, Curaidh and a unit of Wariors showered them with Javelins and then finished them with the Curaidh charging hand to hand.
On the Right my horsemen run down the Roman archers I did a lot of damage losing one of my riders but killing all but two archers...
The archers shot after falling back killing another rider and then legionnaires came in and cut my men down.
In the center the roman Heathgard and warlord are being pelted with javelins form multiple directions including my Heathgard who emerge from the woods.
on the right my warriors throw Javelins wiping out the archers and then...
Run away form the nasty Romans
The climax of the battle Both Heathgarde units clash as do both warlords (Warlords Pride) I use the "Old Ways" ability with the stag (the best of the Irish dice results) and John's warlord is throwing one dice to my five!   The noble Centurion is cut down by the son of Eire.
The Heathgarde fight to draw... and my War lord closes to finish them off. Then my warriors take the Balista. John had terrible luck with his dice all game I got a lopsided win I lots my cavalry while john was reduced to one unit of Levies and one unit of Warriors.  Its not even necessary to total up the slaughter points.  Still both of us enjoyed the options we had with our "new" armies.
For those who want a baby update she is almost six weeks old and sleeping 5 to 6 (sometimes 7) hours most night.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Lady and the Dragon

Painting time has been pretty limed but I have managed to finish up these two.
First up is the Sigalist aprentice from North Star that I got in one of the Nick Starters  
I'm a huge fan of this figure its simple and practial and I tried to paint it in a similar fasion. The Sigalist wizard has too many accesories... but this woman is practicaly dressed for exploring frosgrave.
I went with a light yellow robe with red trim, the hair coving cloth is a smimple buff color.  I'm looking forward to make it
My Bones III Dragon is also "done" now that I see it in a picture I think I need to work on the inside side fo the mouth...
I did the body in various sades of blue then used a sparkling dark blue and silver embosing powder mixed with water and glue to add depth and make him shiny.
I'm not 100% thrilled with the wings but they aren't bad.  The white horns realy pop espcialy on the head.
I'm planning to use him in Dragon Rampant games.
I'll probably use the elite infantry template with Flying and range attack upgrades.
This is is a grea figure and I lookforward getting him on the table.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Picking up brushes again

Last night was the first time since my wife went into labor on august 10th that I have picked up a paint brush or done anything hobby related.  I got the chance last night as my wife and daughter both slept to do a little work on my dragon.
 I'm very happy with how its coming along.  The details realy need a lot of time to bring out using differnt shades of blue.
 Last night I was making the horns and claws whiter and to do some work on the scales.
 I also started asembling some Tumbling Dice ships.  I put together the small 3rd rate and 4th rate ships.
 I wanted to compare them to the ships I currently have (Figurehead).  The scale is suposed to be the same.  The Tumbling Dice ships are just a little larger... but not enough to keep me from using them together.
The Tubmling Dice ships with thier ratlines do look superior I look forward to painting them up.
Obligitory baby picture since I know some of you will be curiouse how she is doing.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Maternity

One of Ariana's talented and wonderful friends did a Maternity photo scesion and I flet I should share.  Melissa alos did our engament shoot and did an amazing job. 
You can check out more photos on her blog Melissa Jean Photo Design

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Evelyn

For those not on Facebook my daughter was born 8/12. We are all doing well.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Saga Dice

Hobby Bunker was offering Saga Dice at bargain prices so I stocked up getting the Norman, Irish and Welsh sets.  Unfortunately the Viking set was not available.  Fortunately the Relentless Dragon sells blank dice.... 
So buying two sets of six ($1.80 each) and a black permanent marker I was able to put together my own set of Viking rune dice, fortunately runes are easy to do free hand and while mine are not nearly as nice as the Gripping Beasts but a lot cheaper.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Last Days as Adam

Teddy bears do a quality control check on the Pack and Play
So that's an odd name for a blog post since I am not doing a name change.  Still with my daughter being born in a few days I have been thinking over the fact that from now on my life won't be lived for myself but for her.  This has actually been true for a few months now as we make preparation but I have still been able to take "a day off" to live my life in its customary fashion.  A day is coming this week or next where that will no longer be the case.   I don't think this event it "the end of my life" but is the end of the way I have lived my life.  I will still be reenacting, painting and gaming when I can. That said you may not see as much out put (indeed this has already been a light year for posts) and some of the posts you see might be "cute" baby related pictures like the 1:1 scale "terrain piece" above. Yes both my wife and I still have our childhood teddy bears mine is on the left and has the creative name of "Ted" her's is to the right and has the name Bumby (she doesn't recall where that name came from).  So you have been warned.  My life as Adam may soon be "over" but my life as Dad is just beginning and I'm looking forward to the adventure.  With any luck my daughter may one day be playing wargames along side me or maybe you'll see me turning my terrain building skills to doll houses... Most likely I'll be pulled in directions I never imagined. I know two things for sure right now 1) I have no clue how hard this is going to be and 2) I also have no clue how fun its going to be... I am pretty sure its going be both... wish me luck friends.

Destroyers from eBay

I've been doing a lot of selling on eBay but I do occasionally buy especially when I run across deals like this on form "dwwild".  Three painted 1/2400 German Destroyers.  The packing job was excellent as you can see above.
I love the fact that these are already based and labeled so I can just drop them into my Kriegsmarine order of battle (which was lacking in destroyers) what is more the bases are magnets which will be handy for storage.
Since no one else bid on these I got them for the bargain price of $4.00 quite a good buy.  I'm very happy to have them.