Sunday, August 24, 2014


On August 24th, 410 A.D. Rome was overrun by the Visigoths, resulting in the fall of the Western Roman Empire.  Just how much did the  political corruption and the apathy of her citizens really lead to the Rome's fall?

But… on a much lighter note - I painted something!

Not my best work, (either painting or photo) but at least it had me picking up a brush again.  First up, the latest addition to the French Cavalry.

The 7th Regiment, Chasseurs a cheval

Looks Like I need to replace my photo backstop

With the completion of this unit it brings my French Cavalry to one Dragoon Regiment and three Chasseur a Cheval Regiments.  The 2 Chasseur a Cheval Regiments were part of my original goal for this year.  I still need to complete one more Duchy of Warsaw Uhlan Regiment, but… I seem to have gotten distracted and started another Russian Dragoon Regiment.  We'll see what happens by the end of  the year.

And the last bit of painting.

Looks like I need to touch up a little where the epoxy is showing by the wheels.

I picked this up at Cold Wars 2012, and finally found the motivation to paint it.  This angle seems to make the horse look undersized compared to the wagon, but it doesn't look that bad in the lead/resin.

Hopefully the next post won't be as long a wait as this one was.

So much lead, so little time.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lest we forget

239 years ago, on April 19th, 1775…

Captain John Parker and roughly 70 members of the Militia gathered on the Lexington village green at dawn. Their intent is not to engage the troops, but rather to show defiance to the Crown.  As the British Regulars approach on their mission to seize or destroy the Colonist muskets, powder, cannon and other provisions Captain Parker instructed his nervous men:  "Stand your ground; don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." 

The British officers order them to lay down their arms and disperse.  Some men disperse, some do not, but none lay down their arms.  Then a shot rings out from somewhere, more shots follow from both sides.  The outmatched Militiamen retreated, and the Regulars continued on their way to Concord.

The rest, as they say, is History.

Now, where did I put all of that American Revolution lead I had laying around here..

So much lead, so little time

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chicks with Guns

But first now that I have you attention...

Below are the latest results from my meager painting production so far this year.

First up, a much need addition to my French Cavalry forces.

Don't worry, the chicks with guns are below, you'll see them soon

I've also beefed up my Renaissance force a bit.  The light artillery battery had the privilege to be routed off the table mere minutes after been placed on it by Joe's Ottoman's a couple of weeks ago.

I've also continued to slowly build up my Space forces.

O.K., you've been patient, first the kid friendly version

And for the PG 13 version.  
And I bet you you didn't expect to see any real chicks in the post...

So much lead, so little time

Saturday, February 22, 2014

D & D, The Final Frontier

So, when you can't come up with any original coherent thoughts, what do you do?  Troll the inter-webs until you find something of course.

Friday, January 31, 2014


Wow, it has been a while hasn't it?  One whole year.

While I could offer a whole bunch of really good excuses, as we used to say the Army;  “The effective range of an excuse is 0 meters”. 

While I did manage to complete a few units last year, I haven't got around to taking any photos yet.  So, in the interim, I present the following quote attributed to Cameron Sawyer that I stumbled across while surfing the inter-webs last week.  I can't confirm the accuracy of this, but as the Czar, I approve of it, (facts do not concern the Czar).

"The Napoleonic Wars gave the French the word bistro as a reminder of the rude, conquering Russian officers who demanded quick service in French cafes. Bystro means quick in Russian. Russian, in turn, got sheramiz avat, meaning to beg. Hardly any Russian today knows it, but this word comes from the French phrase cher ami. The starving, freezing French soldiers, retreating in disarray after the defeat at Borodino, would knock at the doors of Russian farmhouses and implore the farmers for food, crying: cher ami!" - Cameron Sawyer

So much lead, so little time