Friday, November 10, 2017

Strange Days

Hi all,

It has been a growing realization that I've not made a post to the blog in months - since June, in fact.  There's a number of reasons for this - the summer was particularly busy and stressful, work has been fairly intense, etc., but I'm not sure that's why.  I've been able to get a fair bit of painting done, and while I don't game with anything like the same regularity as I did a few years back, I have managed to get in a few games.

Two new Hanoverian battalions join the fray.

Part of it, I think, is the irregularity of my gaming.  Back in Toronto, I used to play every Wednesday, like clockwork.  Here, it's maybe once or twice a month, and even when I join a campaign or some kind of organized play, the interrupted nature of the gaming means I often lose the thread.  This has happened twice now with campaigns I joined at the local G-Dub, and despite my best efforts, seems to be the new normal.  My best blogging used to feed off of a paint-game-blog-want to paint more rhythm, and for the last couple of years, that's not been as rhythmic as I might like.

I also have found of late I really miss historical painting and gaming.  With the exception of some occasional Bolt Action, the Cub's not been terribly interested (his main preoccupation being GW stuff, especially 40k), and the historical scene here in Halifax is spotty.  While there's a few people, everyone seems to do their own thing, and the last couple of times a meet has been organised, it's been out of town, or at a time I couldn't make it.  As much as I like, and am fond of GW (I've become a great fan of Age of Sigmar), there's an itch historicals scratch that fantasy  / SF gaming doesn't.

Only about a dozen more elements, and I'll have something to put up against the French.

It's perhaps not surprising then that I found myself picking away at some 6mm Hanoverians.  There seems to be something of a tradition that when I pick up the blog again, it's with 6mm stuff.  I've had these fellows sitting on their priming sticks, staring at me accusingly for months and months, so it's good to get them finished.  Needless to say, this got me reminiscing over old blog posts from the Sausage War, and rooting through the box of goodies sent me by my old friend Stewart, and before I knew it, I had another unit on the sticks and primed ;)

Turnbacks are a pain, but worth it.

I have enough of a backlog of stuff I've done over the last while that I should be able to keep up a semi-regular posting schedule.  I seem to be in that stage of life where I have money and energy, but little time, but I'm learning to make some time to paint on a regular basis - it's good for the soul, and my blood pressure.  I'm also going to have to learn to make some time to paint historicals, even if I can't use them right now.  There's a satisfaction to them I don't get with the fantasy stuff, and I need to learn to indulge that.



  1. Wow, absolutly superb, painting and flags!

  2. Great job, and nice to see you posting again!

  3. Campiagns can be delicate creatures. I remember accidentally killing a 40K campaign by pointing out that the IG Basilisks' range was great enough to be depicted on the campaign map. Which sparked off an arms race and people wanting to just bombard the enemy on the strategic map without coming to grips and fighting a battle.

  4. Excellent job on those guys. Are those Baccus minis?

  5. It is a shame that you didn't get here 15 years or more ago but...nice work on these!


    1. Thanks, Ross. I take it things were more active?

  6. Great looking figs! Sorry to hear of the dearth of historical gaming in your new locale. Could you ease players into it? Maybe some "Game of Thrones" or "Lord of the Rings" games that transition into straight up historicals? I had some luck with getting folks to play Blood and Plunder... pirates are pretty popular across the board, which also happens to unlock an interest in New World colonial gaming too.

  7. Good to see you back in the historical 6mm saddle. Now all you need to do is find a tenure track position back in Toronto. That or get me a job out there too. :D