Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tooting My Own Horn

I'm going to toot my own horn a bit. I'm pretty excited about this and have to share. Look for a mention of my Spandau and Lewis gun kits in the September issue of Flying Scale Models magazine. Peter Rake's WWI modeling article specifically mentions my Spandau and Lewis gun kits. This is quite a thrill for me, being a very small business and getting this kind of press. Peter's always been the premiere authority on electric-powered scale WWI models and it's a thrill to have caught his ear.

On the scale WWI gun front, I have just released yet another of my kits, the Central Powers Parabellum observer's gun. Hopefully this one will also interest Peter and Flying Scale Models magazine.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

American Rifles

These are my American Rifles. They've been painted genericaly to represent just about any American rifle unit, or unit in hunting shirts so that I can use them in many of my games. Mostly I use them to impersonate Morgan's Rifles and Dearborn's Rifles in games I put on featuring troops from the Saratoga campaign. They're the centerpiece units in my Freeman's Farm / First Saratoga game, each of the skirmish stands representing one of the above mentioned units. The formed stand in the back can be used to represent both units formed up, or to represent either of the smaller units at smaller figure scales.

I painted this unit over five years ago before I decided to varry my uniforms within units a bit more. I do have plans to paint a dedicated unit for Morgan's Rifles in the future with additional variations in coat and legging colors. These are Old Glory figures and the Flag for the unit is a commercial offering, but since half a decade has passed since I based the unit, the brand of the flag has since left my memory. The officer figure uses a hand-hammered and file-shaped brass wire in place of the lead sword for durability.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hosting a Blue Max game at the Northern Conspiracy

These are a few photos of the Blue Max game I hosted at my wargaming club, The Northern Conspiracy, last month. WWI Air Combat is one of the other periods, in addition to AWI, that I run games from fairly regularly. This was a fun game to run and I was happy to have a lot of players, many of who were experienced with the rules. This was a late-war 'furball'. Just good-old dogfighting fun. More photos of this and all of the games from last month's game night can be found in the July '07 gallery page on the club's website.

I'm sorry I didn't post any Historicon '07 photos. To get to Historicon from my home is about an eight-hour drive and five hours into the drive my wife and I realized that we each thought the OTHER person packed the camera. I'll try to make up for this error in judgment with some additional AWI figure photos from my collection soon.

P.S. For the curious that's me in the white shirt with the green collar.