Monday, May 31, 2010

Soldiers through the Ages

This past weekend I participated in one of my favorite events. Every Memorial Day there is a Soldiers through the Ages timeline at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown NY. There are reenactors portraying soldiers from the French and Indian war up to and including WW2. There is a representative display for each era of soldier stationed at the fort at one time or another. Throughout the day we have interactive demonstrations as well as question and answer sessions.

For us its a relaxing time, seeing old friends and making new. The downside is I don't get to take any photos, as I am usually talking with the public. I am sure some of the guy in my unit have taken some and as I see them I'll throw them on here.

Apparently the local news was there filming us as well. Though I didn't get to see the report.

Next up is the Buffalo Naval Park.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Shameless plug....

The story.... If you have read my profile you would have seen that I co-wrote a set of rules called Arena Games. Back when the movie gladiator came out my buddies wanted to get into the gladiator craze that was going on.

We played a number of rules sets out there but couldn't find a fun set of rules that gave us what we wanted. There were rules that were very technically challenging, and some that only went so far. Many of the games we play are based on a "feel" of what we are doing. If I'm playing a pirate game, I want it to feel like the old Errol Flynn pirate movie. Swinging from the rigging, etc. Same goes with the gladiators. So one night I show up for a game and my buddies Mike and Jim are banging their head over a set of rules. In the time it took them to play one turn, we hashed out the basics of what we wanted.

Anyway, we wrote the rules for ourselves and moved on. We had played them a number of times with our local group and it became a regular event. One day our friend Walt shows up with a huge box. He opens it and inside was this........

The Colosseum. Over 300 painted figures that have nothing to do with the game. Thank god hes retired..... So we start taking the game to conventions for a pick up game, and to our amazement it becomes a hit. It was awarded "Best New Ancients Game" at Historicon, along with a battle streamer for a "Game for young players". People started asking where they could get the rules. Hence we began publishing them for sale. Here we are presenting the award to Walt for his amazing work.

Now for the plug.......

Recently we updated out website which you can find here. Also recently they have been offered for sale at Wargames Vault. If your looking for a fun, fast game, give it a shot. I think you'll like it.

15mm Quar.

I have to say, ever since the Quar came out I have been itching to paint up some. They remind me of characters from underground comics from the 60's. Primarily those by Vaughn Bode.

However my gaming space has shrunk, so I am forced to look at smaller scales. So when Zombiesmith announced they were releasing the Quar in 15mm, I had to jump on them. I am waiting for the rulebook and some more figures. But, I painted up my first batch. Here are some pics of what I've done.

The first batch I have painted up into 2 different sections. One in a khaki uniform and the other in a feldgrau. I haven't worked on fluff for them yet. But once I read the rulebook I can figure that out.

Here are the rest of the pics....

These have been a blast to paint, and I cant wait for the rest to show.

See ya.

My poor neglected blog.....

Its been a while since I made an update. I have been busy doing things, unfortunately too busy. Much of my doings revolve around the WW2 reenacting end of things, more so than gaming. Though I do find time to work on projects. I will post some pictures of what I have been working on recently over the next few days.

See ya.