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Litko Frustration

I am looking for a new base provider.  I placed an order with Litko Aerosystems, Inc. on the 9th of April.  It is now the 28th and after an email to customer service (which was very polite and informative on their part) I find out that it may take four weeks to ship, then there’s the shipping time to consider.  Now, I’m not an instant gratification type of guy (then I’d play video games rather than paint, right?) but this seems a little long to me, perhaps on the border of unreasonable.  Especially as I’m paying $6.20 for shipping, which seems on the high side.

If anyone knows of a place to get 3mm ply-wood bases in 30mm x 60mm or round, please let me know.  I’m a bit of a stickler for consistency, so I may be stuck.

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A Bit of a Break

I will most likely leave my “Top Wargaming Blogs” suedo-poll open for another week, then I’ll do a post with the results.  After that, I’ll take some time off.  There are a few reasons for it.  I have tried numerous times to get some feedback to see what people would like to see more of what just find out what they like in general, and most of it has been for nowt.

Taking pictures and posting takes time, and with little feedback there’s little motivation to keep it up.  I have tried to put up something interesting AT LEAST once a week, interesting is the hard part.  I have been painting like a freight train lately, and I feel the time will be better spent painting until I get a posting bug again.

Thanks to those of you who have posted, I really appiciate it.

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Top Wargaming Blogs

What are your favorite wargaming blogs?  There are many out there, but there are fewer good ones?

What makes a blog a “good blog”?  I would say:

  • Regular updates (how many sites come up, get four posts in a month, then lay un-attended for months on end?)
  • Useful, relevant content to you.  The type of content that is useful is extremely personal.
  • Lots of pictures, after all this is a visual hobby
  • Let me know if I forgot anything…

Use the comments section below to nominate a blog (or two) for inclusion in the upcoming list.  Leaving comments is easy and quick.

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Enoch Poor’s Brigade

I have been waiting a while for this.  So far I have been concentrating on getting pictures on the blog for Hubbardton as that was a manageable engagement to paint and create a scenario for.  I have been hard at work for quite some time now and am weeks away from finishing the troops needed for the the entire Saratoga Campaign.

Here is the firt of the units for the First Battle of Freeman’s Farm, Enoch Poor’s Brigade.  I have had to take some liberties  with a few unit colors and quite a few flags.  I am very happy with the way this turned out.  Without further ado, some introductions are in order.

Enoch Poor's Brigade
Enoch Poor's Brigade
  1. Enoch Poor Command Stand
  2. 1st NH
  3. 2nd NH
  4. 3rd NH
  5. 2nd NY
  6. 4th NY
  7. Conn. Militia
  8. Conn. Militia

I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with the results.  This really looks like a brigade ready to go to the table top, it’s recreated in 4:1 ratio.  I can’t imagine the same kind of satisfaction with 28mm in a 20:1 ratio (though I’m pretty sure many would argue with me).

Some of these units were from the most well documented units in the war (2nd NH) and other I relied up general knowledge and many trips to TMP to come up with coat colors.  I had fun with some of the flags and have found that with a little effort you can come up with something that is plausible: like a poster on TMP suggesting the 18th-century NH state seal for one flag , and things that are downright wrong, like the NY Yankees flag one of the NY units is carrying.

More than anything, it will look like a battle line when deployed on the table top.

I have had about ZERO input on my posts showing individual units, so unless there are 10 requests in the comments I won’t show the individual units.  It takes time away from painting and if I’m the only one interested, I already know what they look like.

Here are a few more photos of the boys in action.

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IE6 Help

For those of you still browsing with IE6, it’s time to upgrade, really.  If you have come here with IE6 you will see my little message everytime you arrive.

I don’t recommend this for sites trying to sell something, but I feel like I’m doing my best to help rid the net of this blight.  Happy surfing.

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Saratoga by John F. Luzader

Saratoga
Saratoga

SARATOGA: A Military History of the Decisive Campaign of the American Revolution by John F. Luzander is quite simply the best book on the campaign that I have come across.  It reads very easy and goes into just the right amount of detail that it’s useful but doesn’t bog down the story.

I finally understand EXACTLY what happened at Bennington.  I have read the story of this battle from at least five different authors and never really felt that I could describe the action to someone else.

The author uses a great deal of haughty language in the early chapters and I wish I had some at hand to include here.  By the middle of the book the need for a dictionary to help understand what should be a simple description goes away completely.

My least favorite parts of the book are the detailed chapters on the conflict between Burgoyne and the British power structure and the infighting in the Patriot command.  This is no fault of the authors, it’s just that I personally don’t really care.

The factors in play on the forces involved are clearly explained and the battle are masterfully explained in the perfect amount of detail.  After reading the book, I finally was able to construct scenarios by myself.  Previously I had to rely on others’ understanding of events to figure out how to add flavor to the games.

If you only get one book on the campaign, this is it.

It was better than Cats!

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More Pictures From The Visit

Just a few more pictures from the visit.

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Visit to Saratoga National Historic Park

This weekend I was going to the Lake George area with my family for a family get away. I made sure to add a precondition that if we went that close to Saratoga we had to drop by the battlefield.  So the kids turned out to be to skinny to play at the waterpark for long and that meant that it was time to head to Saratoga National Historic Park on Sunday.  It only opened April 1st and we visited on April fifth, so I was quite lucky it was even open, Ticonderoga doesn’t open for another 2 months.

p4050123We showed up and found this charming soda machine at the entrance to the visitor’s center.  Any long time readers will know that my wife is English, and while she has lived in the states for 7 years now, she will always be English.   Now, she can tell you all about Roman roads and a little about the Beatles, but she’s fairly un-knowledgeable about the rest of her countries history, especially the colonialism/repression parts.  I asked her to stand in front of the soda machine and this is the picture that I got for my troubles.

Once inside the visitor’s center, I was promptly informed that the driving road in the park is closed due to downed trees from a recent ice storm.  Aaaarrgghhh!  What are the chances?  The “good” news is that it will be open by April 11th.  I’m not sure when I will make it down here again.  A trip to the store involves hours of planning and split second timing for us to accomplish with the three young ones.  Oh well, must make the most of it.

They did have a few nice things inside here.  The first is an electronic map of the battlefield and an audio presentation that goes with it. I really enjoyed it.  Here’s a couple of pictures showing the lights.  They move to different p0ints on the field.  Quite nice.

Over View Photo
Over View Photo
Assualt on the Balcares Redoubt
Assault on the Balcares Redoubt

They had a room with things that might be interesting for children drug along to the museum.  One of them was a small display of a fortification and some playmobile-esk type guys to position around a cannon.

The younger me would have loved it just as much as the older me.

I will post more pictures from the visitor’s center in another post as they all don’t require explanation.

So the driving track is out of commission, “You can still walk the area”, you say?  Well, I would have loved to, but it was past nap time and the walking trail isn’t conducive to strollers (we did try!).  Here is the reason I wasn’t able to walk to the Balcaras Redoubt.

They are worth it, you just have to take a back seat some times.
They are worth it, you just have to take a back seat some times.

The only thing I could see from the Visitor’s Center.  It was in the distance tempting me.

Balcares Redoubt From Afar
Balcares Redoubt From Afar

I will return someday to take better pictures.  But even with my limited access I enjoyed myself, it would take a lot for me not to.  What are the odds that the driving path would be blocked when I was there.  I’d be more upset if I lived more than 4 hours away.

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Hubbardton Scenario Released

Now that the April Fools is through, on with business.

I just posted the newest scenario in the downloads section.  It’s a simple little Hubbardton scenario.  The battle was fairly staight forward and so is the scenario.

I would like to make a plea for feedback on these scenarios.  Even something as simple as spelling/grammar errors.  I don’t think it’s to much to ask to drop a quick comment on this post if you like/dislike them or anything really.   If there isn’t any feedback soon, I will stop posting them due to lack of interest.

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Aaaargghh!

I painted my 2,500th 6mm musket yesterday and finally snapped. In a fit of rage, I threw the entire unit against the basement wall. I said to myself, “Self, THAT felt REALLY good.” I then sought out the storage bins where I keep the finished figures, dumped them on the floor and proceeded to jump up and down on them. I felt very relieved, an obsession finished.

I think I’m going to watch more TV and maybe take up a less demanding hobby. I think I’ll knit with my wife.

Copy anything you want from the blog as I will take it down in a week to remove all traces of this hobby from my life.

Thanks for all the fish!