Friday, December 30, 2022

2022 End of Year Review


Its been an interesting year to say the least, well its actually been a few years now really. So what did I get done this year

In a Galaxy not so far away...

Well I did a lot of painting for a Galactic Heroes game which will use lots of Skullforge Studios 3d printed models for a Star wars themed game. I have well over 120+ figures painted and assembled and now slowly working on terrain for the game. I had a blast painting away Stormtroopers, Jedi's and other folks from the classic movies. I am planning on running the game close to May 4, which is un officially Star Wars Day.

Salty old sea dogs.... 

So after watching Pirates of the Caribbean on TV one day, I got the bug to bust a few Black Scorpion minis I had in the pile of lead and get some paint on them. I painted up a pretty large amount of pirates and had the idea hosting a Legends of the High Seas game soon, once again working on some terrain for the game and look forward to getting it on the table in Feb of 23.

The Cursed City....

So I went down memory lane and busted out a few Mordheim figures to paint, honestly these were going to be used for some Gothic Horror games, but I kept thinking about putting Mordheim back on the table. Once again now I am working on some classic Mordheim card buildings and want to get this on the table in the new year.

On the game rules front i expanded my Wiely Games collection with a few sets of rules, picking up the Fantasy Rules, the new version of Galactic Hero's book, Wasteland Warriors and the Battle Suit Alpfa: I want to get these games in rotation in the following year.

Games Played...Well....

So I think I only got in 5 games this year, one Galactic hero's test game, Battle Suit test game, two Gaslands games and one FoW game. I was asked why so few games, honestly I was just not feeling like playing. This year I struggled with the idea of leaving the hobby all together and taking a break. Even had ideas to gut my game room and turn it into a Tiki bar themed room!

I cant really point to why this feeling came over me to not play, its not like I was afraid to go out, but the drive just wasn't there. Too keep my interest going, I think thats why I kept painting as I still enjoyed that. I think it was stress from work, dealing with upset customers and having to work many Saturdays also killed the mood to play. 

Blog updates...

Well I am proud to have almost 20 blog posts for this year, once again the whole reason for the blog is to document my hobbies and keep people posted on whats going on, as most blogs, people fall off the posting wagon, I have done that before but I like posting what is going on. So hopefully I can continue to post and show off what I am working on.

Thoughts for 2023...

Well I want to get more games on the table, most recently a few of us are looking at Lord of the Rings again, so I want to get back to middle earth again. I also got my Team Yankee Collection going again, going to stick with US and Russians, and look forward to getting that out on the table.

Also looking at getting in games of Wiley Games stuff, which will be group games as the rules work perfectly for that. And of course any other games that come up, the important thing is I want to play more then 5 games for the year! I am also looking at maybe making a trip to Kansas in March for the March to Victory event that Wiley Games is hosting, so we shall see.

Overall I want to stay connected to game friends and get more games on the table and enjoy myself again. I think 2022 was a nice break, but I am excited to playing again. So there you go, plans for the new year and a brief recap of what went on in 2022.

Stay safe and Happy New Year Folks!


Sunday, December 04, 2022

Witch Hunters complete


Well I finished up the Witch Hunter Warband for Mordheim, here they are in all their glory.

Just a quick update today.


Friday, December 02, 2022

Witch Hunter Warband grows and rats!



Painting continues on my Witch Hunter warband, painted up four more figures to join the brave group getting ready to return to the cursed city!

Four more members for the crusade to the Cursed City

I still have about 6 more figures to paint up for the warband, all being the Witch Hunters themselves, wanted to save those for last to spend some time with them. I am really liking this project and getting to paint some old models from my mounds of lead.

More recruits for the cause!

I also happened to unearth my sons old Skaven warband that was packed away in the closet, so I will be tackling these rats next, I was surprised to find them as I was on the search for STL files of Ratmen which there are a bunch out there, which I may have a friend print for me, we will see.

Rats!  I mean Skaven!

So progress continues on the Mordheim project, I am hopeful that I can start working on a few terrain pieces this weekend. Looking to do a few ruined buildings and use MDF as I want sturdy terrain.


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Going the Cursed City!



It seems I have been thinking about the "good Old Days" of gaming and Youtude must be taped into my brain, as my feed recently had a video on the 1999 GW game Mordheim! For those too young to remember the 1999 games, Mordheim was a Cursed city in the Old World Empire that was destroyed by a twin tale comet. Now the cursed city lures would be treasure hunters to it to loot for warp stone.

For me this was an awesome game and for my son, it was his first true war game to play. He had a warband of Skaven and was lead by his creative named leader, Copper Head! But it taught him how to play games and many adventures were played in the cursed city. So Mordheim has a special place in my gaming histroy tied to my son.

The cursed City Rulebook

So besides YouTube taunting me, I was able to score a few older GW minis that I was going to use for other skirmish Horror games. I was able to locate the Undead figure and a few months back painted them up, not realizing that they may be the first warband to venture back into the cursed city.

Undead Warband

Along with the Undead figures, I was able to find a complete Witch Hunter warband and was also working on painting those up, but lost interest and did not finish. But it seems that they found their way back onto the paint desk this afternoon.

Complete Witch Hunter Warband!

I also found a few marionburg models, but not sure if its a full warband but honestly they are not my style with their fluffy shirts and such. But at least I have the models.

Marioburger mercs

So now I am looking at building a ruined city board with terrain, may go all old school and try to stay away from the Laser cut look. I want that old school vibe and lots of scattered terrain. This could be the next big project for me for the new year, so stay tuned.


Thursday, November 03, 2022

Dwarven Pirates!

 Good Morning all you salty old dogs!

Today a quick update on a few really old models. So many moons ago I used to play a GW classic game called Mordheim, I had a few warbands from the lists in the book but wanted a dwarven warband (the rules released with Town Cryer). But I had this great idea of using the Long Drongs Dwarven Pirates which were a Unit of Renown for Warhammer Fantasy Mercenaries unit.  

Well as soon as I saw these models I knew I had to buy them and would use them for Mordheim and started painting them. But then we stopped playing and the group I played with went their separate ways. 

Dwarven Pirates!

So the dwarves got put into a box half finished and left they way they were for many many more moons. But then last week when I got the itch to paint up some of my Historical Pirates, I remembered these guys, so the hunt was on to find them.

I did locate them and as I looked at them I decided to mount them on 25mm rounds (1" washers actually) and decided to finish them up. I have to say Iloved this little project and there was ot much left to do on the models and was a nice little break.

So what started out well over 20+ years ago finally got finished and the models look awesome, it actually has me thinking about using them for Mordheim again, hmmm.


Monday, October 31, 2022

Welcome to the World Famous Jungle Cruise!

 Welcome aboard brave adventures, just a quick post today. Last week was my birthday and I was lucky enough to get an awesome sign from nicks_fix_las_vegas on Instagrahm. Nick makes some cool custom Disney Attractions signs. Being an ex skipper myself, I saw this sign and had to have it.

Sign is about 32" long by a foot tall, and the lights do work!

I was more then excited when I got this, and it takes me back to the Jungle every time I look at it. Nick has an Etsy page:, go check him out if your into Disney attractions.


Friday, October 28, 2022

More Salty old Pirates


I decided to finish a few more pirates, all of these from Black Scorpion Miniatures and were very fun to paint up. I still have a few more to do, but wanted to share these with you all.

Thank you for viewing...


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Avast me hearties!

 Funny what time and a movie will do, so this past weekend I was scrolling thru the old tv stations and landed on Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl, which has held up over the years.

Now some know I wrote Legends of the High Seas for Warhammer Historical 14 years ago now and the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was inspiration for the game. 

Now after sitting there memorized watching the move, I got the bug to bust out a few miniatures from Black Scorpion and a few others. I have been working on a few at a time and the crew is growing. Its nice to come back to the pirates again, feels very comforting.


Thursday, September 01, 2022

Something Old is New Again


A few of us were talking about 6 months ago about how GW keeps changing rules and is now more about selling books then great games. That got us talking about the good old days and we started talking about games like Epic and Warmaster. Well thanks to these glorious days we live in and the fact that 3d printers are getting better, we now have access to models for a cool game. 

Well I asked my buddy Tom if he could print a few things and I have been painting up some models, here is my latest efforts.

2000 points of Vampire Counts from Forest Dragon Minis

Here is a break down of the unit:

Black Coach

Black Nights

Dire Wolves

Fell Bats



Grave Guard




Vampire Generals

Mounted Generals

So there you go, a pretty large army with some real small models. Now just waiting for the other guys to get their stuff painted and then we will let the dice roll!


Sunday, July 31, 2022

Star Wars galore around here!

So, been busy with more painting of the Skullforge Studios models for my Wiley Games Galactic Hero's Star Wars game:


More Townsfolk

A Darth Sith and a Lone Star

Lone Star and his faithful loyal companion Barf

So I am pretty much down to models for the town, I always like having little extras on the game table. So many games I see dont take in account for people actually living there, so for this game I want as many extra models running around as well.

Okay, back to painting.



Friday, July 29, 2022

Star Wars Galactic Hero style!


Have a few more models for my Star Wars GH game I will be running, all Skullforge Studios models.

Some bad guys, Rebel Jedi

Good Guys, Imperial Commanders


A few lost travelers, yes they will be in the game!

Here is a WIP of a certain Dark Lord minus his helmet.

Dark Lord

Ultimate Sith?

There you go, just a quick update...


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Dark Stormtroopers

 Quick update,

Started working on my Star Wars stuff again and completed up this squad of Dark Stormtroopers from Skullforge Studios. Getting all of this stuff painted for a multi player game of Galactic Heroes from Wiely Games. 

Dark Troopers

Will be working on a few more models in the next few days, so stay tuned...


Monday, July 18, 2022

Legendary Vikings!


Sorry, been busy doing some painting on a few Viking models that I had around the old game room. Now most of these will be used for Warlords of Erehwon and I think I painted up about 136 models or so. Most of the models are Gripping Beast plastics, but there is also Wargames Factory models, Footsore models, Old Glory, North Star, Gorgon Studios and some Foundry in there as well. I really wanted to get this done so I can start using them for WoE and for my upcoming Viking rules that I am writing. So here are the pictures:

Gorgon Studio Viking in the Center with Gripping Beast Plastics.

Northstar Frost grave models


Gripping Beast Plastics

More Gripping Beast plastics

And even more GB Plastics!

All in all I really like how these models came out, this is not all of them, but just a few. Now I have to get back to writing and trying to decide what else to paint.