Will and I ran two games of Starship Troopers at Adepticon this March. The Mobile Infantry had to venture out of their fortifications to recover a downed satellite before it fell permanently into Arachnid hands (claws? feelers?). Here are some pictures:

Photo Mar 24, 5 27 54 PMPhoto Mar 24, 5 27 34 PMPhoto Mar 25, 10 21 23 AMPhoto Mar 25, 9 30 46 AMPhoto Mar 25, 10 21 59 AM

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Posted: February 7, 2017 in Miniature Games, Other, Uncategorized

Well, it’s been several years since I wrote anything for this blog. Much has changed since my last post LOL.

I’ll be reorganizing things a bit, since my painting and gaming interests are heading in new directions these days. To get the ball rolling, here are a few recent pictures of some of my painting for Congo, from Studio Tomahawk.

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Cannibal Chieftan for the Forest Tribes. 28mm figure by Copplestone.

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Masai figures (bases unfinished). 28mm Foundry figures.

Yea! I am out of the sling and on the way to full motion with the left arm. I can type normally now and will be getting back to all the stuff that has been piling up over the last three weeks.

From an Ambush Alley Games perspective, I’m working on several scenarios for the upcoming Force on Force Special Ops book. I’m also writing an article/After Action Report based on of the scenarios from Cold War Gone Hot for Miniature Wargaming magazine.

From a personal perspective, I’ve dusted off my Viking rules to start polishing again after the last playtesting. I’m also helping Skip Peterson put pen to paper on his Legends in the Skies WW2 dogfight game. Painting is still a few weeks off since any rotation of the left forearm is still very painful.

I haven’t posted in a few weeks…the reason is that I broke my arm on February 3. And yes, that was my birthday. Long story, but in essence for my 50th I decided to take a nose dive directly into a sidewalk. I fractured the upper end of my radius in my left arm, right where it joins the elbow. As with all medical situations, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that I don’t need a cast and should recover in 4-5 weeks total. A cast does not help with healing this kind of injury and would simply mean that the arm would atrophy. The bad news is that I am not in a cast, meaning I am less comfortable and that any slight arm rotation or jar sets off a string of curses. As the orthopedic surgeon said, “if you can man up, you’ll heal quicker.”

One week after the fall and the swelling has gone down enough for me to be able to wear my wedding ring again. Last night I actually was able to hold and file some 28mm miniatures without too much discomfort, so hopefully I’ll get back to painting soon. One thing I can’t do is lift anything with my left arm more than a coffee cup in weight, so it will be some time before I’m running demos or setting up games. In the meantime, here’s a picture of a Tomorrow’s War game we ran at Games Plus as a test of the new points system.

Defenders of the Crystal Processing Factory

 

For those of you who know me well, you know that I am a musician. Several months ago, I joined a band named Step 9. Our first performance will be in a week. We have launched a Facebook page and a website: www.step9band.com if you want to check us out.

I’m very pleased to share the early reviews of Cold War Gone Hot, for which I was the lead author:

http://meeples.wordpress.com/reviews/rules-reviews/cold-war-gone-hot-world-war-iii-1986/

http://www.amazon.com/Cold-War-Gone-Hot-World/dp/1849085366

http://www.wittwer.nl/?p=953&lang=nl

https://privatelittlewars.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/ambush-alley-games-present-cold-war-gone-hot-a-review/

http://boardgamegeek.com/collection/items/boardgame/113825?comment=1

Overall, I am quite pleased by the early feedback. Most of the criticism is for a few typos and the desire for more content (always a challenge in this industry), but everyone seems to like the three-part format and the “Hollywood-style” scenarios. I am very honored to have worked with such a great team — Shawn, Rich, Jim and Piers, as well as the many other contributors. Dixie did a great job with the maps and my thanks to Osprey Publishing as well. I only hope the next book I’m working on turns out as well.

 

We’ll be following up our successful game from two weeks ago with a series of smaller Tomorrow’s War games at Games Plus this Sunday, starting around 1 PM. Why the smaller games? We’re play testing a draft of a points system that Shawn Carpenter and I have been working on to answer the many requests we’ve received. I’ll be mostly floating from game to game and observing, taking notes, asking questions, etc.

Hope to see you there…