Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. - Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reboot the Suit - First Stretch Goal - Alan Shepard's Mercury 1 Suit

The Smithsonian's Kickstarter has hit the $500,000 needed to get Neil Armstrong's suit ready for the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. Now its time to preserve the spacesuit of the first American in space Alan Shepard. Hitting $700,000 will help preserve this suit as well, which looks like it needs more work than Armstrong's,

Shepard was launched into space on top of Mercury-Redstone 3 in the Freedom 7 capsule on May 5th, 1961.

Here is Shepard's spacesuit as it looks today;

And a quick link to the Kickstarter: Reboot the Suit

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Airbrush Down!

A week ago I was excited and jumping up and down about the new AWI minis I received from Fife and Drum (seriously go buy some). I prepped them and mounted both those and some Wargames Factory miniatures up for priming and painting. About half way through the process my airbrush clogged. I had noticed that my Vallejo primer was a little thick but didn't thin it like I should have. I sat down to clean it up and managed to ruin one of the O rings. While not catastrophic is does make it pretty much useless as a tool right now. I ordered parts from Chicago Airbrush Supply and I'll be up and running again as soon as they arrived. Then I can finish priming and get some paint on my first foray into the AWI.

In fact my parts did arrive today and I'm up and running again, the delayed AWI are now primed and ready for paint.

My Harder & Steenbeck Infinity Airbrush
Fife and Drum Minis waiting to have their primer coat finished

One of my AWI reference books.

Friday, July 24, 2015

BONES III - The Search for Mr Bones - Closes Saturday 7/25

This 18 day Kickstarter from Reaper closes down tomorrow (Saturday 7/25). The penultimate piece that has been discussed the Not Tiamat or Tianot was shown off a couple of days ago. Now known as Ma'aldrakar this five headed monster is truly a monster. It dwarfs both Kaladrax (the bone dragon from BONES I) and Dragons Don't Share II (one of two big bad monsters in BONES II). This is truly a monstrous piece and its priced at $60 as an add on option. While some people seem to be upset with that price it was mentioned that retail its probably going to be between $120 - $160. Which at a minimum makes it half price. This stretch goal kicks in at 2.25 million dollars and it looks like they should be able to hit that goal and produce this monstrosity. Really one GM doesn't need a 5 headed dragon sitting on the shelf. It should really help keep the players in line!
Note Sir Forscale down in the lower right corner/ That should give you an idea of how big this thing is. Maal also makes an appearance in at least one of the videos so take a moment and check out all the cool stuff.

BONES III; The Search for Mr Bones

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Reboot the Suit - The Smithsonian's first Kickstarter

So here is a Kickstarter near and dear to my heart. The Smithsonian needs funds to restore Neal Armstrong's spacesuit for display in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Its one of those momentous events that you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when it happened. This needs your support.

"I think we are going to the moon because it's in the nature of human beings to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul...
We're required to do these things just as Salmon swim upstream." Neil Armstrong

Check out the Kickstarter link and pledge away! Reboot the Suit

Monday, July 20, 2015

A 28mm AWI Care Package from Fife and Drum

I was going through the TMP forum last week and der Alte Fritz had a post showing off some new armed civilian miniatures from the Minden Seven Years War line he stocks along with his own Fife and Drum miniatures. He was offering a deal for militia set #1 featuring the 5 Minden minis along with his own Militia as a package deal. I have wanted to check out Fife and Drum minis and getting a selection from both lines seemed like a good way to go so I sent him and email and, unexpectedly, the minis arrived today. Now that's some seriously prompt service!

I had mentioned that I was just breaking into the period so he also sent me some samples of Fife and Drum British and American infantry and cavalry. Also in the box was a pack of his Spirit of 1776 miniatures.

I'm seriously impressed. I have seen pictures on his website and on the table but there is nothing like seeing a quality miniature in your hand. I had some plastic Perry and Wargame Factory plastic boxes (unbuilt) at my desk and I pulled them out to compare them all. The Fife and Drum matches up very nicely with the Perry Miniature plastics and are a bit short compared to the Wargame Factory plastics. I don't really plan on mixing miniatures within units but its nice to know that you can.

I think I'll clean these up and get some primer on them before hockey tonight. Shouldn't take much time to clean them up, the castings are very clean, very nice. I'll definitely be adding some more Fife and Drum miniatures to my AWI collection!

Minden Miniatures Militia from their Seven Years War range

Fife and Drum Militia

British Samples, 

American Samples

Spirit of 1776, some assembly required