Monday, December 31, 2012

Miniatures Monday

Today, in the final Miniatures Monday of 2012, we see a mysterious wandering wizard.  Is he perhaps more than he seems?

Well, I posted 51 completed miniatures in 2012.  The only day that I skipped was Christmas Eve.  Not too shabby, but I doubt that I'll be able to keep up that level of productivity in 2013, but who knows?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

We named the dog Indiana...

The University of Chicago received a rather interesting package the other day addressed to Henry Walton Jones Jr..

I never get stuff like this in the mail.  Maybe I should change my name to Pennsylvania. :-)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

From the Earth to the Moon






Forty years ago, as I at the age of three, eagerly looked forward to the arrival of Santa Claus, man left the moon for what has so far been the last time.  Gene Cernan left with these words:

"I'm on the surface; and, as I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come — but we believe not too long into the future — I'd like to just [say] what I believe history will record. That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return: with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."

I was born into a spacefaring nation.  Children born today cannot say that.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Inspirational Imagery

This picture is what D&D was all about, back in the day.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Miniatures Monday

In honor of the release, later this week, of Peter Jackson's version of The Hobbit, I decided to paint one of my very old hobbit miniatures.  This very Bilbo-like thief came from Grenadier Miniatures "Halflings" boxed set.  Purchased in 1981, that set was the second set of miniatures I ever owned, the first being Grenadier's "Dwarves".   Back then, it was tough to find gaming miniatures near where I lived, and I bought any ones that I could find/afford.  Grenadier was a big player in those days, as they had the official line of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons miniatures.  My, but what a long time ago that was!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Miniatures Monday

In a forgotten grotto. deep beneath the earth, is found a mysterious fountain.  Who can say what mysterious fate will befall those who drink from it?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Inspirational Imagery

This is one of my favorite pieces of art from Games Workshop's 1st edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.

Son of Sardar

I really need to see this film!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Miniatures Monday

We finish our foray into Warhammer 40K with one more disease ridden plague marine of the Death Guard.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Miniatures Monday

Another plague marine of the Death Guard spreads the pestilential gifts of Great Father Nurgle!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Miniatures Monday

The Warhammer 40K fest continues with an aspiring champion of the Death Guard.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Miniatures Monday

More Warhammer 40K evil.  Typhus, the Herald of Nurgle spreads his plague across the galaxy!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Just visiting...Seriously.

My account happened to still be active, so I decided to log in for a bit just to see what was up in World of Warcraft.  As in the past, they had changed things to the point where I couldn't figure out how to even play for a while.  I eventually got the hang of it though.  I still don't plant to stay long term, but it's fun to look around.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Denominational Differences


I hope it's not too rainy in the pumpkin patch tonight!

Happy Halloween!

I hope the Great Pumpkin brings you everything you want!  :-)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Miniatures Monday


Continuing the Warhammer 40K theme, here is one of my recently completed Plague Marines of the Death Guard.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I created a character sheet for Tunnels & Trolls version 7.5 and figured that I would share it with the world.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Atari Memories

Checkered Flag for the Atari Jaguar.  Possibly the worst racing game in history.  And yes, I was playing it tonight. :-)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Phantasm Friday

"This won't hurt a bit.  Well, maybe just a little bit."  Rounding out Phantasm Friday with the last (so far) installment.  Reggie is back in his ice cream delivery uniform and Mike makes a bomb out of a car...or something.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Arioch! Blood and souls if you aid me now!

Another game by Ken St. Andre.  I'm a big fan of Michael Moorcock and Elric.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Miniatures Monday

A Chaos Space Marine from the Iron Warriors chapter.  Death to the False Emperor!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Phantasm Friday

"It's never over..."
The Tall man is back, and so is the original Mike.  A reunion of the original cast that makes no more or less sense than any of the other films in the series.  I love it. :-)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Seven Challenges Await!

Today I received the latest Tunnels & Trolls gamemaster adventure: Seven Challenges of Kartejan directly from Ken St. Andre himself!

And it's autographed to boot!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beware my son

So this weekend, I finally finished assembling my Jabberwocky miniature.  It was way more time consuming than I'd hoped, but I'm pretty pleased with the results.  Now to prime it and paint it...
Does anyone have any colour suggestions?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tunnels & Trolls en français!

Je suis l'heureux propriétaire de l'édition française de Tunnels & Trolls. C'est un livre très agréable avec une superbe décoration. Je souhaite juste que je pourrais le lire. :-) Je ne peux pas attendre de voir Tunnels & Trolls Deluxe en anglais!

I am the proud owner of the French edition of Tunnels & Trolls.  It's a very nice book with great artwork.  I just wish that I could read it.  :-)  I can't wait until we see Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls in English!

You can get your own French copy here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Miniatures Monday

Today we see a lone (and brightly attired) superhero preparing to fight crime!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My dirty little secret of gaming

There are a lot of games on the market, many of which I've owned and played.  There are also many that I've owned and never played.  For the most part, this is because the game seemed neat, but either wasn't really my style, or I just couldn't find enough people to play it.  But there are a couple of games out there that I have owned, never played, am pretty certain I never will play, but every so often I com back to them to re-read them and wish that I played them.  It's no secret that I'm a huge miniatures fan, so perhaps it makes sense that my dirty little secret would be Games Workshops Warhammer Fantasy Battles and Warhammer 40K.  I own the rules, I own enough miniatures to field three armies, one 40K army and two Fantasy Battles armies in various stages of assembly.  So I am a closet Warhammer fan, I've watched the game being played and it seems like it would be fun, but I'm not sure that it would really be my thing to play.  Building the miniatures and setting up the terrain though?  I'm all over that!  So, does anyone else have a dirty little secret of gaming?  Something that they wished they played but for some reason just don't?
Here we see my plague marines being lead into battle by Typhus the Traveller for the glory of Nurgle. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Phantasm Friday

"You think when you die you go to heaven.  You come to us!"


Phantasm on a big budget with a chainsaw fight.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunset

I snapped this photograph of the sunset the other night.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Phantasm Friday

So, it's October, which mean Halloween is near, and for me, Halloween has always been about horror movies.  This month, I have decided to revisit Don Coscarelli's Phantasm series.  I'll be watching a different one each Friday, starting tonight with the best of the four, the original Phantasm.

I'm not going to bother reviewing it.  It doesn't make much sense, and maybe that's why I like it so much.  Zombie space dwarves, an ice cream truck, a 1971 Barracuda, and of course Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Miniatures Monday

The dreaded green dragon stands guard over his lair!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Miniatures Monday

A degenerate frog man issues his battle challenge before a ruined shrine!

Now that is a wizard!

The limited edition cover for the second printing of the Dungeon Crawl Classics role playing game.
available for pre-order here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Solomon Kane


I have to say, I really enjoyed the Solomon Kane film.  It was much better than I would have ever expected, especially considering it was made in 2009 and is only just now getting a U.S. release for some unknown reason.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Miniatures Monday

A brave elf prepares to defend herself against an unknown enemy!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Brak is Back!


Four of John Jakes' "Brak the Barbarian" adventures are back in print.  Well, in electronic print that is.  Brak the Barbarian / Mark of the Demons and Witch of the Four Winds / When Idols Walked are available through Amazon for the Kindle.  They are not great literature, but I'm always glad when sword and sorcery stories come back into print.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Miniatures Monday

Deep beneath the earth, this frog daemon wallows in his slimy pool, awaiting sacrifices!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Minecraft is addicting...



I've been spending way too much time building my castle. :-)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Miniatures Monday

This savage warrior wields a great spear, perfect for skewering his enemies!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Miniatures Monday

A club wielding troll looks for something to smash!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Better break out the flame throwers...

So, I saw this on CNN this morning, and the first thing I thought of was this...

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Miniatures Monday

A deadly assassin lies in wait!

RIP Romanadvoratrelundar

I only just learned that actress Mary Tamm, died on Thursday at the age of 62.   She had an extensive career spanning movies, television, and stage, but I will always remember her as the first incarnation of Tom Baker's Time Lady companion Romana in Doctor Who.