Monday, October 28, 2013

First Commission Finished and Mailed

I completed my first commission that resulted from my post here on the blog.  It consisted of two 26 man Austrian units, each with a mounted colonel, and two 30 man French units.  I was able to turn the whole thing around in 13 days, and I actually enjoyed the process. Here are a few shots of samples from the collection.
Austrians with orange facings

Austrians with purple facings


Saturday, October 26, 2013

HMGS Fall Event

I just returned from the game I hosted at the HMGS convention.  Ten of my students showed up eager to go.  Here are a few pictures from the day.  I'll try to post a more thorough report in the next couple of days.
The battle was fictional, but took place during Napoleon's 1809 campaign against Austria.  In our scenario an Austrian division is conducting a rearguard action against two divisions, one French and the other Bavarian.  The Austrians were spread very thinly and did an admirable job of slowing down the enemy hoards, but in the end the critical objective, a small town held by a battalion of conscripts, fell after a stalwart defense.  A last ditch counter-attack was turned away by the Bavarians that had captured the place on the last turn of the day giving the allies the victory

The Austrian reserves hurry to lend aid to two heavy batteries.  Their arrival saved this portion of the Hapsburg line, but this was not enough to save the situation.

Two Bavarian regiments take on a larger Austrian hussar regiment.  The Austrians came out on the short end of this mele.

This picture shows the second Bavarian attack going in against the key objective.  The French to their left were not a s successful, being stopped cold by musketry.

An overview of the battle.
We were able to get through eight turns in three hours.  The time went by very quickly.  The boys flitted in and out to take in some of the other games that were being conducted.  I had to leave at 1:00, but a few of the kids stayed to play in a World War II game.  It was a very worthwhile use of a Saturday morning.

Monday, October 21, 2013

HMGS PSW Fall Gaming event

This Saturday, October 26, HMGS PSW is holding its fall event in Manhattan Beach at the Armory on Bell Avenue. My wargaming club from school is hosting a General de Brigade Napoleonic game at 9:00.  I have 8 middle schoolers signed up with the possibility of others, so it should be a fun morning. I'll try to get some pictures to post. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Now Accepting Commissions for Finely Painted Wargaming Figures

The fact is that I thoroughly enjoy painting wargaming figures.  Over the years, I believe I have become fairly good at it.  As I throw my hat into the painter-for-hire ring, there are two things that set me apart.  First, I am very reasonably priced.  I am charging $1.25 per 15/18mm infantry and $2.50 for 15/18mm cavalry.  Fees for 25/28mm are $2.25 per foot figure and $4.50 per cavalryman.  I will paint figures to a customers specifications and will guarantee satisfaction.  My blog is filled with pictures of figures I have painted over the years, so my ability is easy to judge.  I will also base figures if desired using the style that can be seen on my blog.

I believe a second advantage I can give is a rapid turnaround.  I am able to complete 100 figures in less than a week.  That's as close to instant gratification in this business that there is.

If you are interested in a quote for painting some of your figures, please contact me at: