I have been involved with miniature soldiers since I was four years old. For Christmas I received a Fort Apache play set. I was hooked from that moment on. I love all aspects of military history, but I am especially fond of the 18th and 19th centuries. I have painted up large armies for the Seven Years War, Jacobite Rebellion, American Revolution, and the American Civil War. I also have a nice collection of soldiers for the Battle for Empires.
My most recent project, apart from doing some commission work, has been delving into one of the Victrix ancient ranges. I chose the Punic Wars and took advantage of one of Victrix's free postage specials on two occasions. To date, I have 120 Romans and 102 Carthaginians and Spaniards finished. I am working on 40 more armored Spaniards and just purchased 24 Iberian cavalry and another box of armored Republican Romans. Along with the figures, I have invested in the Little Big Man Studios shield transfers. I have had to experiment a bit, but I think I am making them work fairly well. Here are some shots of the collection so far.
These are the Carthaginians
1st Roman Unit
2nd Roman Unit
3rd Roman Unit
Spanish unarmored infantry
It looks like Victrix has plans to add Gauls and elephants to their line of figures. While I am waiting, I will pick up some Samnites and Carthaginian citizen infantry. I believe Victrix also has Roman Republican cavalry. I need to look into that.
It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to paint figures for others. The most recent chance came in two parts: some Warlord French infantry and then a box of Perry French cuirassiers. Here is how they turned out.
If you'd like me to paint some figures for you drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. My prices are very reasonable and I am able to turn figures around quickly.
I made my way out to Cal State Fullerton for the HMGS PSW Fall convention. It was held in the student union building at CUSF and was a very nice venue indeed. I was there Saturday morning and the turn out was good. I am sure this was helped by the fact that the Orange County Miniature Modeling Show was being held in the same place at the same time.
I didn't play in any games. They were mostly underway when I got there, but I got to chat with some guys and take a few pictures. I am glad I went and it was good to see a healthy group of gamers assembled.
These are pictures of a Napoleonic Black Powder game; Aspern-Essling I believe. Nicely painted figures, and lots of them.
These are shots of a Gettysburg game in 5mm. That scale allows recreating huge battles, but it is a bit too small for my tastes. They were having fun, regardless.
The modeling show had some nice displays, but only a couple entrants in the units competition. It made me wish I had brought a couple of my units to set out for viewing. I could have become an award winning painter by default!