FlintCon 2019

On Saturday February 9th I attend a local game convention called FlintCon. I saw it mentioned a year or more ago on TMP, but kinda forgot about it until Fall In! while I was playing Triumph and met Larry and Brian, who are also from Michigan. They invited me to come play Triumph at FlintCon, and told me about the Facebook page for the con. I found the page and joined the group, and that kept it on my radar as the event organizer kept posts about games and GMs flowing. Since the con was about 90 minutes from my house and on a Saturday, it was perfect. Even better, my daughter had the day free and was able to join me! As I mentioned in my Fall In! 2018 post, she was supposed to attend that convention with me but due to school was unable. So we were both pretty excited. Her because she would get my undivided attention for a day, and me to share my love of gaming.

We got up pretty early on the appointed day, got ready and had a quick breakfast. We were both up too late the night before, so we were slow and quiet. Stepping outside, we were awoken to a very cold morning. It was zero or less, and a cold car got us shivering before it warmed up. We had a nice, uneventful drive and chatted about anything and everything. I shared some funny moments from previous cons, and we looked over the events for the day to pick our games. The con had three sessions, but I had to work that night, and she had homework to do, so we were only staying for two sessions.

Here was the day’s list of games:

1st Session (9AM-1PM):
Battle of Hastings in 28mm Triumph! (Sponsored by The Washington Grand Company) –Brian Peruski
Napoleonic Battle in the Spanish Peninsula 28mm Black Powder (sponsored by Rider Hobby Shop) – Jon Carroll
Aliens Vs. Predator Vs. Marines – Adam Koziel
Close Action Napoleonic Naval Action – Garry Kaluzny
Russo Turkish War battle of Plevna 15mm – Scott Hansen
What a Tanker (sponsored by Michigan Toy Soldier) – Matt Koltonow
Castle Siege – John Thull
Walking Dead All Out War – Michael Ovesnik
Deadzone Sci-fi Skirmish (sponsored by Mantic Games) – Richard Hall
Napoleonic Skirmish Game – 54mm Curtis Cousineau
WWII 15mm Battlegroup – Steve Thurston
ACW Battle of Perryville Brigade Fire and Fury – Lowell Hamilton
Flint and Feather (sponsored by Crucible Crush Games) – Lee Van Schaik
Force on Force Iraq 2003 – Chris Maes
Dust (Demo Games) – Chris Kempf
Star Wars Legion – John Solomon / Andrew Pryor

2nd Session (2PM-6PM):

Darkest Africa with Gold Digger Jones – Glen Cooley
Battle of Hastings in 28mm Triumph! (Sponsored by The Washington Grand Company) –Brian Peruski
Napoleonic Battle in the Spanish Peninsula 28mm Black Powder (sponsored by Rider Hobby Shop) – Jon Carroll
Championship Formula Racing – Jack Beckman
Dawn Attack at Sharpsburg 1/72 (ACW 101 Tod’s New Rules!) – Tod Kershner
Isandlwana Zulu War using The Man Who Would Be King rules – Michael David Wedding
Mekong Delta Cambodia – Michael Harris
Flint and Feather – Michael Ovsenik
WWII Russian Front – John Thull
Vanguard Fantasy Skirmish (sponsored by Mantic Games) – Richard Hall
Dust (Demo Games) – Chris Kempf
Gunfighter’s Ball – 54mm Larry Campbell
WWI Trench Warfare – Ray Brammer
Age of Sigmar Monster Hunt (sponsored by Hobby Knockout Podcast) – Daniel Odoms / Matt Koltonow
The Battle of Kadesh 1274 BC – Chris Maes

3rd Session (7PM-11PM):

Blue Max – Rod Cain
Gutshot – Gary Kaluzny

Looking over the games, the ACW games stood out. Just that week my daughter had been complaining that they had started the American Civil War period in her Advanced Placement U.S. History class, but still hadn’t got to the actual war. She wanted to play an ACW game and since one was with the Fire & Fury rules we marked that one. There was also a Battle of Hastings game in 28mm for Triumph, and since I have the Triumph rules and minis to play it at home we decided to give that a try as well. There were lots of good options, and plenty of eras to try.

At this con you just sign up for the games you want at the start of the session. Lucky for us, the ACW game had two slots left when we got there. We signed in, and took a quick walk to look at all the stuff for sale. And boy, was there a lot. From boxes of OOP Games Workshop models, to painted 28mm pirate ships, to loads of books, I could have spent a fortune. Lucky or unlucky for me, it was time to game so I didn’t buy anything at first.


The game we played was the Battle of Perryville using the Brigade Fire & Fury rules. Lowell was the game master and brought his 2mm minis and a felt game map. The terrain was drawn on in colors with brown roads and ravines, blue rivers and streams, and green contour marks. Hills were created with another layer of felt. 2mm minis are TINY. Little strips of bumps. All laid out the map looked incredible. There were four entire corps on the map and it looked like a 3D map from an Osprey or other ACW book. There were long tweezers for removing casualties and moving the tiny colored markers used to mark First Fire, Disordered, Silenced Gun, Breakthrough, Spent and Worn. The brigades were on a heavy cloth that acted as move trays.


We ended up commanding on the Union side. From the pregame banter I sort of figured this whole group knew each other and played together regularly. We had two guys on our side that knew the rules and could help us along. Unfortunately I don’t remember the gentleman’s name that stayed the whole game (the other guy apparently got miffed at something or somebody and left). He was very nice, and even deferred to my daughter to do all of the dice rolling for the game. Thank you sir, that was very kind. We picked up the game fairly quickly. He walked us through determining maneuver and musketry and charges every time. The repeated “+1 for attached leader, -1 for green troops” or whatever each brigade had helped us figure it out. Unfortunately in this scenario, many of the Union troops sat out the battle or were green troops. The Confederates didn’t get all of their troops in either, but had far fewer green troops.

With so many troops to move and shoot and charge, I think we got in 3 turns over 3 hours. The Union left was stuck in pretty good, and with a little luck could have finished off the Rebels in front of them. Unfortunately the troops in the center were broken and fleeing. We had a cavalry unit chasing off the Rebel horse soldiers, and a whole corps watching the show…

Even though we ended losing by casualties, the game was a lot of fun. Seeing whole brigades maneuver and clash, pushing forward and falling back was great. I enjoyed the rules enough that I ran to an ATM after for cash to buy both Regimental and Brigade Fire & Fury from Lowell and to arrange to purchase the two scenario books at the next con.

After a quick lunch we jumped into the Battle of Hastings. The board was gorgeous, a long open field rolling up a rather steep hill boxed in by wooded areas at each end. The troops were all laid out and looked splendid. The Normans were split into three commands and the Saxon shield wall stretched along the crest of the hill. As we were the first, and for a bit the only, to sign up we had our choice of commands. We looked over the board from both sides, and while staring down the hill from the Saxon vantage point, my daughter said “Let’s take the Normans, that side will be harder.” Proud dad moment. Going for the challenge! What a girl!


She took the Norman center with William, I took the right flank with Eustice of Bologna, or Useless of Baloney as he became known. Another fellow showed up to play the left flank under Bishop Odo’s command.  A son of either Larry or Brian took the Saxon right flank, and Larry commanded the other two Saxon commands. Brian acted as game master.

With that shield wall, and all those Dane axes up there, we wondered how we could pull this off. Charging in was sure to get our knights slaughtered. Brian gave us a hint to use our skirmishers and javelin cavalry to try and pull units out of the line to defeat piecemeal. My daughter and I did exactly that. Pushing our light troops up the hill, we made first contact. The left flank moved the skirmishers to outflank the entire Saxon line through the trees.

For several turns we would draw a couple units out of the line, only to have them retreat back into the shield wall. Then, it happened. Larry rolled ones on his command dice and left several units hanging out alone. Time to act! We charged the lone units with our knights and smashed a couple of the units. We did this a couple more times, but with two lines of troops, Larry was able to fill the gaps. We lost a coule stands, but killed off more Saxons. Then, Eustice was Useless and died… Without a commander, I was unable to get my troops into battle, and could barely keep my army on the board. But, my daughter kept pounding on the center, even killing Harald!


The Saxon right flank got into trouble by losing their commander also. They were slowly melting away to attrition and fighting a diminished Norman force. While that side was heavily stuck in, I was able to stall the left flank as they tried wrapping around to flank the center. And then the Saxon right failed, and melted away. We were up 3 commands to 2 and needed to break the center. Which, after one more round of close pressed combat, actually happened! My daughter broke the center and we pulled off a close victory. It was a brutal fight and four of six commanders died in the fighting. All in all it was a great game. Every time I play Triumph I like it more. It is simple to learn, but so complex to play. Thanks to Brian and Larry and the other players.

We had a fantastic day. We played two great games, had three hours to chat, and I picked up a few items of new shiny stuff. My haul for the day was a like new copy of How to Paint Citadel Miniatures, both Regimental and Brigade Fire and Fury rules, a 28mm StuG III G and Opel Blitz truck models for my son’s Bolt Action army. There was tons more I wanted to buy, but after my lack of control at Fall In! I tried to be good.

Thanks to Rod Cain and everyone who organized the event. Special thanks to Lowell and Brian for making my daughter’s first con a rousing success. If you have a small, local on near you, go check it out. You might be surprised at how great it is!

2018: The Results

The year in review

As December flew by I looked back and wondered where all the time went.  It seems like a week or three ago it was January and I was looking forward to a year of painting, modeling and gaming. I had an ok 2017, and knew to have a great 2018 I needed planning and motivation. Mostly because I am a lazy git.

So I set a goal for painting in 2018.  A few years back I entered a painting challenge over at Heresy-online.net. In it you had to paint one unit or vehicle for a war game each month. There was a guy in charge, and there was a set of rules to abide by. Everyone posted plans at the beginning of the year. One change in armies per year. One mulligan. Miss 2 months and you were out. The prize?  The honor of completion. And a cool graphic for your signature line. The honor was mine. I made it through the most of the year, and painted about 10-12 units. Most were for my Warhammer Fantasy Battles Empire army. A Middenheim army to be exact.  But looking back I see that some were from my sons High Elf army.  How the memory fails me…

Taking inspiration from that challenge, I set a goal to paint 2 units per month from any army, in any scale. That way I could switch around what I was painting to keep my interest and drive up. No way was I getting burned out again. I started out the year painting 28mm World War Two minis for Bolt Action and Chain of Command. German and U.S infantry and a few armored vehicles. I moved into 15mm Ancients after a few months. Then I ended the year painting 28mm again, Dark Age Vikings and Anglo-Saxons for SAGA. Here is a complete list:

Jan: 10 G.I.s and 8 Grenadiers

Feb: 10 G.I.s and 8 Grenadiers

Mar: 6 Waywatchers and 5 Pulp bad guys

Apr: 8 Grenadiers and 5 Pulp Good Guys, a Wood Elf Lord and a High Elf Mage

May: 8 Grenadiers and 10 G.I.s

June: 7 Swarm bases for WFB Lizardmen and 8 French civilians


July: 15 bases of Romans and 17 bases of Germans

Aug: Nothing…

Sept: Nothing…

Oct: Nothing…

Nov: 4 Berserkers and 12 AS Levy troops plus 3 SdKfz 251 half tracks

Dec: 4 AS Hearth guard and 12 Viking Archer levy troops plus 2 M4 Shermans and a Panzer IV H

As you can see, I wasn’t entirely successful. But, I do feel that I painted more than I would have without a self-imposed challenge. I also built and painted at least one scenery element each month. Those were houses and stores, my first crack at acrylic caulk roads, a fenced garden and a Wood Elf altar.

I already have a lineup of minis to paint for 2019, and I am hoping to better my painting rate while I paint Dark Age and Fantasy models by trying some colored primers for the first time. If I keep up this rate, and don’t buy too many models, Ill finish painting all my models sometime around 2035. Hahaha!

Painting and modeling was only part of what I accomplished in 2018. In my ongoing search for great games, I explored several new board games and a few new rule sets for miniatures gaming. I’m still waiting on those GMT games I ordered through their P500 pre-order system. So I am short one FIW game and my first sailing game. I have no idea when those will show up, but I am anxious to give them a try. I did play 2 new games in 2018.

One was from Worthington Publishing and is an adaptation of the Richard Borg Command and Colors rules set in the American War of Independence. This game is somewhat similar to Battle Cry! in setup and play. It uses the familiar 3 section map board and hex terrain, as well as similar command cards. The British have troops representing regulars, lights and elites, as well as cavalry and artillery units. The American player has regulars and elites, as well as militia troops that have some unique rules. I believe there are a couple of upgrade packs, adding in Hessians and a set of pieces to move the game back into the FIW.  I definitely need those to add to the playability and longevity of the game. It played well, and like Battle Cry!, I think it represents linear warfare very well.


The second game I finally played was GMT’s Wilderness War. It is a grand tactical game representing the entirety of the French and Indian War if you care to play the long campaign. We haven’t yet, but will soon.  One of the more novel things, in my opinion, was supply. Like many games, you must trace supply from forward units through controlled areas back to the coast, or a city or fortress to allow troops to maintain supply. Additionally, forts and villages on the frontier could only support so many troops in the winter layup. Too many troops and you took casualties from “disease” and “starvation”. I believe we lost more troops to those sources than actual combat. The siege rules really worked and demonstrated the difficulties of sieges at the time.  Many forts were raided and burned by the British, and I ran a holding action and concentrated pushes, but in the end came up short. It was a great game, and added in the differences in troop quality that is not present in our favorite FIW game, a Few Acres of Snow.

I looked at many other games in a variety of genres throughout the year. I continued my hunt for GDW’s The Third World War and bid on several offerings on eBay. And I got sniped every time. I’ve decided until I am willing to spend at least $150, I am probably NOT winning an auction for that game. So I settled for Victory Games’ The Next World War, another WWIII strategy game. It was un-punched when I got it, and I am still trying to decide if that is a bad sign!  Have read the rules once, and need to read them again before my son comes home for Christmas break. That is one of our must-play games for his time home from university. One rule I did remember was if nukes get used. If they do, there is a 50/50 chance the player that deployed them loses the game. That is a big risk!

In the hunt for a WWIII game and reading blogs and websites and reviews, I kept coming back to Team Yankee by Battlefront. I have a long association with Battlefront, playing their flagship WWII rules since the playtest days. I have watched the rollout of Team Yankee with great interest, and even read Harold Coyle’s Team Yankee book this summer. Heavy main battle tanks? Yes please! A-10 tank busters? I’ll take a pair. Cool anti-air assets, helicopters, armored personnel carriers and modern war have a bit of a draw for me. I even picked up the main rule book to give them a look. But, then I stalled. While I love the size and detail of 15mm models, the scale is just too big for the space I have to do justice to modern combat. In modern war it is the weapon ranges. I wrote about this previously for mortars in WWII. Missile ranges in moderns are even worse. So I am still on the fence for the era and scale. There aren’t any modern tanks or APCs hiding in my lead mountain. Yet.

For most of the year I only bought models I needed for the current emphasis projects I have going. The TY rules were one of only two rule sets added to my bookshelf. Then I went to Fall In!…

As reported in my Fall In! post, I picked up the Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant rules. I am still looking at them as a replacement for WFB. But the more I work on variant rules, the more I think I’ll just stick with WFB for gaming with all the GW models I have. If I was just starting out and looking for a fantasy set of rules, I’d be all over Dragon Rampant. But, I have largish WFB armies and the skirmish nature of the DR rules makes them unsuitable for mass combat.

The other “rules” I decided to add to everything I have, is Wings of Glory. After playing Peter’s fantastic Balloon Buster’s game at Fall In!, I had to get this game. I ordered the duel pack with the Albatros D.Va and the SPAD XIII from Miniature Market and the No Man’s Land game mat from Noble Knight Games. I’ve already introduced my daughter to the game, and she is a fan. She prefers it to X-Wing as it is simpler to play than X-Wing, and she liked the 3 phase planning. I have been going over a long list of models to buy to play this on a larger scale, with more scenarios, and to ensure that I can play through the 4 years of the war. There are cool campaign rules from the fan base and the increasing capabilities and lethality of the planes begs for campaign play. It is the second must-play for the break.


The last game we will fit in is Triumph! rules from the Washington Grand Company. I am looking forward to teaching both of my kids to play this one, and really looking forward to expanding my armies so all four of us can play together. Romans and Visigoth allies along with Germans and Dacians threatening the Empire should make a great game and campaign.

So what do I have enough painted stuff for at this point? I lack terrain for everything, but do have enough buildings for 15mm and 28mm WWII. I have a couple Dark Age buildings close to being finished, but not enough for a village, yet.  What I really lack are roads. They are so expensive to purchase ready-made, and a bit time-consuming to make. So I don’t have enough. I’m going to have to suck it up and build enough dirt and asphalt roads this coming year, and buy some cobblestone streets. I need a solid week of nothing else on my plate to knock out the bocage and fences and roads and tree stands I need. Then I need another week to build the jungle terrain (thanks Mel… Your Burma board has me super jealous) and Lizardmen temples and spawning pools I need for a half-planned WFB campaign involving an island that reappeared off the coast of the Old World and is shrouded in mist and jungle.

What I do have is enough Germans and Americans in 15mm to play any number of scenarios of WWII combat. I have enough Germans and Americans in 28mm now to play almost anything I want in that scale as well. I have two armies for Triumph! all painted up, plus some felt terrain. That needs to be upgraded at some point, but for now we can play. There are four 1,000+ point fantasy armies painted, and a bit of terrain. Before my son went off the college he played WFB with a friend or friends quite regularly. I have 2 points each for Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Not quite enough to play a game of SAGA. But, 2019 will definitely see more minis gaming along with the board games.

2018 also saw me start blogging. And not do a great job all summer. No excuses. I’ll try to do better. I am amazed at the people that can put out great content month after month. And I understand why some slow their posting. Good ideas are hard to come by! Winter is here, so I have a bit more time to write and post, and hopefully some good short story ideas crawl out of the shadows of my brain.

I was able to attend two Cons through the year. One Comic-Con and one gaming con. I am hoping to fit in at least 2 more gaming cons in 2019 (FlintCon and Historicon) and possibly another Comic-Con. Oh, and I am going to the Star Wars celebration in Chicago in April. I’ll be attending with my friends from over at The Credible Nerds podcast, Justin and Marc. That should be all kinds of awesome.

2019 should be a heck of a year.

Plans, projects and unfulfilled dreams


While reading an overseas mate’s posts on the British war gaming show Salute, I was struck by a couple things. First, game shows and conventions are an integral part of this hobby, but not everyone in the hobby ever attends a show. Second, I need to prioritize my spending while at a show and exposed to a hundred or more vendors. Third, Jez has this gaming thing figured out! Head off to the Carrion Crow’s Buffet and read this post to see what I am talking about.

Jez has his head screwed on straight when it comes to gaming projects. He has a focus and determination that sees his projects completed, and keeps them on a reasonable budget. My approach has been less than satisfactory…


And this pains me. As my best game mate, and son, prepares to head off to university I realize how much gaming time I missed by having a pile of incomplete projects. We will get very little Bolt Action gaming in before he is gone for his college years. We will get less Triumph! gaming in. And no Muskets & Tomahawks. Or Warhammer Fantasy Battle. Or SAGA. Or Flames of War. Or even Warhammer 40K. Saddest part is that that I have two complete armies for FOW and 40k, but due to my flitting interests, those two games and all their attendant minis have languished in their boxes for years.


Now, this isn’t to say we don’t game. We have matched wits over many a game of X-Wing and a few of Armada. We have battled back and forth across a game board for the French and Indian War many times. The American Civil War is a favorite field of conflict for board gaming, and is a distant project of mine for minis gaming. Recently we picked up a game covering the American War for Independence, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We game, not as much as would like, and part of it is my problem.

I have lengthy posts on my gaming history, so I won’t go in depth again. But in order, my gaming interests and model collections have gone like this:

1996: Warhammer Fantasy Battles- Bretonnians and Lizardmen, both sold off long ago.

1998: Warhammer 40k- Imperial Guard and Space Marines, still have, mostly (more on that in a bit).

2000: Flames of War- U.S. infantry and parachute infantry, German Panzer grenadiers.

2000ish: American Civil War- USA and CSA infantry.

2009: WFB- Empire, Bretonnia, High Elves, Wood Elves, 3,500+ points for each army, and counting. Plus about 4,000 points of Lizardmen from a trade.

2011: SAGA- Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Irish

2012: Muskets & Tomahawks- American Provincial troops, British regulars, French de la Marne and Couers, various native tribes.

2015: Bolt Action- U.S. infantry, German Panzer grenadiers/Grenadiers, British infantry.

2016: Triumph!- Middle Imperial Romans, Early Germans

Of all of the above collections, only the 40K, FOW, WFB and Bolt Action sets have any painted models. Everything I own for 40k is now painted, as just last week I boxed up and shipped off all my unpainted miniatures, plus a few painted tanks, in a trade for a mostly complete army of Lizardmen models. I have had my eye on the Lizardmen to add to the WFB armies for a while. This trade let me part with models I will probably never paint or play with. Ever. In return I am getting a bunch of unpainted models, but at least it is for a project I have an interest in and plans for.

All of the models above started out as plans and a burning desire to play a particular game. Several, Bolt Action and Triumph! in particular, were direct results of playing a game at a convention. With my typical willy nilly approach to gaming, after playing those games at Fall In!, we headed over to the vendor hall and made some purchases. Both sets of minis resided in the lead mountain for over a year. The Bolt Action minis are approaching completion, however, my first model project completed since, oh, 2003 or 2004.

Wow. Saying it out loud is pretty pathetic. I have been buying minis on a steady schedule since then, just not really finishing any projects.  Back when I started the 4 Armies Project I built and painted models steadily for more than two years. But I let the project get out of hand. My goals kept expanding and the target was moving steadily into the distance, until I literally burned out. I was painting models and trying to build terrain, but without a real, solid goal and some end to the project, I got lost.

Goals are important. My current goal, and one I am making steady progress on, is the Bolt Action models. I have three squads and an anti-tank gun to go for small models. Plus three tanks and three half-tracks for vehicles. And that project will be done. Whew. Finally. I have completed some buildings, and a few terrain bits, enough that we will be able to play some games this summer once we have a bit more time. Not enough games though…

That project was doable. I just let it sit. The buildings for it will take a little more time. Due to shipping costs from the UK, I waited to get a building order in from Colin at Charlie Foxtrot Models until I could pick up most of the models I wanted in one go. Of course, hefting a sizable package and knowing what it was going to take to build and paint everything in the box was a bit daunting. See a trend?

My projects still can expand beyond reasonableness at times. I have great intentions, but once reality sets in it gets scary.

Back to the start, this whole article was inspired by Jez discussing his budget for Salute here. He had a budget of £40, and not only stuck to it, he stayed under it. He has a specific project he is working on, and ideas for the next couple, and focuses his purchases on those projects. He admits he occasionally picks up a mini for the coolness factor, but I doubt he jumps into projects like I do.

My method is to see a new rule set, read up for a few weeks or months, then make the plunge. And a plunge for me is two armies at a time. So when a pile of minis shows up, it is literally a pile of minis. Overwhelming numbers of minis at times. Want to know how overwhelming?

For SAGA and Muskets & Tomahawks alone I have 279 unpainted miniatures. That is not counting about 60 or so minis still coming from the last Kickstarter Lance at Galloping Major put on. Those should be here sometime in May, and will push the total well about 300. The SAGA minis should paint fairly easily. I am even toying with trying out the Army Painter flesh-colored primer to save a step in painting. Not sure how it will affect the other colors, so I probably won’t. Overwhelming.

And my fault entirely.


It’s worse for FOW. I have entire companies of minis still to paint. Several hundred 15mm soldiers and three dozen vehicles and guns. WFB has at least 250 models to paint, not counting the Lizardmen I received this week.  I estimated 1400 total unpainted models a couple months ago. In the count leading to the trade I lowered that estimate by at least 200. I either sold off a pile of minis some years ago and forgot, or thought I had more 40K models than I did. Still, I have over 1,000 unpainted models.

It sounds like a lot, because it is. I estimate (I’ve never actually timed myself) that it takes me an average of 1 hour per 28mm mini, and probably 2 hours per 15mm stand. If that 1,000 models is half 28mm and half 15mm, I might need 1,500 hours to finish them all…

But I know people with unpainted models in the 10s of thousands. Many, many times what I have. For years I rationalized that my pile wasn’t that bad. It was growing slowly, but I never painted more in a month than I bought. I haven’t reached that goal yet. I painted maybe 20 models last month. I picked up at least 40. This month I have only painted about 12 models. I picked up another 200…

There is progress though. I traded models for the first time ever. Last month I sold models for the first time in ten years. I have a deal in the works to trade the last models from a failed Lord of the Rings project for board games. No new models! That will cut my pile some without just replacing them.

Inspired by Jez, I am going to take a harder look at models I want, or need. Mostly need. Hi, I’m Harry, and I am an addict. To miniatures.


From now on, I am going to only buy what I need to complete a project. I have a list in my head. A few models to fill out the new Lizardmen. A couple units for the 4 Armies Project. Enough models to complete the Irish for SAGA. A few teams to fill out the Brits for Bolt Action. And whatever Kickstarters Lance springs. I’m going to list them for me, not you. Feel free to ignore this.

Lizardmen- Slann Mage priest, battle standard bearer, 15 more temple guard, 10 saurus warriors

Empire- 20 Tuetogen guard, 30 pike

Bretonnia- 5-10 Grail knights (hopefully GW models, Norba models in a pinch.)

High Elves- a bolt thrower

Wood Elves- 12 more dryads, 5-10 Wild Riders, 5 Eternal Guard if I can find the old metal models

SAGA Irish- 4 points of models. Around 30 models total.

WW2 Brits- a Vickers MMG, a 6pdr AT gun, 8 RM Commandos, a scout car, a tank, and some miscellaneous support teams like PIATs and mortars.

Fortunately or unfortunately, half these models can’t be bought at Fall In! Most of the WFB models I need are out of production so I scour Bartertown and Ebay looking for used models. I have found the Grail Knights. I am just not willing to spend $20 a model or more for them. Yet. On a happy note, some models I thought I would have to find on the secondary market were included in the Lizardmen trade.

I even got lucky on my hunt for WFB models. I found some really inexpensive lots of painted models. When they showed up they mixed really well with my painting style. A little touchup to the bases and a few minor tweaks will put fully painted units into the collection. I have been wary of painted models in the past, since I have a fairly distinct style, and many people see their models through rose-colored glasses. Your 8/10 is only a 3/10 to me. These looked decent in pics, and actually better in person, so I was really happy. Something like 50 new models in three or four new units, painted and ready to play.

The lead pile shrinks.

I probably should do a complete inventory of models owned. It would be a good place to start on planning and deciding how to prioritize projects. A detailed list would keep me from buying the same models twice, too. I have done that a time or four. I see a cool model on a site and order it. In stashing it I find the same model from two years ago. Oops. I do the same for my Osprey books. I have enough that I can’t keep track in my head anymore. If I see a good deal on TMP I jump in and buy a stack. Then realize I already have a couple… I have not bought an Osprey in a while, I promised myself I wouldn’t until I inventory what I have and make a list of what I need. I have stuck to it. Now to do the same for minis.

Sometimes I wonder if I don’t have a clinical issue with miniatures. There is something I find very satisfying about searching for and purchasing miniatures. I spend two or more hours a week looking. I buy twice a month perhaps, depending on the cost. I know that my buying will be severely curtailed by May. June starts payments for room and board to the university, and with it, much of my gaming budget. Maybe this binge buying of the last year is really a subconscious preparation for the lean years, Yeah. That’s it. I am getting ready to go a while without buying minis. Um, sure. Really though, I won’t be buying much this year. What is in the list above, maybe a couple more Pulp style minis for my narrative gaming in 1944 France? Not much more.

In that respect, I am learning. And trying. I even have my own painting competition for the year. Two units a month, plus at least one terrain piece. Wanna see my challenge?


I finished January through March. April had to get an adjustment to call it complete. I got sidetracked when some new pulp minis showed up and had to paint them. I painted enough though, to call it a unit. Excuses and delays.

From May through December these are my painting plans: x10 GIs, x18 Germans, x3 Sdkfz 251s, a Panzer IV, x2 Shermans, x10 Wardancers, x8 French civilians, x8 French Maquis, 20+ stands of 15mm Romans and Germans, x16 HE Archers, And all pf my SAGA Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. I am trying to mix it up a bit to keep my interest up. No more 12 months straight of WFB models.

Along with the minis, I will finish some bocage pieces, a Wood Elf altar, around a dozen 4-12” tall trees, six or more buildings, and some flexible roads. Any maybe some dark age scratch built buildings.

It seems kinda daunting. But by breaking it up into units and months, I can see progress, stay focused and keep moving through my lead pile. And MDF pile. And resin pile. And plastic pile. I have several piles of models.

So, I have a short list of models to buy, and even that will slow considerably.

Now terrain, and supplies, that I can’t make any promises on. I have started a bocage terrain project and have about 14 6” bases built and primed awaiting paint and flocking. I have bases for about 15 more pieces. I figure I need 50’ linear feet to do a dense 4×6 table, so this is just a start. I have the basic materials, I am just not sure how much flock and clump foliage it will take to complete each piece. I anticipate keeping Hobby Lobby and the local hobby shop without either for a bit.

I am gaining focus. I am taking hints from successful hobbyists. I am culling models I will never paint. I have written plans. I am dedicating a specific amount of time a week to hobby stuff.

I may yet see the bottom of the pile. But there will always be a new project.

Like ACW ironclads. Oh, those Thoroughbred models look really nice…