Monday, October 29, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

My Grandfather died early Wednesday morning so I probably will not post any updates for the next few days.

My Grandfather was 89 years old and was born in New York City in 1918. His parents had migrated from Austria in the late nineteenth century and would be joined later by their cousin who moved to the United States after fighting for Austria during the First World War.
My grandfather worked all his life (he retired at 81), as an engineer/architect and designed several buildings in the New York City area. During World War Two he served with a weather crew flying B-29's over Japan and was awarded several commendations by president Truman for bravery. His best friend also flew B-29's, however as a bombardier, and died about a year ago. Recently my Grandfather told me that he missed him a lot.

He died quietly in his own bed surrounded by his family. He had told us that he missed his friends and family who were gone and was ready to go. He lived a long life, had two children six grandchildren and two great grandchildren on the way. He taught me a great deal about how to live a good life, and I will miss him a greatly.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Some pictures of the heroics and ros ancient figures. I like the mass look and think these would look very nice with about double the amount of bases of packed figures. Although not sure if I should invest in these or go for the newer Baccus 6mm or 10mm.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Some of my Austrian infantry. These are converted heroics and ros Prussian Jagers.

Some of my French Imperial line infantry.

Bavarian infantry and artillery.

Friday, October 5, 2007

One of the side periods I get interested in on and off is the wars of the 19th century in Europe. I developed an interest in the Franco-Prussian Franco-Austrian wars probably in high school when I had a very informative teacher who taught about the unification of Prussia. Recently I have collected several of the Osprey books on the period and have a particular interest in the Italian, Dutch and Austrian armies.

My figures for the conflicts of the period are all heroics and ros. I have a small amount of infantry and artillery for Prussia, France, Austria and Denmark. I have had to create armies for Austria and Denmark from other figures in the range as heroics and ros do not make specific forces for these nations. At points I have considered changing scales and going with the 10mm pendraken range which appears to be complete. However, I do like how the heroics and ros figures look and they are relatively cheap and paint up quickly. I hope to expand to Italians and Russians at some point and even bring in fictional Burgundian and Swiss armies.

Monday, October 1, 2007

These are my first two liberation miniatures modern Germans with Leopard tank in the background. Although the paint job is not perfect I think they came out nice especially since I speed painted them. Each figure took me about five to six minutes from base color to basing. I took longer with the bases as I think nice bases add a lot to the figures.