Sunday, October 31, 2010


Right, so some of you know where this is heading. Others may assume I've gone off the rails, while still others might think Im an eight year-old boy. For those of you in the last category, I'm guessing you're some sort of desperate perv.

Hobby #421: Palaeontology

So, like any boy growing up in middle America in the 1980s, I wanted to be a palaeontologist. Despite what the cooler kids in my class said, fossils were bitch’n and I wanted to get in on some of that action. My grandmother embraced my ambition and bought me the world’s best book on dinosaurs and graciously allowed me to dig haphazard holes willy-nilly on her property, hunting for that dinosaur I knew was somewhere. I never found him, but I know he’s still there and maybe someday I’ll go back to try again.

Years later when I started my university training, I took geology, a prereq for Paleonotogy courses. Suffice it to say it required knowing a lot of sciency stuff and I discovered other things, like World War I and video games.

At any rate, to get back to the point, if you haven’t already got the latest copy of Wargames Illustrated, Issue 277, Nov 2010, you should if only for the small 4-page article at the end called Eat Hitler. It’s a small mini-game in which you play a carnivore and your mission is to eat Hitler, who arrives with some Nazi cronies in the age of dinosaurs accidentally in a faulty time machine.
The article awakened my dino fixation and I had a nostalgic fit. This afternoon I decided to indulge my inner palaeontologist. I hit the local cheap-shit-shop and bought a pile of plastic dinos. I couldn’t help myself and had to play with them a bit outside, since it is such a nice sunny Sunday afternoon. Now all I need is a model of Hitler, some of his cronies, and some volunteers to play Eat Hitler with me. Who’s in?


PS, Look forward to an awesome battle report soon!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Hey all,

So I thought that after having this account for the better part of two years, I thought I'd actually crack out my first blog entry. Crazy sauce!

If you're reading this, chances are you already know who I am, and why exactly you're spending time reading this swill is beyond me. But, for those 'randoms' I thought that for this first post I'd introduce myself.

I'm Mike. Im into about 700 hobbies, and I'm worried that blogging might become the 701st.... Anyway. I'm an American living in New Zealand and pretty much have fun at work playing with toy soldiers (see

My hobbies define me, so I'll just go through a few of the big ones:

1. Model Airplanes - Been doing this literally since I was an infant. Apparently "wing", "rudder", "fuselage" and "stab" were among my first words, much to the dismay of my mother. Since then my vocabulary hasn't improved, but my obsession with airplanes has. So I enjoy building the crap out model airplanes. I'll see what I can do to get some pics up of past projects soon.

2. Miniatures - Not the dollhouse variety, but just as juvenile: toy soldiers. No doubt you'll see a lot of stuff here in the coming posts about miniatures, so I'll leave it at that.

3. Computer Games - I'll play just about any game that doesn't include dragons, fairy elf princesses, dwarves, and the color pink. This leads me to my 4th favorite hobby:

4. Hating on Dragons - In my line of work, this is nearly a full time job. Why hate on dragons? That is long and complex question, but simply put its because everyone else loves them. You'll get to learn more about hating on dragons in future posts.

5. Reading - I like to curl up by the fire with a nice hot chocolate, the dog at my feet and crack open a rich, engrossing book about technical data, be it about planes, WWII, diseases, or some other non-fiction book. I like fiction, but really in this short life I have, I reckon I just don't have the time. There's just too much to learn between now and then.

6. History - I'm trained as a historian, and thus love history, specifically the history of medicine. I'm sure to have some book reviews on this topic at some point. I'm currently reading a great book about smallpox and syphilis. Riveting stuff.

7-700 - Lots more. Stay tuned.
So that’s me. I'll see if I can remember to keep this updated as often as possible. I'll try for a weekly update...

Until then, peace out.