Friday, March 29, 2013

WWPD4Vets

Just a really quick post this weekend because we have the exciting WWPD4Vets event coming up on Sunday. For more information about this global event, please check out these websites:

http://vets.wwpd.net/ - The main WWPD4Vets site. Find a local event near you or run your own. If you are unable to participate, please donate to the WWPD4Vets charities using the site above.

http://www.wwpd.net/2013/03/wwpd4vets-prep-battlefield-contest.html - More detailed information about the even can be found on the WWPD main site.

http://forum.wwpd.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6132 - Check out the WWPD forum for details on how to donate and get involved.

http://forum.wwpd.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6525 - Check out the eBay listings that are 100% donation, and more!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWPD4VETS-FOW-Painted-Oddball-2012-Tournament-Objective-100-to-charity-/151017124647? - Finally, don't miss your chance to own a genuine Flames Of War artifact! This Oddball objective was sculpted and painted by none other than James Brown of the Battlefront Studio (not the godfather of soul, sorry!).

Anyway, I sincerely hope you get a chance to attend or host an event. In any case, please donate to the WWPD4Vet charities because they are truly important organizations to support.

Thanks for reading,
Mike

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The General's Fighter

Wave two of X-Wing has recently been released and with it came the model I have anticipated the most: the A-Wing. I reckon the reason I love this ship so much is because of its mystique in Return of the Jedi. Everyone knew what an X-Wing or a Y-Wing looked like. Even the new B-Wing had a great sequence showing its S-Foils moving into locked position.

But then there was that little one, whose only claim to the viewer's attention involved crashing into the control bridge of the Executor. From then on I've wanted to know more about the A-Wing and luckily so did others. There's actually quite a bit of 'history' associated with this little snub fighter, and I've absorbed as much as I could. Find out more about General Dodonna's A-Wing here... 

When I found out that the A-Wing was in wave two, I was pretty damn excited. I managed to score one before the first run was sold out. I wish I could have bought a few more, but finances are a bit tight and it took a bit of doing to grab this one. Still, nothing will stop my ambition of getting a whole squadron (five) of these little bastards!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Egads! Indecision!

Having completed the Soviet guns, I find myself at a terrible crossroad. I've had some outstanding items arrive in the mail all in one fell swoop only to jam my modelling compass entirely.

As you can see from the picture to the right, my creative desires are being pulled in no fewer than five tantalizing directions. And this pisses me off because I want to do them all at the exact same time!

Anyway, this perfect storm of hobbying means that I've got plenty to keep me bust for a long time. It'll also keep me interested for a while too given the diversity of the pile!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Groovy Tunes: Vietnam

Now and again a hobby demands full immersion. Flames Of War Vietnam is one such hobby. Reading memoirs, talking to vets, studying pictures, painting miniatures, modelling the jungle and bush of Vietnam are all good ways to really get into the period, but listening to the generation's music reveals the soul of the period.

First, I apologize if you don't have Spotify as this article and its accompanying groovy tunes might not work for you. But you may be able to use your preferred social music program instead. With that said, I've pulled together several playlists that feature the top 100 songs of each major year of the Vietnam War (1965-1973). I've been using these to fill the background while painting my Air Cav force. Listening to them, I've pulled my favorites into my Vietnam mix. Given the immense diversity in the top 100 and the varied tastes of the music lovers, I thought it would be a good idea to post the playlists from these years and let you generate your own favorites. I've included my own at the end, which is constantly evolving!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Finished Finnish

Landsverk Anti II
I tried to take some photos of my completed Soviet anti-tank guns, but my camera is acting up and taking pretty crap photos. I really need to build a photographing set up and perhaps a new camera. I did get this one in 2002, so its getting up there!

Anyway, thankfully I've got some backup stuff lined up for this week's update. My workmate, Casey has been kind enough to snap a few white-table shots of some of my Finns. Towards the end of last year I punched out a pile of my half-completed platoons for my Finnish army. Its an army that I've had on the back burner for quite some time. I originally started this project in 2006 for a tournament up in Vancouver, BC. If you get a chance you should attend one of the events there. Its a fantastic city with a great community of players. I consider Finns as one of my 'main' armies, right up there with Americans and Raiders. So I was happy to revisit an old favorite.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

If You Ain't Cav...

The 'Blues' or Aerorifles
If you can't tell by my recent posts, I've fully signed up for Flames Of War: Vietnam. It took me a few tours to find my interest, but Tour Of Duty has introduced some pretty awesome forces to field, chiefly the Air Cav. This unit is a full helicopter unit with a troop each of Aeroscouts (in OH-6 Loaches), Aeroweapons (UH-1B Hogs and AH-1 Cobras), and the Aerorifles (dedicated UH-1 mounted infantry). I've spent a good deal of time reading memoirs of the pilots and troopers of the 1st Cavalry Division and its been a rewarding experience.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Red God Of War pt. II


Done! I'll tell you what, it sure feels good to finally have that company done! I should be set for a while on large gun teams, but I'd like to do another 12 at some point. These 12 are good for a GoW battery, but if I wanted to field my eight extra 122mm obr 1938 howitzers as a part of the Reserve Artillery Battalion, I'll need eight more bases. I'll also need some more in the event that I want to field the 57mm anti-tank guns in addition to the artillery, so that's another four bases. Now that I have a process combined with the fact that the guns are already painted, doing 12 more bases shouldn't be a big chore in the future. For now its time for me to sit back, relax, and enjoy the GoW Battery!