Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Battle of Germantown

The founding of the United States was my favorite period of history when I was a school boy.

Growing up in Philadelphia, in the shadow of the Founding Fathers, history was all around me - I literally walked in the footsteps of giants. The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. The Betsy Ross House. Valley Forge.

But while the political and social aspects of the revolutionary period were taught in school, there was little focus on the actual battles themselves.  The horrors of Civil War battles, especially Gettysburg, were discussed in great detail. The battles of Brandywine, Paoli, Trenton and Germantown were mere footnotes - if mentioned at all. 

I am guessing the prevailing sentiments amongst grammar school academics in the 1970's and 1980's played no small role in downplaying the battles.  Perhaps teachers feared the pomp and circumstance  of those battles were too alluring to impressionable youth, the fife and drum serving as pied piper toward war.

The gruesome details of the Civil War battlefields certainly better served as a reminder of the horrors of war.  And, in fairness, history tends to overly focus on wars, rather than the every-day lives of ordinary people - so I'm sure there was a general spirit amongst teachers to balance things out.

In any event, as an adult, and wargamer, I am now getting to explore history on my own terms.  The American War of Independence had more than a few great battles worth revisiting. I hope to literally revisit some of those battlefields in person. But for now, the table will do.

I start with the Battle of Germantown. 

More to follow.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Sisters of Sigmar Warband for Mordheim

I already have a set of Sisters of Sigmar.  But, I couldn't pass up a great deal on a set of Sisters of Sigmar minis, especially since it had the special characters.  I had gotten out of the routine of painting regularly, and these gals got be back into the habit.  No pun intended.

Friday, December 30, 2016

DIY Asteroids for X-Wing or Battlefleet Gothic

Here's a few asteroids I put together very quickly (and cheaply) for use with X-Wing, Battlefleet Gothic or any other space game you play:
This bag of lava rocks cost about $5 at Home Depot.  I only used a few, so  you could create an entire asteroid field if you wished!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Warmaster Paper Counters for American War of Independence (AWI)

Per my last post, Warmaster has provided me with some fun hours over the last months.  But with Christmas coming, my mind is drawn away from elves and dwarves and towards the brave men of 1777 who encamped at Valley Forge en route to liberating the New World from the yoke of Monarchy.

Damn, these guys look cold.