Irrelevant Thoughts

Flat figures from Germany likely about 30mm.  This is part of a brewery set.  The delicacy of the engraving used for the paper-thin figures makes shading a necessity.

  • Save the Children
    1957 and the biggest literary threat to merry olde England was a group of overgrown toddlers with the ability to say no and the means to back it up. Children were to be seen, not heard, and if they got hit by a car or attacked by an animal, who were they to complain? Of ...
  • Time Passes
    School resumes tomorrow. For the first time in weeks, I painted a little. The above tiny group is a partial result. The figure in front was an unpainted holdover. Once again, I marveled at the deficiencies in my work. At the moment, I am priming with a white enamel undercoat. ...
  • Condottieri
    When I look at these, I feel like I owe Tom Meier an apology. Where is all that gorgeous facial detail now buried under a layer of poorly applied acrylic paints? Well, they are not quite done. Leonardo Da Vinci said art is not finished but abandoned. Though not art, ...
  • Slip jigs and rocky roads
    I think I understand why people play golf when they retire, not that it seems anymore meaningful to me but I like to think I understand, the way I think I understand why the blue head wrasse produces a super male. It is not relevant to my life but nice to know why people ...
  • Littlemenatwar back on the air
    15mm SF left to right, Laserburn scout, Martian Metals EVA suit, RAFM/Citadel Tech 3 military, Laserburn spacesuit with rifle There is a nasty bit of fault finding in me. When browsing that dark pool of overpriced miniatures known as E-Bay, I sometimes come upon something obviously mislabeled (a figure from the Ral Partha’s ...
  • In and Out of It
    I suppose it is no surprise that someone with a sedentary hobby and a job that compels him to sit in a chair all day and who commutes several hundred miles each week and cannot recall where he is when he wakes up in the morning should find themselves held in a hospital for a ...
  • Where Am I?
    Some days I wake up and have no idea where I am. Sometimes it is an interesting sense of disorientation, sometimes disturbing. You cannot get used to anything when nothing is in its proper place long enough to allow it. My life has a certain inevitability about it. Part of that seems to ...
  • Wake Work Eat Sleep
    Still here, what’s left of me.  The highway has been a mess since the start of spring break.  I saw the remains of a great truck fire yesterday though yesterday seems like a week ago.  The summer appears to entail a lot of travel.  The trip to Taipei will likely entail another trip into miniature ...
  • Is Anybody Home?
    Yes, I am still here.  Both cameras have disappeared as usual.  Due to my 2-hour commutes and advancing years, I find that I am falling asleep a lot more than I would like and in those few conscious moments, either eating, cleaning the apartment, or watching TV.  I feel like a retired person who has ...
  • Summer’s Over
    Summer is gone very fast. The weather has cooled and Homecoming Day is only one day from now. The rainy days have ended and the blue sky days have arrived. I am making plans for Christmas but thought a recap of summer was in order. The trip to Prague went without any real ...
  • Off We Go
    Looks like the annual summer conference season is upon us so it is off to Europe for a bit. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to bring back some amazing photos or perhaps some mediocre ones. I suspect with a toddler and mother-in-law on hand, there will be less footloose wandering than in previous times.
  • Diminishing Returns
    I seem to find myself involved in discussions that seem more and more pointless, meeting people that do not interest me, and finding myself in less and less attractive situations.  I comfort myself with the belief that such things are cyclic but find myself wondering if I am caught in a broader cycle that is ...
  • Happy Birthday, Mr. Lovecraft
    A few days late but then we come to the story of my life.  Lovecraft has somehow become the embodiment of horror as it relates to gaming.  Chaosium has certainly helped that along with a role-playing game and multiple card games.  More recently, there has been a spate of board games revolving around the eldritch ...
  • Moving
    Seems like I just got here and I am moving again.  The insects and lizards roaming the apartment like some tiny ecosystem, the severe flooding, the neighbor who owns the private road to the apartment and insists on making it as difficult and dangerous to drive as it could be, and the difficulties of getting ...
  • When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.
    This morning I drove by Winn-Dixie and wished that I was living somewhere I could not drive past Winn-Dixie. I miss snow. I suspect that snow is one of those things I will never see again. For some reason, the more I try to repair my life, the less time I have. ...
  • Wishful Thinking
    The weather is nice outside.   There are large and small angry dogs barking.  But no one is berating me for my stupidity or anything else at the moment so the day is a passable one. I have returned from a lengthy ocean voyage to find little changed.  There is sadly a bottle of milk in the ...
  • Year of the Monkey
      Time for reassessment again.   Another new year in just over a month and this one involves monkeys.  I am not terribly superstitious but always check the horoscope for horses.  It is generally bad.  I have yet to encounter anything especially cheerful and assume that the cheerful news is for snakes or rats or some ...
  • This Is for All You New People
    I thought I might write something relevant for a change. Bad form to be sure but here goes. What to do if you stumble on this page and find any interest in the subject at hand? Heed the advice offered under Figures and consider using some base counters sans troops to start ...
  • Shadows of December
    I think we all grow up realizing we are only temporary residents here. Reaching the late 50s, I have begun to see more clearly the possibility of an end of lease. At a younger age, I would have thought a commitment to something great would have been the best possible thing. Now, ...
  • I Have Plenty to Be Thankful for.
    October passed without a whimper. Tonight, I get to drive 250 miles and then get some sleep. There remains a lot to do and ever decreasing amounts of time available to do anything other than drive and sleep. The goal this weekend is to move the scenery from Gainesville to Tampa and ...
  • Record Keeping
    According to the statistics compiled, there have been 1,892 malicious login attempts on this site, 588 spam comments, and only one legitimate comment. Good to sit back and keep score. PS. Just a few hours later and we are up to 2012 malicious login attempts and 591 spam comments. Anyone want ...
  • Though we seemed dead, we did but sleep
    The local cable company seems incapable of providing an Internet connection here so things are off to a rocky start in my new home. All I have to show for 2 weeks of ‘service’ is a bill for $80. All the paints seem hidden away and I have taken the radical step of ...
  • I’m walking on sunshine
    Made the drive from Texas to Florida in time to rescue the baby from a daycare center that promises to teach her Spanish and basic math skills but apparently offers no guarantee that she will come home in one piece. In just 2 weeks, she received a large scratch breaking the skin along her ...
  • And then we got more rain…
    No need to ask, I survived. After being marooned in Dallas and driving back after midnight with the storm to the east facing me down, I abandoned my car in Houston and headed the rental back home. Just as well as the photos of Interstate 45 suggested it would have been a rough ...
  • Then We Got Rain…
    It has been raining now for weeks. The ranches in the area now look like lakes with cattle carefully walking on the few dry areas left. This morning it rained. The lightning and thunder started around 6 just in time to get most people out of bed a little too early on ...
  • April Fool
    Here it is the end of April and the last week seems like the first.  In fairness, I did paint a large group of 15mm figures though a group of 4 appear to have been swiped.  I did finally realize that lining a plastic box with felt does help prevent figures sliding and crashing into ...
  • Aggregate, Increment
    It is almost a year since I began this website and the year has seen profound changes as well as tiny ones. Time is about change. Time adds or takes away but nothing remains untouched. That is part of the magic of collecting. If we can hold onto the things, collections ...
  • Back to Work
    Baby time is over and it is back to work. My wife saw a small box of Charles Stadden figures in the bathroom and asked me when I would stop buying figures. I suppose the real answer would be when I lose my memory of what has made my life a pleasure. ...
  • Caught in the Middle
    More and more stuff is coming out of boxes. And the pieces that have still not been found have taken on an aura of mystery. Where is the Archive Miniatures lower orcan and goblin army. Where are the odd Heritage orcs? Where are the remaining Napoleonette cavalry pieces? And what ...
  • Begin at the Beginning
    MPC space men, the so-called ringhand figures. That is as far back as I can recall. These figures seemed to be everywhere for years molded in different colored plastic with different accessories to cover everything from the American Civil War to missions into space. Toys were violent at that time. Most ...
  • Ho-Hum
    Somehow, returning from the holidays is never very pleasant and if not for Martin Luther King Jr., would be unbearable. The holidays saw the arrival of a new child. It also brought the opportunity to rifle through dozens of old boxes of stuff. I found some stuff I did not realize I ...
  • Best Wishes!
    Happy New Year!
  • What’s New, Puddy Tat?
    The website has been active now for several months selling nothing, promoting nothing, getting few visitors, and otherwise settling into a distant backwater of the Internet. Which is all well and good. An original expectation was that I would work on the design of a larger corporate website, something that did not materialize. ...
  • The Houston Quilt Festival
    The Houston Quilt Festival just passed. It is an enormous festival dedicated to quilts and quilt making. It fills an monstrous convention center in the heart of downtown Houston. I visited in 2009 and the crowds were overwhelming. I have never been to a gathering of hobbyists as large. Miniatures ...
  • Staying Alive
    It is peculiar that even for a misanthrope like myself, wargaming does pull me out of my hovel into the daylight. When I have been able, I have routinely attended conventions, darting between booths, picking up whatever I could find for miniatures gaming. Once, out of desperation I attended a toy soldier convention ...
  • Diving Towards the Weekend
    I sometimes think that with responsibilities bearing down, games are an escape. And as I make a last mad dash to the weekend, it seems as if life has become one long mission of avoiding responsibility. But the reality is that wargames are for when you can afford the cost, cost in time, cost in energy, ...
  • Why Are There Cavemen Under the Kitchen Sink?
    This is the question I would like to answer. Why are there cavemen, astronauts, cowboys, robots, and more peering out of every corner of this tiny apartment? After my grandfather died, I recall visiting the garage of his tiny bungalow and finding it packed with birdhouses, fashion wigs, and copies of Popular Mechanics dating back ...
  • Damn the Lights
    OK, the photo lights are gone, a refund is not coming, and it is time to post something. The weekend is coming and by that time, I hope to have a more substantive measure of pages.
  • Little Men Knocked Down
    Finally getting around to getting some lights to allow me to take some decent photos and they were left outside by the delivery person.  So no lights for now.  Someone somewhere has some lighting.  I hope it serves them well.  In the meantime, I will try to get a refund on the missing merchandise and ...

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