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Go West, Young Man...

Go West, Young Man...

  I haven’t really sat down and watched a movie at home in a long time. Most of my leisure time is devoted to my wargaming hobby, but I’ve also been reading more, and as a result the simple pleasure of taking in a film on the comfy chair in our living room has just plain slipped my mind.  So, recently, I forced myself to start watching some of my favorite films, and I’ve been rediscovering the joys and pleasures of the western genre. I grew up on a lot of classic cinema, from musicals and the old three-hour sword-and-sandal...

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Delightfully Random

Delightfully Random

    It’s been a wacky few days for me what with extreme amounts of rain in my neck of the woods and malfunctioning windows on top of it (Don’t ask. Please, don’t ask…), so here’s a selection of random hobby things I’ve been thinking about when my fevered mind has had a chance to wander:   • It’s interesting to me the kinds of paints I end up using when I’m working on a mini, by which I mean the brands. Like a lot of us in the hobby (at least, I think this is a majority of us)...

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Thrilling Tales of Yesteryear...

Thrilling Tales of Yesteryear...

    One wargaming genre I’m seeing more and more in terms of game products is what I’ll call “pulp adventure” skirmish gaming. It’s nothing new, of course – a number of pulp rules sets have been out there in the gaming market for years, and many pulp-relevant miniatures have been available for years, if not decades, from a large group of mostly small companies. But it’s a fun and flavorful genre to explore. When I say “pulp,” I’m referring, of course, to the pulp fiction periodicals of early 20th century, with their major popularity being in the 1920s up...

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Board Game Bingo

Board Game Bingo

  I’m seeing it more and more that tabletop games – as differentiated from wargames, tabletop miniatures games, tactical games and so forth – are including miniatures in their components. By this, I’m not referring to games like, say, Risk or Axis & Allies or the original board game version of RuneWars and their ilk, which include little miniatures on a 6mm or 10mm scale that are used to mark where units are on the board, etc. I’m referring to tabletop games that include miniatures 25mm and larger which are suitable for – and actually meant for – hobby purposes....

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A Short History

A Short History

    I’ve got both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, so the topic is never far from my mind. History – of all kinds – was a popular pastime in my family when I was growing up. When I was a kid, basically every vacation we took (except to Disney World) had some kind of historical component, whether it was driving around South Dakota, visiting Gettysburg, touring Williamsburg (Virginia), doing bed & breakfast places in Vermont, etc. We were steeped in it, and it continued to be a strong interest throughout my life. The fact that in my work...

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