Yes, I am still alive thanks. I simply felt like taking a break from blogging.
Anyway, some updates are in order I suppose.
Mongol Command and Light Horse
Finished this evening, pics taken and sent to Curt.
Buccaneer Command and "Dragoons"
Not touched for nearly 2 weeks. I'll see what I can get done this weekend.
On Monday I played my 2 games for the first round of our club Saga tournament. I lost both thanks to atrocious dice rolls in both games (combined with unfortunate troop match-ups in the first). My Normans were facing off against Gavin's Scots.
Last night Simon and I finally got around to playing a couple of games of Full Thrust Lite. I lost both from some unlucky dice rolls, but the second game could have gone either way until the last turn. I think a big problem was that we were playing on a 3' x 3' mat, which was too small an area to manoeuvre our fleets properly.
On Sunday I will be taking part in a multi-player game of FoGAM organised by Gordon, pitting Spanish against Moors in the El Cid era. It should be fun.
Favourite Character Bonus Round
It's almost 2 weeks since the gallery was posted by Curt and nearly a week since the votes were counted, so it's about time I posted some pics of my entry here.
My Favourite Character was also my entry fee figure for this year's Challenge. I had decided to do Unteroffizier Feldwebel Rolf Steiner from Cross of Iron. I'd always found this to be a powerful film and a rare example in the West of showing WW2 from a German point of view. Many years after first seeing the film I read the book it was based on and this gave me an even stronger appreciation of Steiner's character. An NCO committed to his troops, despising officers (with the possible exception of Leutnant Meier), the officer class and everything they stand for he was a real leader of men trying to survive in a world gone mad.
Finding a suitable figure proved to be impossible, so I had to convert a figure (Warlord Games Waffen SS Officer with MP38) by means of a head swap (Warlord Games head in field cap), weapon swap (well, the front part anyway - a PPSh-41 from a Warlord Games plastic Russian Infantry Weapons sprue), hacking away some of the belt equipment, filing off shoulder straps and using green stuff to sculpt the front of a crew neck sweater and a hood for the smock.
I'm quite pleased with how the stubble effect on his face has come out.
I need to do a bit of touching up of the figure before I send it to Curt and to give it another coat of matt varnish (it's still very shiny in patches).