Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award ... I have no speech ready !?!?!

Greetings troops,

I am very humble to say that I have been nominated by my good friend and WWPD show host Steve !  The Stylish Blogger Award is an award that is given to you by your peers and fellow bloggers in cyberspace.  The award has some simple rules to follow by:

1. Thank and link back to the person giving you the award
  • Thank you for the kind words and support Steve.  I am happy to know that you feel my painting skills are good.  Please visit his awesome blog: What Would Patton Do ?
2. Share seven things about yourself
  1.  I am married and have 1 daughter.  Being a Dad is very rewarding and I love sharing new things with my daughter.
  2. I am a career firefighter and have been in the fire service since 1994.
  3. I was in the US Army Reserves as a combat medic for 8 years.
  4. I LOVE Star Wars, Episodes IV - VI were what I grew up on and feel are the excellent ones.  The new prequels were ok ... but did nothing for me like the originals
  5. Battlestar Galactica is AWESOME ... I can't wait for the new series to come out.
  6. I love to read.  History, sci fi and fantasy are all on my book shelf.
  7. I have a soft side for dogs.  Sorry ... cats are not on the radar.
3. Select 10-15 blogs who you think deserve this award
  1.  AJ's Wargaming Blog - Great blog with frequent updates.
  2. AV's Corner  - Hein's awesome blog with files for your FOW forces ...
  3. BigLee's Miniature Adventures - Big Lee is a fellow blog friend from England.  His blog has a great following and awesome posts.  His blog is one of the originals that I first started to follow.
  4. Captain Richard's Miniature Civil War - Captain Richard has some of the best 15mm Civil war photos I have seen on the web.  You will not be disappointed.
  5. Crac des Chevaliers - Beautiful work with every post ...
  6. Fields of Armor - Always fun to see the new post !
  7. Fire for Effect! - Blog author Max has some great articles and postings for your FOW fix
  8. Kevin's Miniature and Hobby Table - I love seeing his painting examples and tutorials.  Never disappointed !
  9. Paint Pig - Whats not to love ... Pork, painting and miniatures!
  10. Savage Timmy's Playhouse - Always a treat, Tim's site pointed me towards Savage Worlds !
  11. Scary Biscuits Studios - Awesome site and the Scary Biscuit is the one who pushed me over the Russian FOW fence!!!
  12. Super Galactic Dreadnought - Desert Scribe's awesome Space battle world !
  13. The Wildcat's Lair - My friend Bill and his zany cast of pets and creatures ... awesome site
There are plenty more and many have already received the award, so there are many I couldn't add because someone beat me to it !!!

4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award
  •  Many are readers and will see the reward !
So please visit the blogs mentioned above.  They all are great blogs and add to this great gaming community.

Be safe, Keep the Paint flowing and the Dice rolling ...

Joe ... aka Mezz

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stalin's Organs ... For Luke (2)

Greetings troops,

Saturday mornings ... quiet time as the Wife and little one head to dance class in the morning.  What is there to do ?  Of course hitting the models and getting some quiet time by turning off the television and relaxing.

Some more pictures of the Little Katies.  The crews are done.  I am basing the trucks and getting them straight before placing the crews and rocket system.  Crews will be placed and then I will matte the base/truck and crews before adding the rocket rack last.  If I add the rocket racks before all that I feel the basing will be harder to accomplish.

After adding some basing to the truck stands, I had extra time to get the next project in order.  1st Platoon of 1st Company has been assembled for basic training (ie priming on Popsicle sticks).  Here is the task at hand ... 12 stands equaling 45 soldiers (10 stands of infantry, 1 Komissar stand and 1 Officer stand )

So as the glue dries, I typed up this blog update.  Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned.

Keep the Paint flowing and the Dice rolling !!!

Joe ... aka Mezz

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Stalin's Organs ... For Luke

Greetings Troops,

Just some WIP of the Russian Rocket trucks I am building for my friend Luke.  The crews were completed after I took these pictures. Enjoy ...

Keep the Paint Flowing and the Dice Rolling ....

Joe ... aka Mezz

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Comrades to Arms ! (6) - Russian Company HQ

Greetings Troops,

Sorry for the lack of updates or postings recently.  Life has done its best to wrestle my free time from me this month.  Paramedic school and Hazardous Material Technician have taken much free time lately.

I have finished my Russian Company HQ blister.  8 stands of 19 figures have graduated from basic training, field maneuvers and assembled for duty (Popsicle sticks, painting and basing respectively).  Here are the finished pictures ...

 Russian Company HQ

 Russian Officers


 HQ HMG Team

 HQ Light Mortars

Next up is the first platoon (squad) for 1st Company (platoon).  They are currently forming up for basic training (Popsicle sticks and primer).

I am still looking for decent methods for making the Russian flag for the various command squads.  Does anyone have any suggestions that worked for them ?

Keep the Paint Flowing and the Dice Rolling ....

Joe ... aka Mezz

Sunday, April 3, 2011

AAR - SS Panzergrenadiers VS US Glider Infantry (2)

Greetings Troops,

Here are the followup photos from my last battle with Sean. Enjoy.

 German Infantry getting into the wire ...

 Left flank approached on the road by panzergrenadiers ...

 Left flank HMGs hit the enemy hard. They will retreat due to the gun fire ...

 Center of the flank with plenty of targets ... 

 Right flank's view of Center

 German Infantry pushing forward ... 

 Right flank hits with defensive fire but the Germans keep coming ...

 German infantry slams into the weakened right flank of the US ...

 Remaining teams pull back to consolidate ...

At this point we had to stop so I could get home.  It was a great game and would have loved to see how it would have continued.  Till next time ... Keep the Paint flowing and the Dice rolling ...

Joe ... aka Mezz