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Post by Steve Ronin » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:50 pm

Hello My Readers!

I'm doing pretty good today, and I've more Historicon photos for you.
In the Vendor hall, Alien Dungeon had their new 15mm miniatures game set up to preview. All Quiet on the Martian Front, fresh out of a very successful KickStarter.
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Look Out! Martian Tripods on the move!
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Nail those Alien Scum! Tesla Lightning tank takes aim.
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Forward Boys! Allied armor supports the 1st Alabama State Militia (USANG) in a counter attack.
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Close range Melee! The Command Tripod lays about with its Heat Ray, while US infantry engage with Grapple Tanks, anti-tripod guns, and a 'Hero Squad' of boarders!
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I wish I had more time to review the "All Quiet on the Martian Front" game. The minis are astonishing and a real visual treat. I'm just all invested in the RoboTech Tactics Kickstarter at the moment. Gotta have my 'Mech fix!
Historicon and all HGMS events include the Painting University, which I try to partake of... here's this years' offering: a Ranger or Traveller.
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He needs a coat of black wash.

Sorry, but I'm out of time.
Gotta Run.

Go Paint somthing yerself!
And stay safe out there.

-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:27 am

Hello REaders.
More busy days at work... darn Government civilian furloughs have us contractors doing alot more work for the same pay. :(

Anyway, today I have more pix from HISTORICON 2013.
starting in Ancient history: Roman Galleys vs. Greek Triremes.
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Crusaders attacking Muslim-held Jerusalem.
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French infantry advances...
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French artillery cements Napoleon's glory..
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backed up by Marshal Ney's cavalry.
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Fleet Action: Battle of Mobile
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Here is a very large and detailed VICKSBURG scenario. Wish my camera was up to it.

Union gunboat and ironclad push up the Mississippi during the War Between the States.
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Confederate shore emplacements prepare a hot reception for the Yankees.
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Confederate field fortifications repel Yankee assaults.
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Union artillery duels with the Confederates.
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Gettysburg scenario @ Little Round Top
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Flames of War stuff: the Son&Heir is starting to collect these too.
Brits and Indian allies hold the line...
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While directed artillery pounds retreating German columns.
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That's all I have time for today. Stay tuned for my next entry for more pictures from Historicon and perhaps some BattleTech action. in the meantime, SOMEBODY post something! Pictures, ditties, jokes, observations... conversations are what hold a forum together. And I really value your feedback to my blog here.

oh, and don't forget to Paint something.
Stay Safe Out There.

-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:09 pm

Epic Speechifying ACHIEVED
http://youtu.be/o0tN58EC6LE

I believe we have found DR. BANZAI

More tomorrow.
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Post by Steve Ronin » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:04 am

How to destroy Clan Ghost Bear ... or any other Clan.
Folks, here is your new Trial of Position...

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:shock: wowzers :shock:

More later.
-Ronin OUT-









Grognard: please post this to LotB, CBT, et al.... THX.
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Post by Steve Ronin » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:16 pm

Hello REaders...
enough teasing: now for pictures of BATTLETECH from Historicon '13

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CJ Keyes' Quick Strike Chancellorsville Game.
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The next battleground... Speck's Coliseum. (Chancellorsville still being duked out in the background)
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Paul's Urbie is Herb Approved???
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Targetting the Urbie from my NOVA CAT.
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IN the end, My side won in Chancellorsville; I didn't get the kill on the Urbie, my Nova Cat got hockey-checked into the Coliseum wall by one Mech, and had my MechWarrior blasted out of the cockpit by another 'Mech during the Grand Melee.

Ain't that everyone's ideal BattleTech weekend? :thumleft:

So go paint something, already.
-Ronin OUT-


PS:: Oh yeah. Here is some Museum scale goodies, too.
Just to keep your creative juices flowing. :mrgreen: :thumleft:

CLANNERS!!!
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BATTLEMASTER!
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ATLAS!
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Post by Steve Ronin » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:06 pm

Hello Readers.
Just a bit of humor for Friday.

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How aboutt a beautiful old WarBird?
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Or just plain COOL Warplane?
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Show this to everyone you know!!!
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And finally, get a laugh outta this...
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Y'all have a great weekend.
Stay safe out there.

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Post by Steve Ronin » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:29 am

Hello All.
Quicky update.

RE: the Washington Navy Yard shootings.
I am fine. I don't work at the Navy Yard.
I did lose two aquaintences to that madman.

12 good people lost to beaurucratic putzery.
Perhaps 13, because the shooter had actively sought help several times prior to Monday.

Your prayers and kind thoughts for the wounded and families of the victims are appreciated.

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Y'all take care and Stay Safe out there.
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Post by Steve Ronin » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:43 pm

Greetings Readers!!!
*cue crickets*

Today, some 'ALT' BattleTech goodies!

A reimagining of infantry in the BTU, circa 3067?
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how about a RIFLEMAN, in the style of the Western TV show...
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or maybe a WOLVERINE, sans the CT medium lasers?
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I'm waiting for INDY to come around the corner...
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Finally, we lost a great man this week. The impact of his work and imagination on my generation is incalcuable. Bigger. BIGGER than the loss of Steve Jobs.
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That is all.
How about you paint something this weekend?
James could use the competition and the paint industry could use the business. :D

Either way:
Stay Safe Out There.
-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:26 pm

Hello Dear Readers.
I haven't forgotten you.
Just been slightly, rediculously, unbearably BUSY.

But then, I did manage to get some painting and photos done last night.

MOTORIZED 'Warthog' Infantry.
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More of the same, with some I didn't quite finish...
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and here is a full COMPANY!
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Y'all stick around.
I've got more to post once I get them loaded online.

Stay Safe and Keep Painting!
-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:31 pm

Hello Readers!

Moar pix!

Here are my cheapo versions of the Skorpion Light Tank.
(I always spell the Vehicle Skorpion with a 'K' to differentiate them from the QuadMech of the same name.) http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Scorpion_(Combat_Vehicle)
Anyway... !TANKS!

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These are actually generic plastic game tokens I picked up from the Dice Seller at a convention,the makers can be found here> https://www.thegamecrafter.com/parts/tank-green

With a base coat of dark army green, then a dry brush of olive green, I think they've turned out well so far. I think I will add some gunmetal and black for detail, and definitely some identifier numbers.

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And at $.50 apiece, it's the cheapest way I know to replicate the "Skorpion's Nest" training scenario. QuikCell would be SO proud. :mrgreen:

Here are some rebased MWDA infantry, now employed as Motorized Infantry.
Some of these figures are just SO easy to repaint: others, not so much.
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Here is some Inner Sphere Battle Armor, which is MWDA rebased and IWM metals stuff.
Each stand is a squad, so it's 1:1 in representation.
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For those of y'all who would point out that I'm not using official sized HEX bases:
I have this question; "What is the front facing of an infantry unit"?
The answer is 'ALL'; thus, I put my infantry on round bases. :mrgreen:

Finally, a group shot of what all I managed to produce in a single day, which included basing and spray painting the base color, drybrushing and some finishing.
I know I'm not in JAMES' league, but this is impressive for my speed.
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That's all I have for today, probably for the week.
Y'all stay safe and keep painting.

-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:04 pm

Hello Readers.

Yes, I know it has been 2 weeks since my last update.

I've had little time to paint and hardly any to gather my thoughts for this blog.

I. am. tired. :|

One of my Marines pointed me to this little gem:
Ultimate Macho Limbo
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IMHO: that pilot is absolutely NUTZ.


And one of my professors has this picture behind his desk.
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Until next time, my friends:
Keep Painting
Stay Safe
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Post by Steve Ronin » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:54 pm

Greetings Friends!

And then some days...
:mrgreen: things just FALL into your lap. :mrgreen:

Today I picked up the following:
a pile of plastic Star Wars and Babylon 5 minis.
20+ X-wings, 16 TIE fighters, a dozen AT-ATs,
8 Jawa sand crawlers, 4 Star Destroyers ... etc & so forth.
and then...
it got really, really GOOD.
:arrow: PILES of UnSeens! :thumleft:
4 CORSAIR ASFs (sadly incomplete)
9 (NINE!!!!) SAMURAI ASFs
4 WARHAMMERs (sadly incomplete)
RIFLEMAN (sadly incomplete)
MARAUDER (sadly incomplete)
CATAPULT
LONGBOW
BATTLEMASTER
FLEA
FIREFLY (sadly incomplete)
... and then..
it got BETTER. :D :lol: :mrgreen:

9 (NINE!!!) top half of PHOENIX HAWK LAMs.
3 PHOENIX HAWK LAMs (sadly missing JJs)
2 STINGER LAMs
2 STINGERs
and 1 WASP.
I'll take the dang pictures when my hands stop shaking. :mrgreen:
best of all... I got all this for less than a President Grant.

Oh, Lord SuckMeister!!! Sir, I am after your title!!!

I love you guys!
and I will be putting these up for sale soon.

Catch ya soon.
Stay Safe Out There.
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Post by Steve Ronin » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:59 pm

Hello Readers.
Today: You get pictures!

but not of UnSeens: sorry.

I'd buy one of these If I had the spare $19.95 million....
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and...
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This is why I hate "Battleship".

sorry, but that is all I've got until I can take/upload pix of my haul.
Catch y'all later.

Stay Safe.
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Post by Steve Ronin » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:59 pm

Hello my friends.

I apologize for my absence.

I have been battling mental exhaustion and mild depression.

The muse has left me abandoned and bereft of initiative.

I don't know why or if there was a cause ... I just am.

And the feels are crushing.

Hope is fleetingly thin.

But duty never leaves.

tis Sisyphean.

I shall stand.

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Hic sto et non movere.



Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Stay Safe and Keep Painting.

-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:41 pm

Somedays...

Some times...

Life just ... IS.

and you just live in it.

Today I found something really COOL, and the muses stirred from their slumber.

This is a time lapse IR triggered melded photograph of the Hanover, Germany Airport.
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I wonder what the pilot in the Cessna 172 was thinking??

But then I found something REALLY cool & nearly straight from my imagination and what I've preached to every military R&D person I've ever met. The Armored Infantry Battlesuit of the NEAR FUTURE.
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I know I've preached on this subject before....
!AHA! Found it. I spoke on this issue at the beginning of this year.
http://www.battletechuniverse.org/hpgup ... 28#p173628

But Tom Cruise is making yet another SciFi movie that has me interested.
Edge of Tomorrow: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1631867/
Trailer here: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2198710297/

Tis a movie I'm really looking forward to.

Oh, by the way: I'm selling some of my collection of SAMURAI... check my Trading Bin out, please.

that is all for today.
check in again soon.
I'm really trying to stir the muse.
Paint something.
Game sometime, even it's just MegaMek.
and
Stay Safe out there.

-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:48 pm

Hello Readers.
I seem to have made the news.
But I really don't know what I did....
Article from the Central News Agency
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Also, I can say from experience... the halos are invisible in daylight.
But the Osprey is fun to watch as it orbits my workplace.
Now if I can just convince these Marines to get me a checkride...
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but just to be clear... I still luv my Whammy.
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That's all I got for today. Maybe more soon. :wink:

Stay safe. Keep Painting.
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Post by Steve Ronin » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:50 am

Greetings Friends and REaders.

I hope the Christmas Holiday has treated you well.
I was able to have the day off, but here I am again; back in the office.

I reallly didn't have too much in the way of blog inspriation until this morning, when I stumbled across this fantastic tunage and artwork. So please, sit back, enjoy the music and the imagry.

http://youtu.be/VRSoc-iyEWg

(dang it. can't figure how to embed the video)

ohh! Better yet: Discovery Channel's Beyond 2000, episode starring the BATTLETECH PODS and Jordan Weisman. Wow. this was a LONG time ago...and look at all the UnSeen goodies.

http://youtu.be/jdJA5C_Po4U

(if someone could show me how to embed the video, I'd appreciate it)

I'll admit, I haven't picked up a paintbrush in quite a while; or even had the time for a game. Sadly, the press of work and family duties has kept me quite smothered.

BUT: If you've had the opportunity to get in some game time or sit down with the old paintbrushes: take pictures! and Post them here on the site.

In the meantime: go paint something.
and Stay Safe out there.

-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:17 pm

Happy New Year, My Peeps!!!

*resets mini counter to zero*

lets get it on~ and GO Paint something!

and I will too.

Just as soon as I catch up on my sleep. :mrgreen:

-Stay Safe my Friends-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:47 pm

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we have all lost a friend, a compatriot, a muse and a mentor.
my condonlences go out to Dawn and family for their greater loss.

james,
we will always miss you.
when I felt that painting was useless,
you'd prove me wrong.
when I thought my painting efforts were trash,
you'd PM me with encouragement and advice.
Your friendship, even tho we never met in person, was priceless.
Our world is poorer without you.
Methinks God wanted a different touch of color for the sunsets...
Rock On, Myrnnyx! Rock On.

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Post by Steve Ronin » Sun May 18, 2014 11:53 pm

so tonight, I steal from myself...
posted originally in the MechWarrior's Bar.

QUIET TONIGHT...
...except for me and a few ghosts.
I'm sipping on a Timbiqui Dark,
While A.J. hovers in a corner, trying to scratch out another insane design.
I've polished off a Fusionnaire,
Watching RPG put the finishing touches on his infinityeth miniature.
I'm watching this cigar burn to ashes,
as I nod to the ghosts of old friends...
and remember the discussions of days gone by.
"You just can't mount THAT many flamers on a Mech!"
but AJ did it just for giggles, and horrified us all.
"Vallejo is running out of paint! And the prices are skyrocketing!"
but James just finished a third for the day and reached for another.
We've had flame wars, profane PMs, call outs, suspensions and bannings.
We've been spammed and jammed and knocked offline more than once.
but I miss my friends.
Not Possible!
Wont Work!
Cant you read the Canon!
BMD doesn't work that way!
Oh, but HMPro will!
We've MegaMek'd and PBeM'd and on occasion, sat down with our friends.
I'll raise a Davion PPC to those...
I've scratched and scratched and wrote prose I knew not I had...
still haven't figured out where the heck
"Flak over the Reich" came from..
We wrote stories...
and a few songs.
that none but us thought were good.
And art contests and calendars and even tried for the old TRO.
I still have my BTU company from the regiment of old.
We tried not to shame ourselves when we laid paint to mini,
for we knew that the toughest judge wasn't old James over here,
but ourselves.
I miss my friends.
We've had tshirts and cups and I think even a hat.
sorry about the challenge coin, old boys... I'm not good at that.
to the ladies who braved our forum,
though they be few...
I doff my hat to thee, for y'all were very brave to put up with rough laggards as we.
10 years and change been gone, since I first signed my name.
troubles I've had, but naught to blame,
laughs I've shared, to join in the game.
but tonight,
I miss my friends.
The bar is still open, taps are just as cold.
This site may be old,
but I'm staying 'til I'm told...
"Get UP here, old friend!
For here I'm planted..
and HERE I will HOLD.

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Post by Steve Ronin » Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:59 pm

and then sometimes, in the darkest of night...
the fun moon comes up! :thumleft: :D :thumleft:

I DEMAND THIS VIDEO BE PLAYED IN A LOOP AT ALL BATTLETECH MEETINGS FOR THE NEXT YEAR!
And yes, I WILL bring my own projector and screen if necessary!


What Does the Mech Say?


enjoy it, my friends! I swear, I laughed so hard I nearly peeed myself. :lol:
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Post by Steve Ronin » Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:03 am

On this date,a long time ago, I was born.
USPS stamps cost $.10
Richard Nixon was President.
a gallon of gas was about $.55
and this car was brand new.
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now it's worth about $25,000
Maybe after I get a new job and put two kids thru college I can have one. :oops:
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Post by Steve Ronin » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:30 am

Hello dear reader.

yes, I've neglected my blog.
being unemployed tends to kill the muse.
:(

I had a week around the house, but I spent it generating a blizzard of resumes and applications. for the moment, I've a temp position.
it's better than straight unemployment.... :|

Historicon is coming this weekend, and if I hadn't already bought the tickets; I wouldn't be able to go.
money be tight.

I will definitely be making an appearance at the Sunday morning flea market.
I've got some historical wargaming stuff I can part with,
and I'll be putting a large tote full of MWDA Elites and Rares up for sale, too.

what is sad is I've GOT several outstanding projects I could complete.
just don't have the mojo right now. :(

Hope to see yall at Historicon Friday-Sunday.

Stay Safe.
Keep painting.
-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:37 pm

Greetings, Y'all.

HistoriCon was great. Closest thing to a vacation I'll get this year.

Sunday flea market was kind to me.
I sold $160 worth of neglected and rarely used hobby 'stuff'.
Of that, $40-ish was for MWDA stuff.
I found out about a new use for it:
"ALL QUIET ON THE MARTIAN FRONT"
and
"OGRE" wargames.
The infantry is the same scale as the Martian Front stuff,
and the tanks/artillery are in high demand by OGRE gamers, because they're getting tired of the OGRE new box cardboard/stock "Minis".

I do have pix, once I get them sorted out.
Sadly, one of my SD cards died on me, so I lost ALOT of BattleRoms from the weekends' games.

But it is late, and I will post more later.
Y'all stay safe out there.
And Keep Painting.

-Ronin OUT-
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Post by Steve Ronin » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:02 pm

Greetings, My Friends.

Sorry about not posting Historicon pix yet.

Just spent the day playing PaintBall with Son&Heir and Friends.
and the Father-in-Law.
I'm bushed. Wiped out.

When it comes to Paintball,
some people are lucky to have their own camo.
other people are lucky to own their equipment.
ME....
I bring my own Squad.

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Not pictured because they had to leave early...
"Bernie" & "Randy"
Right to left:
"Faceman"
"Son&Heir"
"Martian"
"Pop"
and Yours truly.

Now if you'll excuse me...I need to recover.

stay safe. Keep Painting.
-Ronin OUT-
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