Another year and another July 4th trip to Southern California. As part of this annual vacation ritual I visit a couple of great games stores and spend too much money. The first stop is always The War House in Long Beach. This a cool little hole in the wall place that is a neat mix of old stuff and the latest releases. I found the new Battlefront Bastogne Church. I have been waiting a long time for one of these and was very happy to finally add it to the collection. I will do a separate review of this. I also found a few items for my US armies - some jeeps, TD security section for late war and an armored rifle company HQ section. I probably could of spent lots more there but I needed to pace myself.
After an inexcusably crappy lunch, Tim and I headed over to Brookhurst Hobbies in Garden Grove. I have been shopping at Brookhurst for years and it is one of my favorite shops. I always find lots of good stuff and this year was no exception. I got a few packs of Peter Pig figures for various German projects for Flames of War. I found a cool FJ Light Artillery battery for my never ending Fallschirmjager army. I picked up a Barkmann set for my Normandy Panther Company project. This is the new one with the plastic parts. Now I will need to order the plastic parts for the rest of the army - doh! I added some 4Ground 15mm walls to my European terrain collection. These look really cool and more than 3 feet of walls for $13 is pretty good. Finally, I added some Perry and Warlord French to the pile for my Napoleonic project.
All in all vacation was sand, sun, good food and great hobby shopping!
Models Assembled year to date (includes cleaning and prepping metal figures):
28mm Napoleonic - 28mm ACW - 28mm Dark Age - 28mm WWII - 28mm Fantasy - 15mm FoW -
Figures painted year to date:
FoW - 28mm Dark Age - 28mm ACW - 28mm Napoleonic - 28mm Fantasy - 28mm Misc. - 28mm WW2 - 40K -
Game Record to date:
FoW 3-4-0 FoW GW Bolt Action Black Powder Hail Caesar SAGA Chain of Command Kings of War X-Wing
Here are the games I play regularly.
Flames of War SAGA Bolt Action
These games are played every so often.
Black Powder X-Wing Hail Caesar
These are the games I dream of playing or am building forces for.
Frostgrave Pike & Shotte Wings of Glory Kings of War Chain of Command
Then there are the games that have been retired. Not all of these are bad. In fact some are really great. The reasons for retirement are varied.
The Great War Empire of the Dead Clash of Empires Lord of the Rings:SBG Warhammer Ancient Battles Battleground World War 2 Arc of Fire Johnny Reb III Crossfire Rules of Engagement Rate of Fire Legends of the High Seas Necromunda Warhammer 40,000 Waterloo Legends of the Old West
Lots more Gripping Beast Arabs painted
More 28mm plastic Gripping Beast Arabs. Many of the shields are LBM decals but some are handpainted. Theses are from several weeks work. Photographed at diff...