For all of you, I wish you peace.
What's that you say? You need more nutrolls? Well, here!
|The manger scene at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Aylmer, ON|
(this is actually the 2011 version, but the 2012 is the same.)
My wife, Beth, made the figures with her skill at crochet. The usual charcters are present - with a few guests:
the tonsured red-head on the left is Francis of Assisi who made the first Christmas Creche. Dead center is "Die
Weihnachtsmaus" -the Christmas Mouse- who is always blamed for eating Christmas treats early. The figure in
the black beret on the far right is Martin Luther who was insturmental in many of our Christmas customs.
Next to him is Chris-moose; friendsof ours in the USA said we could never have a manger scene in Canada
without a moose!
|War of 1812 US Artillery - repaints of Minifig Austrian artillerymen|
I believe the plumes should be yellow. Well, we all make mistakes.
|War of 1812 US Regiment of Light Artillery (Minifigs)|
An elite outfit
|"Say Hello to my little friend!"|
US coastal artillery with a naval crew. I call it a 50-pound Columbiad.
(Frontier naval gun crew and a cannon from an unknown line of ship parts.)
|Paper houses - as cheap as they come and convertible!|
Here it is, relatively intact.
|Here it is as a simple fixer-up-er.|
|Here's the conversion! It a neat little 15mm card house where the intact version|
fits over the bombed out one.
If you're interested, send me a note with your e-mail address and I'll send the plans.
|Gandalf, Bilbo, and the informing raven from "The Hobbit"|
(Games Workshop's Warmaster Battle of Five Armies set)
|GW Warmaster goblin shaman with an idol of somebody or other.|
The idol's head is from an ancient GW goblin in 25mm
|Another Warmaster special - the Giant!|
It's a little diorama by itself. The giant is stomping on a two-wheeled cart and...
|... has just passed over a cowering human. That little guy is molded right on the base!|
|Frying Pan & Blanket AWI mounted Militia...|
set for use in our upcoming Imagi-nations campaign as Rob's dragoons.
|FP&B German/Hessian infantry painted as Prussian Freikorps|
The Freikorps facinate me so these will be the Fredonian Freikorps
in charge of dirty tricks and larceny. They'll be made up of guardhouse
and jail sweepings as well as other swamp wildlife.
|FP&B Continental line infantry painted as an AWI loyalist unit...|
Line troops for Rob's army. I may insist they be called "Regiment Hohn."
|Rob's going to use dismounted Indian/First Nations warriors for most of his light infantry.|
More FP&B from the Plains Wars range.
|FP&B mounted Indians - Rob says he'll use them like Cossacks|
|FP&B again - The Fredonian Dragoons. I recently remounted them on smaller|
bases and I think they look better as a tighter unit.
|Rob's FP&B dismounted militia to be used as skirmishing riflemen.|
|From RAFM, air transport for the Imperial Guard's helicoptor-borne troops.|
|Now for something completely different,,,|
Reaper Miniatures "Anime Girl" 'cause I'll use ANYTHING for Traveller!
|Reaper again - goblin pirate with a blunderbuss... looks like my friend, Tyler.|
|Reaper's gargoyle or something that hasn't had its morning coffee.|
|One of Katie's favourites - Reaper's Steampunk witch.|
I try to do a lot of good shading and ink work on these types of figures.
|I don't remember the name of the manufacturer, but I thought it would be useful|
as a female adventurer in my Traveller campaign.
|"Y'all in a heap a' trouble, boy! Y'all fergot t' paint ma wristwatch."|
Reaper's modern sheriff
I'll paint the watch once I'm off the chain gang.
|Reaper's Sasquatch... appearing nightly on the Learning Channel.|
|Another Katie favourite... Reaper again... Femme Fatale spy...|
again, plenty of inking and shading.
|Okay, here's the deal; all good Traveller adventures start in a bar, right?|
Reaper finally made some "Alien Exotic Dancers" for the bar, which will be
called "Club Salacious" from now on. Here's a dancing Grey - we'll call her
|Another dancer from the back. Note her mouth is in her chest and her head has one BIG EYE.|
"A big hand for Suzie aaDringnrrrrrrrr!"
|Yes, she has green hair... and three breasts. What are you... a rube?|
Penelope Smythe-(choke/squeek/crack/sneeze). Spelled as it sounds.
|I did an update on the Grand Elector Rufus I . He's seen here with his aide, Captain Spaulding of the Saxe-Fredonian|
Engineer Corps and a engineer NCO, Sergeant Chickolini.
"That IS the most ridiculous thing I ever hoid!"
|The Grand Elector up close.|
|Since it's the Christmas holiday season, I give you ---- Nutrolls!|
|Katie strikes a "power pose" ("Mess not with me, sirrah!") while Rob is a study in nonchalance. |
I'm just wearing my forage cap.
|Andy's in his Yorker's grenadier cap. Why Katie likes that brimmed hat I'll never know. She also seems to enjoy the Tiger Hunt games. The table was smaller than we're used to but it served well for all the drop in players.|
|Tiger kaputt! (not the last one either!)|
|Gollum attempts to board a burning Tiger to seek the Precious. The Heroclix figure was a grand opening gift if you bought $10 worth of merchandise that day. It wasn't a problem/|
|Some of the crowd. Some of the drop-in plalyers played until their tank was destroyed. Some played on a time limit. It didn't matter - we welcomed everybody.|
|That's what we like to see - smiles on the players' faces. I was serving as games master so the cards on in front of me. We shuffled every turn to randomize who would go first.|
All photos are courtesy of my wife, Beth, who rarely gets to appear in such photos. Here's one more. We're all doing some "Steampunk" stuff , and Beth made me a new jacket for my persona - an American Civil War ordnance sergeant on detatched duty to an airship crew, a submersible, or a tunnelling device.
More nice work on her part.