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Saturday, March 12, 2022

My Hobby Loss

Today I learned that someone who was instrumental in my start into the miniature wargaming hobby passed away.  His name was Andrew Powter.

My Dad worked with Andrew before he retired.  At the time Andrew was a miniature painter himself.  He was not a wargamer, but enjoyed painting.  As a kid, I was using the old testors paint on plastic model plane kits and Andrew recommended to my Dad to switch to Humbrol paints.  When I was 13 I was invited to play a miniatures game with Andrews son who is a little younger than I am.  The game was a Sword and the Flame rules Zulu game.  We played the game twice each playing both sides.  We played with 1:72 plastic figures.  I was hooked.  I can still remember the games.  Soon after I had my own set of the rules and bought and painted up all sorts of Zulu war plastic figures.  That day was my entry into the hobby.

I have Andrew to thank for helping with my painting and getting me started into the wargaming hobby.  I am sad to hear of his loss to parkinson's disease at the age of 75.  In life and our hobby, we lose people close to us.  Andrew was someone who was instrumental in my miniature wargaming hobby aspect of my life.  Thank you.

link to obituary:

http://ip51.icomos.org/~fleblanc/in-memoriam/powter-andrew/im_powter-andrew.html

Friday, December 3, 2021

6mm Samurai: New to 3D Resin Miniatures

When it comes to acquiring 3D printed miniatures, in the past I have purchased just from Shapeways.  There are now a lot more options available in the market.  You can now print a file yourself or have someone else print it.  I have no interest in purchasing a 3D resin printer and do not have a friend who has one.  I wanted to research how someone like me did it.  I tracked down a post on the subject.


For someone who knows very little about 3D printers I impressed myself.  Certain key steps for someone who does not own a 3D resin printer (i.e. myself):

  1. Find 3D miniature files (STL) for free or purchase.  I purchased the 6mm Samurai files from Project Wargaming.
  2. Choose a manufacturer.  A web site like treatstock.com can help you find a manufacturer.
  3. Expect misprinted figures or breakage.
  4. Once figures are received, you may have to remove the supports yourself.
Here is a 34 minute video on my take on going through the process of acquiring 3D resin miniatures with some recommendations:




Monday, November 15, 2021

Veterans Wars 2021

Last weekend our club had our Fall club convention.  We had three to five games for each session on Saturday or Sunday.  There were about 15 people attending Saturday and close to 40 on Sunday.  I thought Saturday was a little disappointing attendance wise, but a lot of people were busy (i.e. attending an old club member memorial service).  I ran my Korean War game Saturday morning and it ran very well.  Overall I think everyone had a good time.  It was good to see everyone at our latest club convention.

Convention photos:

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