Monday, December 30, 2013

Starting a New Project

The results of my most recent CATSCAN mean that I will soon be entering another cycle of chemotherapy . . . although apparently not as brutal a cycle as the first one.

Anyway since I know how fatiguing this will be I needed to find a project that I could complete and play quickly . . . which isn't painting up several hundred figures for my English Civil War project (although hopefully I will be able to paint while on chemo).

For some time I've been reading glowing things about the game "Pulp Alley" from numerous sources, so I decided to give it a whirl since it doesn't require much of an investment . . . the rules in .pdf form are less than $10 and most "Leagues" (what they call their gangs) are around a half-dozen figures (from whatever manufacturer you choose).

By the way, until early on Jan. 2, 2014, Wargame Vault is having a 25% off sale on many items including "Pulp Alley" . . . click here for link

Anyway I've ordered a number of figures from Bob Murch's "Pulp Figures" (very quick service, by the way) and painted up most of them . . . but I'm waiting on bases from Litko.

So I'm going to use some "Old West" figures that I have for a "training game".

The photo at left is one of three "gangs" that I've put together with the clever names of the "White Hat Gang", the "Black Hat Gang" and the "Brown Hat Gang". 

To view these cleverly-named Leagues as well as the unbased "pulp" figures I've painted, please check out my "On Pulp Street" blog:

On Pulp Street.

-- Jeff

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Our Outside Tree

Normally about this time of year I post a photo of the Christmas Tree in our house . . . but I cannot do that this year because (due to water damage) the flooring is completely being re-done throughout the house . . . sometime over the next two weeks . . . (at least supposedly -- it keeps getting postponed).

So today my sweet wife and I got our "outside tree" set up on our front porch:

Above is a photo from a little before dusk.  The tree itself is an artificial one about 15-20 years old.  Ornaments are large inexpensive plastics that won't break if a strong wind knocks them off.

The lights in the tree are red and green; while the garland of lights around the porch are a mixture of red and white. 

Thus, no matter when the flooring finally gets done, at least we have one tree up and decorated for the holidays.

May your holidays be filled with the warm comfort of family and friends; and may joy be the over-riding feeling that fills you for the rest of the year (and well into the next one).

-- Jeff