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  • Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Very nice indeed for a “complete NON modeler”.

    Agreed. I think that you are now forbidden from calling yourself a “non-modeller”!

    ^^^this^^^

    And if doing two or three buildings at once you can go on to another while the first one is drying. Helps me with my ‘takes too long’ syndrome.

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    in reply to: 3rd battalion of Belzunce/Rougé #141448
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    With a picture like that who needs more than one? Perfect, just perfect.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: Jaguar Warriors! #141446
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    I have no rights to the photo. Just something I found on-line. Here’s a link:

    (Hmmm… TWW shows the actual picture rather than the link.) I’m pretty sure it’s a Mayan ruin (maybe at Palenque?), not Mexica, though. I just did a google search for ‘Aztec Landscape’ and it was one of several temple photos that came up–and the picture was large enough I could full-screen it without problems. When I was big into this project I remember thinking that there must be some sort of meaning to the number 5 in Mexica culture because almost all their temples seem to have 5 levels. The Mayans, however, seem to have many more levels. Mayan temples seem to be more complex architecturally, too. Aztecs seem to be stylistically more simplistic. I don’t know if there’s really anything to that. It was just a random observation on my part.

    That is a pricey temple you’ve found there but the Etsy seller does have some neat items. When I made my temples I used 1/4 inch balsa glued to a ramp to create the steps. Since all my figures are on 1×1 inch bases I made little 90 degree platforms to enable the figures to be placed on the stairs. A picture’s worth 1000 words:

    –jeff

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Make it. It just doesn’t feel right to spend money on terrain rather than on figures. I can make terrain. I can’t make figures.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: WIP Aventine Early Byzantines #141346
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    Frighteningly nice figures!

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    in reply to: All at Sea – British 20-gun Sloop #141345
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    Nicely done. I, too, have a surfeit of brigs and was pondering what to do with ’em. I set some aside to become schooners but a ship rigged sloop of war or two may come in handy.

    Did you lengthen the hull any? Looks to me like the only real modifications were to add channels for a mainmast and drill a hole for it.

    –jeff

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: Jaguar Warriors! #141343
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    Now you’ve done it, Mark!  Your stuff is looking great.

    I just had to get my old Aztecs and Spaniards out of storage and see how they’ve held out. They were individually wrapped in tissue and stored away for a move in 2011. This is the first time they’ve been out since. Oh, well. It gave me the opportunity to try out an idea I had for photographing figures.

    I found I have some Tin Soldier, Ral Partha, Mirliton and Naismith figures in the mix:

    and finally, the studio set up:

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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Agreed! This might be THE best book on the Revolution from a naval perspective. Certainly in my top five books for the war.  Another one I recommend (though perhaps not as ‘gamable’) is ‘Patriot Pirates’ by Robert H. Patton. Different scope, though. To get a good grasp of the much neglected privateer activities it is essential reading.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: I finished a brigade. #138485
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    It ALL counts! Any completed unit is a small victory. They look great.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: The Black Legion of the REPUBLIC… #138484
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    Thanks, Vol.

    These have taken a bit of a back seat lately. I got sidetracked by the Black Sails ships and then my long neglected F&I War stuff. I’ve got LOTS of Gauls, very few Iberians, though. Next up are going to be some Italian allies which should bring the Romans up to parity. When the COVID stay-at-home orders hit I figured I’d finally get a chance to run ‘To the Strongest’ since, being grid based, it should be fairly easy to do with remote cameras. Still haven’t attempted it!

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: F&IW Virginia Regiment… #138221
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    Thanks, KB. I’m almost sold on ’em.

    Along the same lines it’s been a productive weekend on the F&I front. Completed more of the lead pile and various watercraft. The 42nd Regiment with blue cuffs is fresh off the painting bench. I’ve got another 15 Highlanders in the pile. I don’t know if I can do that much tartan and hose dicing! These six figures almost did me in!

    The 42nd Reg with yellow cuffs was painted, oh… 30 years ago.

    The bateau is brand new and all card construction.

    The canoes are home-made epoxy casts which have been haunting my undone pile for close to 30 years, too. I slapped some paint on them since I want to use them for a game I’m going to run soon.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    The way you do this looks so much easier than my current process. I think I’ll try it next time I rig up one of these ships. I’ve got two more frigates ready to go. Just been diverted by other projects ATM.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: F&I War Frontier Fort… #137941
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    Thanks, guys.

    The best record for taking frontier forts probably belongs to Pontiac’s confederation immediately after the French & Indian War. They took them by surprise. I think they took most of them except for Detroit and Fort Pitt in a well coordinated surprise attack. For the most part, though, since artillery was such a rarity on the frontier, if the forts were well supplied they could usually outlast anything thrown against them. If the attacker managed to drag a cannon or two, even small ones, through hundreds of mile of rough, dense forest, then the forts–which were usually of timber construction–would be abandoned and blown up. More often than not, though, the forts were at the ends of very difficult supply lines and would be abandoned as unsupportable once the enemy had any sizeable force in the area.

    There were a few exceptions like the siege of Fort William Henry which forms the backdrop of ‘The Last of the Mohicans’.  Even there, though, Colonel Monro surrendered because he knew that he would not be supplied from Fort Edward.

    War in colonial America was about logistics, logistic, logistics.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: A Wargames fenonamumm… #137532
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    I think they’re called board gamers.

    But then I had to look up ‘fenonamumm’. Couldn’t find anything on dictionary.com. Then said it out loud… doh!

     

     

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    in reply to: The Black Legion of the REPUBLIC… #137469
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    Finished up the Punic troops this morning. The last three stands are, of course, Victrix.

    And then some shots of the full Carthaginian army. I’ve got about an equal number (if not more) of Gauls. I think I need to get cracking on some Italian Allies for the legions of Roma. Or maybe play a game… there’s a thought.

     

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: All at Sea – Rigging Tutorial Video, Part One #137465
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    You’re an evil man, JJ! You make it look so easy. Looking forward to the next instalment.

    –jeff

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Hey, Mark!

    I don’t know anything about this company but their Aztec buildings are tempting.

    http://www.stonehouseminiatures.com/product.html

    –jeff

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Wonderful. But ‘specimen jars’? [eye roll]

    Can’t wait to see a Great Speaker and Snake Woman. You’ll need a priest or two, too.

    –jeff

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: Black Seas American Brig #137005
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    Wonderful, wonderful! I really like some of the details you’ve added like the blocks and the way the pennant is attached (I’ve often wondered about that). Your ratlines are so very impressive. You made the right decision to cut off the spars and drill new holes for the backstays. That avoids so many issues. I’ve been thinking about cutting off and rebuilding the spars but have not yet mustered up the courage.

    Is there one or more 1/700 scale xebecs in your future?

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: Washington’s Army AAR #137004
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    Roudie,

    Your site is always a visual feast. Very inspiring!

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: 1/700th Frigate… #136974
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    The latest additions to the fleets. I had a lot of problems rigging these. Glad they’re done! I don’t know if I was just getting overconfident and careless? Maybe it was just bad luck. Seems like even the humidity was causing problems. Anyway, 6 down.  4 more frigates, 4 more third raters, 2 first raters and a handful of brigs (some to be converted to schooners) to go. But first I’ve got some Ancients and French and Indian war figures to get off the painting desk.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: My First Black Seas Ship #136732
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    Thanks, Vol.

    What I ended up doing was looping a thread under the offending stays and hanging the model from that thread. That stretched out the stays so that they were straight. I then coated the stays with glue while the ship was hanging so that they had some stiffness to them and wouldn’t sag though they didn’t really meet the mast. So then, I tied the loop to a point higher up on the mast. So I’ve got a pretty unsightly clump of thread-knot at the top of the mast above the royal spar but I think that will be less noticeable  than sagging stays.

    Ultimately, I think the cause of my problem was dealing with the ill-positioned holes for the stays in the bulwarks underneath the ratlines. The hell with that. For now on I’m just drilling new holes whenever possible. That gave me a reason to replace my 40 year old Dremel tool with a variable speed, flexible shafted model.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Toothy primer for me. I prime everything with gesso these days. When I first started painting the the ’70s, I had a bottle of Heritage brush on primer which I loved. Lasted for years but when it ran out I had to go to aerosols since brush-on hobby primer was impossible to find. Hated them. Still do. So a couple years ago I moved to Liquitex professional gesso for both metal and plastic figures. Much happier with it. I’ve never had it obscure details even on 10mm figures and I can prime any time I want. No ventilation issues. No humidity issues. Just give it 24 hours to dry and don’t wet your brush with water. Use an acrylic thinner if you feel the need.

    Normally, I’ll apply a wash of tinted floor wax to bring out the details. However, floor wax does leave the figure relatively shiny. So to tone that down I typically finish a figure with a coat of Liquitex matte varnish which ends up with a satiny finish which I like. If I want to re-introduce some more shininess to the metallic parts, I’ll apply a top coat of untinted floor wax. That’s about all the shininess I want. Shininess is all about the smoothness of the top surface. I think the floor was flows well and evens out the top surface of the toothy sub layers.

    Works for me.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: Italian Wars Mounted Crossbow #136637
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    Those are downright gorgeous!

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: My First Black Seas Ship #136636
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    @Vol, any suggestions for how to remove slack in lines that are already attached? I’ve been rigging a couple of 3rd raters and finding it very frustrating. Just this morning I discovered that my back stays were not even close to straight. How it happened I have no idea. On one ship I was able to loop the line over the royal spar (at the risk of bending/breaking the mast) and that took up the slack. But on this second ship I won’t be able to do that.

    I Had to go paint a frigate hull just to work off some frustration and feel like I was making progress. Matter of fact, these raters have been more frustrating than the brigs and frigates. You’d think after completing the first four ships I’d be getting better at it!

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: Corn… more properly, Maize… #136635
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    Thanks everyone. Your comments are appreciated.


    @Mark
    Morin, No, I’m afraid I’m not familiar with what is commercially available for the Meso-America. I scratch built a city once but gave it away when I moved out of state. It was apretty easy build, though. Not a lot of curves in the architecture. The big challenge was the murals but that’s not much of an issue these days. Find ’em on the internet, print and paste. The terrain was only used for one game and then sat in my basement for probably the next ten years.

    I just happened to find ‘Cortes and Montezuma’ by Maurice Collis as a daily deal for Kindle a few weeks ago. I think I read it years ago but between rereading  that and your project I’m feeling the Siren’s call. And those Eureka Aztecs are soooo tempting….

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    in reply to: My First Black Seas Ship #136507
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    Well done! Looking forward to seeing more of your work with the big boys.

    The blocks are nice. Love your backdrops, too.

    –jeff

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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

    Your experience at building and rigging 1/1200 is coming into play here, I suspect. Also looks the ‘Mericans are coming to play. I see stunsail spars, boat davits and it looks like the tops have been extended. Are those your modifications? I’m not even thinking of topmast rigging!

    Yeah, the holes for the backstays is a consistent problem with these models. I guess for most gamers it won’t be an issue. Depends on your level of obsession!

    On the upside I found a tool that has become my best friend. Turns out he’s been sitting on my desk forever but I found the original magnifying glass to be a PITA. Take that off and, viola! It’s like an extra pair of hands! I’ve noticed you use something to hold the models. What is that?

     

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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    How did you make the palisade around the village? …

    Toothpicks. Or rather reject toothpicks too irregular to be sold as real toothpicks so they’re sold as ‘craft toothpicks’. Two dollars for 2500 of ’em. (They make good corn stalks, too!) They’re glued to a 1/4 inch strip of craft foam and then held upright by the little rectangular bases. The bases have two pegs which clamp to either side of the foam. The swamp is also craft foam painted to look muddy and then plastic cling wrap is glued over it using Modge Podge to give it a nice shiny surface. The edges were then terrained like the figure bases. Those are new. We’ll see how they age. I have my suspicions they won’t hold up very well.

    I’m not sure I’m ever going to be happy with rules until I rewrite the set I wrote in the ’90s. Lots of ideas buzzing around the ‘0l noggin after yesterday’s game. My home grown set, ‘Fistful of Lead’, ‘Songs of Drums’, and ‘Brother Against Brother’ all have some parts that I really, really like. They all have other parts which just don’t do it for me. I think I can play Dr. Frankenstein and stitch ’em together to get exactly what I want. I never read ‘Frankenstein’. It all turns out well, doesn’t it?

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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Thanks. The ACW ships are 1/600th scale.

    Everything Model J Ship touches is excellent. I wasn’t too impressed with the initial pictures I saw of the Oak & Iron ships. But some of them have painted up real nice!

     

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    Autodidact-O-SaurusAutodidact-O-Saurus
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    Well, true to form the home-cast galleon project stalled once I figured out how to do it. Typical of me. I cast up around eight of the small galleons, painted two and… nothing since. They sit on the shelf staring at me reproachfully. As they have done for the past 12 years or so. The Black Seas ships seem to have reinvigorated me in that regards, though.

    As for the ACW ships, the originals were built up out of balsa and different thicknesses of sheet styrene. All that was done in pre-internet times. Blogs simply weren’t done! However, with the three Commodore ferry boats and the Itasca, I made a silicon mould and cast a couple out of epoxy. I’ve still got the moulds but no longer have the originals. Once I went down that path I began talking to one of the guys with Bay Area Yards about having them cast them up and sell them. I sent the masters to them but communication kind of just faded away and the masters never came back. To be honest, most of these vessels are so unique–who needs more than one? So, I wasn’t too upset. I really wasn’t interested in making and selling them myself and with Thoroughbred, Peter Pig and BAY supplying models there wasn’t much of a need for me to continue scratch building. I haven’t done much with them for a long time but I did reformat my rules and put them up on Wargame Vault a year ago (https://www.wargamevault.com/product/265133/Iron–Steam ).

     

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    in reply to: SYW in 20mm plastic. #136035
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    This is what I think of when I think historical war game! Nicely done.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    in reply to: Possibly dumb 3/6mm forest idea #136034
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    Could the clump foliage also be on a flexible backing that simply lies over the trunks? That way the foliage could be removed to show what’s hiding in the forest (if necessary) and the trunks wouldn’t need to be too dense inside–just enough to hold up the leaves.

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    in reply to: 88th Foot. #136033
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    Wonderful figures and very good photography!

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    in reply to: Corn… more properly, Maize… #136031
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    trim the phalanx to a point,

    I did consider that.

    It still looks sparse to me. I may have to repeat the process.

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    in reply to: Best colour for my wooded areas? #136030
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    I go with brown but I use a sponge to dab some green patches on the felt. No reason it has to be one or the other when it can be both. Or, I’ve used a similar colored string just to delineate the border.

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    Qestions, eh? Ask away!

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    in reply to: Aztec Eagle Warriors from Tin Soldier UK #135771
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    Ah, the mysterious Arrow Knights. I don’t recall where I read it but it turns out they may be entirely fictitious. There was an early 20th century artist (with a German name IIRC- Hoffman?) who drew an ‘Arrow Knight’ as well as an ‘Eagle’ and ‘Jaguar’ knights. He may have completely misinterpreted what he was using as sources and he certainly oversimplified Aztec military society. But… his images have been used over and over and they captured the public imagination.

    There’s been a lot more research done showing the complexity of Aztec military society and its symbols since those drawings were made. The simplistic view of three ‘knightly orders’, though, does appeal to war gamers and figure manufacturers. Yet another rabbit hole to explore!

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    in reply to: Aztec Eagle Warriors from Tin Soldier UK #135756
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    Mark,

    Just thought I’d mention how much I’m enjoying your blog.

    Years ago I went through an Aztec phase. At the time (mid-80s ?), precious few manufacturers made Aztecs. I’d gotten Tin Soldier, Miriliton, Ral Partha and Naismith figures which, for the time, were all pretty nice. Lately, they’ve been calling me. I’ve got about 120 in total, about half painted. I’ve got some old photos here: https://sites.google.com/site/petiteguerre/galleries/aztecs .

    And, if you’ve not seen it there is a great thread on Lead Adventure Forum (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=115157.0 ). The author, Huron34 really knows his stuff.

    Keep it coming!

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    in reply to: All at Sea – New Spanish Builds, Part One #135751
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    What a behemoth! I wasn’t aware that Santisma Trinadad was built in the New World.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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