Doctor Merkury's Lab
Historicon 2008 coming up fast! | 2008-05-18 22:31:30
 Finished the FIW Highlanders and decided to make them the 42nd instead of the 78th.  The York Club, Susquehanna Wargamers, are going to be using them in their Bushy Run game for Historicon.

On my bench now are models for the Spanish Civil War "Siege of Alcazar" game.  I have Peninsular, Falangist, and also mixing in Barron's Cavalry in 28mm that I'm currently painting.  I will also be making a 4' x 4' table for the game.

More to come,
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No more Camo for at least a year! | 2008-03-23 19:43:21
 9th SS Hohenstaufen is FINISHED!  Pictures will be in the Arnhem gallery shortly.  This was by far one of my most ambitious projects and the Botl Action Miniatures that I used were some of the best figures I have seen.  I can't recommend them enough!

Next up on my paint bench are 78th Highlanders for the French and Indian War.  Our Club is planning on running a few FIW games at Historicon using modified "This Very Ground" rules from Iron Ivan Games.  More to come.

After, in the middle of, etc will be more Spanish Civil War miniatures for the ¡ATACAD! Spanish Civil War Convention this August.  I have a platoon of Nationalist Cavalry to paint and some Peninsular Army forces.

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Cold Wars 2008 Countdown | 2008-02-16 23:51:53
 Okay, getting all the stuff done for the Cold Wars games I'm hosting with our club the Northern Lancaster Wargamers:

We will have dedicated space with the other local gaming club, The Susquehanna Wargamers.

I will be running a couple WW2 games centered around our Arnhem Campaign that our Club ran as well as a 1980's Afghanistan game and two Spanish Civil War games one of which is a scenario from the ¡Atacar es Vencer! Iron Ivan Games Campaign book:

Currently I finished two more 54mm Gladiators that will be up soon and I'm right now painting my way through a camo hell of Bolt Action SS.  In my quest for painting creds I've decided that in order to do a proper late war SS platoon I need to mix the patterns so some of my Hohenstaufen are being done in Pea Dot and some are being done in Oak Leaf.  After this I plan to never paint camo least for a few years :)

After this it is Spanish Cavalry and Moroccans followed by USMC for WW2.
More to come...


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Market Garden Wrapping up | 2008-01-13 02:29:39
 Almost finished with my Artizan British Para Gun crews, pics forthcoming.  Now on the table are 9th SS using Bolt Action Miniatures.  I'm going to be using the Pea-Dot camo pattern and using the excellent Artizan guide to aid me:

These will be a real challenge.  I'm going to be trying to mix up the uniforms of my SS so that they take on a real ad hoc look for the Late War.

Armor.  My 9th SS armor will be a mixture of KHI miniatures as well as quite a few models from Bolt Action and Chieftain Models.  I have Graebner's command Humber finished but want to add a Bolt Action Panzer Commander for Graebner himself.

Also in the works some henchmen for my Supersystem villains.

Next for the bench will be Spanish Civil War Moros by both Anglian Miniatures and Force of Arms.

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New Year, More Projects! | 2008-01-02 01:01:46
 Okay, first Iron Ivan Games is releasing a series of Campaign Books for their already popular rulesets with the first being ¡Atacar es Vencer! or "To Attack is to Win" which is 12 scenarios recreating Franco's March on Madrid in 1936.  The Campaign Events and Victory Point scoring system evolve your forces from game to game while providing an infinite variety of outcomes for replay.  Forces are set at Platoon level of about 30 men each with a tank or AFV.  Lots of fun stuff for SCW fans and also I made a Battle Gallery Spanish Civil War book which is inspired by the Campaign book, it can be downloaded for free here:

Black Prince and the Sea Devils are done!  Pictures soon of my Decima Mas RSI Platoon will be appearing in the Anzio Project Gallery.  Very nasty guys, all decked out with Berettas and refusing to capitulate.  Borghese's force was the only Italian Armed Force that did not capitulate AND remained autonomous from German control.  A very interesting army.  My force will have a few pieces of armor, although the Barbarigo Division did not have armor at Anzio, it's okay, it's a GAME :).

Also Vikings are finished!  Pictures soon in my Dark Ages gallery.  I rarely paint anything without a firearm so these are a change of pace.  The club is using Songs of Blades and Heroes run by our very own Jarl, Al.

His sight is here:

So now I'm focused on finishing my Arnhem project which means British para artillery teams that are almost done and then moving into my 9th SS.  I'm actually almost done with their armor so next is the nitty gritty of painting over 40 truppen in autumn pea dot camo, god help me...

After that is done it will be back to Spain with Moros and then either USMC for WW2 or some of my neglected Rif War stuff.

Happy New Year!
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