Thursday, January 28, 2010
Would you like it? Just leave a comment on this post. Announce this give-away on your blog and get a double entry. I'll stop taking entries on On Friday February 5th, at 7pm Mountain Time. I'll then announce the randomly-picked winner in this post's comments. Check back here to see if it's you.
If you're in the US or Canada I'll post the book for free (media rate). I don't have alot of cash for an international shipment, so if the winner is outside the US or Canada, I'll need to be reimbursed the shipping cost. The book is 10 ounces. (The Postal Service website says it will charge $9.00 to the UK.)
The book itself looks really cool. The supplement is kind of a catch-all for the most requested FOG army lists. It includes 21 new armies for:
The Early Republican Army
Italian Hill Tribes
Apullians, Lucanians, or Brutinans
Early Highland Raiders (Biblical-era peoples of the Anatolian, Taurus, and Zagros uplands)
Later Pre-Islamic Bedouin
Beja, Nile Valley, Blemmye, or Early Nobatae
Medieval German city leagues
Later Medieval feudal Germans
Later Medieval Frisian or Dithmarschen
As with the other FOW rulebooks, Lost Scrolls features numerous illustrations from Osprey's catalogue and photos of various painted 25/28mm miniatures. The model photos are mostly single minis placed decoratively. There are no full-page tabletop wargame scenes, but there are a couple zoomed-in diorama vignettes. A lot of these photos have that tungsten bulb yellow cast, but overall they're nice. Published by Osprey, this paperback's production quality is, of course, top-notch. The paper stock and print quality are high quality. Text layout and charts make for easy reading and quick reference. If you own the main FOW rulebook, you should definitely be happy with this last of the supplements.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The subject and composition are pretty cool, but the image quality of these photos ain't so good. Unfortunately, my face and the smaller gnome are concealed in shadow. For a while back in the 70s-80s Kodak sold an instant camera. An avid photographer, my grandfather had one of these Polaroid-like cameras. Polaroid sued, and Kodak was to drop the product. I remember disassembling the then useless camera years later to see what was inside (mirrors, lenses and other interesting gizmos).
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I'm busy writing a book about my grandfather's unit, which is why you haven't seen too many painted miniatures posted here in a while. His company participated in the Normandy invasion, worked on Utah Beach, and moved supplies through Antwerp during the German's V-weapon bombardment. I'm chronicling my research/writing on a blog: 519thPortBn.com
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Beaton runs a web comic and recently published a book, Never Learn Anything From History. If you're a history buff with a computer, book shelf, and a funny bone, then you simply must check out Hark a Vagrant.
If you are a Twitterer you can follow her daily work there too.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I posted a full review of Liberators: The Allies and Belgian Society on my WWII blog. I'm trying to keep Ferrous Lands within an ancient to 18th century historic timeframe (and some fantasy). Lately, I've been reading a lot of WWII books to fill in events surrounding my grandfather's service in the US Army's 519th Port Battalion. These reviews appear on my 519thPortBn.com