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Early Sketch of Front Cover

| March 30, 2011

This is an early sketch of the front cover of the Compendium.  The rest of the cover will be coming in a few days.  I love the lancers on ostriches fighting the cossacks on raptors.  Very cool.

Compendium Photo Shoot (day 2)

| March 29, 2011

We finished up the photo shoot of publicity stills for The GASLIGHT Compendium on Sunday.  We shot the pictures in my quarters, which were built in the 1920′s, but have a Victorian looking fireplace. My daughter had been part of the “crew” for both days of shooting.  At the end, she wanted to get into [...]

Compendium Photo Shoot (day 1)

| March 27, 2011

We’re just about done with The GASLIGHT Compendium.  This weekend, we staged our final photo shoots.  Below are some pictures from Day 1 at Warhorse Farm, Gettysburg, PA. We shot a variety of pictures, including ACW, generic Victorian adventuress, and pulp.  Warhorse Farm was an ideal location, despite the time of year, because of the [...]

Sneak Preview of Cover for GASLIGHT Compendium

| March 25, 2011

I’ve written here a few times referring to the upcoming release of the eagerly anticipated GASLIGHT Compendium.  We’ve contracted a very talented artist for the cover art.  Above is a small detail from the cover art to whet your appetite.  Look here from time to time for more sneak previews and information.

Rocket Pack Finished

| March 25, 2011

Another prop I wanted to build for the upcoming photo shoot was a rocket pack ala The Rocketeer or the Commando Cody serials from the early 50′s. This has been a joint project with my son.  Last night we put on the finishing touches. This started with two three-liter (not two liter) bottles, some plastic [...]

HAWKs Plastic Toy Soldier Project Nearing and End

| March 23, 2011

The HAWKs are painting up 8 sets of figures given to us by friends of Wally Simon.  We will be running games at Historicon 2011 for kids under 10 years old.  They will get one British army, one Continental army, a ground cloth, two paper buildings to assemble at home, a copy of Big Battles [...]

Sam is Working On Her First Miniatures Project

| March 23, 2011

At Historicon, Sam announced that she wanted to make her own wargame.  We talked about figures, because she wants to paint.  I bought her a bag of Old Glory Cowboys to paint at a convention a couple of years ago.  She said she wanted to do something different.  Eventually, we hit on the idea of [...]

Zombie Game at HAWKs Night

| March 19, 2011

We played the third, and final, play test of the Zombies by GASLIGHT rules last night at the HAWKs meeting.  We’ll play zombies again, but we wanted to get the zombie rules squared away, because we want to publish them soon as a .pdf giveaway to promote the upcoming release of The GASLIGHT Compendium. Zombies [...]

Cold Wars 2011

| March 15, 2011

Well, Cold Wars is over for this year.  I had a really good time.  I ran several games, and they all went well.  I had a chance to play in a FIW game with my kids.  I even found most of the stuff off my shopping list and managed to avoid too many impulse buys. [...]

The Six-Barreled Colt-Webly Semi-Autmoatic Shotgun

| March 6, 2011

From a previous post, you know that I’ve been working on some props for an upcoming GASLIGHT photo shoot.  One of the props I’ve been working on is this six-barreled, Colt-Webly shotgun. The high mounting of the ammunition magazine makes it difficult to aim.  The weapon is designed to be fire by a heavy man [...]