Monday, November 23, 2020


 One of the results of fixing up some things in our house is that I had to find a new way to store my painted and unpainted miniatures. I saw a post on the Lone Star Historical Miniatures Facebook page where a fellow gamer used bookshelves on casters to store miniatures in a tighter space.

The shelves are IKEA Billie bookshelves and the casters are 2” casters with a 3/4” bracket bought on Amazon. The handles are drawer pulls I bought at WalMart. I needed four handles and all I could think of in the store was "four candles". The total cost for each bookshelf with casters and pulls cost roughly $75.  It took me about five hours over two evenings to build them.

The four bookshelves put together:

With the casters, they pull out for easy access. That's a lot of painted minis.

One unit is just for unpainted miniatures and terrain. Each box is marked with what unfinished project is in them. I have a lot of unfinished projects and this isn't even all of them yet.

Completed projects are in a unit by themselves, marked with the scale and size. I still need to transfer other completed projects to the new bookshelves. 

One drawback to this new storage system is that many of my old storage boxes were too large for the shelves. I found that the four liter Really Useful Boxes are ideal for these. They don't extend beyond the shelf which allows me to situate units close to each other.  I bought ten boxes directly from RUB in the US which I promptly filled up.  Ten more boxes are on their way. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

ESR - First Game Thoughts

Russian advanced guard spot elements of the French 2nd Division moving up to attack.

I haven’t amassed, painted and played Napoleonics in over 30 years for many reasons, even though like most wargamers I’ve collected, but not played, a number of new rules in those years. But last year when I purchased Et Sans Resultat (ESR) by The Wargaming Company, something changed.  I tend to prefer games where you can easily represent an entire battle, have unique, well-thought mechanisms and tend to be from small, independent companies.  ESR hit all of those, plus it scratched my itch to get back in to Napoleonics.

This review will focus various game play and mechanisms rather than on the rule book itself.  There are a number of good rules reviews available:
I’d also suggest those interested in ESR watch the Tabletop Simulator replay of a game by The Armchair Dragoons featuring the rules author, David Ensteness. It pushes 3 1/2 hours but I found it helped me better understand the rules.

Monday, June 15, 2020

ESR - Odds and Ends

Reformation areas with dice frames to track fatigue


Prussian Force and Formation leaders
French Force and Formation leaders

Russian Force and Formation leaders

Monday, May 18, 2020

Cranking them out now

Eight stands of Poles are now complete. These should be enough for a decent sized division in ESR.

The fusiliers originally had plumes but since  I could find no reference to them with plumes I snipped them off.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Quarantine Painting Progress

Just a few SYW units primarily based for, “For King or Empress” but could also be used for “Twilight of the Soldier King”