At the school where I teach, I am one of the faculty advisors of what has come to be known as the "Nerd Club!" (our official name is the Leland Society, named for Charles Godfrey Leland, a 19th century cartoonist/occultist/fantasy author who was an alumnus of the school). Yesterday, we held out first meeting of the year. What did we serve for refreshments? Well, September 22 is a pretty big day for fantasy nerds...
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
It has been a while since I've posted anything, but that's because it's been a while since I painted anything. For the first time in years, I didn't give myself any big project to work on this summer. Eventually, the bug returned. I started off with these Dr. Who figures that have been in my unpainted pile for over a year now. I gave them a little more attention than I give my usual wargaming miniatures, with a few layers of shading. However, I'm still rubbish at photography. I had hoped that morning light would remedy the problems that come from my tomblike house. Short answer: no. It's me.
|Martha, the tenth Doctor, Rose, and Donna|
|Jenny, Strax, and Vastra|
|Amy, Rory, Amy from another manufacturer, and the eleventh Doctor|
|Capt. Jack Harkness and River Song|
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Well, as a reward for doing better in math, I agreed to indulge my daughter's nerdly enthusiasms. Thus we found ourselves attending her (and my ) first anime con: Zenkaikon in Lancaster, PA. I included her photos below, which emphasize her particular fandoms: Miraculous Ladybug, Undertale, Gravity Falls, and Steven Universe. I liked the theme of tolerance and self-expression which pervaded every event, and I crossed paths with two former students, both of whom were rather surprised to find me there.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Cold Wars usually falls at a very bad time of year for me. I'm either travelling on spring break, or else I'm swamped with a very busy week at work. However, with rumors that this might be the last HMGS convention at the notorious Lancaster Host "Resort," I felt I just had to go this once. I went out for the day on Saturday, and clearly a lot of people brought their "A" games.
|The glowing icicles alone were enough to make me consider taking up Frostgrave.|
|Double blind: The only way to play Midway|
|My son would probably love any game with evil snowmen|
|The game I played in: the siege of Carcasonne during the Albigensian Crusade. I was on the side of the peasants who were due to be butchered (and broiled) should the Crusaders get inside the wall.|
|The castle was entirely scratch-built!|
|Victor Hiris was our GM and host. He provided a simple but elegant set of rules and kept things fast-paced and fun.|
|The peeing boy wound up rendering one of the besiegers' ladders unusable.|
|A key move turned out to be keeping a reserve peasant mob to plug up any holes. They plugged with extreme prejudice.|
|Our opponents elected to throw their entire force against the gate, which freed up a lot of our peasants to do the horde/swarm thing.|
|The first shot of the trebuchet brought down a corner tower. Stupid cheap construction! A swarm of knights prepare to go through the breach, one by one, right into the waiting and angry arms of the peasant horde. It won't end well...|
|On the other side, the attackers had some success with non-pee-soaked ladders.|
|The horde killed more knights with insanely accurate rocks than cholera and Plague combined.|
|The ram proved ineffective, but the scaling parties were able to render the point moot when they opened the gate. But there were few attackers left to exploit the opening.|
|The gate was about to become a dangerous place. But time was running out, and there was still an inner keep that remained to be cracked.|