Saturday, February 23, 2013

Interlude: Inspiration & Recognition

While I'm working on the less interesting aspects of my project - texturing bases, filling cracks, waiting for more models to arrive/be released - I wanted to honor some other hobbyists who have inspired or motivated me along this path.

In my first post I called out:

Franktactica whose work made me think "I want to do THAT!"  I realize I may not attain his level of artistry, but I'll have fun realizing my own vision for something similar. He also provided links to SAGA like dice boards for both Stark and Lannister

Homage to Westeros - I don't know his name but his project affirmed my notion to use the cool Dux Britanniarum rules for large skirmish style game play. This fellow has decided to sculpt all of his figures instead of kitbashing.  Amazing.

Michael at Dalauppror does inspiring work and was kind enough to share his thinking about how to translate Dux Brit - which is a Dark Ages game - into a medieval setting.  He, in turn, pointed me to two other of key influences:

First is Maxamillian Walker at his blog Scyld and Seax, which many of you follow, as well as Jim Hale at his blog Arlequin's Wars.   Through their work translating Dux Brit into the 15th century, both of these gents further fueled my confidence in making my own gaming translation work.  As a bonus, Jim has some genuinely thoughtful and funny posts on his blog.  One of my favorite blog posts of all time is this one on Household Men and Fee'd Men in the Wars of the Roses. This is the period I plan on starting next year after I complete this Westeros project later this year.

One final mention of inspiration-through-blogging is another talented German fellow at the blog Finiatures.  Making Westeros look good.

I conclude this honor roll with a shout out to my gaming buddy Jay White of Jay's Wargaming Madness. His enthusiasm and his OCD-like commitment to hosting good looking gaming experiences motivates me to make this project a success.  Besides, It's not a hardship hanging out in his garage that's been converted into a wood-paneled gaming pub with fully stocked bar.  Go check out his scratch built Ft. William Henry for Muskets and Tomahawks.  There's no stopping him once he's got a vision...

All for now, more miniatures in the near future.


  1. Thanks Wade ... Such a prestigous list there! I have lots of respect for all those you point out above. Looking forwad to more progress!

  2. Thanks for the mention! I'm glad some of my work has influenced others. If you ever have any ideas i'd love to hear them.
    Wars of the Roses, ey? Be careful, if you go for Perry minis they're addictive. I've got 280 in various stages of construction, painting and finished state. Once you start you don't want to stop.

  3. Knew and dip into most of the blogs you mentioned, but I had not come across Arlequin's Wars. It has now been added to my bookmarks.

  4. Thanks Wade and you're of course welcome! It's always good to acknowledge those who have helped us along our respective paths and all part of us belonging to a very wide, but helpful community. I see some familiar names in that list!

    If you do go down the Wars of the Roses path and need any input, don't hesitate to ask... I might not have the answer, but I might be able to save you some tears and hair pulling. ;-)

  5. That's a nice collection of blogs. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  6. Thanks for the cred:) Appreciated

    It´s very interesting to follow your project !

    Best regards Michael