Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Liebster thing

Author and son.
I've seen the "Liebster award" making rounds on my blog list and now I was nominated by Engineered Gaming. Thanks! The award definitely is a chain letter and I dug up some info on it and saw that it's been around for years. Earlier iterations threaten people who break the chain which is something I really dislike, but this iteration of the award seems like innocent fun so I'll play ball.

So, I'm supposed to answer a set of questions and then pass on the list to bloggers with less than 200 followers to give them visibility. You know.. I don't follow that many blogs regularly and those I do either have way more than 200 followers or have already had their Liebster moment, so I'll break the rules by listing some of my favourites and not tap them. The Gentleman Gamers of Kaisaniemi. I got to know these people when I attended their Russo-Swedish war (1808-1809) battles during the 200th year anniversary at Ropecon. That particular conflict is a favourite of mine and their games were the first I've played on a historically accurate purpose-built layout. Excellent and inspiring stuff. A Swedish blog concentrating on wargaming Swedish history. Again the blog hits a soft spot as Finland was part of Sweden from 1155 someting to 1809. Our countries share a lot of common history even is this guys' spectacular games take place in the other side of the kingdom. An Aussie blog with simply stunning terrain and models. Their offerings make my jaw drop. A Finnish blog from Helsinki chronicling the games of their club. Very nice stuff, especially the Force on Force games. The blog only recently changed their language from finnish to english.

Also, honorable mentions go to Dartfrog, Itinerant Hobbyist, The monkey that walks and Sound officers call!


And here's my answers:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to log and share my miniature gaming and had found myself posting the same things to several different discussion forums on the net. I decided to put in in a blog instead so I only need to share a link instead of rewriting the same thing over and over. Also, throrough tagging on my blog means it's easy to find that archived post or old picture I'm looking for.

2. If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?

The Finnish wargame scene is small and concentrated on GW games. I'd like a big boom on historicals here.

3. What is best in life?

A cold drink on my porch after sauna, looking at the birds chase insects over the fields. The sun is setting and I know I have a loving family and a steady home to base my life on.

4. Do you want to live forever?

Nope. I doubt immortality would be much fun.

5. Fame or fortune?

Fortune of course, but in moderation.

6. What miniatures are you most proud of having painted?

It's hard to pick a favourite project. I'm quite fond of my 6mm ACW collection and my 28mm Orcs & Goblins army. If I'd have to name a single model, I'd pick my 1/700 Titanic model as it's my first naval model and I spent quite a long time on it.

7. How do you deal with burnout?

I interpet this as project burnout in wargaming. I solve this by having several projects going at once and not put myself under unrealistic deadlines. When I tire of painting one project, I swap it for something on a different to keep things fresh.

8. Why is a raven like a writing desk? 

I could Google this for the reference but that would be cheating!

9. Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars. I like how Trek has that sense of wonder and discovery, but the world is also too clean shaven for me. I like my spaceships darkly lit with steam hissing from rusting valves, like in Alien.  Star Wars is a set of three excellent adventure movies for me, with some of the most powerful cinematic moments in the history of the art form. The final battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader still sends shivers down my spine every time I see it.

10. If you could only buy from one miniature company from now on, which one would it be?

Impossible! No company offers the ranges I want to play in all the scales I want to play them on. I suppose Baccus would do as 6mm is my favourite scale, but I'de still be missing out on a lot.

11. What is your favourite takeaway?    

Kebab with rice.

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