Learning to Paint

My 8 year old and I have been teaching ourselves to paint the Star Wars Imperial Assault miniatures. I am looking forward to Star Wars Legion coming out next month, and I want to be able to put a properly painted army on the table. We are following Sorastros’s YouTube videos. He is a great teacher and the process is actually easier than I thought it would be, but it is still humbling. It is also very enjoyable. We have worked through the first four videos, and I think that we are starting to see some progress.




Some of my favorite games

Everyone has a different opinion on what makes a wargame. I am a fan of historical strategy games whether they involve actual violent conflict or not. I think that a game that is both fun to play and also gets you interested in the historical context is a good game.

Since the group has only played Here I Stand so far, and since I am the one putting up the website, I get to put up a list of my favorite games. It’s good to be the king!

Falling Sky

My all time favorite game. Fun solo and more fun with others. This is the game that, more than any other, I want to play more. All four factions play very differently and all four are fun to play. This is the game that caused me to fall in love with COIN.


Advanced Squad Leader

This game is just about perfect. I feel like I have been looking for this game my whole life. Saint Louis has a great ASL community and there are always games to be found on Vassal (VASL). I love the back and forth. I love the tactical movement. I love attacking and I love defending. If you ever want to learn to play ASL, let me know and I will have the starter kit ready to go. Someday I would love to play a campaign as well. If full ASL is too much to bite off, the starter kit is just as fun.


Sentinels of the Multiverse

Not a wargame, but insanely fun. I play on my iPad all the time. My friend Chad got me into this game. He is friends with the designer and owns everything ever made for Sentinels. I would even like to try the RPG sometime. One of these days I may even beat Citizen Dawn.

Colonial Twilight

The first 2 player COIN game, The bot is more complicated, but playing against only one makes solo play so much more satisfying. I love the tension in this game. Most of the time, both players feel like they are losing. I also like that it introduced me to a historical conflict that I knew nothing about.

Fire in the Lake

I love the team aspect of this game. Playing as 2 2-player teams (team North and team South) adds a fascinating dimension. There are not too many wargames out there that work well as teams, but this one nails it.


Why stop at 5? This game fascinates me, and it has the best solo experience of any game that I own. I love the minis and I love the gameplay. I have never played this with more than 3, so I would love to see this with 4+ and really fill up the map with workers and mechs.