Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It's a Major Award (note holiday movie reference!)

Finally my genius has been recognized with a major, prestigious award nomination: The Liebster Blog Award!  

I've been hooked on wargames since I received as a birthday gift Avalon Hill's classic boardgame Panzer Blitz in 1971.  Believe it or not, I still have it!  Since that time I probably owned almost every Avalon Hill boardgame and at about the same time, I started collecting 20mm plastic Airfix miniatures.  I painted my first soldiers when I was about 16 and there has been no looking back.  Over the years I have met many interesting gamers from all walks of life: soldiers, lawyers, business men, teachers and the list goes on and on.  With the advent of the internet, the hobby has gotten stronger and enthusiast all over the world can share their miniature adventures and passion.

The rules of the Leibster Blog Award are as follows:

(copied and pasted from My Little World of Dementia - thank you, Col Killgore!)

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it to you.

2. Pass the award to your top 5 favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.

3. Sit back and bask in that warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing that you have just made someone's day!

Sure it's an internet Ponzi scheme, but let's get the show on the road!  Nominations for the Leibster Blog Award in no particular order are:

Number 1The Grand Duchy of Stollen This is one of the most enjoyable blogs out there as the events of the Grand Duchy of Stollen during the era of Frederick the Great are reported.  Beautiful figures and gaming in the "grand manner" with witty dialogue, visitors to the Grand Duchy of Stollen never leave without a smile on their face.

Number 2WAB Corner.  Wish I had known Dean when I was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA as Tacoma is only a few miles up the road.  WAB does not stand for Warhammer Ancients Battles but instead is "Wargaming All - Kinds of Battles. The variety of periods and the quality of the painting is outstanding.  Plus - the games sound like a lot of fun!  I'm not sure how many followers the site has so he might be "ineligible" but heck - it's a great blog.

Number 3: Colonel O'Truth's Miniature Issues.  I love Colonial Wargames.  I love Colonial Wargames with dinosaurs.  If you want to know how to scratch build or modify figures, or figure out how to make electromagnetic guns for Her Majesty's forces, this is the site for you!

Number 4Raglan's Welsh Wargaming.  Raglan is a phenomenal painter with periods ranging from Ancients up through the Napoleonic period.  Of particular delight to me are his units from the War of Spanish SuccessionI am not ashamed to say that I have used his units as painting guides for mine.

Number 5: Grimsby Wargaming.  Gaming, gaming and more gaming from the Grimsby Wargaming Society.  Great blog with some great games from a great group of guys.

Honorable MentionBigLee's Miniature Adventures.  BigLee is not eligible for the award as he has more than 200 followers but I had to mention his site.  One of the first blogs I started following, BigLee covers it all: Conventions, games and museums with detailed reports with a dose of humor.  Read his posting "The Dice Gods hate me" and you will see what I mean.


  1. "Fragile. . . That must be Italian!" Thanks for the nomination, Neil. Watch for my responses later in the week.

    Best Regards,


  2. Thanks for the 'Honourable Mention' Neil, I'm glad you enjoy the Blog and my random ramblings. I wasn't expecting this. not least because as you say I'm not strictly eligible...but that's not going to stop me posting about it and including a link-back to your blog.