Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in France.
As a thank you to all of you that served our nation to give us what we have today, I am offering a one day 20% off coupon on everything we have in stock. If you are not a veteran but would like to make a donation to a veterans organization (honor system), please feel free to use the coupon as well. This coupon will expire at midnight. Please share this post with your veteran friends.
Thank you for my freedom and a safe place to raise my children.
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In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
I just received an e-mail from Chas Argent of MMP that Yanks was put on pre-order. I went to the page and sure enough, there it was. I got in at number 48. Since then (about 20 minutes ago) it has climbed to 167 so order from them soon or you will be at the back of the line. Here is a link to MMP’s pre-order page. If you miss out on the pre-order, be sure to pick up a copy from Scott or Alex Key or check my store just in case I have an extra copy.
Because I needed even more hobbies to fill my hours of free time, I started making 3D ASL maps a few years ago. The first map I made actually wasn’t an ASL map but was the TCS map from ‘Hunters from the Sky’. I was having a terrible time cutting out the foam with an x-acto knife so I tried using craft foam (the stuff that pads our dice towers) and although this was easy to work with, it left a very warped map. Then, thanks to Tim Brieaddy, I found out about hot wire cutters and so was back to regular Styrofoam sheets for my levels.
My completed maps include:
- Panzer Blitz: Hill Of Death
- ASL: Kakazu Ridge
- ASL: Point of no return (given to Doug Sheppard)
- ASL: Various scenarios
first attempt at 3D Kakazu Ridge. Since then, I have learned a lot about seams and finish.
A few day ago, Dan Dolan asked me to make 3D maps of the Dinant CG and Kakazu Ridge. I will be posting photos and commentary here with the progress as I go.
As a first step, I divide the map file in into sizes that can fit onto 8 1/2 x11 sheets of printer paper. I should have printed these in black and white to save toner but I forgot. Next I trim the edges very carefully so there will be a seamless fit once glued to the 1/2″ particle board.
Here we see the 12 divisions of mapsheet 1 laid out on the particle board. Prior to gluing the paper to the board, it will be cut down to an exact 36.5″ x 22.5″. The extra .5 will allow a .25″ overlap on each edge of the side boards for stability. Note that these prints will be covered up by foam and the final laminated higher quality prints of the top layers.
This is a photo of the top layer that will cover the final levels of the 3D map. These are printed at Staples and then assembled and laminated for protection in case Dan Stanhagen ever plays with his orange Doritos stained fingers.
The east bank of the Meuse
The raised railroad on the West Bank of the Meuse
The home for everything you don’t need to play ASL