Archive for July, 2011

July 2011 Wrap-up

Posted: July 31, 2011 in Monthly Wrap-ups

Miniatures Stats July 2011:

Bought for Month:      5                                                 For 2011:     149

Painted for Month:     0                                                  For 2011:     14

I see July 31st is winding down and the cusp of another month approaches.  I started out the month in good order and made progress on the 18mm AB Brits and also got a good jump on a human Blood Bowl team a couple of nights where my eyes were too tired for smaller scale work.  Somewhere along the way things came off the tracks and I don’t think I’ve picked up a brush for the last 2 weeks.

I succumbed somewhat to the lure of Flames of War bought a Battlefront Panzer IV-H box set of 5 tanks. FoW has a strong presence at what passes for my “local” game store.


My family and I stopped by IKEA last week.  They were having a special on a small tabletop worklight at $9.99 (regular $12.99).  It is also available in a clip on version instead of the based one I picked up.


So far I like it.  It’s an LED, so nice bright light without the heat of a halogen or regular bulb.  The entire light stem is made of flexible tube that holds where set.  With the adjustable neck you can aim it pretty much anywhere.  The light ends up around 18 inches above the workspace when aimed like in the picture so there is plenty of room to manipulate brushes and the like without hitting the stem or lightbulb.  At the previous height setting it illuminates a circle of around 10-12 inches well. It emits a fairly “white” light, but isn’t nearly as true color as a daylight bulb or my Ott lights.  It good enough for general painting, but if subtle shading is needed I would still use my Ott light.

Assembly was easy, a pair of nuts on the base of the light stem pass though holes on the cover of the base and the cast weight inside and a pair of phillips screws with washers hold those in place solidly.  A felt-like pad with an adhesive back sticks to the bottom of the weight to provide a fairly no skid and non-marring surface for on the table.

The cord is the fine, kind of flimsy type, similar to the type used in many personal device chargers, but it has a nice switch built in about 2 feet from the light.  We’ll have to see if the cord holds up over time since I plan to use this a light source when I’m working at the kitchen table and will frequently bundle it back up for storage.

Overall I’m pleased with my purchase.  I’ve spent much, much more on other lights over the years, that haven’t lasted or ended up being poor for painting and assembling miniatures.  Since much of my hobby time comes at night, good light is a must.

Current Reading July 2011

Posted: July 20, 2011 in Books

Currently I am Reading:

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits  by Philip Fisher

Seems I’ve misplaced this book, so I didn’t manage to finish it. One of the foundational books on investing.  I usually read one or more solid (non-fad type) books on investing in a year.  This year I decided to read Philip Fisher.  I was going to read one of several books by his son Ken Fisher, but decided to start with the older work.  It’s one of the books that lit Warren Buffett off on his career.  (Not that I’m going to make a new career out of investing).

Winning on Purpose  by John Edmund Kaiser

“How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission”  Our Ministry Council of Lay Elders and Pastors is reading through this together to give us perspective on where we stand as a Council, Congregation, and Church body.

What I’ve finished Reading:

Dragonriders of Pern  by Anne Mccaffery

I read this book probably 25 years ago.  Ran into a copy for $2.00 at Half-Price Books and I enjoyed it all over again.

After fits, starts, and more than a few stops, I’ve finally completed the 28mm Teddy Bear Pirates by Eureka.  These are a gift for my nephew.  I had hoped to finish them in time for Christmas 2010, then for his birthday in May.  I missed both targets (although I didn’t miss his birthday by much.)  I hope he enjoys the mini’s as much as I enjoyed painting these little furry buccaneers up!
photos shot before they were sealed)

Eureka Teddy Bear Pirates

Captain and Mates


Gun and Crew