Archive for June, 2012

Current Reading June 2012

Posted: June 28, 2012 in Books

Currently I am Reading:

1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon’s Defeat of the Habsburgs  Volume III: Wagram and Znaim by John H. Gill

Almost finished this excellent final volume of the 1809 campaign.  The three volumes are well worth getting and reading if you have anything more than a passing interest in this campaign.  I’ll be keeping them in my library for future reference.

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, book 2)  by Jim Butcher

Picked this up on my Kindle for some on the go reading.  I enjoyed the first book, hoping the second is as good.

What I’ve finished Reading:

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits  by Philip Fisher

Finally stepped up and ground through this one.  Good general investing advice, just not an engaging book for my tastes.

Books read 2012:  11


I want to give a big thumbs up for customer service from Battlefront.  I was missing the gun shield from 3 packs of Flakpanzer 38(t)s that I had purchased late last year.  I e-mailed the form that Battlefront provides on their website for missing or problem parts.  Very shortly I received an automated response with the issue number it was assigned and a statement saying a customer service representative would be in contact soon.  The next contact was an e-mail with a tracking number the following day.

End result:  In just a couple of days I received the missing parts (with a couple of extras thrown in) for no hassle, just simply filling out their form for customer service describing the problem.  Great service from Battlefront Miniatures!

Current Reading May 2012

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Books

Currently I am Reading:

1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon’s Defeat of the Habsburgs  Volume III: Wagram and Znaim by John H. Gill

I finally got around to getting the 3rd and final volume of this excellent history of the 1809 Danube Campaign.  It’s getting my interest in Napoleonics stirred back up, which is good since I have a couple hundred AB’s to paint up.

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits  by Philip Fisher

Still poking along through this one.  Not the most readable financial book, interesting but not engaging enough for me to get it read through.

What I’ve finished Reading:

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

An outstanding biography of this intriguing personality.  I enjoyed this book greatly.  Also an interesting look into life in both Weimar Germany and then Hitler’s nightmarish version of a society.  I will be hard pressed to read a more interesting book this year.

Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Another classic I’ve never tackled, but always wanted to.  On the Kindle of course.

Books read 2012:  10

May 2012 Wrap-up

Posted: June 2, 2012 in Monthly Wrap-ups

Miniatures Stats May 2012:

Bought for Month:     0                                                 For 2012:     4

Painted for Month:    8                                                 For 2012:     8

Painting Pledge progress (one 25mm equivalent/week) 22 weeks in / 8 minis done leaves me at -14 for the year to move into June.

I finally get on the board for something painted for the year.  Ironically, it wasn’t even something I had been recently working on.  I found a mostly done unit of 25mm Old Glory Romans that just called out to be finished.  A short stint at the table and I finally score something as done.