When the role playing game "Traveler" first came out all those years ago, there was an alien race called the Zhodani (pronounced zho-day-nee, or zho-dah-nee either way is fine though I use the first). Traveler, for those who don't know, would be the equivalent of "Dungeon's and Dragon's" only in space. A Zhodani Commando was that race's elite soldier who had the ability to use telekinesis and other such mind powers. Imagine a squad of these bad boys being deployed behind enemy lines and using their powers to pull the pins on the enemy soldiers hand grenades and such (when I was a kid I thought this was pretty darn cool and you can tell it has stuck with me, lol). Board gaming I should mention led me into painting miniature soldiers and one of the first 15mm science fiction figures I picked up where from (if I remember correctly) Martian Metals. They made the coolest zhodani commandos and I painted up a bunch that sadly I no longer have. I also remember that Martian Metals had the contract to make Traveler miniatures and unfortunately they had a fire and I heard the molds where destroyed. This leads me into the picture I am using for my blog. No it's not a Zhodani, but another science fiction love I have for S.A.F.S. or Super Armored Fighting Suites (also known as SF3D and Ma.K. which is short for Maschinen Krieger) from the creative mind of Kow Yokoyama.
Not that you asked, but now you know.
What will you find here? Ramblings from an aging gamer-miniature painter. When I first started out in this hobby computers were in their infancy and finding other gamers could only be done by going to conventions or as in my case bumping into somebody who happened to see me reading "Panzer Leader" on the school bus. Look how far we have come! The internet has allowed our small community to be able to connect on a level I never dreamed of when I was but a small lad. What I do hope you will find here is something interesting from one wargamer/miniature painter to another. I paint miniatures somewhat decently, so I will be posting some pictures of my work, and perhaps a review or two of games and/or miniatures. Most of all this is just about having fun and anything I post here is meant to be for that reason.