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Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 7:26 a.m. PST

The editor posted a question asking if people considered him a friend. In a similar vein, based on comments that they have posted, information that they have shared, or input that they have made to The Miniatures Page, which five members would you like most to meet in person. Here are my five and the reasons that I would like to meet them:

Basileus66 because his comments are usually very insightful and well thought through.

Barin1, although he doesn't comment as much as Basileus66, his comments are also insightful and I want to know why his relatives spent time in a gulag.

Gunfreak, his comments are entertaining, he does a beautiful job painting his miniatures, and you have to love those dogs of his.

Mithmee, because you always know where he stands and he is good at getting discussions started

StoneMtnMinis, be is like Mithmee light with a little bit of the wisdom of Basileus66 thrown in the mix.

I think that these five help make The Miniatures Page an interesting, informative, and entertaining place to visit. I also want to thank them for all the contributions that they make here.


JimDuncanUK19 Dec 2017 7:34 a.m. PST

I would answer the question the other way round. I know many, many wargamers both from my club and from other clubs and also individuals not attached to any club. We share information freely.

Some of them will be TMP members too.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 7:40 a.m. PST

Last Stand Dan, Mad Guru, Wackmole9. There are others but I can't think of their TMP handles at the moment.

M1Fanboy19 Dec 2017 7:41 a.m. PST

Murph, but he knows that.

rustymusket19 Dec 2017 8:04 a.m. PST

It would be nice to meet several of them. I wish I could attend a big convention sometime and hopefully meet them there. Except they might find out how lousy I am at wargaming.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 8:16 a.m. PST

If they use anonymity perhaps they do not want to meet up in person??

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Dec 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

I've met quite a few in the past and have no probs with meeting more in the future…

awalesII19 Dec 2017 8:54 a.m. PST

Odd question. I'd assume most will answer most but not a few. And to name those few would be rude so they won't (or shouldn't). So the most you'll get is a list of the top posters – or a flame war if someone messes up the won't vs. shouldn't.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

I've met several and it was an enjoyable experience. I would certainly be open to meeting more.

The Angry Piper19 Dec 2017 9:23 a.m. PST

Piper909 because he likes supers and bagpipes; Carrion Crow because he's wicked cool, Condogamer15 because he created Super Mission Force, Bob Murch because I'm a total fanboy, and Parzifal and Murphy, just because.

Private Matter19 Dec 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

There are a fair number of TMP members that I would like to meet for positive reasons, Murphy, Ed the Two Hour Wargames Guy, Irish Marine, Wolfhag, greenknight4, etc., and far too many to come immediately to mind. Each for different reasons: Some I would like to swap old "war stories" with, others to talk wargaming, and others to discuss the world's ills. I honestly could select just five.

However, there are a very small number of TMP members from over the years that I would like to meet face to face to see if they have same loud-mouthed bravado and insulting demeanor in person. But alas, it is probably for the best that they remain only on the computer screen.

If anyone wants to ever meet me and you happen to be near Jacksonville, North Carolina, just let me know.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

Its dangerous meeting Heroes in person, they rarely match up to our expectations of them!

Allen5719 Dec 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

I am a coward. Enjoy many on TMP and am not sue I want to be disillusioned.

14Bore19 Dec 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

Any, all since I don't know anyone who wargames with miniatures. But ok if pressed DAF because I think his work is outstanding.

RittervonBek19 Dec 2017 2:29 p.m. PST

John the OFM or Winston.

Legion 419 Dec 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

It's classified …

Timotheous Inactive Member19 Dec 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

+1 for John the OFM/Winston. He's witty, loves the AWI, and would be fun to talk too.

Altfritz for the same reasons.

I have met Nazrat and Kallman IRL, and they're both friendly, standup guys.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 3:50 p.m. PST

I've met Martin Goddard.

He tried to sell me a rule set.


In fact he sold me several.

evil grin

JAFD2619 Dec 2017 4:27 p.m. PST

Salutations, gentlefolk,

If I ain't too busy painting the figures, etc, I'm trying to get ready for Cold Wars, may make up 'JAFD26 nametag //so all of you will be able to avoid me//

BrockLanders Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 6:22 p.m. PST

I exchanged a few emails with Parvizal asking him about his spaceship rules. He seemed like a great guy and would probably be just as nice in person I would imagine

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2017 7:59 p.m. PST

IS it time for TMP Con?????

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 Dec 2017 9:01 p.m. PST

"TMP Members that you would most want to meet in person?"

I thought it read prison, not person. Wow, that would be something, wouldn't it!


Jack Burton20 Dec 2017 1:46 a.m. PST

Tango !

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2017 2:33 a.m. PST

Cacique Caribe, Tango1, John the OFM & many others including our Editor Bill.

Barin120 Dec 2017 2:37 a.m. PST

Interesting question…
I actually met JCfrog in Moscow once and we went together for military "Disneyland" in summer.
I've tried to meet another person from TMP in UK twice but it never happened.
Luckily for me, in my company I meet with people all over the world and even if they are not into wargaming (ok, one German guy is, but he think it will make him look childish ;)) it is always fun to talk with them on various subjects, that has nothing to do with work.
There's a number of very knowledgeable people here still, and even that I might not agree with them, they will still be fun to meet – Daniel S' 17th century knowledge is phenomenal. Major B, Legion 4, Lion, basileus66, and many others – there's a lot of people I'd like to meet one day.
Speaking of this, if you're ever in Moscow, you're welcome.

Kevin C, my grandfather lived in US before WWI,sent there for technical education, there he joined US communist party and returned to USSR end of 20s to start building a country of victorious communism. Obviously it made him US spy later on, so he was imprisoned in Gulag till Stalin's death. Children of the enemy of the state, if they were older than 14, could be sent to "child" gulag, so my father did a rare thing for these times and ran away to Uzbekistan, where he changed the name, joined the army, and rejoined the family after Stalin's death…

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member20 Dec 2017 4:06 a.m. PST


That is one amazing story!

A gulag for children? I know that Cuba had (and might still have) something like that. But this is the first time I hear a Russian source confirm that the USSR had them too. I think Nicaragua tried something like them for a short while, until they figured it was easier to "disappear" the kids than to run special teen schools for youth who would more than likely just end up becoming future dissidents and headaches to the state.

Was it just a work camp or was there an indoctrination level to it as well, like those in Cuba?


Durban Gamer20 Dec 2017 4:12 a.m. PST

TMP has enabled me to discover blogs of some gamers I feel exactly on the same wavelength with. People whose creativity I regularly admire and enjoy. People I would really like to befriend properly and game with, if only I didn't live far away on a frontier of the gaming world. Still, visiting their sites regularly is the next best thing!

Barin120 Dec 2017 4:51 a.m. PST

Dan, as with a lot of other things there was a whole system, with chain of various camps with different grade of suppression. If you were lucky, you'll just be sent into orphanage, or an indoctribation camp nearby.The unlucky could be sent thousands of miles away and spend years there.
Under the criminal law, existing in 30s and 40s, you could receive a capital punishment if you were older than 12. Just a few cases of these, but quite a number of 15 and 16 y.o. In their grace, the judges could get you a lifetime gulad instead of capital punishment. All in all, the threat was very real.

Legion 420 Dec 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

Thank you Barin ! You are among a few others here that are on my list I'd like to meet too ! thumbs up

Lonkka1Actual20 Dec 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

I seem to recall that The Chainmail Girl is or was a member here. I'd like to meet her, not all of you nerds and/or geezers… :P

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2017 8:22 a.m. PST


Thank you for sharing your family's story. One of my favorite things about The Miniatures Page is getting to hear about the interesting experiences of some of the members.

Thanks again,

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2017 11:42 a.m. PST

I'd like to meet anyone who would want to meet me.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

In all seriousness – top of my list would be Hal Thinglum.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

Gulags. Note that a Soviet orphanage for children of enemies of the people was not necessarily a step up from an actual camp in terms of chanced of survival. And while people were sometimes released from the gulags, there are evidently no known instances of the families being reunited in Stalin's lifetime.

Oh. The topic? Well, Hal Thinglum, Ed Mohrman and Moe the Great are the only three I can be sure actually exist, having contacted them outside of TMP. Are the rest of you really individuals, or part of Bill's software? (If there really is a Bill, of course.)

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member20 Dec 2017 7:31 p.m. PST

The one with beer in the cooler as he hands me a glass.

basileus66 Inactive Member20 Dec 2017 11:04 p.m. PST

Wow, Kevin, I feel flattered! But mind that I am not as clever as I look. I cheat: I only write about what I have some knowledge (which is not that much, to be honest)

Anyway, for the question at hand there is a lot of people that I would like to meet in person: Janner, Raúl (aka Tango), Robert, Winston, Kevin, Mithmee, SB, Barin… and quite few others!

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Dec 2017 2:55 a.m. PST

OFM/Winston and Tango/Armand would top my list.

KSmyth21 Dec 2017 5:50 a.m. PST

David Manley has been very kind and generous in supporting some of my projects over the years. I'd love to buy him a beer, talk gaming, or play a game at his annual naval gaming gig. Or heck, he could come to our annual December naval game.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

Almost everybody, and that doesn't mean I wouldn't wind up enjoying meeting those provisionally excluded by that "almost"-- online personas can be misleading (and I'm a friendly fellow anyway). The great thing about TMP is that we all do indeed have something in common, and that's a great place to start.

I'm also very flattered and honored to be mentioned in this thread. If y'all make it down to Nashcon, I pretty much always pop-in, or attend if I can. I'd love to meet TMPers there!

Buck21521 Dec 2017 2:48 p.m. PST

Each and every one of you! I would especially like to meet the female members (like Mrs. Miniatureships) who enjoy/work in the hobby so they could convince my wife to enjoy the hobby with me! I have failed miserably in that regard…

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2017 9:39 p.m. PST

I was lucky enough over the years to met a few of the folks here. Talked with Greenknight4 a lot over the years and he is a true gentleman. During a guided tour of the Bunker Hill battlefield in 1997 I was fortunate to have Der Alter Fritz in my audience. He is just as a nice in person as he is on his blog.

In the future I hope to run into a few more people. These include:

John the OFM at Cold Wars sometime. Would love to buy him a beer and talk Rev War.

Ironduke596 with the War of 1812.

And if course David Raybin to talk about the Crimean war, his most excellent rules and 19th century armies in general.

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