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Dining Room Battles27 May 2024 12:16 p.m. PST

Truth in Advertising time: I'm a retired soldier and a Military Historian. I'm also a 100% Disabled Veteran. Now that sounds worse than it really is because I have a great quality of life and a beautiful bride of 37 years. When you fight bad guys with bullets, loud noises, loud explosions, jump out of perfectly good airplanes, concussions from fire fights – your body and mind tend to wear down after a while!

Anyway . . . painting helps in more ways than one. I have been an avid collector of toy soldiers at least from elementary school, started painting them when I was about 12 and wrote my first rules when I was 16. Two years ago I started to learn how to do watercolors (challenging and therapeutic) and now I am combining my two favorite hobbies. Mainly inspired by Bob Murch of Pulp Figures and his photography (and some others) I decided to start using some of my landscapes as backgrounds when taking pictures of my miniatures.


OSCS7427 May 2024 12:59 p.m. PST

When you retire a good hobby is a necessity.

Dining Room Battles27 May 2024 1:33 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2024 9:20 a.m. PST

I enjoy your projects, and your 10th Bengal Lancers are great.

Dining Room Battles29 May 2024 10:30 a.m. PST

The 10th Bengal Lancers are one of my favorite units – thanks!

DOUGKL02 Jun 2024 8:17 a.m. PST

Very nice work. thank you for sharing.

TheNorthernFront06 Jun 2024 3:44 p.m. PST

Good job man!!!

Dining Room Battles15 Jun 2024 3:57 p.m. PST

Thanks all.

Mad Guru09 Jul 2024 12:08 p.m. PST

I'm late to this thread but can't help but comment anyway: beautiful work (as usual), Neil! While our gaming styles are a bit different (yours more colorful pulpy, mine more drab historical) you and I have very similar hobby interests, so I've followed your efforts closely & considered myself a fan of yours for years -- but those watercolor landscape backdrops add a whole other level to the look of your table, and the Johdpur Lancer is simply incredible. Most impressive indeed! I've wanted to do something similar to your landscape backdrops for years. Maybe your success will inspire me to finally give it a try… but if it does, I'm sure I won't be as good a watercolor artist as you!

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