Monday, 26 September 2016


Re-kindling the blog.

I will try to keep this brief. A few months ago I closed this blog down following my annoyance at 'some' comments made on a well known forum in connection with blogging and more specifically that I felt that bloggers efforts were taken for granted.


Since that time, I have tried to run a website that would provide a similar sort of creative outlet for me, though with a significant capping on the longer and more analytical type of postings. To some degree it has worked, but the web site does not have the flexibility that a blog has for what is essentially blog material. Further, I think interested parties find it harder to find my output, are less likely to routinely download DropBox files and I have not worked out a satisfactory way to get a blog reader listing onto the web site to promote other peoples blogs.

It strikes me that re-starting the blog is the simplest solution - however, I am loathe to return to a situation that I abandoned with such certainty, but clearly, I have thrown the baby out with the bath water when shutting down something I enjoyed based upon what simply amounts to irritating and unhelpful forum comments.

In view of this, I am taking a renewed approach to how I go about this. I have simply decided not to visit the places that cause me hassle and instead concentrate on blogs, which I find to be friendly and creative spaces. I also enjoy The Wargames Website forum, a well conducted forum run by 'Mike'.

There remains a large part of me that wants to be bloody minded and keep the blog closed, but a more sensible approach needs to win out, especially as I want to limit the size of downloaded articles for those that have data restrictive allowances, especially for those that browse on their phones and PDF's via DropBox is not the way to go about this.

The Commanders website will be funded for another year and I will modify that to run as a sort of 'wargames showcase'. A website and a blog have different strengths and weaknesses, so I hope to exploit the best of both and so each will have a distinctly different role and feel.

To all blog followers, thank you for your understanding and continued interest.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The ending of a blog

I have decided to discontinue posting to this blog.

For a while now, I have had growing reservations about blogging, in particular with the substantial time I invest in posts against how much those posts are actually valued by enough people to justify the effort.

This post from TMP ( LINK HERE - ) has help crystallise that decision.

The idea that somehow I might be thought of as a lazy blogger because I don't include a picture of blog in links that I leave on various forums has left me seeing red I'm afraid. We seem to be moving into an era of even faster internet browsing, where you need to draw a picture for the mass consumer, to help them decide where to click and which eye candy is confused with content.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the blog and brought it to where it s today, whether by comment or as a follower, I have always appreciated your voice.

I will continue to run my Commanders web page (a paid for site - so no adverts) and full support of my rules etc can be found there. The same depth of article is not likely to appear, but hopefully the pages will have enough substance to keep regular readers happy.

Please bookmark it if you find the content interesting, it is updated regularly and probably will become more relevant with the closing of the blog.

I have started a TMP post asking whether blogs are taken for granted ( see resources below for a link)

Cheers Norm Smith.


The Commanders web space LINK

Are blogs taken for granted? LINK.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Painting 28mm v 10mm or 12mm

I recently saw a post which concerned itself with whether it was faster to paint the larger scale or the smaller scale. The answers revealed a variety of factors, suggesting the matter was not so straight forward.

Having recently been painting 28mm ACW, for the post, I threw together a similar unit in 12mm to compare the differences in prep, painting and basing times.

This post demonstrates some of those differences.

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