About Me

I have been collecting, painting, and converting miniatures for more than 20 years. It started with 1/72nd scale WWII models. My brother, cousin and I had hundreds of American, British, and German soldiers and we spent hours fighting epic battles across the living room floor, or better yet, the backyard, without the benefit of dice, tape measures, or rules. We painted them with glossy Testor paint and chunky model brushes.

I discovered Dungeons and Dragons around 1979 and soon had piles of 25mm orcs, elves, and wizards that replaced my interest in history for a time as we embarked on new adventures. Ral Partha paints replaced my enamels and artists brushes found their way into my growing collection.

When I was in college, I attended a "Wargames Show" and watched a demo game that portrayed a Viking raid on a Norman settlement, complete with model longships and stone keep. I also got to play in a WWI trenchwar participation game where I commanded several dozen hapless German infantry who ended up cut to pieces by machineguns while they were trying to navigate the wire. As I remember the games now, neither were presented very well, but at the time I was hooked! I bought a batch of new 1/72nd German infantry, some trucks to mechanize them, and three Panzer tanks. I also found used copies of Operation Warboard by Gavin Lyall, Charge! by Brig. P. Young and Lt.Col. J. P. Lawford, and a WRG Ancients Wargames Rules booklet.

It was Games Workshop that got me started on serious painting. I collected models for Warhammer and Warhammer 40k. White Dwarf had regular articles on painting and modeling and took some of the mystery out of the various techniques I had observed on other models. but never had satisfactorily explained to reproduce them. Wargames Foundry combined excellent models, well painted adverts, and unusual periods to pull me back into historical collecting.

I have the attention span of a five-year old and change periods constantly. My focus depends on the last book I read, movie I saw, or new release from my favorite companies, but I have recently tried to focus my energies on several limited periods to produce professional quality armies for them before moving on. In 2005, I was fairly successful at concentrating on the English Civil War, amassing something around 150 models and writing my own rule set (available free), Victory Without Quarter, that has caught on with a small number of players around the globe. I also spent a couple of months painting Inquisitor models, both in 28mm and 54mm (the later have yet to make much of an appearance on the site... maybe this year).


Quindia Studios
I have been able to give back to the hobby in a small way with my partnership with Barry Hilton. We have published four books together: two editions of Beneath the Lily Banners, Republic to Empire, and Donnybrook. My talents have been mostly employed with artwork, layout, and sharing photography duties, but I lent a hand writing the rule portion of Donnybrook. The game was based on a one-page skirmish rule set I've used at my own table for years. We have MANY more books in queue!

I also have an extensive range of wargame flags available from the League of Augsburg shop (again with MANY more to come).

March 31, 2007
On this day, I married by best friend, Sara. She is an amazing person who has allowed the invasion of our home for game night on a regular basis for the last thirteen years. She is also an incredible artist and although I have yet to convince her to paint up a battalion or two of "little men" as she calls them, she has helped me with terrain and has made sure that one of the rooms of our home has always been designated as the game room.





June 27, 2015

I lost my wife of eight years today - We were together for over twenty-two. She has been struggling with multiple health issues her whole life, but the last year has been extremely difficult. Still her passing was completely unexpected. Though I could never get her to paint 'little men' as she called them she was an amazing artist...



She did help me build terrain, would listen to endless prattle about the difference between dragoons and cuirassiers, and never asked why I ordered a pile of Napoleonic cavalry when all these Orks were scattered around the house. We moved several times over the years and she always made sure one room in our home was designated as the 'game room'. She was absurdly proud of my work Beneath the Lily Banners, Republic to Empire, and Donnybrook and never begrudged the hours I spent tucked away in my office working on these books or painting models.

She was truly my best friend and I have no idea how life goes forward. My father said it best, "Son, it will never be the same." I suspect this hobby will become an even bigger part of my life and Sara would want it that way...