Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Where it Happens

Moving to a new place with a young family a couple of years ago produced some big changes in my life.  The house was, as they say in these parts, "a fixer" that has required much renovation.  Some of it I've done myself. The result has been less time for painting, terrain making and gaming.  The trade off is that I have acquired what every gamer dreams of - a space dedicated solely to to my hobbies and obsessions.  This "man cave", tucked away beneath our house, has become a place of refuge for me and my sons.  They drink their cold milk and watch cartoons, occasionally "helping" with painting.  I get to focus on my new projects, which I hope to elaborate in forthcoming blogs.

No, there are no Rattlesnakes in the room.  The sign is a relic inherited from the previous owner.

My painting table and reference library.  Zooming in you'll find primed and half-painted 15mm Seven Year's War characters, 25mm Fallshirmjäger, 15mm WW2 German armor, 1:1200 Renaissance galleys, 25mm WW1 British and Germans, 15mm late-sixteenth-century Spanish pike, to name but a few.  One of the resolutions for 2012 will be to focus on one project at a time, and get back to the gaming table.

Some of my storage solutions.  An old metal filing cabinet is just right for most scales.  Up in the house I have something a little more presentable with some of my best painting on display.

Where I work as one of the museum curators.  Its a tough job, but someone has to do it!  You can see me talking about some of the collection here.


  1. Nice setup Kevin! I am looking forward to your posts. I hope these days you have better glue :)

  2. I like the desk - very nicely done!

  3. Brilliant - thanks for sharing !

    Love the library of reference books too. The way that you have breathed new life into that building is brilliant.

    Best wishes for the coming year - its going to be a good one !

  4. Hi Kevin. Your story sounds very similar to my own. After many years of wanting, I'm currently converting part of my attic space for use as a painting and gaming area (We've been in our current house for just 18 months and it too was a real 'doer-upper'). Look forward to your future posts. All the best.

  5. Nice setup! I love these shots of hobby spaces - I find it very interesting to see how we all muddle along with our interests.

  6. ...also like the recycling of the map drawers (I'm an archivist so I see these a lot!).


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