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Model 1784 French Dragoon Sword

Model 1784 French Dragoon Sword

Well here’s my latest vastly overpriced sharp and pointy purchase! It’s either my third or fourth antique sword, depending on whether you count my bayonet. This is a Model 1784 French Dragoon’s saber made in 1831 in Klingenthal. This is pretty long for a single-handed sword, with a lot of reach from horseback. It has…

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Some characters from The Heron Kings created in Hero Forge

Some characters from The Heron Kings created in Hero Forge

Thanks to the crappy weather yesterday I pretty much stayed inside enjoying thick-cut bacon sandwiches, rye & Benedictine cocktails, and messing around on Hero Forge. This is a tool for D&D gamers and other like fans to design and order their own semi-custom character models as game pieces or whatever. I’ve never played board RPGs…

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We Men of Ash and Shadow by HL Tinsley

We Men of Ash and Shadow by HL Tinsley

Am I starting to go overboard with the props? Maybe, but it’s too much fun… We Men of Ash and Shadow is the debut novel from HL Tinsley, and is a grimdark industrial fantasy that grips you hard from the beginning and tosses aside all notions of hope or redemption, until it doesn’t. John Vanguard…

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Spotted in the Wild

Spotted in the Wild

This is just a quick post that no one will read but is important to me. One of my goals in my Cyclopean quest to get The Heron Kings published was to see it on a real, honest to gods bookshelf, in a real store somewhere. Call me a whore for validation, whatever. Today I…

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King of Assassins by RJ Barker

King of Assassins by RJ Barker

Just in case anyone thought I didn’t also own a katana. King of Assassins is the explosive concluding volume of RJ Barker’s epic Wounded Kingdom trilogy. Whatever you were expecting from this climatic book, I think it’s safe to say you’re going to be getting much, much more than you bargained for. This is a…

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The True Bastards by Jonathan French

The True Bastards by Jonathan French

  The True Bastards is the follow-up to Jonathan French’s riveting first Lot Lands adventure, The Grey Bastards. This sequel expands on the story left partly unfinished at the end of the first book, but not in the ways you might expect. This volume switches to the viewpoint of Fetching, now chief of the half-orc…

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Cleaning up a M1866 French Chassepot Bayonet

Cleaning up a M1866 French Chassepot Bayonet

I recently ordered a French M1866 Chassepot rifle bayonet from 1873 off ebay. The rifle was an early modern style breechloader, and the bayonet was slid over the barrel and a slot on the grip locked it into place. I love the curved yataghan style blade, and in fact I’ve decided to write the character…

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The Heron Kings earns a Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The Heron Kings earns a Publishers Weekly Starred Review

This week I learned (thanks to Mage’s Almanac) that the trade publication Publishers Weekly gave The Heron Kings a very nice starred review. I’m told by people familiar with the industry that this is a good thing to have, indicating books of “exceptional merit.” I don’t know about that, but apparently booksellers and even film…

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