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As this is my first toot please allow me to introduce myself.

I am a tabletop wargamer playing medieval & renaissance miniatures games in 15 mm.

I have a blog at which has been running since 2008.

Mastodon tip 

I've found that the Federated view on Mastodon is both really fun and very useful for working out what to filter out.

Juggling two Mastodon accounts. 

Anyone else doing this and found a way to transfer filters between the two?

I have looked in preferences. What have I missed?

Cover art for Duncan Hamilton's book First officer, the second in the Alpha Protocol series.
Available on Amazon if you're interested.

#Concept #SciFi #scifisart #illustration #art #digitalart #spaceships #visdev #coverart

It's been two weeks since i joined Mastodon. To date my most liked post has been one about a satsuma. I think i need to understand my target audience a bit better

Going for an “any time” train ticket because understanding what constitutes “off peak” requires an expert knowledge of advanced calculus, economics, law and philosophy.

Anyone used 18 mm Wofun for ancient or medieval games with 40 mm bases?

I've been told i have to do a Xmas list. I set myself some rules:
- No games i won't play
- No books I won't read
- No figures i won't paint.

It's a short list

Hi everyone, some finished photos of a 28mm war elephant diorama I just finished 🎨
Some of the figures are converted and the caparison is hand painted 😊🖌
#paintingminiatures #miniaturepainting #tabletop #painting #paintingminis #miniatures

Starting to divide emails into main two categories:

1. “Okay, I’ll sort that out”
2. “Sounds like a January problem to me”

Comics for sale (UK) 

I have a very large collection of for sale.

About 1,500 in all. Stored bagged & boxed in NW England.

Sensible offers please. Boosts welcome

Test piece for what will be very much of an oddball unit. The Parthians are said to have used cataphracti on (armored?) camels at the battle of Nisibis in AD 217 by Herodian. Yet there's just a veeery tenuous indication that the Romans used camel borne cataphracts themselves. In a papyrus from AD 300 there's mention of two cataphractarii in Ala II Herculia Dromedariorum. By that point cataphractarius might have just been a rank though. Yet an intriguing idea #wargaming #WarPainter #3rdCenturyAD

Sunday wargaming thoughts 

I'm painting 15 mm Arab Conquest figures from Forged In Battle in an attempt to distract myself from the, nearly constant, stress of moving house. No photos as my camera has been packed and put in storage.

The thing about Twitter is that it really lacks a lot of the features you'd expect from a true Mastodon replacement.

For example, there's no way to edit your toots (which they, confusingly call "tweets"—let's face it, it's a bit of a silly name that's difficult to take seriously).

"Tweets" can't be covered by a content warning. There's no way to let the poster know you like their tweet without also sharing it, and no bookmark feature.

There's no way to set up your own instance, and you're basically stuck on a single instance of Twitter. That means there's no community moderators you can reach out to to quickly resolve issues. Also, you can't de-federate instances with a lot of problematic content.

It also doesn't Integrate with other fediverse platforms, and I couldn't find the option to turn the ads off.

Really, Twitter has made a good start, but it will need to add a lot of additional features before it gets to the point where it becomes a true Mastodon replacement for most users.

#twitter #mastodon #twittermigration


Hooray! I have had a temporary filling fitted to my recently broken tooth. Hope it lasts. Full repair due next year.

If you're still on or, you're about to lose track of It's for the safety of our comrades: this is the quieter, kinder part of the fedi where we walk away from instances that can't or don't control harassers.

I know a lot of you on and .online are newcomers who landed there because so many other instances have closed to new accounts. Please take this time to explore the fediverse and find somewhere with more reliable moderation.

Monday Morning 

Here I am with a broken tooth waiting for the light to improve so I can paint something to take my mind off said broken tooth. Dentist said ring back Wednesday!

Almost 180k new users joined #mastodon yesterday, a new record. This third #twitterMigration wave happened after Musk's Twitter 2.0 ultimatum to #Twitter workers. Each wave is stronger than the previous one. Here is my updated plot showing the three consecutive waves.

Image viewing tip (Web) 

I find it's much easier to point at images rather than click, enlarge and click through a gallery.

To do this I use with the Hover Zoom+ extension by Oleg Anashkin -

Bad pun & Toot filtering 

Just set up a "hashtag coffee" filter to cut down the beverage based, pseudo-drug, chatter.

Mastodon housekeeping 

I'm finding it's necessary to review each new person I follow to either block their boosts or unfollow all together.

The recent batch of newbies seem to be . Must be a

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