In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Back to Borden!

It's being a frightfully busy winter so far.

I started my OTC (Occupational Training Course) last weekend. I've been looking forward to it since my Basic ended really. It's tiring and eats up my days off, but I enjoy the experience and the people (OK I admit it, putting on the uniform hasn't gotten old yet either and we're in combats most of the time). The BOTC course just taught me how to walk, talk and look like an Army officer. This course is for my MOSID (Military Occupational Structure Identification) of Cadet Instructor; so it's three weekends of methods of instruction, different learning styles and adolescent development. I have 4 really dynamic instructors teaching us all this. The Senior Instructor is a corporate trainer, another is a Special Ed teacher and at least one of the other two is also a teacher.

But once I've completed the course I'll be eligible for commissioning and that skinny little OCdt bar will fatten up to a 2Lt's bar!

At the same time I have started organizing Hotlead, my annual miniature wargaming convention. So far, so good. After only three weeks I've got almost 2 dozen games listed (keep checking the website, they should be getting posted this weekend) and 5 dealers. I have vague promises for almost 2 dozen more games and a Warhammer 40K tournament, but they haven't sent me enough details to post yet.

This year we're having a War of 1812 theme, so there are a lot of horse and musket games, but we've also got a good selection of ancients, WW2 and a couple of naval games too.

On top of all this I've been trying to pursue a job lead. The potential employer wants to talk to me, but is awfully busy so we're trying to set something up for a Sunday when I'm not in Borden and he's not away (like this weekend). Hopefully we can make something work this week.

So last night was the first time I picked up my paint brushes in over a week and trying to schedule any games in the Basement o' Rabbits will probably have to wait a month until my course is over.


  1. annual miniature wargaming convention.


    1. What? I am the OC, El Supremo, Chief Bottle Washer and Main Organizer of said event. Granted, I do have a team of dedicated friends who help out on the day watching the doors, helping dealers unload and manning the firestep at the Bring and Buy. I couldn't run the show without their help (and my wife, who does the books, runs the admissions and keeps things ticking along administratively) but I'd say I've put my stamp pretty heavily upon Hotlead.

      Who's show would it be?

  2. There does come a time when putting on the uniform stops being exciting, but rest assured it's a long way off.
    Good luck in Borden(have you checked out the military museum there?) and with the job lead.
    Looks like Hot Lead is shaping up nicely.

  3. Not yet. Haven't had time to visit it being only up for rather full weekends. The static displays outside are quite nice though and I use them as navigational aides around the base.

  4. I've been contact by the CBC who are doing a program on 1812 and are interesting in checking out the wargaming angle. I think they'd be interested in Hot Lead. Can you drop me an email at

    thanks, Ross