Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TJOTMS, Ep 18: Arrival - Battle of Apache Canyon

Well They've gone and done it!  Hats off boys great game and the lead up was to die for!

From The Major:
*The big weekend finally arrived. We played 8 games (7 connected) games and it really lived up to everything I thought it would....* *Background* After fighting her way across Sector Six and beyond, the KCS Mary Shelley has finally arrived at her goal, New Texas: the source of teleportium and possibly the key to galactic wide instantaneous galactic wide teleportation. (see all previous posts labeled "Voyages of the Mary Shelly") Unfortunately, not only is the planet engulfed in a brutal Civil War, but the sworn enemy of Colores, the 4th Reich, has also sent a warship to New Texas.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mecha Monday: Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01

The Madox-00 is armed with a rifle that fires large caliber rounds, a spear in the left hand, and a grapple claw located in the pelvis.
The Madox-01 is equipped with built-in chainsaw located in the left & right shoulder binder, a claw hand on the right arm, and by default a laser-guided mini-gun mounted on the right arm. During the demo against remote tanks the Madox-01's mini gun is removed and armed with a twin anti-tank rocket system and wing mounted mini missile launchers. The Madox-01 has a large array of addition weapons and is deployable from a Blackhawk Helicopter.
A Madox-02 was referred to by Ellie, although it was said to be in maintenance and is never shown, except for a brief glimpse beforehand of it on static display at the test grounds during the demonstration in the opening scene of the OVA.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Reflections On D Day

Today marks the 74th anniversary of one of the most significant
events of the twentieth century, the Normandy invasion. As this
event makes me think of all those veterans of that war that all
around me as a kid, and we see less and less of as time goes on.
It caused me to reflect and remember on that very important day.
I've known two gentlemen that were involved in D Day, who have
long since passed on and many others in different theaters of that
massive conflict, and a few that were on the other side that either
immigrated here or that I met while serving in the US Army in
other parts of the world. It is fitting that we remember their service
and sacrifices. It is my hope that next year there are fitting
commemorations held by all respective governments......

Tribute To My Grandfather (Written Several Years Ago)

Heinz Muller
My grandfather was my maternal grandmother's second husband, and therefore
of no blood relation to me however, I knew no other grandfather growing up. Both
my biological grandfathers lived until I reached adulthood but, I saw them not often
because of the distance of where they lived.
Papa Henni, as I knew him had one of the most interesting of lives, born in Germany
and growing up there after WWI in a small farm village in East Prussia, it was easier
to get to his uncle's fields by cutting through Poland! it even resulted in him getting
shot at by Polish boarder guards a few times. Because of where and when he grew
up he developed a great facility for language, he grew up speaking German, Polish,
Russian, Slovak, and later learned English and Japanese.He in early teens was an
ardent anti-nazi, he told me of putting sand down the gas tanks of army trucks! He
then would put it like this; "I was asked to politely leave at the business end of a
Kar98!" Not surprising given another of his stories where he tells of his village where
half the houses are flying the flag of the Weimar Republic the other half the nazi flag,
his house had the old Imperial battle flag because his uncle Willy was convinced that
the Kaiser would return! So perhaps it was no shock that My grandfather would go
against the authorities...
In 1936 he came to the states with his father and later followed by his uncle Willy,
He became an American citizen in 1940 and after Pearl Harbor joined the US Army
and went to Training in Mississippi, where he also taught German to Officers
heading to Europe. He as A German was sent to the Pacific theater. His first stop
was for several months in Schofield BKS Hi, where he stayed in the same building
that I was assigned to many years later, I Quad. His tails of training there came
home to me many times as I marched over the same ground that he did many
years before me
He went on to the Pacific theater where in one story he was watching a PBY being
worked on and a naval officer asked him "Sergeant do you like what you see, my
Grandfather replied as he said (like an idiot) Yes Sir" He was then asked could he
fire a 50 cal Machine -gun he replied "Yes sir , on the ground" the officer said it
shouldn't mater...The next thing he knew he was in the right bubble manning the
50 cal flying out over the islands in a PBY. He didn't go too much into detail about
that other than saying he gunned allot of tomato gardens, later learned that was
slang for any Japanese installation.The next stories he told me involved running into
various islanders that were fluent in German! In the first story he is walking along
this recently occupied island and hears someone singing "Watch On The Rhine"
a very patriotic German song being done in flawless German, he walks up and
finds this little old man cutting vegetables who as it turned out used to work in the
German governors mansion. In the next story he and another German American
GI are at this elaborate ceremony
where the chief is in the full black top hat and
tails but spats and no shoes. My grandfather speaking in German to his friend
said you think they could have got him some shoes...Then thinking nothing about
it is approached by the same Chief who proceeds in perfect German to apologias
for his lack of proper attire etc...My grandfather said he felt about 2 inches tall at
that point, lol.
The next things he really went into were how he learned Japanese from a Buddhist
monk while on occupation duty in Japan. I guess the reason I thought of all these
things was I turn 53 tomorrow 11 Jan, and was going back over the many things I
learned from this very interesting man, and how it was really him that caused me
to make a career in the army.Sadly Papa Henni passed away just before Germany
was reunified and didn't live to see that, I'm sure he would had allot of interesting
things to say. The other reason that brought all this to mind was my friend Tim was
showing some of his Japanese aircraft models and my mind sort of went back to
these thoughts. There are so many other stories that I half remember now and so
many other life lessons he taught me, that of all the people I've met in my life he I
miss the most.....

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Far Alamo

Far Alamo – Your Western Heroes Vs the Bugs from Starship Troopers
by the director of "Darth by Darthwest (Fabrice Mathieu)
has done it again. Known for his unusual (and unlikely) movie mashups
this time Fabrice takes us to the wild west and to the far-flung edges of
our galaxy. A host of western heroes (John Wayne, Yul Brynner,
Clint Eastwood and so on!) face off with the horde of bugs from the
movie Starship Troopers.
Far Alamo

Tankers Tuesday: K2 Black Panthers ROK Army

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Madasahatta Campaign

Eric Knowles was one of the pioneers of British wargaming, and his recent death marks the passing of one more member of that small group that made British wargaming what it is today. This book is dedicated to his memory, and particularly the Madasahatta Campaign, the long-running First World War Colonial wargame campaign that he ran

Madasahatta Campaign

Monday, May 28, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kitbashing Model Spaceships with Snap Ships

One of our favorite discoveries from this year's Maker Faire was Snap Ships, a construction kit for designing and building your own miniature space ships. We chat with Jeff from Snap Ships about how the parts connect, the types of ships you can make, and what it'll take to turn 3D-printed

.Snap Ships.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hellcat Movie

THE BATTLE OF THE LAST PANZER | The Last Panzer Battalion | Full Length ...

Bad movie but fun......

Tanker's Tuesday : VT-4

The VT-4’s roots are in the Al-Khalid tank developed in the 1990s. The Al-Khalid tank was largely built with mostly Chinese and Pakistani technology, but a sore spot for the Chinese designers was their lack of ability to provide a power plant for the tank. The engines for the tank had to be sourced from Germany or Ukraine. Ukraine ended up providing the production run for the Al-Khalid tank. As a result, the VT-4 program’s primary objective when it began in 2009 was to build an indigenous power plant for future domestic and export tanks. Due to the success of this engine development program, many VT-4 marketing materials tout the reliability and performance of its engine.


Norinco - VT4 Main Battle Tanks Public Show Demonstration [1080p]

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Well, it has taken me a couple of days longer than planned, but ALL the new releases from SALUTE and HAMMERHEAD are now up on the store and available to order!
Check out the featured items at the foot of this page, or just go to the relevant pages in the 15mm SG listings as usual.
All of the following are now fully available:
SG15-N45        NSL Colonial Jaeger Command and Comms - 8 figures, 2 each of 4 poses - Officer in Greatcoat with binocs, Officer in Greatcoat advancing with heavy pistol, kneeling comms operator with data pad, kneeling observer with binocs.
SG15-N46         NSL Colonial Jaeger Autocannon teams with NEW DESIGN weapon hardware (2 weapon teams)
SG15-N47         NSL Colonial Jaeger RAM Mortar teams with NEW DESIGN weapon hardware (2 weapon teams)
SG15-N48         NSL Colonial Jaeger Auto Grenade Launcher teams with NEW DESIGN weapon hardware (2 weapon teams)
SG15-N49         NSL Colonial Jaeger Plasma Cannon teams with NEW DESIGN weapon hardware (2 weapon teams)
NSL PANZERGRENADIERS: four new packs, three of which REPLACE the original N18, N19 and N20 Heavy Weapons packs; for those of you with existing armies, we will keep the old-style packs listed and in production for a while at least, so that you can complete units with the old weapons if you wish - but do take a look at the new options (from 3D print masters designed by MMG), they are really SO much better!
SG15-N18X         NSL Pzgr Autocannon teams with NEW DESIGN weapon hardware (2 weapon teams) - replaces original pack code N18.
SG15-N19X         NSL Pzgr RAM Mortar teams with NEW DESIGN weapon hardware (2 weapon teams) - replaces original pack code N19.
SG15-N20X         NSL Pzgr Auto Grenade Launcher teams with NEW DESIGN weapon hardware (2 weapon teams) - replaces original pack code N20.
SG15-N21X         NSL Pzgr Plasma Cannon teams with NEW DESIGN weapon hardware (2 weapon teams)
For the OUTRIM COALITION MARINES, a new pack of anti-armour support weapons, plus THREE variants of all-new GRAV BIKES!
SG15-RC09        OutRim Coalition Anti-Armour Support Weapons pack - in hardsuits; 2 poses with anti-vehicle hypervelocity missile systems, 2 poses with heavy railgun sniper rifles  (8 figures)
SG15-RC31        OutRim Coalition Scout Grav Bikes - 2 single-seat bikes with riders
SG15-RC32        OutRim Coalition Two-seat Grav Bikes - 2 extended bikes each with rider and pillion passenger rifleman
SG15-RC33        OutRim Coalition Attack Grav Bikes - 2 single-seat bikes with riders, each bike supplied with options for twin gauss autocannons or twin plasma cannons  
The KRA'VAK get some lovely two-seat bikes, with options of bareheaded or helmeted riders and passengers:
SG15-K27        Kra'Vak TWO-SEAT GRAV BIKES - two extended bikes with riders and passengers (bareheaded)
SG15-K28        Kra'Vak TWO-SEAT GRAV BIKES - two extended bikes with riders and passengers (in HELMETS)
Last but by no means least, a BIG release of many packs of CARGO, STOWAGE and similar stuff - not the most exciting things, but invaluable for many purposes - truck loads, vehicle stowage, basing detail, barricades, scenery in and around spaceports and warehouses.... the list of possibilities is endless!
All from 3D print designs by MMG, while they are all intended for 15mm, many packs are suitable for multi-scale use - anything from 28mm down to 6mm shipping containers!
Available so far, with even MORE to follow.....
V15-ACC40        Assorted pack: 2 each of 4 different drums, kegs etc, 4 each of 2 different gas canisters - items also available in packs ACC43, ACC45, ACC46 and ACC49 (16 pieces)
V15-ACC41        Cargo Cubes - assorted pack of NINE cubic cargo containers in several different types, each approx. 10mm square (1m scale size)
V15-ACC42        Large Hexagonal cargo and storage cases (12 pieces, 3 each of 4 types) - ideal for human or alien races (Kra'Vak, Crusties, Xar etc)
V15-ACC43        Large moulded polymer chemical drums (12 pieces)
V15-ACC44        Small stowage items - jerrycans, ammo drums and boxes, small canisters etc (30 pieces, 6 each of 5 different designs)
V15-ACC45        Gas Canisters/Cylinders (16 pieces, 8 each of 2 types)
V15-ACC46        Steel drums (12 pieces)
V15-ACC47        Cargo Cans (12 pieces, 4 each of 3 types)
V15-ACC48        Stowage boxes, chests and cans (12 pieces, 3 each of 4 types)
V15-ACC49        Kegs/Barrels (12 pieces, 6 each of 2 types)
V15-ACC50        Ribbed Equipment Cases (18 pieces, as 2 each of 9 different sizes)
V15-ACC51        Small/Medium multi-sided cases - assorted Hexagonal and Octagonal drums, cases and containers (20 pieces, 4 each of 5 designs) - ideal for human or alien races (Kra'Vak, Crusties, Xar etc)
V15-ACC52        Ammo and Supply cases (12 pieces, 4 each of 3 types)
Well, that's it for this batch!
There will be even MORE new stuff coming over the next couple of months, so please keep checking back here for the latest news updates.
Thanks for reading,
Jon (GZG), May 8th 2018.

David's Cold Weather Sahadeen by Rebel Minis

Way back in May 2009, I bought a pack of Sahadeen from Rebel Minis after seeing a review of them on the Dropship Horizon blog. I eventually bought a weapons pack and a pack of Sahadeen War Maidens to go with the basic squad and then I got stuck for painting ideas.
A thread on TMP discussed the lack of suitable cold climate troops - the only figures people could suggest were either a small range from Khurasan Miniatures (which I can't find on their website) or the Scandinavian Federation figures from Ground Zero Games.

It was at this point that I began to wonder how the Sahadeen might look if painted up for a cold climate.

I decided that the breather masks would be GW Scab Red - a splash of colour in an otherwise subdued pallet of greys and middle blue armour. Bases were also painted Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey. I then glued on scattered pieces of my green sponge/bush flock and dabbed these with Tamiya X-2 White as if they were little snow dusted bushes.

As the paint went on, the figures began to come alive and I felt, in my own mind, that my colour choice was sound. While the Sahadeen were conceived of as a desert people, their hoods and breather units and goggles could equally be used by a people living in a wet and/or cold or otherwise bleak climate.

Looking at the figures, I'm reminded of the cover art for the Andre Norton novel, Night of Masks. Set on a blasted world orbiting a red giant, anyone needing to go out on the surface has to wear both breathers and light-enhancing goggles.

So, I'm pretty pleased with the way my Sahadeen have come out, and I like the fact that with a little bit of lateral thought, one can make any science fiction figures fit into any story you wish to tell.

And here's the entire unit - two squads of riflemen, a heavy weapons squad, and an HQ squad.

See more of David's splendid work here : David's Painting and Modeling Log

Tanker's Tuesday: U.S. Army Its Next Super Tank