Monday, July 16, 2018

Brazos Evil Empire: GURPS Mecha

Brazos Evil Empire: GURPS Mecha: The Mecha Are Here! From battlesuited space marines making an orbital drop to cinematic Japanese anime action...

Sunday, July 15, 2018



20% OFF ALL 15mm and FT CODES for ONE WEEK ONLY!

The sale will run from 00:00 hours* (Midnight, UK time) tonight until Midnight next Sunday, the 22nd.
* Or even a little earlier if I decide to turn it on sooner......
In other words it will be on for ONE WEEK ONLY!

That gives you all a week to get your orders in, then allows me a week or so to catch up with dispatching them all before the end of the month, which is when I will have to start planning and casting for the forthcoming Autumn shows.

This year's Summer Sale is a simple one - no codes to enter, and no minimum qualifying order size - the sale prices will automatically be charged on all the eligible items - once the sale has begun, all the included items will have the special sale prices shown in RED on their product listing.
The SALE DISCOUNT is 20% OFF the normal retail prices on all of our 15mm and FT codes - in other words the following ranges:  SG15, MG15, TW15, V15 and all FT code items!

I'm afraid that this time round the 2mm, 6mm and 25mm codes are NOT included in the sale, mainly because I have to cast most of those up specially when they are ordered, while I try to hold almost all of the 15mm and FT ranges in stock most of the time.
Obviously you can order SALE and non-sale items in the same order, but only the qualifying items will come up at sale prices.

As usual, if any of you are on other relevant forums or other forms of social media, please feel free to copy and re-post the info in the news item for the benefit of anyone who might be interested.

Thanks for reading,
Jon (GZG), July 15th 2018.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

FUBAR Wargames

The FUBAR Wargames blog is dedicated to publishing free, simple, brief and clear rules for wargames.

Many of the sets featured here are the products of a collaboration between Craig Cartmell and a group of stalwart and imaginative wargamers who are called collectively The Forge of War Development Group.

The group’s golden rule is credit where credit is due. Thus each person who contributes to a game is credited for that contribution in the ruleset.

Craig has been designing and publishing free sets of rules for over twenty years, and gaming for a lot longer than that. Recently he hit pay dirt co-authoring the In Her Majesty’s Name series of wargames rules for Osprey with his old friend Charles Murton. This led him to not working on FUBAR and other projects, something that will now change with the creation of this blog.

Craig Cartmell, is a little strange and likes to talk about himself in the third person.

Forge Of War FB Page

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ebay Tank Haul

Got these in the mail today, not bad for the price, the shipping speed was better than most of the stuff I got from China. Just have to take out the pull back motor and wheels. Almost a true 15mm in scale
will be repainted of course and used for Stargrunt II and other sci-fi games.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Happy 4th Of July from Fort Hood TX

ZKZM-500 Laser Assault Rifle

As the U.S. prepares for war in space, China’s bringing the space war home. Its ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is reportedly capable of hitting a target from a kilometer away, igniting flammable objects, and burning through human skin. And it’s ready for production, the researchers behind the project claim.

A weapon that fires a destructive laser beam has been a dream of military researchers for decades. The US military has recently had some luck with huge laser-firing cannons that are intended to be mounted on ships or trucks and can take down a drone by burning through its body. But effective laser rifles for use by individual soldiers have been stuck in the land of fantasy. The South China Morning Post, however, spoke with researchers at the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (at the Chinese Academy of Sciences) who say they have developed a powerful laser rifle that will soon be in the hands of Chinese police who focus on anti-terrorism. From the report:
The 15mm calibre weapon weighs three kilos (6.6lb), about the same as an AK-47, and has a range of 800 metres, or half a mile, and could be mounted on cars, boats and planes...
In the event of a hostage situation it could be used to fire through windows at targets and temporarily disable the kidnappers while other units move in to rescue their captives.
It could also be used in covert military operations. The beam is powerful enough to burn through a gas tank and ignite the fuel storage facility in a military airport.
The gun is entirely silent and its beam is invisible, the vivid report alleges. A target wouldn’t know what’s happening, apparently, until a hole burned through their clothes in the blink of an eye and their skin and tissue experienced “instant carbonization” that, in the best case scenario, would leave a permanent scar. One researcher told the Morning Post that “the pain will be beyond endurance.” If the unfortunate target happened to be wearing flammable clothing, they could go up in flames, according to the report.
At $15,000-a-piece, the ZKZM-500 sounds relatively inexpensive, especially if you consider that it doesn’t require traditional ammunition. The weapon’s lithium battery can apparently handle over 1,000 laser bursts that last around two seconds each. But even though that cost would be feasible for some civilians, the technology is expected to be restricted for military and police use only.
Even that level of use could face pushback from other countries. As the Morning Postpoints out, the United Nations Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons came into force in 1998 and has been signed by 108 nations around the world. It bans the use of weapons that are specifically designed to cause permanent blindness, but as part of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, it lacks any real mechanisms for enforcement.
While hostage and anti-terrorist situations are being discussed as the most likely scenarios for these weapons to be used in the short-term, a promotional document uploaded to a Chinese government website and seen by the Morning Post also highlights its potential for use against “illegal protests.” China’s grip on the internet has tightened over recent years, making it more difficult to organize dissent.

Brazos Evil Empire: Tankers Tuesday: M56 Scorpion

Brazos Evil Empire: Tankers Tuesday: M56 Scorpion: M56 Scorpion: The Air-Transportable Vehicle : some kit bashed examples I bought a few years ago:

Tanker's Tuesday: Chieftain's Hatch: M56 Scorpion Part 2

Tanker's Tuesday: Chieftain's Hatch: M56 Scorpion Part 1

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Re-watched these this weekend

Brazos Evil Empire: THE MACROSS SAGA: New from A&E Home Entertainment : this DVD set contains all 36 digitally remastered episodes of the 1st Robotech War, also known as ...