Tuesday, July 29, 2008
during that era. The interesting thing to me is no matter how bad
the film is (or perhaps because of it) they make great gaming
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
SOTCW game at Gauntlet was great fun. His Andreivian
Turks had a very successful couple of days.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
craft left-over from the 1938 Martian invasion, the German
military first began field-trials of their various Death Ray
weapons in late 1943. By mid-1944 units began to receive
these weapons in limited quantities, typically with a single
unit receiving a mix of weapon types. Fitted to existing
halftrack mounts, these weapons were issued to anti aircraft
units, though they were often intended for ground attack uses.
Here we see both a Heat Ray and a plasma weapon of some
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Remember "Kolossal Wagen"? It's the one shown on the
bottom left for size comparison in this picture.
"Bill" you gotta make one of these!
full strength Panzerpionier platoons with Fausts and a
Flamethrower each, a Nebelwerfer battery with attached
PAK 40, a Panther platoon, and Flakwagens offboard in
reserve. Their CO and a Panzerschreck is with the Pioneers
defending the town and road bridge and their XO is with the
Pioneers defending the railway bridge.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
This is just one piece of 14. After the trenches are done
I'm moving into hedgerows, roads, and about 2 dozen
other projects! These are well underway:
MG Straight 4"
Mortar Straight 4"
Artillery Straight 4"
AT Straight 4"
End Straight 4"
T Intersection 4"
Small Corner Bunker
Objective Command Bunker Straight 4"
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Just picked up ten of these landing craft for amphibious
operations. Also have about 20 USMC LVT7s and other
amphibious craft. Working on a few other things, more
the day when hostile alien hordes finally invade Earth.
Looks like Ian was right... they'll be starting with our
tasty neighbors to the North. Watch Len create this
piece on YouTube.
Background, radio host Ian Punnett opens his Coast To
Coast show with a reference to all the alien ships cloaked
in outer orbit to remember to eat the Canadians first as they
are the tastier "free range North Americans", and it will
give us time to think up something.....;-)
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tank Girl's movie tank was a heavily-modified,
late-production Stuart M5A1 tank.
Late-production M5A1's featured a vent port between
the front two driver's hatches, a smooth right side
turret and sometimes a rectangular rear stowage box
(which the Tank Girl tank had).
The tank stolen from Water & Power is not the tank used
for the modifications. A Soviet (PT 76) was the tank in the
scene with the theme from "Shaft."
Interior shots were not done inside either the original stolen
Water & Power tank nor the modified tank.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
vehicle that could be airlifted or airdropped in support of
airborne forces. It was developed in the early 1950s on the
T55/T56 chassis developed for APC use. The M50 had six
106mm M40A1 recoilless rifles which fired HEAT or HEP.
It could carry 18 rounds if the gun tubes were loaded. All six
tubes could fire at once or singly and top tubes were fitted
with a M8C spotting rifle that was used to determine range.
The M50 was used solely by the U.S. Marine Corps after the
design was rejected by the U.S. Army when 106 mounted jeeps
were found to be adequate. The name "Ontos" means thing in
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
WMIK's provide close fire support, Land Rover Wolf XD's provde transport for the RMP detachment, Stripped down Wolf's provide a Long Range Recce capability, and the Ambulance at the rear provides casualty evacuation
Every vehicle in the Modern British Task Force has an orange 'Friendly Fire Identifier'.
As many of the operations (wargames) undertaken occur along side our sizeable American Unit, efforts must be made to reduce the chances of 'Blue on Blue' incidents.
recon rolls to refine this map.
You will place your defenses as you see fit and then report
to me with a proper annotated map.
No idea what the name is but, they did
Against a backdrop of the Stars and Stripes, General George S. Patton (George C. Scott) addresses his troops on the eve of battle. His uniform is impeccable, his medals uncountable, and his ramrod demeanor unassailable. As he speaks to the men about to embark on their first great adventure, his manor runs the gamut from stern, to jovial, amused, profane and reverent. To Patton, it is obvious that war is the greatest expression of the human condition.
North Africa, 1942: In their first encounter with Rommel's Africa Corps, the Americans are badly beaten. In the post-battle assessment, Gen. Omar Bradley (Karl Malden) decides what's needed is the best tank commander they have: Patton. He answers the call and arrives amid wailing sirens and a cloud of dust. He's also early and catches most of the soldiers off guard, a mistake they learn not to make again. Believing the casual attitude diplayed by the troops to be the primary source of their defeat, he quickly begins to set things to rights. Patton's belief in himself is unshakable, and there's only one way to get things done-his way. Quickly re-estblishing discipline and routine, he commands his men with an iron fist. He also has great respect for the Germans he's up against, and has studied the tactics of Rommel in the field.
Monday, July 7, 2008
6mm conversion for Beamstrike, 10 pages
A4 supplement, still requires Beamstrike
core rules and charts pack to play.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
On July 2, 1776, after long and wrenching debate, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the Mother Country and the next night John Adams went back to his rooming house in sweltering, sticky Philadelphia to write, by candlelight, two of the most famous letters in American history. Addressing his beloved wife Abigail in far-away Boston, he exulted in the birth of a new nation:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.
You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not…
It may be the will of Heaven that America will suffer calamities still more wasting, and distress yet more dreadful. If this is to be the case, it will have this good effect at least. It will inspire us with many virtues which we have not, and correct many errors, follies and vices which threaten to disturb, dishonor and destroy us. The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in States as well as individuals...But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe.
The prophetic nature of his vision still makes the heart race and takes the breath away, some 231 years later. Predicting “illuminations” (the 18th Century term for fireworks!) to celebrate Independence Day from “one end of the continent to the other” remains almost freakishly prescient. When Adams wrote those words, the colonies occupied only a narrow, intermittent strip of settlements along the eastern seaboard; the very notion of a true continental nation looked wildly implausible, all but unimaginable.
The one mistake in Adams’ view of the future involved his assumption that future generations would celebrate the Second of July (the date of the adoption of the resolution for Independence) rather than the Fourth of July (the date Congress approved the specific wording of the Declaration which Adams had helped his friend Thomas Jefferson to write.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Now available, four new packs of 15mm SF - a second
pack of Colonial Security Cops in caps, and THREE
different packs of ARMED civilians/colonists! A wide
mix of urban and "outback" clothing (some very
SF-Western style, with a couple of Very Big Hats),
and a varied assortment of weapons - pistols, carbines,
shotguns, hunting rifles and more. Great for RPG
character figures and survivalist types (zombie hunting
anyone?) as well as for making up stands of armed
colonists to repel the slavering bug hordes... or maybe
just get eaten.
SG15-V6 Colonial Security (Cops) pack 2 (8 figs) £2.50
SG15-V7 Armed Civilians/Colonists pack A (8 figs) £2.50
SG15-V8 Armed Civilians/Colonists pack B (8 figs) £2.50
SG15-V9 Armed Civilians/Colonists pack C (8 figs) £2.50