Tuesday, January 31, 2012

King Tiger Turned Heavy Gear Support Aller

Back in 97 I got into Heavy Gear and at that time they were
in 1/87th scale.They had a wide range of Gears and Infantry
but, only one of the light tanks were available...So I took a
Roco King Tiger and made this by cutting the top deck turning
it around to rear mount the turret, replaced the standard
turret with a modified M60 and other bits.......


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Spares Box - part 2

Like I said....it gets worse! LOL

Spares Box - part 1

Several of my blog-o-sphere compatriots have put up photos of their bits boxes.....had the thought after seeing them if we could all put our spares together what could we make?
At the very least we'd do a splendid job clogging up a room!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


paleogamer, paleogame, to paleogame, n. 1. a gamer who has been gaming since
before 1985; from paleolithic ("old stone"). 2. any game, usu. from a micropress,
published before 1985. 3. any game that uses a lot of D&Disms, regardless of the
date of publication. 4. game supplement or milieu that is obviously designed for D&D
or AD&D. 4. (mild perjorative) a game product that appears to have been published
before the widespread use of desktop publishing software. [JPW]

Addendum: Today's gamers use "paleogamer" to refer to players who've been gaming
since the early eighties. When I started gaming (in the late seventies), the term referred
to gamers who started in the early seventies, and is still sometimes used that way.
and a friend put it this way and I quote,"
Paleogamer? Does this make me Neolithic, I wonder, been Gaming since back in the
Sixties! In fact I was "playing with soldiers" (spit) with an age in single figures, in the
Fifties! In the early 60s (My teens) the hobby took off with the advent of cheap plastic
figures and Donald Featherstone, and I realised there were RULES to do this properly,
WOW, you could actually bring to life all those Movies that were constantly playing on
the back of my eyelids. I was a Wargamer per se until discovering D&D, the basic game
that was a re-engineered set of Wargame rules, then AD&D in the late Seventies; after
that never stopped! I figure I am at least Early Stone Age - keep banging the rocks
together, guys! - and may even be a surviving Dinosaur.... though I know gamers older
than me! (Well, knew, they are probably dead by now, or took too many casualties!)
Just call me a late developer! Ian Winterbottom"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Top Ten War Movies For Gamers?

This is a broad and VERY subjective question, what are the top
ten most played movies turned miniature games? If your like me
and into various historical and Science fiction genera this list can
easily exceed ten! So I'll limit myself to games I've actually took
part in.

In no particular order:

Played three linked games around "Saving Private Ryan" using a
modified Stargrunt rules

"Starship Troopers" at least eight games when the figures and
rule set came out as they were owned by a member of the
games group I was in at the time.

"Gettysburg" that went on for over a month at
my friend Bill's house using Johnny Reb rules.

"Braveheart" did the battle of Stanford Bridge both
the cinematic version and the historic (with the bridge)
Used the old Chainmail rules.

"Return Of The King" did a huge combined game
with the collections of six people (lots of Orc and
humans and various other nasties) took a weekend
to set up and played it on the following used
AD&D Battlesystem.

"Red Dawn" did a series of skirmishes, did this years ago,
 forget what game system we used.

"A Bridge Too Far" big micro armor game.

"Predator" did this one a few years
ago with 15mm figs and Stargrunt rules.

"Battle Of Britain" Really big game with 1/144th
scale aircraft, rules and miniatures were made
for that period out of the the UK  can't recall the
company that made them.

And the game I subject all my friends to
from the very worst cheeky movie from
the 1980s "Megaforce" used various rules
and scales the latest being 15mm and

So what have you all tried?

Top 10 War Movies (yet one more take)

Top 10 War Movies of all time (another take)

Top 10 Best War Movies of All Time

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bayeux Tapestry

Animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry. Starts about halfway through the original work at the appearence of Halley's Comet and concludes at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Tyrant Of The Brazos!

Wishing the founder of this madness a very happy birthday 11 Jan, and many more to come!
Your getting up there aren't you? What are you tomorrow 54?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Super Tucano Selected for the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support Mission

The U.S. Air Force announced that it has selected the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano for the Light Air Support (LAS) program. The aircraft will be supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor. Other major subcontractors are FLIR Systems and Elbit Systems of America. The air force awarded SNC a firm-fixed price delivery order contract in the amount of $355 million for the initial 20 aircraft and associated support destined to equip the new Afghan Air Force. The aircraft will be used to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and light air support operations by partner nations including Afghanistan. The amount also covers training devices for pilot and maintenance training, as well as support equipment