Monday, May 27, 2019

Thanker's Tuesday: BOLOS!

The story of the books takes place in various times from the near-future (2018, 2068), the mid-range future (27th up to 37th century) and even farther in one case (118th century). The overall plot features mostly military themes and includes space exploration, alien races and some advances in human society.
Many Bolo stories are told from the point of the view of the Bolo itself, with its internal thoughts printed in italics throughout the text.
One theme in Bolo works is the portrayal of valiant, tragic, self-sacrificing heroes, such as Bolo "Nike" in the story "Miles to Go" (Weber 1995, in Bolos Book III). Another concept explored by stories such as "Miles to Go" is the use (and abuse) of safeguards to prevent artificial intelligence from hurting its creators.[
Their overall programming involves large amounts of human military history, and often they draw conclusions from that information which puts them at odds with their commanders. Sometimes Bolos develop senses of honor and nobility that would bring their actions into conflict with orders given by their human superiors. One of the stories in Rogue Bolo chronicles the actions of Combat Unit CSR, who identifies an alien threat to humanity but is forced to go "rogue" in order to defeat it (possibly for dramatic effect, as it does not appear to be explained why the bolo did not simply inform its commanders of the threat). BOLOS!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day History
Memorial Day began sometime after the Civil War with both formal and informal ceremonies at graves and ceremonies for the soldiers who had fallen in battle.  Many places claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866, including Waterloo, New York and both Macon and Columbus, Georgia.  On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union veterans organization, established Decoration Day, May 30, as a time for the nation to decorate the dead with flowers.  Arlington National Cemetery held the first large observance later that year.
By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held throughout the country on May 30.  Over time, the Army and Navy adopted policies for proper observances, and state legislatures passed proclamations designating the day.  After World War I the day was expanded to honor those who died in all American wars, and in 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tanker's Tuesday: The Japanese Tiger Tank

Did the Japanese have Tiger tanks - its been suggested for decades, and now here's the evidence. The story is pretty surprising and so are the photographs!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Some Odds And Ends

Some Star Wars Storm Troopers and smaller scale Snow Speeders, I may use the
Speeders as 6mm aircraft.

Some more ROCO trucks (can always use more trucks) that I got at a great price!

Mecha Monday: EVOLUTION of MechaGODZILLA

EVOLUTION of MechaGODZILLA in Movies & TV(1974-2018)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Adding To The Heap!

Picked up a few items over the last month to round out various projects.

Some cheap tanks and trucks, the nice item is the missile on flat bed (nice objective)

Also picked up some Matchbox NASA S.E.V.CHARIOTs to be used as some
commercial vehicles by an off world mining outfit or some such. 


Tanker's Tuesday: Nice to see these again!

From the designer and sculptor of the 15mm Topgun Grav Armor range of vehicles. Haven't been very active of late in selling or promoting them, but would like to change that, since I need a bit of inspiration in getting my own personal vehicles prepped, painted, and on the tabletop for gaming soon, too.
I offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of 15mm / 1/100th scale Grav Armor vehicles in the industry, and will be happy to send you a copy of my catalog which has images of the various vehicles for your perusal, if you'd like that.
You can just e-mail me at:
Topgungrav AT yahoo (d0t) c o m
for a free copy of that.
I'm out of stock of everything right now, but will be placing an order soon to restock these, including parts I need for my personal collection, which I sold off to some to complete their orders a while back.
Here are a few photos of some of our vehicles, including the one bright orange one - the SuperHeavy Grav Tank that inspired the entire range, for your enjoyment (which sadly is still not available for sale yet - I need to change that soon, since I want a bunch of them myself).