Thursday, November 11, 2021

Veterans / Remembrance Day

 


The Eleventh Hour, The  Eleventh Day, The Eleventh Month,


known here in the States as Veterans, Day and as Remembrance
Day to the rest of the English speaking world. Most young
Americans have no idea that this day was meant to commemorate
the end of the Great War, or as it's commonly known The First
World War. To all those who served in the past and to those
who serve today, we extend or heart felt gratitude.

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 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.
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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...
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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
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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.
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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.....

Monday, November 8, 2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Great Martian War

 



The Great Martian War is a documentary about the Martian Invasion of the world, and the ensuing war to stop them, during the period of 1913 to 1917.  It identifies military strategies, weaknesses, public reaction to the invasion . . . as well as studies the Martian goals, plans, and how their military machines, "the Tripods" work.

The Great Martian War 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

異星人侵略で滅亡寸前の人類に希望はあるのか?/映画『インベイド』予告編

WWI - French Assault of German Trench system - Nivelle Offensive 1917

 


The battle played out over two nights. First night, late start as the French\Germans had to do planning before we could truly begin. We played two hours after that and got in all the preliminary bombardment (3 days) and 3 turns. We then finished (or nearly finished) on the second night and got through 5 more turns. This is a long battle report and I hope you make it the end!


WWI French Assault


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Entire DUNE Timeline (30,000 year History)


Spoiler free!! breakdown of the long chronology of the book series, and soon to be film, DUNe. This sci-fi story begins with the mention of first civilizations found on Earth/Terra

DUNE – FINAL TRAILER

Monday, September 6, 2021

Mecha Monday : More Stompy-Bot Goodness

 More Stompy-Bot Goodness

Been sorting out the basement playroom, and I came across a box I've had ages but don't play. So I did. GKR, Heavy Hitters, this was a kickstarter from Weta Workshop that just went crazy Set-up for two forces, green vs yellow Yellow's main mech Green's main mech The game is based in a corporate-world mech violence mixed with advertising/tv. So the goal is to 'tag' buildings with Ads to gain sponsorship (extra perk cards), when the building is tagged enough it collapses. The winner either collapses four buildings or takes out the opponents main mech. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tanker's Tuesday: Hotchkiss H 39



The best of the worst

The Hotchkiss H 35 and H 39 were actively used in May-June 1940, as they were some of the best French light tanks. As a result, more than a third of these vehicles were irreparably lost. Nevertheless, the Germans captured a wealth of trophies after the French campaign, including about 600 tanks of both types and the Hotchkiss factory itself. The Germans even had plans to continue H 39 production. This was the only French tank they seriously considered keeping in production.



Hotchkiss H 39 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tanker's Tuesday: South Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicle


The AS21 Redback is a South Korean modern export Infantry Fighting Vehicle prototype, designed specifically for Australia’s LAND 400 phase 3 program, also known as the Mounted Close Combat Capability. The idea being to replace the aging M113AS4 armored personnel carriers in Australian service for 450 modern, well protected infantry fighting vehicles and 17 maneuver support vehicles.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Mecha Monday:



Cool mechs are a staple in the world of Gundam but in reality, not all of them would be useful in actual combat.

Top Ten Gundam 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Mecha Monday: Heavy Gear cast Ep.2 North faction Overview


Hi Guys!!! In our first Faction overview we look at one of the main factions of heavy gear blitz, the North. We also bring on a new member to the show!! The North is one of the two main factions of heavy gear blitz, being based on a more democracy approach. we cover the lore during the first half of the episode and go into the roster in the second half. Its a very awesome faction and if you want to pick up the cheap starter set you can get yours at https://store.dp9.com/

Friday, July 2, 2021

The Tomorrow War 2021




The world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future, mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.


Tomorrow War 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Mecha Monday: Warmaster-class Titan



 The Warmaster-class Titan is a Heavy Battle Titan that makes it amongst the most powerful classes of Titans in the Imperium of Man. This god-engine is one of several classes of massive, crewed, robotic combat walkers fielded by the Titan Legions of the Adeptus MechanicusCollegia Titanica.

Warmaster Titan

Friday, June 4, 2021

Spectral | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix


When an otherworldly force wreaks havoc on a war-torn European city, an engineer teams up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop it. Streaming on Netflix now.

Monday, May 31, 2021

The Order: 1886 (The Movie)


The Order 1886's story edited into a movie. There have been a number of strange murders in Whitechapel. Follow the mysterious Order of Her Majesty's Royal Knights as they investigate these deaths, and the conspiracy surrounding them in this alternate take on history.

Mecha Monday : Eden



Eden is a dystopian science fiction anime series created, produced Justin Leach and directed by Yasuhiro Irie. The series is based on a concept by Christophe Ferreira. It follows a city thousand years in the future and their discovery of a human girl in what they believed to be a robot-only time. The first season was released on May 27, 2021

Sunday, May 30, 2021

5 Parsecs From Home Gameplay - "The Tax Man Cometh"

Five Parsecs From Home



Five Parsecs From Home is a solo adventure wargame where you assemble a ragtag crew of galactic trailblazers and head out to explore the stars, pick up jobs, and every now and then — engage in some action-packed, sci-fi combat!

Modiphius Web Site

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Tanker's Tuesday: The 'Olifant' SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOR

Mecha Monday: Know Your Role: Gear Krieg


Gear Krieg was a missed opportunity to create a pulp/mecha/alternate history game by Dreampod 9, the people behind Heavy Gear. A huge amount of the blame for this can be placed upon design, illustration and presentation. It just doesn't scream 'pulp'!

Friday, May 14, 2021

Osprey Publishing: Stargrave: Science Fiction Wargames in the Ravaged Galaxy Rules!

 Osprey Publishing: In a galaxy torn apart by the Last War, vast pirate fleets roam from system to system, robbing, extorting, and enslaving. Amidst this chaos, thousands of independent operators – smugglers, relic hunters, freedom fighters, and mercenaries – roam the dead stars in small ships, scratching out a living any way they can. Now available at The Wargame Vault here!



And as I already have a somewhat well known ship: 





And a rather scruffy looking crew....should work!




Monday, May 10, 2021

Mecha Monday : Battle of Tokyo Pacific Rim Uprising


The first Pacific Rim film was written and directed by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro and starred Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, and Charlie Hunnam. Pacific Rim: Uprising followed five years later in 2018, directed by Steven S. DeKnight and starring John Boyega, Charlie Day, Cailee Spaeny, and Scott Eastwood. Both films tell stories of pilots who operate gigantic robot suits called Jaegers. The Jaegers were created to fight the alien Kaiju, who rose from the seas with the intention of destroying all life. Produced by Legendary Pictures and DDY. Distributed by Universal Pictures.

What’s the Future for Modern Soldiers?

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Tanker's Tuesday: Futuristic Tank concept designs | SCI-FI CRAZY IDEAS!


I love the imagination of the people who create such fantastic artwork that show concept drawings and ideas for futuristic and concept style tanks of almost sci-fi style setups. In this video I will review some of the tanks drawn and see how they would fare in real life battle and see if they are practical for a real design. Hope you enjoy!!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Prelude to Axanar

This 21-minute short film, Prelude to Axanar, premiered Saturday, July 26th, 2014, at San Diego Comic-Con, and features Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, JG Hertzler, and Gary Graham -- Gary reprises his role of Soval from "Enterprise." The makeup and hair was designed by Academy Award winner Kevin Haney and Star Trek veteran Brad Look of Makeup Effects Lab in Hollywood. Top that off with the amazing visual effects of Tobias Richter of The Light Works, and sound by Academy Award winner Frank Serafine, and Mark Edward Lewis, and the result is Prelude to Axanar: something unlike anything you have ever seen before. We have our loyal donors to thank for this and we couldn't be more grateful!

Mecha Monday: Armored Trooper Votoms Anime-Planet



After nearly 100 years of war between the nations Gilgamesh and Balarant, battle-weary soldier Chirico Cuvie finds his world utterly shattered when what seems to be a straightforward mission to infiltrate an enemy base turns out to be an attack on friendly forces. Furthermore, in the confusion that ensues, he stumbles upon a strange container with a beautiful woman sleeping inside. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t just discovered any woman, but the key to a dark and complex political plot, and the perpetrators are determined not to let him live with their secret. Haunted by the memories of this mysterious woman and the betrayal of his superiors, Chirico must now fight to discover the twisted truths lurking behind the veil of war and gain new meaning to his bitter life.


Armored Trooper Votoms Anime-Planet 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tanker's Tuesday: Tankers - Full WWII Movie


Inspired by real events, Tankers tells the story of one KV-1 tank crew's heroic WWII victory. Having a losing fight, the crew of Semyon Konovalov destroyed 16 enemy tanks, 2 armored vehicles and 8 vehicles with enemy personnel near Nizhnemityakin farm in Tarasovskoye district of Rostov region. This is the story of not the poster heroes, but broken, cheerful, and very diverse guys who just wanted to live. At the decisive moment they managed to do the only right thing and performed the deed worthy of the legend.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Mecha Monday: Battle Titans 40k


 The Battle Titans are the most commonly deployed classes of Titan and provide the backbone of any Titan Legion's strength. The rare Emperor Titans are the true kings of the battlefield in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and the two classes of these Titans are used to provide a Titan Legion's primary offensive and defensive power.


Battle Titans

Monday, March 15, 2021

Building Your Interstellar Navy | Ship Types, Naming Conventions, & Fle...

GMG REVIEWS - STARGRAVE by Osprey Games

A complex History of Executive Outcomes a South African mercenary organi...

Mecha Monday: Mech Battle Simulator




Mech Battle Simulator is a cool robot war strategy game to play online and for free on Silvergames.com. Send out your killer robots to fight against whole armies of enemies. Use your money wisely and try to create the perfect combination to eliminate them all.


There are different kinds on mechs for you to choose, so that you can send many smaller ones, a couple of those big powerful ones or some of each in order to destroy your enemy’s combination of mechs. Do you think you have what it takes to pass all levels of Mech Battle Simulator? Find out now and have fun!

Controls: Mouse

Monday, February 8, 2021

Mecha Monday: Dream Pod 9, Inc. Update

 







Updated Plastic Sprue Photos added to the DP9 Online Store!

A few customers have asked if the our Northern, Southern, CEF, and Caprice plastic miniature army boxes still used the same black colored plastic from the initial Kickstarter release. This was because the parts photos on the DP9 Online Store still showed the black plastic sprues, which were hard to see the details before the robots were assembled and primed. Since the original release we have restocked the plastic sprues twice, both times using a grey colored plastic, so that the details can be easily seen. We forgot to update the parts photos, until reminded. The DP9 Online Store has now been updated with new parts photos of the grey plastic sprues, which are also attached with this post for everyone to checkout.
You can order a plastic miniature army box or individual plastic miniature on the DP9 Online Store at the following link.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tanker's Tuesday: Soviet Tank Haul







 Monday was my birthday so why not get myself 20 tanks I really didn't need? 

Got these T-64 and T-72s off ebay at a great price so what the heck.....