Friday, April 29, 2011

Endeavour Scrubbed

   The final launch of Shuttle Endeavour has been delayed. While NASA officials claim that this is due to a problem in one of the APUs, I think the shuttle is protesting the decision to put it's sister Enterprise in New York rather than Houston, where she belongs!

   Just saying...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Summer Convention Schedule 2011

June 10-12, Kenner LA

   Held in (well, technically, just outside of) New Orleans, this one is close enough to be very feasible for my good buddy Jim. We're even considering taking the train from Houston rather than driving or flying. It's a decent price, none of the airport hassles... and I have never done it before now. Ridden a train, that is. For real travel. As opposed to across town, or the Tube, or whatever. Sounds fun!

   First time to this convention, but some of the prior ones have looked promising. Not a for sure yet, but a strong contender.

July 7-10, Valley Forge, PA

   Well, I got a room. At the Scanticon. I have until June 5 to decide for sure now.  But I so want to go. I love Historicon. The vendor hall is so great! Plus, I have made a few pals there, whom I never see otherwise (a certain Masshole named Dave springs to mind, along with an OFM, and a mad Irishman named - surprise! - Patrick...).

   I'll be bringing my young 'uns with me, but the memsahib will most likely have to remain in Houston, earning a living and paying for all of our fun and toys. I keep trying to tell her how much more expensive it would be if I went to topless joints and had a deer lease, or a fishing boat, but she's still not entirely convinced. Jim's attendance would be nice, but unlikely.

   I am also thinking a trip to our nation's capital afterwards as part of the road trip home would be good. Not long enough to do it real justice (I could spend a week, easy, in the Smithsonian and the Archives), but hit the high points in a day or two and head back. My wife might be able to fly out for that, especially mid-week on Southwest.

   May have other travel plans for the summer (well, I do have some, but not gaming related - Palo Duro Canyon, here we come), but nothing is really set in stone yet. Thinking Seattle. Or Vancouver. Or maybe Europe for a week, if the money is available. I have time and a passport. Just need funds!

Monday, April 25, 2011


   In honor of both the passing of actress Elisabeth Sladen (aka Sarah Jane Smith) and the beginning of the new Doctor Who season on BBC America, I decided I needed a TARDIS. Well, two more TARDISes, actually, as I already have the not-TARDIS manufactured by Miniature Building Authority for 25mm.

   Or would the plural be TARDII? Whatever.

   I started with the 6mm one. Not quite done, but I am happy so far.

Oh, this is LOVELY!

   Below you will find two photos of an upcoming model kit release from Games Workshop. for the Warhammer fantasy wargame. The kit will make one of the two options presented, not both. The faction for this model is the Tomb Kings Undead army. Of the two Undead armies, I prefer this one, although I play neither.

   But the thing that struck me was how cool would this be, especially the Warsphinx variant, for VSF project. I am thinking Martian, but, given suitable paintwork, the Necrosphynx would make an awesome creature of warped Mad Science on any planet!
Khemrian Necrosphinx

Khemrian Warsphinx

   Now the kit is not cheap - about $50 direct from GW - but man, I am tempted...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sad News for Whovians

Elisabeth Sladen
1948 - 2011

  Elisabeth Sladen, who played iconic Companion Sarah Jane Smith in the Doctor Who series, died on Tuesday at the age of 63.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Wounded Warrior

   Dane, my youngest, broke his arm "a little" bit at school today.

   Oh boy.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

One More Gaming Project: New G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Compendium 30 Second TV Spot

One More Gaming Project: New G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Compendium 30 Second TV Spot: "Here is the new 30 second TV spot for the upcoming G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Compendium. Sit back and enjoy! Thanks for watching!"

Thursday, April 7, 2011

100 years ago today...

My maternal grandmother was born. She currently resides in Dallas, near my momma.

Happy birthday, Gigi!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Naming Miniatures

   Just an odd thought, but it is something I do a lot.

   Do you name your minis? At least, the leader types? I always do. "German Leader" or "British Sergeant" or somesuch label is just too dull.

  Here are a few of my favorites:

  Sergeant Harry Nuckles
  Major Compost-Pyle
  Herr Oberst von Underst
  General Sir Mimsey Popinjay the Third, KCB
  Chief Wherda Hecarwee
  Subchief Hooda Heckarwee
  Galfor Rent
  Musta Gopotty
  Major C. Atastrophe
  General Sir Ender

Just good, sometimes not-so-clean, fun.