Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Day of the Doctor

   The Day of the Doctor, Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Special episode, was just brilliant. No spoilers, in case you are a Whovian who was tied up and forcibly kept from viewing it (because if you're a real Whovian, that's what it would have taken to keep you from catching it). But it was AWESOME, and it sets the 12th/13th Doctor up for a really cool quest next season.

   How does this relate to gaming? I am going to order some 6mm not-Daleks after I get home from our vacation this week. The time has come.

Friday, November 22, 2013

An OGRE has Been Sighted!

   Yesterday, from about 1600 to 1640 hours, a Combine Ogre Mk. III thrashed a Paneuro armored battalion. It was AWESOME, even though I lost to my 14-year-old son.

Opening Setup

Yes, that is a platoon of infantry under the Ogre.
It is smaller now than it was before the Ogre ran it over.

   Lesson One: Bring more howitzers, and shoot at the treads. I only had one howitzer, and I didn't hit his treads with it except for one time. I did slow him down, though.

   Lesson Two: Take out the Primary Battery first. Secondaries don't have much range, missiles are limited in number, and AP can't hurt anything but infantry.

   Lesson Three: Hold your infantry back to someplace where you can combine their attacks with something else. Like howitzers.

   Lesson Four: GEVs, or even LGEVs, once the Primary is out, are your best friends. Yes, a missile will take them out. But you should be able to maneuver so that you can zip in, shoot, and zip out, getting out of Secondary range.

  Plan for next time: More howitzers. Blast the treads. Combine to take out the Primary. Once it is immobilized, work over the Secondaries.

   Overall, I LOVE my Kickstarter 6th Ed. OGRE set. Finally. But I think it was maybe worth the wait.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bleaseworld: Wargamers To Arms! Sign This Petition!!

Bleaseworld: Wargamers To Arms! Sign This Petition!!: It's not often that wargamers get a bit hot under the collar and organise a petition but with the Royal Mail have introduced some rathe...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Goldie Blox and the Top Ten TV Commercials

10. California Raisins 'Heard it Through the Grapevine'

   Can't beat the Mo-town sound for sales. These guys made it into the Smithsonian. More than most of us will ever be able to say.

9. Dunkin Donuts "Time to Make the Donuts"

   Haven't we all felt like poor Fred the Baker once in a while?

8. Tootsie Pop "How Many Licks?"

   The world may never know. I don't like them - I'm a Blow Pop guy -  but the ad is still great.

7. McDonald's "Recital"

  Earlier I said you can't beat Mo-Town for sales. Well, this proves I was a little off, because this ain't Mo-Town. "And I would eat them all myself, and not give any to my dumb brother..." This may have been written by my sister.

6. Coca Cola "Mean Joe Greene"

  C'mon, you gotta love this one. How did they pitch it? Who doesn't want a stinky sweaty jersey from a large and intimidating athlete? But it works.

5. Wendy's "Where's the Beef?"

   If ever anyone became famous for a tagline, this is it. Clara Peller, at the age of 81, became an icon of commercial advertising.

4. E*Trade "E*Trade Baby: Milkaholic"


3. Coca Cola "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"

  A classic. Just awesome feel good stuff.

2. Goldie Blox 'Girls'

   This is one of the coolest products I have heard of in a long time for kids. You can vote for them to get a free spot on the Super Bowl broadcast. Please do.

1. Nissan 'Toys' Commercial

  I love the look on Ken's face at the end. That's right, Ken: Barbie is GI Joe's honey now, you ascot wearing nancy.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lady Felicity and Friends...

   The lovely Lady Felicity, the last member of Lord Curr's Company to be completed, is now ready for viewing. Please do not ogle her; it's both unseemly and dangerous. Those pistols she's packing aren't for show!

   The next miniatures is the first of a batch that I was given by my good friend Eli Arndt, proprietor of Loud Ninja Miniatures, blogging wizard, and all around great guy. He sculpted them (his first comercial sculpt, if I recall). They are 15mm scale anthropmorphic owls, called 'uhul.' Unfortunately, the sunlight is sort of washing out the color on him. Since it only took me about two years to get around to painting him, I figure the rest will be done by about 2020...

   This last photo is a fellow you've seen before. Now he's all finished, with a flocked base and some protective clear coat. Here's Ape-X, from Reaper's Bones Chronoscope line. He's supposed to be a mutant supervillain or some such, I think. I am using him as a mind controlled slave to the nefarious and secretive Doctor Vardu...

Monday, November 11, 2013

In Memoriam...

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Remember, Remember...

Remember, remember:
The Fifth of November - 
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot

I know of no Reason
The Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be Forgot!

And remember: Government should fear the citizens, not the other way around.