Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Star Wars'ish Encounter

Another tabletop battle with my boys leading the way.

This time it was space game that the middle-son wanted and we did a battle.

The attackers were a bunch of misfits from an Imperial dominated world that were given an AT-ST to support their attack on some bunkers held by Space Pirates who had hired Ugnaughts as 'heavy hands' that were terrorizing the good 'tax-paying consumers' of the Imperial goods and services.

Just for good measure the Imperial high command had sent along a representative to ensure that everything went correctly. His escort was a Dark Trooper Phase-1.

The situation for the defenders was poor to start with and went bad quickly as the AT-ST's guns tore a hole in the electric fence, then disabled the power supply for the rest of the fence.

Not wanting to be outdone the Dark Trooper used his jump-jets to decend into the trench that a bunch of Pirates had dug for support between two of their bunkers.

On landing he took out the squad leader then kept four Ugnaughts at bay while taking them down one at a time.

Meanwhile the local militia had advanced into the breach in the electric fence while the AT-ST's rapid fire cannon was keeping a squad pinned in a bunker.

The Dark Trooper was strong, but not strong enough as one of the Ugnaughts got a lucky shot at him and broke through his armor.

The Imperial Rep., not wanting to loose the situation as well as his bodyguard ordered the STAR DESTROYER in orbit to commence a bombardment on the nearby bunkers.

The end of the situation for the Pirates consisted of their fleeing into the last bunker as the Imperial Star Destroyer completed the ORBITAL BOMBARDMENT taking them out as the local militia and AT-ST fled the area!
Continuing a tradition

The annual gingerbread house was built this year.

My eldest dubbed it the "Candy Cane Inn".

With three young boys ready to consume it, I am frankly amazed that it has survived until today.

By then end of next week it will be eaten I am sure.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

In a duelist mood...

I was surfing about looking for a way to see more of Sluga Gosudarev, or The Sovereign's Servant , as I was very impressed with the sword duel that was done in that film.

Along the way I was re-introduced to a great series of duels in a 1977 film: The Duelst.

Keep your sword sharp, your powder dry and may your die always roll triumphant!
Battle at the Wall

My middle son requested a Hordes 'like' game with the 25mm skeletons and Bretonians that I have.

We combined them with a couple of foam wall sections I have and came up with a bit of evening fun.

He setup behind the wall with some knights to charge out into the advancing skeletons.

After a horse engagement, the Skeleton men reached the wall and began battering on it.

The Bretonnian archers wore down the attacking skeletons then withdrew from the wall before the collapse.

Falling back from the wall section the defenders took up positions in a deadly that when the wall fell they were ready to shoot down the attackers.

My middle son was cheering his victory all night long!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Do try and stay away from this place!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Piece of the Funcken Collection online...

At long last there appears to be an online resource of the wonderful artworks of L & F Funcken.

The images from thier texts have served as inspiration for my troops and I am certain the troops of many table-top war gamers the world over.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

VIVALDI: WINTER, from with Venice in backdrop and performers wearing Carnival Masks.

Something to listen to while you paint.


Wednesday, December 03, 2008


For the benefit of my non-Canadian readers there has been a massive ammount of non-sense coming from this nation's capitol over the past few days.

Today, I got an interesting little ditty in my in-box and felt that I should share it with you, credit going to another writer, but the smile it is likely to bring will sit well with most english-speaking nationals.

Thanks to Chris Tibbs for this ditty. Perhaps it will bring a smile to your face.
Governmentium: A New Metal?
Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet
known to science.
The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy
neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by
vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it
impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A tiny amount of
Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take
from 4 days to 4 years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years. It does not decay, but instead
undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy
neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time,
since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of morons’ promotion leads some scientists to believe that
Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration.
This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money,
Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy
as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.