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Accos, Thousands of Them!

Posted on April 17th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Taken with my Olympus 7-14mm F2.8 Pro, at 7mm, F5.6, 0.3 secs, ISO 200. Crop from 64 megapixel Hi-Res shot. Disappointing picture, as F5.6 didn’t provide quite enough depth of field.My beloved told me to do something creative.I was being all distracted…

Military SF Genre: Part 3

Posted on April 6th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

    Here are the links to parts one and two.To say that the discussions around military SF can become somewhat fraught as a result of the conflict generated amongst the readers is probably an understatement.Hence this series of blog po…

Military SF Genre: Part 2

Posted on April 4th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

   Continuing on from Part 1, what if anything do stories about war tell us about what war is good for?Probably not a lot in the bigger scheme of things, because telling people what war is good for is probably not the primary remit of story…

Military SF Genre: Part 1

Posted on April 2nd, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

    Military science fiction is a sub-set of the SF genre, and readers of mainstream SF novels can be quite divided in their opinions about the merits of such stories.There have even been editorial opinion pieces in on-line media. Th…

The Battle of Tomorrow AKA Warriors of Tomorrow

Posted on March 29th, 2018 under . Posted by

   Caught this YouTube trailer. The Chinese look to be doing their version of All You Need is Kill aka Edge of Tomorrow or Live. Die. Repeat. It may well be derivative, but it still looks awesome.Over here you can read what I said about the T…

Strike Dog – Available to Pre-Order

Posted on March 21st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Strike Dog is available for pre-order.Amazon US Amazon UKAmazon CA Amazon AUAmazon DE Amazon FR   

Obyekt 279 – Prototype Heavy MBT

Posted on March 21st, 2018 under . Posted by

   Back here I presented a sketch showing what the Panzer Jager Mark One cybertank from The World of Drei looked like.I found the above YouTube video by accident when doing some research on  the Soviet Obyekt 279 heavy MBT. I’ve also don…

Regroup – Now Available

Posted on March 15th, 2018 under , . Posted by

    Now ready for sale, Regroup, sequel to Mission One the third story in The World of Drei series now available.Plot SummarySergeant Alisa Volkova was having a bad day. A very bad day. An enemy cybertank had blown her truck over when …

RoboTech KickStarter

Posted on March 7th, 2018 under , . Posted by

   Left to Right: Macross, Southern Cross, Genesis Climber Mospeada mecha.I’m not going to cover the whole debacle of Harmony Gold, Palladium and or the fractious relationship Robotech from Harmony Gold had with BattleTech by FASA. You c…

Visigoth Tank WIP

Posted on March 1st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

    Taken with my Olympus 7-14mm F2.8 Pro, at 7mm, F8, 1.3 secs, ISO 200. Crop from 64 megapixel Hi-Res shot.This Visigoth tank from Dream Pod 9 is humongous, so much so that in my mind it better fits my 15mm Heavy Gear force than their …

World of Drei

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under , . Posted by

  I’m not sure which is my favourite wargaming obsession cybertanks or real robots. Certainly cybertanks were the first to take root in my imagination, but I suspect I’ve played more games with giant stompy robots in them.Either way, I like t…

Mission One – Now Available

Posted on February 13th, 2018 under Posted by

   I uploaded Mission One sequel to Terror Tree, and Amazon comes through in record time, now available.Plot SummarySergeant Sergei Rozhkov chose to face adversity with stoicism. He was Russian and held to a simple truth that everyone dies i…

MARPACE First Squad Primed

Posted on February 8th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Taken with my Olympus 7-14mm F2.8 Pro, at 7mm, F8, 1.3 secs, ISO 200. Crop from 64 megapixel Hi-Res shot.And beside doing K’kree Centaurs,  I’ve also gotten one MARPACE squad primed and black lining done for the shadows. These are the Clear Horizo…

K’Kree Primed

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under , . Posted by

   Taken with my new Olympus 7-14mm F2.8 Pro, at 7mm, F8, 1.3 secs, ISO 200. Crop from 64 megapixel Hi-Res shot.As I have alluded, in other posts, my time at the workbench painting models has had to be sacrificed for the greater good cough–my…

Size Comparison from Above

Posted on January 25th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

 Back here I presented a manifesto for RealRobo.In the comments, I was asked to take a shot from above. The days in London have largely been dull and overcast, but when the sun did come out I took the opportunity to take this shot.Task completed.&…

Strike Dog Finished Art

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under , . Posted by

And the art for Strike Dog is here.The novel has been copy edited and is now being fact checked by a Marine and a Corpsman for accuracy.I have the best fans.   

Size Comparison: RealRobo Manifesto!

Posted on January 12th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

  Click on this to see the full size 1764 x 1091 image.   After I posted my last blog it raised a comment about sizes, with one person coming out with the informed opinion that tracked or wheeled vehicles were just smaller, period. Walki…

Bad Dog Combat Armour Suit Doctrine

Posted on January 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

At the moment it doesn’t make much sense to build walking tanks, but in a science fiction novel I can make suppositions about the future. In the world of Bad Dog warfare has changed from the introduction of robotic combat vehicles, which dominate the…

Strike Dog Composition Proof

Posted on January 8th, 2018 under , . Posted by

 And here it is, the first sketch for the cover of Strike Dog.This is a direct sequel to Bad Dog, as the character’s journey carries on from the consequences of what happened at the end of the first book. Currently doing the final copy edits and p…

Happy New Year 2018

Posted on January 1st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

  Olympus 7-14 zoom lens at 7mm. Crop from a quick 16 image stack, F5.6, 1.3 secs, at ISO 200.A Happy New Year to all my readers. May you find fulfillment in all your endeavours, however great or small.This year sees for me the end of a two year p…

Bad Dog Now Up On Amazon

Posted on December 28th, 2017 under , . Posted by

   You will die like a dog for no good reason.—Earnest Hemingway Story SummaryIn 2071, Sergeant Tachikoma leads a Marine combat armor squad. She knows the Corps never promised her a rose garden, only the chance to fight for her country.Now…

Christmas Dr Who

Posted on December 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

   Capaldi got a great send off with this year’s Dr Who Christmas Special. Hard to fault really, unless one is a pedant, outraged geek or nerd, or one of the ill-informed, snobbish, literary elite that writes reviews. I can forgive pedants, I…

Christmas 2017

Posted on December 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

 The tree is up just in time for Christmas. I can truthfully say that there is little in the way of wargaming goodies under the tree this year, primarily down to having to sacrifice a lot of my hobby time for my writing. But weep not, I did get my…

Chinese ZTZ-169C

Posted on December 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

As you can all guess, with Terror Tree now out, tanks, especially large tanks, have been on my mind.These are old Ral Partha Demolisher tanks from the original FASA BattleTech miniatures range.  Back in the day, when I was young, I bought one, whi…

Chinese ZTZ-169C

Posted on December 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

As you can all guess, with Terror Tree now out, tanks, especially large tanks, have been on my mind.These are old Ral Partha Demolisher tanks from the original FASA BattleTech miniatures range.  Back in the day, when I was young, I bought one, whi…