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Going Solo

Posted on April 26th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Not long now and the Star Wars Story Solo will be on at the cinema. Here is the most recent trailer. Looking good, looking forward to it.

El Ministerio del Tiempo

Posted on April 9th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

There is a new series on Netflix which I have been enjoying, called The Ministry of Time (El Ministerio del Tiempo), it is a Spanish series about a government department in Spain responsible for the looking after the “doors of time”. In the first seaso…

The 1919 British Revolution

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

Across Europe in the early part of the 20th Century many of the nation states were undergoing change or violent revolution. The governments of the time were so concerned about this that resources were diverted to focus on the perceived threat of revolu…

Gaslands

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

For Christmas I received a copy of Gaslands, the post-apocalyptic vehicle combat game from Osprey. Gaslands is a tabletop game of post-apocalyptic vehicular mayhem. With fast and cinematic rules, it is designed to be played with toy cars, allowing play…

Your majesty is not amused

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

Your majesty is not amused, bring me my large calibre weapon! Since I discovered Space 1889 all those years ago, I have had a real interest and love for Victorian Science Fiction and steampunk. In terms of gaming, I did play a few games of Space 1889, …

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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

A teaser is here, a teaser is here… Yay.

Plastic Comet

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

The Tank, Cruiser, Comet I (A34) was a British cruiser tank that first saw use near the end of World War II. It was designed to provide greater anti-tank capability to Cromwell tank squadrons. It was armed with a 77mm HV, a derivative of the 17 pounder…

BBC Production of War of the Worlds

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

The BBC’s interpretation of the HG Wells 1897 classic will begin filming in spring 2018 and air later on BBC One. Unlike more recent interpretations this will be set in the period it was published, so faithful to the Victorian era. Since the news was a…

Rebel Scum

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

Over Christmas I managed to get some reinforcements for the Rebel Alliance for the X Wing Miniatures game. Well I say reinforcements, I got a single starfighter, the A Wing. I don’t have any A Wings, my current Rebel Alliance forces include X Wings, Y …

Call out the Home Guard

Posted on January 5th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As I start to reflect on possible forces for Operation Sea Lion games I have been looking around to see what is available, there have been some useful articles in the mainstream wargaming press on this subject too. In a previous blog post I discussed m…

Top Ten Posts of 2017

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 under . Posted by

In 2017 I wrote 41 blog posts, a much smaller number than in other years, but more than the 27 I wrote in 2016. Hope to change that for 2018 Here are my top ten blog posts in reverse order. As is typical most posts are from previous years. The tenth mo…

The Last Jedi

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

We now have the last trailer for the The Last Jedi, the next Star Wars film. There are many elements that are reminiscent of The Empire Strikes Back, the big AT-AT Walkers, new Jedi learning to use the force. The Last Jedi is in cinemas on the 15th Dec…

Dystopian Wars Reborn

Posted on October 9th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

  In my recent blog post I reminisced about the demise of Spartan Games and the demise of their fabulous steampunk game, The Dystopian Wars. Though as quoted in an TMP thread: “A game is never dead as long as rules and players exist, or rather, a game is as dead as players want it … Continue reading “Dystopian Wars Reborn”

It’s the Navy!

Posted on September 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

As I start to reflect on possible forces for Operation Sea Lion games I have been looking around to see what is available, there have been some useful articles in the mainstream wargaming press on this subject too. I already have on the workbench some Bolt Action partisans, which though designed for the Eastern Front … Continue reading “It’s the Navy!”

Hawker Siddeley Dominie T.Mk.1

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I am impressed with the range and variety of aircraft on display at RAF Cosford. The first aircraft you see (well apart from the VC10 and Hercules by the car park, oh and the huge Bristol Britannia 312! So once you have entered the museum, proper, the first aircraft you see is the Hawker Siddeley … Continue reading “Hawker Siddeley Dominie T.Mk.1”

The demise of the Dystopian Wars

Posted on September 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I was saddened to hear of the demise of Spartan Games, the company behind the wonderful Dystopian Wars and hope the future bears well for all the staff there. The Dystopian Wars is one of my favourite games, though to be honest I’ve not played fo…

RAF Regiment Scorpion

Posted on September 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

On a recent visit to RAF Cosford Museum I took some more photographs of the RAF Regiment Scorpion that was on display in the Cold War exhibition. The RAF Regiment’s mission is protection of RAF bases from ground attack, and patrolling a large area arou…

Then and Now

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve always found the comparative photographs showing photographs from the 1940s and how those same locations look today. In the past you would have needed to physically go the locations to take those comparative photographs, however with tools such as…

I just need to make a call…

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

So you are trying to set the scene for Operational Sea Lion games for Bolt Action. One of the challenges has been finding British scenery. If you were playing in 20mm then there was a whole model railway scene for an English landscape. However if you w…

Eine kleine Maus

Posted on July 19th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The Maus was a German World War Two super heavy tank that was completed in late 1944. Five were ordered, but only two hulls and one turret were completed before the testing grounds were captured by advancing Soviet forces. It is the heaviest fully encl…

Somerset Pillbox

Posted on July 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Went for a walk along Sand Bay (near to Weston super Mare). I find it interesting that there is a pillbox on the beach, as you wouldn’t have thought that this coastline was under threat of German invasion back in 1940. However doing some research…