Science Fiction


Naval and nostalgic wargames

To continue the preparation of more Oldhammer, it is time to strip some plastic. I showed you the Rhino the last time, as well as some stripping of metal parts. Now we move on to the next level of complexity, larger kits and more fragile materials. Get a properly sized container and get on to […]

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Alita: Battle Angel

Based on the 90s manga of the same name, this movie has been the years long in development "pet project" of James Cameron (Aliens, Terminator, Avatar,...) that finally hit the theatres in 2019.And it paid off, placing itself in the top 10 of highest grossing films so far this year...Scientist Dr Ido discovers a cyborg body on the Scrapyard, dumping place of the floating city of Zalem.  This city is the last remnant of the great war called "The Fall" which took place almost 300 years ago, and which took place between Mars and Earth.When Alita saves Ido, who is a Hunter-Warrior (basically, a bounty hunter) she strats to remember more and more of her past, and soon after she discovers her true origins when she finds a cyborg body called a Berserker.  When she gets heavily damaged in combat with a villain called Grewishka, doctor Ido reluctantly installs her into this body, making her a feared angel of battle.She goes after the criminals that are out to get her instead, and most importantly a man called

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Oldhammer Space Marine Rhino Part 1

A Rhino is probably one of the, if not the, most sold vehicle kits from the Warhammer range. It has been around far before the 2nd edition of Warhammer 40k and as the kit lending its chassis to a couple of further Space Marine vehicles quite numerous. When I got to know the kit in […]

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Planet profile: Calignis

For those of you playing Spacemaster or HARP-SF, I thought this outline of a new planet might give you some inspiration or serve as a backdrop for your next adventure.   Name: Calignis Diameter: 11,252km Gravity: 0.97g Distance from sun: 0.92 au Year: 0.88 Earth years (322 Earth days) Rotation period: 19.7 hours Atmosphere: Mostly carbon dioxide with some nitrogen and sulphur dioxide Hydrosphere: There is a layer of water vapor in the planet’s atmosphere. Due to the extremely high temperatures, there is no water on the planet’s surface. Climate: The temperatures on the planet are extremely high all year round across the entire planet. The planet does experience a summer and a winter, but these only result in the oceans of magma growing larger or shrinking slightly. Population: None   Calignis’ surface is incredibly hot and is covered in a huge number of active volcanos. There is no water on the surface, instead there are rivers and oceans of magma. The planet is very tectonically active resulting

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Second Playtest of Star Schlock!

Star Schlock is designed to simulate the low budget, forgotten sci fi films and tv shows produced between 1968 and 1988 on the tabletop. I’ve got a soft spot for such gems as Starcrash, Battle Beyond the Stars, and Robot Jox, but Star Schlock should work for getting high brow fare like Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Dune and Star Trek on the table as well. – John Sears, designer, on his blog “The 1000 foot General” John Sears ran the monthly Scrum Palace game this month. It was a replay of the playtest of his Science Fiction Skirmish game, STAR SCHLOCK. He had made some changes since the last game a couple months ago. Instead of playing the hapless planetary militia, I was on the side of the evil empire this time. I had two squads of expendables, pictured above, Captain Vrock, also above, and Murderbot, not pictured. Same cast of characters as last time.. the Baron, the Baroness, the Militia, the Doc, the Space Cadet.. etc. There were some new compon

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Korea, Tanks and even more Boats

I am currently preparing the Cruel Seas review, along with the Flotillas and larger ships. I mentioned the resin ships in my last short update, Civilans, Romans and Boats, and I find it very appealing to build something completely different to the very dominant 28mm kits that I usually cover. Assembly goes fast, as does […]

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Me and Noshi sat down to watch the final instalment of the series, and while I liked the first one, the second one was to much Hunger Games to my liking.So let's see what this one brings though...The movie starts with a train robbery, in which the cargo are the last "Gladers", people immune to the Flare virus that ravages the world.  As their friend is not on the train, they head to The Last City, headquarters of the WCKD (those responsible for operating the Maze etc) to free him.Spurring the seeds of rebellion, they manage to break in while the city wall is destroyed, and the populace from outside the walls storms in, besieging and looting the city as they go.  As Thomas gets captured and tested, it is discovered that his blood contains the antigen for the deathly disease (and hence the movies name).  As he and Teresa escape from Janson, the city collapses and Teresa looses her life in the process.The Right Arm resitance then manages to get their ship out to sea, and Thomas awakes on an island

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Civilians, Romans and Boats

Since Wednesday the Colony 87 Kickstarter is online. The range moved from Jon Boyce to Crooked Dice and has its third wave crowdfunded. And the campaign was funded within 15 minutes (with myself among the first backers!) and now already has unlocked the initial four stretch goals. Might be even more as there is a […]

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Future War Commander YMS-15 Gyan

The first of the Gundam models for my Cav Open Market list has been rolled off the painting desk today.I went for the "bottlecap" scale of the figures, which are around the 1/400 scale, so technically a little smaller then 6mm (at 1/300 up and about) but perfectly in size for FWC gaming, as every model stands about as big as a 32mm Heroic figure from Age of Sigmar and the likes.The models come in soft plastic, attached to a plastic bottle cap, so step 1 war removing the cap of course, and then the model was undercoated over it's pre-painted layer.  My beloved 'two layer cell shading' style works perfectly for these sorts of models (heck, it's due to them I started painting like that years ago) and the first walker for the walker filled army list was ready.Ruleswise, being not a Gundam but a "not so mass-produced' Mobile Suit, it's going to use the rules for the "Assassin" class, which is in theme with it being a close combat suit, with a secondary missile launcher system (mounted in the shield), at 260 p

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Oldhammer Chaos Space Marine Terminators

Back in July 1996 in the English speaking market the Codex Chaos was released, and with it the poster-boy of Chaos, Abaddon the Despoiler. A bit later, in february 1997 in Germany. The release was followed by the Chaos Terminators in blisters and a boxed set of 5 in August 1996, followed by the special […]

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Adeptus Titanicus – Acastus Knight Porphyrion

The latest addition to the Adeptus Titanicus range is a Knight class unit, the Acastus Knight Porphyrion. The Acastus pattern is a new knight pattern and among the most heavily armed and armoured of all the Knight chassis in service, as such it rivals the Scout class Titans in size and power. It has no […]

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Adeptus Titanicus – Imperial and Cerastus Knights

In addition to the actual titans of Adeptus Titanicus, I got myself some of the smaller units, the Knights, as support. Knights are smaller and less powerful versions of Imperial Titans, piloted by a single Knight commander, called scion, and not by a crew of princeps and moderati. With the knights being much smaller than […]

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Warpath: take 2...

Andy and I got together for our second game of Warpath, again using our 6mm Epic armies. My 'Space Marines' counted as Enforcers, while Andy's Eldar counted as GCPS. We used a table 5' long, with 2000 point armies, playing the 'Ambush' scenario.The 2000 points allowed us to add in some additional unit types.. vehicles and aircraft in particular.The battlefield seen from the Enforcers' deployment edge. The Enforcers air support (carrying an assault team) was deployed on the opposite edgeGCPS Marines deployed behind the ridge, striders atop the high groundGCPS AutocannonArmour... a Lancer battle tank - eeekMore GCPS MarinesEnforcers Heavy Weapons unitEnforcer StriderThe Enforcers pushes a team forward into a copse on the left, but were then assaulted by a unit of striders.The Enforcers lost one team and the other was pushed back out of the woods, into the openOne GCPS armoured vehicle pushed forward to engage the Enforcer striderThe Strider survived the attack but carried a number of suppressionsHowever a Weapo

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Warhammer 40,000 – Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy

Let's finish the industrial vehicle theme with a Buggy, the Rukkatruck Squigbuggy, that will be de-orcified within this building review. The Squigbuggy was introduced along with a couple of other new orc vehicles on the Speed Freeks release. The Squigbuggy isn't the first Ork vehicle that I convert, I did some work on the Battlewaggon […]

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Warhammer 40,000 – Goliath Truck and Rockgrinder

A themed week on industrial vehicles without mentioning the most obvious one, the Goliath Truck and Goliath Rockgrinder, wouldn't be complete. So here it is. I have been really looking forward to show you this kit. Ever since it was released, it is on my watchlist and I really like the design they went with […]

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