The Martians have invaded for a second time and the world is at war!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WTNW Draft Anticipated November

Rob Adams posted a new message:
Shawn and I were able to touch base and go over a few things and I anticipate that I will have the first draft by November. I am anticipating it as follows:
· WTNW Overview

· The Battle of Crispo (Written by Miklos, a Crispian native on the defense)

· WTNW Setting

· Letters from the Front (A means for adding first person realism to the setting material. This will be interspersed throughout the main setting document)

· New Rules (Tech Levels, Sabotage Deck, FOW (Breakdowns), Steampunk objectives, etc)

· WTNW Countries/Nationalities (Orbats, Tactics)

o Brittan

o Confederate States of America

o Chinese

o Dervish

o France

o Germany

o Italy

o Republic of Texas

o Republic of California

o Spain

o Sudanese (Pathans)

o Turk

o United States of America

o Zulu (and other African Tribes)

o Zanzibar

· So you Wanna Be A Steampunk Eh? (Rules for making your own steamtech)

· Scenarios

· FOW Cards

· Sabotage Deck

Monday, September 17, 2012


This game was actually last Thursday, but as mentioned before, there was a lot going on last weekend. The day before RECRUITS is always hit or miss. Some guys can't get a kitchen pass for Thursday AND all weekend. But, it turned out 7 could. GASLIGHT always brings 'em out.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Daddy's Little Men: German WW1 East Africa Army Complete

Daddy's Little Men: German WW1 East Africa Army Complete: Well that took forever! Between buying the figures from multiple manufacturers, modding them and struggling with the painting this project t...

Daddy's Little Men: Battle of Tanga Day One

Daddy's Little Men: Battle of Tanga Day One: Last night Jon made the drive up to my house to give "Things Are A Bit 'Ard" a try. It's a set of variant rules from the Too Fat Lardies ...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Lines Of Wellington

Last summer, the cinema world lost the great, prolific and distinctive filmmaker Raul Ruiz. Probably best known to contemporary audiences for "The Mysteries Of Lisbon," the Cannes winner has in the middle of preparations for his next film, "The Lines Of Wellington," which was set to center around the Battle Of Bussaco in 1810 and the French invasion of Portugal. Well, fans will be relieved to know the movie is still happening.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Good By To And Old Friend

I came home from work this morning and found our 12 year old
female miniature dachshund Baby had passed away in her sleep
right in her favorite sleeping spot by my chair. She had been ill
for a short time but, it did not seem to be that serious,
and I had thought she would recover but, alas no...

She was a big part of our family and will be sorely missed...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Letting Le Cateau Out Of The Bag

Le Cateau, 1914 was played using Richard Brooks' Op14 rules and was run by Martin using his 15mm toys (and my aeroplanes). Martin has very kindly made available the briefings which I reproduce in part below. He ran the BEF while I donned the Von Kluck's spiky helmet.

After the battle of Mons on 23rd August the BEF fell back with Von Klucks 1st Army in hot pursuit. On the 25th the BEF was forced to split its march around the Forest of Mormal on the Sambre. Von Kluck's advance guards fought a series of actions with BEF rearguards but the exhausted British could retreat no further and decided to stand and fight

Thursday, May 17, 2012

One More Gaming Project: First Red Martian Unit Finished

One More Gaming Project: First Red Martian Unit Finished: This week I finished my first unit of ten Red Martians and an overall commander for the big 20 player GASLIGHT game Buck Surdu and I are ru...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Paul´s Bods: Zulus (HaT)

Paul´s Bods: Zulus (HaT): "The sentries report Zulus to the south west. ...eight of them". Well, There´s only the 8 poses in the set as seen here   Not historically...

Fjodin's 15mm World: British infantry colour test

Fjodin's 15mm World: British infantry colour test: Just painted two identical British infantryman miniatures in classical red and khaki uniform.  These minis are only one pose from Peter ...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Battling the beastly Boers - FLW game report - Part 1

On Friday I was privileged to play FLW with the game's author, Paul Wright in his well-manicured garden. After my arrival at noon, we set out some terrain (all from Paul's collection) and agreed forces. I had taken the Forbodian Army, while mine host selected (from the many options open to him) a Boer-type force - 'Army Orange'. King Boris had at his disposal three infantry battalions and a cavalry regiment, along with three gun batteries - 1 each of light, medium and heavy. The Boers (who were apparently all on holiday in neighbouring Ruritania...) fielded three smaller infantry..

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

20mm Nostalgic Revival: Donald Featherstone

20mm Nostalgic Revival: Donald Featherstone: The Father of UK Wargaming is 94 years young around this time, many congrats to him, his books got me started way back in the mists of t...



In peace there’s nothing so becomes a wargamer

as modest stillness and humility;

But when the blast of war blows in our ears,

then imitate the action of the tiger;

Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,

disguise fair nature with hard favour’d rage.

Then lend the eye a terrible aspect,

let it pry through the portage of the head

like a brass cannon; let the brow o’whelm it

as fearfully as does a galled rock.

Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide;

hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit

to his full height. On, on, you noble wargamer

whose blood is that of fathers who wrote the rules !

Fathers who, like so many Alexanders,

have at these Conventions from morn ‘till even fought,

and pocketed their dice for lack of argument.

Dishonour not your mothers, for did they not sit

whilst those whom you call fathers painted their armies ?

Feel superior to players with troops in other scales,

and teach them how to wargame. And you, good players,

whose hands were made for wargaming, show us here

the mettle of your army; let us swear

that they are worthy of your painting, which I doubt not;

For there are none of them so mean and base

that hath not noble lustre in your eyes.

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,

straining upon the start. The game’s afoot !

Rattle your dice ! And upon the charge

cry ‘God for Scruby! Featherstone! and HG Wells!’

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Place in the Sun, 1901

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany:
Speech to the North German Regatta Association, 1901

In spite of the fact that we have no such fleet as we should have,
we have conquered for ourselves a place in the sun. It will now
be my task to see to it that this place in the sun shall remain our
undisputed possession, in order that the sun's rays may fall
fruitfully upon our activity and trade in foreign parts, that our
industry and agriculture may develop within the state and our
sailing sports upon the water, for our future lies upon  the water.
The more Germans go out upon the waters, whether it be in races
or regattas, whether it be in journeys across the ocean, or in the
service of the battle flag, so much the better it will be for us.  For
when the German has once learned to direct his glance upon what
is distant and great, the pettiness which surrounds him in daily life
on all sides will disappear. Whoever wishes to have this larger and
freer outlook can find no better place than one of the Hanseatic
cities....we are now making efforts to do what, in the old time, the
Hanseatic cities could not  accomplish, because they lacked the
vivifying and protecting power of the empire. May it be the function
of my Hansa during many years of peace to protect and advance
commerce and trade! As head of the Empire I therefore rejoice over
every citizen, whether from Hamburg, Bremen, or L├╝beck, who goes
forth with this large outlook and seeks new points where we can drive
in the nail on which to hang our armor. Therefore, I believe that I
express the feeling of all your hearts when I recognize gratefully that
the director of this company who has placed at our disposal the
wonderful ship which bears my daughter's name has gone forth as a
courageous servant of the Hansa, in order to make for us friendly
conquests whose fruits will be gathered by our descendants!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Confederate Submarine Revealed

The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sits in a conservation tank
after a steel truss that had surrounded it was removed on Thursday,
Jan. 12, 2012 at a conservation lab in North Charleston, S.C. Scientists
say removing the truss allows the first clear view of the sub since it
sank in 1864 off the South Carolina coast.

Complete Civil War Submarine Unveiled

A member of the conservation crew walks beside the Civil War
submarine H.L. Hunley at Clemson University's Warren Lasch
Conservation Center in North Charleston,
South Carolina January 12, 2012.