Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Land Ironclad model release is imminent...

...according to Steve at Brigade Models, the release should be announced next week!

Read about it here:

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Mayhem in Paper

For most of us, these will be the wrong scale. But perhaps your navigation today will take you for a visit to this shipyard:

A selection of 1/600 scale VSF paper models will be found there.

Monday, 29 October 2007

The Zeppelin Destroyer : being some chapters of secret history

by William Le Queux (1864-1927)
published in 1916

This book reflects Le Queux's paranoia during the war years with British national security at grav risk, and the potential utility of secret services in furthering the aims of 'total industrialised warfare'.

Read it online here:

Its listed with other great books featuring dirigibles here:

Sunday, 28 October 2007

I have just learned of a movie planned for a 2010 release. For an early visit to Venus, go here:

Mssr V goes a-hunting

Not to be outdone by random crytomundians, Mssr Vanavlak has made an initial foray into uberlarge game hunting:

A long-started model completed. A dino (Compsognathus? Can't remember) and a tough (the latter is an old model; the former just finished). The dino comes from an attractive set of 5 dinosaurs and a very bic croc from Tamiya - quite cheap but nicely detailed. The tough is obviously ex-Necromunda.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Krazniy Oktyabr

...things just got a bit complicated on the Russian side!

A new Ironstars project by Vanvlak Industries

Krazniy Oktyabr, modified with Tsiolkovsky type 2 drives and taken over by the Communist insurgents.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007


This is an adventurous tale of a man in a fedora in pursuit of living dinosaurs (Mokele-mbembe), three-toed primates (Dodu), and his next mission.

He has even written a book on the subject:

The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep(NY: Tarcher/Penguin, 2003)

As a late, well known countryman of mine would have said: "Crikey!"

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

WOTW - Radio broadcast

The original WOTW radio broadcast is now on YouTube with a CGI backdrop!

Monday, 22 October 2007

On Shooting the Moon...

Although it does not pertain to painting in any scale or wargaming (apart from the most indirect of comparisons), I'd like to share with the community here something our host Tas and I have discussed at length in private chats.

The following is my first video post to YouTube. I believe viewing and sharing improves all our chances of seeing a rational centrist in the White House. Please reserve comments for the YouTube channel, instead of here — but share it as widely as you can, please.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

A Visit to the Moon

another piece of classic Astronef style fiction, from 1899!

A Visit to the Moon
by George Griffith

An Account of the Adventures of the Earl of Redgrave and his Bride on their Honeymoon in Space:

Well, we shall see a good many marvels. and, perhaps, miracles, before we come back, but I hardly think we shall see anything that is forbidden. Still, there's one thing we shall do, I hope. We shall solve once and for all the great problem of the worlds--whether they are inhabited or not. By the way, he went on, "I may remind your ladyship that you are just now drawing the last breaths of earthly air which you will taste for some time, in fact until we get back!

Friday, 19 October 2007

Visitors from around the world

This week marks 2 months since I started the hit counter here at WWS (purely out of interest) and I must say that with 7500 hits so far I have been astounded.

What you may have also missed is that at the bottom of the left hand frame there is a Mapper which shows where traffic originates. Out of interest, I have been taking a snapshot of this traffic map every two weeks and it showed some very interesting results.

After 2 Weeks

After 4 Weeks

After 6 Weeks

And after 8 Weeks

So thanks to everyone who has visited WWS and and especially those who have left us comments - we appreciate it!

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Robur the Conqueror

Robur the Conqueror
by Jules Verne

Alternate English titles include "The Clipper of the Clouds", and "A Trip Around the World in a Flying Machine"

This book, published in 1896, is one of THE top Aeronef classics.

If you havent read it yet, stop whatever else you are doing and click here:

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

The Airship is Coming!

A really interesting site by the Danish Post and Tele Museum in Denmark, who has published a wonderful online exhibit about zeppelins

Monday, 15 October 2007

Martians, cylinders and green flashes in the sky

Scientists are only now getting the evidence to prove what we already know...Mars is inhabited!!!

And are these the holes that remain after theose terrible projectiles were fired with a green flash?


Sunday, 14 October 2007

Vulcania Submarines...

Vulcania Submarines...

for all your "Extraordinary Submersibles and Diving Equipment" needs, including vintage scuba gear, Nemo's helmet, a working underwater Nemo Rifle and the Journal of Professor P. Arronax!

Friday, 12 October 2007

Don't try this at home...

The above image shows the collapse of the Ottoman Empire to nearly-modern Turkey. The animation runs from 1870 to 1923 and displays British, French, and — eventually — Italian territories as the Turks decline. The original images were taken from the WHKMLA Historical Atlas - - which may be the most useful collection of summary maps I have ever discovered.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Moving and Naval Logistics

You may recall that I moved house deeper into the Hindukush earlier this year. Well that campaign is drawing to a close so its time once again to pack up the baggage train and move encampments.

I'll be offline for about a week, but thought I would leave this with you to ponder. I realise that USS Constitution was an American ship, but would guess that things wouldn't have been much different under a different ensign!

On 23 August 1779, the USS Constitution set sail from Boston, loaded with 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of water, 74,000 cannon shot, 115,000 pounds of black powder and 79,000 gallons of rum.

Her Mission: to destroy and harass English Shipping

On 6 October, she made Jamaica, took on 826 pounds of flour and 688,300 gallons of rum. Three weeks later, Constitution reached the Azores, where she provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

On 18 November, she set sail for England where her crew captured and scuttled 12 English merchant vessels and took aboard rum.

By this time, Constitution had run out of shot. Nevertheless, she made her way unarmed up the Firth of Clyde for a night raid. Here, her landing party captured a whiskey distillery, transferred 13,000 gallons aboard and headed for home.

On 20 February 1780, the Constitution arrived in Boston with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, and no whiskey. She did, however, still carry her crew of 475 officers and men and 18,600 gallons of water.

The arithmetic is quite enlightening:
  • Length of cruise: 181 days

  • Booze consumption: 1.26 gallons per man per day (this DOES NOT include the unknown quantity of rum captured from the 12 English merchant vessels in November).
Naval historians note that the reenlistment rate from this cruise was 92%.

LOGISTICS LESSON LEARNED: Don’t load up with too much water

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Painting at 1:1 Scale

I spent all weekend painting my new house before I move this week (yes, its another gangantuan effort to move my drinks cabinet 6" closer to Berlin"!).

After about 8 hrs on the second day, I started making a mental list on why painting this 1:1 scale models appeared harder than the 2mm and 6mm scales I'm usually happy to do.

In no particular order:
  • It has to look good at 1 inch AND 6 feet - at the SAME time
  • My wife (and every visitor) is as critical as a Golden Demon judge
  • Washing techniques make a mess on the floor
  • Drybrushing makes the wall look worse
  • Its hard to blend the exact colour you want and have enough for 18 square metres
  • Basing is a little more than kitty litter and some static grass.
  • Cleaning up is more than 2 small brushes and some newspaper

Got others of your own? Please leave a comment!

Saturday, 6 October 2007

New Blazing Skies Battle Report posted

Note the vital accessory in the background, just my kind of gaming - Cheers!

Rendered Airship fight

Its a bit more fanasty than VSF, but it does have a flying vessel, aeronauts and aerial adventures so its OK by me!


Friday, 5 October 2007

Warbot released

Hydra miniatures have released this great Pulp style Warbot in theirRay raygun range.

I particularly like the 'gleaming red eye of death' style, which reminds me of the psychotic computer HAL from the classic movie "2001: A space Odyssey"

I think it has loads of potential as a VSF Iron Giant. Cant wait to get hold of one for my Mad Scientist army!

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Anarchy, Ho!?...

The above illustration shows the Huala Frigate by Ninja Magic (With Hostile Intent line). I've just pressed one into service as an Anarchist's Nef.

Vanvlak's Archives

It recently occured to us that there were a few early pieces of Vanvlak's work that were completed before WWS began, and thus havent been seen here before.

Here are some of the 'lost works':

Kolonel Kizhe's Vojvoda, a reaction steam engine Montgolfier
with force fields and a recoilless ground bombardment cannon.

The Spanish Dig "Princess Asturias"

The Sainta Barbara, of the Venerable Knights of Malta's Air Fleet

And a few more to come soon....

Beware the Kraken!

Every VSFer worth his salt needs one of these or something similar!
The Kraken, by Black Cat Bases, is part of their Pirates of the Skeleton Seas range,

The Kraken is 135mm tall to the tip of the tallest tentacle, and the base is 115mm wide and 200mm long. Supplied as a multi-part kit - the 8 tentacles are separate to the body. The whole model is resin.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

A paper on the Nautilus...

It is — at times — quite a surprise what can be found when one is looking for some entirely different thing.
The model is fantastic and very well designed. I imagine it will take several attempts before a satisfactory build results, but that's one of the advantages of a paper model. :)

Monday, 1 October 2007

Technology,... saving lives

Philosophical endeavours may still fail us at preventing armed conflict with our neighbours but technological advances may promise a decrease in loss of life as our wake through this century grows ever longer. The most important question is, how many will you order?

They're finally online and active with a shop.

Terranef surfaces!

Dont sod about climbing down extinct volcanoes looking for a way down into the Hollow Earth - bore your own! With this new Terranef from Fat Dragon games, you'll get there quicker than ever before!

And think of the possibilities on the battelfield...does your limted air cover have those enemy dirigibles smashing your assault troops before they even get near the enemy? Pack your boys into one of these and drive them right under those trenches!

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An exploration of debauchery, vice and other reasons to be a man!