Tuesday, 30 September 2008

SERGEANT YORK

20,000 Leagues under the Sea Conflict Analysis

I found this interesting short essay online (link below), which details has some interesting aspects about character interactions in 20kluts.

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Summary: Science is meant for the progression of man, but using science for evil can also lead to the downfall of men. In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, a scientific fiction novel, that explains the conflict between man vs nature, there are conflicts in the story, the conflict effects the surrounding characters.

Science is meant for the progression of man, but using science for evil can also lead to the downfall of men. In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, a scientific fiction novel, that explains the conflict between man vs nature. There are conflicts in the story, the conflict effects the surrounding characters, but in the end, the conflict is resolved.

The novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, is generally about a ship called the Nautilus, who is led by Captain Nemo, which reeks chaos and terror amount the sea. The characters: Dr. Pierre Aronnax, Conseil, and Ned Land are imprisoned in the ship, which is the main conflict in the story. The main character, Aronnax, and the antagonist, Captain Nemo, the main conflict between them is the concept of freedom. Even though Aronnax is fond of the science, he does not approve of the way Captain Nemo attacks and kill innocent people. Captain Nemo is mysterious and paranoid, his hatred for mankind is because of their corruption. “So it was a sad day I spent, between my wish to regain freedom and my regret at saying goodbye to the marvelous Nautilus…” –Aronnax. This quote represents Aronnax’s main conflict, he cannot stay with the Nautilus because he must help his friends, even though he is fascinated by the knowledge he can obtain by the Nautilus. The conflict between Aronnax and Captain Nemo is that Captain Nemo is keeping Aronnax’s friends captives of the ship. The main conflict of Aronnax is that he has to choose between science vs the freedom of his fellow man.

The conflict between Aronnax and Captain Nemo effect the characters around them. Aronnax effect his fellow crewman, Ned Land, because Aronnax is too busy using the opportunities that he receives from the Nautilus to study science, while Ned Land prefers to plan a way to successfully escape the Nautilus. Not only does Ned Land want to escape the ship, but also he dislikes the way Captain Nemo kills whales. Ned Land states that he is a hunter, not a butcher. Aronnax also effects his servant, Conseil, because since Aronnax’s actions also effect Conseil’s action because Conseil is a servant that is always loyal and never complains to his master, Aronnax, so whatever Aronnax chooses to do, that action will also have a chain effect on Conseil’s actions. Conseil is so loyal that he would stay to Aronnax till the end. This is the same idea how Captain Nemo effects his crewmembers also because they too are loyal to Captain Nemo and are willing to do anything for him, even commit suicide in the whirlpool.

The conflict is resolved in the end, when Captain Nemo commits suicide by getting his ship along with his crewmembers intentionally caught in the raging whirlpool. Even though Captain Nemo and his crewmembers are probably dead, but fortunately Aronnax, Ned Land, and Conseil manage to escape the ship in time and are rescued by fishermen. Aronnax, though his journey with the Nautilus is over and also has lost the chance of a life time to study marine life more extensively because having Nautilus’s ability causes more quality study of the marine life. In the end, Aronnax chooses the freedom of his fellowman over science, but Aronnax doesn’t leave empty handed because he learned so much from his journey, such as the marine life and submarine construction. While returning to France, Aronnax rewrites his memories and wisdom of his journey under the sea.

In conclusion, not all science benefit men, they sometimes corrupt them and cause them to create terror among the innocent. The conflict in the story effect and change the characters, but in the end, the conflict is eventually resolved. The conflict of the story causes the characters to react in their own way, which shows the quality of each character.

Monday, 29 September 2008

50,000 Leagues under the Sea!

Huzzah and Hurrah - White Wine Sauce has reached 50,000 Hits (since Aug 07)

Thank you to all who have visited and enjoyed the material here, and especially those who have left comments and kept encouraging us to keep posting.


I would particularly like to thank my fellow WWS authors for their great input, helped keep me on track and ticked things over here for me in the times when I couldn't. Their contributions and fellowship gives White Wine Sauce real diversity through a team effort.

But most of all I would like to thank the true genius of White Wine Sauce - Mssrs Wells, Verne, Griffith, Burroughs, Doyle and the other greats of VSF who have inspired generations of fans and given us many hours of enjoyment.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

A Heroic sort of Chap really


Pegaso Models have just released this smashing model of one of her Majesty's finest, from the 24th Regiment of Foot (of Rourke's Drift fame and Isandlawana infamy)


I've inquired about getting a slightly modified version, with a bottle of claret in his hand (instead of a sword) and a cowering lovely clutching lovingly to his feet. I eagerly anticipate a reply!

Library Acquisitions

I went to a charity book fair today which had many interesting finds. My disappointment at not finding any Verne was more than offset by acquiring the collected works of H.G. Wells in leatherbound volumes - Huzzah!

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Awesome Aquanefs

This guy is simply amazing. Go grab a towel now for all the drooling you are about to do!
Among his many fantastic models, are these fantastic Aquanefs:

The Nautilus, from Jules Verne's descriptions and the original illustrations


The French submarine Dupuy de Lome


The Alligator


You simply must visit, "Steam Noir" here:
http://www.freewebs.com/steamnoir/submarines.htm

Friday, 26 September 2008

Wars of Empire...in Cartoons!

Qued by an entry at TMP:

WARS OF EMPIRE IN CARTOONS
by Mark Bryant

the publisher's page says:

At the beginning of the Victorian era it seemed that the sun would never set on the vast British Empire which spanned the globe. However, the Pax Britannica was not all that it seemed and the forces of Her Imperial Majesty were frequently called upon to fend of aggressor nations and quell rebellions in Britain’s many colonies.

In an age before computers, television, radio and the cinema the impact of cartoons and caricature was considerable, especially when the only sources of information were posters, newspapers and books. To a news-hungry public, anxious about world affairs, it was the cartoon, with its immediacy and universal accessibility – even to the barely literate – that could speak the message mere words could never convey.During the Crimean War it was John Leech and his colleagues at Punch who drew their own satirical version of events. And who could take Tsar Nicholas of Russia, Paul Kruger of the Transvaal or the Mad Mahdi of the Sudan at all seriously when the artists of Fun, Judy, Moonshine, Vanity Fair and others cocked a snook at all they held dear? However, Britain’s enemies also had a wealth of talent laboring to counteract imperial propaganda and there were frequent, often vicious, attacks on Queen Victoria and her generals, admirals and politicians in French and German satirical magazines such as Simplicissimus, Le Grelot and Lustiger Blatter.

Wars of Empire in Cartoons is divided into chapters covering the main conflicts of the second half of the 19th century year-by-year. Each chapter is prefaced with a concise introduction that provides a historical framework for the cartoons of that year. Altogether some 300 drawings from both sides of each conflict have been skillfully blended to produce a unique visual history of the wars of the British Empire.

Specifications
9½ x 12¼. 160 pages, color & b/w images throughout, $34.95, hardback,Grub Street Publishing
Order it from Casemate Publishing here:
http://www.casematepublishing.com/cgi/titleinfo.pl?sku=9781902304403

And let me know whats its like if you get one - please!

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Vulcania

I got this wonderful chart of Vulcania from the nice chaps at Disney - thank you indeed kind Sirs!


click here for full version: http://s35.photobucket.com/albums/d170/pauljamesog/Aeronef/?action=view&current=Vulcnia.jpg

I've always wanted to make a model of this - perhaps it would make a good Chritsmas holiday project, but I think the addition of a drigible pad would also be prudent!

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Into the Abyss

A short story by..
H.G. Wells

In the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, we are not alone...

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Aquanef Inspiration


I found this pic on my hard-drive the other day, saved from goodness knows where (please tell me if you know). I absolutely love it - very Nemoesque and great Aquanef insipration.

Monday, 22 September 2008

VSF Terrain (25mm)

Mssr Zophiel pointed out this great range of gothic style terrain by RC Studio that just screams VSF (well, to me...after a claret or two anyway).

I particularly like the bunker, the generator and these mysterious contraptions that I dub steam-driven temporal Tesla converters




Thanks for the tip Zophiel!

Saturday, 20 September 2008

The Lost World - Found!

I happened to stumble across a DVD copy of the original 1925 version which you may recall from here: http://pauljamesog.blogspot.com/2008/01/lost-world.html
It was lying unwanted at a car boot sale for only $5 - Bwhahahah - now its mine, all Mine!

Alhazared's Victorian Landships!



Some splendid Landships and a dazzling undersea battle!

Quick-play Astronef

I found a fun looking set of easy play space ship combat rules today - called 'Launch Fighters!'
Its a free download and you can thank the nice chaps at Consortium games for this contribution.

Now, to play a bit of VSF style HM Royal Ether Squadron vs Kaiser's Sternmarine action using these rules, I recommend the following simple subtitutions in the rules:
  • Delete Cannon, Insert Gatling-Cannon, Tesla Device or Electro-Howitzer
  • Delete Missile, Insert Aether-torpedo, or Congreive Rocket Mk II
  • Delete Defence, insert Armour Rating
  • Delete Movement rating, insert Aether-engine or Solar Sail capacity
and you are ready to Blast-Off for Queen and Country!

You'll find Launch Fighters! (both full and quick play versions) and Consortium games here:
http://www.launchfightersgame.com/

Thanks awfully chaps!

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Astronef scenery

Downloadable tabletop scape scenery an a fanastic looking campaign map editor
Simply download the bits you want, print out and laminate if you dont wnat the to have claret stains and cigar ash on them - enjoy!
Great job eh what!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The Airship Destroyer - Part 2

Zeb has kindly emailed me to let us know that this vintage 1909 video is available here: http://www.europafilmtreasures.eu/player.htm?ID=278

It's a German version, but with English subtitling.

Thanks Zeb!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Monday, 15 September 2008

A cracker of a picture


I just spied this fanstic sterographic image at the Republic of Sonora website- great stuff!
Check out the website here:

Sunday, 14 September 2008

LI spotted in South Carolina!


TMP spies have declared that recent land ironclad actions in South Carolina have been most prolific, thanks to the South Carolina Historical Gaming Society. Reports also indicate a new kind of Ironclad model, more akin to gunboat monitors - Chris says :


On this site are several pictures from a couple of LI games that we recently played here in South Carolina, USA. In some of the pics you can see 8 land ironclads that I made by mating 1/1200 ACW ships with 1/300 WWII tank hulls. They are the ones on the longer lighter-green bases. The USS Cairo class ships on top of the KV hulls was a really easy conversion. For them all I had to do was cut the bow and stern peices off of the ships and file the Fuel tanks off of the soviet tank hulls. (text from TMP here: http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=147274)

Read the reports and see the full range of pics here:

(there pics are Copyright © 2008 The Command Post, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Prussian Steam Strider


Found this lovely Steam strider pic, complete with an accompanying squad of gas-masked prussian skirmishers - Fur Kaiser unt Vaterland!


Good work - please tell me if its yours!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Airship fleet artwork!

You may recall the excellent initial artwork done by Isotx for their Iron Grip universe. Chekc out their latest efforts showing the Rahmos airship fleet!


(Thanks to Don from http://vsf15mm.blogspot.com/ for the heads-up!)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Captain Baron Cherkassov

An interesting short article, which winds up rather badly for the Baron after he "had gone ashore that night to visit a lady friend, leaving his ship with torpedoes disarmed, all shells stowed save 12 and no extra men posted on watch."

later...

"The two disgraced officers were court-martialed for negligence and summarily stripped of all their ranks and privileges as well as being given a 3 year and 18 month prison sentences respectively. Tsar Nicholas II also went so far as to decree that the Baron was to be sentenced to perpetual bachelorhood, it being forbidden for him to marry so that he could not perpetuate his disgraceful family name."

Read on see why he was so horrendously punished and how "crew efficiency was further reduced" Article reproduced in full below from: http://ww1history.suite101.com/article.cfm/zhemchug_vs_the_emden_1914

[This article is dedicated with great amusement to David C.]

The ill-fated Russian protected cruiser Zhemchug, her crew in high spirits

Zhemchug Vs the Emden 1914

Friday, 5 September 2008

Dirigibles And Dreadnoughts

A brilliantly (and recently renamed) blog, this shows Paul's great foray into the wondeful world of Nefs. He has some great stuff here, check it out at:

http://dirigiblesanddreadnoughts.blogspot.com/

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