Friday, 27 February 2015

9 Years on!

Good gosh! Its nine years since we set up camp at this Blog - thats three times longer than that first stouch we had with those Afghan chaps!

Over the years the rate of blog entries has waxed and waned in cycles, and at once or twice I contemplated closing it down and merging the content into my generic wargaming blog.  However, with a little encouragement I decided to keep the blog and its theme going, and I'm glad I did.

So from Aeronef to Land Ironclads, Tripods and Gatling guns - thanks for being part of the madness.
Here's to more in the years to come, and I'll have to hunk of something neat to celebrate the 10th Anniversary next year!

Monday, 16 February 2015

The Space 1889 Planet Project

Now this is very cool - a Google Earth adaption for the Space 1889verse.
Find out more here:


I love that they used Holst's The Red Planet as the music background, one of my favourites

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Captain Darling's exploits in the antipodes

I have just spied this VSF blog by fellow antipodean Captain Darling.  Of particular interest is his 28mm campaign "The Russians are coming!" following the Tsar's villainous enterprise to expand his corrupt empire by capturing the Imperial Colony of South Australia - the cheek!
"This picture purports to be the Russian invasion fleet soon after departing St Petersburg"
4 Battalions of veteran Russian troops from the Russo-Turkish wars supported by Cossacks have now landed.  Meanwhile, a squadron of Armoured Cruisers and a ironclad turret ship support them from seaward.  Can the South Australian forces repel them? Will reinforcements from the other colonies reach them in time before the Russians can consolidate?  I will be watching with great interest!

Portrait of Captain Darling
Actually, I am delighted to see this as it is very similar to something I had in mind based on the Victorian colony's almost obsessive fear with a Russian Invasion - see here.  Coupled with the Eureka stockade rebellion, there are wargaming opportunities aplenty!  I have copious notes from historical archives and plans to do this in 2mm for a combined Aeronef/Land Ironclads campaign.  One day...

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

HMS Steady

H.M.S. Steady, possibly the most inappropriately named vessel in the Royal Navy and built under contract by Vanvlak Industries. The Monopaddlewheel is seen patrolling offthe coastof Fernandea with a Sopwith Archaeopteryx drone ready to be launched. 
Another great scratch built creation by Mssr Vanvlak, this time in 15mm.  
I particularly like his addition of signal flags!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Back to the Land Time Forgot

Today we welcome back Mssr Vanvlak, of Vanvlak Industries, who had been missing presumed inebriated for some time.  Turns out he was touring the Dark Continent, and has returned with the following photoimageographic evidence:

Col.Smith stares down a Nobs' Krooted Bustard at the start of the 'Land that time forgot' expedition. (The 'atomic chicken' is actually a Forgeworld Kroot beastie, lovely model.)

Lt. Poincare's field of view is blocked by a Duhrer's Rhinoceros as the expedition prepares to leave for the 'Land that time forgot' expedition.  (The Rhino comes from a print by Albercht Durer, another grand model. )

Ismet Okyar aims at a giant crocodile on the way to the second camp on the 'Land that time forgot' expedition. (The croc is a Tamiya kit.)

Welcome back Mssr V - you've been missed!

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