Sunday 30 April 2006
Saturday 29 April 2006
At least we think thats what it says - we cant read a word on it! Next time, try to remember not to drink the Hotel lobby bar dry before you write to your chums V!
Chin-chin Old Boy - enjoy your leave!
Friday 28 April 2006
This picture shows the fleets closing before the clash. No other imgery survived the encoutner (click for bigger image).
Indications are that heavy damage was sustained on the island, but that many of the Turkish vessels did not survive to see home port again. There has been no confirmation of Civilian casualties.
Read more about this strange encounter here: http://www.lshm.net/?p=317
Thursday 27 April 2006
HM Land Ironclads Stride Majestically Across Africa's Burning Sands!!
With purposeful strides and with armour that is all but impervious to enemy fire, the Land Ironclads of Her Majesty's newly formed armoured cavalry regiments show what they are made of. With guns blazing and flags streaming in the desert breeze, these metal machines of destruction strike terror in all whom oppose the subjects of the Empire. Travelling at speeds in excess of fifteen miles an hour these fearful weapons can strike hard and quickly; overwhelming the opposition with consumate ease. With four regiments of these leviathans deployed in the Sudan area any self styled 'Mullah' had best beware - the reach and power of Her Majesty's forces can now extend to even the most inaccessible and inhospitable areas with ease.
It is to be hoped that the forces of the Sublime Porte and their Hun advisors have taken note of these deployments and will therefore desist from their nefarious activities against our gallant allies - the Bedouin Tribes of Arabia.
These walking ironclads come in two variants - a light scout variant and a heavier and more well armoured version, with 2 and 4 legs respectively.
Modelling Notes: All the models began life as Irregular Miniatures 2mm Sci Fi walkers with extra VSF fittings in the shape of plastic funnels and military masts - plastic rod and Battlefleet Gothic spares respectively, and extra gun batteries and flags courtesy of Brigade models. The bases are from Essex Miniatures, coated with PVA and sand. All painted and assembled by Ogrefencer.
Wednesday 26 April 2006
Several of the smaller dirigibles that comprise the 7th Flotilla are fresh from the builder's yards, while others have been reassigned. The Flotilla's veteran flagship, the mammoth Dig-battleship Frederick der Grosse, is one such example, having been withdrawn from the Baltic Reserve for refitting last year.
She is supported in the main battle line by the Zeppellin Cruisers Munchen, of the Royal of Bavarian Aero-Korps, and the Trident, recently reassigned from the Nacht Vitch (Night Witch) Raider Squadron and has yet to be repainted in more traditional colours.
In keeping with Luftschiffewaffe escort doctrine, the Flotilla is well supported by light elements. Amongst the lighter Zeppelin Squadrons are a pair of Dirigible-Destroyers, the Adler and the Falke (from the Kingdom of Württemberg)
Two flights of the new winged Dig gunboats have also been assigned to the 7th to provide it with a precision bombing capability in support of the land army. The success of these new methods has still yet to be validated against an enemy field army.
The Luftschiffewaffe High Command has announced that the 7th Flotilla will undergo further field training and working-up exercises before being declared operational and assigned to Strategic Reserve later this Summer
Modeling Notes: All miniatures produced and supplied by Brigade Models, and painted by me. WW1 German decals by Skytrex. 2mm terrain features by Irregular Miniatures, home made hills, ground mat by GW
Monday 24 April 2006
Today, 25th April, is ANZAC Day
For those who Serve, those who have Served, and those still on Patrol:
Ode to the Fallen
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow,
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Sunday 23 April 2006
Ace reporter, Maksim-Smelchak, reporting from the Commonwealth of Australia...
A recent military exhibition has had photos released for public consumption.
Find them here:
Saturday 22 April 2006
Features included the Grenadier Guards Band, the Band of the Royal Marines, the Royal New Zealand Army Band, Tonga Army Band plus Zulu War dancers, precision drill teams, highland bands and Gaelic dancers!
Needless to say, there were feathery hats, bearskins, pith helmets, gold lacing, hungarian knots and tassles aplenty!
And the lads did indeed look splendid and did their countries proud!
Long Live the Queen!
Friday 21 April 2006
Ace reporter Maksim-Smelchak on the scene again in the land down under...
Recently events from the nefarious TMP Agency have indicated that the Leviathan Gaming "Centennial" will be coming to the Australian Commonwealth.
Inquiring minds would like to know whether this is a "Real" visit or some sort of fiendish plot by a dastardly organization... possibly to rule or even destroy the world?
Company head, Lord William, known colloquially as Bill, the "Editor!," declined to comment. Oh, forsooth...
More information may be found at the TMP Press boards here:
And more information about gaming in the Australian Commonwealth here:
Also, check out the Anzac Military Tattoo tonight:
Ace reporter Maksim-Smelchak signing out...
Thursday 20 April 2006
Commodore Francisco, the Task Group Commander, paid Official calls on the Governor, and the Port Admiral (in addition, it is rumoured, to some seedy backstreet establishments popular with sailors). He was glowing in his praise for the sucess of his visit and he expressed his hope that a second Argentinian fleet, the 'Escuadron Libertad' would be able to repeat the visit later this year.
These lovely Nefs are the product of Francisco's workbench. Incredibly, though he is a long time wargamer he has only just begun to paint and he has been swinging a brush for less than a year. Makes it even more impressive eh? You can see the rest of his Fleet arrayed here:
Thanks Francisco - help yourself to a snifter!
Wednesday 19 April 2006
Thanks very much to Zophiel, who whipped up this great graphic for me.
No doubt the products of this factorium will soom be roaming the skies. Let us hope that the Kaiser will use them wisely rather than to further his evident Imperial ambitions...
But can a man with facial hair such as this be trusted?
Only time will tell!
Tuesday 18 April 2006
Reports from the Eastern front confirm the use of new winged Dirigible bombers by the Prussian II Corps in supressing rebel positions in the recent uprising in Bohemia.
The Germans have allegedly put such forces under direct control of the Army Commander. While this may leave these units more vulnerable to marauding enemy aero-fleets, it improves targeting and reduces response times.
Dig modes by Brigade (VAN-302 Seydlitz Class Winged Dig Gunboat), decals by Skytrex, and painted by me - which break a 1 month spell of no new VSF figs (for lots of good reasons) - Huzzah! Time for a large Brandy indeed.
Sunday 16 April 2006
You can read more in the London Gazette (obviously) and here: http://www.lshm.net/?p=276
(No - I wasnt involved but as you can see, there are some lovely pics there well worth checking out!)
This is international correspondent Maksim-Smelchak reporting on location from the United States...
Just recently, a new Nef Manufactorium is beleived to have been erected somewhere in the United States. US Government Officials still haven't divulged the exact geographical location of the manufactorium, but it is beleived to be located somewhere on the Northeastern seaboard... probably not too far from where that overgrown primate, King Kong, eighth wonder of the world, recently rampaged.
It is not known at this time how this new Nef manufacturing capability will affect the balance of arms in Europe and Pacifica. Look for more news on that later from Sir Tas...
This is ace international reporter Maksim-Smelchak signing out...
Chag Sameach and Shalom,
P.S. Happy Easter Sunday to our Christian friends!
Saturday 15 April 2006
Mateen posted this fantastic CGI over at the Brigade Forums (click for a larger image) and kindly allowed me to post the image here. You can see more of his fantastic Steampunk CGIs here: http://mateengreenway.com/steampunk/streampunk.htm
The cgi model he made is based on the Aeronef Aerial Battery model Brigade is developing in a series of aerial forts and redoubts - I cant wait to see them in production. You can see them in the design pages here:
Next up, some of Her Majesty's stout lads in action and on the parade ground!
Thanks for the stills Mr Blease!
Steve has used Irregular figs for the troops, the Ornes are made by Wessex
Sunday 9 April 2006
Here is a top-hole picture of the Fleet anchorage by that smashing chap John Vanmullikan when his Regiment passed through Valetta last year (click for a larger version)
And he is as handy with a Brandy balloon as he is with a drawing pallet!
Friday 7 April 2006
Wednesday 5 April 2006
Dash it all though, my box brown has packed it in (must have been that blasted donkey ride through the HinduKush) and I'll have to get a replacement. I must ask my sister to send another from London. She can send it with my new Mess Jacket after the last one got burnt doing the 'dance of the flamers'...
Anyhow, while I work on the latest creations, I thought I would share my thoughts on how to make the 'perfect' Gin and Tonic!
At the end of a long hot day one needs a G&T to restore a positive outlook on life. Of course, one should have the mess steward fetch it for you, but a gentlemen must know how to provide for himself and his guests in a emergency.
1. Pour the gin into a highball glass filled with ice. A crystal glass most assuredly improves the taste
2. Add the Gin. This is the element that requires extensive research. My personal favourite is Bombay Sapphire which has an herbaceous and complex flavour but I would encourage you to sample as many types as possible. Just like a good scotch or wine there are many flavour combinations. Gordons is really light and crisp, it isn’t very complex or herbaceous. Tanqueray is quite lemony and a bit sharper and more bitter. Plymouth Gin is full bodies with strong juniper overtones. The amount required traditionally is 30ml but I have found that it sometimes depends on how much positive outlook you require. Once again this also takes some research to get it right .
3. Garnish with a slice of lemon lime to finish it off, I prefer lime with my Bombay gin but if I can’t get it then lemon. I use lemon with Tanqueray or Gordons.
4. The correct proportion is one measure of gin and two of tonic. Again, significant research is required.
5. Use fresh tonic water from a small bottle or can. Do yourself a favour and don’t get the diet style, after all this is for medicinal purposes
6. Take your refreshment out to the porch and consume till your positive outlook on life has been restored.
Coming Soon: The Tsar's Terror Tower!
Saturday 1 April 2006
Those that know me wont be suprised to find out I'm a d4:
"You are a four-sided die, a d4. Otherwise known as a tetrahedron, a "Caltrop", or (to a lesser degree) "Ol' Pointy". This crap bores you, so I'll get to the point. Others tend to see you as petty, conniving, manipulative, argumentative, defensive, greedy, and needlessly antagonistic. You see yourself as focused, effective, efficient, influencing, shrewd, tactical, and direct. Both points of view are in fact correct. You always know the best way to get things done, a fact that never wins sympathy with others. Whenever you manage to gain control of a situation, your solutions are swift and brutal. Unfortunately everyone else is convinced that granting you such power is, "a bad thing" and often conspire to keep it out of your hands. Such short-sighted fools!"