31 October 2013

The Adventures of Ulysses Quicksilver


While away I read quite a stack of books, including these stories of derring-do from wordsmith Jonathan Green about hero of the Empire Ulysses Quicksilver.  This omnibus volume entitled The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus contains the following penny dreadful tales:


Unnatural History - missing professors, dinosaurs and mad anarchist plots in London.
Leviathan Rising - aquanef, underwater disaster, murder, revenge and cyber-kraken!
Human Nature - missing mermaids, vicious beasts and incompetent police officers in Whitby.

The omnibus also contains the following short tales:
Vanishing Point - spiritualism, mad science and Nazi agents in a stately home.
Christmas Past - murder and St. Nick in Oxford.

I absolutely loved this book, and enjoyed all the stories.  The series continues on with another pile of great offerings, including adventures to Russia and the Moon!

For those with a penchant for VSF and steam powered conveyances, this is a series not to be missed.  Lots of scenario ideas for In Her Majesty's Name too. 4 and half stars!


29 October 2013

Britney Spears scares off Somali pirates

I can see how this would work!


Britney Spears is being used as a secret weapon… to scare off Somali pirates.
Her hits are blasted out to deter kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens revealed.
Spears’s chart-toppers Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time have proved to be the most effective at keeping the bandits at bay.
Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, said: ‘Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most.
‘These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.’
Ships in the region are in constant danger from gun-toting pirates boarding and kidnapping crews for multi-million-pound ransoms.
In 2011, there were 176 attacks on ships by gangs of bandits off the Horn of Africa. They are such a threat the Royal Navy has 1,500 sailors on 14 warships operating round-the-clock patrols in the area.
Jolly Roger to white flag: Britney Spears (Picture: Getty)
Ms Owens, who regularly guides huge tankers through the waters, said the ship’s speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew.
‘It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns,’ said the 34-year-old, from Gartmore, near Aberfoyle, Stirling.
‘As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.’
Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said: ‘Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music.’
He added: I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.’

28 October 2013

Round Hut Tutorial

I've wanted to have a few of these in my Dark Ages village for awhile, and just found this great tutorial by Loki:  http://napoleonicwargamingadventures.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/scratch-building-basic-28mm-scale-round_28.html

In the meantime, this week I have been building something new for my village...pics to follow soon!
Follow Lokis's tutorial and you can replicate cracking results like his!

22 October 2013

Ahoy Comrade James

Having had a week at home focusing on my family, I am now allowed 'out'.  Accordingly, Comrade James beat a path to my door today to catch up over several brews, which was fantastic.  He also gave me a few treats, including my birthday present of the British Army book for Bolt Action.  A clever and cunning chap that one, knowing I'd like to try the game with a view to a Brit Para force.  Nothing like having my somewhat rubber arm twisted!

So next week I will be furnishing myself with the core rules...and maybe some figures!

21 October 2013

Odinn's Champs - Season 3 update

 Berzerker Sven Forkbeard
The Lad has been playing his Norse team in the local ACT Blood Bowl league while I've been away.  Like always, its a season of ups and downs, but he has a few wins under his belt and has some nice development in a few key players.  A few recent deaths and injuries has helped him with team value bloat too, in a fitting way!

One particular rising star is his Berzerker Sven Forkbeard, who with some recent Strength increases is now a ST 5 monster with Block, Frenzy, Jump up, Mighty Blow, and Piling On.  With 18 career casualties including 4 kills (10 this season) he is currently 3rd in casualty standing for the season - nice!  Big things are expected to continue from this young raider (player profile here: http://www.southernvalley.bloodbowlleague.com/default.asp?p=pl&pid=2473)

Otherwise the Champions are 2-0-4 for the season, have the top Division scorer and two players in most casualties.  Not bad so far!

Season's Top Scorers
list
 PlayertypeteamTD
1profile Fafnir Bearclaw Norse RunnerOdinn's Champions 7
2  Herky WerewolfACT of Violence 6
3  Fluffy Khemri Blitz-RaKhemri Crows 5
-  Knifink the Silent Gutter RunnerMutinrot Flesh-Cutters 5
5  Paul Errin Human CatcherRiver Stir Slayers 4
-  Utti Jaeger Slann CatcherThe Paratroopers 4
-profile Vepar Chaos WarriorAnarchist Angels 4
-  Replacement Thro-Ra 1 Khemri Thro-RaTurner Eternals 4
-  Bella WerewolfPulp Horror United 4
-  Syph Ilys Gutter RunnerBelleville Punching Club 4

Season's Top Casualty inflicters
list
 Playertypeteamcas
1  Tomas Torgersen MarauderChaos Theory 19
2  Cadby Nordre MarauderChaos Theory 13
3profile Sven Forkbeard Norse BerserkerOdinn's Champions 10
4  Halfling Shitter BeastmanChaos Madness 8
5profile Choronzon Chaos WarriorAnarchist Angels 6
-profile Geryon Chaos MinotaurAnarchist Angels 6
-profile Angry Agnarr Snow TrollOdinn's Champions 6
8  Fallen Simon Chaos WarriorChaos Madness 5
-  Charlie WightACT of Violence 5
-  Gilim Orcbreaker Troll SlayerCrimson Breweries 5

19 October 2013

Sharknado!



In the best traditions of awful B grade shark movies, my kids made sure I saw this sensation which appeared in my absence.  Its is best described as "Sharknado is a 2013 made for television disaster movie about a waterspout that lifts sharks out of the ocean and deposits them in Los Angeles" - and thats exactly what you get!

A must watch laugh from end to end!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharknado

18 October 2013

Some interesting stats

Like many bloggers I rejoice in seeing hit counters hit milestones; enjoying the idea that other, similar minded gamers enjoy my humble gaming and hobby related ramblings. While I was away this blog surpassed the heart warming half a million hits mark, but how many of them are truly attributed to human action as opposed to some kind of 'bot' I wondered?

So it was with interest that I looked at my blog stats for the past year, during which my post count was barely a third of the previous 12 months.  I know that many 'bots' hit sites with recent updates - if so, does this perhaps show a truer representation of gamer activity?



Honestly, I just hope that whoever pops by finds something of interest or a link that takes them somewhere they like.  I found this trend of interest though and wanted to share it.  Hits aren't anything really, its the blogosphere community and interaction that I think is fantastic - I missed being part of it while away.

cheers

16 October 2013

Back into the Man Cave

Representative picture only - Paul's Man Cave is unlikely to look exactly like this




So I've been home a few days now and been able to venture back into the Man Cave to start its reconstitution after six months of dust and family dumping in my absence.  Its nice to just walk around and touch my stuff again.  There may have been a couple of packages waiting for me, just to make me feel welcome...



...plus maybe a Blood Bowl Halfling team (minus treemen)...






In addition to sorting out the Cave, Hobbywise I am focusing on:
- playing some Blood Bowl and SAGA,
- painting 15mm Vietnam figs, and 28mm Cthulu characters
- putting together a Brit Para force for Bolt Action
- getting started on my forces for In Her Majesty's Name
- NOT getting involved in the Mars Attacks Kickstarter!
- maybe getting a few figures started for a Dux Britaniarum Romano-British force
As always, my eyes are bigger than my time allocation but what the heck!

I'm also enjoying catching up on everyone's blogs and projects over the last six months or so.  In the interim I seem to have cracked 450 members and 500,000 hits.  Sorry about the lack of festive competition - I'll make up for it at 500 members instead!

And what the heck are all these advertisements at the start of every post on everyone's blogs? Yuk!