Saturday, 31 March 2007

Land Ironclads delayed, but new pics at Brigade Models

Sadly there is news that the Land Ironclad rules by Wessex (for which I was also fortunate to be a playetster) will be delayed. Initially due for release at SALUTE, the influx of real life work to the boys at Wessex has necessitated a delay. There is an official relase at TMP about it http://theminiaturespage.com/news/945758/



As Brigade Models are synchronising their LI model range's release with the rules, they will be delayed also. But the good news is that the Brigade Models Design Page has been updated with some nice pics of painted protoypes of their forthcoming LI range. There are some crackers there (such as the British contraptions shown here), and now you have more time to plan your purchases!

http://www.brigademodels.co.uk/Frames/New/index.html

Sunday, 25 March 2007

Gaming News: Grimm's Lost World (26 March 2007)

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Visit exciting & exotic Grimm's World, home to the fauna and flora that time forgot!

Hi Everyone,

Ace Reporter Maksim-Smelchak reporting from Grimm Port, fantastic entryway to THE LOST WORLD!

There are many beautiful women on the island even if the clothing is at times lacking!
Solution: Don't wear ANY!

Continuing the Lost World theme running lately here at YIAWWS, you may wish to look up Grimm's verison of it. Here are some lovely figures (...beautiful women, dashing heroes, salty sailors, etc.), beautifully painted and well photographed. Inspiring stuff!

Digging expeditions are available for the eggheads in your party!
You never know just what you might turn up!

And don't forget to check out his other very impressive galleries as well!

Find the site HERE:
http://grimm.backofbeyond.de/gallery_lost_world.html


In such a beautiful and pristine environment, the local animals really GROW!
Here, some locals are interacting with a cute and fuzzy animal!

Ace Reporter Maksim-Smelchak signing off!

Shalom,
Maksim-Smelchak.

Notes regarding photos / pictures: These are not all my images. I am using various images from around the web, mostly from public sources and/or private sources used with permission. I have tried to include only images under public domain, creative commons, or fair use. If I have inadvertently violated any copyrights, please inform me and I will remove your image/s (if it is indeed an infringement).

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Professor Longfellow's Field Guide to Badly Painted Dinosaurs

That saucy scientist Professor Priscilla Longfellow has published an account of her incredible Camp Cretaceous. Filled with great steroscopic images of her specimens, it is guaranteed to give you a good idea of what you are going after before you see it through a gunsight!



Prof. Longfellow poses in front of her prize Brachiosaurus at Camp Cretaceous. Pic from Professor Longfellow's Field Guide site.

Good show Professor. Perhaps we could chat more about your adventures over dinner eh?!

http://www.geocities.com/tempest_raiko/index.html

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

More Dino Hunters!

Come meet Lord and Lady Bloominton, their friends Sir Samuel Baker, Lord and Lady Manchester and their guides. Some lovely individuals gagging to bag some big game on a Saurian Safari!

http://www.twfigurines.de/vict/vict2.htm

Thursday, 15 March 2007

The Lost World

If you are interested in the book and various movies - and they are about Dinosaur hunting so why wouldn't you be ? - check out this interesting website which details the various versions over the years.



and if you like online books, here is a free e-copy of this classic :
http://www.literature.org/authors/doyle-arthur-conan/lost-world/

Jurassic Yard: An Archeological Dig

You may have seen this around the net before, and I dont know how 'genuine' it is (very un I would suggest).
It may not be VSF, but I think its absolutely brilliant!

PALEOANTHROPOLOGY DIVISION
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE
207 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
WASHINGTON, DC 20078, USA


Dear Sir:

Thank you for your latest submission to the Institute, labeled '211-D, layer seven, next to the clothesline post. Hominid skull’. We have given this specimen a careful and detailed examination, and regret to inform you that we disagree with your theory that it represents ‘conclusive proof of the presence of Early Man in Charleston County two million years ago’.

Rather, if appears that what you have found is the head of a Barbie doll, of the variety one of our staff, who has small children, believes to be the ‘Malibu Barbie’. It is evident that you have given a great deal of thought to the analysis of this specimen, and you may be quite certain that those of us who are familiar with your prior work in the field were loathe to come to contradiction with your findings.

However, we do feel that there are a number of physical attributes of the specimen which might have tipped you off to its modern origin: The material is molded plastic. Ancient hominid remains are typically fossilized bone. The cranial capacity of the specimen is approximately 9 cubic centimeters, well below the threshold of even the earliest identified proto-hominids. The dentition pattern evident on the ‘skull’ is more consistent with the common domesticated dog than it is with the ‘ravenous man-eating Pliocene clams’ you speculate roamed the wetlands during that time. This latter finding is certainly one of the most intriguing hypotheses you have submitted in your history with this institution, but the evidence seems to weigh rather heavily against it. Without going into too much detail, let us say that: A. The specimen looks like the head of a Barbie doll that a dog has chewed on. B. Clams don't have teeth.

It is with feelings ringed with melancholy that we must deny your request to have the specimen carbon dated. This is partially due to the heavy load our lab must bear in its normal operation, and partly due to carbon dating’s notorious inaccuracy in fossils of recent geologic record. To the best of our knowledge, no Barbie dolls were produced prior to 1956 AD, and carbon dating is likely to produce wildly inaccurate results.

Sadly, we must also deny your request that we approach the National Science Foundation’s Phylogeny Department with the concept of assigning your specimen the scientific name ‘Australopithecus spiff-arino’. Speaking personally, I, for one, fought tenaciously for the acceptance of your proposed taxonomy, but was ultimately voted down because the species’s name you selected was hyphenated, and didn’t really sound like it might be Latin. However, we gladly accept your generous donation of this fascinating specimen to the museum.

While it is undoubtedly not a hominid fossil, it is, nonetheless, yet another riveting example of the great body of work you seem to accumulate here so effortlessly. You should know that our Director has reserved a special shelf in his own office for the display of the specimens you have previously submitted to the Institution, and the entire staff speculates daily on what you will happen upon next in your digs at the site you have discovered in your back yard.

We eagerly anticipate your trip to our nation’s capital that you proposed in your last letter, and several of us are pressing the Director to pay for it. We are particularly interested in hearing you expand on your theories surrounding the ‘trans-positating fillifitation of ferrous ions in a structural matrix’ that makes the excellent juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex femur you recently discovered take on the deceptive appearance of a rusty 9-mm Sears Craftsman automotive crescent wrench.

Yours in Science,
Harvey Rowe
Curator, Antiquities

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Mechanical Madness!

I've found another new VSF blog this week; "Northwest Historical Miniature Gamer" Kevin has some great pics of a VSF game he ran with his friend Mark called "Mechanical Madness!" as well as a precis The Sword and the Flame on Mars with some nice photos. http://nhmgs.blogspot.com/

Mark also has kindly sent me the variant he has written - its great stuff!
Can't wait to get my 15mm VSF forces together to try them out on the sands of the Red Planet...

Sunday, 11 March 2007

Native Venusians sighted!

A Wine Wine Sauce exclusive - direct by aethergram from Venus!

Field researchers from the London Natural History Society have made contact with a native intelligent life form on the planet Venus. In the spirit of international cooperation, the famed naturalist of the Institut de Paris de Biologie, Professor Pierre Aronnax, has been dispatched with all haste to work with the team studying the Venusians.


The Venusians are very large, average 10 feet in height and have 4 arms - each with a hand and opposable digit. They have a rudimentary language and appear to have a rigid family and clan heriachy. They typically operate in groups of 3, though strong individuals may lead multiple groups of 3 warriors. They favour melee weapons though have also developed a primitive type of projectile weapon, of which little is known. One thing we can be certain of though, they would make fearsome opponents!

More pics here:
http://s35.photobucket.com/albums/d170/pauljamesog/15mmVSF/

Modelling notes:
Well these guys are the first models Ive painted this year since I moved house., and the start f my 15mm VSF project - Huzzah!
The models are from Peter Pig's "War in the Age of Magic" range as "Large Green Martians" (and they ARE large compared to a 15mm figure. They were painted using GW Goblin Green as the base colour and then 'dipped' using Wattle Satin Woodstain (Walnut).

This is the first time I have used a dip method, which was kindly detailed here last year by Patrick. While I sponged off much of the excess, I think these are a little too heavily stained and next time I will thin down the dip a little as the surface tension kept too much in the crevasses I think. A great effect for the time investment though and certainly they got to table top standard in minimum time. I'll also need to touch up a few highlights again (like the eyes).

Bases are 1/4inch washers with Mulliput. I'll finish off the bases with flock and grass shortly.

Sorry about the dark shadows, I'll take some proper pics once I've done the bases.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Fair Warning?

The following broadside was brought to attention of certain Brigadiers some months ago. It is shown here to see what other worthy soldiers make of it.

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Aurora McFly

Vanvlak has been busy adding to his retinue of aeronefs once again...bless 'im!



"There she blows again - the Aurora McFly!

The Aurora McFly belongs to Prof Emmett Brown, the noted time traveller, who prefers not to get involved with arms and suchlike and live a quiet life with his Clara and their kids, but always ends up in all sorts of astounding intrigues and adventures. Mostly involving various generations of McFlys and Tannens - the notorious VonTannen in particular."

Vanvlak made this using two turrets from a GW Impertor titan from their epic range. I really like it beause she looks like the Disney version of the Nautilis.

Well done old bean!

Sunday, 4 March 2007

The Sleath Mars Patrol Report

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German marines, steam powered landships, heroes riding sand lizards, dreaded Martian beasties, and deadly crystal forests- this game has it ALL!


All this by Robert Sleath of the "The Dortmund Amateur Wargamers" - Huzzah!
http://membres.lycos.fr/daw/Battle_reports/Victorian_Mars_patrol/hauptteil_victorian_mars_patrol.html
Notes regarding photos / pictures: These are not all my images. I am using various images from around the web, mostly from public sources and/or private sources used with permission. I have tried to include only images under public domain, creative commons, or fair use. If I have inadvertently violated any copyrights, please inform me and I will remove your image/s (if it is indeed an infringement).

Civil Mobilisation

I came across this rather astounding declaration this week. It was made in response to the 1936 Italian invasion under Mussolini, who then occupied the country until 1941 (at which time the same Emperor was re-throned until the 1974 Junta established a Socialst State). Despite it being more of the 'pulp' era rather than the Victorian one, I knew you'd all appreciate it:


Mobilisation Order
by order of HRH Emperor Haile Selassie,
Abyssinia (Ethiopia), 1935
  • Everyone will now be mobilised
  • All boys old enough to carry a spear will be sent to Addis Ababa
  • Married men will take their wives to carry food and drink
  • Single men will take any woman without a husband
  • Women with small babies need not go
  • The blind and those who cannot walk or carry a spear are excused
  • Anyone found at home after receipt of this order will be hanged.

According to Wikipedia, this gained about 500,000 primitively armed conscripts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Italo-Abyssinian_War

Saturday, 3 March 2007

Tripod Flyer

Thanks to sigh9 who sent me this

"Tripods! they're even useful for decorating flyers for wierd electronica nights in London."

cool pic sigh9!

http://artfuel.blogspot.com/2007/03/new-flyer.html

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