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Monday, 8 October 2018

Frocktober 2018 - Part One

I can sense you reeling in horror from here. Yes, you're used to there being an annual Frocktober post on this blog. Each year you steel yourself for it, safe in the knowledge that there won't be another one for twelve months. Well, this year there's going to be more than one.

In previous years I have thrown on a frock or two during October, and then used platforms like this to direct people to the donation pages of other participants. However this year, buoyed up by my increased confidence and comfort with my crossdressing, I have decided to participate in Frocktober properly, in my own right. My wife, daughter and I have formed out own team - It Has Pockets - and you can donate directly to us.

It Has Pockets

So what is Frocktober? Well, here in Australia it's an annual charity event where those of us who like to wear a nice dress from time to time put them on, show them off and encourage people to contribute money to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Ovarian cancer is a gynecological cancer that's particularly hard to detect, and the foundation's researches are focused very much on making detection easier. Because early detection makes the likelihood of an effective treatment higher. And effective treatment is what we want; an Australian woman dies of ovarian cancer every eight hours.

The hardcore Frocktober participants will wear a different outfit on each of the 31 days of October. Some even do themed challenges. If you're on Instagram or Twitter you can follow the hashtags #Frocktober2018 or simply #Frocktober and see what they're up to. My goals are more modest. Wearing a frock every day for 31 days isn't really viable for me, so I have set myself the challenge of at least ten frocks during the course of the month. And that's why there are going to be multiple posts, because it'll be frocks all month and I need to spread the pictures out.

So here's the first update.

I started off with this retro-style classic.


Perfect for a day at work pointing at things on my screen


But it's not only me donning frocks. Catherine (who is not one of the world's most frequent frock-wearers) slipped on this beauty for a family dinner.


This was my second outfit; a little ensemble I put together for a Friday at work.


Fans of 1980s UK kids' TV might appreciate the brooch.


Into the second week and I went for this cute op-shop number.



And, that team name again - IT HAS POCKETS


 Three down. Seven to go.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Derpy Dinosaurs

Last week I played a game of Dragon Rampant using a warband made up of cheap plastic dinosaurs. As a reward for them not only winning, but also providing an entertaining game, I painted them this week.

Here's how they looked in the game.


And here's how they look now.



In other news, a majority of Australians said:




Sunday, 22 October 2017

Frocktober 2017

Warning! This post is going to contain a lots of frock pictures. But on the plus side, many of them won't have me in them.

Yes, once again it's that Frocktober time of year, and I'm using this blog to promote the annual fundraiser by the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation here in Australia.

Here's what they say:

Ovarian cancer is an insidious disease, often known as a “silent-killer” as symptoms are vague and often strike without warning. Unlike many other cancers there is no early detection test. Consequently ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in its late stages and only 20%-30% of women will survive beyond five years of diagnosis. In comparison, survival rates increase to 80-100% when ovarian cancer is detected and treated early.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is Australia’s pre-eminent ovarian cancer research body. Our goal is to raise ovarian cancer awareness and vital funds for the development of an early detection test that will save women’s lives.

We receive no government funding and rely on the support of our community and business supporters to assist in driving our research forward.


The classic way to raise funds is to wear a dress every day in October. As I've said before, this isn't very practical for me, or for many other (regardless of gender). But this year my daughter decided to wear formal or cosplay outfits to her university classes on as many days as she could. So this year she gets top-billing in my annual Frocktober post. She has a page set up for donations, and I'd love for you to go there now and make a small (or not so small) contribution. Thank you. Here it is:

Maya's Frocktober Page


Now enjoy the pictures.










I think she still has a couple of outfits left in her for this coming week as well.

Maya gets top billing, but Mrs Kobold and I haven't been idle as well. A couple of weeks ago we headed out to the Southern Highlands (with Maya) looking awesome together:






Then today we went back to Goulburn because Catherine wanted to visit a second-hand book emporium there, and I wanted to go to the war memorial.


This is Goulburn's War Memorial. I blogged about it a few years ago.


And this is me browsing the Argyle Book Emporium.


I picked up a few goodies.


And this is just me.


As I say, Maya is probably good for a few more outfits, and I may have one more outing left in me this month as well, but I think this post has quite enough Frocktobering in it to convince you to donate. So here's that link again:

Maya - Frocktober 2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Fascinating

As part of this blog's remit of being about my wargaming activities I do, of course, include some of my modelling and painting, even if, generally, I prefer to post game- and rules-related stuff. And it's always fun to be able to transfer skills picked up from my activities to other areas of my life.

Case in point this weekend. Every year, around this time, we go to a local charity ball, which always has a retro/vintage theme of some kind. It's an opportunity to dress up posh and fancy and strut our stuff, and you know I'll never turn down a chance to do that.

My wife and daughter made their outfits again this year, whilst mine was off-the-peg, albeit exactly what I wanted. But both my wife an I wanted headpieces to accessorise our looks.

My wife had made herself a 70s style jumpsuit in a rather unusual Hallowe'en spider-design fabric, and wanted something to match. we searched the files on Thingiverse, and found a set of pieces for making jewellery with. I printed off the necessary bits, painted them to match her outfit and assembled them into this. The assembly was a simple superglue and pinning with wire effort:


The fact that it matched her hair was just an extraordinary coincidence.

My beautification took longer (obviously). I wanted a fascinator to match the frock I'd selected; something fancy but not too over-the-top. I bought a few bits from Spotlight, watched a number of videos on You Tube, trawled through fashion blogs and Pinterest, and then set to. I assembled, and disassembled, but eventually with the aid of a little bit of sewing and a session with my daughter's hot-glue gun, I produced this:


All I can say is that it wasn't as easy to make as I thought it would be; I can see why people fork out wads of cash to buy one. However aside from time it cost me less than $25, so it was worth it.

Here's the bigger picture.

My whole outfit:


Mrs Kobold and I:

And the rest of our party - my daughter (seated), her boyfriend and her best friend. My daughter made her vintage-style dress and turban:


As you can see, we lead a glamourous life chez Kobold.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Down Mexico Way

Whilst I was painting my Mound Builder American army for HOTT/DBA, I had a look at possible opponents in the DBA 3.0 lists. One of these was Aztecs. Now, as you know, I have an Aztec army for HOTT, so I got the box out and had a look at it in comparison to the DBA list. I was thrilled to discover that, if you ignore the number of figures on some of the elements, I had all of the elements needed for it bar the two psiloi. A quick painting session during the week created those, and suddenly I found myself with two matched pre-Columbian American DBA armies.

Now, at the moment Wollongong is hosting a Queer Arts Festival to celebrate the city's LGBT community. The centrepiece of this is an art exhibition in one of the city's galleries, and I have a couple of pieces on display. One of my obligations as an exhibitor is to spend a morning or afternoon minding the gallery. Since this involves just sitting in an art gallery for several hours, I took along my two new DBA armies, and decided to give them their first outing.

So here's the game in it's somewhat unusual setting. Unfortunately the desk where the gallery sitters sits is in a fairly dark corner, and I'm afraid my photos of the game suffered accordingly.


Here's the armies set up and ready to go, with the Mound Builders on the left and the Aztecs on the right. The Aztecs have the option of running the bulk of their infantry as either auxilia or hordes, on an element by element basis even. But where's the fun in auxilia? I went hordes all the way. Fast hordes. And the Mound Builders have them too. In fact, nine of the twenty-four elements on the table were hordes.

Anyway, against the odds the Aztecs were defending against a Mound Builder incursion, although their terrain type is the same. I used a random terrain selection table from the Fanaticus page, and the battlefield ended up with a waterway along one edge, two ploughed fields in the middle (which ended up as good going), and a scrubby hill in one corner. Basically a billiard-table.


The Aztecs massed their hordes in the front line, with the better warriors in a supporting line. All of their elements are reasonable fast; I reasoned that a bold, headlong attack was the way to go, using the hordes to soak up the archery, and the reserve line to pug or exploit any gaps. The psiloi were on the right flank, tasked with taking the hill and using it to attack the Mound Builder flank.


The Mound Builders had their strongest warriors in the centre, flanked by hordes of archers. On their left the psiloi held the hill, whilst the stinkard hordes were on the right.


The stinkards moved forward to meet the oncoming Aztecs, which allowed the Mound Builders to properly expand their archer line. The Aztecs shifted some warriors across to that flank, and a horde vs horde battle ensued. In DBA hordes don't recoil in close combat, so basically the two lots of elements became locked into combat for turn after turn after turn ...


Archery cut down one horde element on the approach, but two other headed straight for the Mound Builder centre. They had no chance of a win, but would certainly act to disrupt the line.


Battle is joined.


Whilst more hordes were destroyed, the Great Sun was actually pushed back, forcing the Mound Builders to reorganise their line as the main Aztec force came up. At the bottom of the picture the archers on the Mound Builder right were swinging around to menace the Aztec left.


Massed hordes continued to fight on the waterway flank. The Aztecs committed the Eagle Knights in support, hoping they'd kill the upstart stinkards more quickly. They didn't.


The main Aztec force now hit the Mound Builder line, whilst their general watched from the back.


The Aztec general came under bow fire as the Mound Builders turned the Aztec left.


Gaps began to appear in both lines as Mound Builder archers began to fall under the Aztec onslaught. In fact the Mound Builders' left was under some pressure as they were losing the psiloi battle on the hill.


Jaguar warriors attacked the Great Sun, but were driven back.


The Great Sun fell back, and his nobles charged into combat in his stead, supported by some archers. The Jaguars were slaughtered.


The nobles now charged the Aztec general himself, whilst the archers tried to move into position to provide flank support on both sides.


On the waterway flank, the hordes still fought. One Aztec element had been lost, allowing the stinkards to gang up on the Eagle Knights. But that combat just became a stalemate as well.


The end came on the Mound Builder left, as veteran Aztec warriors cut down more archers, supported by the surviving skirmishers who had finally won the battle for the hill.


The losses. Hordes don't count as lost elements, so the slaughter was massive. The Aztecs had lost five of their six hordes, but the only significant casualties were the Jaguar Knights and some skirmishers. The Mound Builder only lost a single horde, but lost two archers and both of their psiloi.


A final view of the battlefield. On their right and in the centre, the Mound Builders actually had the upper hand, but their efforts had been spent in killing worthless hordes of warriors. The real fight had been on their left, where the Aztecs had dominated, and destroyed troops that counted.


This battle was enormous fun, with most of the infantry being fast-moving, lots of shooting, and hordes charging and falling everywhere. It seemed to be a good matchup too, with the Aztec hordes and their heavier infantry working to offset the Mound Builder superiority in missile troops. The Mound Builder are not really an attacking army, since their general is not able to contact enemy troops, but their archers allow them to stand and receive an attack. The Aztecs seem to be all about attack, and can do it well.
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