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Showing posts with label general. Show all posts

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Cancon Aussie Bloggers Meetup

In previous years to this one, Paul of the Man Cave has organised an Aussie bloggers meetup at Cancon on the Saturday. Sadly it appears that he won't be able to make it this year, but would people still be interested in getting together just to say Hi and compare loot? It's a chance to appear in the most prestigious Australian wargames photographic event of the year - The Cancon Rogue's Gallery.

Here are previous years' pictures, courtesy of Paul's blog.

In previous years some people have got together in the evening for food and drink as well, but I'm not sure my organisational capabilities are up to that. However it's an option.

So how about it? Is anyone but me up for a meet on Saturday 27th January?

Saturday, 16 December 2017


Many, many years ago I was gifted this resin model. When I say 'many, many' I mean 'nearly 20'. Today I finally assembled it. I always get there in the end.

There's a couple of 15mm figures next to it for scale, part of the same project I put it together for.

Now, does anyone recognise it?

(I mean, I know what it is. I just wondered if anyone else did.)

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Six by Six - A Challenge

On another blog I posted a comment wondering why all of the online challenges run for and by wargames bloggers seemed to relate to painting and modelling figures and terrain, rather than actually playing with the things. After all, we are all gamers (if you're not, you're going to find most of this blog pretty dull), so I assume we're playing games of some kind.

After I posted it I thought that perhaps some kind of play-based challenge was in order. I had a vague recollection that I'd seen one, and eventually found it HERE on Boardgame Geek. As described there it's quite involved, and was about refining your understanding of a few games throughout the year instead of playing lots of games only once or twice, but I thought that it would be a good place to start.

So, I am setting myself a blogging challenge for 2017, and am inviting you to join me. The Boardgame Geek challenge requires at least ten plays of each of ten different games. I decided to make my challenge less of a trial of endurance. I'm proposing Six by Six. Why? Ten plays of ten games is probably impractical for most people. I have a butterfly nature; I flit from game to game throughout the year, and certainly play more than ten different ones. But I think I'd be hard pressed to play ten of them at least ten times. I know people who play less frequently than I, or who can focus on fewer games, would find it an impossible challenge. Six games seemed a more practical number, and six plays of each seems quite feasible. It's two games of something every three weeks. Not impossible.

How does it work?

Well, anyone who chooses to take part commits to the following:

Choose six games for the year. It would be great if you chose them all at the start, but I know how mercurial I can be in my selections, so changing them as you go on would be quite legitimate. I probably will.

Post your choices to your blog.

Your challenge for the year is to play, and record in some way, at least six individual sessions of each of your chosen games. I say 'sessions' because you may choose to count multiple games of a small, short game (such as 'Love Letter') as a single session. Or not.

Any tabletop games count, be they miniature wargames (for preference), board-games, card-games or role-playing games. I shall probably select a mix of things. They can be games you are very familiar with, or you could use the challenge to try out games you want to learn more thoroughly.

At the end of the year you should have at least thirty-six game-plays recorded. If you have, then pat yourself on the back. That's the only reward, aside from the fact that you will now have greater experience of your chosen games.

Game reports can be as detailed as you like, ranging from the visual feasts I like to produce from time to time, to a simple one-liner saying 'Played Game X last night. I won.'

It would be good, and probably helpful, to record overall progress in some way; perhaps a cut-and-posted list of the games, with a running total of the number of games next to it. More ambitious people could have links to the recorded sessions.

I suspect that, in reality, I will be the only person doing this, and will post my list of chosen games at some stage over the Christmas break. But if you are interested, or want to spread the word, here are the 'rules' in a handy form you can copy to your own blog:

The Six by Six Challenge 2017

(i) Select a list of Six games. These can be miniature, card, board or role-playing games. You may change entries on the list during the year, but game-plays for games you drop should no longer count towards the challenge.

(ii) To start the challenge, post the link to your blog.

(iii) You commit to play each of  your six chosen games at least six times during the course of 2017.

(iv) When you play a game in your challenge list, record the play in your blog. This record can range from a one line acknowledgment to a full blow-by-blow report.

(v) If you've done it right, at the end of the year you should have at least thirty-six game sessions recorded.

If you do decide to take part (and there's no reason you can't dive in at any point during the year), then drop me a note in the comments, with a link to your blog, and I'll set up a post listing everyone so we can all follow your progress. 

Let's get out there and Play!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Aussie Bloggers Meetup - CanCon 2017

In 2016, this happened:

And in 2017 it's going to happen again:

The details  are as follows (courtesy of The Man Cave):

1:00pm - Initial meet-up in the Board Games section in the Northern Hall at CANCON to say g'day, check out respective loot bags and plan for any shared afternoon shenanigans.

6:00pm(ish) - Pub dinner and extended tall story session.

This year I'm planning on not having a migraine.

See you there?

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The Disappearing Clone

Back in February I posted THIS in which I pondered on the existence of a clone of this blog.

At the time I wasn't sure why the clone even existed, but further research showed that such sites are set up in order to gather hits and a solid Google presence, before being converted to other purposes or used for advertising. However I stifled my clone by reporting hundreds of possible links on the site for breach of copyright. And that's what it took; merely reporting the top level domain to Google wasn't enough; I had to pretty much report each post, each tag search and each date range individually. But as I did so the site's presence in Google (and it only seemed to be in Google) grew less and less until basically it disappeared from searches. It still existed, because I'd check every so often, but unless you went looking for it specifically you'd never find it.

Now I see that the link just goes to a domain name registration page; the content has disappeared. I have some slight reservations about claiming the death of my clone; it does say that the domain has been recently registered, so it could be that the individual responsible is going to have another try. But I hope that my fears are unfounded and that a search for my content on Google will return a link to this blog, and not an evil copy.

If you have a blog it's worth googling for your own content from time to time, especially via an image search, just to see if you have acquired a parasite.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Jenny Everywhere Day - 2016

It's August 13th and it's Jenny Everywhere Day.

Enlighten yourself HERE. I imagine contributions will appear through the day as August 13th progresses around the globe.

I had planned to put together a Clobberin' Time game featuring the Jenny Everywhere figure I made for Forgotten Heroes back in June, but I forgot about it until the last minute, didn't feel inspired and then ended up going out to lunch at our local Buddhist temple instead.

So; maybe next year.

I did take another picture of the figure, though.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Gaming Forums

Hi there. You've probably come here from Frothers. Enjoy this old post, which contains the word 'arse'. Then please have a look around at some of the fine, gaming-related, posts that this blog has to offer. Thanks.
Yesterday I discovered that, earlier this year, some kind soul had gifted me a year's membership on The Miniatures Page. I have no idea who you are, but I'm quite touched. Thank you.

Unfortunately I discovered this as I was in the process of eliminating my account from that site, on the grounds that I could no longer stand being associated with a place that seemed to revel in unmoderated racism, misogyny, homophobia, right-wing wankery and Argentinian spam. I'm gone. The Editor can stick the site up his arse which would serve the double purpose of not only being very amusing but also of blocking the flow of his editorial decisions.

The fact that the place is down for two hours every day at the kind of time I might want to use it, so that the hamsters which work the treadmill that runs it can be fed, doesn't help.

The question is, what other sites are worth hanging about on. Once you got past the stuff I listed above, there were some good discussions and sources of information on TMP. Is there anywhere I can go to get the same level of information, but without having to have a shower afterwards?


Update: I see (indirectly) that this has become a thread on TMP. I'm guessing that I probably don't want to look at it.

Update: Comments Closed.

Update: The rest of the blog's nothing like this post. You may or may not regard that as a good thing.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Coat

There is no wargames content in this post at all. If that's what you came here for, find another post.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a query about a greatcoat I'd bought at a market in Sydney. Since it appears that I have a couple of fashionistas in my readership, here it is, with its new front buttons.

They are basic gold-coloured buttons with an anchor design; the cheapest thing I could find with the right look at of the right size.

The red lining adds a nice touch of colour to the proceedings.

It's taken me a couple of weeks to get these pictures because, having put the buttons on, the weather warmed up to such a degree that wearing a coat was a complete no-no. Today was the first day that it was cold enough to justify it.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

A Great Coat Query

Usually if this blog touches on clothing it is items of a more feminine persuasion. And, let's face it, generally they are much more attractive than bloke things. Bloke things are pretty boring.

However on Saturday I went up to Sydney - to Newtown, specifically - on a shopping expedition. I didn't get what I went for, but I did come away with what appears to be some kind of Italian police or military greatcoat. I won't worry you with a picture of the exact item, because it needs  bit of a clean, but it's similar to this:

I promise to never do a photo of me wearing mine and doing this pose

Mine lacks the stars on the lapels (not worried about that) but, unfortunately, also lacks most of the buttons at the front - four of the six are missing.

What I'm wondering is how easy it would be to source some replacements. However I don't really know precisely what I'm searching for, so I thought that I would turn to my loyal blog readers and see if they can give me a more accurate ID on what I bought. This is what the buttons look like:

Any idea what that insignia is all about? On the back of the button are the words 'FMC, Napoli'. but I think that's just the maker.

If I can't find any replacements then I'll take off the two remaining buttons and just source six suitable buttons; I'd rather have them matching than accurate.

Friday, 6 May 2016


There will now be a short intermission, whilst I go camping ...

... and some photo albums of previous camping trips for you to enjoy whilst I'm away.

(You should be able to click them to see the pictures, but frankly I've never embedded one of these things in a post before, so I have no idea if it actually works)

Kosciuszko National Park Weekend - 2016

Weddin Mountains Camping Trip 2016

See you next week.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016


This is all a bit mysterious - there is a website - - which is a clone of this blog.

Whoever has set it up has even created a version of the header with the blue and pink background. It has every post I've ever made, and includes all of the pages too.

I'm truly mystified.

Why? Why does it exist?

(And this post will be on it as well, which is a bit meta. In fact, it appeared immediately.)

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Cancon 2016 - Blogger Meetup Photo

And here it is, courtesy of Paul of The Man Cave - the Cancon bloggers meetup photo.

You can read more about the blogger meet shenanigans HERE

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Bloggers Assemble!

Yes, Bloggers Assemble!

Well, if you're an Australian blogger. Or one who is in Australia at the end of January 2016.  Why? Because there's a meetup planned at Cancon, on 23rd January. Yes, your chance to put faces to pen-names. Your chance to see fellow bloggers in 3D.

Who would miss an opportunity like that?

I'm hoping to be there. That's reason enough to go, surely?

Anyway, according to Paul of The Man Cave, who seems to be organising it, we'll be meeting at 1pm by the board-games in the Northern hall.

Spread the word!

Monday, 9 November 2015


I don't normally do posts about blogging, but because it was relevant to me I thought I'd throw this question to the assembled masses.

Does anyone else schedule posts? If so, why?

I use the tool to space posts out sometimes; I may write two in a day, but I set one to go out a couple of days later in order to avoid concentrated blocks of posting. I like each post to be savoured by you, the audience, before I dangle another tasty morsel before you.

However I also use it for when I'm away on holiday. The observant ones will have probably spotted such filler posts from time to time. After all I have a tendency to latch on to a subject and produce post after post on it. If that sequence is suddenly interrupted by a random HOTT army list then you can be fairly certain the list was scheduled to cover a holiday.

Indeed this post has appeared out of nowhere. Maybe I'm on holiday ...

Friday, 25 September 2015

The A-Z of Me

I picked this meme up from HeroPress and, because of the effects of the question for 'D' it seemed like a great idea. I shall regret this tomorrow,

So here I go...

A - Age: 51

B - Biggest Fear: Dogs

C - Current Time: 9pm AEST

D - Drink You Last Had: A rather nice Merlot. Lots of it.

E - Easiest Person To Talk To: Myself

F - Favorite Song: Oh, come on. Who has one favourite song? Or keeps the same one for more than a week or so?

But this was what first sprang to mind. Stick it out to the end. It's worth it.

Without wanting to sound morbid, I want this song played at my funeral.

G - Ghosts, Are They Real?: No.

H - Hometown: Birmingham

I - In Love With: Catherine. And Honeysuckle Weeks, Nigella Lawson and The Scarlet Witch.

J - Jealous Of: Crossdressers thirty years younger than me, who live in a society tolerant enough that they can be themselves and look bloody amazing..

K - Killed Someone? Not that I know of.

L - Last Time You Cried? At a recent service commemorating victims of suicide.

M - Middle Name... : Not any more.

N - Number Of Siblings: Two.

O - One Wish... : More wishes?

P - Person Who You Last Called: I can't remember. I make very few phone calls. I texted my wife today though.

Q - Question You're Always Asked: Why?

R - Reason To Smile: Cats

S - Song Last Sang: I don't sing. But I do dad-dance.

T - Time You Woke Up: 6am

U - Underwear Colour: Today? White.

V - Vacation Destination: Mad Max country - Broken Hill!

W - Worst Habit: That I'm willing to admit to on a public forum? Nail-biting.

X - X-Rays: Not too many. Most recent were my wisdom teeth, and my ankle when I hurt it falling off a skateboard about six years ago.

Y - Your Favorite Food: Meat pie.

Z - Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Dragon. Apparently.

And here's some more Sigur Ros:

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Deep Dream

Has anyone else ever played around with Google's Deep Dream algorithm? I ran a couple of random pictures from this blog through it, and the results were interesting.

Obviously like any tool of this nature the results you get really depend on your choice of picture. The page shows a continuous stream of things being produced by other people, so if you look through those you can get a good feel for what kind of pictures work, and what don't.

And you don't have to use photos either:

Oh, and you can feed the results back into the algorithm as well, to get a double dream. This is my current Facebook profile picture, double Dreamed:

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Albion - The World Of 'Hordes of the Things'

Once again I failed to cover Old Stuff Day on 2nd March, but I'm only two days late this year, so I'm doing better than last. I'm not promoting an old post though.

Before HOTT there was 'Hordes of the Things', a radio series parody of fantasy fiction in general and 'The Lord of the Rings' in general. It's mostly forgotten these days - indeed even the latest edition of HOTT seems to have purged its reference to it - but when it was first broadcast, back in 1980, the Radio Times featured a gorgeous map of Albion, the land in which the tale is set.

And here it is, scanned from a 1980 original and lovingly preserved in the bowels of the Files section of the HOTT Yahoo Group:.

And for anyone who fancies being late to the party on Old Stuff Day, here's the remit:

"On this day, each blogger can go through their history and find posts that they’d like to shake the dust off and present again to the community at large. Some suggestions for content that would be good to post: 

* Posts that you considered special that didn’t receive as much attention as you thought they deserved

* Content that people liked in the past, but haven’t seen recently 

* Posts you might have created before your site received much traffic, and now deserve to be reshown

* Or any content you’re particularly proud of!"

Thursday, 1 January 2015

2014 - A Year In Pictures

A selection of photos from the past year, with minimal wordage.


Sudanese Troops In Mexico
Napoleonic Action
Battle of San Lorenzo
Risk Goes Great Northern War
General Eisenhower's Day Off
Napoleonic General
Marco Wins Olustee
Hawker vs Richthofen
Fourteen Years To Paint
Post-Apocalypse Racing
A Trio of Targaryens
Wildling Giant
Paper Liberators
Great Northern War Maurice
Gladiators at MOAB
Man of Mystery

Age of Sail

Cossacks Triumph
Google took it upon itself to generate a slideshow of my photos as well. Since I only use their photo hosting for this blog, it's a fairly good, if random, selection of items from the past year. There's some duplication above.

Review of 2014

Another year has come and gone, and I thought that it would be fun to do another review. Once again I have adopted the approach of highlighting twelve posts; in each case it's the one from each month that totted up the highest number of views.


Army Showcase - Wonderland - I started the year by showcasing my Alice in Wonderland army for 'Hordes of the Things'. Now ten years old, it's still one of my most ambitious modelling projects.


Battle of Ramillies - Maurice was one of the games which dominated this year, and one of our earliest was a refight of the Battle of Ramillies, mustering every suitable figure we could lay our hands on


I Have The New HOTT - A new edition of HOTT was published this year, albeit with virtually no official rules changes. However I bought it. Then got a free copy. I have now have two copies of HOTT 2.1.


Return of the Fokker Scourge - I did more work on my Spandau and Lewis WW1 air-combat rules during April and May. Eventually the changes will see there way into a published version. Be patient.


Free Comic Book Day 2014 - Up to Sydney for free comic-books and a bit of cosplay. That's not me in the photo.


Winter is Coming - More HOTT. I put together an army loosely based on the Wildlings from 'Game of Thrones' and making use of some figures I'd had tucked away for years and years. And years.


Paper Figures - Maipo - More new armies. This time I put together two lots of South American Wars of Liberation troops using paper figures. And I refought the 1818 Battle of Maipo.


Liberation Campaign - The paper figures continue to occupy my attention into August, as I played around with my simple campaign system. I extended the forces to cover the armies of Simon Bolivar as well.


Great Northern War Maurice - Whilst my Risk figures masquerading as Great Northern War armies had seen a few outings in a number of Malburian games, this was the first time they'd been used as the Russians and Swedes they're actually supposed to be.


HOTT at MOAB - I get to play in one HOTT competition each year. And this is it. Although this may have been the last time it runs; numbers were well down, and interest is at an all-time low.


Best Game of Maurice EVER - Seriously. It was. One of the most exciting and close-fought games I played all year, as once again the Great Northern War Risk figures took to the table and Caesar and I each attempted to be more cunning than the other.

(The second best game I fought this year was also against Caesar, but went undocumented as we were under a non-disclosure agreement at the time. But now I can reveal that it was a game of the forthcoming Blucher rules for big Napoleonic battles, pitting a French army against a Spanish one. As the French tried to launch an attack on a Spanish-defended town, the Spaniards ran rings around them with guerrillas and cavalry. As with the Maurice game it went to the very last turn, with both of us pulling every devious trick at our disposal.)


Horrors of the Dreamtime - It has been touch and go as to whether this would make the top spot for December, with some of the One Hour Wargames posts giving it a late run for its money. But thanks to it being linked from another game forum it picked up enough hits to maintain its lead into the close of the year. Once again this post showcases one of my HOTT armies.

So in terms of popular posts that's three covering Maurice posts, five covering HOTT and two covering a variant of HOTT. Other games I have played and documented this year have included the post-apocalypse racing game Machinas!, some square-grid games, mostly involving my Mexican Adventure troops but recently my ACW and GNW troops, and the Napoleonic naval rules Form Line of Battle.

Thank you to everyone who has taken time to read, share and comment on posts here. It's very inspiring to know that people make the effort. Here's to more gaming adventures in 2015.
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