Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Return To The Mad Max Museum

In a previous post I promised a post about our return to the Mad Max II Museum in Silverton, NSW. And here it is.

We first visited this museum nearly three years ago whilst on holiday in the Broken Hill area. Since then the owners have expanded the collection and reorganised the display, so I thought it would be worth another trip.

So here's the sign telling you where to go. Although, to be honest, the museum is rather obvious on top of a hill.

Inside hasn't changed. The main part is a room full of memorabilia and ephemera, mostly concerned with Mad Max II, but now with some Fury Road stuff too. You can't take photos in that bit, so the only way to see the incredible collection of costume bits, props and production photos is to visit the museum.

Outside, however, are the vehicles, both actual and replicas. You can take photos of those. And here they are.

Anyone playing car-combat games wants a model V8 Interceptor, so I thought a few pictures of the extra fuel-tanks at the rear wouldn't go amiss for reference purposes.

To be honest blogger has mixed up the photos. I'm assuming that if you know the film you'll recognise the vehicles. And if you have any questions put them in the comments.

I rather like the idea of doing a car like this, with the bat design on the bonnet.

This is the original bus from the film, used as the gate to the refinery compound.

And this is the original gyrocopter from the film.

Catherine and I both posed with Mel Gibson, who was as wooden and two-dimensional as you'd expect.

I hope you found the pictures of use and/or interest.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Swiss In The Outback

Apologies for the lack of activity here recently. We've had a lot on the go, partially with rehearsals for our forthcoming burlesque debut, but mostly with us going away for a week to the annual 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' festival in Broken Hill on the far side of NSW. I'll be doing a post covering our return visit to the Mad Max Museum in the next couple of days, but firstly I thought I'd share some pictures of my gaming activity.

I took my Swiss DBA army on our road-trip, as well as the Ceidonians masquerading as Medieval Germans. I set up a game of DBA, with a Medieval German army facing the very earliest of the Late Swiss lists - so an action c1415.

The Swiss attacked, and inevitably the Germans went for an open field in order to maximise the effectiveness of their knights.

In fact there didn't really seem to be a compelling reason not to pile the knights straight in.

The results were mixed, but didn't favour the Swiss, who lost two blocks of blades in exchange for one element of German knights.

The Swiss fought back with a counter-charge.

But it was soon all over as the German knights pushed forward and rode the Swiss down. It was a quick game; it took me longer to get everything out of the car and set it up than it did to play.

Catherine fancied a game. Rather than spend a hot Friday afternoon teaching her DBA with armies that sometimes give a very one-sided game, we played HOTT, since she's familiar with that. We used the same armies - almost. The Ceidonians swapped a steam-tank into their army, whilst the Swiss substituted more blades and some mounted crossbowmen for the two DBA psiloi elements.

I took the Swiss, and defended.

The two armies advanced towards each other.

Swiss pikes met Ceidonian spears, whilst the tank drove back the Swiss halberdiers.

Catherine's knights prepared a charge up the hill into the main mass of Swiss infantry, who are less vulnerable in HOTT than they are in DBA.

The spears and pikes shoved back and forth, whilst the steam-tank pushed back the Swiss. Too far, in fact; the tank was surrounded and destroyed.

Catherine threw in the knights against a Swiss line somewhat disrupted by their attempts to destroy the tank.

The knights were repulsed, whilst Swiss blades turned the flank of the Ceidonian spear formations.

More knights fell, and the Swiss continued to roll up the Ceidonian line. The Swiss won a decisive victory: 12-0. It was too hot to play another game.

The Swiss had 4 x Spears (including the general), 7 x Blades and 1 x Rider. The Ceidonians had 4 x Knights (including the general), 4 x Spears, 1 x Shooter, 1 x Behemoth and 2 x Hordes.

Aside from DBA and HOTT, we spent several evenings in pubs in Silverton and Hay playing Fluxx, Love Letter and Exploding Kittens. But we always do that.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Munera In The Country

I have little gaming to report this weekend; whilst the weather has been unseasonably nice we squeezed in a last camping trip. Winter will be on us soon, so that will be it until September. So this was our view.

And this.

I packed a few gladiators, though, and did some more testing for 'Munera Sine Missione'. I didn't get as much done as I'd have liked; despite the nice weather, at this time of year you don't get a lot of daylight to play by, and the fact hat we were camped in a hollow surrounded by trees and hills didn't help there at all.

Anyway, I think the basic rules are in a state I'm happy with, and we just need to tweak and finalise some of the campaign rules and other trimmings.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Battlesworn at Bundanoon

Catherine and I went away camping this weekend, because, as regular readers will know, this time of year is our wedding anniversary and that's how we celebrate it. As always I took some games with me and, as always, I failed to play most of them. However we did fit in a Sunday afternoon game of  Battlesworn in a shady picnic shelter (because it was too hot otherwise). I only took two pictures.

We played the King of the Hill scenario, with the winner being whoever had a figure on the stone plinth at the end of the fight. I used goblins and won the initial race to the objective, but Catherine got one of her dwarves up and a lengthy fight ensued. Other figures got sucked in to support, but I managed to position mine so that access to the plinth was trickier. The game developed into my troll and a goblin with a poisoned spear holding off superior numbers of angry dwarves, whilst the goblin on the plinth stood there near to death but protected from direct attack.

The game ended after ten turns with a goblin win. It was too hot for a rematch.

Aside from eating, walking and sleeping, the only other highlight of the weekend worth noting was that I picked up a second-hand copy of The Earthsea Trilogy for $4. I've read it a couple of times (and the first book more than a couple), but never owned a copy before. I knocked off 'A Wizard of Earthsea' on Sunday evening before tea.
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