Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year…

My family is very superstitious, on this day my Mother would never let us leave the house. She said it was the last time that Death could get you. So we stayed home and played games…. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Video Chronicles Fanboys Battle

Reelz has posted a video about the battle to preserve Fanboys, the Star Wars-themed comedy film, in its original form.

The Weinstein Co. originally wanted to eliminate plot elements dealing with a character's cancer from the movie, about a group of friends in 1998 who try to break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to steal a pre-release copy of Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace. The proposed change drew fan protests, leading Weinstein Co. to back down.

Fanboys is slated for release on Feb. 6, 2009.
Click this LINK.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Super Nazi Tank!

I got a Panzer IV Ausf. D in the wrong scale 32nd, I want to turn it into this Tank for WWW 2 Games, Here's the write up:
In June 1942 Hitler and Krupp discussed the feasibility of a one thousand ton super heavy tank. Unusually, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche does not seem to be involved, although this project would be right up his alley. As of December 29, 1942 some preliminary drawings at least had been done. By then the machine had been named 'Ratte' (Rat).

If built, P.1000 would have dwarfed its little cousin, Maus. Intended to be 35m long, 14m wide and 11m high, and armed with an ex-Kreigsmarine turret with two 28cm SchiffsKanone C/28. In other words a triple turret similar to those used on the Graf Spee class, but without the centre gun. Each gun weighed 48.2 tons and had a barrel length of nearly 15m. Projectiles were 1.2m long, Panzersprenggranate (armour piercing) rounds weighing 330 kg each and containing 8.1kg of explosive, or 315kg Sprenggranate (high explosive) rounds containing 17.1kg of explosive. The maximum range of these guns was 42.5km (26 miles). Some sort of secondary anti-aircraft armament in the form of 2cm Flak guns was planned.
One feature of the design, as indicated on the drawing, was the use of triple tracks, each individual track being 1.2m wide. Power was to have been eight Daimler marine engines (presumably E-boat), developed to produce a total 16,000 hp.

There are some anomalies in the design of Ratte, as depicted. The amount of track in contact with the ground is inconsistent with the weight of 1000 tons, either it will have a ridiculously low ground pressure, meaning that all that track is not necessary; or it will be heavier than 1000 tons. If we imagine the centre hull between the tracks to be an armoured box, without worrying yet about the belly or roof, and 200mm thick (and that is a bit light on by battleship standards), it works out to be about 730 tons on its own. That doesn't leave a whole lot for suspension, tracks, engines, belly and deck armour. The pair of guns on their own would be another 100 tons, and we can assume that the turret would have to be armoured to at least 250mm. If we include the barbette, the turret should account for at least 380 tons, not counting guns, gun mounts and shell hoists. The ammunition stowage is anybody's guess, but bear in mind every three rounds adds another ton to the total weight. If Ratte was built, it would probably end up closer to 2000 tons.

Submitted by E. Hopper

Games for 2009

Weird World War 2: I’m still working on my Russian forces; I have 2 tanks and some 40K Imperial guard (Valhalla). I just got some walkers for my Russian forces from AT43.

Fallout 3: This is a new project, using Necromunda rules. I’m going to use gangers for raiders, I’m going to scratch build some Brother of steel troopers and I already have Enclave powered armor troopers already done (Warzone).

Zombies!:For Dexcon, I’m going to run a Left 4 dead game, I’m going to need a lot of zombies and I’m going to scratch build Boomers, Hunters, Smokers and a witch.

Monday, December 29, 2008

I want this...

Grindhouse Games have sent along photos of a painted sample of the Grunt APE suit from their upcoming Incursion weird war boardgame. This model was painted by Painted by Alden Miranda.

Long time no write...

VERY busy during the holidays… I got all the gifts for my kids that they wanted; I got some weird war Russian walkers and Horrorclix monsters and zombies I wanted. Spent a ton of time on the X-Box playing Fallout 3. My Character is now level 20 and almost finished with the campaign. I’ve been busy with everything BUT painting and war gaming, hopefully will post stuff soon…

I got this:
Spetsnatz Kollossus with twin flamethrowers.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Majel Roddenberry, 'First Lady of Star Trek,' dies

NEW YORK – Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, has died. She was 76. Roddenberry, an actress who appeared in numerous "Star Trek" TV shows and movies, died Thursday of leukemia at her home in Bel-Air, Calif., her representative said.

At Roddenberry's side were family friends and her only son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr. Gene Roddenberry died in 1991.

Her romance with Roddenberry earned her the title "The First Lady of Star Trek." A fixture in the "Star Trek" franchise, her roles included Nurse Christine Chapel in the original "Star Trek," Lwaxana Troi in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every spin-off of the 1966 cult series. She recently reprised the voice role in the upcoming "Star Trek" film directed by J.J. Abrams.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More work on rules...

My son has asked me to work with more 40K like rules, but I do still love the Battleground rules. So I’m going to sit down and try to combine the rules for both battleground and Warhammer: PanzerBattles. I'm also going to start writing my own Weird War rules using both of these systems as well as other popular systems( AE-WWII). I'll post whatever I come up with...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weird War Battle of the Bugs

Just before the afternoon, Lobster Johnson and his men were informed of an incident in the next village over. It seems those Nazi scientists were at it again with their gate technology and most a German force was destroyed by things escaping the gate.

The Mission:
Transport the scientist back to the gate with his body guard to turn off the gate and secure the technology. The game is six turns

Remember to click pictures to make larger

The Allies:
Hero: Lobster Johnson.
Jarrett’s Howling Banshees:
Master SGT: Blake and his 9 man rifle team.
Also Hvy machine gunner: Tipper
The Battle bus: anti tank half track.
Three Prototype One man Battlesuits Code Name: Line Backers.
The German Scientist: Dr. Pr├Ątorius and four Troopers with prototype Plasma Projectors.

The Enemy: Unknown.

Jarrett started his turn with most of his men in the halftrack, using his Battlesuits as skirmishers.

He push onto the table’s edge to see the German armored forced destroyed and the enemy troopers ripped to shreds.

Most of the enemy force was hidden,but they are so large that spotting checks were taken with the vehicle’s spotting table, Jarrett’s gunner spotting the first enemy and what a horror it was.

Huge insects with ripping claws and large mouths raced across the field. They raced at the allies and Jarrett’s gunner opened up with the anti tank gun missing twice.

The bugs now spotting the intruders and charge across the open field including a huge green flying monster, the Wasp was shot down by one of the battle suits.

A few of the warrior insects made contact with the main force and were starting to get shot to pieces.

Two of the monster made into close combat with the battle suits and a huge tanker bug attacked some of the rifle men with flaming acid. Other bugs were being spawned at the gate during random parts of the game.

Some were flanking Jarrett’s forces, and Jarrett made the decision to disembark his troopers on a hill so they could provide some fire support.

Lobster Johnson also fired his big Man stopper handgun, wounding some of the massive bugs. The Nazi body guard of the scientist opened up with their Plasma projectors and not only brought down one of the Wasps, also killed about three of the warriors.

The close combat with the Battlesuits and the warriors was a stale mate, but one of the suits fired off one of its anti-tank rocket’s and destroyed the Tanker bug.

Jarrett's force destroyed the primary bug forced and raced towards the gate, killing some bugs and losing one Nazi Flamer and two rifle men.

They finally made it to the hill just in time for two more warriors to leap at Lobster Johnson wounding him heavily, but he saved the scientist and dispatched the monsters.
Jarrett's army won, turning off the gate and destroying the last of the bugs.
A fun day, plus lots of XBOX 360 fun...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wolverine Images

We have new images from the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie, including shots of Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed/Sabretooth and Taylor Kitsch (throwing a card, natch) as Remy LeBeau/Gambit. Wolverine opens May 1, 2009!

I'm sorry but this is a rip off of Hellboy for sure...

I love most of these figures from this game AE-WWII, WWW2 being my favorite gaming theme so far, but this monster reminds me of the Hellboy frog creatures... give credit guys, stop riding on the creativity of other fantastic artists...

look at this image from War on Frogs.


A grotesque extreme of the human form, these massively tall creatures instill fear upon all those that view them. Standing nearly eight feet tall these monstrosities have heavy, barrel-like chests and large, bulbous heads. Large ears jut out from the skull and almost end in points. They are almost completely hairless. Their limbs are completely inhuman; long, impossibly thin with nearly no muscle to speak of and with an extra joint at the mid-forearm. Despite these gaunt limbs the creatures move quickly and possess an unnatural strength capable of ripping a man to pieces. Their mouths are filled with jagged, malformed teeth.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I've been bad lately…

I’m spending all of my free time walking the Apocalyptic Wastes of Fallout 3, and Destroying hordes of Zombies online in Left 4 Dead…

Sorry, hopefully painting again soon…

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