Sunday, October 17, 2021

Back From The Dead (1)

I had a good time, last night, fitting parts back into place and applying the glue to keep them there. One of the trucks will be a challenge, as it's in really bad shape, but I've had worse. One really bright spot in all this was getting the ladder truck back into action. I had to disassemble the truck to get to the bolt that holds the ladder turntable in place, and then loosen it up. I also added a felt washer between the turntable and the truck body to minimize wear, and I also put a drop or two of very fine oil into the ladder mount's 'hydraulic cylinder' to free it up and allow the ladder to elevate as well as spin. It's worth the extra effort; the ladder extends out to a good 20" on the table, and I can well imagine the trouble that players will get into. See also one of my favorite vintage movies, "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World", for why I love to add this kind of thing into my games...

Zombie Fire Trucks

I've mentioned that I love diecast vehicles, and The Missus is very good at finding great deals. (I'm enthusiastic, she's thrifty.) The downside of my addiction is the problems with 'zinc pest', which is what happens when the zinc alloy ('Zamac', for example) gets contaminated with other metals - usually lead. The contamination causes internal stresses to build up in the castings, and any sudden shock can cause the castings to shatter. This an especially bad problem for any vehicles that get shipped, as the (usually) hidden flaws in the castings can break loose when a package gets dropped. This particlar shipment came with all five fire trucks having varying degrees of damage, and some missing parts. So, in addition to my usual buckets of gap-filling cyanoacrylate, I'll be making the missing parts out of Evergreen styrene plastic sheets and formed stock. A little primer, a little red paint, and the Tourni Municipal Fire Department will be ready to deal with the blazes that my players are sure to start out in the forests of Karelia.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Tank Support, via 3-D Printer

A friend with a 3-D printer has very kindly run up some tanks for us; a T-35 and an SMK. He did both 1/144th and 1/56th scale versions, as well as spare turret sets so we'd have some variations. I've never worked with the filament type of printing material before, so I was a little apprehensive about doing much of anything; I did work up the nerve to drill the 76mm turret of the SMK for an open hatch, and it worked well. So, one of Annie Norman / Bad Squiddo Games' "Winter Tank Commanders" came into play, and I'm pleased with the results. I'm looking forward to exploring this medium, in the future... :)

Thursday, September 2, 2021

We're still here, but with not a lot to say...

Well, it's September already; I'm about to take some vacation after a long hot summer to try and get the house all ready for winter. We shall see how well I manage. Building things continues; we do get shipments in, and the photo is of a recent purchase as it appeared when I opened the box. All the little truck were fine, though, and are off to Karelia for our campaign...

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day, 2021, and we're still alive.

It's Memorial Day. And I am astonished that Janet and I are still here to make note of that fact. Given our health issues, I was pretty sure that we were not going to survive this past year. However, like my dad, we've gotten through to the other side; we've both been vaccinated, and are fine. We'll see what the future holds - he did, in 1944...

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The New iMac Is Up And Running!

The old MacBook is finally being retired, and the new (and massively more powwerful as well as larger) iMac is now up and running here on my desk. The interim H-P machine has now gone back downstairs to the game room, and it's also up and running. I have Skype, Zoom, and Discord all up and running in the game room - we're taking our first steps into running games on-line, and I think it'll all work.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Golden Parade - Phil would have wallowed in it all...

If you missed the live broadcast of this spectacle last week, you can see it in multiple versions on You Tube. It was, and is, the kind of show that Hollywood can't seem to do anymore, and the stuff of all those Thursday nights out at Phil's. He loved Ancient Egypt, and in these videos you can see why...

Still Alive, and painting stuff...

Annie Norman, of Bad Squiddo Games, is in the throes of a new Kickstarter for more of her 28mm 'Red Army Women'. These are mostly winter versions of her line, but are all new scuplts. The Kickstarter funded in literally 12 minutes, and is now at something like 400% of her original goal. These are sculpted by Alan March, who also does a lot of the Tekumel Project figures, and are all quite nice; nnie is one of the very few miniatures companies - along with our own Howard Fielding and his Tekumel Project - that I will buy from sight unseen. (I've been burned, a few times.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Management Regrets To Announce...

The Management of this little confection deeply regrets to announce the passing of Captain Sir Thomas Moore, late of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. More details may be found at www.bbc.com, and other news outlets. This will be a run-on paragraph, sorry to say; I have been away too long, due to some very bad news over the past few months. The conversations still go on at my forum, though.