Hercule Poirot gravely read the telegram Miss Lemon had just set before him. "This is from the solicitor of the Lord Darrow. He has been missing for 3 months and he begs us to locate Lord Darrow's daughter, Lady Elaine, and see if she can assist in finding him. She was last seen excavating mysterious ruins in the Central African region of Zamunda. Hastings, pack your bags! You too Miss Lemon, I will have need of you as well. Let us see if the little grey cells are up to the task, mes amies!"
Monday, October 5, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Just back from vacation and a quick report with a wargaming slant...
This was my first time visiting Key West, and we went for my wife and my birthday (they are only 4 days apart.) If you are considering visiting we were a little put off at first, as we are beach people and the ones in Key West are not very large. It was described to us multiple times while we were there as a "party" town, which is not our thing. But, once we scratched the surface, we had a great time and there are many things that might be of interest to my fellow wargamers.
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There is a plethora of boating, fishing, and diving in the area, but I can only comment on the snorkeling we did.
- The beaches are ok, but small. We went to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. We liked it, it is a natural coral beach, so wear your water shoes if you have sensitive feet. It started to get crowded around mid-day, so get there early.
- Fort Zachary Taylor: An excellent example of pre-civil war coastal fortifications that were later upgraded during the Spanish American War. It is a small fort guarding the harbor at Key West and never fired a shot in anger. Like many other forts of the period, the top 2 tiers were knocked down during the Spanish American War for a modern, black concrete set of batteries. Similar to what you can see at Ft. Moultrie or Ft. Sumter. It was a lot of fun to crawl around and worth the visit.
- The Hemingway House: While I don't emulate the writer's heavy drinking nor approve of how much of a terrible husband he was, it is worth the visit to see where he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls (my favorite novel that he wrote.) It is well preserved and descendants of Hemingway's 6 toed cat roam the grounds. The swimming pool his wife built is impressive and she kept the house after the divorce and raised her sons there.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Dr. Nefario's background is shrouded in mystery but is believed he studied chemistry, biology, and zoology at a major European university before The Great War. His services were rejected outright by all of the major Entente and Central Powers during the war due to the abominable nature of his experiments. As a result, Dr. Nefario now serves no man but himself.
Since the war he has been performing his hideous experiments at an unknown secret location, producing creatures that are an affront to nature itself. He is primarily motivated to leave his laboratory in order to obtain financial and other resources to further his work. He has been know to temporarily ally himself with other sinister forces around the globe to further his own ends.
Approach Dr. Nefario with extreme caution, his expertise in biochemistry is lethal and he never travels without his entourage of monstrosities.
Dr. Nefario is a brilliant scientist and biochemist, but lacks all morals and scruples. If spotted, do NOT approach, but report all sightings to the League of Nations.
Kurpanga is a male lowland gorilla that Dr. Nefario kidnapped from the London Zoo. He has heavily modified the beast with the human brain from a former lab assistant and a steel-reinforced skeleton. Do not approach, Kurpanga has incredible strength and possesses human intelligence.
One of Dr. Nefario's attempts to engineer a super-soldier that was rejected by all of the major powers (even the dastardly Hun!) He is always on the lookout for fresh "volunteer" subjects to undergo one of his diabolical procedures.
A new experiment by Dr. Nefario to create the perfect underwater saboteur. Identifiable by its distinct dead fish odor.
Monday, August 31, 2020
I have finally finished painting up my 3d Printed trenches for my 10mm WW1 troops. They have shown up a few times on the blog but are finally table ready!
If you are going to play WW1 Western Front at any scale, trenches are vital pieces of terrain to have in your collection. Ideally, trenches would be carved into a terrain board so that troops are truly under the level of the ground (like Sidney Roundwood's amazing terrain boards)
But, trenches that sit on top of the ground cloth are more flexible and meet my other needs better as well. My requirements were:
- Flexible layouts
- The right size for my 10mm troops and handle the 40mm x 20mm bases they are on.
- Don't stick up too high above the table.
- Be rugged and able to stand up to abuse
I printed a stack of these up a few months ago and have finally finished painting them, including gluing sand for texture (I do not know how to do textures in 3d design programs yet)
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