EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WRITTEN.

(SO FAR…)

I have been writing online since 2004, about ‘stuff’ which interests me.

This is is my collection of articles, some of which are old, some not so much and I am still adding, and subtracting.

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Salt n Pepper

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Reading Time: 2 minutes The Urbies of twins Romulus and Remus, commonly known as Salt and Pepper, were more often than not found where they were not not invited.

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Scrap

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The seat had a little lump in the lower left that became uncomfortable after too many hours at the stick and while he’d asked them to fix it, or better still, replace the whole bloody thing, here it was.

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House Davion Locust

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes This one was a bit of a joint venture between the Boy and I… The Boy’s keen to build a House Davion lance, so finding a scheme that would be interesting, easily applicable to a range of mechs, plus be a good learning experience, we found this scheme that fitted the bill really well. There was a bit of a learning lesson for both of us here – only after having the Boy putting down the base colours did I realise darker shades should have gone down first and only then applied the top level as a dry brush; bit…

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Ral Partha: Warhammer

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Ral Partha Warhammer, circa 1986 (or so)   Another of the ‘unseen’ metal’s from the Ral Partha days, this time the legendary ‘Warhammer’. The Warhammer was perhaps the mech that got me into Battletech in the first place. It’s hard to forget the big one plastered on the box…   The original box art. This was actually used when Battletech was called Battledroids – before George Lucas came after them! If you didn’t know, the Warhammer was directly ‘borrowed’ from Robotech, if you look at the image there, you can even still see the SDF logo on the left leg!!…

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Ral Partha Locust

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Ral Partha: Battletech Locust circa 1986 or so. Edit: 30th May ’23: Accompanying background story My first paint in, well, let’s not go there. This old Locust has been repainted many times and the last paint job was on it since it went into the box decades back. Striped back, lightly wire brushed and then steel-wooled, this mini was quite hard to paint. Even after so many paints and strips, there’s plenty of fine detail left but the minute paint goes on a lot of that detail starts vanishing, unlike the new plastics, where the mini is not only bigger…

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How fast is too fast? Speed mod rules for Battletech

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Reading Time: 4 minutes As I see it, Battlemechs walk, hence would be unstable weapons platforms (unlike, say, tanks). Make them walk fast, or worse still, run, and pure physics tells us that the ride is not going to be a smooth one, so speed will impact a mech’s ability to land a shot, or conversely, be hit;

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Phoenix Hawk

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Reading Time: 2 minutes The last of the House Davion lance – the Phoenix Hawk. This one went smoothly, from primer to the base colours – the Boy’s getting the hang of it and there was very little clean up to do. We used the same process and the archer, so Citadel Bone primer,then lay down the white red and blue. This time though I tried something a little less shotgun than the contrast wash, instead opting fora modelling ‘panel lining’ technique, using a super fine brush and a thin wash colour (colour mixed with Citadel Contrast Medium and water), lightly filling where I…

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Atlas

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Reading Time: 2 minutes   So the Boy and I had another go doing up his House Davion colours, on an Atlas this time as I figured the larger size might just make it a little easier. I was wrong. What I’ve learnt this time around is that 1. split colour schemes like this are bloody hard to get right and are ALL about process; maybe if one of the colours was not white,it might be easier but as it is, this scheme is a nightmare. And 2. Not giving up and pushing through can achieve a happy outcome. So, on point 1: What…

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Archer

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Number three, this time an Archer. I tried to sell the Boy on the idea of painting it up ‘properly’ a.k.a in Macross colours but he was not having a bar of it. This one took three tries but eventually, someone learnt that trying to rush this stuff does not work and that there’s a methodology and process that needs to be followed. In the end, the Boy did a great job in putting down all the base colours, so all I had to was tidy it up and do the final weathering and details. Overall, it’s fitting the theme…

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What’s old is new again.

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Way, way, way back when, you know, before ‘life’, I used to paint ‘professionally’ for one of the main miniatures stores in Sydney. And when I say professionally, don’t get all excited, I passed muster and was on the books, so I was one of a crew of painters the shop would call on to paint for their customers who did not paint themselves. I had a bit of a niche, I painted Battletech, Micro Armour (1/285th scale modern armour) as well as being the only one on the books who built models; I built and painted a lot of…

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Rotring Isograph, 600 and other musings.

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Yes, I know I said, and I quote myself, “I love ink pens – fountain pens and old skool Roting Isographs; the line quality just can’t be beaten. But they suck. Messy, temperamental and expensive, both in time, money and sanity, to keep running.”

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Inspiration: John Harris

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Reading Time: 2 minutes If you like thinking about things far beyond our own mortal concerns, and you like science fiction art, this is a short film well worth your watching.

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Remembering Peter Elson

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Reading Time: 3 minutes There is no doubt, other than Foss, Peter Elson was a powerhouse of the heyday of science fiction illustration and books with his covers always got my attention.

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The Military Aesthetic

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Reading Time: 5 minutes In the west it’s near impossible to pick up a newspaper or turn on the boob tube and not see some sort of military action. Visual reference to the military has become part of everyday life, desert tan, woodland cammo.

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An Infographic Tour de Force

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Unlike most books on the subject, which are either pictorial or voluminous in nature, World War II Infographics takes the interesting approach of interpreting the mountains of statistical data compiled after the war

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Masamune Shirow aka Masanori Ota

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Reading Time: 8 minutes I was hooked instantly – hard not to be, as what it held in its pages was so far beyond what I had seen elsewhere; partly because Manga was a fully matured and accepted form of publishing in Japan.

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Roy Huxley Rediscovered

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I instantly recognised why his work at the time was so magnetic – it has that ageless ’something’. While I can’t put my finger on just what this something is, Huxley’s Matchbox art has it in spades.

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Akira, an incomplete review

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Themes of youth alienation and anti-establishment, military power and government corruption are handled cleanly and powerfully, balanced with the core theme of the super natural powers that drive the pivotal characters.

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Box Art

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Reading Time: 8 minutes Like the Matchbox art of Roy Huxley, which for me proceeded gaming, I was always captivated by the artwork adorning boxes of many games.

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Chris Foss and Me

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Foss’ visions are those of an industrial space and scale, where the craft are purposeful, work is hard, mechanical, and space unfriendly for people.

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GKR – Giant Killer Robots

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Game flow is nice and simple, broken into 5 phases with the last one, ‘tagging’, being the crux of the game. The first player to tag a building with four ‘holotags’ gets to demolish it – demolish four, and you win. Simple, eh?

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Valerian

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The problem about writing a review, or opinion, about Valerian is where to even start? I write this after only having watched it once and thinking about it still leaves me swimming in its vast ocean.

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Rez, a true modern classic

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Reading Time: 5 minutes If you never have, try and check Rez out. You might not click with it right away but when you do, and you will, it will all make sense.

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Warhammer 40,000 – Lost Patrol

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Don’t let that fool you though, this is an incredibly difficult game to win (where the Space Marines are the ones that win or loose), and very quickly the Space Marines player will start experimenting with ways to actually survive more than 10 minutes!

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Aeon Flux: a cult classic

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Reading Time: 6 minutes “I always felt like there was a complete disconnect between things that were fun and entertaining to watch and things that were more thoughtful and philosophical.” Peter Chung

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Battletech redux – almost

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Big walking tanks whomping the bejeezus out of one another. That’s the basic premise of Battletech, a game with its roots dating back to the mid 80’s.

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Ogre

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Ogre was pretty simple in its basic premise – on an atomic wasteland in the 21st Century, the AI controlled mega tank, the ‘Ogre’, has a simple mission of destroying the enemy, or command post, or both!

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