Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tanker's Tuesday: OGRE Mk III A1

The Ogre Mark III cybertank was the first Combine cybertank built
in an articulated fashion. The rear module was for holding and
servicing the two Ogre missiles, as well as carrying additional
detection and  jamming gear.

The Mark III was purpose built for long ranged fire, and could not
deal with close up fighting; only the blazing speed of the computer
brain coupled with well built machinery could the Ogre be quick
enough to identify and destroy threats before they got close.

Paneuropean forces seized the Sheffield, England Ogre factory intact
and managed to build Ogres for their own armies. Paneuropean
Mark IIIs were designated the Legionnaire.

 Note: The OGRE MkIIIA1 has 4 External Missiles

This massive 15mm scale OGRE battle was done at Ground Zero Games East Coast Con 8

                                                                                                                        Mark III
                                                                                                                        Legionnaire (Pan Europe)

Main Guns 1
Secondary Guns 4
AP Guns 8
Missile Racks 0
Missile Ammo 0
External Missiles 2
Tread Units 48

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Birthday US Army

When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. Rather, the revolutionaries fielded an amateur force of colonial troops, cobbled together from various New England militia companies.  They had no unified chain of command, and although Artemas Ward of Massachusetts exercised authority by informal agreement, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders.  The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for, and supported by the colonies from which they were raised.

In the spring of 1775, this “army” was about to confront British troops near Boston, Massachusetts. The revolutionaries had to re-organize their forces quickly if they were to stand a chance against Britain’s seasoned professionals. Recognizing the need to enlist the support of all of the American seaboard colonies, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress appealed to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to assume authority for the New England army.  Reportedly, at John Adams’ request, Congress voted to “adopt” the Boston troops on June 14, although there is no written record of this decision.  Also on this day, Congress resolved to form a committee “to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army,” and voted $2,000,000 to support the forces around Boston, and those at New York City.  Moreover, Congress authorized the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, which were directed to march to Boston to support the New England militia.

George Washington received his appointment as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the next day, and formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775. 

John R. Maass
US Army Center of Military History

Flag Day United States

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Nuke The Liebster Awards

Because some of us don't handle chain letters well....)
Brazos Imperial  policy, awards only have merit when taken at bayonet point! 
(i.e. over the table after some well cast dice!)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Eureka Miniatures: Highly Recommended!

I ordered the following items from Nic at Eureka Miniatures on the 30th of May they  were done and shipped on 6 June and arrived here today 11June, not bad at all!

2 x Bersaglieri on tricycle with transport body
2 x Bersaglieri on tricycle with LMG
2 x Italian tricycle with transport body – no rider
2 x Italian tricycle with LMG – no rider
2 x Bersaglieri on motorcycle with LMG
4 x Bersaglieri on motorcycle with pillion passenger
2 x Bersaglieri on motorcycle
2 x Bersaglieri heavy mortar and three crew
4 x Bersaglieri with SMG
2 x Bersaglieri officer
8 x Bersaglieri gun crew
4 x Bersaglieri with LMG and No2
4 x Bersaglieri light mortar and two crew
3 x Bersaglieri MMG and two crew
1 x Italian Alpini HMG and crew
1 x Italian Alpini officer
6 x Italian Alpini infantry
The craftsmanship on  their 15mm lines is some of the best I've seen, their machine gun and mortar stands are minor works of art! The service is outstanding and Nic is an absolute pleasure to work with. I can't recommend this company highly enough, check them out
if you haven't already.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tanker's Tuesday: Infantry Tank Mk II Matilda

Infantry Tank Mk II Matilda (A12) Infantry Tank (1937)
At the onset of world war, there was no finer British tank in service than the Matilda II Infantry Tank


Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Monsters: Godzilla Official Extended Trailer (2014)

Went and saw this one today, all in all not a bad film.  Unlike the 1998
example this one is very reminiscent of the classic Japanese archetype.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tanker's Tuesday: Mishaps

Most of these I can tell what happened and why, a few of them have me stumped!