A race to the end (of the year)

Following the last couple of months that have been terrible due to the ongoing building works, I thought I’d update the Painting Log. On opening the file I found I had not updated it since June. So I scrabbled around and listed all the stuff I’d done. So far about 790 figures (equivalent) this year, lower than the 900+ I’d done last year.

However, I have a lot of the new Dark Elf plastic figures on the go. Half painted but with Xmashammer (28/29th December) due, a true incentive to finish them off. Should take me to the 900 mark.

And as you can see I’ve been tidying the Playroom, and have a bag of sprues of stuff to assemble. If I can get all the figures built I can clear out another area of space as well. This should mean I finish off (HA!) the Dark Elf army as well as making space and tidying the room up. An extra rank for the Ladies of Spears, and extra rank for the Silver Talons, an extra unit or two of CoK, and so on.

Now all I need to do is paint them… 🙂

Having a painting loog is certainly one way of energising you !!

How do you focus your energy ?

AGW Deniers, a taxonomy

On the Grauniad CiF comments section, the question was posed:

Here is a question for both sides. How do you term someone who accepts that the climate is changing, but who is not convinced that man is entirely responsible?

How long is a piece of string ?

(1) Sceptic. Informed, and asking for more info. Will read links provided to scientific literature and change stance according to the Evidence(TM).

(2) Innocent or naive. The individual has been unaware or uninformed of AGW for whatever reason and has not read the scientific papers, associated scientific literature and has say, stumbled on this article and BTL comments. May change their stance given enough scientific Evidence(TM).

(3) Misinformed. The individual may have stumbled upon several bits of science on websites that give conflicting views of the state of the science and assumes they (the sources) are right. May change their stance given enough scientific Evidence(TM).

(4) Gullible fodder. The individual has stumbled upon several websites that give conflicting views of the state of the science but predominantly the denier websites like GWPF and WUWT and assumes they are right. Unlikely to change their stance given scientific Evidence(TM).

(5) Denier. Has made up their mind and no Evidence(TM) will change it. This may be due to any or all of the following:
– Dunning Kruger
– Ideological orientation
– Willful ignorance
– Cognitive dissonance
– Mistakes science for policy
– Conspiracy theorists

(6) Shill. Paid to deny.

I had to think and exercise the brain cell to come up with this list. Input is welcome and this will be subject to updates.

WHFB: Dark Elves vs Lizardmen

We were meant to have a game last w/e, but both Byakhee Jim and I were both out of sorts so we delayed it until today, and it was a quick one (12-4pm), with Jim having to be Captain Decisive.

He’d recently bought some of Rich’s Lizardmen army, so he was able to deploy a large cloud of Skinks as a meat shield (complete with poisoned blow pipes) and two stegadons, a block of saurus warriors plus a tyranosaur.

Plus obligatory salamanders, no doubt aimed at Hydras ( 😉 )


I deployed my rather haphazard army – based on what I had painted, but it seemed fairly good. I still have yet to set up my tag team of a Dreadlord on Manticore with a Beastmaster on Manticore next to each other. But I thought I’d like to see what the horde of Bleak Shards (swordsmen) were like. To make up the PV, I added in a basic Master (hero) with no magic just to bulk them up – Faeygin Cheapsoul.

Well having failed to win first move, Jim’s army managed to make sure the RXB unit ran away, followed by Eric the Khybrdis and Spitty the hydra. Three failed LD tests. Great, nearly 10% of the army gone before my first go ! This sounds familiar. However, I stated this was a game intended to test the new rules. Partly this was my fault in the deployment of the BSB and General. On the upside, his Salamander managed to eat all its handlers and went for the Grr option and crouched there not advancing nor retreating.

Bye bye RXB unit…they knocked off two wounds…

In for a penny, in for a pound, the Warlocks blew themselves up (shame) but were a real menace and the Dark Riders got behind his lines as intended which really disrupted him.

My front line advanced straight at him. Despite the inauspicious start as Jim pointed out, my centre had 3 hard units versus his one unit. By placing his Cold Ones and T-rex on the flank, he had split his army.

My General Redark the Hunter, on Greatwing the Manticore, did a flank charge into his stegadon, and won. We ran the stegadon down and charged into the flank of the skinks that had reversed to try and cope with the Dark Riders (and failed – 36 shots two wounds).

In the centre of the table, his Saurus charged the CoK, and the skinks the Bleakswords.

Neither gambit was good – the skinks were destroyed before they landed a blow – including one of his skink shaman. The Saurus were held. Their BSB was destroyed. This meant that the Bleakswords charged into the Saurus and the Silver Talons flank charged the Saurus the next go.

The Saurus were wiped out. The hero was killed in a challenge by my hero Samartik. The remainder fled and were caught by the CoK

Jim conceded as his centre and flank had been or were about to be trashed. So I had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. he only had a unit of Saurus on Cold Ones, a stegadon and a Carnosuar all of which were two moves away that could harm me whilst I had swept the rest of the board clean.

Frustatingly for Jim, the terradons failed to appear in this battle.

Conclusion

  • I got my deployment wrong – my BSB and General were too far away from the centre of my army
  • Do not give up even if the first round goes wrong
  • the Dreadlord on Manticore is a VERY potent weapon
  • ASF + Murderous Prowess makes Dark Elf combat units much rougher than before

Laser Board !

As some of the regulars will remember, the kitchen floor was temporarily covered in hardboard sheets. The builders stated they would stuff it all in a skip/bag at the end for disposal, so I persuaded them to simply put it in my garage as I was sure that the Byakhees and I could put it to better use.

Unsurprisingly, I was right, Roo a habitual skip diver, wanted to rescue some and came round tonight with a buzz saw to carve up the 8×4 boards so he could take some to his new house to make into proper game boards.

He’d borrowed a buzz saw with a frickin Lazer beam !

Not quite as good as a shark with a Lazer attached to its head but hey…sharks are an endangered species…

So we carved up the boards I had.

We ended up with 20 4×2 boards, plus a few odd sized ones.

Waste not want not. Roo ended up with enough boards to play with, I ended up with a couple of boards suitable for Laserburn, and I have a stock left over for the rest of the flock.

Sadly, the builders returned today ….

Film: The World’s End

Finally got the third Cornetto trilogy film by Wright/Pegg/Frost on DVD and watched it. I was intrigued as to how they’d play it, and how they managed to work in the main character in full on Goth mode with a Sisters of Mercy t-shirt, which ironically I had bought shortly before the film was launched.

The World's End trailer

Spoiler Alert !

It’s a pub crawl where they realise that all but one of them has moved on from their teenage heyday, and that botht they and their homw town have changed.

On my first watch, I thoroughly enjoyed it up to the ending and the argument between the heroes and The Network. I found it funny that they’d managed to cast another ex James Bond as a villian, and Pierce Brosnan did it well. I’d never noticed Eddie Marsan in anything I’ve watched but he played the haplass Peter well, and Paddy Considine (seen in Hot Fuzz as one of the Andys) was really good.

The-Worlds-End

However, knowing that these guys produce multi-layered films that really bear repeat watching, and seeing as I had a mountain of ironing following the washing machine being reinstated, I watched it again. And again. And then I watched the bonus extras. (And yes, the Sisters t-shirt was in the ironing pile !)

WORLDS-END-MIDLINE

It all fits together.

Whereas Shaun of the Dead is an immediate winner, The World’s End is a slow burner that really comes together.

The final puzzle I didn’t spot until the third viewing was the Cornetto joke – the one convenience food Andy would miss.

Best of all, as well as the Sister t-shirt, they used This Corrosion several times and surprisingly it is on the film sound track CD, something that the Sisters have long resisted:

And when we first started to sort of devise [young Gary’s] look, we had to go to [Sisters frontman] Andrew Eldritch and his marketing team and ask if it was okay. And we heard that, you know, he was actually a fan of our stuff. So it was an absolute treat to hear from my hero.

And…

Simon Pegg: I was very much a goth from sixteen to twenty-one. The big names for me at the time, The Sisters Of Mercy, obviously, were around, Bauhaus, The Cure, The March Violets, that kind of deal.

Though I’ll have to forgive him on the The Cure.

So after a couple of times seeing it I think its a great film. Now I’m going to have to go back, watch all of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz again. Its a hard life….

AGW: The Denier’s Playbook

Though it is American, it is relevant world wide.

How to manufacture doubt:

  • Deny the Science
  • Question the motives
  • Exaggerate the costs

The Senator points out this consistant pattern on ozone, acid rain and now AGW. The only one he doesn’t mention is the similar range of points that the Tobacco industry used.

WHFB: DE Spruetastic

One iof the new units for Dark Elves are Bleak Swords…basically swordsmen. I spent the last few days finishing off assembling them:

Yes, all thirty of them.

They are the basic core troops and come as a kit with options for swords/spears/RXBs. Fairly basic models with a basic upright stance just changing arms and heads. Most fiddly bit is the crest, thouuh that said IMHO it makes them look better than the old models, and brings them in line with the rest of the current and former ranges. I got through assembling them 10 at a time – don’t try more the glue fumes and sheer boredom will make you make mistakes.

The down side…

You end up with piles and piles of half used sprues.

As I inevitably bought more than I needed, there has been a growing pile of such sprues in the Playroom. Half of them I kept on the off chance I might need some of the spare components…yeah right…

So whilst finishing off the new models I decided to wade through the pile of sprues and systematically cleanse them. Fortunately a new player is on hand to take the left overs. The rest is a waste of plactis, not good for the environment. Again, luckily, I have a council who has a half decent recycling scheme than can cope with nearly all plastic waste, so this pile of sprues will soon be like a dead parrot – no more !