Aotearoa

Entirely unexpectedly I was headed for New Zealand. That’s the idea behind surprise presents. I did know about it before having to get on the plane – a current passport being a requisite – but it was still a surprise. Shelley decided we were off to the land of the long white cloud while we…

He’s on fire!

I picked up a copy of NBA Jam for the Megadrive last week. It’s considered a classic for a reason. I didn’t actually own a copy of it back in the day and I wouldn’t say basketball was my go-to sporting interest. But I certainly played it with my cousins and a few of my…

The Expanse

I’d mentioned a little while ago that I’d ordered the series The Expanse by James S. A. Corey. I’m just finishing Abbadon’s Gate which is book three and I can highly recommend the series. It’s been a while since I’ve jumped into an extended sci-fi story but I’m glad I did. It’s science fiction action with…

Nectar of the gods

Given my long-standing moniker and associated iconography you’d be forgiven for thinking that I was an apiarist. I’m not. But I will be soon! This week I’ve taken collection of a six frame Flowhive and related equipment. There have only been a few setbacks during the build process (like putting the roof shingles on upside…

Best In Class

After many months and a lot of glue, plaster, paint and foam, I finished my Shire diorama and entered it into Armies on Parade 2019. This was my third year participating and my goal was taking Best Scenic Board in the Specialist Games category. I did, so this makes it a hattrick. I also unintentionally…

The Shire – Part 2

Progress has been made on the Hobbit themed diorama that will end up being my entry into this year’s Armies on Parade. I’ve learned a lot and regretted quite a few decisions. One of the main things I’ve learned is that no matter how many different types of glue you own, you won’t have the…

Honour Among Thieves

A long time ago on a bookshelf far, far away, were a significant number of StarWars books. Known as The Galactic Library, it housed a lot of the Expanded Universe stories. It’s certainly over 100 titles but I’m not sure of the exact number. I’d been reading and collecting StarWars books from primary school up…

BOTW

I’m a bit late to the party but nothing has been lost in the delay – I’ve almost finished The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. Shelley got me a Switch for Christmas and the game. I have less time for gaming these days but the quality of the platform and the quality of…

The Shire – Stage 1

I’d had it in my mind for quite a while now that I’d like to do a shire / hobbiton themed entry into Games Workshop’s Armies on Parade. Last year I managed to land first place in the “Scenic Board” category with my Shadespire build, and first place the year before that with my Gorechosen…

Wingnut Wings Sopwith Camel

So I picked up a Wingnut Wings Sopwith Camel during a sale they were holding over April. I’d heard the name but hadn’t actually made the connection between the company and the Wingnut family of companies fathered by Peter Jackson. As a child I’d messed around with a few model kits and never took any…

Four green thumbs

In the garden this year, for the most part, are the usual suspects. Tomatoes, beans, peas and corn are the big ticket items. But there’s also a few chili plants, broccoli, radishes and spring onions to round it all out. I’ve never gone all-in with starting from seed before but this year a mass sowing…

Speedy 3 deedy

As an addendum to my previous post on the new 3D printer, over the weekend I used it in what you could describe as a “the future is here” moment. While base coating my Tatooine themed houses for a set of terrain I’m building for StarWars Legion, I decided that I needed some control panels…

Starting 3D printing – Anycubic Photon

I’ve recently purchased, and had immediate success with, an Anycubic Photon 3D printer. This is a FDM (fusion deposition modelling) type of printer that, for the cost, is allowing me to print some very detailed miniatures.  There are some tradeoffs but I’ve got no problem with any of them. But it will depend on what…

Diamonds In The Rough

I’ve been meaning to do a podcast for quite a while now. I’d been playing around with a few ideas and then after siting through a less than satisfying video games history presentation at PAXAUS2017 and then listening to a few of Meena Shemaly’s episodes of Game Show on ABC Classic FM, my mind was…

Those dang kids and their dang video games!

In the wake of yet another mass shooting the usual arguments are trotted out and as the hyperbole reaches a fever pitch some Americans have returned to blaming video games for societies woes. Which is kind of surprising given that there is no evidence linking video games to gun violence. I’ve seen Florida’s attourney general…