Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Aquarian Rules arrive

The rules for the Aquarian fleet arrived yesterday, which coincidentally was my last night of evening tutoring.  Since Thursday is the last day of the school year, the war gaming potential increases soon dramatically.  I did give the rules a once over and I must say I am pleased with the result.

The Aquarians have some interesting weapons, some of which mostly chew up the enemy armor in a different way from other races.   A smattering of 'normal' weapons, which work the same as other races (primarily the Earth Federation types) also is in the Aquarian arsenal.   See Gonsalvo's blog entry on a little more detail and a comparison to the decades old version of the rules which you can't get now.
 If the link does not work for you, here is the URL for the blog entry:


What really stuck out to me was the use of the Aquarian brand of missile to render the opponents' shooting much less effective.  It is a clever way to practically have a cloaking device.   Without actually having a cloaking device.  I know it sounds confusing, just trust me.

I am inspired enough to attempt a solo game soon, or a small squadron (cruiser and smaller) f.t.f.  if I can get a game in before we leave for vacation.   Check this space for more, later.   I have to go downstairs and get out my fleets to see what force I can put together.  A new beginning for the screaming yellow zonkers!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

It's quiet, too quiet

Crazy schedules, broken phone lines, water leaking into the basement and general mayhem have prevented me from blogging or painting or actually much of anything hobby related.

Today I hope to get in  little painting, and definitely some priming of reinforcements.  There are 2 Royal Artillery and two Royal Horse Artillery batteries (eight gun models, 32 crew) as well as some fill in figures for bringing the Hanoverian militia units units to a full 18 figures each.

But first, I take my granddaughter and wife to see an exhibit of items unearthed by a class of Anthropology students; a dig at a local site which is owned by a Yale University Library.  Evidently they have found some stone tools that push back the estimated time frame of the earliest settlements  in the local area to 4000 BC. (or BCE, if you prefer)

Saw the Great Gatsby movie last night.  It was done well, I tried to ignore the anachronistic pieces of music in the party scenes...the visuals were well done.   We viewed the film in a movie pub  where you can order food and drink.  A pitcher of Sam Adams' beer makes most any movie at least a 'half star' better.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Aquarians to the front

After only a year waiting (and believe me, I thought it would be longer than this) the Monday Knight Productions folk are releasing the next supplement for their Galactic Knight rules. My fleet is already purchased and primed and for the most part painted.

Of course I'll let you know how the rules look when I get them.  Hopefully soon!