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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dream a Little Dream

Here's a little taste of the days when airships were all the rage from Max Raabe and the Palast Orchestra:

Sadly I have only recently been introduced to Max Raabe and his vintage cabaret sound. His sound is very much the Roaring '20s but his playlist extends all the way through the Naughty '90s to ... whatever this mess we're in now is. Look him up and give him a listen.
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Masters of the Skies

"Airships must be powerful masters of the skies as the ultimate symbols of freedom and defiance, roaming the clouds without hindrance and restraint".
-- Nick Ottens

view from French dirigible
view from French dirigible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nick Ottens has posted a splendid article at The Gatehouse on the ups-and-downs (Haw Haw) of airships in wartime. The main vulnerability was the flammable hydrogen gas used for lift. Also, the effectiveness of airships as bombers was hindered by altitude, wind and cloud cover. All problems easily solvable in a world of Science gone Mad!
Firstly the development of non-flammable lifting gas or alternate means of neutral buoyancy. Cavorite comes to mind. With a strong enough lifting force armor becomes possible. Clockwork ailerons could make bombs into self-correcting air torpedoes while dastardly spies guide the attack with wireless telegraphy.
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Advancing Mecha Sighted!

In a slight departure from Steam-powered amusements, Two Hour Wargames' 5150 Battalion Commander is now on sale. Command a Sci-Fi armor battalion in planetary conquest. Battalion Commander is the latest entry in Two Hour Wargames Science Fiction universe, a stand-alone game that builds on and complements the other titles in the series.
To quickly get right into massive mecha battles, you can use Armor Grid's extensive collection of print-and-play 15mm miniatures. Infantry, mechs, vehicles and aircraft in multiple color schemes are all there for you to command. Build an army as large as your printer can handle.
Armor Grid's own game, Mech Attack, is a best seller on Wargame Vault. Due to various circumstances I lean towards games with a solo option, like the 5150 series.