Once upon a time we had an itch. Space Fleet Combat. We looked into a lot of games and settled on both Dropfleet Commander as well as Full Thrust. We collected vast armadas of Dropfleet ships at great prices as the popularity of the game waned. We painted a few but did not make great progress. We decided we had too many interests and not enough time so we decided to cut our Space Fleet Combat project. Everything went to eBay.
Then recently the itch came back and a mate was getting rid of his Dropfleet Commander Kickstarter pledge bundle… in exchange for a very modest donation to his retirement fund we have now replaced a fraction of what we had before.
And thanks to some comparison shopping at Spiel 2022 in Essen a couple of days ago we have a cool new Deep Cut Studio “blue nebula” 6×4 mat to replace the washed out looking Deep Cut Studio “star field” mat we used to have. It was the first Deep Cut Studio mat I was a bit disappointed in band I really, really like the new one and it will work a treat for Full Thrust Continuum.
Now I need to decide if we should get a Dropfleet Commander 4×4 night time planetary surface mat for Dropfleet. I am undecided if we will actually play Dropfleet orbital fighting or just focus on Full Thrust deep space fighting.
If anyone has some leads on Full Thrust SSD’s for Dropfleet ships I would love to hear them….
We missed Tactica in Hamburg this year but we did manage to get to Spiel in Essen. The largest game convention in Europe I believe. It was much busier than last year. Wargaming is only a small part of the show and there was a lot for Little GG but Brexit has played its part in reducing the British gaming community attendance. And with Crisis in Antwerp also cancelled, the absence was sorely felt. However, there were still a few folks from the UK…
While at Spiel poor Colin of Battle Systems (Core Space) was very tolerant of my attempts to talk his ear off. In addition to his excellent artistic skills he is remarkably patient. I am terrible for taking photos at conventions, always forgetting to do so, and the only photos I got from the convention are some shots from the Battle Systems stall.
In addition to the Core Space First Born miniatures they had the Maladrum miniatures for their upcoming Kickstarter.
I absolutely the paintwork they had on their miniatures.
And I let these help inspire me when I finally get around to painting mine. As you may already know, I am a big fan of Battle Systems and their Core Space Games.
Battle Systems has excellent customer service and I can not recommend them highly enough.
In other news, getting caught up…… “Andor” continues to impress and “Rings of Power” is becoming increasingly….. disappointing.
Do not get me wrong, “Rings of Power” has some great bits but some of the writing, retcons and plot holes just make my head hurt. The scale seems…. off. Not enough people on the screen (Covid regulations?) for the story they are trying to tell. The individual fight choreography seems fine but the bigger battle choreography seems off to me. I can already foresee the “YouTube pitch meeting video” talking about things being “…. barely an inconvenience actually…” and do not get me going on the Mithril plot line or Celeborn.
“Andor” gets right what “Rings of Power” gets wrong. Both look amazing but “Andor” suspends disbelief with its amazing world building and interesting characters.
I did like when Mrs. GG said that the Harfoot leader reminded her of me. He is a cool character. And Adar is an interesting villain. Surprisingly Elendil has taken a turn to become annoying though. Sigh.
And for another surprise….
The second half of season 11 “The Walking Dead” is proving to be better than the first half.
I am surprised to find the Commonwealth plot more engaging than I was expecting. It is old ground that should feel tired and well worn but for some reason I am beginning to actually care what might happen next. That said, since I am starting to like the West Point Graduate (Mercer) I think his life expectancy has dropped off the chart. Of course he still does not act enough like a real soldier in my opinion but at least the character is getting a little depth. Speaking of soldiers in “The Walking Dead”, here is something I said on the DakkaDakka forum.
“The Reapers (thanks for reminding me of the name of the Purge-like group that I forgot the name of) came across more like just another biker gang than the US Army trained combat veterans they were supposed to be. The ghillie wearing “sniper” and the Reaper leader in particular came across more as a militia wannabe soldiers than a trained combat veterans. Even Negan’s Saviors came across more real world military than the Reapers. Not that the Saviors were very soldierly.
There have been soldiers, sailors and cops in the show… Fear of the Walking Dead had uniformed troops at the start (remember the one US soldier who gets tortured by one of the protagonists?), Walking Dead had Abe and the soldiers the Governor ambushed, World Beyond had several military characters, including scenes of uniformed troops at the outbreak. Generally they have been portrayed as incompetent and unprofessional (the protagonist who tortured the US Soldier I mentioned earlier is an exception on the competence to a certain degree, his physical skills seem fine but he has severe mental health issues that degrade his overall competence) and almost all of them as just not very soldier like. Same for the Cops in Atlanta. Uniformed bullies looking out for themselves… which may be how a lot of non-Cops see the Police but from my experience not very authentic to real Cops. Rick in the beginning came across to me as an actual Cop trying to adjust to a new paradigm even if his behavior was not technically very cop-like most of the time. It is part of what originally drew me into the show. But the more I watched the more it looked like Rick was a stereotype of a “good cop” and Shane a stereotype of a “bad cop” from the perspective of people who have never made an arrest themselves.
I have been a soldier and a cop. There are certain things, certain habits and mannerisms that form part of the culture surrounding those fields. Any veteran on this board should know what I am talking about. Is is not just fingers off the trigger and shouting clear after entering room. Captain Dale Dye and his folks at Warriors Inc. have a way of bringing those things that bring authenticity to the screen when they are listened to… which is not often enough.
If a show can not speak with authenticity to give a voice for soldiers and cops then I would rather they just stick with the voices they can do justice to. So sure focus on civilians surviving the zombie apocalypse and keep the military off screen… or just hire and listen to some of the numerous veterans looking for work right now.”
It would be great to see “Hollywood” also try to heal the rift between Police and the Public but that would take more work from Police then it seems many Cops (and Police Bosses) are willing to put in right now. The wounds run deep on both sides. Minorities often feel unheard and it is great when movies/tv shows can give those who feel unheard a voice. Both Black and Blue Lives Matter.
What are your thoughts on all this?