Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Know your Blogger

I'm generally an anti-social non-conforming old git and don't take part in nonsense like 20 questions but having read so many other's answers it seems only fair to put up my own :)

1.        Favourite Wargaming period and why?

Tough one, my desert island period would be the mid 16thC because it has just about everything ancient/medieval gaming has, pikemen, archers, knights in shining armour, hairy barbarians (aka Irish Kerne), horse archers and also canon and muskets as well as most of what Colonial games have with battles against Turks, Moors, Aztecs etc. However, I only play a couple of games a year so perhaps mid-19thC Horse&Musket/Colonial

 2.       Next period, money no object?

Money & space no object? Boer war in 40mm on 12 ft sand table, but with Scruby style figures and all the gear to go with them, most of the figures and equip,ment wil lof course have to be done from scratch to be compatible and complete. . Might settle for the Jacklex 20mm version.

3.       Favourite 5 films?

In no particular order: Conan (despite Arnie), Gladiator,Gettysburg, Master and Commander, , Shipping News,   Alamo (Hancock version), Rob Roy, 4 Feathers- Korda version   Is that 5 yet?

4.       Favourite 5 TV series?

Firefly, umhhh ok I'm stuck,....oh,  Dr Who taken as a whole, ...geez ok 1st season of Tour of Duty was good or the theme music was anyway, don't remember much else, Start Trek?, ummmhhh oh well close enough I'm padding anyway

5.       Favourite book and author? 
Sword at Sunset, Rosemary Sutcliffe  

6.       Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!! 

WT Sherman. Be a realist and get  the job done 

7.       Favourite Wargames rules? 
Final Version of MacDuff when it ever gets written  or else Charge!

8.       Favourite Sport and team? 

9.       If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?

Umm do I stay my age? Is it one use as in no return? Do I get my pick of Companion?

10.   Last meal on Death Row?

 If I could get the old Montreal-Napoli style peperoni pizza from the little place in St Jean in the 70's with too much cheese and bacon grease, hmm maybe a use for that time machine? otherwise a feed of Chinese, ginger beef, almond guy ding and so on.  no wait. BBQ wild boar with fresh bread and steamed veggies that were picked that day from an organic garden, and if that means waiting 9 months for the harvest, so be it.  All washed down with Propeller Special Bitter.

11.    Fantasy relationship and why?

Been there done that, not telling.

12.   If your life were a movie, who would play you?

Russel Crowe

13.   Favourite Comic  Superhero?

Does Prince Valiant count? 

14.   Favourite Military quote? 

Peccavi.   (Trans "I have sinned"(Scinde)  one up on Vini Vidi Vici  as a report if it were true and not a Punch cartoon. )

15.   Historical destination to visit?

The spot where the Eagle landed on the moon.

16.   Biggest Wargaming regret?

I try not to have regrets but at the time I regretted this on the 18 hour drive home.  Origins, 1980? or was it 81?  Blew the North American Ancients final in the last turn of voluntary overtime by making a stupid mistake on a charge declaration. Hasn't bothered me in decades though so possibly too many ill thought out fiddlings with MacDuff. 

17.   Favourite Fantasy job?
Owner/operator of a toy soldier/wargaming museum and holiday center/spa with unlimited budget for space, staff, travel and collection.

18.   Favourite Song, Top 5? 
Artists probably rather than songs, 50 would have been easier and more accurate..
Blue Rodeo 5 Days in May, Sarah McLaughlin Building a Mystery, Leslie Fish singing Kipling's The Centurion's Song, Stan Rogers Witch of the Westmorland, Joni Mitchel Case of You, Loreena Mckennit Highwayman..

19.   Favourite Wargaming Moment?

Oh there are so many. Perhaps the first time MacDuff's Fusiliers took the field  (semi-flat Prince August 40mm, my first homecasting of any kind) , Cold Wars, 2000?. A game of Charge!, the game hung in the balance, if they could charge and take out the North Polenburg artillery they would tip the scales handing NP one of its first defeats. They were 2 above 1/2 strength. They charged, the gun fired, cannister 1 d6 casualties straight up. One casualty!  HUZZAHHH!  

20.   The miserable Git question, what upsets you?
Prejudice & snobbishness. People making assumptions about other people's motives or capabilities or  reaching other conclusions without checking facts, or looking down on or disapproving what others do or like because its different.


  1. Mmmmm, Propellor Special Bitter. One more reason to regret being posted away from Nova Scotia. Case of You is one of my favourite Joni Mitchell songs, though Diana Krall also does it justice.
    Good answers - you're an interesting an anti-social non-conforming old git

  2. Sword at Sunset; good choice, Ross! The mastery of language puts modern children's books into the shade.

    Kind regards, Chris

  3. Sword at Sunset; good choice, Ross! The mastery of language puts modern children's books into the shade.

    Kind regards, Chris

  4. Oooo Ross...

    How about we compromise on the Boer War in 30mm using Willies for what we can and buying in everything else?



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