Monday, February 19, 2018

Trees Speak to Stone; Stones Speak to Water

“When a young girl slipped on the ice and fell through the roof of a hot-house a young man, named Joseph Abney saved the girl by using magic. He used Martin Pale’s Restoration and Rectification1 spell to mend the broken bones and Teilo’s Hand2 to stem the flow of blood.”

1‘Restoration and Rectification is a spell which reverses the effects of a recent calamity.

2Teilo’s Hand is an ancient fairy spell which can halt the flow of all sorts of things. This spell presumably is named after the fairy who first taught a English magician how to use it.‘

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Micro Layouts

Micro layouts are model train layouts that are small enough to fit into a pizza, shoe, or a match box. Most of these layouts include a circle of track and a few small buildings and some scenery, while others might run point to point. There are two sites that feature these types of layouts:

Carl's site started this venue or at least help make small and miniature layouts fashionable.

13th JAM convention report features many small and micro-sized layouts; some of these being quite whimsical.

Mad Max Custom Hot Wheels

While browsing through the authors other videos I came across a set of Mad Max customs the author was working on for a planned Mad Max game he was also working on.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Matchbox Restorations

I watch several of this authors restoration’s this morning and was captivated by the authors abilities restoring these for longed metal cars. This particular specimen, a Lesney, No 42 Studebaker had been played with hard and had lost quite a bit of its original paint.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Lore of Fairies

“Several authorities have noted that long-lived fairies have a tendency to call any substantial period of time-‘four thousand years’. Many fairies, when asked about their ages will say they are four thousand years old; what they mean is, they do not know their actual age. Fairies are older than human civilization or possible than humankind.”

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel, Susanna Clarke

Friday, February 9, 2018

Last Stand at Surbiton

Last Stand at Surbiton is a sequel to 1871: The Battle of Dorking, formally from Draken Games. The situation is desperate for the demoralized British forces; however Surbiton, a nominally defend-able position, is their last attempt to check the Imperil German forces from sacking London.

To get you in the mood you might want to read The Invasion by William Le Queux which envisions Britain being invaded by Germany.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Grass Cats and Dire Dogs of Planet Xurdimur

“The grass cats, big cheetah-like creatures with long slim legs built for running, were only a peril when the party left the yacht. Though fully capable of leaping aboard when the 'roller was in movement, they never did. Sometimes they might pace it for a mile or so, then they would contemptuously walk away.

Green wished he could say the same for the dire dogs. These were almost as large as the grass cats and ran in packs of from six to twelve. Sinister-looking with their gray-and-black spotted coats, pointed wolfish ears and massive jaws, they would run up to the very wheels, howling and snapping with their monstrous yellow fangs.”

The Green Odyssey, Philip José Farmer

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Hoobers are an alien life form prevalent on the Planet Xurdimur. “Unable to go back to sleep, Green watched a herd of hoobers take to their hoofs at the approach of the Bird. These diminutive equines, beautiful with their orange bodies and black or white manes and fetlocks, sometimes formed immense herds that must have numbered in the hundreds of thousands. So thick were they that they looked like a bobbing sea of flashing heads and gleaming hoofs stretching clear to the horizon.”

The Green Odyssey, Philip José Farmer

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Dragons Eye

Game of Thrones season six and the episode seven

This is a scene from Game of Thrones, season six and the seventh episode seven. One of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons is shot down by a javelin throwing white-walker. The dragon crashes into a frozen lake only to be dragged out by an army of the undead. A white-walker touches the dead dragon and it becomes a undead dragon.

Sunday, February 4, 2018


When Strange had successfully conjured up his first Fairy, he thought we would have his questions about magic answered. “How would I go about turning myself into a bear? Or a fox? What are the names of the three magical rivers that flow through the Kingdom of Agrace?1” And although Strange asked the fairy these question the fairy would not even answer one of his questions.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel, Susanna Clarke

1Agrace is the name sometimes given to John Uskglass’s third kingdom. This kingdom was thought to lie on the far side of Hell.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Makings of a Magician

“Who was it that said a magician needs the subtlety of a Jesuit, the daring of a soldier and the wits of a thief?”

Jonathan Strange

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel, Susanna Clarke

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Battle of Dorking

The Battle of Dorking is the first “print and play” game I purchased. The Battle of Dorking is a fictional battle between German imperial forces and a mostly vagabond lot of English citizens and soldiers in Victorian England in the year of 1871. The game features 38 pages of rules, counters, statistic tables, and a large map (two pages). There are 20 pages of rules and the remainder of the booklet includes back-end details.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Aquatic Creatures Capsule Toys

I found the slime creatures had been replaced with these cute aquatic creatures. I fed three sets of quarters into the machine and received two aquatics and one slime creature. Not sure how it found its way into the mix but here he is.

The aquatic creatures measure approximately on inch long and stand roughly a half-inch high and are made of some “rubber-like” material. They are a bit squishy to touch.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

"I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories."
―Dr Watson speaking about Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, Warner Brothers, 2009

I have read several of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and more recently have watch two Sherlock movies. One the Warner Brothers, 2009 Sherlock Holmes takes place in Victorian England and the other Sherlock, a BBC TV series, is a more of a contemporary depiction of this classic.

Sherlock Holmes, Warner Brothers, 2009: London Bridge

Sherlock Holmes, Warner Brothers, 2009: traditional Holmes depiction

Sherlock Holmes, BBC TV Series, Season 5: opening scene

Sherlock Holmes, BBC TV Series, Season 5: depiction of Sherlock Holmes (a very intense fellow)