Saturday, March 2, 2013

Old Stuff Day

So what is Old Stuff Day?  Well I got this via Bleaseworld, so I'll let him quote Warhammer 39,999.

"On this day, each blogger can go through their history and find posts that they’d like to shake the dust off and present again to the community at large. Some suggestions for content that would be good to post: 

* Posts that you considered special that didn’t receive as much attention as you thought they deserved
* Content that people liked in the past, but haven’t seen recently 
* Posts you might have created before your site received much traffic, and now deserve to be reshown
* Or any content you’re particularly proud of!"

It's the 2nd of March, there is 6" of ice (compressed from 4-5 feet of snow) on out street and I'm running out of room to put the snow from the driveway.  So now the weather from last fall doesn't seem so bad and I'll repost....

Outdoors Adventures

So an actuary, an archivist and a French literature prof walk into an open field...

Sylvain wanted to use his 1:1200 WW2 battleships in a Fletcher Pratt style game, so he decided that we would do it grand scale and play in a park.  With winter approaching, this was best done sooner than later so Sylvain, Curt and I went out to play with toy ships in the park today (much to my family's amusement).

Today's weather was, well bloody cold and miserable...Ok my picture didn't work but the weather network has the following readings at 2pm on October +6C (-2C with windchill), and winds of 43kph from the NW.

I had two USN battleships (USS Colorado and Arizona, based on neither ship being at Pearl Harbour on the 7th) while Curt  fielded the Kongo and Ise for the IJN, with Sylvain acting as GM.  After about 35 minutes of game time (about an hour and a bit of real time) we traded some hits with my eyesight proving superior to Curt's.  He decided to cut and run, which was quite alright with me.  I did my running sprinting across King's Road park chasing down ship logs and turning circles blown away by the gale force winds.

I am sure that Curt will post much better pictures but here are the ones off of my I phone.

Colorado (to the right) leading Arizona

Same ships but from a lower angle.

My fleet in line a head.

Sylvain and Curt by the IJN force from the USN position.

Sylvain takes measurements while Curt takes photos.  Note the paint roller shell splashes - very effective!

We're ranging in on the target.

Curt's shots are short but getting closer.

Rules discussion.

A hit!


  1. I never tire of re-reading this post. Great stuff! I shall dust off one of my own past efforts for tomorrow.

  2. Snow will soon be gone. Time to think of another outdoor scenario before it gets too warm :-).

  3. Couldn't agree more - your public demand more outdoor shenanigans!

  4. I think reports of General Winter's demise are greatly over exaggerated given it's only the first week of March and there's a Winter Storm warning for today. I'd say we've got two months to get rid of first the snow and then the muck resulting from having Regina's gumbo clay semi absorb the melt off of the 4-5 feet of snow.

    Cheers (and thinking of warmer climes)