Pandemic and mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact around the world, not only for the individuals, families and friends of those directly impacted, but also on the wider community, businesses and markets. It is quite reasonable to feel afraid, anxious and indeed desperate if you find yourself without a job and a wage. Thankfully governments are doing something to assist people. The necessity of self isolation can impact some of us more than others, thankfully social media can provide us with some interaction or perhaps…

X-Plane KBWW – Bowman Regional

There I was, trying to plan for a flight in FSEconomy to KBPP, and my goto tool these days for this is SkyVector.  To my surprise, KBPP wasn’t available.  On further investigation, KBPP has been closed permanently for past couple of years.   I did notice another airport on the chart that was also near Bowman, but a little further to the East.  A little more digging and a look on google earth revealed that this new airport was opened in 2015 – KBWW, with a…

X-Plane Scenery Gateway

Having recently switched to X-Plane after decades of being an MSFS kind of guy, I was pleasantly surprised to find Laminar Research’s Scenery Gateway initiative, where anyone can contribute to X-Plane default airports making them more than just a flat 2D runway.

Meanwhile, in a galaxy far far away

Having recently started on the Flames of War starter set “Open Fire” with something like 100+ models to paint and base, this was going to take some time to complete and having got started on the rules, it would not be something that the kids could get involved in.

Flames of War Starter Set Build – TROOPS

With the tanks completed, it was time to move onto the troops.  Very little assembly work is required with these little guys.  Only pieces that required assembling were the Pak40 guns and the Airborne machine gun crews.  For the most part it was all about getting them cleaned up, pegged on some golf tees and ready for paint.

Flames of War Starter Set Build – TANKS

What better way to start the assembly of the starter set than with the TANKS!  Maybe because they felt like an easier option to start with, after seeing the 100 odd little soldiers!  Not sure, there were quite a few tanks in any case, which made the process feel like a bit of a mini-tank production line.

Elite Dangerous

Many years ago, a university colleague brought to my attention this little game that in its entirety fit on one 640kb floppy disk. The game, Elite II was my first foray into space sim genre of gaming. Despite the graphics capabilities of the day it was every bit enjoyable.  This however was the 2nd installment of the series, the first – Elite – was published in 1984. 31 years later, Elite is BACK AGAIN, only this time, it is DANGEROUS!

Flames of War Starter Set

With the decision finally made to go with Flames of War (by Battlefront Miniatures), the next thing to work out was where to start.  There are sooo many armies to chose from, not just the various nations (Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, UK, USA, USSR), but some nations also have models for Early, Middle and Late war periods.  A trip to the local games store (Mind Games Melbourne), brought to my attention the Flames of War Starter Set called “Open Fire”.