Monday, December 10, 2018

Wargaming With Army Men Without Me - Assault on Mount Few-Tahn

Found the Junior General practicing assaults on hardened positions when I came home from work the other day. With my own army men. In my own room. On my own bed, of all things! Truly a determined and insidious foe!

We see here the objectives, an enemy HQ. Also, I groaned when I saw he was back to using the Hello Kitty house again. Le sigh.

But Bonjour Minou has some surpises of her own! Hidden armor assets deploy to foil the green assault team!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

All Things Fett Goes MEGA!

Yes, just ever so slightly over a short decade from starting the blog, my little journal of toy collecting, wargaming, and descending into madness has accrued more than one million unique visits.

This is a big milestone, and one I could not have achieved without you, wonderful reader! Thanks for the time you have spent, are spending, and will spend in the future.

You're the best.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Carl the Cordial Centipede

Okay, so a weird thing about my childhood. I grew up in Southern California. I remember as a kid always being annoyed that the 'Centipedes' we had there looked nothing like the Centipedes depicted in the timeless Atari game. They looked like long earwigs, essentially. I've since been told these were probably millipedes, and not centipedes at all.

Then, at work, on the office floor, I found this charming fellow. I named him Carl. I picked him up on a file folder and took some pictures of him. At first he was shy, and curled up, as seen above.

Then he grew more bold, and decided to explore the vast manila tundra he found himself upon.

I like this shot for scale. Carl is about 3-4 inches long. And as thick as a caterpillar.

Carl did make a break for it once, but he didn't get very far. I put him in one of the office trash cans rather than squish him. I kind of wanted to bring him home, but I had no receptacle for doing so. When I returned to the office at the end of my day, I told the office staff about him. They became alarmed, thinking he might have left the can. I checked, and no, he was still at the bottom of the can, feasting on some of my coworkers lunch trash. He's a very considerate centipede. I hope he's okay still now that the trash has gone out.

Godspeed Centipede!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Early Christmas Haul III - Classic Military Soldiers

I actually got two of these buckets, and while I'm no military historian, I think that number of figures means I can have World War II reenacted by army men at the 1:1 scale. I'm not even going to comment on each of the pictures, but Jr Fett positioned one of each pose of each army, and it took us a while!

It never ceases to amaze me that they sculpted the Japanese in pink. I feel like the IJA would have wanted it this way. They're so MOE.

The Germans. My son insists these are the same color as the British, but they look a little grayer to me. Maybe it's the power of memory at work, because the Germans were always gray in my childhood?

The Brits. Not much to say here, though I like all the poses. I am always amused to see a bagpiper among the combat poses. Like "Bloody hell Nigel, get down and quit choking that pig will you?"

The Americans. Not sure why these are silver. Maybe because they fight space aliens on the weekend? I used some of these guys from a thrift store find as "Silver Sultanate" troopers in a random play game some time back. These are some of my favorite poses form this bucket, because, well...'Murica?

Look at that! I suppose I had enough to say to coment on all of the pictures after all!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Early Christmas Haul II - Halo Mega Construx UNSC Brute Skirmish

Back to Halo Mega Bloks!

Though now they call themselves Mega Construx for some reason, a rose by any other name, etc. This is another one I got from my excellent mother. What you get in the set is a Brute with Brute Shot, what looks like a stealth Brute Chieftain with Gravity Hammer (nasty!), a Spartan with Assault Rifle, a marine with grenade launcher, and some sort of deployable cover.

Neat stuff, really!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Early Christmas Haul Part I - Bucket of 100 "Special Soldiers"

I think they mean 'Special Forces' but I can never be sure. Silly nomenclature aside, I really like this set. I've been in the army men game a long time, which as many of you realize, means it's not too often I see new stuff. And these guy blindsided me.

My mom got this bucket for me for Christmas (which we celebrate at Thanksgiving, due to the vagaries of vacation allotments and travel time). It came from Marshalls, judging from the partially removed stickers on the bottom. I am a bit bummed there is no manufacturer info on the bucket of figures, so if anyone has info regarding who made these, let me know! What you get is 9 different poses of modern (circa say 1990s) us infantry with a mix of small arms. One of the kneeling poses has an M203 launcher under his M16 barrel, which is neat. Some of the standing poses seem to have a Garand, however, which muddies the water.

Still, a very cool set! My mom gives such cool gifts!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Season's Greetings From The Fett Family!

Hey all. I am still, believe it or not, sick! But we've been setting up for the holidays here at Chez Fett, Remember, save a tree, use a Christmas Q-tip!

It did unfurl to become a lovely tree, but it was just so funny pulling it into the living room like this.