Wednesday, 28 May 2014

10mm Bullet Magnet.(and Garden)

Despite the bank holiday I was not able top get so much done. Well I did but no so much wargames related, so I will leave that to the end of the post. What I did get done however was a 10mm SCW era Petrol tanker with trailer. It's again originated from my Skytrex DAK force which is now defunct. But more importantly driving a petrol tanker around any wargames table is just asking for trouble. We all know that all but one gamer will want to see it explode. (The one that will not want to see that is the one in charge of it, but even he might!... you know what they are all like). They may even claim that the red squares are the target aim points in some futile attempt to get a modifier to hit! Anyway this was inspired by Colgar6 who thought that trailers might make good objective pieces so I have also included a petrol trailer for it as well. For the scenario I may say it's a milk tanker instead of petrol as that may keep the driver alive for an extra turn. Yeah who am I kidding!

Elsewhere over the bank holiday weekend I have lain a path to the compost heap. Yes I know that the gaps are not even but every thing fits in the space allowed without me having to cut the slabs so that's good enough. And more importantly no more muddy trips to the compost heap.
The thing I am enjoying most in the garden at the moment though is that we have a bees nest! They have taken over a bird box attached to my garage. To me this is brilliant as it means that all my plants are getting pollinated. If you look closely you can see some flying in and out.
I am not the greatest with wild life, but I have even seen the queen with 3 males on her back. I did not want to intrude on an intimate moment so I have enlarged the picture as much as I can. As you can see she is considerably larger than her mates!
That's it for today and I should have some colonial stuff done for Friday when I post next. (with any luck) until then take care and enjoy spring!
All the best Clint

20 comments:

  1. Did they have milk tankers in the SCW? Maybe it should be a water carrier instead :-) ? Though I'd still expect it to explode properly when hit like all good tankers; that's one thing Hollywood has taught us!

    Do you have explosion markers to match? You know you'll need them...

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    1. It's all your fault,,, erhm I mean your inspiration. No idea if they had Milk tankers (I expect not) but first non flammable thing I could think of. Yes Water tankers makes more sense! No explosion markers yet I shall have to get on with some!

      Thanks Hugh!

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  2. You have named your tanker well, Clint. It WILL be a bullet magnet!

    With the bee population under serious threat in the UK, it is good to see them flourishing in your garden.

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    1. You are right about the bees. There is another Hive about 4 doors up the street as well. Without bees there are no flowers or at least a lot fewer so It is a very good thing.

      As for the Tanker. Yes I do realise that given the opportunity players will draw a bead on it with every gun at their disposal. Who in there right mind would be a petrol tanker driver in a war zone?

      Thank you Bryan.

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  3. Tanker looks great - when does the convoy ambush commence? :D
    As for who'd be a petrol tanker in a war zone - there's a reason nobody is asked to do something in a war zone, he he. Except SCW, I heard anarchist had democratic units. They didn't work out.

    As for the bee, it's odd to see a queen bee outside, perhaps it's a drone? You know, that male bee.

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    1. Well there might or might not be a convoy ambush! I will say no more. It is interesting that you can use anachist and democratic in the same sentence. It makes sense though.

      It may not be a queen bee, but given that it was about 60mm long is was definitely unusual. And Quite a delight to see. Thank you Mathyoo.

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  4. Your flowers are getting pollinated? Queen Bee in orgy with multiple partners? Dirty feckers. Or lucky feckers, depending on your point of view *lol*

    Nice looking tanker

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    1. Thank you Tams. I think it's great to have a hive in the garden.

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  5. Snap I too have a bird box on my workshop that has been commandeered by a colony of bees this year and they are very active. always nice to see nature in action.

    As for the tanker some bugger will obviously try to clamp it and extract payment in the form of rerolls no doubt ;)

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    1. Well If nature likes it we must be doing something right.

      Either that or get some jerry cans and hose pipe.
      Thank you Loki.

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  6. Nice looking tanker and I can see why the temptation to blow it up would be hard to resist!

    I was talking to my daughter a few days ago about getting a hive box for my gardens. The honey bee here is now in danger of going extinct here so I plant flowers that will attract as many as possible to give them a food source. Agricultural pesticide is the culprit and when I see my neighbor using pesticides in her yard, I want to slap her.

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    1. Thank you Anne. Let's be honest the only reason to put a tanker on the table is to blow it up!

      Bees are getting rare here as well. People want a nice garden but without wildlife! Me I love it all from feeding the birds to having a "Beetle Hotel". As well as Dragonflies, Frogs Toads and Newts.

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  7. Lovely work on both counts and at least no one can say that you haven't been productive. Any chance of honey?

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    1. No chance of honey I am afraid. To be honest I am so glad they are there, there is no chance I will disturb them. Thank you Michael.

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  8. I can just imagine the game now "Milk Tanker ? They explode right ?"
    Great model and trailer too, what's not to like ?

    I'm not even jealous of your green fingers either, the only time mine are green (and various other hues) is when I'm painting. Bees are so nice to have around, be thankful it wasn't a wasps nest (my son-in-law found one recently in his garden shed - *shudders)

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  9. I had 2 wasps nests 2 years ago. Bees are so much better.

    As for the tanker not seen many in games other than zombie games or other post apocs. Thank you Jo.

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  10. Good work old boy especially the bees!

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  11. Nice tanker mate. I'd want to fire at whether it was carrying milk or petrol lol!
    The path is looking good! Bees are good!

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    1. Yes I am sure they will as well. I ma not expecting it to make the first game though.
      The garden is coming on now. Thank you Simon.

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