Sunday, March 27, 2022
Saturday, March 26, 2022
These were done to go with my ACW armies, so I had to do a little research into shell explosions. I was really tempted to put black smoke at the top, but black powder explosions are white.
This whispy foam helps to blur the edges of the explosion and make it look more realistic.
Friday, March 18, 2022
This fascinating story of an English Lt Colonel sent to Africa in 1998, to oversee the construction of a bridge. The bridge was being built by 3000 workers imported from India. Being unused to the country, they slept in canvas tents, unaware that two male lions had decided to change their diet to include man. Patterson goes from royal engineer to big game hunter as he tries to track down these two big cats, who seem to be blessed with magical luck. Stories differ at the number of people actually killed, but 135 is generally stated. Two lions in nine months, that's a lot of attacks. It's a famous story, written as only a turn of the century Englishman could write, which i think adds to its charm. It became a best seller instantly across the Empire and even Teddy Roosevelt became a huge fan, wanting to know every detail.
It has been made into a number of films, probably the most famous being ' The Ghost and the Darkness' in 1996. I watched this film last week on Amazon and it lead to me ordering the actual book of the story.
I'm pretty sure a 'One hour wargame' could be made out of this epic battle between man and beast. The events are quite unbelievable but true.