Aviatrix by Priscilla Kim. Click on the picture for a larger version
Monthly Archives: June 2016
Under the Hurtling Moons of Mars
“Sci-Fi!”: Terrängbilen Rhino
Rhino, spejarkårens vanligaste terrängbil, beskrivs kortfattat i utrustningsavsnittet för Nya Eran-kampanjen i rollspelet Sci-Fi! (se sid 82). Ute på uppdrag brukar spejarna modifiera och måla sina fordon utan hänsyn till kårens regelverk. Ovanstående bild av Erik Frobom är ett gott exempel (klicka på den för en större version).
Summary in English: The Rhino terrain car from the New Era setting of the Swedish space opera RPG Sci-Fi! Artist: Erik Frobom.
Mistress of the Air
NASA Wants You for Mars Colonization
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NASA has put several other Mars recruitment posters here — link >>>
Review: “Warcraft: The Beginning”
I went to see Warcraft: The Beginning today. I had few expectations, because it is a computer wargame turned into a CGI-heavy movie. But I was pleasantly surprised. The characters had more depth than expected (particularly the Orcs), the plot more turns and twists, and the battles more lethal outcomes (verily, anyone can die in war).
Also, no sentimentality and no info dumps; the action starts in medias res and then it is full speed ahead when the Orc Horde’s vanguard reaches the Kingdom of Stormwind for the first time by gating in from their ravaged home world and taking the humans by surprise.
No significant spoilers below.
The main human plotline is how king Llane of Stormwind has to handle a major war by mobilizing whatever military and magical resources are available. The prospective allies are wary and magic does not always deliver what is expected. The Stormwinders’ views on honor and bravery fit well with the pseudo-medieval society: a knight must be ready to lay down his life for the monarch and the realm.
The main Orkish plotline deal with how the vanguard is supposed to reenergize the transfer portal to let the whole Horde through. The portal is fueled by soul force and such fell magic does not comply with the Orcs’ traditional views on honor. Barbarians, certainly, but with firm customs dealing with propriety: “Orcs do not lie!” is a statement repeated at key events. A massive human sacrifice is also hard to arrange when the humans fight back.
Anyhow, the movie ends with a closure plus lots of loose ends for a sequel that I would like to see: three protagonists are about to face big challenges and somebody seems destined to become the local Moses.
A plus for the strong female characters, both human and Orkish; half-Orc Garona (depicted above) is my favorite protagonist. Another plus for the unusually profound depiction of the Orcs.
I therefore give the movie four “For the Alliance!” out of five.
Star Wars meets Studio Ghibli
A piece of fanart that shows what The Force Awakens looks like in Studio Ghibli’s dieselretro cosmos. (Click on the picture for a larger version)
The artist’s name is Lap Pun Cheung and you can take a look at more of his delightful Star Wars fanart here — link >>>
The Resistance Needs Your Support
Diesel Anime Fanart
Girls und Panzer is an odd anime from Japan — sailor-suited school girls driving World War Two tanks — and not really my cup of tea. But a few days ago I spotted this piece of fanart on the web and gave it a thumbs-up: the lady is a stylish diesel-era adventurer.
Snow Corporation is the pseudonym for a British chap who has created an amazing set of 1/6 scale figures. They belong to many settings: Dieselretro, Star Wars, post-Apocalyptic and so on. I like his craftsmanship; grim and worn are two hallmarks.
The adventurer above with his Sherpa robot could be one of the protagonists in my planned Red Sand diesel adventure novel (link >>> ).
Here is Snow Corporation’s site with lots of albums — link >>>