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21 Oct 08

  
The 40k Plunge

As I mentioned in my last update, I've recently started a Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard army. And, after a week or so of steady work, I finally have my force put together enough to play a game with it. Take a look:

I'm looking to get a quick learning game in with my house mate Chad sometime in the next few days before hitting the road with it this weekend. This is one of those games that I have seen played a lot and read about a little, so hopefully it won't be so hard for me to pick up. You'll notice that not a lot of it is painted...yeah, that is going to take a while!

I got some interesting news recently. Turns out that the ship is putting on some sort of PR trip down to San Francisco, CA for the CO and the COB, and they need a JO to go. And, as it turns out, I'm it! The trip is only going to be for one day, so I'll fly down in the morning and fly back that evening. The trip is scheduled for next Tuesday, so that should be cool! I've never been to San Francisco, so this should be interesting. I'm not sure how much time I'll actually get to look around, but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth!

 
 
 

13 Oct 08

  
Hitting the Books

PNEO continues to go well. So far, I haven't failed any tests. Next week, though, I have my local comprehensive exam, so  that is going to be a lot to get ready for!

As usual, a lot has been going on around here. The San Francisco has finally been un-docked and is now floating pier-side, which is a huge change. The ship had been in drydock for nearly 2 years by this point, so the psychological effects of seeing it water borne again cannot be understated. A submarine that used be on keel blocks but is now floating is as tangible a piece of evidence for the crew's hard work as one could hope for!

On top of that, last Friday my sister Sarah and her boyfriend Chris flew into town for a visit. Sarah has a conference that she is out here attending, and Chris tagged along so that we could all spend some time together. Of course, I had to take them down to the boat, and they are the first ones from my family to see it in the water. We also took a drive up to the northern part of the Kitsap peninsula, to a town called Port Angeles. This was a scenic trip that was well worth the time. I had been meaning to take it ever since I moved out here, but just now finally got around to going!

The other new thing I've had going is that I've finally started a Warhammer 40,000 army.  Specifically, I have begun working on an Imperial Guard army, which is the closest analog to modern-day armies in the games. What can I say, I have a soft spot for tanks! With this, I am now dabbling in at least 5 table top miniatures games, the others being Micronauts, Battlefleet Gothic, Epic, and Aeronautica Imperialis. I've gotten into this gaming so much so over the last few years, I am contemplating a moderate site re-organization to accommodate them all.

This time around, I actually have an article. It is a review of the anime series Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig. Enjoy!

 
Review: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig
 
 
 
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