Monday, August 20, 2012

20 Questions posed by Fran & Ray to ask yourself

Yep they snagged me like many others! The battling gents Ray and Fran came up with this questionnaire that I thought was very interesting so I thought I would join in.

1. Favourite Wargaming period and why?

That would be the American Civil War as the period has fascinated me since I was kid of 10 when I picked up the book Bruce Catton'sThe Civil War and started looking at those fantastic figure maps in it from the shelf of my Dads friend who was a history teacher.

2. Next period, money no object?

It's not so much money as it is time to do what I want is the real issue. My drawers of unpainted
figures can attest to that! So if I could suspend time and completely paint my entire ACW collection then that would be great!

3. Favourite 5 films?
This is HARD!
In no particular order:
-The last of the Mohicans

-The usual suspects

-The Shawshank Redemption


-Blazing Saddles

4. Favourite 5 TV series?

-Ken Burns The American Civil War(Probably my favourite of anything ever put on film)

 -Band Of Brothers



-Game Of Thrones

5. Favourite book and author?

Book: Shogun by James Clavell

Series: Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell

6. Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!

Robert E. Lee
I'm not sure he is the greatest general in history (with Hannibal probably taking that title), but Lee is my favourite. He was indeed a great general who fought a number of years successfully winning most of his battles outnumbered, out supplied in terms of quality rations, equipment and quantity. By and large "Bobby Lee" was respected on both sides and could be argued if not the greatest commander in history, then at least a contender for Americas greatest.

7. Favourite Wargames rules?
Tough one as I like several, but currently I'd have to say
Black Powder and Hail Caesar are proving very good indeed! Hats off to Rick and the gang!

8. Favourite Sport and team?

When I was able to play I enjoyed American Football and following the Vikings for a number of years until switching my viewing to Mixed Martial Arts competitions in particular UFC when that started up.

9. If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?

Liked Rays lotto pick idea or perhaps buy large shares of Microsoft before they went big, but if to witness a historical event or place in time then I would like to see the Merrimac and Monitor battle it out from the shore.

10. Last meal on Death Row?

American made Pizza with a whopper, fries and diet coke.

11. Fantasy relationship and why?

Quite a few to like(looks over shoulder for wife...clear), but I'd have to say Gwenth Paltrow who just seems to look better and better and will probably always look fantastic for her age as she just is that type. Quite simply a beautiful and elegant woman.

and for the pure wow factor Scarlett Johannson who reminds me of a WWII Pin up.

12. If your life were a movie, who would play you?

James Dean

except you would need to add about 40+pounds and double chin to be more accurate, but hey it's my darn film choice! I do at least still got the hair!

13. Favourite Comic Superhero?
Batman was close, but my favourite is the Green Machine himself the HULK which is the ultimate a** kicker if there ever was one!

"You won't like me when I'm angry!"

14. Favourite Military quote?

Soldier:"Sir we are surrounded!"

Smith:"Excellent we can attack in any direction!"

General Oliver P. Smith at the battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean war.

15. Historical destination to visit?
Not really one place but several at once. I would like to rent a mobile home and spend a Summer touring American Civil War battlefields.

16. Biggest Wargaming regret?
I regret that I'm unable to stay focused on one project at a time so I'm always in a state of regret I suppose. Also, not so much a wargaming thing, but one thing I really regret is not keeping some of my toys and comics books I had as kid, because I would be friggin rich by now!!

And yes I had all those at one time plus a heck of a lot more!

17. Favourite Fantasy job?
ACW Battlefield tour guide

18. Favourite Song Top 5?
I'd say late 60's and 70's classic rock is my favourite and naming 5 would be impossible for me, but to name a few:

-"More then a feeling"-Boston

-"Old Time Rock and Roll"- Bob Seger

-"Angie"-Rolling Stones

-Suspicious Minds-Elvis

-"Take it easy"-The Eagles

19. Favourite Wargaming Moment?
I've had a lot of moments I've really enjoyed, but not one thought jumps out in my head enough that I would call my favourite just yet.

20. The miserable Git question, what upsets you?
-Tricky one here as I don't want to upset folks with different politics so I'll steer away from that, as I have quite a bit under that topic and I could get ugly and I do mean ugly if I start.
-Unanswered or extremely delayed e-mail responses.
-Flash and bad mould lines on my figures(I hate cleaning figures and even more so when I have to do more work).
-Wishing I could paint quite a bit faster while still maintaining a standard I like.
-That there is too few hours in a day to do what I want.
-That I can't seem to motivate myself to excise and eat better like I should(wipes cookie crumbs from his mouth while typing).
-High heat combined with humidity.
-Traffic jams.
-Overly crowded places(wargaming events not as much for some reason):-)
-Seeing people doing the most moronic thing I can think of which is texting while driving at the same time( knock it off if you do it please!)
- filling in blog CAPTCHA type ins proving I'm not a robot.
-The usual marketers trying to sell you stuff.
-Always more of course