Cinematic inspiration for armies

Cinematic inspiration for armies


Leaving the cinema the other day after seeing “Gladiator” I suddenly realised how I had been influenced by such epics in my choice of wargaming periods and armies. Over the past few years I have built up 25 mm sets of Old West townsfolk, 5th Cavalry, Apache/Plains Indians and Mexicans for wild west skirmish games as well as DBA and Warhammer armies for Feudal English, Scots Common, Feudal French, Vikings, Pre-Feudal Scots, Saxons and Normans.

 

The influence for my wild west skirmish games are a range of westerns including my all-time favourite “Silverado” as well as many of the John Wayne and Clint Eastwood flicks. I tend to use The Rules With No Name for this, mainly because when I’d finished buying the figures I had no money left for a set of rules – these came free, straight off the ‘net.

My choice of figures, Foundry and Dixon, was heavily influenced by a visit to Salute, a London wargaming show. The former because I was able to get an excellent deal on their otherwise high prices and the latter because the miniatures exhibit so much character. Dixon also do a range vignette figures like photographers and painters, as well as baggage, camp fires, wagons and even a stagecoach!

The first two DBA/Warhammer armies owe much to the screening of the film “Braveheart”. Although I’m originally from the Galloway/Borders region of Scotland and fully aware of the gross historical inaccuracies in the film I was entranced by the story …

NBC Releases List of Poker Players for the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship

NBC Releases List of Poker Players for the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship

Every year, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship is taped in Las Vegas and broadcast on NBC. This tournament has been held since 2005 and is played at Caesars Palace. NBC has announced the list of poker players participating in the 2011 event, which is being sponsored by domain registrar GoDaddy.

The selections for this particular invitational tournament are always controversial. Most of those invited are professional poker players, but some celebrities are invited, presumably for ratings. Some of the professionals have not had many big results lately in poker tournaments (the live pros like Phil Gordon, who have been famous for years but who hardly even play on the pro tournament circuit).

In addition, virtually no unknown online professional poker players are invited. To be honest, though, there doesn’t seem to be a good argument for complaining about unknown heads-up specialists not being invited. While the marketing may be misleading, anyone who knows poker at all knows this is not even supposed to be the 64 best no-limit hold ’em heads-up players in the world. There is a reason it is called an “invitational.” Otherwise, everyone would have to qualify, which could make for an extremely boring broadcast. Indeed, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship is more like a pro-am invitational, not a professional poker tournament.

As in previous years, 2020’s crop of invited players includes celebrities like Jason Alexander and Emmitt Smith. It also includes several who qualified automatically based on past achievement in this heads-up championship, other tournaments or …

MSN Games' Texas Hold 'Em Poker: Knowing When to Fold

MSN Games' Texas Hold 'Em Poker: Knowing When to Fold

MSN Games by Zone.com is a portal to myriad online and downloadable games. One of the most popular is Texas Hold ‘Em Poker.

After setting up an account and creating a username (celiasoftwicke2), I started the game, choosing the quick version. This version allows players, who all happen to be real people, only 25 seconds to make a move before the computer takes over their turn. After three computer-generated turns, the computer will boot that player from the game and take over completely, leaving the rest of the table playing against the dreaded “bot”. They can be difficult to take out and are annoying when it comes to raising and calling.

My competitors sported usernames ranging from their geographic location (_tex_cowboy) to their actual name (pete_dan8) to silly nonsense names (LiberalLlama). Immediately _tex and another player, Morhead, got into a conversation about the word, “y’all”. MSN Games provides a chat module on the side of the game so players can converse with each other. I have seen a lot of interesting conversations here. Some include men flirting with the few ladies at the table, to anal retentive players who continually gripe about how long it takes for everyone to play their hand. Every once in a while a spar will occur, usually between two players, and everyone else sits back and laughs at the moronic display. There are graphics, as well, from smileys to flowers to animals. The two most widely used graphics are the turtle and the donkey, usually …