Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Stumble upon this while browsing Youtube. Its invigorating and really catchy. Yet there's a very awkward and humorous feel to this video.
From the Russian Spetnaz to its Airborne Paratroopers, they are renowned for their prowess in combat and their toughness. At the same, time they give an aura of intensity and seriousness.
But this video shows a singing drill sergeant of the VDV paratroopers. While the tune of the paratrooper song is catchy, it doesn't give the same sort of "power" that a regimental Russian song would give. Let alone the "Hell March" theme song in Red Alert.
Have your say on it.
P.S: I find it quite funny how they all can somersault in one shot of the video and that their obstacle course has Hollywood type explosions and fire. I don't even get that during my army days
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
So the other day, I was browsing the GHQ forums and i stumbled upon this picture that looked similar to a motivational poster. It showed this crazy looking tank from the German WW2 Army. The P1000 Landkreuzer Ratte. For a second, i was thinking to myself, thats ridiculous.
What type of behemoth tank such as that would be even feasible. But the Germans thought it would. back then, Adolf Hitler approved Krupp's design for such a heavy tank.
And the size is just sick. Boosting over 1000 metric tons and being 5 times bigger than the Tiger Tank. It looks crazy. Unfortunately for us spectators, we won't get to see the life size tank as the project was scrapped.
The actual scale of the P1000 Landkruezer Ratte with a Sherman Tank.
Soldiers in the same scale as the tank. It really put things into perspective in terms of its gargantun size. The Ratte's primary weapons would have been two 280 mm SK C/34 naval guns mounted in a modified naval heavy cruiser turret as used in the Gneisenau-class warships, fitting two guns. It was to be added with 128 mm anti-tank gun of the type used in the Jagdtiger or Maus, two 15 mm Mauser MG 151/15 autocannons, and eight 20 mm Flak 38 anti-aircraft guns, probably with at least four of them as a quad mount .
The massive firepwoer would have been its major advantage. However, it sheer size would make it a sitting duck and a clear target for allies to have attack it.
But for those who love big things. This is one for the books.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Our esteemed friend, Weiting, may outwardly laugh at our (me and JQ) nerdy affixation on taking pictures of toys, he himself has proved to be a nerd like all of us, and has helped us take pictures for us too...and some of them are a sight to look at.
In the WFB world, it is probably kicking a dead horse to repeat that the Empire is fraught by bloody invasions by the Warriors of Chaos, and how mere Strength 3 men face up to Strength 4 brutes of the wastes. But times of darkness call upon the rise of stoic heroism, as men of valor have boldly opposed the might of Chaos and have had their exploits written into the history books (or warhammer army supplements, the massive rulebook, spin-off novels, and fan-made material for us).
It is with this theme that I present Weiting's shot of an Imperial regiment of spearmen standing up to a horde of Chaos Warriors...all painted by paintedfigs.com
Speaking of miniatures painted by companies, I happened to bump into Demonic Workshop, an Arizona-based studio that does figures pretty-well...prices are reasonable and expectedly steep if you want great detail. You can take a look at their work here, which looks really good.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Oscar Cruise Missile Submarine in the Horizon
Joshua and I took forever to try and use the DSLR to get this shot. Eventually, the Normal "Happy Snapper" Sony Digital Camera was a more suitable use to get this shot.
A very nice shot. But I kinda forgot how we got the reflection. Was that really the sun? or a Flash from the DSLR.. not too sure. But I must say that the whole reflection of the water surface made the water look real and enhance the submarine's look.
Closeup on the Oscar Submarine
Preparing to dive.. (Shot looks arther unrealistic though.. You will never see a submarine dive like how this shot was taken. It look as though the submarine just fell from the sky.)
The diving of submarines is pretty much a "sinking ship" action and experience then how a human or dolphin would do.
Like many of Russians Naval Units, the Oscar Guided Cruise/Ballistic Missile Submarine are aging and displaying the condition of its economy for the past 2 decades. Due to poor economic conditions and lack of money for defense, these age old submarines are functioning on low maintenance and are a glimmer of their former glory.
For those who aren't Modern Military enthusiast, This Submarine got famous on the news when the Kursk, an Oscar II class submarine had an incident during some exercise and there were explosion from the incident that lead to the sinknig of the submarine. It was a controversial political issue as British and Norwegian seaman offered to help in rescuing the sailors from the submarine but were refuted by the Russians.
Ultimately, it was a tragedy that resulted in no survivors from the Kursk. This displayed the much needed attention on maintenance and the upkeep needed for Russia's naval force. On top of the fact that this was a sensitive submarine carrying a Nuclear reactor in it.
However, it does not remove the greatness of Russia's naval power. The pride and glory are not as great as they were before, but they still resemble a semblance of power that is still a dominant force in the world today.
The Oscar II Submarine is a huge submarine. It is the third biggest submersible followed by the Ohio class SSBN and the biggest being the Typhoon.
At a whooping length of 155m and a complement of 94-107 men. This behemoth of a submarine carries SS-N-15 Starfish anti-submarine missiles with 15-kT nuclear warheads, SS-N-16 Stallion anti-submarine missiles with 200-kT nuclear warhead and Type 40 anti-submarine torpedo. It is also capable of arming itself with 24 of the SS-N-19 Shipwreck cruise missiles. However, for its size, it can travel at a surprisingly fast speed of 32 knots submerged. Being a Nuclear Submarine, it also has a long endurance of staying submerge for about 120 days which is a pretty mean feat that no diesel submarine can hope to achieve.
All in all, it does boast an adequate power for the "Bear" that is Russia. I'm sure when people see this submarine, it reminds them of the nostalgic memory of the Cold War. And it is a great sight when you see one steaming across the sea.
5 of these remain active in the Russian Navy. As the Bear's economy improves, this guys may soon be retired for a new breed of modern successors.
WOW.. wordy.. okae.. will cut the crap down next time round
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
So yeah, here are an assortment of the Lizardmen figures from Wei Ting, marching away. But honestly speaking, based on what I know of the Lizardmen culture in Warhammer which is largely based on Aztec and Mayan culture, I wonder do they actually have Army Regimental routines that involve them marching around :/
Not too much of an extraordinaire on South American Ancient culture nor am I knowledgeable about their ancient military tactics and regime, but it does get me wondering, how was it like to be a Saurus Warrior or an Ancient Aztec Warrior?
What type of military tactics were they taught? Honestly, I mean, did they really form up ranks and fought in battle in an orderly manner, or was warfare messy and guerilla-like for them? Did they fight using the environment and in squad number organisation or was it epic scale regiments like how you see in large-scale battles from Roman times to the Medieval Ages?
Let me know if u any of u readers got any idea. :)