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By atreides (Tue Jan 09, 2007 at 07:32:20 PM EST) (all tags)
...and to remind myself that I am more than semi-literate, I've finally gotten back to reading again.


You see, when the holidays began to loom, well, I kinda slowed down to a crawl (and by crawl, I mean a complete and total stop). The job loss didn't help matters. However, I got a bunch of cool books for Jesustime so I had to go back to the book I put down months before before I could go on. Therefore, I am now coming to the end of Someone Has Blundered: Calamities of the British Army in the Victorian Age by Dennis Judd. To sum up, it's about, well, the biggest military blunders of the British Army, particularly in leadership positions. Let's face it, haughty British officers have done quite a number of silly things regarding other peoples for a very long time. I know similar examples can be found in most nation's armies' histories, but beloved UKia, having been on so many continents with so many indigenous peoples has so many of them. Heck, anyone here knows that Kitchener is, in my humble opinion, perhaps the worst general in the history of generals.

Last week, the car passed the 10K mile mark while I was driving home from throughly whooping JonBoy's Necrons with my Space Marines. I'd call it an epic battle, but too many things just didn't go his way. Well, actually, that's not entirely true, but enough things didn't go his way that I almost feel bad even though half those things were his fault. I guess this brings up multiple separate points mainly:

1. Much car driving has been done.
2. My friends are playing 40K again.
3. JonBoy has a few perceptual issues.

I believe I shall address each of these in turn.

The car: Well, yes, we've been driving a lot. 10K miles in 4.5 months seems almost excessive for people who don't drive for a living, though 1000 mile road trips to West Texas and back don't help things. At this rate, we'll fly past the 100K mile warranty in about 3.5 years. Maybe this is why people seem to replace their cars every 4-5 years...

40K: So my friends who quit playing back during 2nd edition are back playing again. JonBoy's built a Necron army and reclaimed his Imperial Guard while Ben has pulled his unpainted Orks, Eldar and Chaos out of storage. They're painting and we've been having small battles to catch people up on the new edition rules. Thus far, I'm 0-2 against Ben and 2-0 against JonBoy. What I'm looking forward to is when we start using each others armies so we can mix things up a bit. Orks vs. Eldar... IG vs. Necrons... And a couple other friends of mine who play are interested and they have Tau and Tyranid armies. Heck, if JonBoy builds a Witch Hunter army like he's already threatening, we'll have just about everything represented. I'm back thinking about building terrain that's more permanent than cardboard. I see great potential in this.

JonBoy's problems: Well, he has many but the one that factors into this battle is the one I'm about to describe. You see, he has this problem where he'll hear something or see something and want it to mean X when it doesn't. And you can explain to him that it really means Y until you're blue in the face, but he'll still think it means X until he learns the hard way that it doesn't. How does this life flaw factor into the game? Well, if you're not interested in 40K, you probably want to skip this geekery... <40K geekery>We ended up doing a battle involving the Concealment rule. What that means is that any unit that starts on the board took measures to conceal itself and it's harder to target. An enemy unit has to use nightfighting rules to attempt to target it [roll 2d6 x3, that's the maximum distance you can see to fire at things]. JonBoy took this to mean that the "concealed" unit cannot be targeted at all. Because of this, he started his Flayed Ones [most bad ass close combat unit] in the middle of my deployment zone thinking that as my guys came on, he could swiftly counter attack but I couldn't shoot at him before hand. How wrong he was. My first units on were two Tactical squads and a Vindicator [lots of shooting guys with a short range siege tank]. Most of his Flayed ones disappeared like columns of smoke in a hard wind. It was all downhill from there. </40Kgeekery> To make a long story short (too late), he misunderstood a rule that cost him dearly early on and he never recovered from it. Poor boy.

I'm so looking forward to this wedding Welsh Girl and I are going to because it's going to have me away from work for two days. God I hate my job. At least tonight was quiet. Thank heaven for little favors.

That is all.

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Good to hear you're ticking along by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 01:19:28 AM EST
your Satrapic Majesty!


Victorian Army Blunders by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 03:08:28 AM EST
Does it cover Isandhlwana? Possibly the biggest cock up by any western army in that era. Not just a failure of leadership, but a failure of the entire system for operating an army in the field.

An interesting comparison is with Rorke's Drift, the next day, where a bunch of engineers, under engineer officers, did far better than any infantry under infantry officers did.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Rorke's Drift by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 03:25:30 AM EST
Also helps that they had more ammunition than god.




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Plenty of ammo at Isandhlwana by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 03:46:44 AM EST
But, due to the Commissary System the British army had at the time, they couldn't get at it until it was far too late.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Right by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 03:49:33 AM EST
If you can't get to it until it's too late it's as good as not having it.  At Rorke's Drift they had it available.




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Car replacement by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 03:27:52 AM EST
Actually I think most people replace their car after 3.5-4 years because their in love with new cars, not because their car needs replacement.  Too many people have signed onto the idea that a new car is cheaper and more reliable than an older car.  So when they hit 100k they replace them, even though most cars can hit 200k with normal maintenance.  Okay, maybe not most cars, but foreign cars.  American cars, in my opinion, are still shit. 




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my chrysler by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 12:05:04 PM EST
is about to hit 200k. it's still going strong.
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Chrysler by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Jan 11, 2007 at 02:59:11 AM EST
Keep your specifics out of my generalities.

I still wouldn't buy American.  




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