Homeward Bound released 28th December 2004

Homeward Bound released 28th December 2004

Homeward Bound is going to be published on 28th December 2004, it is a sequel to the WorldWar in the Balance and Colonisation series.

Review from Amazon:

Alternate-history maestro Turtledove’s conclusion to his Worldwar and Colonization sagas, about how lizard-like aliens known as the Race invaded Earth during WWII and were fought to a stalemate by the major Allied and Axis combatants, lacks the vividly described battle scenes of its predecessors, but more than compensates by closely examining the Race’s culture and society.

While the Race have colonized much of Earth, they’re amazed by the human ability to adapt to change. (The aliens’ probe some 600 years earlier led them to expect they’d be facing armored knights.) When an American starship makes the trip to Home, the Race’s planet of origin, the lizards fear the loss of their technological dominance and decide to annihilate Earth, their colony included—until another Earth spaceship arrives, this one with the faster-than-light drive the Race never developed.

The question of how much common ground exists between the lizards and humans wouldn’t have been out of place in old issues of Astounding. The author dramatizes the old “nature versus nurture” argument through the moving stories of a human woman raised from birth by the lizards and of two aliens raised as humans. Fans will be pleased that room remains for a sequel.

I really enjoyed the WorldWar series and combined with Guns of the South made me a real Turtledove fan.

You can pre-order the book now on amazon.co.uk.

Capitol Imperialis

At UK GamesDay 2004 the Fantic table had a file full of pictures, here are some of the Capitol Imperialis.

here’s another one…

one more…

This is a photo of the original model.

I am not sure if I like the new concept which seems a little too gothic for the Imperial Guard.

Anyway with the re-organisation of Fanatic we may never actually see a new model!

Chronicles of Narnia

I like The Chronicles of Narnia, yes I know there is an underlying Christian message, but I didn’t know this when I was a kid and enjoyed the fantasy novel at face value.

I am sure that there are many people out there who have checked out an old wardrobe in a relative’s house wondering if it was a gateway to a fantasy world.

Quite a few current books I am sure were inspired by CS Lewis’ creation.

Worth checking out.

Spielberg’s War of the Worlds Trailer now online…

I mentioned in a previous post that Steve Spielberg was making a film version of War of the Worlds.

You can now watch the trailer online and visit the official website.

Alas it is set in the modern day (and there I was hoping it would be a 19th Century version) and the trailer does not tell you much at all….

…oh and the film stars Tom Cruise!

Spielberg's War of the Worlds Trailer now online…

I mentioned in a previous post that Steve Spielberg was making a film version of War of the Worlds.
You can now watch the trailer online and visit the official website.
Alas it is set in the modern day (and there I was hoping it would be a 19th Century version) and the trailer does not tell you much at all….
…oh and the film stars Tom Cruise!

Imperial Guard Armoured Basilisk

This is another Forgeworld Basilisk.

Imperial Guard Armoured Basilisk

As you can see they have added a tank commander. One of the advantages of a six mega-pixel camera is the ability to zoom into a shot to see the detail. Click the above image to see a larger version.

This is a wonderfully detailed and well-painted model and you can see why a lot of people play Imperial Guard.

Aquila Lander

The new boxed set of Warhammer 40000 has some plastic scenery of a crashed Imperial Flyer.

Forgeworld have realised a resin version of the “complete” un-crashed flyer.

This is a picture of a completed model taken at UK GamesDay 2004.

Aquila Lander

It looks okay from this angle, but personally I am not a fan of it.

Other picture I took can be found here.