05 June 2011

Personal Incarniations

Do you have a mini that represents you on the table top? 

There's a question for all you gamers out there.   Above you can see mine, Marshal Argos live and in person.  In game terms I use him as a replacement for Creed, because Argos is just that bad ass.  In fact even if he's not actually taking part in the battle he can always be found somewhere on the battlefield over seeing his troops (being use as an objective marker ).  Here's a little bit of the fluff I wrote up for him.

Marshal Argos' first command was as a Lieutenant in the 215th Fantoma Drop Troop Regiment, where he served for 10 years eventually reaching the position of Major.  He first distinguished himself during the Odessya uprisings where, with less than 40 troopers he was able to hold the key town of Graves, enabling supporting armor units to rush forward and outflank the enemy positions.  Later, in the war he was appointed 2IC of the assault force going into the fortified city of Nimgen. After the war, it was said that Argos had almost a 6th sense for battle.  He was able to read the enemy's movements and counter them with ease, always ready to attack or counterattack with exactly the units needed to ensure success.   With his skill and ability, it wasn't long before he was selected to found a new Drop Troop regiment of his own, the 313th.    During the battle of Mainbaden, Argos took command of BG-82 after it's former commander is seriously wounded.  Four months later, he is promoted in rank to Marshal by sector command making his position official.  He is the first Fantoma Colonel to be advanced beyond an Imperial Guard regimental command.

So back to that question from earlier.  How many of YOU use a mini to represent yourself on the field of battle?

30 May 2011

We will never forget

To those that have given thier lives so that others may live:
SSG Leslie "Wade" Martin  
You knew I wanted your job when you PCS'd, getting it early wasn't part of the deal.
SPC Angela "Angie" Niedermayer
An airborne "sister" like no other, you always found a way to brighten the day.
SSG Logen "Woody" Woodrow
We didn't know each other well, but you will always be remembered.
SPC Lunsford B. Brown
You never got the chance to meet your daughter, but I know your watching over her every day.


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell." 

To fair winds and a soft landing, a final jump's been made.