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Colonel O Truth30 Dec 2012 9:48 p.m. PST

Hi, All!

I finally began construction of my new gigantic walker: Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile…

I have started with the 'Core Room' which will be viewed from above at the centre of the finished model.

The final model will be about a metre long, and will serve as the gaming table itself for deck-type skirmishes and what-not.




I'm hoping to finish the walker by August for 'Call to Arms' here in Wellington, NZ. A lot of work still to do!

Rivet Count so far: 562!

More on the blog…


All the Best!

Scott Kursk30 Dec 2012 10:47 p.m. PST

Oh dear God that is a lot of rivets.

Colonel O Truth30 Dec 2012 11:16 p.m. PST

Indeed it is!

45thdiv31 Dec 2012 4:32 a.m. PST

That is going to be a really fun game board, just from the look at what you have done so far.

I hope you have the storage space. :-)


The Sentient Bean31 Dec 2012 4:38 a.m. PST

Wow, that looks incredible already.

Dynaman878931 Dec 2012 4:48 a.m. PST

Oh my, that reminds of one from "Robot Carnival" back in the late eighties/early nineties. The mad Caucasion scientist attacked Japan with his Godzilla size, single man, pedal powered electric, robot. Japan was defended by a robot made from Bamboo – and the wash lady was complaing since she had the wash out to dry on the arms of the robot when the battle started…

DLIinVSF31 Dec 2012 4:50 a.m. PST

Can't wait to see the rest of it :)

War In 15MM31 Dec 2012 9:39 a.m. PST

It looks simply wonderful! Richard

Lion in the Stars31 Dec 2012 1:19 p.m. PST

Wow. Just, wow.

Too cool/insane for words!

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART31 Dec 2012 9:42 p.m. PST

As usual, keep us posted.

TheBeast01 Jan 2013 9:10 a.m. PST

Oh dear God that is a lot of rivets.

No, Scott, it's not. Remember, in the blog he admits:

Bear in mind that HMSW Gargantua had 3,630 rivets when finished. I am up to a sixth of that already and I haven't even finished the first room! I may cry…

While we weep with amazement!

As I said to him on LAF when suggesting theft of part of the idea: FWIW, you can stop now on the rivets and still have more than I'll be doing…


Colonel O Truth01 Jan 2013 11:37 p.m. PST

Thank you all. More very soon!

Mechanical02 Jan 2013 4:26 a.m. PST

Amazing sir!

Brian Smaller03 Jan 2013 1:21 p.m. PST

Is there a backup engine or is Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile that rare piece of English engineering – actually reliable. :)

Colonel O Truth03 Jan 2013 9:11 p.m. PST

Brian, are you implying that Victorian British engineering was not the envy of the world?

Brian Smaller06 Jan 2013 3:23 p.m. PST

Oh it was the envy of the world. Just took Germans to make it reliable:)

Colonel O Truth07 Jan 2013 10:50 a.m. PST

Here's the latest…

Just posted on my blog:




The first LED lanterns are in place, but not yet wired. Starting work on the engine room next. The boiler alone is huge:


Rivet count so far: 930

More on the blog!


All the Best!

Colonel O Truth14 Jan 2013 3:58 a.m. PST

Here's the latest – made good progress on the engine..



Rivet count so far: 1,848… and I'm just getting started.

More on the blog:


All the Best!

DLIinVSF14 Jan 2013 5:52 a.m. PST

You would not believe my green eyed envy! Bravo Sir!

TheBeast14 Jan 2013 9:36 a.m. PST

Oh it was the envy of the world. Just took Germans to make it reliable:)

*sniff* Quite true, though the weasel in the hen house is trying to find reliable Germans…

Never fear, the milord is wise enough to keep the engine room filled with Welshmen.


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART14 Jan 2013 8:47 p.m. PST

Aye and more rivets sir!

J Womack 9417 Jan 2013 10:19 a.m. PST

August in New Zealand, you say?

Colonel O Truth18 Jan 2013 11:40 a.m. PST

Here's more…

Added 249 rivets and started the painting…



Rivet Count: 2,097

More on the blog.


Colonel O Truth18 Jan 2013 11:44 a.m. PST

Mr Womack – I believe Call To Arms is in August, it usually is, but have no confirmation as of right now.

Hope I can finish this monster by then!

Colonel O Truth30 Jan 2013 11:00 p.m. PST

And the latest…

Furnace and boiler are complete. 155 more rivets…



Anton Ryzbak30 Jan 2013 11:43 p.m. PST

You are my Hero

DLIinVSF31 Jan 2013 3:02 a.m. PST

Looking very start Sir

Colonel O Truth31 Jan 2013 7:45 p.m. PST

Thanks, gents! Chimneys next…

Colonel O Truth06 Feb 2013 2:29 p.m. PST

OK – added chimneys and Pole-Differential Potentialising Galvanetic Capacitors!

Because I can.




Getting rather large now…

Rivet count is up to 2550

More on the blog…


All the Best!

DLIinVSF06 Feb 2013 2:52 p.m. PST

Where's my handkerchief I'm drooling,bravo Sir!

Colonel O Truth06 Feb 2013 3:14 p.m. PST

Delightful. Nothing like a bit of drool to compliment a fellow's work!

Colonel O Truth09 Feb 2013 3:22 p.m. PST


Built a massive Chain Drive from old printer parts.





More on the blog…


Colonel O Truth17 Mar 2013 1:48 a.m. PST

Hi, All!

I've finally added floorboards, walls, coal bunker and other details…





Rivet count is up to 3,899… with months still to go!

More on the blog:


All the Best!

Brian Smaller18 Mar 2013 1:52 p.m. PST

Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the Martian Sun. You qualify on two counts I think. I am sure it has got to you Colonel :)

Colonel O Truth19 Mar 2013 9:01 p.m. PST

I would answer that with a clever witticism, Brian, but I'm too busy gluing rivets on my laptop.

essayons720 Mar 2013 1:56 p.m. PST

Incredible work!!! Bravo!

Colonel O Truth20 Mar 2013 9:57 p.m. PST

Thank you for the exclamation marks, Essayons7!!!!!!!!

Colonel O Truth26 Mar 2013 3:00 a.m. PST

OK – the first working ELECTRIC (GAS)LIGHT is in…





Much more on the blog…


All the Best!

bluebirds4026 Mar 2013 5:06 a.m. PST

very impersive, you do a great job.

Colonel O Truth26 Mar 2013 9:54 a.m. PST

Thanks, Bluebirds40!

J Womack 9426 Mar 2013 1:57 p.m. PST

To misquote the Baron von Frankenstein: "It's alight!"

Good stuff, old boy.

DLIinVSF26 Mar 2013 2:19 p.m. PST

Let there be light,bravo Sir

Lion in the Stars26 Mar 2013 4:38 p.m. PST


Where did you find those flickering LEDs? I would love to get a few (hundred) of them.

Colonel O Truth27 Mar 2013 1:46 a.m. PST

Thank you, gents!

Lion in the Stars:

The LEDs are from evilmadscience:


Very reasonably priced, good service, helpful feedback re: technical stuff. I highly recommend them.

I've got mine running off 2xD batteries, with a 30 ohm resistor. Seventeen running so far – all good! I may add extra pairs of batteries in parallel to the first lot for extra life, depending how these go.

Colonel O Truth01 Apr 2013 3:22 a.m. PST

Here's this week's bit…

I've added more lighting and started the upper level of the engine room…






More on the blog:


Hope you like!

28mmMan08 Apr 2013 8:21 p.m. PST

Like he says…love it!


J Womack 9408 Apr 2013 8:30 p.m. PST

You have to play this game in a poorly lit room.

With eerie music.

And do not let the players know that it is really a Cthulhu game.

Mwah hah hah!

Colonel O Truth09 Apr 2013 5:54 p.m. PST

Squire Womack, I do almost everything I can imagine in poorly lit rooms…

As for the eerie music, does humming and giggling while gluing thousands of tiny rivets count?

Lion in the Stars10 Apr 2013 2:30 a.m. PST

wow. Just, WOW!

This project of yours just keeps getting cooler and cooler!

Colonel O Truth10 Apr 2013 3:19 a.m. PST

Thanks, Lion! I did a bit more tonight so keep watching…

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