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Blake Walker06 Feb 2016 2:25 a.m. PST


Review of Alien vs. Alien by Gini Koch. It's a sci-fi satire/parody/"chick-lit" piece. Fun read. It's not something I would have normally picked up. I read it to see what's popular in the speculative fiction market. A light, silly work. Recommended after all the "serious" sci-fi/fantasy books I've read…


Bob the Temple Builder06 Feb 2016 2:46 a.m. PST

Having recently read FINLAND AT WAR: THE WINTER WAR 1939-40 by Vesa Nenye with Peter Munter and Toni Wirtanen, followed by watching the DVD of THE WINTER WAR: THE TRUE STORY OF A BATTLE AGAINST ALL ODDS (The film is also known by its Finnish name, which is TALVISOTA.), I was inspired to set up and fight an imagi-nation mini-campaign based on the Winter War.

I created a campaign map using MS Paint …


… sorted out suitable troops from my Megablitz collection (I used German troops to represent the Finns – who were called Opelanders in the campaign – and Russians to represent the troops of SPUR … the Soviet Peoples' United Republics), and off I went.

Blog entries which describe the background to the war and the subsequent battles can be found by following the links shown below:

A Winter-ish War: The background link

A Winter-ish War: SPUR's Air Force mobilises!


A Winter-ish War: The outbreak of war link

A Winter-ish War: Day 1: The SPUR attack in the left-centre sector link


A Winter-ish War: Day 1: The SPUR attack in the right-centre sector link


A Winter-ish War: Day 2: The SPUR attack in the right-hand sector link


A Winter-ish War: Day 3: The SPUR attack in the left-hand sector link




A Winter-ish War: The armistice and its aftermath link

These wargames also gave me the opportunity to play-test my most recent ‘Modern' version of Joseph Morschauser's ‘Frontier' wargame rules, which lend themselves to fighting small battles in limited space.

Bob the Temple Builder06 Feb 2016 2:51 a.m. PST

My posting seems to have been 'hit' by the bug! I do hope that this will not put people off reading it.

Texas Jack06 Feb 2016 5:13 a.m. PST

It was a very fun read Bob, thanks for the write up!

Bob the Temple Builder06 Feb 2016 7:08 a.m. PST

Texas Jack,

Glad that you enjoyed it! I certainly enjoyed fighting this mini-campaign.

Texas Jack06 Feb 2016 9:38 a.m. PST

I was hoping Marshal Talenheim could pull it off at the last minute, but what can you do?

Bob the Temple Builder06 Feb 2016 9:44 a.m. PST

Texas Jack,

I don't think that the Marshal has gone into long-term retirement. We may well hear from him again.

Texas Jack06 Feb 2016 10:44 a.m. PST

I thought as much! thumbs up

grtbrt10 Feb 2016 1:22 p.m. PST

Have you seen the short film "Fire and Ice " filmed on location , I spoke with the director at a film Festival in Indiana(the Heartland film festival ) when it came out . They used re-enactors and their equipment for a number of the scenes (including Russian that re-enact the war ) most filmed on the actual locations .

He said that the Finns were willing to talk about the winter war ,but when he mentioned the continuation war they changed the subject .

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