The Cylinder on the Gun Goes Round and Round, Round and Round, Round and Round

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The revolver.  Sometimes referred to as the wheel-gun or the six-shooter, was developed, as we know it today, by Samuel Colt in the 19th Century.  It is considered obsolete by modern firearms standards.  Although no longer used as a front line weapon in the real world, it seems to have earned a new lease on life in the realms of Science Fiction and Fantasy, especially in the video game industry.

In the Darksiders universe, the Horseman Strife uses a pair of revolvers which are referred to as Mercy and Redemption.  Characters in the Destiny game gain access to revolver-like weapons called hand cannons.  This could be due to the fact that the revolver, despite being limited on capacity of rounds, are usually more durable and sturdy.  It could also be because the six-shooter has an old school coolness factory in regards to appearance.  Whatever the reason, I, for one welcome the presence of the wheel-gun in the fictional universes of our time.

Mandalorians

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My wife and I attended Dallas Fan Days (formerly known as Dallas Comic Con), and we had an awesome time.

My wife has always like Stormtroopers and enjoyed meeting members of the 501st Legion, but she was even more impressed with the Mandalorian Mercs.  They took time to visit with her about potential membership including how to make costumes/armor, painting Nerf guns to look Star Warsy and where to get a helmet.  The women in the group were impressed with her interest in their organization and hoped she would join sooner rather than later.

I’ve always liked the Mandalorians, mainly because mercenaries have always appealed to me.  Disney+’s Mandalorian series has helped with that appeal as of late too.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to join their group sometime in the near future.

Returning to Iron Horn

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OK, about a month ago I completed a submission to a publishing company across the pond.  This was the fifth one in almost as many years.  Like some of the previous ones, I went into this expecting to be rejected.  I know that’s not very optimistic, but I feel it’s realistic.  At the behest of my older son, I’ve decided this most recent submission for writing in someone else’s universe will be the last time I do that.  My son said he feels the content I’ve written for my own original Science Fiction universe is much better anyway.  So, I’ll heed his advice and do just that.

With that being said, I have returned full force to my old Iron Horn project.  I’ve tinkered around with the idea of whether or not the main characters should be lawmen or bounty hunters.  I’ve finally decided they should be peace officers.  I am a strong proponent of writing what you know.  I’ve been in law enforcement in general (corrections, patrol and investigations) for thirty-plus years.  Being a lawman is what I know.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I feel that bounty hunting is close enough to law enforcement that I can probably wing it pretty good.  There will most likely be bounty hunters in the series, so if you were counting on them making an appearance, you’re in luck.

It feels good to be working on my own stuff again.  It feels like I came home.

 

 

Skirmish

 

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I realize it has been a while since I’ve posted a blog.  It’s not that I haven’t had time.  I was off work for almost a month with a broken foot.  The truth of the matter is between doctor appointments and taking care of what I could do around the house with a broken foot, I have been working on yet another submission to the Black Library.

Another thing I’ve been doing is researching some of the various wargames out there.  Yes, I’ve played Pirates of the Carribean (an RPG), Warhammer 40,000 (WH40K) and EPIC 40K, but in all honesty, I think I prefer skirmish games better.  Why?  Well, for starters, it’s about the time it takes to play the game.  It took close to two hours to play games of WH40K and EPIC took three hours or more.  I just do not have that kind of time on my hands.  I want a game I can play in anywhere from thirty minutes to just under an hour and a half.  From what I’ve learned, skirmish games give me that.

The other big reason I’m leaning more towards skirmish games is they allow a story to be told with characters.  As you probably know, I am a storyteller first.  You cannot get to know each and every character in a game with around 150 to 300 miniatures.  I guess you could, but it would be quite time-consuming.  It’s a lot easier to do with six to ten models.

As for the games I’m looking at, those include the 2017 edition of Necromunda (N17), Warcry and WH40K Skirmish.  N17 is an updated version of the old Necromunda game from around 25 years ago.  It’s basically Escape from New York on acid.  The second one, Warcry, is actually not Science Fiction, but Fantasy; Sword and Sorcery-type stuff.  The third one, WH40K Skirmish isn’t even official.  It’s a game system developed by a group of WH40K fans that allows players to use individual squads instead of whole armies.  It’s similar to Kill Team, but I like it better than Kill Team.

As far as factions for the aforementioned games?  That’s a post for another day.

p.s.  With some luck, I’ll eventually finish those stories I posted on here from before.

 

Catch 22

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What does the above color remind you of?  If you said Pepto Bismol, then you’re in agreement with me.

I wanted more time to write.  Well, I got it . . . at least for today.  My boss sent me home early because I am sick; I think it’s a stomach virus.  There is one going around here in my town and I think it decided to land on me.  Well, I’m still not feeling very well and am so sick that I can’t think straight enough to put two sentences together.

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen.  A good old Catch 22.

The Gears Turn Again

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For those of you who were wondering where I went, I’m still here.  I have been working a lot of hours at the institution (prison), but still writing when I have that most elusive of things:  spare time.

I realize some of you are wanting me to finish the two Warhammer 40,000 (WH40K) fan fiction stories I started a while back.  Well, I will probably do that, but just not right now.  You see, Tuesday morning of last week I woke up at 3:00 AM from a dream about my own original storyline I’m working on for my book.  I worked on and off throughout that morning until about 10:00 AM.  During that time I came to a not-so-easy-to-make decision.  That decision drastically altered the direction of the storyline.  I had been writing the story that I thought others would want to read.  Instead, I’m now going to write the story I would want to read, and hopefully, there will be others who will want to read it too.

I tell the truth that I will likely, at some point, finish the WH40K stories, but right now I need to write what I’m inspired to write, and for now, it’s my book.