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Miniature Design: Thoughts on the Oggam Militia

3 Aug

The time has come for me to start to think about some more additions to the Oggam, mainly for ideas pertaining to more Empire of Og troops. Sure, I know that there are plenty of light infantry troopers, but with quite a few people asking about how suitable the oggam would be for Duke Nukem style games, I thought I might as well investigate this for myself.

I did play the game many years ago (on the PC or playstation, I don’t remember too much about it) and vaguely remember bits, but folks keep telling me about the Pig cops etc. While I don’t want to infringe on anyones IP or design, to further flesh out the empire troops, I had written into the background (provisionally of course) that of the Guild of eternal happiness, which is the empire’s own law enforcers and secret police. Given that I am working on the notes/draft of the WAR PIGS ruleset to accompany the figures as well, now is as good a time as any to give a bit of thought to their design and function both in background and mini form, that way I can maybe please some of the gamers interested in a Pig cop type, and fill in some more detail.

For you who don’t know what I’m going on about, Duke Nukem Pig Cops actually aren’t that far removed from an Oggam in design, which is why all the questions I suppose. Let me show you.

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As you can see, he looks like a Feral oggam (wild boar type) wearing a stereotypical action movie SWAT kind of cop outfit and gear, he’s quite a ringer for an Og don’t you think? Please for one moment think that these designs ever had any bearing on my concept for the oggam, it’s not until after I was drawn attention to them that this similarity was realised, the real inspiration was taken from the old french black and white pathe film “Le couchon Danseur” (the dancing pig) which is an old music hall act that features a performer in a pig bodysuit. Its one of the creepiest things I have seen (creepy in a cool way of course) Check it out:

As you can see, that film, coupled with the tried an tested generic orc, served me well inspiration wise, big creepy comical pigs!

Back to the Guild Militia, The Guild of eternal happiness is a sect of Oggam within the Empire of Og that is charged with the everyday policing of their peers within empire territories. While the Guild operates at the level of standard policing, they also act as the secret and intelligence service for the empire and include spies, assassins, enforcers and other similar types. While I’m not going to focus on the specialists in the guild yet, I really want to get some of the more standard “cops” fleshed out before I work on the rest. I have some concrete designs and ideas for them, its just the standard militia types I need to decide upon first.

My easiest route would be to carbon copy the pig cop design, but I don’t think that I would be happy with just doing that, besides the pig cop design is not as podgy as how I imagine them to be, the legs and waist are far too small and thin. Another thing would be to make them more like a snort than a feral, which will add more girth to them.

Another point I want to bring up, is that in no way am I poking fun at any actual police with the “pig” connection. The entire premise for the oggam is that based as much as I can on bad cliches around anything to do with pigs. Even down to the dwellings which the oggam reside, are too based upon the story “the three little pigs” with the preference to building with straw, wood and brick, now is standard to how the oggam create the sounder (Oggam roundhouses) Please let me know of any pig related cliches if I have missed any!

While most aspects of the pig cop I like and would like to assimilate into my design, its more likely that just one figure out of the entire set of standard militia will have some resemblance to  the DN pig cop, I’m in the UK, so I’d like to give them a more british feel to the standard uniform (while keeping the flak vest) including both a similar looking UK style helmet, and peaked cap (which will fit for those folks out there wishing for a more universal feel) I think it’s essential for the Militia to have a strong visual element like a bobbies helmet with the fact that the miniatures are at 15mm, that way they are more easily distinguished between in oggam based games, that way they will have a distinct look. Oggam tend to look similar to each other if your a casual observer, and for a designer it gets hard to create a different looking og in this scale, so it was always my intention to use the “hat system” of design for them!

For those who want to know what the hat system is, well this is the design system of getting a generic starting point (In my case, an Oggam) and giving it a hat, that way you change the entire aspect of the generic form. For example, an oggam given a top hat like in the film, will suddenly take on the form of a well to do gentleman, while add a viking helmet, he becomes a marauder, and so on! Add on another detail to match the hat, and bobs your uncle, you take one standard design to a specialised form. It works with anything, orcs, goblins, humans etc etc ad infinitum.

The whole hat system from the police helmet gives rise to further adaptions on the same theme, like motor hog militia, riot militia and so on. Although any final decisions have yet to be made, I welcome any suggestions, thoughts or snippets of webby goodness that might help in the inception of the militia’s design, please let me know!

I must be off now to work on the oggam terrain I am making. These prototype designs of building styles will feature heavily in the campaign rules of WAR PIGS, but more of that later…..

Peace out….

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Keeping the streets safe, from the skies….

1 Jun

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So, while enjoying a bit of family time in my garden this last week (when the weather was nice) we clocked a low view of SYPD’s (South Yorkshire Police Dept etc) very own eye in the sky, no doubt looking for some local scrotes and villains we have in our area. It was pretty low flying, scanning for something I suspect, but I took the opportunity to take a couple of shots with my cam, all the time thinking to myself, “I wonder if there was an outbreak of the zombie virus, how would these feature?” A question that most have pondered before!

The reasons for this being with my 15mm zombie games, I think I should be getting one somehow. So, if you know where I can find a model of this helicopter (I’ll paint one up if I can find one close enough) please let me know, or if you have a suggestion that would suit, I’d love to hear it!

I love my camera, but don’t always have it at hand to take those on the fly moments, so this time it worked to my favour and got a few cracking action shots right from my comfy garden chair!! I did hear somewhere that it’s sometimes an offence to take photo’s of the cops (if it’s true or not I know not, but if anyone from the force wants me to remove and destroy the pics, I guess I’ll have to) I’m pretty proud of the shots, so it would be a shame to do anything like that, as I even managed to catch a glimpse of the crew inside…

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Now, I’m not the best photographer in the world, but these are fantastic pics, I thought you’d like to see them! It’s not often one can get action pics this good unless you know your going to be in the right place (Like an airshow, or similar) to get them.

You can find out more about the invaluable work of SYPD’s chopper by clicking the link below!

http://www.southyorks.police.uk/about-us/our-organisation/departments/operational-support-services/air-operations-unit

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The BBC and real horror.

28 Oct

Dirty kiddie fiddling freak Jimmy Saville.

Ok, since the halloween season is almost upon us, I was going to post about some unspeakable horror, movies or myth, but what I am going to talk about isn’t some other worldly creature, zombie nightmare or ghost story.

Its all too real.

Here in the UK, at the moment has a problem that has shook the roots of the establishment and threatens even more shocking evidence to come.

I speak of the case of the disgraced “Sir” Jimmy Saville. You may know that here in Britain, he was one of the big TV/Radio showbiz names in the UK during the 60’s,70’s and 80’s. He had a one of the most popular TV shows of the time, “Jim’ll Fix it” in which he would grant the wishes of kids that would write in. A very iconic UK programme watched by millions at the time. He was also a successful DJ and could often be seen on another famous UK show “Top of the pops” presenting the bands and acts.

Myself and others in my generation (Late 70’s and 80’s) were brought up with these programmes, he was if you like, an icon of entertainment, he did extensive charity work for good causes, ran marathons for charity raising millions over the years. No one could touch him and his saintly dooings. He even managed to get knighted, and was honoured by the pope. Saville died last year, and was given almost a state funeral, his body went on display for a week in Leeds so that people could pay their respects to him.

Here’s the horror.

It comes to light after his death, that “saint” Jimmy wasn’t that kindly old uncle we were lead to believe he was.

It turns out that he could have been one of the most prolific child sex offenders in history.

You see Saville had been using his good guy image for years to cover up the fact he had been molesting anyone he wanted to. Mainly kids, but even young women, and it’s roumored, he was even a necrophiliac.

Over 300 people have now come forward to report what he has done in the time between the 60’s and late 80’s, and who knows probably even longer. To make matters worse, even so you may not think it could be, there seems to be an even bigger issue than just him at large.

The BBC, the giant corporation that is best known for almost inventing what we all know now as TV, seems like it had known damn well what Saville’s activities were, and many of it’s employees and high ranking officials  were turning a blind eye to his nefarious deeds. Many of the crimes were carried out on BBC premises, in dressing rooms and offices, caravans and other locations during filming days.

It also seems like this was due to him being one of their biggest stars at the time and in those days there was a culture of silence. Jimmy was apparently involved in a lot of dodgy things, he knew gangsters, IRA terrorists and is even been thought to have many friends in high positions of government (even linked to aides of a former prime minister) His victims were told if they said anything about what he had done, he would get on the phone and get someone to make them disappear.

Not so long ago, a TV news show, Newsnight was to broadcast a segment on a criminal investigation the police carried out in 2008 where he had been accused of abuse by a victim. Even so he had been questioned, nothing came of it as there was no evidence and/or he was deemed too old for prosecution. Only thing is the segment was dropped without warning from upstairs in the BBC.

It is thought that in light of his death, the Beeb had invested a lot of licence payers money on tribute programmes in the big Xmas scedule, and it wouldn’t have put them in too good light. So effectively the BBC covered it up. The conspiracy doesn’t end there.

It turns out as well as Saville abusing while at the BBC, he had been doing it at kids homes, hospitals and other institutions he was supposed to be helping or fund raising for. Again, the people at the top have covered it up. He used to take kids out on day trips, some even on the private yacht of Ted Heath, the UK prime minister. It seems he would use and abuse at every oppotunity, and people let him do it.

Now in the wake of all this evidence, the BBC and government have been forced to carry out a full investigation. Everyday that goes by, more evidence turns up.

There seems to be a very big cover up that goes far deeper than just him. It’s now revealed that he had dealings with a Jersey kids home Haut de la Garenne, that a few years ago was investigated for abuse by staff, while searching the old building the remains of kids were found. Now the police deny ever finding any.

There is a report that stated that there were big celebrities and BBC employees being a part of this “ring” of abuse, and we are told that there were household names involved. Who? time will tell.

The whole thing is going to blow open a can of writhing tentacles at the BBC and other establishments involved, more evil deeds and sickness will be told. There is a sickness deep in there. Government, police and NHS cover ups suggest that there is one hell of a secret paedo ring still in operations today. I’m not paranoid, this is a definate fact.

What gets to me is, my generation grew up with this freak on TV, effectively as kids we were put in front of the telly and for half an hour Saville was our virtual babysitter. All the time we were being entertained, behind the camera countless kids just like us were being molested and degraded.

I’m usually not at all easily shocked by stuff, but all this now makes me look back and there’s a black stain in my childhood. Sure lots of people used to say “He’s a freak, he looks like a paedophile” and yeah, we must have known all along in our heads. Looking back at the footage, it seems even more evident. It’s like he’s raped our childhood memories, I mean that everyone I speak to in my generation agrees that certain times like Christmas when the Xmas special used to be on, we would all sit around with our loved ones and watch it, it changes the memory to muck. That’s why its so shocking, and to me really sickens me to the stomach.

That is real horror. The only monsters that exist are human ones.

If anyone of the victims is reading this by any chance, I would say I hope that you get some justice even if that means blowing open the entire Government or UK establishment, my heart goes out to you all and good luck.

TTFN

 

 

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