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      DDoS and Brute Force Attacks   09/18/2016

      From the day following upgrade to the new forum software, 15th Sept until the 19th, we were under a concerted attack by a person or persons using a number of 'bots and other people's Proxy networks to carry out what is called a Distributed Denial of Service attack, which is a method by which these 'bots submit thousands of requests to the website per second to overload the server and bring the site to its knees.  While this was going on, they were also making Brute Force attacks on our remote communications port to try and breach the server so they could do anything from format the hard drives to change ownership of the site, and bombarding the mailserver with similar bogus requests, some of which left some rather telling details behind.  This was followed up a couple of days later with a further attack that left more data to sift through, which we have passed on to our IT forensics people.On the advice of our Lawyer and fellow member JohnT, we yesterday informed the National Crime Agency and requested their assistance with the matter, and in an ongoing dialogue with them to find the culprits, so we are allowing them access to the server and its logs.    We don't believe that this is a random attack on balance, but for 5 days and a further evening we had to put up with some disturbance and interruption to the usually fast response of the website as we are seeing now that the attack has ended.  We will prevail, and don't worry about it.  We were the target, and these people will not win.  Karma will catch up with them   Mike, Greg, Dave & Julien.

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  1. 1/35 Tamiya Matilda MK II. Background: The Infantry Tank Mark II, best known as the Matilda, was a British infantry tank of the Second World War. The design began as the A12 specification in 1936, as a gun-armed counterpart to the first British infantry tank, the machine gun armed, two-man A11 Infantry Tank Mark I. The Mark I was also known as Matilda, and the larger A12 was initially known as the Matilda II, Matilda senior or Waltzing Matilda. The Mark I was abandoned in 1940, and from then on the A12 was almost always known simply as "the Matilda". With its heavy armour, the Matilda II was an excellent infantry support tank but with somewhat limited speed and armament. It was the only British tank to serve from the start of the war to its end, although it is particularly associated with the North Africa Campaign. It was replaced in front-line service by the lighter and less costly Infantry Tank Mk III Valentine beginning in late 1941. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_II Kit Manufacture: Tamiya. Scale: 1/35. Type: AFV. Extras used: OOB + base. Paints and colours used: Primer was Grey Stynylrez. Paints used were Tamiya XF-2, XF-59, XF-3, XF-21, XF-19, XF-4, XF-24 and XF-84. Weathering: Vallejo 70.822 for chipping, AK streaking grime and rain-marks and Flory sand pigments. Build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235005198-135-tamiya-matilda-mk-ii/
  2. 1/24 Wave Tachikoma from Ghost In the Shell SAC 2nd GIG. Background: A Tachikoma (タチコマ?) is a fictional artificial intelligence, walker/roller in the Ghost in the Shell universe; appearing in the manga, created by Masamune Shirow, and the Stand Alone Complex sub-universe. Nine of them are assigned to Section 9's use originally. They are spider-like, multi-legged combat vehicles, equipped with artificial intelligence. The spider design appears in other places in Shirow's work, like the Appleseed manga. Shirow is noted to keep numerous spiders as pets. Production I.G was unable to use the Fuchikoma design in the 2002 Stand Alone Complex anime TV series due to copyright conflicts. However, Masamune Shirow was able to design a legally safe equivalent to the spider-tanks for the new show, which he named the "Tachikoma". There are distinct differences in the design, most significantly in the 'eyes' and the vertically oriented abdomen. Still, the tanks are easily recognizable as descendants of the original Fuchikoma. Their AI 'personalities' and roles in the new series are indistinguishable from their predecessors in the manga. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachikoma Kit Manufacture: WAVE. Scale: 1/24. Type: Anime Mecha. Extras used: OOB + base. Paints and colours used: Primer was White Stynylrez. Paints used were MIG's new metal acrylic warhead metallic blue A.MIG-196, Tamiya X-2 gloss white, alclad aqua gloss. Weathering: Grime clay wash and various AK weathering products.
  3. UPDATE THREE Progress has been on the slow side. Both the Tachikoma and the figure have been completed. I also went for a smaller base than originally planned. The base was made from a small picture frame and some foam-board. This was primed and the painted with various tamiya greys. This was then weathered with grime clay wash, and various AK weathering products.
  4. Oh, I think the biscuit base would be more realistic.....
  5. Nice work Dazz. I have some Tau army stuff plus the new Tau codex. I cannot decide what colours to use though.....
  6. Heaving used the same products on other newer kits, I'm guessing the age of the plastic in this old kit didn't help the situation. That said, I know some people have had issues using enamel based products on the new Bandai star wars kits when they weather them. The Matilda has been glued back together, just need to check the strength of the bonds later. As long as the tank holds together at the end, all will be good.
  7. UPDATE FIVE Well, had a bit of a setback when I went to start on the pigment weathering. It seems the old tamiya plastic has reacted to some product I have used. I suspect it to be the enamel based filter I used. Some repairs needed and leave it overnight and check integrity tomorrow.
  8. See you at Brampton on Sunday. also, will you have the AK gauzy products?
  9. UPDATE FOUR Next stage of the heavy weathering involved using AK's streaking grime and rust streaks.
  10. UPDATE THREEThe Matilda II was gloss coated and decals applied. I added some chipping and wear and tear to the decals as I am heavily weathering this tank. I also added some scratch built straps and some leftover PE to the tarps on the side of the turret.Then it was some very intense chipping with a brush and sponge.I also used a MIG grey filter to fade and blend the paint.Each stage was sealed with Vallejo matt varnish.On the side i have been working on a dessert base for the Matilda II.Nothing fancy but I did use up the leftover paint I mixed up for the caunter scheme to do a similar camo scheme on the sides of the base.
  11. UPDATE TWOWith assembly complete, the Matilda was primed and pre-shaded.Then it was lots of masking to get the caunter scheme down.Then all the masking was removed and few touch ups carried out.
  12. I spoke to Mish when i saw her hat this show last year and said I'd be happy to contribute.
  13. Hi Andy, As in update one, I primed in white, pre-shaded and then did the base colours.