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Procopius

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About Procopius

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    The Body, The Blood, The Machine
  • Birthday 15/03/1983

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    Chicago
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  1. From Failure to Failure

    Don't worry, I don't even want two. Yep, I have all the Flashman and McAuslan books, as well as the excellent Quartered Safe Out Here, and even his novel The Pyrates, which has one of my favourite passages: "That was England, then; long before interfering social historians and such carles had spoiled it by discovering that its sanitation was primitive and its social services non-existent, that London's atmosphere was so poisonous as to be unbreathable by all but the strongest lungs, that King Charles's courtiers probably didn't change their underwear above once a fortnight, that the cities stank fit to wake the dead and the countryside was largely either wilderness or rural slum, that religious bigotry, dental decay, political corruption, fleas, cruelty, poverty, disease, injustice, public hangings, malnutrition, and bear-baiting were rife, and there was hardly an economist or environmentalist or town planner or sociologist or anything progressive worth a damn. (There wasn't even a London School of Economics, which is remarkable when you consider that Locke and Hobbers were loose about the place.) "Happily, the stout justices and wenches and gallants and peasants and fine ladies---and even elegant Charles himself, who was nobody's fool---never realised how backward and insanitary and generally awful they might look to the cold and all-too-selective eye of modern research, and if they had, it is doubtful that they would have felt any pang of guilt or shame, happy conscienceless rabble that they were." I often think about this passage when reading history; it's a good reminder that the past very rarely lived for the pleasure of the present, and that we too will someday be judged incredibly harshly by people who'll never really know how felt to be alive now. It was a storyline thing. I think it's fair to characterize it as incredibly ill-advised.
  2. What have you purchased / been gifted

    After an incredibly trying evening with my two-and-a-half-year-old, who unbeknownst to himself is one more screaming tantrum away from waking up on the steps of a fire station six or ten counties over, I bought a 1/72 AMT RC-135.
  3. From Failure to Failure

    That'd be Loren Coleman. That I actually do know something about, but sadly it's all second hand and NDA-protected. It sure was dumb, though! The Crockett is super funky-looking. I have a soft spot for the terrible, terrible -2D2 Shadow Hawk, with less armor and more useless secondary weapons. Wheeee!
  4. 1/72 DH Hornet F3

    I'll be following along, as I hope to build my kit of this...someday. After my wife divorces me and takes the children perhaps. If my memory doesn't fail me, I believe the wing dihedral in the kit is off as well, canted too far upwards, I think.
  5. From Failure to Failure

    It was one of the PDF unit profiles -- basically you write up a company of 'mechs throughout its history in the game. I was doing an AFFS one, though I don't recall more off the top of my head. I sort of know a couple of the guys in charge (and was apparently personally disliked by Herb during his tenure? I guess?) now, so I dunno. It's not, objectively, a good design, or at least not an optimized one, and it suffers greatly in comparison to later 'mechs where people had figured out all the angles. It's seriously lacking in the knock-out punch department. I can't explain my love for it, but I'm sure in part it's because it looks super cool.
  6. From Failure to Failure

    Wise choice. Today Winston told me that he didn't love me, but he did love his trucks. And also his mother, who, he informed me, was "very nice." I blush to think of how much I spend on modelling a year versus how much modelling I actually do. My mom has been in a state of advanced deterioration since her late thirties and it's only gotten worse with time. Her health is the biggest argument against having a third kid, because the odds of her ever being well enough to watch another are so poor. I still need to finish the Blenheim I, but I can barely wait to sink my teeth into the Arma Hobby Fokker E.V. I mean, mayyyyyyyyyyyyybe? I got rid of almost all of my stuff (I just have Mechwarrior 2nd Edition, the old Master Rules, and TROs 3025, 3026, 2750, 3050, and 3055 left), and I worry it might pull me back in. Plus Catalyst accepted my proposal to write a PDF supplement for the game a while ago and hasn't moved on in since I sent in my revised manuscript two years ago, so that's annoying. Does it have the Thunderbolt? If so yes, a thousand times yes. Also I'm trying to get good at Europe Universalis IV (I'm very bad at it), which brings me to my next question... Does anyone know anything about British history in the middle ages? I'm looking for book recommendations. My knowledge of British history is very hazy prior to George I. Does
  7. From Failure to Failure

    Nowhere near as good as your MPM Blenheim a while back, I'm sorry to say, but that was a very high bar to try and hurdle in any case. If I were to do it over again, I might buy the Eduard mask set to see what if any of it could be salvaged for perhaps at least the canopy windscreen, where my masking by hand was not great. I don't think, on the whole, that the kit benefited much from its very protracted build time. I know I haven't. Not that wise, I left metallic lacquer paint in my airbrush! Good thing I'm home with the kids today (Winston tripped my mother when she was picking him up from school, and she's had both knees replaced and went down like a ton of bricks and did a million hurts to herself, so we had to get a sitter for $270 for Monday-Tuesday, I'm home Wednesday-Thursday, and then Mrs P has Friday off) so I could clean it now while Grant's napping.
  8. I mean, in the sense that everything I know about modelling (and not much at that) is based around building aircraft, and all the tricks to make things easier, or the stages I build in, are focused on that. That's what's stopped me from doing nautical models; I'm at least as interested in ships as I am in aircraft otherwise. 20180418_094602 by Edward IX, on Flickr 20180418_094552 by Edward IX, on Flickr
  9. Mil Mi-24 Hind - Revell 1/72

    A new whip, eh Ced?
  10. Stew, one plane guy to another, how tough is it to do a ship?
  11. From Failure to Failure

    It's far from my best work, but I have an excuse. My workbench is usually a pretty good indicator of my mental state.
  12. From Failure to Failure

    20180417_202534 by Edward IX, on Flickr Bisley's done. Okay, fine technically I need to add the fuel dump pipes, but I've had a bit to drink and it seems risky right now, but let's call it done and leave it at that, shall we? 20180417_202621 by Edward IX, on Flickr
  13. What have you purchased / been gifted

    Arma Hobby had it on sale, so I picked up their 1/72 Iskra double kit and a Hataka Orange Line paint set for it.
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