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Sunday, 26 March 2017

An Introduction To Judge Dredd...


Spidey's Just Hanging Around New York, Looking Cool...


It is utterly ridiculous to judge an unreleased film by three promotional posters (and a couple of very similar trailers), but if Spider-Man: Homecoming captures the brightness, cheekiness, and general bonhomie of these three posters then there's a very good chance it will be the finest Spider-Man film to date (not that the last two will be that difficult to top).

Happy Mother's Day!


Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Justice League Are United...


Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash — it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

"Put Your Seat-belts On, We're Saving The Galaxy Again..."


Major Slice Of Cyberpunky Goodness From Ghost In The Shell...


Friday, 24 March 2017

I Like Big Brains, And I Cannot Lie...


[RPG] Night Of The Non-Existent Triffids...

Romney Marsh In Kent... No Triffids Were Seen!

The Tuesday Knights got together for the first time this year to sling some dice again as Pete stepped up and offered to resume his Top Secret campaign (after I bailed on running anything again for the moment).

One of the major changes to the campaign was a mutually-agreed time shift back to the '80s (when the game came out and the published adventures written), which meant a loss of a lot of the 'modern tech' we'd relied on during the earlier portion of the campaign (back in 2012).

Three of us had to create new Orion agents; Erica 'rolled up' an ex-army nurse, Simon (due to an unforeseen loss of his original character sheet) created the brother of his former character, and I cooked up a former Web goon who'd changed sides and was now hunted by his former evil paymasters.

NO!!!!
AS the soul surviving characters from the earlier stint of Top Secret-ing, Clare and Kevin were our superior officers (squad leaders), tasked with assessing the calibre of the new recruits.

Operation Flytrap saw us sent to Romney Marsh in Kent to surveil an errant biochemist, who might be genetically engineering plants for Web (although, we were assured repeatedly by poor Pete, who was trying to root his campaign in the real world, NOT triffids!)

Our briefing was rather open-ended, and so we faffed around a lot, under the assumption that we could take as long as we liked to reconnoitre the good doctor's marshland hideaway.

We also came at the job with a very D&D mentality that it would be fatal to "split the party".

This meant a group of five traipsing about "stealthily" en masse, in the middle of the night, trying to get as close as possible to the isolated farmhouse on a flat, bleak, stretch of marshland.

The session ended just as Erica's character calmed a guard dog and a human guard was poised to stumble upon us all...

P.S. I still reckon the doctor is creating triffids!

The Justice League Unite This Saturday...


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hail Hydra! Cut Off One Head And Two Will Grow In Its Place...


Captain America's foes, the nefarious Hydra, are poised to return (in some form) to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Check out the cool, retro propaganda artwork...

Friday, 17 March 2017

HeroPress Update: Needles, Pain, Sugar, And Some Vintage Spycraft...

We Have Such Sights To Show You In The Pain Clinic...

It's been a month since my last "peak behind the curtains", another month of erratic posting (mainly filler, such as film trailers, Wonder Woman pin-ups etc).

I've been quite occupied with health-related stuff. My annual physical MOT at the GP revealed that I am "pre-diabetic" and need to do something serious about reducing my sugar intake to avoid the additional grief of going full diabetic.

So since the start of this month I've been on a major diet, cutting out most of my snacking, going back to regular smoothie making (these green delights - crammed with vegetables and fruit) are now my breakfast staple, seeing me through to lunch (which is usually minimalist). I invariably get a bit peckish late in the afternoon, so a slice of toast is in order, and hopefully that can tide me through to dinner.

Rachel's invested in a book of sugar-free recipes, and we'e picking our way through that quite successfully.

My next blood test is due in September, to see how I'm getting on.

Meanwhile...

At the start of this week, I went to the "pain clinic" at our local hospital, for an appointment my GP had arranged, to see a specialist and discuss my chronic back pain and other associated aches and twinges.

The takeaway from all this is that I'm now on the waiting list for steroid injections in my lower back.

I should get the date through next month for the procedure, which will be carried out at Maidstone Hospital.

It's not actually the needle going six centimetres into my back that's bothering me, it's - from reading through the documentation - I discovered they'll probably need to put a cannula in my arm as well. That's what's playing merry havoc with my fear of needles.

On a more positive note, the Tuesday Knights have put their heads together to discuss the short-term future of our gaming group.

The Ghostbusters campaign has been shelved/put on the back burner, and Pete has stepped up to revive his Top Secret campaign from 2012 (the one where my character got shot in the head in the last episode!).

The first session of the new campaign is next week, where Erica (who wasn't in the band back then) and I make new characters, as well as anyone else who wants a different character.

This Is Either Going To Be Magnificent Or A Hot Mess...


The Odds Are Not Looking Good For The Gardens Of The Galaxy...


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Feed Your Head And Prepare For Wonderful Goosebumps...




I've mentioned many times before my love for Jefferson Airplane's Alice In Wonderland-inspired White Rabbit, but recently Jack Herman drew to my attention - on Facebook - this mind-blowing recording of isolated vocals of Grace Slick on the track.
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