6mm-Minis is Maksim-Smelchak's blog to discuss gaming, miniatures, books, movies, food, Israel, Judaism, life in general and other funny crud. My favorite scale of miniatures is 6mm, which is also called 1/285 or 1/300 scale. I enjoy many different kinds of games including ancients, Napoleonics, WWI, WWII, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Car Wars AKA Autoduel (a sort of crash'n'derby automobile combat game), 6mm Godzilla AKA Kaiju games, and science fiction games. I'm open to everything though!

Friday, June 30, 2006

HUMOUR: Scooby Dooby Doo & Cthulhu too... What the ?@$%@*! Dagnabit! Pesky meddling kids!

Good morning, Gang!

Another one of those weird mornings in which two things that I don't normally associate with each other come together... AGAIN!


So, there I was, surfing the Internet, when I came across this post at TMP:

"Scooby Doo Cthulhu" Topic


Someoene has come up with stats for the entire "crime fight'in gang and their loveable mutt TM"... for the wildly lethal Call of Cthulhu HORROR game! I remember the old Ghostbusters cartoon having a Cthulhu episode complete with a dishy Eastern European babe with a "va va voom" accent, but still... this is pretty wacky!

Check it out if you don't beleive me:


And, oddly enough, Scooby has more sanity points than the rest of the gang (I seem to recall that Fred matches him as leader of the gang)! I suppose that's because he knows when to cut and run and when to simply chow down... only Shaggy must match him in those terms...

If you have the patience to read this post about Scoob and the Elder Ones, you might get a chuckle ot two out of it... we all have our eccentricities!



And I'm including a gratuitous babe shot with Scooby and a "friend" because Gellar has great legs...

And the movie Velma rocked... I'd watch the silly film again... just for HER! Linda Cardellini...

And her memory justifies another gratuitous babe shot:

I think I'd like her better... in a sweater...

And speaking of sweaters reminds me of this cool little rock group, the Sweater Kittenz:


Their full story can be found here:

(*** Warning: Unpolitically correct material can be found here! ***)



Have a great Friday!


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Thursday, June 29, 2006

MINI WARGAMING: Cool E-A Necron Scratchbuilder!

Hi Guys,

Wow! The Epicomms boards are down, but a new poster, PipBoy, has put up some great photos of some of his custom work for Epic-Armageddon on the temporary standby until CyberShadow restores the boards... Orkz, Eldar, Necrons and Space Marines, oh my! ...very impressive!

TOP: PipBoy's home-made Necron Pyramid.

You can find more here at his blog:

Have a great Thursday!


Notes regarding photos / pictures / videos: These are not all my images and videos. I am using various images and videos from around the web, mostly from public sources and/or private sources used with permission. I have tried to include only images and videos under public domain, creative commons, or fair use. If I have inadvertently violated any copyrights, please inform me and I will remove your image/s (if it is indeed an infringement).

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

GAMING NEWS: Photos uploaded from 25 June 2006 2M2G Meet!

Hi Everyone,

Well, I haven't had the time to write up a full SitRep from the meeting, but it was great... 11 gamers enjoyed the day with three major games running:

- Spanish Civil War miniatures game
- Avalon Hills double blind 1914 board game
- Descent fantasy board game

I uploaded the photos to my Photobucket here if you'd like to take a gander:


I'd say the meet was fantastic with a note that we were missing many local community supergamers like Dick Mitchell and Kimbo... well, you can't have everything... maybe next time?
Have a great day!


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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

HUMOUR: Letter From a Farm Kid!

Hi Guys,

My roommate's girlfriend forwarded me this whopper:


Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile.

Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. but I am getting so I like to sleep late.

Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water.

Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

We go on "route marches," which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.

The country is nice but awful flat The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6" and 130 pounds and he's 6'8" and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,

I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Have a great Tuesday!



Sunday, June 18, 2006

PERSONAL NEWS: Happy Fathers Day (18 June 2006)!

Hi Everyone and especially the fathers among us!

First of all, Happy Father's Day to all!


Secondly, things have been very busy on the home front...

I'm still gaming and have the materials for several more gaming session reports, but I've been kept busy with the job search... earlier this year, I got on with the State part-time, but there was no chance for uch more than part-time so I moved on and ended up working for CBT / McGraw Hill, an educational company, and not the best job in the world, but a decent filler job until something better comes along...

The last few months, I've been obsessive with the job search... applying all over the place and very often at that... on the 27th of this month, I'll FINALLY get another chance at a State job... they finally opened examinations again after having what's been at least six months of a hiring freeze and very likely longer.


I also have two weddings coming up in July... the first for my friend Jon Compton and the second for my baby sister... alot is going on.



I'm still gaming and looking forward to ConQuest SF coming up in about a month or two and, in the meantime, am still gaming at A-1 Comics on Sunrise just about every Wednesday evening and occasionally elsewhere.



The gaming group has been busy too...

Kurt and Mark are addicted to on-line computer gaming crack...

Kimbo is getting over a move and a phobia that the dice have it in for him...

Dave is in a weird sort of malaise although well...

Dick bought a new Toyoya Prius and is trying to salvage the MWSS gaming club...


Mike O'Brien is looking for a better job and taking care of his lovely girlfriend, Donna, or maybe the other war around...

Tony recently hurt his leg and is getting over that...

Mike Warde has been very busy lately... his son Conor is getting ready to head off to Bible camp...

Chris has been around quite a bit lately... I'm really getting to know and like him.

Nils is vaccilating between building a 10mm and a 6mm WWII miniatures set...

Joe Riddle has been doing some amazing things with his 15mm HOTT armies...

George has hosted several games lately and is out of his cocoon...

Vynnie is well and kicking...


Marcus has put up a web site for his wonderful beer & pretzels skirmish game, Skank:


And the rest of the gang has plenty going on as well!


And concurrently , I've been on a quest to drop some pounds at the gym and actually HAVE! It must be close to six months now and I've lost at least ten to fifteen pounds and gained a ton of muscle mass... The hardest hurdle for me has always been making working out a habitual part of my life and I've been at it with success for a long time now... just need to keep it up.



I'll be trying to update the blog sometime in the next week or two... I have drafts for a number of posts ready and just need to get them finished. I also added a link to my Photo Bucket gallery on the right side link lists of my blog and most of my photos are posted there for public perusal... even though they haven't found a post to belong to yet.


I'm wishing everyone well and would be happy to hear from anyone wanting to drop me a line!

Happy Father's Day again!


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Saturday, June 03, 2006

MINI GAMING: Memorial Day Blitzkrieg Commander MWS Meeting (27 May 2006)!


Hi Everyone,

MWSS (Miniatures Wargaming Society of Sacramento) is a local gaming club and has been around for some time now... although it's mutated more than a little over the years. At one time, it was known as SAGA (Sacramento Area Wargamers' Association) according to one older and very active member. I went a few times back when it was SAGA and observed that the club (at that time) suffered from the curse of so many wargaming club's: The Curse of the Brothers Gemini or factional infighting among the members.

Well, things have changed and the group, while it suffers the occasional lapse, has turned over some new leaves. I like to think that much of the group has grown older, matured and can recognize their differences and move on appropriately.

You can learn more about the MWSS gaming club here:

Well, enough of that, the purpose of any gaming or wargaming club is to play games and here's what we played over Memorial Day weekend...

MWS Members & Guests in attendence:
- Bob S.
- Brian
- Dick
- Don
- Greg
- Joe Bianchi
- Keith
- Maksim
- Mark
- Mike O.
- Randy
- Rob

Not bad attendence at all for a weekend with many competing events such as Kublacon!

And several of our members attended Kublacon... I hope that they had a great time!

As as a final side note, usually the honorable Mike Warde photographs and records the meeting so please consider this humble post a very unsatisfactory stand-in for his excellent work! He couldn't be in attendence at the meeting due to the fact that... he was saving the world again in his superhero alter-ego mode. None of us know who he really is in superhero mufti, but we can guess...

Games played:

1. Blitzkrieg Commander



Game Referees & Hosts:
- Bob Sidowski
- Mike O'Brien

German Troops:
- Dick: Oberkommander (Central / Eastern Flank)

- Keith: Fascist Lackey of the Eastern Flank
- Maks: Fascist Lackey of the Western Flank
Russian Troops:
- Don: Grand Commissar / Premier / Grand Poobah (Western Flank)
- Mark: Commie Lapdog of the Eastern Flank
- Rob: Commie Lapdog of the Central Region
This was the "big game" of the meeting... Mike O'Brien and Bob Sidowski had planned and prepared for this game for ages... even going so far as to issue maps and briefings by E-mail to the commanders before game day. They also garnered volunteers and players before the meeting which led to them having two fully staffed sides before the game even started... very often, folks just show up and pick and choose which games they're going to play. That practice sometimes leaves gamemasters who show up later without players... a good idea by Bob and Mike as well as something to think about.

Well, the scenario was a very typical Eastern Front one (at least for us at MWS):

A German logistics base in the rear is tasked to defend against a massive Russian front trying to exploit a hole in the German lines. The heavily outnumbered Germans must try to hold out as long as they can against the near undefeatable Russian masses...

That was, more or less, the scenario we played when Mark hosted awhile back and we played it again with Bob and Mike! Essentially, the German players are condcuting a holding operation, while the Russians were tasked with breaking through and crushing the Germans no matter the casualties... Ho hum.

The map was set up with a village and several woods with the Russians entering the board from the North...

The Russians under Don's leadership decided to probe at first with mostly lend-lease vehicles: Stuart light tanks and US halftracks supported by a penal battallion. The penal battalion spawned a number of bad jokes later...

These ran into prepared defences under Dick and Keith's commands which gave the probes one heck of a beating.

Once the Russians knew where the Germans were, they let the hammer down...

A massive Russian tank army approached with overwhelming numbers and firepower.

And when I say overwhelming, I mean it! The Germans only had a platoon of StuGs and a measly few AT guns to try and stop the Slavic juggernaught!

It looked pretty grim for the Russians for a few turns, but a reenforcing German tank detachment entered the field from the South end after about five turns or so and somewhat gave the Germans a hope for holding against the hordes.

However, the German Pz-IVs and StuG-IIIs still were mightily outclassed by the Russians assault guns, SU-122s, and tanks, T-34s.

The SU-122s stationed near the beginning of the village really gave the Germans what-for... Kudos to the clever Russians for such excellent placement of their assault guns.

One of the big surprises of the game was that artillery didn't have much of an effect on the game... I don't know if that's through command error or otherwise...

The Germans only had a single mortar platoon and it was placed out of useful range and when advanced, was crushed by the Russians.

The Russians, while having an incredible number of guns, spent most of the game targetting areas suspected of harboring Germans... only none were there.


One of the more interesting thing about Blitzkrieg Commander is that it's a betting game... in order to move troops, one has to roll under a command number, which decreases as you try to get more and more out of your troops. Not only that, but a natural twelve (on two D6 dice) is always a catastrophic failure (roll an a table for extra bad things to happen) and a natural two (on two D6 dice) is a always a massive success (generally a free extra action is given).

Naturally, this led to havoc for all of the players, very much a fog of war effect! Several of us including Mark, Don and I consistently missed our command numbers and watched the units under our command sit uselessly... unable to act through confusion or some other lame excuse.

At one point, poor Don, rolled the dreaded two and his Commissar was shot by his own troops causing a key Russian command stand to retreat throwing havoc throughout the Russian lines.

And, I, Maksim, rolled no less than SIX of the dreaded twos on my side... aaaccckkk! I'm lucky that Dick and the rest of the Germans didn't shoot me!

Here are some of the more memorable quips from the game:

Don: "I got a nob job from Bob!"

Dick: "Don, you really appear to have the penile battalion in hand..."

Maks: "Rob, you cant beat Dick..."

Mark: "Why do I always have to be a one-pip commander at the wrong times..."

Bob: "Kaegogi (Korean for edible dog meat) isn't quite what you're looking for..."


And the award for MVP (Most Vitriolic Player) goes to...

Don, who really gave Maksim a run for his money in the kvetching department...

And the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award goes to...

Keith, who made an incredible string of great rolls with an AT gun on the Eastern flank... Rob was a close runner-up for some of his more deft maneauvers...


We ended up calling the game a minor to moderate victory for the Germans... although I suspect since we all got our gaming fill, the end result doesn't really matter!

2. DBM

Link here:

Ancients in Attendence:
- Brian

- Greg
- Joe Bianchi
- Randy

Brian brought his DBM kit, but the DBM game never fully materialized. However, they wtill had a great time watching our game and socializing among themselves. Brian, being the great veteran he is, wore a very appropriate T-shirt for the Memorial day weekend... it read "All Gave Some And Some Gave All."

Greg had recently taken a trip back East and brought back a number of early American map reprints... I think that he had visited Jamestown if my memory holds... beautiful and very interesting maps. Greg has been thinking about running some AWI (American War of Independence) or ACW (American Civil War) games. Greg shared an anecdote that they unearthed a near perfectly preserved leather shoe while he was there... very cool!


And perhaps some of the better news came a day or two after the game...

One of our members, Joe Bianchi, is in a garage band and are getting ready to cut a demo! Mazel Tov, Joe!
Due to my band cutting a demo, I will not make the June meeting and will be moving my game to the July meeting. We have two other games scheduled so if you wish to run one at the June meeting, please let me know.
- Joe B.
The above message was Joe's announcement to us...

And the below message was my congrats to him.

Subject: [M_W_S] Mazel Tov to the Joe Express Band!
Hi Joe,
That's great news about the demo... I'm very happy for you. MazelTov!
We'll miss you at the meeting though... you're always a great guy to game with.
Wishing you the best...
What is the name of your band?
And Don, being the character he is, piped in...

RE: [M_W_S] Mazel Tov to the Joe Express Band!
You have to let us know when you are going to be playing.

The first round of vodka is going to be on me.
- Don Delis.

Oh, what a merry band we are!


Have a great weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,

As usual, I post the photos I take publicly so that anyone can use them to their heart's delight... all I ask is to be credited for having taken the photos.

Link here:

Notes regarding photos / pictures / videos: These are not all my images and videos. I am using various images and videos from around the web, mostly from public sources and/or private sources used with permission. I have tried to include only images and videos under public domain, creative commons, or fair use. If I have inadvertently violated any copyrights, please inform me and I will remove your image/s (if it is indeed an infringement).

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Friday, June 02, 2006

HUMOUR: The Damn Dam!

Hi Everyone,

My friend Jon forwarded this whopper to me:

This is actually a true story and the account of the investigation makes it even better...

The Dam

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania. This guy's response is hilarious, but read the State's letter before you get to the response letter.

SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023;
T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity.

A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2006.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff.

Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

David L. Price
District Representative and Water
Management Division.

Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023;
T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price,

Your certified letter dated 12/17/02 has been handed to me to respond to. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane, Trout Run, Pennsylvania.

A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials "debris." I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

I have several concerns. My first concern is, aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names.

If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2006? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.

If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! The bears are not careful where they dump!

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.


I enjoyed reading it... hope you did too.

Have a great weekend!


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PERSONAL NEWS: Not this time, Charlie (2 June 2006).

Hi Guys,

I, first of all, wanted to thank everyone who sent me positive vibes, but...

I didn't get the job this time and that's how the cookie crumbles. Bummer.

So, I'll be looking for the next opportunity.

And in the classic words of Arnold Schwartzenegger from "Commando":

"Stick around, Sucka!"

(After knifing said bad guy to the wall.)

Have a great week/end!


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