22 May, 2015

Top (TV) Duels

To go with my posts on top one-on-one fights (in films) here's a quick selection from television.

#5 Agents of SHIELD (May vs. Ward)
This was a fascinating struggle - May and Ward were both enigmas at this stage of the show - and I really had no idea who was going to win out; but it was still nice to see some ass get kicked (and a nail gun too!)

So as much as I did not care at all for Gabriel Byrne's role/acting on this show, it was still good to see him get his moment in the sun. Fairly traditional/accurate depiction of classic Viking duelling; and nice to see shields get some serious use (even if they are discarded). 

No embedding allowed :-( but this really deserves a click through.
A fantastic match-up with a lot of variety. This had me sitting at the edge of the seat during, and even when waiting season-long for the true aftermath.

Again with the embedding!
I recall the preparation for the fight clear as day. With Turner limbering up and Dority greasing himself up! The tension in the onlooking principals is incredibly tense. But wait for the finish...

#1 Game of Thrones (The Mountain vs. The Red Viper)

No one likes embedding anymore!
I did write something like 'redefining no-holds barred' for Hannibal and Deadwood above, but then I realised what was at #1. Enough said. Some brilliant moves, and wonderful to see the spear get pride of place in a fight for once!

Melees next obviously!

14 May, 2015

Lead Painters' League - Season 9 is underway!

Round 5 of Season 9 of the Lead Painters League is underway over on the Lead Adventure Forum.
If you're not familiar with it get yourself over there to see some fantastic eye candy (as well as people going through their lead mountains at a cracking rate!)

In summary, paint up a team of miniatures, you're randomly paired off with another contestant, everyone votes for their favourite in the pairing and then onto the next round. There are ten rounds after which a league table of sorts has been established. There are bonus points for matching themes in three of the rounds. The theme from round 5 is 'Animals'.

I'd urge you to join up, take a good look and vote - you've still got a few days to do so.

Like previous years, I won't be telling you any of my favourites, but I will highlight a few match-ups where I reckon the opponents are very closely matched:






I missed out on the start of the league this year, but really looking forward to what's to come...

02 April, 2015

Final Confrontation

The Nazis have sent in their hit assassins to take care of SSR and Lehmann for once and for all…

Blazkowicz, Duggan and Carter approach the fort where the remains of Lehmann's operation are located
With the remainder of the tribe, Omar holds the fort - they've deployed a small field gun to cover the approaches.
The fearsome Red Nun leads her coterie, while Stahl and the noted sniper Ziefle back her up
Rightly concerned about the Red Queen's rapid approach, Omar sends a heavy volume of fire in her direction, killing all of her henchmen and sending her back into cover
Meanwhile, the SSR have made it to cover nearby, and exchange fire with the rooftop cadre led by Rashid
Coming up behind them, Stahl and Kramrisch gun down Blazkowicz and send the others diving for cover
Ziefle starts to fire into the fort, hoping to pin them down and give the Red Queen a chance to close
Hamid hauls the gun out of the fort (where it's arc of fire was severely limited) to take a shot at the SSR agents to the flank
Duggan is wounded by the fire, and runs for the hill (whereupon Ziefle takes him out). But Carter kills Kramrisch as she flees
The Red Queen rushes the fort, pistols at the ready
Ziefle take cover from the full attention of the remaining tribesmen inside the fort
Stahl backs up the Red Queen - they'll storm the fort in 3...2...1
Stahl is killed by Omar in a deadly fist-fight, and amazingly he takes out the Red Queen as well. Carter runs for the other side of the fort as Ziefle takes aim
Ziefle finally has to go in to take out Omar herself.
With only heroes left to fight over the fort eventually, this one was a real nail-biter!

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