Red Dwarf coming back to TV

The cast of hit sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf are to reunite for a new two-part storyline which will see them finally return to Earth.

Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will air on UKTV digital channel Dave over the Easter weekend.

It will sit alongside two further new episodes – the improvised Red Dwarf: Unplugged, which will feature the cast dealing with no sets, effects or autocue, and Red Dwarf: the Making of Back to Earth, a behind the scenes look at the new production.

The new two-parter will begin a decade on from when the crew of the Red Dwarf were last seen, with a “shock development” throwing Rimmer, Lister, Cat and Kryten back to Earth.

Chris Barrie will return as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten, with the new storyline written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor. Filming of the new episodes begins next month.

via The Guardian

Curt’s Warhammer 40k Adventure, part 6

It’s been so long since I made one of these posts, I figured it might be fun to do a sort of “state of the union” post.  Nearly a year ago (9 months – eep!) I last posted about getting a Space Marine Megaforce. I wanted to do a better job of painting the miniatures in this set than I did with the starter set, but as a result, things progressed very slowly and there really wasn’t much to blog about (in my opinion at the time). Then summer came, D&D 4e came out, I changed jobs, etc, etc, etc. Suffice it to say, Warhammer sort of slipped through the cracks, and after the end of September, I stopped painting altogether.

But now, with the advent of the Dawn of War 2 multiplayer beta, I’ve rekindled the flame. After a short game against Neil (predictably, he whupped me), I broke out the miniatures in their half-state of completion and got back to it. Being that I didn’t blog any of the initial part of the Megaforce experience, I figure a short recap is in order.

After getting over my initial fears of doing things wrong, I decided to jump into the kit with aplomb by just starting with one marine. Within a short amount of time, I had assembled all of the marines in the kit, as well as the Dreadnought. The toughest part were the tanks, which are still largely incomplete. I had decided that I would use rare earth magnets to make them modular. With just a few tiny magnets, I could turn a Predator into a Razorback into a Rhino. This didn’t really work out, and my fear of doing it fataly wrong kept me from really sticking to it. As it is, I should be able to have the Razorback and the Rhino be interchangable, but due to how the side sponsons are mounted on the Predator compared to the hatches on the APCs, it’d just be easier to make it a tank and a tank alone. I’m okay with this. I don’t imagine I’ll really need to change it around much once it’s built. If I desperately need another APC, I suppose I’ll just have to shell out some money down the road. That said, I still haven’t actually finished them, so there’s time to think this over a bit more. I found that with some of the magnets I already added (for the portholes on the top-front of the tanks) seemed to come unglued from the cardstock I used to mount them. I’ll have to get some crazy glue or something.

After priming everything up (save the tanks, that is), I noticed that my primer must have been getting thicker than it was when I first got it, as it started to clump in parts on some of the models. This is especially noticable on the Dreadnought, under the main chassis it’s lost a bit of detail. It’s pretty disappointing, but I figure I can just chip away some of the primer before I paint it up. A few of the marines had the same thing happen, typically where their forearm and bolter met, but it’s much less noticeable (obviously). The worst part was not noticing that it was a problem until it was too late and had dried.

A little discouraged, I decided to motor on. I started out painting all of the regular tactical marines and that went swimmingly. I learned a few things along the way and, while I’m still not great, I think my painting has improved. The idea I had was that by the time I paint up my command unit, then my painting skills would be good enough to really do them justice. This was not really the case, at least not how I imagined it, but they look serviceable enough. I think the difficulty with making an army of your own creation is that there are no real guidelines for colour schemes. You just sort of do what looks right as you go along. Half way through the units, I decided it might look better for their weaponry to be predominantly white and silver. White became a lot more of an important colour for the scheme, so I have to go back and revise some of my earlier marines to incorporate more of it.

Speaking of white paint, however, this brings me to another problem. Now that the majority of my units have been painted, I can’t really go back to revise this, but I really should have primed them all in white initially. The problem being that with their secondary colour being white, it doesn’t cover black quite as nicely as I’d like it to. Perhaps it’s the batch of white paint I’ve got, or my inexperience, or both; but I’m not entirely thrilled with how the white paint goes over the shoulders and such. This is especially noticeable with any marines with white helmets, like the Apothecary and the Assault squad captain. All the little details really make the white paint look thin, so I keep having to add more layers of white to make it look decent. Furthermore, the sleeves and pants of the Scout marines are also white, and it’s noticeable there as well, but not nearly as much as the helmets of other marines.

Phew, that’s really a mouthful, but now you’re all caught up. Monday night I cracked open everything, making sure to completely ignore my discouraging half-made tanks and got to work on my Scouts and my Assault marines. On the latter I really just touched some things up, now that the light in the kitchen is much brighter, it’s much easier to work in there in the evenings. As for the former, I painted their hair and cloaks and touched up some paint mistakes from earlier. I used the foundation green that came with the set. I haven’t had much use for it just yet, but it really went well as the Scout’s cloaks. It kind of reminded me of the rebel ponchos from Endor in Star Wars. It was only an hour of painting, but it was nice to get back into it. Hopefully it won’t be long before I’ve got the whole Megaforce done and I’m moving on to the Assault on Black Reach models.

Speaking of which, I swung by Heroes’ World today at lunch and snapped up a certain codex for some planning. The current plan: more Orks! Of course, I want all of my marines and armour completely done before I buy a single unit; but now’s a good time to start dreaming. 🙂

Hey les boys!

So just sitting here on a nice queit Friday night, killing Sister’s of Battle in Soulstorm, and reflecting on the craziness of the past week and more. Seemed like a good time to take a second and kind of pull out a Carl-esque blog post. Had some things i’ve wanted to catch you guys up on for the last few days, but just have not had the time.

To start, i guess i will open big, Angie and i broke up last Saturday.  It wasn’t too pretty and it was all rather spur of the moment. Monday though we sat back down and talked for about 3 hours and have ended it all on good terms. In fact i would say our friendship is much stronger for it, but whether we get back together in the future is very uncertain. The reasons behind this split was pretty much my doing, in the sense that i had lost that connection we shared. I came to love her more as a sister and friend then as a girlfriend or potential wife. Other reasons being stress. The relationship was causing me so much stress, on top of school and work, that i was burning out.  Burning out fast. So it was the best move so as not to cause each other more harm further down. You cannot have a healthy relationship if one person is holding back and i had been holding back and drifting out of this relationship for the last two months. So it was time to call it.

That being said i am staying positive. My stress levels have already shot down a fair amount and things are getting easier. Thank god i have no school next week, it could not have come at a better time. School has been going great so far, i think i am really finding my niche with this product photography thing. It may not be what i want to do exactly, but i am enjoying it thouroughly. The only difficult aspects are the 16 hour days when i have class and keeping on top of my assignments. That was why i had to miss the last D&D session. I was so close to not getting my last assignment done due to everything else going on i really had to focus on it.  That was very stressful.  Managed to get it done though and i think i did good on it. I am hoping to get head of the game next week by completing as many of my up coming assignments as i possibly can.

My Mom has not been helping matters much either. It’s sad it has taken me this long to do it, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks she will be living at a rehab center. There is one 45 minutes away from Montreal, it’s a 3-4 month program from what i understand. We are hoping she will go willingly, if not, then it all depends on how much flexibility i have to forcefully enroll her.

I have been renovating the house, the basement is looking pretty darn good these days. not 100% done yet though. The floor is in, i just need to finish patching the walls and paint. then is tart the upstairs. Everyone that comes over now is amazed by how fresh the basement smells and feels now. I am sorry for all the times you guys spent the weekend in there before, but next time you guys are over it will knock your socks off! I am hoping to buy the house from my mom after the summer or earlier if i can.

Work has been getting better. Still not the greatest thing ever but it is manageable. i already have a lot of plans now though for what i will be doing in the near future. I may have to stay at Pharmaprix a few extra months but i can bare it. Not too sound like an ass but for the last little while there has been a girl at work i had a thing for, turns out she has also had a thing for me too. In the near future we are going to be meeting up for drinks or maybe even dinner. I don’t want that to sound cold, just having split from Angie a week ago, but i gotta keep things rolling or else i may come down off this positive track i am riding and crash hard. I gotta take the opportunities when i can and see where things lead me. Besides, it’s just drinks or dinner not like i am saying i am going out with her right away. I would never want to hurt anyone on a rebound hook up. Guess i still just have to try and convince myself it’s ok and not feel like a complete bastard.

Guess those are the major highlights right now. Got some pipe dreams me and the brother in-law are kicking around. Might be helping them a bit with their potential new side business for some extra cash. Looking forwad to finally finishing the paint work on my Warhammer army so i can finally buy my command squad and atleast be able to field my army. Small as it is. Don’t worry Curt, i see us duking it out by the summer. I’ll take a week off work and come down for a few days with the army. We can butcher each other to our hearts content. We should mark that on a calendar!

Felt good to vent/rant/blog about the last little while, didn’t seem like so much was going on until i wrote it all down. Even then i am sure i am still missing some things!

Now i am heading back to kicking the sisters of battle’s asses with my underdogs! Hoo-Ah!

Birds Linked To al-Qaeda Attack Plane

Yesterday, in the skies over New York, birds believed to be linked to al-Qaeda attacked US Airways flight 1549. Thankfully, due to the actions of veteran pilot Chesley Sullenberger III, the plane completed a textbook emergency water landing in the Hudson River, after which all 155 souls on board were rescued.

According to US intelligence agencies, numerous radical Islamic websites posted a statement by Ayman al-Zawahiri claiming that the birds had been trained at a secret al-Qaeda run camp in Pakistan. Unnamed US intelligence sources have said that they believe that the operatives most likely arrived in the US in the fall and covertly assimilated themselves into the migratory patterns of North American birds.

The White House has yet to confirm the link between the birds and al-Qaeda, though it is believed that the FBI has taken several hundred birds into custody since the incident and is holding them at an undisclosed location.

via Matthew Good’s Blog

Bioh4zard 2

It looks like some guys are actually making a campaign for Left 4 Dead based on Resident Evil 2. I can’t wait to see this in action!

The campaign places the four survivors on the abadoned streets of Racoon City after a truck crashes into their car. You head on foot to the police station in hope of rescue. Upon entering the station you recieve help from an injured cop who points you in the direction of the sewers to escape the infested city, however the 4 survivors soon end up discovering the reason behind the infection when they come across a top -secret high tech research facility owned by the ‘Umbrella’ Corporation.

Furthermore, it’s also cool that there’s a site like l4dmods.com to gather all the L4D mods together in one place. They’ve also got details on the Dawn of the Dead one.

via L4DMods

Noah and the Whale – 5 Years Time

Here ya go, folks: the Monday Music Video. I’ve been going on a blitz lately, investigating all the music I’ve kept track of as being stuff that I need to check out. I had quite the backlog, and this was one of the things in there. Hope you guys enjoy it!

Unfortunately, after posting this, I realized that it couldn’t be embedded, so I posted an alternate one. The only problem is that the music in this one is out of sync with the video. :S If it bothers you, feel free to check out the completely in-sync official video here.