Hubsan X4

A couple of years ago, my parents (who like to get me fun, frivolous gifts I’d rarely buy myself) got me a Hubsan X4. A friend had one of these and I was really impressed with how nimble yet easy-ish it was to fly.

It’s an attractive little quadcopter which easily sits in the palm of your hand. It has bright red and blue LEDs to help remind you where the front is and in basic mode is quite easy to keep in roughly one spot.

Hubsan X4The package is simple and contains the controller (2.4GHz I believe), battery and a USB charger in addition to the X4 itself.


The kids love it and it has the advantage that even if it runs into you at full tilt, it might smart a bit but it won’t break the skin or cut. I even fitted the aftermarket blade guard so this isn’t even an issue now (although it’s a little heavier)

I flew it a bit but then it sat in the cupboard for quite a while. It didn’t help that the battery had swelled a little and was showing the flashing low battery lights even when charged (and lasting only a minute or so). Also I’d damaged some of the blades so had run out of replacements.

I realised recently that there are probably spare parts available and so I sorted out some more blades, the blade guard and a new battery so it now has a lease of life. I’m planning to get back into flying this as it has features which I have yet to exploit (looping, rolling) plus I’m hoping to set and complete certain flying challenges (watch this space!)



Dropzone Commander: Organisation

Talking to a friend last week we realised we had let our Dropzone armies slip rather and so I decided to look at mine again. I checked over all the miniatures and decided that I would remove the magnetization of the finer parts as the magnets are prone to fall off and with small children in the house this could be dangerous. I will keep the magnetization though of things like rotating turrets, dropship clamps etc. because these magnets are drilled and glued in so very secure.

I also got FFOR installed on my new(ish) laptop so I could start logging army structure and plans. You may recall I had a blog post with detailed army structure so I decided to resurrect that and am getting a “wish-list” together of all the miniatures I’d need.

That reminds me, I really should check for local clubs/tournaments for Dropzone and maybe even some of the other games I play….

Star Wars Crochet: Getting back on track

I’m currently working on Leia but found I had run out of white yarn for her arms so decided to look at all the yarn required for the rest of the Star Wars crochet figures. Put in an order for white, blue-green, sage green, navy blue and a few shades of brown as I still have quite a few figures to do. (I think I’m about to complete the 5th of 12 patterns in the book). Watch this space!

Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges

51-0It9SvjL._SY346_I dimly remember a friend at primary school always used to bring in his latest copy of 2000 AD. I also remember being fascinated by the Dark Judges- Death, Fear, Fire and Mortis. These Judges existed in another plane of existence and had come to the conclusion that all crimes were committed by live people ergo life was a crime. After exterminating all living creatures on their world they break through into Dredd’s universe (specifically Megacity One) and wreak havoc on those living (and hence) guilty.

This collection contains three sets of stories:

Issues 149-151 “Judge Death”: The first appearance of Judge Death during which Judge Anderson is introduced in order to employ her psychic powers to defeat the first Dark Judge. This story arc ends with Anderson, who has been possessed by Death, encapsulated by Boing (a miracle plastic) to keep Death from threatening the citizens of Megacity One. Artwork by Brian Bolland.

Issues 224-228 “Death lives”: This story arc introduces three other Dark Judges, Fear, Mortis and Fire who assist with the escape of Death (and Anderson) from the Boing. This leads to a confrontation between Dredd and Anderson with the Dark Judges ending in Deadworld. Anderson harnesses the energies of the millions slaughtered there finally putting an end to the Dark Judges. Artwork by Brian Bolland including the classic scene shown below.


Issues 416-427 “Four Dark Judges”: For this story arc, 2000AD published the story under the “Anderson Psi Division” heading so largely contains Anderson accidentally releasing the Dark Judges then working to banish them into the “Void”. The artwork for this arc was done by Brett Ewins, Cliff Robinson ¬†and Robin Smith and I felt that Anderson was much more defined with the style that she’s most known for. (Hair etc.)

All three stories do a great job of getting across the futility of combatting the undead and sheer scale of the slaughter possible using extremely warped logic. The work of writers Alan Grant and John Wagner has stood the time and I enjoyed these stories as much as I remember enjoying them as a kid.