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  2. “I just want to see how it works.” If any man can lay claim to a true mantra, that would be Viktor Beitel. One of the earliest memories he could bring to mind, heavily featured the antique clock on the mantel. He remembered it vividly; an exquisite model encased in lovingly polished wood and wound meticulously by his father every night. The ticking was steady and precise, soothing even. He was often to be found in the drawing room where it presided grandly over the fireplace like some elderly retainer. He would sit on the carpet and stare at it for inordinate periods of time. Early memories they were and fond ones, indeed. One of his later memories was the scolding that he’d received because of the clock. He couldn’t have been more than four years old, but the memory was always revisited in perfect clarity. His father had caught him with the beautiful timepiece, removed carefully from its pride of place and with its innards meticulously spread out on the floor in front of a fascinated child. Cogs were arranged slightly obsessively in order of ascending size, springs were laid out and the clock’s hands were being held up for deep scrutiny. “I just wanted to see how it worked,” had been his juvenile defence. It hadn’t stopped his father from administering a good thrashing, although all things were relative. Isaac Beitel was fond of his precocious child and it was more for the look of the thing than any actual desire to harm the boy. It satisfied Viktor’s strict mother well enough. Later, when his wife was out visiting friends, Isaac sat down with his son and showed him how the clock fit back together. The immense satisfaction that Viktor had known when the clock resumed its steady rhythm had been tangible. The understanding that came with seeing how the clockwork mechanism worked fired his natural desire for learning and he became an avid student of exactly how it was that things worked. Isaac indulged him in his curiosity, finding him simple items to strip back and study. When the family’s carriage was serviced, Viktor was allowed to crawl beneath it and learn about the axel and how it connected to the wheels. It was not surprising that he excelled in the sciences at school, although his teachers often murmured that it was always best not to seat him beside a window for fear he would ‘be off, flying with the birds’. However, this desperate desire to understand did not always meet with approval. When he’d been eleven, his father had needed to step in and stop him from dissecting the family dog after it suddenly died of old age. “I just wanted to see how it worked,” he’d protested. Isaac quietly despaired. “The boy will be a doctor, or an engineer,” was the general consensus. As he grew older and his notions frequently veered toward the fanciful, his mother fretted that he was likely to become a wastrel. He was always buried in his books, always trying to build something, rarely succeeding, but demonstrating an indomitable spirit that kept him going forward. Both of his parents had died before he had completed his schooling and while he had only ever had a stiff and formal relationship with his mother, he grieved her loss. In part, the devastation it caused his father meant the man never fully regained his will to live. He followed his wife into eternal rest soon after and left behind a broken-hearted son. • • • When his father had passed on, the clock had become his. It was the greatest comfort he possessed and a means by which he could always remember where his furious desire to know how the world worked had originated. Viktor wound it every night. When he was frustrated, he turned to its solicitous ticking for comfort, in the way that others turned to crime, or to madness – or to drink. In the wake of the death of his parents, he’d spent his share of time contemplating the world from the bottom of a bottle of bourbon, but it had given him little insight into universal truths and had gifted him with entirely too many bad headaches. So he had sobered up and hunted gainful employment in the form of a sequence of increasingly unsatisfying apprenticeships. Nothing ever seemed to fit. He’d worked for a clockmaker for a short while, but it was evident that he was more keen to take the things apart, than he’d been to put them back together. A stint in a carriage works followed, but that similarly failed to hold his attention. Then came the glorious times. The age of RJ-powered technology. It was the time to be alive and Viktor grabbed at it with both hands. He learned the process of distillation and refining working in a poorly-ventilated room with a handful of others. Producing the end product that was shipped out to fuel generators, weapons and vehicles in the United States and beyond. But Viktor would never be happy with that. Not when the raw material had so much potential. It had to have potential. He knew that. It was just a case of… taking it apart. Seeing how it functioned. Interest turned to fascination and, over the years, fascination slowly turned to obsession. Obsession led to, often unsuccessful, experimentation. But every failed attempt to understand what he believed to be the deeply hidden transformative properties locked within the core of the miracle substance was met with the same eight words, “I just want to see how it works.” View the full article
  3. Brimat

    RSN fleet

    I like the Bases of the SRS. Great Stuff.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Toxic_Rat

    RSN fleet

    Great looking ships and SRS.
  6. Last week
  7. Eberious

    RSN fleet

    For anyone left here many thanks for the comments, haven't been around in a while. My interest in the game has resurfaced recently so finished up the bombers and fighters. Managed to find another pack of RSN Cruisers so will be arriving end of month.
  8. RuleBritannia

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    Your Lordship, there is a thriving community and 2.5. We'll get 3.0 when its ready, but its the very patient Uncharted Seas fans I feel sorry for.
  9. Celtish Scotty

    Introduce Yourself

    Hello I'm Luc fron Brittany (France) and I discovered WWE few weeks ago and DW a few days ago. I buy some troops (trooops fron the 1rst KS for WWE and french and US from a friend) and dowbload the rules to read them. Maybe my first games next thursday. Also playing a lot with other minuiatures and role playing games.
  10. Lord Nat

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    Well guess my DW stuff is going back in to the cupboard until next year.... along with this account! If the blog announcement says they'll be doing DW BETA games at Spiel '19 in Oct. there is either 0 chance of a release before christmass OR they arent sure of what their time scales are......
  11. Warcradle Zak

    Warcradle Studios At Spiel '19

    In October, we will be at Spiel '19 for the best four days of gaming that Germany has to offer. If you’re heading to the Messe Essen too, why not meet up with your friends and come and play Wild West Exodus, the beta of Dystopian Wars, and talk about the future of Warcradle Studios' games systems with our team? We’ll be sharing more information with you as we move closer to Spiel '19. Tickets will be available from August 2019. For more information, please see: https://www.spiel-messe.com/en/ Staying up-to-date: Spiel You’ll never miss an update if you join our Facebook event for Spiel 2019 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Not on social media? Check the community calendar on the Warcradle Studios forum to see all of the events we’ll be attending throughout the year.
  12. Lex Orion

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    No news are bad for any company. This state takes to my friend and me to DW 2.5 and the classics (Spartan´s) ships and scenery. We are looking for ships and scenery for 2.5. 3.0 is far to us now. We are spending a lot of money now. Hard to know if we will get 3.0 ships...
  13. Lex Orion

    Warcradle Classics?

    Hi all, I have seen more "New" items for DW and FA last friday in Wayland. This seems that they (Warcradle) will make all the items. I speculate..., because they don´t tell us nothing... sad. Anyway, I continue shopping in the second hand market, for the still missing items. No news, money for the second hand and no money for warcradle... sad again.
  14. RuleBritannia

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    Lord Nat that sounds a cool idea! Imagine just getting an article where the designer gushes about the new design and shows how she or he painted it. It would really start building some excitement. Delboy's threads as a designer were fantastic for that, talking about the model and rules development in tandem. I get its a big job, and I get that changing a system that people are passionate about builds a bit of negativity, but the best way to combat that fatigue and build positive energy is to get something to be positive about.
  15. Lord Nat

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    Actually this is something that GW are getting right at the moment with the Sister of Battle release.... Its something that the community has been asking for so they announced it with a beta of the rules since then they have done a little article once a fortnight giving a dribble of information, some weeks its just a case of here we've painted this model look at how we've made the black look different .. but its something regular keeping people who have been looking forward to it hyped and not spending their hobby money else where (for the most part). Where as for DW I'm one of 3/4 people at my local club with fleet(s) and the only one whos taking ANY notice of whats going on, the thought is well theres no info so I'll carry on playing these other systems.
  16. RuleBritannia

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    As Lord Nat said, videos aren't very helpful to the slightly older skewing wargamer community. And I was talking about impressions, rightly or wrongly that are being given, with LWX and Bill and Ted getting renders and even a finished model released while DWars has had nothing in months. This is the same problem people had with Spartan where certain systems would get a lot of love, particularly if new, and other systems languished. Getting the balance and message right on the right channels isn't easy, I'm just noting that this was a gap in the messaging that it would great to see resolved to get people more excited.
  17. Toxic_Rat

    Model availability

    So, a nice surprise package arrived today. Three Ryushi Battle Carriers arrived in the mail today. Simple packaging, but all accounted for. Now to find time to get them painted up...
  18. Lord Nat

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    This is the internet... if its not written in clear on either the companies website or a blog /article of a known wargame dissemination site (ie something like Beasts of War) then its just hear say :p
  19. Burson_Carpathian

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    Stuart from Warcradle already mentioned that LWX is definitely released at the end of the year AFTER Dystopian Wars hits the shelves. But it was in one of those videos you haven't watched.
  20. RuleBritannia

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    I do remember a lot more updates, renders and blogposts that were at least monthly talking about DWars up to its release and built hype. If we are only six months away from launch, and the Beta is nearly done and models coming on stream it would be good to get people excited. Especially with two new games making people wonder if DWars is, rightly or wrongly, being put on a backburner.
  21. Overread

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    Aye its something Spartan Games did a lot to the community - preview something way too early and then nothing - anyone remember leviathans which they previewed years ago and then never released - not even a hint until their last ditch panic kickstarter which then folded as the company died.
  22. Lord Nat

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    The issue is if you start to build up hype you have to keep it going, if you let it drop then its twice as hard to get the momentum going again. Its better to show one or two thinkgs every couple of months than 7 or 8 in one go then a 6 month period before you show the next thing. Example of how not to do it is Star Wars Armada where they announced the SSD, the next con showed it off put two articles up.... a year later still nothing more, not even a release date! It kills off any enthusiasm for the game system as a whole
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  24. RuleBritannia

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    We got some renders and sketches at previous shows, seems a pity not to get anything new at GenCon.
  25. Overread

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    I'm hoping this is the quiet before the storm - esp since Dropfleet/zone is going thruogh a big update and is basically the current biggest competitor for the space and ground market (after starwars in the space market though as that is pre-painted and star wars its in a league of its own really). I agree this first half a year has been rather quiet after we got quite a bit of news in the build up to last christmas. That said I hope its just Warcradle taking their time to get things right so that we get a really powerful successful launch! It's just in that ugly phase of development where there isn't much to reliably market nor talk about in the open.
  26. Lord Nat

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    I'd expect/hope something at either GenCon or Spiel...... However the Radio silence is deafening...
  27. RuleBritannia

    More info on 3.0 imminent?

    Things seem to have gone very very very quiet. The latest show report had no new DWars models and the Beta hasn't been updated in months. Are we likely to get much info shortly?
  28. RuleBritannia

    Duetzefix' weird little ships

    The beautiful brown speckling reminds me of Moya from Farscape. The windows are really, really good. It's an amazing fleet.
  29. Burson_Carpathian

    Pierre's Enlightened

    My current lot of painted Enlightened miniatures.
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