02 December 2006

Man-At-Arms II

Illustration Friday theme: Might

Image for David's D&D book.

Size 8cm x 12cm. This image is drawn using Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment pens, Pilot Pigment Ink and Rotring Pigmented Ink pens. 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1.0.

This was drawn while I was having coffee at the Heeren on Friday night. This coffee business is costly. I should cut down on this.

This evening, while I was having a quick bite at the Burger King at Far East Plaza, I saw a couple of guys with a large drawing. I asked to look at it. On closer inspection, it was a whole of product sketches of PDAs, mobile phones and other high-tech gadgets and the inkwork was needless to say, very good. That, he said, was his sister's work.

He had another large drawing of one of the brothers from Oasis. This large ink drawing was done using a Rotring technical pen and it had taken him three weeks. The tones and intensity were splendidly done. He had patience and skill. The guy cannot be more than 21 or 22. At this age, his work had exhibited a maturity and skill that I have seldom seen. Great work.

A good piece of work in the Pointillism mode. He didn't seem to know of Seurat's work though.

He had ability and I can see people commissioning him for portraits.

We talked and compared sketches.
Man-At-Arms Illustration Friday theme: Might

Image for David's D&D book.

Size 8cm x 12cm. This image is drawn using Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment pens, Pilot Pigment Ink and Rotring Pigmented Ink pens. 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1.0.

I drew this while having coffee at Starbucks at Liat Towers in the late afternoon.
The Noob: Webcomics on Gaming

I have read Ctrl-Alt-Del, Penny Arcade, PvP, and Order of the Stick previously and on a very inconsistent basis. Sometimes, they are funny, more often than not, well...

Recently, someone on DuneMUD mentioned the Noob. I went and read it. Whoa. I was hooked. This is the most hilarious one yet. I read throught all 227 episodes in one sitting. Great stuff! It is so reflective of MMORPG games. Genius!

Gianna Masetti is a genius!

Highly recommended.
Gaming Session Cancelled

We were supposed to have a gaming session today. Sadly, there were too many uncertainties. We could have gotten a two-faced person to join us but I would rather not. Hence, the cancellation.
Dan Abnett ' The Armour of Contempt'

I got 'The Armour of Contempt' from Absolute Comics at Bugis Junction last night. I eagerly torn into it. Whoa...

01 December 2006


I have been eyeing this book by Larry Kahaner, a journalist. It purports to be a history of the AK-47 assault rifle, the developmental history, the social history and the cultural impact of the rifle. Tempting.
Icehouse 'Meltdown'

1. Don't Believe Anymore [Ivan & Colin's Café Latte Mix]
2. Love in Motion [Wicked Beat Sound System Remix]
3. Hey Little Girl [Infusion Remix]
4. Street Café [Smash 'n' Grab Remix]
5. Cross the Border [Funk Corporation Sonic Assault Mix Edit]
6. Great Southern Land [Endorphin Remix]
7. Electric Blue [Skipraiders Remix]
8. Lay Your Hands on Me [Icehouse vs. Speed of Light Remix]
9. We Can Get Together [Sonicanimation Remix]
10. Can't Help Myself [beXta Remix]
11. Icehouse [Peewee Ferris & John Ferris Remix]
12. Crazy [Josh Abrahams Remix]
13. No Promises [(Love) Tattoo Remix]
14. Man of Colours [Endorphin Remix]

A remix album of classic singles from the Australian band Icehouse. Decent but hardly essential. I enjoyed it.

All together now..... It's it's it's FRIDAY! WOO HOO!
Advanced Tobruk (ATS)

Quote from the Critical Hit website:

"ADVANCED TOBRUK delivers breathtaking action and suspense at the scale and detail true tactical-level enthusiasts demand—individual squads, weapons and tanks. All the subtle nuances of tactical-level combat are provided by the system: gun duels; separate pivoting turrets; AFV indirect fire; coaxial machine-guns; melee; smoke; armor penetration morale; AFV overruns; and more. And it is all accomplished using a detailed and intuitive system that models tanks using discrete armor values at turret, superstructure, lower hull and track aspects and front, side and rear facings and allows for the realistic use of High Explosive, Armor Piercing, APCR and HEAT ammunition. All this without the need for side notes or plotting moves and in a SOLITAIRE friendly presentation."

I am extremely tempted. Like ASL, ATS is often acknowledged to be the ultimate in World War II tactical level wargaming. ATS is known to be more armour-centric than the infantry-centric ASL. There are many published reviews and comparisons of both systems in many websites.

Still, given the focus on armour in ATS and my interest, I should really acquire this and try it some day. Who's with me? Heheh.
A Mess in the Bookstore

Poon and I visited this Times bookstore at Suntec City sometime in May. This is the children's section. Well, parents here obviously don't clean up after their children. Neither do these parents discipline them or teach them. In a society with selfish 'me-first' people lacking civic consciousness, responsibility and graciousness, is it a wonder why Singaporeans migrate? AK has left for Australia with his family. And his reasons are mainly for that of his family. He didn't want his children growing up in this society.

At the Box Office

A few months ago, outside Lido. Hmm... 'Silent Hill'. I would have loved to see it but movies these days come and go so fast. When it arrives, every cinema in town shows it for two or three weeks. Then, the window of opportunity is gone. Just too bad I guess.


The restored Cathay building was once the tallest building in South-East Asia sixty years ago. This new 'restored' cinema and mall preserved precious little, not even the whole facade. It does not resemble the old building which is a pity. These old buildings represent mental landscapes of a sort. I grew up with the landmark as did many other people. While no one will argue with progress, this half-hearted attempt at conservation obviously pleased no one. Not the conservationists. Not the building owners who saw it as an attempt to stifle the optimal use of their commercial space. Either tear the thing down and build a gleaming mall and tower complex or save the old building. Now, it's too late. After millions of dollars, a hideous stands.

The result? A half-empty mall...

Crashing Automobiles

What news! With Kirk Kerkorian selling off his entire stake in GM, things have become very interesting.

And then there is the recent Ford announcement of the need to raise 18 billion dollars

30 November 2006

Infantryman, 13-14th Century

Pen sketch using Painter IX.5. 1 pixel pen. Swift sketch.

Digital oil and ballpoint on Painter IX.5.
Verdant Crown

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Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H or J (Sd Kfz 161)

The Pzkpfw IV was the workhorse of the German army, serving from the beginning of the war till the bitter end. The Pzkpfw IV saw production from October 1937 to 1945. The Pzkpfw IV was continuously up armoured and gun-armed during that period.

This example at the Bovington Tank Museum appeared to be missing the lower side-skirts (schurzen). Contrary to popular belief, the schurzen were not mounted to deflect shaped charge (HEAT) rounds but were rather to protect against Soviet anti-tank rifles which were capable of inflicting damage on the thiner flank and rear armour. This example appeared to be missing quite a few items.

The Pzkpfw IV was initially armed with a short 75mm L24 in the campaigns of 1939 and 1940. Subsequently, a L43 gun was mounted in the Ausf F2, followed by an even longer L48 in all subsequent versions.

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29 November 2006

The Inventor The Inventor. Sketch. 7cm x 13cm. Pigment ink. 0.2, 0.3, 0.8 technical pens. Faber-Castell, Rotring, Pilot.

Illustration Friday Theme: Invention
Man-At-Arms IIThe heavily-armed Man-At-Arms is often part of a medieval army or fantasy army. This sketch is based on a fourteen or fifteen century historical example. This sketch is for my friend's D&D rulebook.
These formidable Men-At-Arms are often found serving a great lord or prince. This sketch is for David's D&D book.
Commonly found in tales of swords and sorcery, the assassin is a deadly adversary. This sketch is for David's D&D book.
Mercenary Warrior
Mercenary warrior. These are often found in fantasy tales. This is a sketch for my friend's D&D book.
Evil Minion All dark lords in fantasy stories have legions of evil minions. This is a quick sketch of an evil minion. Again, this is for my friend's D&D rulebook.
GoblinA very swift sketch. This is for my friend's D&D publication. His adaptation of the v3.5 rules.

Swift sketch. This image is meant for my friend's D&D publication. This is based on a twelve century knight.
Singapore Open Gaming X

Ken has announced the next session of the Singapore Open Gaming. As usual, everyone is invited to come. Bring your own games too!

Date: 9 Dec 2006
Time: 1pm - 6pm
Venue: Blk 3, Queen's Rd #01-139 (Just off Farrer Road, one level below Westlake Restaurant)
Cost: $2

In town, Wednesday afternoon

Whoa, the streets are teeming with people. Don't these people work? I am surprised. They can't all be tourists... Posted by Picasa
The Path

There are many paths, some are full of sorrows while others are that of delight. However, your path is how you make it. Your life is in your hands. Your life is how you make it. Posted by Picasa
M4A1 Sherman

The M4A1 Sherman was had a cast hull and turret, differing from the other variants with a welded hull. Armed with a 75 or 76mm gun, large numbers of these tanks were instrumental in the destruction of the German armies in the Desert War and Western Europe. A number was also supplied via Lend Lease to the Soviet Union, the UK, Canada and more.

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"In the Swiss-born architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known more widely as Le Corbusier, this viewpoint found its most articulate advocate. Le Corbusier looked with disdain on the contemporary city's hodge-podge of cottage, small apartments, and tenements. In its stead, he envisioned vistas of sixteen-story apartment blocks, amid massive towers set aside for commerce. His ideal - published in his La Ville radisuse - separated the functions of housing, commerce, recreation, and transport and provided ample green space for the enjoyment of city residents."

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28 November 2006

A Modern Icarus

Illustration Friday theme: Invention

Digital medium. Wacom, Painter IX.5. Digital ink.
Morris Light Reconnaissance Car Mark I

The Morris Light Reconnaissance Car Mark I was first produced in 1940 with one thousand built. The weapons mount was a machine gun and a second machine gun or a Boys .55 anti-tank rifle. Subsequently, another one thousand and fifty of the Mark II were built in 1942.

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27 November 2006


15-minute sketch of Jor, a faithful Fremen of Sietch Tabr. Here's the sketch as requested by Jor. Fremen aiming a projectile weapon.
Light Tank Mark VII, Terarch

The Light Tank Mark VII, Tetarch, was one of the line of Vickers light tanks. One hundred and seventy-seven of these were built and deployed to armoured divisions in Britain in 1940. Some of the Light Tank Mark VII then saw action in the invasion of Madagascar in May 1942. A later development saw the type being adopted for the glider-borne role. A squadron of these were used by the British airborne forces on the first day of the Normandy landings in 1944.

Armed with a 2-pounder gun and a 7.92 Besa MG, the type was barely adequate except for reconaissance.

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AK (Silver) is back again!

AK says:
hi there

AK says:
shit for brains!

AK says:
dim wit arsehole!

AK says:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
You're a polite one.

Yes, he's back and up to his old tricks.


He's got more to say:

AK says:
mischan man

AK says:
can't you read?

AK says:
are you blinded by your stench?

AK says:

AK says:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Wow! What a classic moment!


AK sent 11/27/2006 5:30 PM:
how's the GST hike

AK sent 11/27/2006 5:30 PM:
and the ministers' pay raises?

AK sent 11/27/2006 5:30 PM:

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
Why? You're leading a rebellion from Australia like Chee Soon Juan?

AK says:

AK says:
chee your head

AK says:
chee your bye!


AK says:
chow chee bye*

Chuang Shyue Chou says:
My my, vulgar, aren't you?

*Hokkien vulgarity meaning 'stinking vagina'. Commonly used in Malaysia and Singapore. (and now Australia).
Panzer AG 'Your World is Burning', Diary of Dreams 'Freak Perfume'

Panzer AG's 'Your World is Burning' takes on a direct and more pop-oriented position as opposed to the first album. Gone are the ominous growls, replaced by clear vocals and samples. Gone is the darkness and anger that pervaded 'This is my Battlefield'. Instead, there is 'Machinegun gogo'... Weird direction to take. Reviews have compared this with the industrial music of the late 80s like Nine Inch Nails' 'Pretty Hate Machine'.

Despite the imagery of German Second World War troops and more, the music did not convey anything in that direction which was disappointing to say the least. Why adopt this imagery when the music is just conveying not even the usual industrial themes? What about a thematic album about Stalingrad and other great struggles in the East?

'Your World is Burning' is different but that distinction is just not noteworthy. Pity.

There are Goth bands and there are real Goth bands. Diary of Dreams offers the same dark, sparse electronics in 2002's 'Freak Perfume'. Eerie, intense and disturbing. Recommended.

26 November 2006


10cm x 21cm. Pigment Ink. Faber-Castell technical pens. Figure is based on someone I know but I credit him with too much chin. The real person has a soft chin. The lighting and shadows are interesting to do as the fire is burning from the feet.

21cm x 15cm drawing. Figure deliberately distorted. Faber-Castell technical pens. A lot of figures in my drawings are deliberately distorted. The usual human proportions are discarded for a sense of the Grotesque.