Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thoughts are turning to Conan for some reason

With the new 40k starter set coming out, I've been digging out my old Chaos figures. I found some of the fantasy Marauders I had intended to turn into cultists. These figures always make me think of the 1st Conan movie and all the oft quoted lines from the movie as well. Of course I never remember things correctly so I googled Conan quotes. One interesting thing I found is that the lamentation quote actually comes from a book on Genghis Kahn:

Beyond that, and this will only be found on this blog, that section of Harlod Lamb's book wasn't as Harlod originally wrote it. Here is an earlier unpublished draft:

One day in the pavilion at Karakorum he [Genghis Kahn] asked an officer of the Mongol guard what, in all the world, could bring the greatest happiness.

"The open steppe, a clear day, and a swift horse under you," responded the officer after a little thought, "and a falcon on your wrist to start up hares."

"Nay," responded the Kahn, "to crush your enemies, to see them fall at your feet -- to take their horses and goods and hear the lamentation of their women. That is best."

"What is best? Is it crushing your enemies, seeing them fall, taking their horses, taking their goods, or hearing the lamentation of their women?" Interrupted T. Tibbetotai.

Kahn looked at Tibbetotai with a blank expression.

Tibbetotai continued, "I mean you say 'that is best.' It seems to me only one of those things can be best, not all 4..."

Guard, "5."

"5 things, " Tibbetotai corrected himself, "Of course you may mean all of those things together. If so you should say.." Tibbetotai finished as his head hit the ground.

Kahn looked at the guard while wiping his sword on Tibbetotai and said, "Have his horses and goods brought to my ger. Now where did those women of his go."

From the unpublished draft of GENGHIS KAHN: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MEN, pages 106-107:

Now what this has anything to do with my blog is beyond me.

Friday, August 24, 2012

More Tree Fort

I did get a gangster game in and I do have some pictures. But the tree fort is still taking up what free time I currently have.

Not much progress. I broke a lag bolt earlier this year and I stopped out of frustration. I started back up recently. I had to disassemble and reassemble the tree fort before making further progress. My next step is to make a solid and safe railing for up above and adding an additional deck below. The below deck will help prevent any racking of the tree fort. It will also be a place for us adults to hang out.
I have also had additional trouble with misshapen and twisted boards. A good deal of the wood is unused treated wood from much older projects. A good deal of them are more crooked then my back. Three of the 4x4s had a 45 degree twist from top to bottom. That makes it tough to have nice square corners. It also isn't square on the diagonals. This means the platform is in the shape of a rhombus* instead of a square. It is off by only a half inch, but it vexes me. Still, nobody has noticed yet.

*That is the first time I  used word rhombus outside of school.