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Thunder in Paradise - Disc 1 Screenshots 2020.03.24

I'm building quite a big new section on xbomber.co.uk to inflict as much Thunder in Paradise on as many people as possible.
Here are a few edited highlights of the screenshots from disc 1 of the series: http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Other%2FTV+Shows+-+Thunder+in+Paradise%2FReliable+Media+-+Disc+1

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Sketchbook - Epsilon Berth 2 2020.03.22

I put up an illustration of this space outpost a few months ago,
Since then, I found another old outline of it from a different angle, which I worked on a little bit in terms of shading and Photoshop.

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Star Fleet Saturday 25 2020.03.20

Okay, it's nearly Saturday and that means... You know what it means!

I got a few more of these French comic books delivered...

These are actually pretty good.
I put up the cover scan of volume 1 the other week.
Here are volumes 2 and 3, plus the first of the two "album" editions, which is just a compilation of the first two volumes.

I'm lookin' for volume 4 (there are only 4 in total) and the second 'album', but they are playing hard-to-get at the moment.
(I only managed to get the third one by buying a collection of 3 and, thereby, getting duplicate copies of volumes 1 and 2).

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Phase Pistol 2020.03.18

Watched Star Trek: Enterprise a little while ago...  This may not be a popular opinion but I thought it was a good series of Star Trek, albeit with a few rather annoying problems.
It was action-packed and the tone was at least sufficiently idealistic that it felt like a believable half-way point between the modern day and the 23rd Century.

Anyway, around that same time, I pulled out an old art asylum phase pistol (they blew one of these up as a prop in the show, to illustrate the overload feature without destroying an original prop).

They made the muzzle bright orange on these, which totally killed any sense of realism, so I took some Gundam paint and oil markers to colour the muzzle silver, colour the pins at the front bronze where the top cover hinges, and weather and dirty it down, so that it looked a bit more credible.

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Star Fleet Saturday 24 2020.03.13

It's nearly Saturday, and that means ... Well, you know what that means.  :D

This week, I found a great illustration of Makara by artist HATE73 on DeviantArt.  
I like how it makes the character look more human/realistic but it still captures everything about the original.

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Star Fleet Saturday 23 2020.03.07

Today is Star Fleet and that means Saturday!
No, wait, that's not quite right.
Anyway, here is a very impressive and quite recent illustration from Dave Kennedy that I found a little while ago on tumblr, (I think).

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Babylon 5: Into the Fire Soundtrack 2020.03.04

A while ago, I put up a link to some of Christopher Franke's music from the never-released Babylon 5 game; Into the Fire.
Now, of course, the user that uploaded them disappeared from YouTube, along with all of his videos.

I had a several-week trek around quite a few Bab5 sites and forums but eventually the aptly-named user; baylonfan on B5TV.com helped me out.
You can download all 5x 11-minute tracks from here:

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Snub Pistol 2020.03.01

I spent a slightly hair-raising few hours this week trying to bring Emilee; my triforce Gears of War pistol back to a more presentable condition after its accident in December.
I went at it with some model glue, the metallic t-cut for my Forester and a GM20 gundam oil marker.
It's not perfect because a lot of the cracks in the polystone were quite complex but it's a damn side sweeter than paying $2,000 (!!!) + shipping + duty for a mint boxed replacement.
2019.12.22 | 19:00:

My Gears of War snub pistol; Emilee (it had a name) somehow dropped off its shelf and landed on my desk this morning.
It is now in significantly-less-than mint condition and all the suppliers are dry on stock and I can't seem to find a replacement anywhere.
If anyone has any idea where I might dig up a mint boxed Triforce snub pistol, maybe you could shoot me a quick message.

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Star Fleet Saturday 22 2020.02.29

It's Saturday and that means Star Fleet...
I was talking with Matsu Kami about the French comics here:

The four books put a nice new spin on the first four episodes of the show.
I'm putting together the full set to improve xbomber.co.uk's coverage of them but it's taking quite a while ...

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Thunder in Paradise - New DVDs 2020.02.27

I had 4 discs burned from TV-recorded VHS of Thunder in Paradise; which is simultaneously the best and worst television show in the whole of the world.
I left them sitting on my desk and they completely bleached with the light so that none of my drives could read them.

Anyway, the ioffer website where I got them disappeared and I found reliablemediastore.com who were true to their name.
It seems to be from the same VHS source because it includes all the network "coming next" segments, which had great extended music.

Best TV show
Worst TV show
... in the world

Anyway, this time I'm backing it up to hard disk.

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