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Conspiracy Theory: Chemtrails

Whats the Deal?

Contrails, or condensation trails, are “streaks of condensed water vapor created in the air by an airplane or rocket at high altitudes.” According to the chemtrail conspiracy theory, long-lasting trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft are Chemical and/or Biological agents deliberately sprayed for sinister purposes undisclosed to the general public. Believers in the theory argue that normal contrails dissipate relatively quickly, and contrails that do not dissipate must contain additional substances. Because of the popularity of this theory official agencies across the world face regular enquiries from the public demanding an explanation. The chemtrails are thought to be used for various nefarious purposes such as weather control; population control; psychological manipulation; solar radiation management; suoer-weapon preparation (more on this another time); even biological/chemical warfare.

Where did it come from?

According to Wikipedia the conspiracy started some time in the 1990’s by investigative journalists and was then picked up and promoted by radio personalities on late night radio. USAF officials were accused of spraying “mysterious substances” on the US public. This was evidenced with trails that lasted longer than “normal contrails”. In Canada, a petition was lodged with the Canadian government concerning the “adverse health effects of high altitude aerial spraying”. They responded stating: “There is no substantiated evidence, scientific or otherwise, to support the allegation that there is high altitude spraying conducted in Canadian airspace. The term ‘chemtrails’ is a popularised expression, and there is no scientific evidence to support their existence.” Official statements on the non-existence of chemtrails have not discouraged the conspiracy theorists however.

Support…

As one of the more popular conspiracies out there, there is a lot of support for it. Whilst on holiday in Wales, visiting the tallest waterfall in Wales, I encountered a tourist information wrack. Normally stuffed with info on other attractions that are nearby, I found that each section had a small leaflet stuck in the front about chemtrails. This was a while ago now and I no longer have it (as I took one) otherwise I would show you it. Here are some links to supporters websites and videos:

http://news.discovery.com/human/psychology/viral-video-claims-to-prove-chemtrails-conspiracy-140501.htm

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/

http://globalskywatch.com/links/#.VFJ8ZzB1-uY

http://www.chemtrailsproject.com/

Debunkers…

Alongside the hardcore believers, there are those that will equally vehemently cry “No!” Sometimes they can be quite vitriolic! I find it odd the level of trouble some people will go to to disprove something another person believes. OFten than for no other reason than “because”

http://thevane.gawker.com/why-i-write-about-and-debunk-the-chemtrail-conspiracy-1581896346

http://conspiracies.skepticproject.com/articles/chemtrails/

So there you have it. The first Conspiracy Theory I thought I would share with you. Let me know what you think. Is “The Government” spraying chemicals into the atmosphere? Is it part of a plan to depopulate the planet? Or a weapon used against Aliens in a secret war? Feel free to comment! Personally, I’m open minded about it. I would say its possible something is being sprayed about in the air. But I feel its way more likely to be rubbish. The government cannot keep their own expenses secret after all.

Ciao!

#warmongers Miniswap 2014 – Update!

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Time for an update on the #warmongers #miniswap for 2014!

Lots of activity going on and some have even completed their models! Others are in transit (sorry Darren, it is on its way!) and some are preparing to swap after a false start.

Anyway, here are some shots of the minis swapped thus far:

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Miniature for Jay (@souljacker1974) painted by Patrick

patrick-by-Jaynffc-complete1Miniature for Patrick, painted by Jay

And some unpainted swaps that have already taken place:

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My miniature to paint for Darren (@darrenbogus)

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Wouter-for-richardWouter’s (@woutertje_l) miniature, being painted by Richard(@Tango_Taylor)

 So, as you can see, lots of fun things being swapped back and forth and plenty of progress going on. Keep the wip shots coming in miniswappers and I’ll do another update post soon – hopefully with some proper progress of my own to show off!

– Rob

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Mordheim Video Game

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Mordheim_Intro_Logo As you know we are massive fans of Mordheim here at The Shell Case, so you can understand our excitement when the below image appeared on twitter with the announcement that a Mordheim Video Game was in production.

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Mordheim City of the Damned is being Published by Focus Home Interactive and Developed by Rogue Factor.

We don’t know much more at this stage other than it will be a strategy RPG with a solo and multiplayer mode.

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Watch this space for updates.

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Tutorial – Stamp your Milliput

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Over on Massive Voodoo, there is a nice little basing tutorial about stamping Milliput to get different effects, like this;

Fancy seeing some more? Then you know what to do. click on the link.

Tutorial – Stamp your Milliput

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New Teams for Dreadball Announced

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It’s fair to say that things over at Mantic are moving at a frenetic pace, so here’s hoping that we can keep up. They have just released their first ever non Kickstarter backed supplement; Galactic Tour Series: Azure Forest, which Mantic have hinted will be the first of many. Their focus has now firmly shifted back to Kickstarter where it all began and the launch of Dreadball Xtreme. Having now exceeded their pledge goal, Mantic have 2 extra teams to unlock early as part of Dreadball Season 6. They have released initial concept art for both teams and they look like they will pose very different challenges to the existing teams.

Introducing the Koris, a bunch of aliens from another dimension with a real grudge against the Asterians.

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They are a team with a real bad attitude and access to some awesome looking technology, which early reports suggest will…

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Astra Militarum Leaks – Ogryns, Bullgryns and a Hydra

Ramblings from The Trenches

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The internet has been abuzz with some pictures of the forthcoming Astra Militarum (eventually I’ll get used to the name) new dual plastic kit that finally brings Ogryns back into the game without the need for one to take out a second mortgage. They can also be built as a more heavily armoured Bullgryn variant.

The photos appear to be from a forthcoming Warhammer Visions edition, I suspect the May one. Here they are.

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Also appearing is the first ever fully plastic Hydra Flak Tank. As an unapologetic Tread Head I’ll certainly be getting a few of these babies!

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Roll on April!

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Battlefleet Gothic Scratch Build – Space Dock

50 shades of Epic!

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All the fun Phil and Matt have been having with their X-Wing adventures has inspired me to do something of my own relating to star ships and space battles, although rather than Star Wars being my theatre of war I returned to one of my favourite games – Battle Fleet Gothic.

I’m lucky enough to own a sizeable Imperial fleet with every ship in the Rulebook represented at least once, along with a decent supporting fleet of Space Marines, but something I never invested in was the array of orbital defences and installations that were available at the time. The problem with correcting this regret is with Battlefleet Gothic models no longer available from Games Workshop, the second-hand market is the only way to now obtain these models – and with some of the rarer kits selling for eye watering prices this isn’t always a viable option. An example is…

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Pushing the Edges by Gav Thorpe

GAV THORPE! *swoon*

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I was going to write a fairly snarky post about some of the childish, narrow-minded, reactions in the community to the announcement of the Storm of Vengeance mobile videogame. On reflection I decided that rather than challenging one of the less desirable traits of the wargames community (or parts of it) I thought I’d go for a celebration of something altogether more positive.

With that said, I have to start with something of a lament, but I’ll keep it brief. From a design point of view, there are a lot of companies treading the same road and bringing out the same stuff that has dominated the sci-fi and fantasy miniatures market for the last couple of decades. A lot of it is either influenced by Games Workshop or more blatantly trying to cash-in on their worlds. As a business model I have my doubts about this, but it’s from the…

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Broken Zealot Goes Mobile Painting

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For anyone travelling away with the missus and trying to take some painting with you are not allowed your whole set up, then head on over to Broken Zealot.

As he shows some neat little ways to reduce the space you will need AND also sneak it past the other half 😉

Broken Zealot Painting Blog: Mobile Painting Kit.

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Will This Game Let You Play In A Galactic-Sized Sandbox?

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The 2013 Spike VGX Awards saw a huge show-stealer in the form of the “No Man’s Sky” trailer. Claiming that “all footage captured in real-time” and that “every planet procedural”, the trailer captured the attention of the audience as you proceeded from swimming at the bottom of the ocean to going to shore before climbing into a parked spaceship nearby and taking off.

Right into goddamn space.

That’s right: there is no sky box in place to stop you should you ever decided to do good on Professor Farnsworth’s words and just don’t want to live on that planet anymore, and HOLY SHIT!! The implications of THAT could be pants-crappingly AWESOME! Kotaku has compiled a list of tidbits from all over the Internet to further shed more light onto the game itself, but one thing we know for sure at this point: this game could easily blow Minecraft right…

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