defense forts

in my most recent game of team defense fort 2 i was banned from a 24/7 hightower pony rp server for screaming ‘incoming gamer!’ into my mic every time i respawned or charged as demoman. and i have to say, nothing really prepares you for the sensation of hearing a grown man say with no hint of irony in his voice, ‘mr sex goblin, if you dont stop saying that im banning you from ponyville forever’


Staigue Stone Fort, County Kerry, Ireland

Staique Stone Fort is located three miles west of Sneem, on the Iveragh peninsula. The fort is thought to have been built during the late Iron Age around 300 to 400 AD.  It is at the head of a valley opening south to the sea and is surrounded by a ditch. The fort’s walls are up to 18 ft (5.5 m) high in places, 13 ft (4 m) thick at the bottom and 90 ft (27.4 m) in diameter. One of the most interesting things about the fort is that there are ten flights of steps, built in an X shape, along the circular internal wall giving access to the top of the rampart. Staigue represents a considerable feat in engineering since it was built without the use of mortar.

There is evidence that copper was excavated in the surrounding area and it appears that the fort may have been a place of worship, an observatory and a place of defense.

  • Atsushi: En-chan,please keep an eye on Yumoto today.He´s gonna say something to the wrong person and get himself punched.
  • En: Sure,I´d love to see Yumoto get punched.
  • Atsushi: Try again.
  • En: I will stop Yumoto from getting punched.
  • Atsushi: Correct.
What kind of kids the volleyball nerds were
  • Hinata: the child who wanted to compete in anything and everything from rock/paper/scissors to how long he could go without having to pee
  • Kageyama: the type of kid who never lost faith in Santa even when other children tried to say he wasn't real (... in fact he probably still believes in Santa O_O)
  • Tsukishima: the type who looked damned pretentious b/c he got along better with older kids rather than those who were his age
  • Yamaguchi: the shy son who always hid behind his mom's legs and spent more time playing with the sweet daycare lady than with other children
  • Nishinoya: that kid with the legendary birthday parties
  • Tanaka: the type who would probably pick up a bug and then proceed to terrorize girls by chasing them with it
  • Sawamura: the child who built amazing forts and led an army of other children in defense of said forts
  • Sugawara: the super popular kid b/c his PTA mom always invited other children over and prepared treats for his classmates
  • Azumane: the sweet son who totally had a crush on the cute pre-school teacher but never got the courage to confess before he moved on to kindergarten
  • Yachi: the child who was endlessly attracted to shiny things and stuffed animals
  • Shimizu: the girl who didn't like dolls or tea sets and instead preferred going outside for sports
The Star Spangled Banner, or The Defense of Fort McHenry

Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
                              - Francis Scott Key, July 4, 1814

SOLO CHILDREN – Stats for the old Star Wars Roleplaying Game [from the Core Rulebook & New Jedi Order Sourcebook]

JACEN SOLO: Male Human Jedi Guardian 9; Init +1; Defense 19 (+8 class, +1 Dex); Spd 10 m; VP/WP 46/13; Atk +10/+5 melee (1d3+1, unarmed) or +12/+7 melee (3d8+1/19-20, lightsaber) or +10/+5 ranged (3d6, blaster pistol); SV Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +6; SZ M; FP 6; Rep 4; Str 13, Dex 13, Con 13, Int 14, Wis 14, Cha 13, Challenge Code: D.

EQUIPMENT: Lightsaber (Jacen has constructed his own lightsaber), blaster pistol

SKILLS: Craft (lightsaber) +6, Handle Animal +6, Intimidate +3, Knowledge (Jedi Lore) +8, Pilot +7, Read/Write Basic, Ride (all) +3, Speak Basic, Speak Calamarian, Speak Shyriiwook (understand only)

FORCE SKILLS: Affect Mind +9, Battlemind +7, Empathy +10, Enhance Senses +7, Farseeing +7, Force Defense +5, Friendship +5, Heal Self +3, Move Object +11, See Force +7, Telepathy +6.

FEATS: Animal Affinity, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (lightsaber), Force-Sensitive, Skill Emphasis (Pilot), Weapon Focus (lightsaber), Weapon Group Proficiencies (blaster pistols, simple weapons).

FORCE FEATS: Alter, Burst of Speed, Control, Deflect Blasters, Lightsaber Defense, Sense.

JAINA SOLO: Female Human Jedi Guardian 6/Soldier 1/Jedi Ace 2; Init +2; Defense 22 (+10 class, +2 Dex); Spd 10 m; VP/WP: 60/13; Atk +9/+4 melee (1d3, unarmed) or +10/+5 melee (3d8/19 - 20, lightsaber) or +11/+6 ranged (3d6, blaster pistol); SQ Starfighter defense, starship focus; SV Fort +10, Ref +10, Will +6; SZ M; FP 4; DSP 1; Rep 4; Str 11, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 14, Wis 13, Cha 13,  Challenge Code: B.

EQUIPMENT: Lightsaber (Jaina has constructed her own lightsaber), blaster pistol, XJ X-wing, astromech droid (“Sparky”).

SKILLS: Astrogate +6, Computer Use +7, Craft (lightsaber) +6, Knowledge (Jedi lore) +6, Pilot +12, Read/Write Basic, Repair +10, Speak Basic, Speak Calamarian, Speak Shyriiwook, Tumble +6.

FORCE SKILLS: Affect Mind +8, Battlemind +9, Empathy +7, Enhance Ability +9, Force Defense +3, Move Object +11, See Force +6.

FEATS: Armor Proficiency (light), Exotic Weapon Proficiency (lightsaber), Force-Sensitive, Gearhead, Skill Emphasis (Pilot), Starship Dodge, Starship Operation (starfighters), Weapon Group Proficiencies (blaster pistols, blaster rifles, heavy weapons, simple weapons, vibro weapons).

FORCE FEATS: Alter, Control, Deflect Blasters, Sense.

ANAKIN SOLO: Male Human Jedi Guardian 5; Init +1; Defense 17 (+6 class, +1 Dex); Spd 10 m; VP/WP: 40/12; Atk +6 melee (1d3+1, punch) or +7 (3d8+1/19-20, lightsaber) or +6 ranged (3d6, blaster pistol); SV Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +3; SZ M; FP 3; Rep 3; Str 12, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 15, Wis 11, Cha 12.

EQUIPMENT: Lightsaber (Anakin has constructed his own lightsaber), blaster pistol.

SKILLS: Computer Use +10, Craft (electronics) +7, Craft (lightsaber) +4, Knowledge (Coruscant) +6, Knowledge (Jedi lore) +5, Pilot +3, Read/Write Basic, Repair +6, Speak Basic, Speak Calamarian, Speak Shyriiwook (understand only).

FORCE SKILLS: Affect Mind +5, Battlemind +8, Empathy +3, Enhance Ability +4, Move Object +9, See Force +4.

FEATS: Exotic Weapon Proficiency (lightsaber), Force-Sensitive, Gearhead, Weapon Group Proficiencies (blaster pistols, simple weapons).

FORCE FEATS: Alter, Burst of Speed, Control, Deflect Blasters, Sense.


  • One of Jacen’s Force Skills is Friendship +5. That’s majestic. He is also the only Solo child who uses Telepathy & Heal Self. On top of that, he’s the only one who has Intimidate under the skills section. It was only at a +3 in the NJO, but imagine how high that would climb with Caedus.
  • All three kids can understand Shyriiwook, but Jaina is the only one that can also apparently speak it. Her different weapon group proficiencies are through the damn roof too. A+ 
  • Anakin is the only one to have a second Craft Skill (electronics) and already has Computer Use +10. To put that into perspective, the incredibly intelligent scientist Danni Quee has Computer Use +7 & legendary master slicer Zakarisz Ghent has Computer Use +19 and Anakin was still a teenager and always picking up new information.
  • Anakin’s Intelligence stat is higher than both of his siblings, while Jacen excels w/ his Wisdom stat & Jaina has the highest stat for Dexterity.

(Tenel Ka’s stats coming soon! I really wish the game lasted through Legacy of the Force. I would have loved to see Caedus’ stats. Also, the sourcebooks always had new/awesome art so who knows the kind of magic we would have gotten in that one. Caedus, Allana, Ben, Queen Mom Tenel Ka – SO MANY POSSIBILITIES. D:)


The M42 Duster Appreciation Post

During the course of the Korean War, the U.S. Army decided to phase out all vehicles based on the M24 Chaffee chassis, such as the M19 Gun Motor Carriage 40 mm Anti-Aircraft, in favor of designs that utilized the chassis of the M41. Since the 40 mm guns were still seen as an effective anti-aircraft weapon, the turret of the M19 was simply mounted to the M41 chassis with few changes except a partial redesign to accommodate the larger turret ring of the M41 and designated as the M42.

Production of the M42 began in early 1952 at GM’s Cleveland Tank Plant. It entered service in 1953 and replaced a variety of different anti-aircraft systems in armored divisions. In 1956, the M42 received a new engine and other upgrades along with other M41 based vehicles, becoming the M42A1. Production was halted in Dec. 1959 with 3,700 examples made during its production run.

Sometime in the late 50s, the U.S. Army reached the conclusion that anti-aircraft guns were no longer viable in the jet age and began fielding a self-propelled version of the HAWK SAM instead. Accordingly, the M42 was retired from front line service and passed to the National Guard with the last M42s leaving the regular Army by 1963, except for the 4th Bn, 517th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in the Panama Canal Zone, which operated two batteries of M42s into the 1970s.

The HAWK missile system performed poorly in low altitude defense. To ensure some low altitude anti-aircraft capability for the ever increasing amount of forces fielded in Vietnam, the Army began recalling M42A1s back into active service and organizing them into air defense artillery (ADA) battalions. Starting in the fall of 1966, the U.S. Army deployed three battalions of Dusters to the Republic of Vietnam, each battalion consisting of a headquarters battery and four Duster batteries, and each augmented by one attached Quad-50 battery and an artillery searchlight battery.

Despite a few early air kills, the air threat posed by North Vietnam never materialized and ADA crews found themselves increasingly involved in ground support missions. Most often the M42 was on point security, convoy escort or perimeter defense. The “Duster” (as it was called by U.S. troops in Vietnam) was soon found to excel in ground support. The 40 mm guns proved to be effective against massed infantry attacks.

Most of the Duster crew members had their AIT training in the 1st. Advanced Individual Training Brigade (Air Defense) at Fort Bliss, Texas. Some of the Duster NCOs had received training at the Non Commissioned Offices Candidate School which was also held at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery was the first ADA battalion to arrive in Vietnam on November 1966. A self-propelled M42A1 Duster unit the 1st of the 44th supported the Marines at places like Con Thien and Khe Sanh Combat Base as well as Army divisions in South Vietnam’s rugged I Corps region. The battalion was assigned to First Field Force Vietnam (IFFV) and was located at Đông Hà. In 1968 it was attached to the 108th Artillery Group (Field Artillery). Attached to the 1/44th was G Battery 65th Air Defense Artillery equipped with Quad-50s and G Battery 29th Artillery Searchlights. The 1/44th served alongside the 3rd Marine Division along the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in I Corps thru December 1971.

The second Duster battalion to arrive in Vietnam was the 5th Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery. Activated in June 1966 it arrived in Vietnam in November 1966 and was diverted to III Corps, Second Field Force (IIFFV) and set up around Bien Hoa Air Base. Attached units were D Batter y71st Air Defense Artillery equipped with Quad-50s and I Battery 29th Artillery Searchlights. The “Second First” served the southern Saigon region through mid 1971. D-71st Quads remained active through March 1972.

The third Duster battalion to arrive was the 4th Battalion, 60th Air Defense Artillery. Activated in June 1966 it arrived in Vietnam in June 1967 and set up operations in the Central Highlands, based out of An Khê (1967-70) and later Tuy Hoa (1970-71). Attached units were E Battery 41st Artillery equipped with Quad-50s and B Battery 29th Artillery Searchlights (which were already in country since October 1965). Members of these units not only covered the entire Central Highlands, but assets also supported firebases and operations along the DMZ to the north and Saigon to the south.

Each Duster Battalion had four line batteries (A,B,C,D) and a headquarters battery. Each battery had two platoons (1st, 2nd) which contained four sections each containing a pair of M42A1 Dusters. At full deployment there were roughly 200 M42 Dusters under command throughout the entire war. The Duster and Quads largely operated in pairs at firebases, strong points and in support of engineers building roads and transportation groups protecting convoys. At night they protected the firebases from attack and were often the first targets of enemy sappers, rockets and mortars. Searchlight jeeps operated singularly but often in support of a Duster or Quad section at a firebase.

Between the three Duster battalions and the attached Quad-50 and Searchlight batteries over 200 fatalities were recorded.

The three M42A1 equipped ADA units (1/44th, 4/60th & 5/2d) deactivated and left Vietnam in late December 1971. Most if not all of the in-country Dusters were turned over to ARVN forces. Most of the training Dusters at Ft.Bliss were returned to various National Guard units. The U.S. Army maintained multiple National Guard M42 battalions as a corps level ADA asset. 2nd Battalion/263 ADA headquartered in Anderson SC was the last unit to operate the M42 when the system was retired in 1988.


Navan Fort, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Navan Fort is an historical royal fortress and the stronghold of the kings of Ulster from around 700 BC. The Fort was the center of King Conchobor mac Nessa and his Red Branch Knights. It is surrounded by a bank with a ditch inside, suggesting that it was a ceremonial, rather than defensive site. The Fort was eventually abandoned, which probably was a result of the creation of St. Patrick’s church two miles away. But in 1005, the Irish king Brian Boru camped there, and in 1387, Niall O’Neill chose Navan Fort as the location for a house.

It is said that the great Irish mythical hero Cuchulainn spent much of his youth in Navan Fort before single-handedly facing the army of the mythical Queen Maeve.

One mile west of Navan Fort lies another myth site, the mysterious King’s Stables which is thought to have played a role in water rituals in the area.


LEGO Pirates Sets 2015

  • Shipwreck Defense (70409)
  • Soldiers Outpost (70410)
  • Soldiers Fort (70412)
  • The Brick Bounty (70413)

LEGO Pirates are an all-time favourite of many older fans. So it is really cool how much these sets look like modernised versions of the classic pirate theme from the late 80s and early 90s. Something for old and new LEGO fans alike. I can’t wait to put the new Brickbeard next to my original one.
The new headscarfs didn’t really seem necessary to me, though.

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Bellarke, huddling for warmth/snowed in, either canonverse or modern AU-whatever you feel like. Thank you! I love your writing.

Bellamy kind of likes working Christmas Eve, which he knows is weird. His boss always tells his that he doesn’t have to work, vaguely guilty, like he didn’t agree to it. Even when she’s around, he and Octavia don’t ever do family stuff until dinner time, so it’s not like he has family obligations he’s missing out on, and he’s usually the only one on the train and in the office, which is awesome. He blasts loud obnoxious music and gets a ton done without any of his coworkers bothering him.

Okay, so when he puts it like that, he sounds like the protagonist of a movie about someone learning a holiday lesson from a bunch of ghosts, but seriously, he’s just introverted. He’s not making anyone else suffer with his antisocial tendencies. He’s just living his life. He’s not hurting anybody.

He’s finished with most of his paperwork by early afternoon, and he’s just diving into listening to Lemonade while he cleans and organizes his desk, when he hears someone say, “Hello?”

Irrationally, he looks down to check his outfit, even though he knows, completely and for certain, without a doubt, that he is wearing his normal clothes and looks completely presentable. It’s not like listening to Beyoncé is a crime. As far as he’s concerned, not listening to Beyoncé is the real crime.

Still, he turns off the music and sticks his head out into the hallway, where he sees Clarke Griffin shaking out her coat and getting off her hat. Her cheeks are chapped and red, and her hair is curling and damp from the snow.

She looks pretty, because of course she looks pretty. She always looks pretty. One of his big personal regrets is the way he screwed it up with her, making a shitty first impression and doubling down on it instead of making amends. They’re no longer actively antagonizing each other like they used to, but he thinks they could have been friends.

Maybe even something more. But–they’re friendly. That’s a good place to start.

“Bellamy?” Clarke asks. “What are you doing here?”

“Working. What are you doing here?”

“Have you looked out the window? Or checked any kind of social media?”

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