Friday, 16 March 2012

Won a signed copy of Tribes of Legend by Jake Thornton and a skip problem?

I won this lovely book from nice guy Jody over at Frontline Gamer ,where he does a fantastic review of this book and the reason behind the give away....

.....I'm happy to have won a signed copy and look forward to reading and possibly using the rules, great artwork and well put together.

Said copy...

Said signature....

Now onto skips.....

This a skip, a monstrosity left outside houses and businesses for collecting rubbish and debris, a lorry appears and takes it away, apparently invented around the 1960's by a guy called Biffa!

I purchased some 15mm skips from The Scene to use as scenery in my Franonian project but I was told that skips don't exist outside of the UK and Ireland, is this true?
Help from readers outside of these countries would be helpful to the point if you've ever seen one where you are....Thanks!

I also won a runner up prize over at BigLee's Miniature Adventures  of a copy of Wellington's Victories


Not a bad week and over to Ray's tonight for a test game of his French Indian War period and rules and it's St Patricks Day tomorrow...have a good weekend if you can people!



53 comments:

  1. Congrats on the double win there mate! Both are looking to be great reads!

    BTW.. no skips in Turkey.. we just have bins arranged outside of buildings, that either garbage trucks to empty them or guys with bags on wheels to sort through them for "hidden treasures"..

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  2. Skips are here in NZ (and Australia), perhaps its just the commonwealth ?

    Cheers

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  3. If Franonia has an Irish influence as part of its heritage it would not be inconceivable that skips were adopted into Franonian daily life!

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  4. Yes we have skips here in Australia.

    Also has been used as a derogatory slang word for Anglo Aussies, by us 'wogs' - people of Mediterranean extraction. So 'skips' as in skippy the bush kangaroo.

    Which segues rather nicely into the book about Greek myths - conrgtas!

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  5. Looks like you've had a good week Angry and are set to have a good weekend as well. Enjoy the test game tonight at Ray's place.

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  6. Go with the the Indians Fran! :)
    Even though I am in Greece, I always celebrate St. Patrick's day every year (has to do with my staying in England some years ago) - with the help of some Guinness pints!!!
    Have a great weekend mate (and drink responsibly)! ;-)
    T.

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  7. Congrats on winning the signed book. Happy St. Patrick's Day, big fella! Have a drink on me!

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  8. Congratulations...and good week end too!

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  9. Congrats. Skips in South Africa, not seen any in Kenya, seen them in Hungary too.

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  10. Have a good weekend if you can survive St Patrick's Day. I had no idea that skips didn't exist outside of the UK...Maybe they just go by different names or something.

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  11. Skips most definably here in NZ, and I have seen them in my travels in Hong Kong and Saudi in the 90's.

    Good score on the book.

    Model on.

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    1. Nice one Paul, Ray is an asshole for suggesting otherwise!

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  12. Well done that man; the double no less! Can't help you about the skips but will be curious about the answer.

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  13. score on the books... sadness on the garbage.

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  14. They have skips here in Germany and Imhave seen them in Austria and ghe Netherlands for sure. I can notmremember seeing any on my trips to Africa though.

    Happy St. paddys day!

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  15. Good win on the books Fran. Yep, plenty of skips around NZ and Oz. Have a great St Paddys Day.

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  16. Congratulations on the wins. No skips in the U.S. that I've seen , either dumpsters or things more like intermodal containers. Happy St. Patrick's Day, I'll down a few in your honor. :)

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  17. Congratulations on winning the book!
    People here in the US can rent 'containers' that are giant dumpsters, but they don't look like that.

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  18. Thanks for the Link Back mate, you are a worthy runner up. I got my Brother in Law to pull two names from a hat in case the winner didn't claim his prize. El Grego (writer of the excellent blog The Pewter-Pixel Wars) claimed his DVD so I decided I ought to give the runner up - your good self - the remaining prize.

    Congratulations sir and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    BigLee
    www.blmablog.com

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  19. Ive seen skips here in the US, especially for construction sites (not so much for regular trash). Its great to use for long boards, insulation, drywall, etc.

    Congrats on the signed book! Thats very cool!

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    1. yep. +1 with WarRaptor. I've seen the same in France

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  20. Congrats Lurker. And about that skip, not sure whether the same but I have seen close to this in our neighbourhood during fall season to pick up all leaves. Not sure skip being used in Franonia

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  21. I can confirm the existence of skips exactly like the one pictured here in Sweden. Never bin (hoho) to Africa so I can't comment on their existence there, but lots of European countries collect re-cycleable goods and electronics in skips, not to hard to imagine them put on a boat and shipped to Africa for disposal.

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  22. Have a relaxing weekend Lurker.
    :-)

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  23. Glad you liked the book matey. Believe it or not the first actual name out of the hat was my better half Holly. As we already own a copy I thought I'd better pick another number and bingo. Out came your ticket.

    As for skips, I've traveled pretty extensively and I can say with 100% certainty I've seen skips in a number of African nations:

    Morocco
    Egypt
    Tunisia
    South Africa
    Nigeria

    Mainly as dumps for building waste on construction sites, but they are used.

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  24. I'd have to say that in America the norm is the lidded dumpster. The lids are (according to a site I actually spent time researching and reading) there to prevent animals from getting into the garbage or having it blow away.

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  25. Congratulations to the winning !

    We have plenty of Skips in Sweden to, but I don´t realy know if you plan to locate any of your wargaming enterprises to Sweden...If you do, I only see one possible scenario..."Operation Garbo" Russian invasion of Sweden back in the 80´s, may be good use of some skips there;)

    Best regards dalauppror

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  26. ooh, what a lovely book, Lurk, it's my fave genre!

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  27. Signed books are always a cool thing to win. :D

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  28. Well done on the win!

    Skips in Spain, called 'contenedor'. They are dumpsters in the US and they have 'dumpster divers' as we have 'skip rats' here on Merseyside.

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  29. Congrats on the win and yes they have them in Canada too, maybe not that exact make, but close enough.

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  30. thats awesome, gg on the win and playing any sport after boozing is a tad be killer.

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  31. We have a similar contraption but, like everything in America, it's bigger. They are also shaped more like a shipping container that has been cut in half, ie not having the angled portions. So, no skips over here.

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  32. Congrats on the gifts and I've seen some things similar in the US and Germany if not exactly the same.
    Good luck on the game and since the period is of particular interest to me I'm curious how Rays rules work out.

    Christopher

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  33. I've never seen any skips here in Canada. Not on the street like that anyway, except for construction projects but they don't look like the one in the pic. They're just big metal boxes.

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  34. Congrats on the book win, be interested to see a project for it if you do one.

    And I'd forgotten St Paddys day, may have to raise a glass so I may.

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  35. I used to play these role playing games ages ago, but it was more the artwork i liked. They had this magazine called White Dwarf and it showed all these drawings , live action art of the games themselves. Thanks for following.

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  36. Congrats on your wins. Some cool stuff there, ya got. You guys have a great day tomorrow. Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  37. We have lots of 'dumpsters' behind buildings (more boxy with a angled top lid) but very little for 'skips' - seen a few at construction sites but they were huge.

    Nice treats, btw.

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  38. We have them in Spain, with a different design, but the same concept. I think any company can sell them to Franonia...

    Congratullations for your prizes; both of them appear to be very interesting.

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  39. I'm at Puerto Rico and we have them here. Mainly for condos and giant chain stores like K Mart or Walgreens.

    I use them to dump boxes full of ceramic since garbage men won't pick up bags of the stuff. It's like they care that the garbage bag breaks... wtf, right?

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  40. Like WarRaptor, I've seen skips in the US at construction sites. For non-construction uses, we typically have the lidded dumpster bins that WQRobb mentions.

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  41. skips must be in every western country by now... I have already noticed that people have seen them here in NZ so I'll shut up

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  42. Here in the US, I've seen containers like that for construction as mentioned previously. When I lived in apartment complex, we had dumpsters which were similar, think they did have lids too. Congrats on the wins! Have a nice weekend.

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  43. You're really lucky to win that many things.

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  44. Well done on the winning's. Plenty of Skips in Poland, that is where the Skoda was originally made, right?

    Will try and have a good time, hope you manage it as well LOL

    Ian

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  45. I thin Jacko is right. Was Franonia part of the British Empire once? If so, a skip will probably be ok. The alternative, which might also work for a run-down urban look, is simply huge piles of rubbish?

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