Friday 17 August 2012

20 Questions for Reject Ray

Me and Fran were chewing the fat the other day, trying to get figures painted but having absolutely no inclination what-so-ever to pick up the brush, TV was rubbish, and were missing the Olympics. You know its bad when your highlight of the day is to watch re-runs of The Professionals and then having a 30 minute conversation about the plot-line and which actors in it are still alive!  We spotted the caretaker bloke from the Harry Potter films the other day in an episode, it was exhilarating!?! So to relieve the boredom we decided to try out an interview post and wrote out 20 questions, for each other to answer, some are about wargaming some are about us and our views. Pulitzer prize winning writing its not, but here goes!
If you feel the need to answer the questions yourself on your blog, go for it! 
Here's a link to Fran the Git's post

1.      Favourite Wargaming period and why?
      Got to be the 7YW, it was the first period I owned, I painted up a massive British army, for a campaign involving all the early Rejects, way before Fran was on the scene.

2.      Next period, money no object?
      Oooo that’s a hard one?? I’d buy either The Mexican-American War or the Early Dark Ages, Romano-British and Saxons.

3.      Favourite 5 films?
       In no particular order......
      1.       12 Monkeys
2.       Saving Private Ryan
3.       The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
4.       Kingdom of Heaven (the Directors cut only!)
5.       Any Laurel & Hardy film or short.

4.   Favourite 5 TV series?
      1. Dexter
2. Justified
3. Battlestar Galactica (the newer series)
4. Walking Dead
5. The Big Bang Theory
6 I know we said 5, but I’ve got to add “24” to the list as well!!

5.      Favourite book and author?
       Easy, the 3 books by Bernard Cornwell “The Warlord Chronicles” I’ve read them loads of times, in              fact I’m due a re-read about now!    

6.      Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!
       Napoleon, no question.

7.      Favourite Wargames rules?
       I’ve always loved Age of Reason, 7YW rules, we haven’t played them now for a couple of years, but fingers crossed after a lot of badgering that’s what we’re playing on Saturday!

8.      Favourite Sport and team?
       Football and the Mighty Whites, Yorshire's pride LEEDS UNITED!!!!!!!

9.     If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?
      I'm not going back in time to kill Hitler or anything like that, I'm going for something purely selfish, I'd go back in time to the last time no bugger won the  129 Euro Millions jackpot and buy a ticket with the winning numbers on, then I'd buy another ticket just to make sure! 
      Another thing I could do is go back to the day of The Battle of the Boyne, with my camera and take some pics of the units and their flags, then I'd know who actually wore what and what the damn flags really looked like, geeky I know!

10. Last Meal on Death Row?
      I like a bit of Spice in my food, Mexican Chillies and such, my favourite at the moment is a starter at our local Chinese restaurant, battered Chilli Squid. Mmmmmmm!!! And to wash it down I'll have a bottle of Jack Daniels.

11. Fantasy relationship and why?
      Actress Zooey Deschanel and I think you can probably work out why! 

12.  If your life were a movie, who would play you?
       I'd like to think it was some handsome rugged type of chap like Bruce Willis or George Clooney, but it'd more likely be John Goodman!

13.  Favourite Comic  Superhero?
      When I were a lad, me Dad used to buy me and my brother loads of comics, I always loved the usual Batman and Superman, but my favourite was Billy Batson otherwise known as Shazam!

14.  Favourite Military quote?
       "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake" Napoleon Bonaparte

15. Historical destination to visit?
      Either the Pyramids of Gisa or the Colosseum in Rome.

16.Biggest Wargaming regret?
      Selling my 15mm Mexican-American Armies to Postie for £150, then seeing them unchanged on a bring and buy stand a couple of years latter for £350. Gutted!

17. Favourite Fantasy job?
      The No 11 Centre Forward for Leeds United!

18. Favourite Song Top 5
      You may guess that I like a bit of 50's Rock'n'Roll!
      1. Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
      2. Eddie Cochran - Somethin' Else
      3 .Elvis - Trying to get to You
      4. Buddy Holly - Loves Made a Fool of You
      5. Eddie Cochran - Jeannie, Jeanie, Jeanie

19. Favourite Wargaming Moment?
       During an Ancient Greek campaign, I was allied to Sparta, who in turn were allied to the Cretans. The main Spartan army moved up country to attack our enemy, leaving the Cretans in Sparta. The Cretans went over to the other side and and attacked the Spartan garrison, me and Smiffy the Spartan leader were both a little miffed with Richard because his betrayal had ruined our plans. Smiffy asked me to help out and throw a few dice in the game. On the first turn, the Cretans crept out and killed nearly all the guards leaving the rest of the Spartans asleep. Turn 2 the garrison was woken, I was in charge of a miserable bunch of useless slingers, who just managed to get 1 figure to shoot at a unit of Cretans. Extremely luckily I managed to kill a figure, as the Cretan General was within 2 inches of the unit Richard had to take a test on his leader. Richard had to throw a D20, Postie said them famous words "Don't throw a 1", which Richard duly threw. The leader was killed which ended the attack and the Cretan's were forced to surrender and made to join the Spartans for the rest of the Campaign. Serves you right Richard!!!!

20. The miserable Git question, what upsets you? Top 10
      What doesn't upset me!!!  We had to linit this list to 10 or we'd have gone on forever.........
      1. Stupid adverts on the tele.
      2. Them prats who keep ringing me at home to sell me something i don't want.
      3. The Robot who rings me up and puts the phone down straight away.
      4. The seemingly idiotic obsession with Celebrities and their lives.
      5. The Conservative Party!
      6. PPI adverts or phone calls....ggrrrr!
      7. Texting, For Gods sake just speak to the person e.g My daughter text her friend about going out, her mate didn't answer for hours. She got really annoyed at this, "Why don't you phone her?" I asked "because I'm waiting for her to text back" she huffed. So she waited in all day with a face like a smacked arse!!
      8. Rap Music! nuf said!
      9. When the kids have eaten all the Cheese and Onion crisps!
     10. Having to type in the stupid bloody password CAPTCHA crap on other peoples blogs!!!!!!
     11. Fran the Lurker!!!!!! The Shitbag Extraordinaire!

And here's the questions if you choose to answer them yourself.

1.        Favourite Wargaming period and why?
2.       Next period, money no object?
3.       Favourite 5 films?
4.       Favourite 5 TV series?
5.       Favourite book and author?
6.       Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!
7.       Favourite Wargames rules?
8.       Favourite Sport and team?
9.       If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?
10.   Last meal on Death Row?
11.    Fantasy relationship and why?
12.   If your life were a movie, who would play you?
13.   Favourite Comic  Superhero?
14.   Favourite Military quote?
15.   Historical destination to visit?
16.   Biggest Wargaming regret?
17.   Favourite Fantasy job?
18.   Favourite Song Top 5?
19.   Favourite Wargaming Moment?
20.   The miserable Git question, what upsets you?



  1. That picture is not fecking funny Rousell!!!!!!

  2. Going to have to disagree, it was fairly funny! Don't know if it's the hat or the fact you're hanging around outside the ladies that sets it off!

    Great list btw, going to have to kill some time answering them myself!

  3. Can't be done. The 'What gets on my tits' section is far too small. It'll only become an answer eg "What gets on my tits sections that are too small".

    I've found that since my mother-in-law died I haven't got anyone to hate, so all sorts of things annoy me now as I try to fill the vacuum. It's depressing.

  4. Some great answers there, Ray. I notice both you and Fran would like John Goodman to play yourselves if a movie of your lives was to be made. Tricky but not wholly impossible with today's speciall effects.

    1. It was strange, we didn't know each others answers! I thought Fran would have said he'd like the Say Puft Marshmellow Man myself!

  5. I shall have to have a go at these questions, too. Damned funny!

  6. John Goodman to portray you? Hmmm, I'd have thought James Gandolfini would be a better choice.

    I might have to do this one myself.

  7. LOL very amusing and interesting that pic of Fran is brill

  8. I read the questions with interest and the awnsers with equal interest. Really enjoyable Blog post. I shall now check Frans replies and comment on the hilarity of your picture on his site!

  9. Another good set, got me thinking


  10. Great idea for a post Ray. Very interesting too.

  11. You are a funny guy Ray, I laughed out loud several times. I will not answer your quiz, but will point out that I agree with you on questions 5 and 20 (except for the bit about Fran since I do not know him). In respect to question 11, I have not heard of this person, but I could have a fantasy relationship with her....I suppose.


    1. Glad you liked the post John! She is a pretty girl!

  12. Great fun, battered chilli squid just sounds too good to be true!

    1. Chilli Squid mmmmmmmm (I'm now pulling that Homer Simpson face, when he's thinking of Pork Chops!)

  13. Good fun, I went ahead and posted my answers to your 20 questions too :)

  14. The damn texting thing, I could do a whole rant post on that one. My daughter gets pissed if someone dares to to call her rather than text her. My question for you now is. What did the missus say when she found out what the resale value was on those figures you sold on the cheap to Postie.

  15. Great questionnaire, will have a go later!

  16. Always good to find another BSG fan! And I love that you guys did this....what fun!!

    1. I was sad when it ended because I loved it so much, but it was totally appropriate, and they did it pretty well. I was super excited and then completely disappointed with Caprica. Sooooo sloooowwww...and I just stopped caring! I heard they were developing another show that takes place during the first Cylon war...we'll see.

  17. Silly billys :-D
    I´ll go for buddy holly being up there but I´d have picked Rave on. Also good to see L & H in the films can beat them. The one of theirs with the adopted absolute must see for comic timimg.

    1. Buddy Holly's the best, I could have named a top 100 of just his tracks and as for Stan and Ollie, simply classic, I like The Brats, The Live ghost and Towed in the hole. I showed my two youngest some clips the other week, and they couldn't stop laughing, excellent!

  18. Well, I must are a well rounded young man, Ray.

  19. Very funny some of that and found myself agreeing on quite a bit you listed with the Cornwell series also ranking very high indeed with me.


  20. Lol, question 20, answer 8. Don't stop by next Monday! Ahahahaha

  21. Great Q&A. I think I'll do this on my blog as well.

  22. Had to join in. My answers are here:

  23. Loved the miserable git answers!

  24. Loved the Spartan wargame story!

  25. I 'wasted' half a day answering them. Thanks for brightening up a windy Saturday :)

    My Answers

  26. very entertaining Ray, I'm with you on the captcha crap especially, but the old git questions and answers are my favourites, it would be very difficullt to limit myself to just 10 though.

  27. Good 20Q, fun to compare u and Frans' answers, though probably better not to dig too deep ;_). Great post.

  28. You guys crack me up. This was a great deal of fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Fun read lads. I took the time to have a go myself...

  30. No no no I have to do it. Great idea and answer there and very interesting

  31. Replies
    1. Actually I could pretty much agree or sympathize with most of your choices, Ray, EXCEPT for that awful, hideous woman who-shall-not-be-named. Eew. Really? I just don't get it.

    2. Wot? Opticians for you in the morning Mr Campbell!!!

    3. No, I'll remain blissfully blind on that one, kind sir. More for you, eh!? (Shudder...)

  32. Couldn't resist. ANswered on my blog.

  33. Ray - absolutely phenomenal. I feel I know you intimately!!! Commiserations on your being a Leeds United fan, however!

  34. Not sure whether you're collecting the answers, but here are mine:

    Thanks for a fun evening reading your answers trying to answer them myself!

  35. Great questions Ray - I suspect my answers to #20 would be just a cut & paste of yours! Re #9 tho (re Battle of the Boyne) - check out Clarrie's Quindia Studios blog ( he's just done a shiteload of flags for the era. Nice piccy of Fran - I notice how impressed he was with it.

    1. They are certainly nice looking flags!! Fran does indeed love the picture!

  36. I completely agreed with the movie and TV listings, until I saw the BBT.

  37. Nice blog. I can't believe you don't have Breaking Bad and Sherlock in your top 5 best series! You should check it out. I'm following you so check me out:D

    1. I saw Sherlock but it'd not put it in my top 10, not heard of breaking bad, I'll check that one out!

  38. 20 questions, you guys have far to much bloody time on yer hands, paint some more wee men!!! ;0)