The Reckoning: The Day Australia Fell (Unforseen Book 1)

I recently finished reading the electronic copy of "The Reckoning: The Day Australia Fell" by Keith McArdle.

The story is about the Indonesian invasion of Australia, and the activities of various groups of Aussies that resist the occupation.

" Australia has been invaded. While the outnumbered Australian Defence Force fights on the ground, in the air and at sea, this quickly becomes a war involving ordinary people. Ben, an IT consultant has never fought a day in his life. Will he survive? Grant, a security guard at Sydney's International Airport, finds himself captured and living in the filth and squalor of one of the concentration camps dotted around Australia. Knowing death awaits him if he stays, he plans a daring escape. This is a dark day in Australia's history. This is terror, loneliness, starvation and adrenaline all mixed together in a sour cocktail. This is the day Australia fell."

The book was a great read - I finished it in a day, which is something very rare for me these days. It was action packed and fast paced reading, and a whole lot of fun.

I did feel the ending was a bit rushed, but I won't go in to that here in case someone is wanting to read the book themselves.

Given the ending to the story, I was surprised to see that this is book one in a series, so I will be waiting for the new book with anticipation. According to Mr McArdle's web site, he has written 36% of the second book, as at the time I have made this blog post.



I think part of what makes the story so good is that Keith McArdle is ex Australian Military - from what I can tell via a search on the web he was a Rifleman in the Australian army before transferring to  the RAAF. He is currently a paramedic in Queensland.

This gives him a bit on an insight to base the characters on, as well as his own background to draw upon, including having served in Afghanistan.

I liked the book enough that I am tempted to buy a physical copy to go with my electronic copy, as I do prefer actual books to ones stored on a device.. besides, they look better on the book shelf.

Anyone wanted to visit Keith McArdle's web site can do so here: http://www.keithmcardle.com/

Those wanting the book can buy it from Amazon (paper back and kindle) if they can't find it anywhere else: http://www.amazon.com/the Reckoning


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Interestingly enough, I planned to do a wargame about ten years ago for Australia vs Indonesia, but the lack of miniatures put an end to it.  At the time I was able to get 28mm Australians, but no one makes Indonesians.
Eureka, who makes the Aussies, makes "Musorians", but they look more like African rebels than Indonesians.

 Reading this novel has sparked up the interest again.

With the demise of the Eureka 100/300 clubs I can no longer submit miniature requests to try and get some made, but I could always look at other countries to invade Australia to play out this war.

  I could use China as the enemy (Rebel Miniatures make some, as do QRF) but at this stage no one seems to make command figures for them.

Given that Mr Putin recently came to Australia with some of the Russian Navy in tow in case he was 'shirt fronted', I could feasibly use Russia as the invading nation. Eureka makes enough Modern Russians to play out this scenario.

It is something worth thinking about, especially as Khurasan doesn't look like adding to their North Korean range due to lack of sales. Maybe if they made some command figures they would sell more?

QRF 15mm Vehicles

I made up the QRF vehicles a few weeks ago, and didn't get around to posting the photos until now.

The vehicles are all unpainted, and the minis look taller than they should against them, but that is probably due to the 2mm thick bases they are on.


Since taking these photos I have almost finished painting the BTR-60 and under coated the tanks, as well as having only the bases to finish on my North Korean support weapons.

QRF M1 Abrams and T-55 Tanks

Hot on the heels of the BTR-60, the order for an M1 Abrams and a T-55 arrived two days after the BTR-60 did.

 Here are photos right out of the zip lock bags.  Yet again my camera is letting me down, as the flash has deleted much of the detail in the hulls.

M1A1 Abrams





T-55

The M1A1 will be painted up in Australian colours (provided I can make it look ok) and the T-55 will be your standard boring North Korean colour, but at least that will let me use it for other nations should I decide to fight out other conflicts.

Now to clean them up and glue them together.

QRF BTR-60

My 15mm QRF BTR-60 that I ordered a few weeks ago arrived on Monday, and I a quite happy with it.

 Being my first modern vehicle, and the first I have ordered from QRF, I wasn't too sure what to expect with the miniature, and I am rather happy.


The model is in five parts - the hull, two rows of wheels, the turret and the turret gun.

 I had all kinds of images in my mind that I would have to glue on each wheel, so I was really happy when I learnt that the wheels are basically one piece per side.

The wheels were a little bent from the handling in the post*, they they straighten out easily enough. 

Hopefully I can prep the model this week for painting and make quick work on painting it soon.

More photos once I have done some prep.


*the post which was very slow - apparently Australia has a huge back load of parcels at the moment, and the posties are working on Sundays to try and make it manageable.

Refreshing cup of tea

A few weeks ago I ordered some Artizan Designs Pulp figures in preparation for a Pulp Alley game/campaign I am planning.

As orders from Atizan go through North Star I was pleasantly surprised to receive a tea bag included with my minis, as shown below.


I have in the past received lollies (candy or sweets depending on what part of the world you live in) from other companies, but I must say, I really appreciated having a cup of tea on North Star very much.

 I think it might have been my first time to drink Tetley tea, but I enjoyed it enough that I went out and bought a box.

Thanks North Star, I really enjoyed the tea!

 I am half tempted to send a tea bag in return of one of my ultimate favourite teas for the guys at North Star to try: