Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Now That's A Knife...

My Grandfather passed away a few years ago, and every once in a while, my Grandmother finds things of his for me to liquidate.

This particular specimen is a Don Weiler Bowie Knife.  Don Weiler was a master craftsman from Yuma, Arizona.  His knives are reportedly quite desirable.

So, I'll be looking for a place to sell this beauty, after, of course, I take a little bit of Brasso to the tarnished guard.

Here's a few shots, just for posterity's sake.





Best,
JBR

Friday, September 9, 2016

My Secret Agent X Story Is Now On Audible.Com

My first published story from 2008, Wrath Of The Valkyrie, is now available on Audible.com.
It's part of an anthology of four stories, including tales by Andrew Salmon, Frank Schildiner, and Jarrod Courtemanche.

"Wrath Of The Valkyrie" pitted the classic superspy, Secret Agent X, against a team of Nazi saboteurs.  I managed to work in a 13mm custom anti-tank/sniper rifle and John Garand into the story.  It was a great tale to write.



Click here for the link to the story on Audible
Here's a link for the Kindle edition.
Here's a PDF of the first chapter to my story, Wrath Of The Valkyrie.

This was a very special story, to me, not only because it's the first time I received a check for my mad scribblings (Thanks to Chad Hardin and Ron Fortier), but it made me push my limits.

I'm a sci-fi guy.  Starships, cyborgs, superhumans, interdimensional mercenaries, mechs and power armor, you name it.

So, when Ron Fortier offered me a chance to write a tale of a classic Depression-era superspy, I wasn't sure which way to go.  I had to research, and push my comfort zone.  I'm glad he had faith in me.  Thanks, Ron.

So, Audible works like Kindle, only it's audio books, not digital books.  They're both Amazon companies.  You download the player program to your computer, phone, or tablet.  You can buy individual books, or buy a monthly subscription service.

Best,
John Bear Ross

PS Here's the front and back cover to the hard copy book, now out of print.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Scorpion Mech Painted Up!

A painted pre-production sample of the Scorpion Mech.


You're going to love the Animech Kickstarter.  Coming soon from Rebel Minis.

Best,
JBR

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rebel Animechs: Death Scuttles Ever Closer




So, this is going to be one of Rebel Mike and my next big efforts.

The upcoming Animech Kickstarter from Rebel Minis.

Here are some sneak peeks of the pre-production masters.  Some have been sent to production molding, others to various artists for paint-ups.

 Here is the Scorpion Mech.  A nasty proposition in close combat.

Here is the Wolf Mech.  This turned out nicely.

These will be RUMV compatible, meaning that different weapons, mounts, and even turrets from the lines I did for Rebel's RUMV vehicle line will be able to be swapped out.

Also, Rebel Minis is now in the digital rules publishing business.  You can download two dozen rules sets and adventures on PDF via Wargame Vault.  Here's the link.
Or, if you like hard copies in your hands, you can go to the rules section at the Rebel Minis site.

Stay tuned for more.

Best,
JBR

Friday, August 12, 2016

New Book: Two Percent Power By Brian Manning

My friend Brian Manning recently finished a novel of superhuman fiction titled "Two Percent Power."

Link to it on Amazon is here.

Brian and his brother Allen are both friends from when I went to high school in Las Vegas.  They're both accomplished artists in their own right.  It's awesome to hold their creative offerings in my hands.

Naturally, I put Two Percent Power in its rightful place.  Don't spoil it for me!

Actually, it's going on the bedside table, elbowing its place into line ahead of a few Ringo and Weber novels.

;)

Great job, Brian, and congratulations.


Best,
JBR

Sunday, August 7, 2016

New Pistola: Sig Sauer P320 in .45 ACP

I bought a new pistol with my sculpting money and some overtime.  It's one I've had my eye on for a while.
 

The Sig Sauer P320, Full Size, is a Swiss/German/American pistol chambered in the All-American classic cartridge .45 ACP.

I sent 200 rounds through it today, about what I consider a good break-in/tryout session.  Things are looking great, so far.

No failures to feed, fire, extract, or otherwise function.  Both magazines lock back, and it eats 230 grain ball (a clone of the classic military full metal jacket load) and 230 grain hollowpoints (self-defense loads) like a champ.

The night sights work great, even in Nautical Twilight,  and I can make consistent groups, even with my withered abilities.

Muscle memory is similar to classic Sigs, with the exception of the lack of a Decocker.  This is a striker-fired pistol, which means one consistent trigger pull, not two distinct trigger pulls as found in double action/single action Sigs.

This was a major plus, for me, since I really learned to shoot semi-auto pistols with the Sig P226, the sidearm issued to me when I was doing contract security for the Department of Energy.  DOE likes their shooters proficient, and I spent a lot of time learning how to work the Sig P226 in a number of situations.  The P320 lets me draw on that experience and muscle memory with ease.

Well, I kept reaching for the decocker after shooting, but we won't bring that up.  ;)

 Here's what you get when you leave the gun store.  Case, holster, extra mag, child lock, manual, sticker (for the toolbox), and a tiny squib of Lucas gun oil.

 
 Here's the pistol in its natural element.  As you can see, it's a full-size, monolithic hunk of steel and polymer.  Very elegant lines, to my designer eye.

 The factory pistol holster is a slip-in affair, with a paddle that can also accommodate a regular belt.  It has a slight forward cant, which is not my real preference.  I'm more of a 90-degree, straight-down-the-leg type of guy.  It's handy, though.

End of day shooting.  Didn't have my camera for night shooting, but it was fun.


My paws are tiny and "artistic," so I am not able to reach the magazine release without shifting my grip slightly.  The beauty of the P320 is that you can swap out the entire plastic grip frame for about $40 USD.  I will move down to the Full-size/Small grip if and when it becomes available.

Here's a pic you guys can use to characterize me as "that quiet fellow next door," if I ever make the news.  ;)

All in all, things are looking good.  A great shooter.

In other news, I'm still writing, and may have a lead on coming back to a favorite character I wrote in the past for another story.

I'll have an update later for sculpting and other sci-fi goodness coming out.

Stay tuned.

Best,
JBR

Sunday, July 24, 2016

5000+ Words

5000 words knocked out over the last couple days.  1700 last week, to bust the rust off.  Yeah, baby.

Best,
JBR