Category Archives: Tactical Playtime

Tactical Playtime is the term used for Toy Soldiers going out and having fun.

The Gaming Mammoth 2017

The time has come again! Toy Soldier Day has passed us by, and now the next big thing is upon us: Charity Work. Yes, the Army of Toy Soldiers are not just a bunch of mirthful people who run around and spread cheer and silliness... we are also a bunch of gamers dedicated to charitable…

Musical Distraction

And now for something completely different: MUSIC! By a Monkey! https://youtu.be/l7v0KEDObcU Happy Toy Soldier Day 2017!

Toy Soldier Day 2016

"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again." - Robert Jordan Another year has come to a pass, and the day has come for all good toy soldiers to…

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars…

The Seagull Nebula

A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis…

Puppis A Supernova Remnant

Driven by the explosion of a massive star, supernova remnant Puppis A is blasting into the surrounding interstellar medium about 7,000 light-years away. At that distance, this colorful telescopic field based on broadband and narrowband optical image data is about 60 light-years across. As the supernova remnant expands into its clumpy, non-uniform surroundings, shocked filaments…

The Large Cloud of Magellan

The 16th century Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and his crew had plenty of time to study the southern sky during the first circumnavigation of planet Earth. As a result, two fuzzy cloud-like objects easily visible to southern hemisphere skygazers are known as the Clouds of Magellan, now understood to be satellite galaxies of our much…

Collinder 399: The Coat Hanger

Is this coat hanger a star cluster or an asterism? This cosmic hang-up has been debated over much of last century, as astronomers wondered whether this binocular-visible object is really a physically associated open cluster or a chance projection. Chance star projections are known as asterisms, an example of which is the popular Big Dipper.…

Meteors and Milky Way over Mount Ranier

Despite appearances, the sky is not falling. Two weeks ago, however, tiny bits of comet dust were. Featured here is the Perseids meteor shower as captured over Mt. Rainier, Washington, USA. The image was created from a two-hour time lapse video, snaring over 20 meteors, including one that brightened dramatically on the image left. Although…

Spring Play Day 2015

I hope all of you had an enjoyable Play Day on this past First of March (and a similarly silly fourth of may for all you Star Wars fans out there). Play Days are held every spring and fall (the other one coincides with the American holiday of "Labor Day" in September), and are a…