"There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive, somewhere beyond the heavens."

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Hercules comes to Fayetteville!

 In two weeks,Geeks from all walks of life will converge at the Crown Expo Center for Fayetteville's 3rd annual Comic-con!

This year, the big headliner will be the demigod himself,Mr. Lou Ferrigno,who first gained notoriety with his mano a mano battle against Arnold Schwartzenegger in the documentary 'Pumping Iron';He would go on to play the title hero in the '80s version of 'Hercules':…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on October 6, 2017 at 4:08pm — No Comments

BRIEFING: OP 'Made Ya Look'

 Covert intel obtained by the colonial ministry of defense has discovered that the cylons have established A station/listening post about 5km behind their side of the red line:

It is reported that this station is equipped with an advanced tracking system,capable of looking up to 30 km into colonial…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on August 22, 2017 at 5:32pm — 6 Comments

BATTLESTAR THERMOPYLAE

The battlestar thermopylae was one of A hand full of nova class battlestars in service with the colonial fleet just before the second cylon invasion;The Nova class was an upgrade from the mercury class;It survived the cylon onslaught probably because it's commander chose not to activate the new CNP program,which the cylons exploited throughout the fleet.

The thermopylae joined with other  surviving colonial fleet elements,and maintained subspace silence in case the cylons were…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on August 12, 2017 at 8:21am — 6 Comments

GUNSTAR TRIREME'S 2ND ANNIVERSARY

People of the BFC fleet,

Two years ago,the first escort of the raven battle group,the Gunstar Trireme(GSR-0201),was sent on it's journey.

We have stood in defense of the BFC flagship,the Battlestar Raven(BFC-002),In our continuing conflict with the cylons,to keep the colonies safe.

We have added our firepower to that of the raven's,and supported the action of her best asset,The raven air wing.

We have taken our share of bumps and bruises;And returned the same to…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on August 1, 2017 at 4:44pm — 8 Comments

GUNSTAR TRIREME: Message From Beyond

The Gunstar Trireme was on it's usual duty,10 km off battlestar raven's port bow;In CIC,There was A discussion on the Caprica MMA championship,broadcast on the CUBN the evening before; Chief navigator Geiken was in A not so good mood; His favorite fighter lost in the semifinals,and, geiken…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on June 8, 2017 at 4:48pm — No Comments

1/32 Viper Mk.III

When I got out of the academy on picon, they assigned me to the battlestar themistocles;I found myself the driver of A gently used Viper Mk.III with thor squadron;I had qualified in the Mk.II,but, I found this quite an upgrade! Even as A nugget,this was just too good! Thor squadron raised A lot of hell with the cylons;This is where I bagged my first 17 confirmed kills.

When I moved on to the Battlestar Raven(where I transitioned to the Mk. VII),the chief of the themistocles promised…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on March 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Richard Hatch coming to Fayetteville comic-con

It was recently announced that Mr. Richard Hatch, Capt. Apollo from the original series, and Tom Zarek from the RDM series, will be appearing at Fayetteville comic-con this October.

Huge indeed...So say we all!

Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on January 11, 2017 at 3:51pm — 2 Comments

HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM THE GUNSTAR TRIREME

On Behalf of the Officers and Crew of the Gunstar Trireme,First Escort of the Raven Battle Group,I would like to extend Wishes to Everyone for a safe and Happy Holiday and a most Prosperous New Year!

This Saturday Evening,we are expecting Heavy DRADIS Traffic in Anticipation of what is described as A Red Raptor pulled by nine Reindeer,and Piloted by a Jolly Fat Man with a White Beard:…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on December 23, 2016 at 3:07pm — No Comments

FAYETTEVILLE COMIC-CON DEBRIEF

People of the Fleet,

Suffice to say that the Second Annual Fayetteville Comic-Con was A Resounding Success! Over the Two Days the con took Place at the Crown Expo Center,Many A Creature made the rounds in the Exposition Hall and found out why they said: "If it's Geek,We got it!".…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on October 17, 2016 at 4:39pm — 4 Comments

Librari-Con 2016

 Gunstar Trireme Was one of Many Attractions At the 10th Annual Librari-Con at the Cumberland County Library and Information Center.

I Spoke with Several People In Attendance,And Got some good Feedback About the Display:

The Most Used Phrase was "I remember the Old Series…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on September 3, 2016 at 5:12pm — 1 Comment

' FLASH GORDON APPROACHING '

FLASH.........AAAAAAH! Savior of the Universe...Is coming to Fayetteville Comic-Con!

In all the Cheesey '80s Glory, Sam Jones has been Confirmed as A Attendee for this year's Comic-Con in Fayetteville NC on October 15/16; This Certainly Makes up for the…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on August 17, 2016 at 5:37am — No Comments

The TRIREME: One Year Old

People of the Fleet,

Today, The GUNSTAR TRIREME,First Escort of the RAVEN BATTLE GROUP,is One Year Old;We Stand Before the BFC Fleet as It's Newest Addition;We are,to Date, Proud of What we Have Built so Far;We,of course, Know that we Are Still in our Infancy,and Taking Toddler Steps Forward;However there is Confidence that we have the Solid Foundation for Success;And,With A Dedicated Crew,and Hard Work,That Success will be Assured.…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on August 1, 2016 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Gunstar Trireme - Cargo of Shame

One Week after the Mission at Zebulon; Ens. 'Freya' Willis is In Trireme CIC after Shuttling Parts and Supplies from the Raven ,And Talking with Trireme CO Leonidas.

"Well, that should be it Sir;They're Probably Finished offloading Now;Anything you need me to Take Back?"

A Couple of things;A Few Smaller Items That have been Boxed up,Checked,and Should have already been delivered to your Raptor by Now;And This(Pulls out A bottle of Honey Ambrosia) Hand this to Lt. Red Dog of my…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on April 16, 2016 at 6:41pm — 3 Comments

Battlestar THEMISTOCLES

Here are the Photos of my latest Completion: The Battlestar THEMISTOCLES; This Is Basically the BamBamm/Fantasic Plastic Kit I Bought some time Ago; This made it's debut at The Friday Night Meeting of the IPMS/Lafayette Scale Modelers;Photos by Mike Kloppenburg.

This was the Battlestar 'Leonidas' Served on Prior to the Raven;He Got his Nugget Training there after Graduating from the Academy,and Eventually Exceeded Expectations; Many Pilots and Crew still there Remember Him…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on April 11, 2016 at 3:34pm — 4 Comments

GUNSTAR TRIREME - First Encounter

The GUNSTAR TRIREME Has  Completed her Shakedown Cruise around the Colonies,and Is Preparing Jump Co-ordinates to Rendezvous with the Battlestar Raven to Begin Her Escort Duties:

"SHIP'S LOG"

"We have Just passed Virgon,and are Prepping Jump Co-Ordinates to Join the Battlestar Raven; So far, Other than A couple of Minor Glitches,Ship and Crew have Performed well; Scored 87% Efficiency at the Fleet Gunnery Range; Not bad for A Rookie Crew;With time,It will Get…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on November 4, 2015 at 5:20pm — 6 Comments

Gunstar Trireme - Launch When Ready

SCORPIA SHIP YARDS

Dock 37

Inside the Main Hangar Deck of the Gunstar Trireme, The Official Launch Ceremony is underway; Admiral Rivera has Just Read the Orders,and Presented Command to 'Leonidas' Ranson; Now, Leonidas Takes the Podium Before the Assembled Crew and…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on October 18, 2015 at 4:37pm — 7 Comments

FAYETTEVILLE NC COMIC-CON

People Of the Fleet,

Here in My Delightful Home Port of Fayettenam,NC, We Are Finally Getting A Comic-Con!

After Years of Having to Go to Places Like Raliegh,Charlotte,or,even outside the State of North Carolina to Experience the Wonders of A Convention; We Geeks of Fayetteville…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on October 14, 2015 at 5:01pm — 2 Comments

MISSION DEBRIEF: 'BACK ATCHA'

Operation 'BACK ATCHA' Was A Success,To say the Least.

Fleet Intel Uncovered A Plot by the Cylons To use Civilian Freighters,Loaded with EM Irradiated Tylium,To Knock out A Vital Listening Outpost At the Red Line,And Possibly Pave the way for A Cylon Invasion.

Their Plan was to Load Two Colonial Civilian Freighters,Last Reported 'Missing' With the Hot Tylium;Then,Use them In Kamikaze Fashion to Destroy The Colonial Listening Outpost Station TATARIS; The Resulting Destruction of…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on July 2, 2015 at 8:15am — No Comments

OPERATION GREEN HAZE - POST MISSION REPORT

Despite The Obvious Hazards Posed by the Environment of the Area, This Mission was A Success,and then some.

The Raven was Tasked to Shut Down a Working Tylium Mine,Operated by the Cylons,and, In the Process, retrieve Equipment,and Ship Colors from the Last casualties of the First Cylon War; We Also Accidentally Stumbled upon A Cylon Experiment in Development.…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on March 6, 2015 at 4:38pm — No Comments

REPORT: OP. 'LONG SHOT'

This Past Saturday Night, The Raven,With Help From The 5th Fleet, Helped Recover Some Badly Needed Spare Parts From The Abandoned Outpost At Delta Corinai; Needless To Say, The Operation Was Sucessful; We Got What We Came For, And Then Some!

The Armada Met Limited Resistance As It Descended Onto The Base Alpha Twelve:…

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Added by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on October 1, 2014 at 4:05pm — 2 Comments

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