Steve, Cathy, and Nicholas -- Nicholas and his epic battles (created 2011-12-11)

Nicholas is like most boys in liking to imagine massive battles. Here are a few examples.

A drawing by Nicholas of an elaborate battle

He has taken to drawing these complex battle scenes with guns firing in all directions. When a bullet hits a shield, there is a loud "clang" and when a bullet finds a human target, there is a loud "ouch!"

Another thing Nicholas loves to do is to construct elaborate forts with Jenga blocks and then assault those forts by bmobarding them with sliding Jenga blocks. He can set up forts that can withstand several direct hits from a sliding Jenga block. Eventually, though, he turns all his Jenga forts into rubble. Here are some forts.

A Jenga fort

There are army men scattered within and around the fortifications, and the goal is to create a fort that keeps the army men standing after repeated assaults.

A Jenga fort

Notice the Jenga blocks held in reserve for an assault on the opposing fort.

A Jenga fort

Note the additional fortifications available here, a field goal post and some plastic bowls.

A Jenga fort

Here's an elaborate Jenga fort using all 54 Jenga blocks. This one was assaulted by two attack cars.

A Jenga fort

Here's another Jenga fort with all 54 blocks. Notice the assault car waiting for its chance by the rug.

A Jenga fort after the assault

Here's what happens after a couple of smashes from the assault car.

A Jenga fort

Note the cantilevered porch on this fort and the surrounding Stonehenge blocks for added protection.

A Jenga fort

I got into the act and designed this "Tower of Babel." It fell down completely with a single shot from the assault car.

Treasure map

Here's a treasure map that Nicholas drew. Some of the landmarks are "old tree" and "misty lagoon." Also, watch out for the crocodile.

Treasure map

Here's a simpler map with you starting at the abandoned tree house. If you can get by the alligators in the old pond, you will find treasure under the water in the misty lagoon.

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