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Dodge Touring Car 1916

Posted on August 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

I have some of the excellent Shellhole Scenics vehicles for the American Punitive Expedition including a couple of trucks and a Jeffrey Quad armoured car, but as yet there are no models available to use as 1916 Dodge Touring Cars. These were the s…

Magasin de Presse

Posted on August 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

We’re off home in a few days so I thought I’d trawl the newsagents again before we leave. I usually pick up a copy of Aerojournal as it rarely has nothing of interest, so here’s the latest edition. Sure enough, there’s a fascinating article on the Dutc…

National Maritime Museum Brest

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve always wanted to visit this museum which is located in the Chateau de Brest above the original naval harbour. It is an impressive location but the museum itself was a bit of a let down, apart from the section on the eighteenth century dockyard, wh…

National Maritime Museum Brest

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve always wanted to visit this museum which is located in the Chateau de Brest above the original naval harbour. It is an impressive location but the museum itself was a bit of a let down, apart from the section on the eighteenth century dockyard, wh…

Pointe Saint Mathieu

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

Just down the road from the Musée Mémoires 39-45 is the Pointe Saint Mathieu, which is well worth a visit as it is the site of the French naval memorial and cenotaph. This has recently been opened to the public and is situated in a typical Napoleon III coastal fort It features an impressive display of photographs of every single individual lost in battle or at sea from the late nineteenth century through to the current day. There is also a very imposing cenotaph monument which is situated adjacent to the fort itself. I thought they had done this all extremely well, in an understated but thoughtful way.

Pointe Saint Mathieu

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

Just down the road from the Musée Mémoires 39-45 is the Pointe Saint Mathieu, which is well worth a visit as it is the site of the French naval memorial and cenotaph. This has recently been opened to the public and is situated in a typical Napoleon III coastal fort It features an impressive display of photographs of every single individual lost in battle or at sea from the late nineteenth century through to the current day. There is also a very imposing cenotaph monument which is situated adjacent to the fort itself. I thought they had done this all extremely well, in an understated but thoughtful way.

Musée Mémoires 39-45

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

We’ve been away camping near Brest for a week, during which we visited this excellent museum located in a former German artillery observation and command bunker near Plougonvelin, not far from Pointe Saint-Mathieu. It really is a very impressive museum…

Musée Mémoires 39-45

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

We’ve been away camping near Brest for a week, during which we visited this excellent museum located in a former German artillery observation and command bunker near Plougonvelin, not far from Pointe Saint-Mathieu. It really is a very impressive museum…

Where Sten Guns Dare

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

Another set of rules to grab my attention is the latest publication from Nordic Weasel, a very aplty titled WW2 skirmish system built around small scale commando raiding and derring-do. I had a cunning plan a couple of years ago to do ju…

Where Sten Guns Dare

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

Another set of rules to grab my attention is the latest publication from Nordic Weasel, a very aplty titled WW2 skirmish system built around small scale commando raiding and derring-do. I had a cunning plan a couple of years ago to do ju…

Patton’s First Fight

Posted on August 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’ve been reading through the Fistful of Lead: Viva la Revolucion! scenario supplement and working out how to put together a starting force for both the American Punitive Expedition and the Villistas. An obvious scenario to kick things off would be&nbs…

Patton’s First Fight

Posted on August 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’ve been reading through the Fistful of Lead: Viva la Revolucion! scenario supplement and working out how to put together a starting force for both the American Punitive Expedition and the Villistas. An obvious scenario to kick things off would be&nbs…

Crom: A Skirmish Game set in the Hyborian Age

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

I have been thinking about some fantasy skirmish gaming for a while, having failed to get Frostgrave off the ground due to the not insignificant body count, terrain and time required, with something equivalent to a Fistful of Lead in terms of scale. I …

Crom: A Skirmish Game set in the Hyborian Age

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

I have been thinking about some fantasy skirmish gaming for a while, having failed to get Frostgrave off the ground due to the not insignificant body count, terrain and time required, with something equivalent to a Fistful of Lead in terms of scale. I …

The Mexican Expedition 1916-1917

Posted on August 10th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’m skimming through this US government pamphlet history of the US intervention in Mexico to track down Pancho Villa. There’s a separate volume on the 1st Aero Squadron and it’s role in the expedition, which is also worth reading, even if the aircraft …

The Mexican Expedition 1916-1917

Posted on August 10th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’m skimming through this US government pamphlet history of the US intervention in Mexico to track down Pancho Villa. There’s a separate volume on the 1st Aero Squadron and it’s role in the expedition, which is also worth reading, even if the aircraft …

Fortifications Presqu’île de Crozon

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

We went to the Crozon peninsula opposite the naval port of Brest a couple of days ago and visited the various fortifications around Roscanvel and the Pointe de Espagnols. These range in date from the Vauban era, through the Napoleonic Wars to the …

Fortifications Presqu’île de Crozon

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

We went to the Crozon peninsula opposite the naval port of Brest a couple of days ago and visited the various fortifications around Roscanvel and the Pointe de Espagnols. These range in date from the Vauban era, through the Napoleonic Wars to the …

I.N.W.D. 2017 Sails and Powder Playtest

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

As promised, a very enjoyable if rather unrealistic and overly simplified Napoleonic naval game, using Sails and Powder for International Naval Wargaming Day 2017:https://teaandawad.blogspot.fr/2017/08/international-naval-wargaming-day-sails.htmlA…

I.N.W.D. 2017 Sails and Powder Playtest

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

As promised, a very enjoyable if rather unrealistic and overly simplified Napoleonic naval game, using Sails and Powder for International Naval Wargaming Day 2017:https://teaandawad.blogspot.fr/2017/08/international-naval-wargaming-day-sails.htmlA…

International Naval Wargaming Day 2017

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

As today is the aforementioned inaugural I.N.W.D. I’m going to be playing a Napoleonic naval game using the very simplified, fast play Sails and Powder rules. Yesterday, I went to see the fortifications on the Presqu’ile de Roscanvel peninsul…

International Naval Wargaming Day 2017

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

As today is the aforementioned inaugural I.N.W.D. I’m going to be playing a Napoleonic naval game using the very simplified, fast play Sails and Powder rules. Yesterday, I went to see the fortifications on the Presqu’ile de Roscanvel peninsul…

A Fistful of Plastic

Posted on August 4th, 2017 under . Posted by

The sprog asked if he could have a game of A Fistful of Lead: Reloaded AKA ‘the cowboy game’ today. We are on holiday at the moment so I don’t have access to my 28mm figures or terrain but I do have a copy of the rules on the laptop, so all that we nee…

A Fistful of Plastic

Posted on August 4th, 2017 under . Posted by

The sprog asked if he could have a game of A Fistful of Lead: Reloaded AKA ‘the cowboy game’ today. We are on holiday at the moment so I don’t have access to my 28mm figures or terrain but I do have a copy of the rules on the laptop, so all that we nee…

Magasin de Presse

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

It’s time to raid the local newsagent again, in search of more cool French military history, aviation and wargaming magazines. This time I have only grabbed a copy of the latest edition of Los!, which is particularly good as it has an article…