Posts Tagged ‘History’

Megorsky: a review of the Russian Army in the GNW – An essential!

Posted on July 4th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

This book is an essential asset for anyone interested in the Great Northern War. I believe it will become the benchmark  hobby book for the Petrine Army and although it does not mention figure gaming specifically, it focuses on detail and content …

Helion & Warfare Miniatures book offer!

Posted on June 20th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

We are delighted to announce that Helion & Co would like to offer followers of this blog and customers of Warfare Miniatures UK and USA a super opportunity to purchase’The Russian Army in the  Great North War’ by Boris Megorskyat a s…

Synthesizing.. it’s what I do

Posted on May 23rd, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

We are attempting to collate disparate information sources into a central pool and challenge some dubious ‘facts’The process of compiling our uniform and unit history guides is one I enjoy very much. I liken it to cold-case detection work or forensic a…

George’s Marvellous Day Out

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Possibly over egging it a bit there. I have decided to get out and about a bit more at weekends during the summer, or if we are lucky to get a good weekend. Last week during the beautiful bank holiday weather we went to a food festival in Lancaster, a …

Wandering Around Ireland, Part VII

Posted on May 6th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Clarence Harrison – After trekking up and down both banks of the Boyne, we set out to find the point where the Jacobites mounted a desperate rear guard in a walled graveyard on the crest of Donore Hill. It’s not on the map. We pretty much drove around …

Texel ships Part II – returning to Aladdin’s Cave

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Texel Roads from Den Helder – Texel on the horizon – its a massive anchorageThe area south east of Texel known as the Texel Roads was a massive anchorage for military and merchant vessels throughout the Age of Sail. The kinds of things brought up from …

Tales from the Road: Futa Pass, Tuscany: German Cemetery

Posted on April 19th, 2018 under , . Posted by

A nice antidote to the intensity of Salute!A much anticipated trip to Tuscany brought some unexpected but very enjoyable hobby related activity. Mrs H had booked us into a hotel near Mugello, north of Florence. It lies on a road between the now under-r…

Wandering Around Ireland, Part VI

Posted on April 9th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Clarence Harrison – After deciding no one was going to attempt to follow in the steps of the Dutch Guard and cross the river, we climbed back up onto the road. Walking north we climbed a steep rise and then turned east to walk the area where the Willia…

New pdf set : A Wargamer’s guide to the Williamite Army at Aughrim

Posted on March 26th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I have been working on this pdf set for two years and it is finally ready for publishing. It follows the format used in our successful Boyne and Derry series of pdfs.Clarence has made some super contributions on artwork and we’ve updated certain inform…

Wandering Around Ireland, Part V

Posted on March 24th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Clarence Harrison – A conversation I had via Messenger last week…”Are you ever going to finish blogging about your Ireland trip?””What? Didn’t I finish it? That was a year ago…””Didn’t you go the Boyne?””Son of a…”So, yes. Roughly one year ago I …

repost: What Germans Said About American Troops Right After WWI

Posted on March 3rd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I rarely reblog or repost but since I can’t download the original source document being referenced here, I’ll post this in context.  There was an article in Mental Floss back in 2014 called (you guessed it): What Germans Said About … Continue reading

Poltava part 2 – the terrain

Posted on January 19th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Jon and Diane used artificial grass for the terrain and the manual paint job was very effective. The playing surface is very robust and would take a fair bit of punishment if unfortunate enough to experience it.The table was twenty feet by six and the …

We think 20 siders are so modern…

Posted on January 17th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In which the author posits about the existence of lost games from Greek and Roman times. Continue reading

Drevna društvena igra pronađena u grobnici germanskog princa

Posted on January 16th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

U Slovačkoj je tokom građevinskih radova slučajno pronađena grobnica iz 375. godine. Među pronađenim stvarima su i krevet dekorisan srebrnim listićima, sto i jedinstvena društvena igra koja je stara preko 1600 godina. Igra se sastoji od table sa poljim…

Pull Your Socks Up Man!

Posted on January 6th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Well I missed the big nosh up last night, I had harboured a slight hope that despite everything I would still limp along, but it was not to be, after opening the shop and dealing with at least a dozen customers and coughing constantly I had lost the wi…

Feature- Russian Commanders

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Shermetev, Menshikov, RepninFrom existing paintings it is difficult to definitively decide exactly how a particular historical figure looked. Statuesque and heroic or pox faced and pot bellied? Hardly the latter considering the sitter usually commissio…

Feature- Russian Commanders

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Shermetev, Menshikov, RepninFrom existing paintings it is difficult to definitively decide exactly how a particular historical figure looked. Statuesque and heroic or pox faced and pot bellied? Hardly the latter considering the sitter usually commissio…

Centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under . Posted by

Lenin – the Man, The Myth, The Poster

Welcome to the Revolution Comrades! 100 Years ago today the Bolshevik Guards (directed by one V.I. Lenin) stormed the Winter Palace to topple the post Romanov Interim Government. Good job mobilising the masses and standing up to a really crap regime! 

1930s Soviet propaganda re-enactment of the storming of the Winter Palace

Of course, it tailed off a bit with the subsequent Civil War and the less said about those Soviet Chaps the better (though they were pretty handy against those angry Germans). Dasvidanya Tovarish!

Comrade Kitty, because the internet breaks if you dont post enough cat pictures.

Centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under . Posted by

Lenin – the Man, The Myth, The Poster

Welcome to the Revolution Comrades! 100 Years ago today the Bolshevik Guards (directed by one V.I. Lenin) stormed the Winter Palace to topple the post Romanov Interim Government. Good job mobilising the masses a…

A Fascinating detour Part 2 – Brielle

Posted on November 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Gateway in Brielle’s inner defensive rampartsPanel beyond the outer works explaining Brielle’s position and historyThe moat between out ramparts and the Molenbolwerk – can you see its cannon?Whilst in Den Haag Toggy spotted an article about the fortres…

The Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

Today is the centennary of the Battle of Beersheba, fought in Syria during the Great War.  In this action the British Egypt Expeditionary Force, comprised on a range of British and Imperial troops (including Australians and New Zealanders) under…

The Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

Today is the centennary of the Battle of Beersheba, fought in Syria during the Great War.  In this action the British Egypt Expeditionary Force, comprised on a range of British and Imperial troops (including Australians and New Zealanders) under…

Transylvanian TYW Flag – Free Samples

Posted on November 18th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

At the end of September I posted an article about the above. I was very pleased to get a reasonably “historical” flag for my Transylvanian ally general so quickly.

At the end of October I placed an order with Donnington to bulk out the samples I’d bo…

Sixth AHPC – March 2016 and Final Tally

Posted on April 9th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The dust has settled after the manic last week’s of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Votes have been cast and prizes awarded, as things should be. The Challengers are able to shuffle back into the sunlight for another nine months. My first…

ReCast: Ancient History Magazine Kickstarted – Wargaming Recon #131

Posted on December 21st, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hope you enjoy the first of two “Best of” 2015 episodes. This one focuses on the brand new Ancient History magazine. Originally released on March 16, 2015 the episode discussed the Kickstarter project to launch this magazine and why you sho…