Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’
“He who conquers is not the victor unless the loser considers himself beaten” Ennius (a writer during the period of the Roman Republic and the Punic Wars)
One of the best things about this book is that its not overly academic. Goldsworthy does take the time to discuss the historical sources (the book is meticulously referenced) and he never shies away from discussing their reliability but this never interferes with his telling of the historical story. Polybius is described as a generally reliable source and is one of the closest contemporaries of the history he writes about. Livy, writing later, is less reliable and there is a suggestion that his approach is much more pro-Roman and therefore unreliable. Having said that the Author does make it clear that sometimes historians just have to work with the sources they have and where only one source is available then that account has to be used, albeit with caveats.
|The Sack of Carthage in 146 BC – The final act of the Punic Wars|
For me the things that makes this book stand out is the fact that all three Punic wars are discussed in one volume and that the links between each conflict are very clearly laid out. In effect the Author is arguing that the three wars that spanned over a century were effectively a single struggle with Rome growing stronger economically, politically and militarily with every encounter. The Roman mindset was not initially expansionist but the conflict with Carthage changed that outlook – partly as a necessity of war with such a deadly foe – and by the end of the period Rome was on the fast track to becoming the worlds first superpower.
A very enjoyable book and one of the best pieces of historical analysis that I have read in a long time.
Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks
As a young kid in kindergarten trying to replicate the Star Wars universe as seen on the big screen onto the drawing pad, I quickly developed a deep appreciation for the Galactic Empire’s Twin Ion Engine Starfighter i.e. the Tie Fighter. Not only was i…
While at Trumpeter Salute I picked up one of PlastCraft’s Designed-For-Infinity plastic pre-coloured buildings, the Curved Modular Building, from the awesome folks at Imperial Hobbies, BC’s greatest wargaming store, and the only reason I do anything in Richmond other than change buses… Anyway, the Curved Modular Building is a small building, with a footprint about … Continue reading PlastCraft Curved Modular Building →
Today I’ll show you a review of a new product from Hobby Zone – Airbrush Station. For the release of this product I’ve been waiting for several months. I put my small contribution to the creation of working with the company Hobby Zone. I also saw he creation first prototype version. Below I’ll present you my fair and completely impartial opinion to this product.
Dzisiaj zaprezentuję Wam recenzję nowego produktu firmy Hobby Zone – Airbrush Station. Na wydanie tego produktu czekałem już od kilkunastu miesięcy. Włożyłem swój niewielki wkład w jego powstanie współpracując z firmą Hobby Zone. Byłem również świadkiem powstawanie pierwszej prototypowej wersji. Poniżej zaprezentuje Wam jednak uczciwą i całkowicie bezstronną opinię to tym produkcie.
Got to check out Frikead/Warprint’s Adhesive basing stickers for Infinity, and Owen and I rebase his entire Military Orders army.
Time to look backwards, forwards and all around as we have a look at the evolution of The Plastic Soldier Company’s infantry range by comparing their Russian Infantry in Summer uniform with the more recent British paratroopers, 1944-5:
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Hey guys, a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a new range of paints from a Cyprus based company called Warcolours and I was impressed.More after the jump
I own two ancient, half painted Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy armies, and if you’re an older war gamer, you probably do to. As Games Workshop have killed Warhammer Fantasy (and replaced it with an abomination I shall not name here), I’ve been shopping around for a war gaming ruleset that would let me exercise the […]
I subscribe to Miniature Wargames with Battlegames (MWBG) and always look forward to receiving it in the post before it hits the shops. I subscribe to several magazines electronically but there is something quite enjoyable about getting a real life mag…
Warzone Fenris. Just think about that for a moment. Not Damocles, Sanctus Reach, Damnos or Valdor. Fenris. That’s the home system of one of the Legions. Center of one of the […]
This review I began preparing almost two years ago. But I’m publish this today. At some point of my hobby adventure I decided to try more advanced modeling techniques. In gaining this knowledge helped me instructional DVDs. I wanted to introduce you three really recommendable DVDs . Three DVDs that its material cover three different areas related to scale models. Of course, all of these techniques will be useful when working with figures, dioramas and scenic bases.
Tą recenzję zacząłem przygotowywać prawie dwa lata temu. Dopiero dzisiaj doczekała się ona jednak publikacji. W pewnym momencie przygody z hobby postanowiłem spróbować bardziej zaawansowanych technik modelarskich. W zdobyciu tej wiedzy pomogły mi między innymi instruktażowe płyty DVD. Chciał bym przedstawić wam trzy płyty naprawdę godne polecenia. Trzy płyty, które swoim materiałem pokrywają trzy różne obszary związane z modelarstwem. Oczywiście wszytkie te techniki przydadzą się przy pracy z figurkami, dioramami i podstawkami scenicznymi.
In a rare visit to the National Library, I found a gem in the form of a Sideshow Collectibles art cum photography book – Capturing Archetypes, Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art. Now I love everything and anything to do with art books and if I h…
When gluing two plastic parts together, I had always followed what I presumed to be an infallible and sacrosanct way which involved placing glue on one part, followed by pressing both parts together until the glue took hold. Simple right? Other than ad…
Star Wars Stormtrooper – Bandai 1/12 Scale Model Kit [Review: Part 3 of 3 – Poses, weapons & final thoughts]
In this final part of the Stormtrooper model kit review, I tested the flexibility of its joints as reflected in the poses he can adopt as well as painted some of his weapons to increase realism. Once completed, the Bandai Star Wars Stormtrooper 1/12 sc…
We’ve covered the units available to the Craftworld Eldar, but the 7th Edition of 40K is well into the era of the Formation. The unit entry is only half the […]
Star Wars Stormtrooper – Bandai 1/12 Scale Model Kit [Review: Part 2 of 3 – Assembly, decals and paints]
With a much welcomed short break for the lunar new year holidays and missus’s birthday behind me, it was time to get back to assembling Bandai’s 1/12 scale Star Wars Stormtrooper plastic model kit. Picking up from where I last left-off, work continued with the assembly of the stormtrooper’s legs.
Step 6: Assembling the right leg
Steps 7 & 8: Left leg assembled in similar fashion to step
Simulating the occasional tournament is about as close as I’ll ever come to the top tables at an event like the Las Vegas Open. When it comes down to it, I’m […]