Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

Review: Supremacy Tactical Objectives

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 under , . Posted by

Maelstrom Missions are, without a doubt, my favorite way of playing 40K. I’ve found the games to be closer, more dynamic, and more engaging. They do add an element of […]

The Fall of Carthage

Posted on April 28th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Its been a long time since I did a book review as I never seem to have the time to start, let alone finish, books these days. My recent holiday gave me an opportunity to reverse this trend and I took a pile of paperbacks away with me. As it was I only had time to read one book and I think I probably picked one of the best out of the bunch. 
The Fall of Carthage by Adrian Goldsworthy covers all three of the Punic Wars with Rome showing how Carthage was utterly unprepared for the Roman way of making war. Even at the height of Punic success – when Hannibal ravaged the Italian countryside destroying legion after legion – the Romans never wavered in their resolve to win or die. For them this was a war that could only end in the total destruction and subjugation of one side or the other. Such implacable stubbornness was unthinkable in the Hellenistic world and after three clear battlefield victories Hannibal had every right to expect to conclude the war on terms favorable to Carthage. This was not to be the case. Instead the seeds of the complete destruction of Carthage over 60 years later were already being sown.
“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.

Goldsworthy concludes by describing the conflict with Carthage – and in particular the Second War – as Rome’s “Battle of Britain moment”. Despite huge battlefield losses and a seemingly unstoppable foe the Romans simply refused to concede defeat. In so doing they broke every convention of warfare in the ancient world and locked themselves into a life or death struggle that could only end in the utter annihilation of one side or the other. Carthage didn’t see the war in such stark proportions and consequently didn’t prosecute the war as vigorously or as ruthlessly as they could have, and in so doing they lost the war and, in the end, everything.

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

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Cassell (April 1, 2007)
Language: English
Rating:      ★★★★

Star Wars Tie Fighter – Bandai 1/72 Scale Model Kit [Unboxing and Pre-Assembly Review]

Posted on April 26th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

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…

PlastCraft Curved Modular Building

Posted on April 25th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

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

Widgets and Wonders Ep 36 – Industrial Terrain by Wargames Tournaments

Posted on April 24th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Airbrush Station – Hobby Zone (HZ-as1)

Posted on April 10th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

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.

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Widgets and Wonders Ep 33 – Adhesive Basing stickers by Frikead/Warprint!

Posted on April 10th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Got to check out Frikead/Warprint’s Adhesive basing stickers for Infinity, and Owen and I rebase his entire Military Orders army.

PSC’s 15mm Russian infantry and British paratroopers: a video review

Posted on April 2nd, 2016 under , . Posted by

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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Review: Warcolours Paints

Posted on March 30th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

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

Review: Osprey’s Dragon Rampant

Posted on March 30th, 2016 under , . Posted by

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 […]

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Miniature Wargames with Battlegames 396

Posted on March 28th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

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…

Reviewing Warzone Fenris: Curse of the Wulfen (Fluff and Aesthetics)

Posted on March 26th, 2016 under , . Posted by

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 […]

Training videos (DVD)

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

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.

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Review: Wolf King

Posted on March 21st, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

It’s a rare thing for me to do an outright book review here on Variance Hammer – I figure there are likely other places that do that better. But I’m going […]

Widgets and Wonders Ep 30 – Neoprene mats from GameMat.eu

Posted on March 20th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Art / Photography Book Review: Capturing Archetypes, 20 years of Sideshow Collectibles Art

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

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…

Review of Mr.Cement S – A new way of applying glue

Posted on March 4th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

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…

SDE: Forgotten King Capsule Review

Posted on February 29th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

I took some time and did a short capsule review of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King for Board Game Geek. Please click the link and let me know your thoughts. via SDE: Forgotten King Capsule Review | Super Dungeon Explore: … Continue reading

“Duel in the Sun” – a Review

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Osprey Publishing and Warlord Games have recently released, what I think is the best supplement so far for Bolt Action, “Duel in the Sun – The African and Italian…

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War World Scenics’ Pro Grass Micro Applicator

Posted on February 20th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Time to take a long overdue look at the new micro static grass applicator from War World Scenics:

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Star Wars Stormtrooper – Bandai 1/12 Scale Model Kit [Review: Part 3 of 3 – Poses, weapons & final thoughts]

Posted on February 17th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

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…

Reviewing Doom of Mymeara: Eldar Corsairs

Posted on February 15th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Here we are, at the end of my formal review of the Doom of Mymeara version 2, covering the part I was the most excited about: the Eldar Corsair army list. […]

Reviewing Doom of Mymeara: Craftworld Eldar Formations

Posted on February 12th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

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]

Posted on February 11th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

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

The Las Vegas Open Narrative Event: Surprise Apocalypse

Posted on February 10th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

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 […]