Historical


Irish Heartguard

A small, and normally final, addition to my Dux force.These two mounted Curaidh, or Hearthguard, are normally the elite bodyguards of the lords.But I bought this two model Gripping Beast blister for other reasons.  Namely to represent my Lord (or a noble)  and a champion.By putting them on horses, I can have them join my mounted regiments for games where speed might be of the essence, or a devastating cavalry charge might be called for.  Though as mostly the defender in the campaign, that won't be happening very often...But heck, it at least allows me to have all options open...

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Trojan War, part 3

Minor progress to be certain, but the wheels are still turning for this project on my hobby table... Here is my brilliant (?) idea - pictured above is a Redoubt spearman with his weapon.  Lead/pewter spears can be a pain to straighten (and keep straight), so I thought that it might be nice to replace the shaft with brass tube.  The tube is nearly the same diameter as the spear, and would

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SCW Republicans, part 7

It has been a long time - over two years - since infantry from my Spanish Civil War project graced the pages of this blog: This is an infantry section for the Republican army, circa 1937, as outlined in the marvelous España supplement for Chain of Command, along with a figure that will be used to represent a Medical Orderly (above and right of the center of the pic).  15 soldiers - 3 squads

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Blackstone, 3D-Prints and Birthdays

Let me sum up this week. I'm currently preparing the review on Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress. If you pre-order it, many stores will give you posters and a poker chip as a bonus. And I already gathered a couple of miniatures for the scale comparison shots. In case you have any wishes, what I should […]

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The Great Wall of China: The Hidden Story

Okay, cry with me.  This documentary (part of the Secret History line of documentaries) premiered the last sunday of september 2018 on "our" Discovery channel.It was originally aired in... 2014!!!!It handles about one of the biggest manmade structures and engineering feats mankind ever made: the Great Wall of China, which was build over a period of 2400 years and various dynasties, a period "broken up" by Mongol rule (and it originally failed to keep them out as intended).Now, the biggest revelation perhaps is that there is no Great Wall.  It are actually 16 different walls linked together as it turned out, then unified into one connecting structure over time.Another intresting piece was the way the mortar kept the wall together as good as it does, over all those 1000s of years.  It's not like legend says by the bones of deceased workers grinded into it... but by your every day kitchen ingredient, sticky rice.But perhaps for me the most awesome part was the signalling method of flags and even b

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Cross of St. George - Alexander Kent

Time to get back to the master of naval books, Alexander Kent.And did I ever mention I love these Bolitho stories ;-)PlotWith convoys from Canada and the Carribean falling victim to American privateers, Sir Richard Bolitho returns from Halifax to pursue a war he knows will not be won, but which neither Britain nor the United States can afford to lose.England's youngest admiral desires only peace.  But peace will not be found in the icy Canadian waters, where a young, angry nation asserts it identity and men who share a common heritage die in close and bloody action.  Nor will there be a peace for those who follow the Cross of St. George: for the embittered Adam, mourning his lover and his ship, nor for Rear-Admiral Valentine Keen, who must confront both grief and responsibility.  There will be no peace either from those enemies who use this struggle between nations as an intrument of personal revenge.What I liked about this book* it is in a way the set-up book for the "next generation" in the s

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Modern Combat Black Dog 1:48 Upgrades

From Czechia with ... some kind of love. To pimp the Tamiya Humvees that I bought last month, I got myself two boxes of Black Dog conversion kits. The Iraq War Accessoires Set (T48034) and IDF Uparmoured Humvee (T48058). I visited the black dog page a couple of times in the past, as they have […]

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Latest Ready Made Diecast 1/72 Models

The wealth of ready made diecast style models now is simply amazing. Especially in the 1/72 scale range (and I’m including 1/76 and 1/87 in that statement). I’ve not paid much attention to the scene in recent years, but just…Read more ›

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The Tide of War - Seth Hunter

As a lover of the Alexander Kent Bolitho books, this one would be a different experience, and I would be curious how it would compare.So it was time to set sail and go out on an adventure of naval battle...PlotNewly promoted Captain Nathan Peake has been despatched to the Carribean to take command of the British navy's latest firgate, the Unicorn.  Although an impressive vessel, the Unicorn has a daunting history of mutiny - and murder.On the other side of the Channel, revolutionary authorities have sent the Virginie, the best frigate in the french fleet, on a secret mission to spread rebellion and mayhem from the shores of Cuba to the Mississippi Delta.As the Unicorn becomes embroiled in an epic duel with the Virginie, Peake is confronted with the seductive charms of Sabine Delatour, witch queen of the Army of Lucumi, and the intrigues of American agent Gilbert Imlay.  But not least, he must battle his own demons as the tide of war sweeps him into the treacherous waters of the Devil's Jigsaw.What I

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Sylvius Brabo, Crisis 2018 give away figure

Here he is, the limited edition model the first 1800 paying visitors will find in their goodie bag at the Crisis wargame show next saturday, 3rd of november, at Waagnatie Antwerp.With our show growing every year in both traders, clubs and visitors, we (finally?) made the figure of the legendary founder of Antwerp (at least, in folklore).Brabo, who can be seen on the city hall square in Antwerp tossing a hand in the direction of the Scheldt river, was a 3th to 4th century roman officer.  When the giant Antigoon terrorised the waterway, he fought and defeated him.  He next cut off the giants hand and tossed it in the river, hence the name "Ant-werpen" of "hand-throwing".Hey, it's a legend of course, but definitly a good sounding one.  The figure has been sculpted once again by Paul Hicks, who has now done all over figures apart from the very first two (Ambiorix, by Pro Patria, and Leopold II, by the Perry's) and cast by Griffin Molds.  The figure comes dressed in late roman armour, and

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Trojan War, part 2

I ordered a few more of the new Eureka Bronze Age Greeks.  As always, terrific service from Rob at Eureka USA. This pack is Greek Armoured Infantry.  Four poses, all different, armed with axes.  One shield is included.  I do like these figures! This set is Greek Infantry at Rest.  10 figures, all different, with an assortment of shields and spears.  It should be noted that Eureka is

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Last Weekend Loot for O(r)ctober

It was a buzy weekend for the postman. During the week and on saturday a couple of smaller packages arrived, but I just had the time today to actually take a closer look on them. Was a bit buzy myself with the last touches on the Speed Freeks review and Saturdays visit to Spiel in […]

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Knights of the Cross - Tom Harper

Another "semi-historical" novel, as that genre together with the obvious fantasy and sci-fi reads remain my favorites to spend time with during bus trips and lunch hours.And in this one, I go back into the era of the Crusades...Plot1098.  The armies of the First Crusade race across Asia Minor routing the Turks and reclaiming the land for Christendom.  But on the Syrian border, their advance is halted before the impregnable walls of Antioch.As winter draws on, they are forced to suffer a fruitless, interminable siege, gnawed by famine and tormented by the Turkish defenders, the entire crusade is on the verge of collapse.  In the midst of this misery a Norman knight is found murdered.  His lord, the ruthlessly ambitious Bohemond charges Demetrios Askiates to find the killer.  But as Demetrios investigates, the trail seems to lead ever deeper into the vipers' nest of jealously, betrayal and fanatism which lies at the heart of the crusade.What I liked about it* the actual crusade parts an

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Hobby Exhaustion: Causes and Solutions

It might sound like a rather quirky term; hobby exhaustion. It almost sounds a little absurd, I’d go as far to say. However, when you break down some of the ways you can find yourself stepping back from your brushes and miniatures, the symptoms are all too real. Some may call it a “funk” or a “wall”, but I find those terms to be ambiguous and obtuse respectfully. What I’ve found it to be categorically is a metaphorical fatigue. If you have hobby deadlines or fancy yourself a completionist then you’ll probably end up stewing angrily in these states; I know I have. Don’t worry, it can be overcome. The best way to approach this issue is analytically and with a positive outlook. So, let’s get started. Let’s begin by first identifying what hobby exhaustion is and how it becomes manifest. Typically, if you struggle to motivate yourself to sit at your hobby station this can be a clear sign. However, the biggest red flag is where simply thinking about start

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