I have finished Max Hastings' Vietnam tome, it was a good read, very much an overall history from the political and military viewpoints, the main thing to take away for me was what an overwhelming disaster for the Vietnamese people North and South the war was. The whole thing was a lesson in how not to fight a war, was anything learned, not if Iraq and Afghanistan are anything to go by. A good book which covers every aspect of the war.I have now started on Passchendaele: A New History by Nick Lloyd, I am lucky to have Helion's First World War editor and Third Ypres expert Michael LoCicero on hand to ask for recommendations and he recommended this book on the battle. By the time I had finished the prologue I knew I was going to like it. I still find myself appalled by the sheer number of casualties during these battles, year after year, Lloyd however is very good at explaining why these battles were fought and how close they came at times to success.I got a book token for my birthday and what better way to esc
In celebration of the New Year, we're taking a look at some of pop culture's biggest 2019 anniversary moments, starting with the release of "Avatar" nearly a decade ago. The sci-fi flick directed by James Cameron and starring Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2009. "Avatar" was nominated for nine Oscars and became the highest grossing film of all time, earning more than $2 billion at the box office!
Another zombie movie, I'm a little bored with zombie movies these days, well never fear in this one they are called "hungries", a fungal infection zombie movie, the story set 20 years after the outbreak on a British outpost manned by military/scientists, experimenting on zombie children who have not yet descended too far into the zombie infection, outpost is then breached, journey to find safety, etc.....Melanie who is our zombie girl/star and does steal the show ahead of everyone else ( even Gemma Arterton), the movie follows a predictable story line except for certain ideas like our smell (big issue), the fungus and maybe the ending (bloody fungus)......Paddy Considine plays a world weary British army sergeant..........Glenn Close plays rabid scientist trying to save humanity......All in all worth a watch if you like the genre, based on a 2014 book by M.R Carey!A fungus is a eukaryote that digests food externally and absorbs nutrients directly through its cell walls. Most fungi reproduce
I am doing well with posts just now, this is due to the amount of spare time I have on my hands at the minute, I am now up to date with maps and the Atlas author is incommunicado until the end of November so I am not expecting anything for that soon and with the festive season nearly upon us I do not expect things to warm up until into the New Year. The pressure is also off wargaming wise as I now only have the SYW project to work on and that was always going to be a long term thing, especially cost wise as infantry battalions are coming in at an average of £36 and cavalry close to £50.I have always wanted to see a couple of my interests made into a movie or television series, the life of Robert Bruce and the Wars of the Roses, these in my opinion are crying out for the large or small screen. Well the former is now on celluloid (yes I know it is not used anymore) and I have watched it what did I think? I am notoriously hard to please with films etc. but I sat down to this (it's on Netflix) with an open mind a
I have been reading Marvel comics for decades and enjoying all the movies so it is a sad day today as Stan Lee, creator of so many characters, has passed away.
Shout Factory's double feature of "Crash and Burn" and "Robot Wars" have three elements in common: both feature robots, both are from Charles Band's Full Moon Studios, and both have been erroneously billed at sometime in their histories as sequels to Stuart Gordon's "Robot Jox." Crash And Burn/Robot Wars
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Finnish Infantry vs Russian T-34s (The Unknown Soldier 2017)The Unknown Soldier (Finnish: Tuntematon sotilas) is a 2017 Finnish war drama movie directed by Aku Louhimies (Tears of April) based on the novel of the same name by Väinö Linna from 1954. The film is the story of a Finnish machine gun company during the Continuation War. It shows how friendship, humor, and the will to live unite these men on their way there and back. The war changes the lives of each of the soldiers as well as the lives of those on the home front, and also leaves its mark on the entire nation. This is the third filming of the novel after the 1955 and 1985 versions. It was released for the 100th anniversary of the Finnish independence (December 6, 1917) and was shot almost entirely with natural light The Unknown Soldier
Kurt Russell stars as an elite warrior selected at birth for combat, stripped of his individuality and isolated from society. Todd (Russell) stoically adheres to one overriding principle--kill or be killed--until he is defeated in combat by Caine 607 (Jason Scott Lee), the best of the next generation of Soldier.
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. Firefly
Khurasan Miniatures is very pleased to release the first set of Schiffer Aliens in 15mm. We will release more for the Schiff Combine if these are well received. Available now:Http://khurasanminiatures.tripod.com/schiffer-aliens.html
This one has an almost medieval feel to it despite the explosions and gunfire.I can't attest to it's accuracy but, it would make for a hell of a miniatures game!
On the eve of the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of WWI, this mockumentary - employing "archival footage", and interviews with "historians", "researchers" and those directly involved - tells of the Great Martian War (1913-1917), which supplants what looked to have been an imminent great war between Germany and the rest of Europe. The Germans asked their adversaries for help when the Martians invaded Earth via a remote field in southern Germany. The Martians went on the attack first in Germany, then moved west throughout the rest of continental Europe, with the ultimate threat of crossing the channel into Britain. The Martians also took their fight into the waters around Europe. They employed animal-like machines in their battles, the human race which coined the respective machines as "herons", "lice" and "spiders" most closely resembling such animals, each which had their own seeming purpose in the war. The presentation of the ebbs and flows in the human defensive against the Martians discuss what
As avid aviation fans, especially of those vintage aircraft, hearing a new World War II movie about air battles is coming out is quite exciting. Unfortunately, we might have to pump our excitement brakes for the movie that’s about to hit theaters on October 26th, 2018.The Bombing was the working title of the project before its final release as Unbreakable Spirit. | Credit: forumn.dvdtalk.comCalled Unbreakable Spirit, this movie revolves around the attacks on Chongqing during World War II between 1939 and 1943. During that time, the Japanese raided the city almost 300 times making it quite a historical point in history. It was part of Japan’s terror bombing operations during which they dropped more than 11,500 incendiary bombs on residential areas such as schools, hospitals and residential dwellings.