Me and the tiny men at the Man of TIN blog did have a small whip-round and made a suitably tiny donation alongside hundreds of others to secure this tiny matchbox sized magazine back to its home, where it was handmade small enough for the Bronte toy soldiers to read.
2020 will feature more Bronte inspired war games and gaming scenarios. It is also the 200th bicentenary of the birth of the youngest Bronte sister Anne, the final act in the Bronte 200 celebrations. https://www.bronte.org.uk
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 20 December 2019 – only five sleeps till Christmas.
All aboard for ‘BattleShips’ to test submarine hunting skills. Trainees @RNASCuldrose 824 Squadron’s Merlin Training Facility are playing tactical games designed & made by the instructors. Wargames date back to WW2. The games featuring real @NATO scenarios are making a comeback. pic.twitter.com/12EvE3ERk7
HMS Pembroke mentioned on the discharge document was the name given to a Royal Navy shore barracks at Chatham. It was commissioned in 1878, moved ashore in 1903 and was paid off in 1983. The buildings, designed by Sir Henry Pilkington, now house the Universities at Medway.
Interesting page on hexes and irregular spaces that puzzled and intrigued me as a young boy reading this curious book.
Phil Barker’s Know the Game: Wargaming book was part of a series of 1970s illustrated individual booklets that were advertised as covering “every major sport and pastime … from archery to yoga.” This somehow put me playing with Airfix figures on the same level playing field (!) as Rugby, Football and every other major sport.
As is usual with Airfix, some of the paint had flaked. I have tried to keep most of Tony’s original paintwork where I can, mostly repainting hats and rifles.
I tried a little bit of Citadel Agramax Earth wash or shade, but this didn’t do much for them, having such muted detail as early Airfix generally had. I could have painted in straps and equipment, but this was not only fiddly but mostly this was dust and khaki colour on khaki.
I thought the mix of old and new paint / uniform makes them look like veteran troops.
I also wanted to keep them slightly non-specific, as the ones in the Bergmutze soft caps had the look of a generic private army such as James Bond villains often had, especially the way Tony had painted them with dark or silver caps. I wanted to be able to use them in ImagiNations as desert forces or desert raiders. This is why in the first batch I have included no figures with the distinctive German helmets.
In Jean Christophe Carbonel’s book Airfix’s Little Soldiers HO/OO 1959-2009, this set is listed as being introduced in 1962, the same year that Donald Featherstone’s War Games was published.
Spotted this ad online last January 2019 and screenshotted it as an interesting future idea of a Fimo polymer clay smart looking Guards regiment of snowmen? Sadly by the end of 2019 staff on South Western Railway are on strike.
Fantasy snow warriors and violent gingerbread men already exist as can be seen in this seasonal post at Rabbitsin My Basement blog
If an army marches on its stomach then this colourfully illustrated article explores how the nutrition expertise of British surgeon William Willis and Dr Kanehiro Takaki was used in curing the Japanese Navy’s medical problems.
The Japanese Army was much slower to accept this and were still affected by this Beriberi malnutrition problem decades later during the Russo Japanese War of 1905.
You might find this article interesting in case you are tempted invest in some fine 20mm Jacklex Russo Japanese War figures with your Christmas money. The Jacklex website helpfully has free uniform painting guides, ORBATs and Mukden to Megiddo rules from Andy Callan. There is a useful 2004 Osprey on the subject and a RJW section in Featherstone’s Wargames Through the Ages Vol 4 1861-1945.
This is a different sort of article for naval gamers and military history enthusiasts but hopefully an interesting one.
This article mentions: “In 1915, Kanehiro Takaki received the ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure’, one of the highest decorations in Japan. He died in 1920, and received posthumously the ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun’ in that year. In 1959, a peninsula in Antarctica – The Takaki Promontory (65° 33′ 0″ S, 64° 34′ 0″ W) – was named after him.”
One of the pages in some original Boer War era magazines that I have.
Kipling-esque poem but not quite Kipling’s The Absent Minded Beggar or Hardy’s Drummer Hodge.
The Boer War is not widely Wargamed, partly due to the mobile nature of the conflict – mounted infantry, railways – and the long range rifle fire, as well as the static nature of sieges of Mafeking and blockhouses.
I wonder if this era is not widely gamed partly because Britain lost the war but it has some unpleasant elements such as Emily Hobhouse’s campaigning / press exposure about the concentration camps for Boer Civilians?
There are some interesting challenges or lessons learnt the hard way for the military in the period shortly before the First World War.