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French paratroopers and the Bhagavad Gita

A hobby with targets? Yuk! However, I’d set those targets and in true Jordan Peterson style, I was going to tidy my bedroom before conquering the world! Within a few days I could actually see the floor! Would the reorganisation be without pain? A single… Read More

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Renaissance Connections

Plastic started the episode. In the early Twentieth century plastic items were made to look like “real” natural items. Now, plastic allows credit, when once you needed gold. The story slips back to Charles the Bold and his Italian financiers. In order to link Burgundy… Read More

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Wargames miniatures – a blast from the past!

My regular reader will know that I’m into painting miniatures fast these days. My desk was tidy. It was tidy and ready to start speed painting my Late Romans. But, and there is always a ‘but’, I needed to make ready for the next task… Read More

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Murphy’s Law of (tabletop) Combat

It was my great grandmother who always used to say, “better to have a seven hundred dollar assault rifle with two thousand three hundred dollars of ammunition than a three thousand dollar assault rifle.” Well grandma has gone to that big militia camp in the… Read More

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Match Action Rules Summary- Bolt Action Variant

Thanks to all those who have shown such an interest in our Seventeenth century variant. For the most part, we have used the Bolt Action rules as they stand. As is usual with our Tercio, the rules are very much “under development”. My personal thanks… Read More

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Bolt Action Variant : Match Action

This bank holiday I’m in need of a change, but a game that is not too taxing on the old locked-down grey matter. In a desperate attempt to motivate myself into getting my English Civil War painting done, I thought we might try a skirmish… Read More

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Fog in Cardiff

I sat riveted to the President’s D- day speech, no one could not have been impressed by Mr. Trump’s words. If only ill health had not prevented him from upholding those values in Vietnam. I watched our own former education minister make his bid to… Read More

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Collecting or Hoarding? The treatment of dead enemies

There must come a stage in a person’s life when one considers “meaning”. I must admit being drawn to the Hoarders series on Discovery. Endless episodes detail the traumatic experiences that have led to, what must be, a good proportion of Americans to literally be… Read More

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Ottoman Renaissance

The rise of the Ottoman Empire has long held a fascination with me. From obscure and unlikely beginnings, the family of Osman fought its way to dominate the Middle East and threaten Christendom itself. My keen readership will be aware that the early Ottoman army… Read More