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Friday Round Up

Hellloooo. Okay firstly I am composing this whilst hungry…so if food references creep in my sincerest etc… We have restocks on Dalpol items, such as the rather awesome Stephenson’s Rocket (oooh oooh rocket lollies, yes one of those would be
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The end of the age of civilisation

25 April 404BC/BCE saw the end of a rather lengthy war, The Peloponnesian War. Athens looking a tad less shiny than it did when it was The Daddy of Greece…(Picture by Harietta171) And Sparta’s theatre…(by Κούμαρης Νικόλαος) Featuring two main players
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Never kick a man when he’s down, he may get back up again.

A lot of battles have been concerned with ownership. Sometimes ownership of ‘things’, other times ownership of people, and rarely ownership of ideologies. More often than not people are fighting over land. Such is the case with the Schleswig-Holstein question.
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Boxes of ticky tacky

Not so much a history post this week as an art post…. We thought we would cover some of our favourite and some of our less favourite box designs Fireforce Games-Teutonic Knights     Well drawn picture, vibrant art, proportional
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Style is the image of character

(NB: Readers in Hungary and Germany should be aware that some content in this post is technically illegal in your country. We won’t be offended if you toddle off this week.) People have been making wars for a very long
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Its all in the name

Today’s historical figure is one of the most appropriately named we have had thus far…Albert Alcibiades the Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach or Albert the Belicose. Albert liked a good war. Margraves did have a military responsibility, but by all accounts Albert
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The king is helpless

You chaps should know about this, and so I thoroughly expect some corrections. I will be disappointed if not. War is an expensive business. All those guns, bombs and people don’t come cheap. Well unless you happen to have coerced
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Monday Neighbourly Tour

We haven’t got much going on here…Steve’s workbench is looking a little bare. So instead we went nosing around our neighbours, and landed at Middle Earth.  I am told to tell you that these are all whips wips. The lovely,
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Mind the (missile) gap

Last week we looked at the strong words thrown around in war, this week back to a more obvious weapon. On March the 14th 1943 the Barnes Wallis designed, Vickers made, Grand Slam made its début over north west Germany. The opening
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Friday Round Up

Hello hello hello This week we have mostly been restocking, but we do have a few new things. From Wargames Factory, who have moved away from the ancient world, we have 15mm WW2 German Infantry unit. We are really impressed
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Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot

The history of war is littered with many things; corpses, bullets, abandoned technology, negotiations, victories and defeats may be the first to come to mind. They are, though, also littered with words. Words of peace, of war, calling to arms,
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Friday Round Up

Helleh there… well this week we have some lovely new things …but also PC hell so they are going on sloooowly. From Airfix, in their reboxing programme, and Steve’s effort to stock every Airfix on the planet ever, we now
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I’m watching you…

One of the moves in modern warfare has been to reduce the amount of personnel that are involved in direct frontline combat. There are lots of new fangled technologies that have made this possible, including several that look more like
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Angola of attack

February 22 sees the 10th anniversary of the death of Jonas Savimbi. Unfortunately (whatever your views on him), like so many across the continent of Africa he was killed in a civil war. Jonas Savimbi by Ernmuhl The Republic of
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Napoleonic Farmstead by Pete Harris

We’re always pleased to hear of other modellers projects, this post comes from modeller Pete Harris… If like me, you are interested in the Napoleonic period, and specifically Waterloo, you will know the significance of La Haye Sainte and Hugomont.
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Why sir is that a gun in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

February 14th usually prompts one of two responses in those of us in the Anglo-American parts of the world: “Oh my goodness will I get any cards” or “Eurk, stupid made up pile of crap just a bunch of nonsense
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Off with His Head Part 2

Actually, this time ‘Off with his head!’ is a bit of an overstatement; it should really just be ‘Off with the top of his head!’ Yes, we’re talking radical trepanning, not total decapitation here. But to make up for that
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Friday Round Up

For a long time we at Arcane have been big Wargames Factory fans. The sets represent good value for money and are of subjects often not well covered in 28mm plastic. The new sets are even better in terms of
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What colour red is your parachute? aka Korea planning for the future

Arguably one of the most misnamed countries in the world the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is half joke, half terrifying. The country, which is led by the Korean Workers’ Party, which follows the Juche and Songun principles.
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Tomb Stalker

Too much of a good thing can get to you and after weeks and weeks of Napoleonics, Steve decided he needed a break. Having for many years been a devoted necron fan, he still had plenty of necron stuff around
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“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” Aldous Huxley

The month of February is a month of many markers. Mostly obviously there is the schmaltz fest that is Valentine’s Day, aka “The Day When the World Rose Economy Doubles”, and February is also notable for very few people knowing
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A horse is a horse of course, of course

You may have noticed one of the biggest films out at the moment is Warhorse, based on the childrens’ novel by Michael Morpurgo. The story is set in the World War I period and shows the various ways in which
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Reader’s Tables: Kevin, from Texas

We really love seeing photos of what you’ve done with your tables and this week we have a submission from Kevin in Texas, who has (appropriately) made use of the wooden Western buildings. We especially like the sign-writing he has
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This week long ago: Quit when you are [with] ahead

The English Civil War is, certainly when you live as close to Newark as we all do, a big part of  known history. The puritans with their apparently gloomy bear outlook, and the party too hard Stewart kings are well
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