Sunday, 23 September 2018

Battlefields trip part 2

The second visitor centre I visited was at Alesia. The scene of Julius Caesar and his seige of Vercingetorix. I did take a couple of pictures of the hill at Alesia where the hill fort would have been located. It is massive and gives you an idea of the efforts the Romans made to beseige it.

Inside there were some great exhibits from replica weapons to even using miniatures to depict the Siege (I picked out Minifigs, Essex and donnington). Outside the had built a replica of the Roman seige lines, with lots, stakes etc. Not bad for 8 Euros.

I'll probably do another post(s) of the battlefields once I sort the pictures out.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Battlefields trip - part I

Over the weekend I was fortunate to enough to get the chance to tour some battlefields in Europe with Mick. We took in the battlefields of Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Blenhiem, Schellenburg at Donauworth, Gravelotte, Mars-la-Tour, Froschwiller and Alesia.

Walking across these battlefields gives a greater perspective of the events. Something that you don't get just from studying the maps. There are the sunken road at Oudenarde that Overkirk used to flank the French position or the dead ground before Lutzingen and Froschwiller. Many of the photos I took will to the non wargamer just look like a bunch of trees or fields. But to me they were the chance to stand on the ground where troops would have actually been deployed.  I also got a greater perspective of the size of these battles. Standing at Schewnenbach and just picking out the Church spire of Blenhiem in the distance.

I also had the opportunity to visit a couple of visitor centres. The first in Gravelotte, covering the Franco Prussian War. It had some excellent displays of the uniforms as well as weapons including a mitrilliause. I also managed to pick up a decent book n the war.

In part 2 I will cover the Visitor centre at Alesia which had a replica of the Roman defences.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

More 15mm MDF buildings

I finally finished the rest of the models I picked up at the Border Reiver show from . I'm very happy with how they've all turned out. I still need to clean off some of the excess glue.

First up are the 2 town houses. 1 of which is 3 stories high. Like the first model they have lift off roofs and internal floors

The fourth building I picked up was a stable block, will go handy with the farm house. This model had card with the planning effect to glue on the outside of the basic model. Looks very effective.

So that's 4 ready painted models I picked up for £20 at the show. All in took about 2 hours to build all 4 kits.

I can't recommend these buildings enough. Check the website, the 28mm scale Roman stuff is superb.