Monday, February 18, 2008
The final impression period was Vietnam. The private on the left is wearing what would be the uniform of US forces in the mid- to later stages of the conflict. He looks to be wearing the 2nd Pattern Tropical Combat Jacket, Variant A, along with the 2nd Pattern Tropical Combat Trousers. He's also wearing issue Jungle Boots, second or third pattern.
This far as I can go on the description, but from what seen at King's Mountain, it was pretty impressive and the way to go for many who are looking to branch out from WW2 reenacting to a area that is now developing an interest in recreated events.
This fellow is part of the recreated 199th LIB "Redcatchers".
The offerings from this site are many, and come in the major wargaming scales - 6mm, 12/15mm, 20mm and 25/28mm.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
One thing I notice about some groups is their character, and the Snowshoemen definitely have a site that expresses character. The groups is primarily the French and Indian War, but it also has a couple of splinter groups, Church's Company, that covers King Phillip's, King William's and Queen Anne's wars of the late seventeenth century, and Eames' Rangers for Revolutionary War. Easy site to navigate, and a nice opening for looking at F&I groups.
Friday, February 15, 2008
This Saturday Vid is early - going out of town for the weekend, but I wanted to share a very creative video done by Roman reenactors. It has a strange old timey feel to it, but the effect seems to go.
AEF Supply is a cool site, hands down. It was one of the first sites that I encountered when I started doing surfing outside the American Civil War realm to look for single-era vendors to cover in the blog. Then I opened up the sutler categories to anyone interesting.
I like this site because it specializes in supplying US army reenactors from the Spanish Armerican War through Vietnam. The prices are very decent, too. Plenty of pictures illustrate the inventory. This is a great place to go if you're into Spanish American War reenacting, this vendor has the best overall selection of uniforms. The WW1 selections are simply excellent - this was AEF's primary era before it expanded. The site is easy to navigate, and is recommended by many reenacting groups.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I've already got someone to play me in a dry run so I can learn the rules. This game is set up much like a traditional wargame, and each unit represents a squad, or squad weapon. In this skirmish, the "P" stands for Pinned, and as the NVA, I've been able to Pin one of my American opponent's squads. But, he's got two of mine.
The larger battle has two separate American platoons, and right now my overall strategy is to keep them separated and defeat each with superiority of numbers, and wait for the the rest of the US force to come rolling in. Let's see if I'm successful.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
World War 2:
Bicentennial: Horton's efforts saved Newark Air Force Base
Lincoln celebration kicks off today
Lincoln flatboat will launch Sept. 9
The Battle of Valverde and Rafael Chacón
Museum to honor Civil War doctor
Civil War history comes alive in EC
Revolutionary War & Late Colonial:
A patriots' preserve
Colonial living comes to life at Aspen Creek
Old Fort plans replica stockade
Monday, February 11, 2008
This plug has a whole-hearted recommedation to it, I'm happy to say. Sash & Sabre Castings covers a small handful of eras in 25mm, including the Seven Years, Napoleonic, and American Civil wars. Where Sash & Sabre really shines is with their 40mm line, which covers many major periods from Rome to the Zulu Wars.
From personal experience, I can say that the quality is excellent, and when painted, the miniatures look great. If you're looking at building an army for wargaming, Sash & Sabre should be one of your first stops.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
A worthy visit for anyone interested in being a civilian and needing some insights into the subtleties of an authentic impression.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
I've been to Wilmington numerous times, and I never tire of it. It's as Southern as any southern city gets, and reminders of its Civil War heritage are almost countless, from the points of interest to the many DAR statues that you can find about town. Not so visible, with the exception of the USS North Carolina, are the WW2-era landmarks which can be found around town too. Not only does the Civil War history live strong in Wilmington, so does the spirit of the WW2 homefront.
I have a thousand storys to tell about Fort Fisher, and this landmark is much like coming home each time I visit.
Obviously a PR piece for Hoghton's Companye of Foote, this is still a great look into English Civil War reenacting. It's interesting - one part musket, one part pikes and one part rugby. :-)
Friday, February 08, 2008
I already have a roaring battle going on in one game with the Poles vs the Wehrmacht. I've got the Poles, and while my opponent was able to knock out one of my Shermans, I was able to rain some fury back, and scored on a StugIII and a couple SdKfz 251 halftracks. I get the feeling he's going to hurt me back.
If you have empty time, I suggest, very heartily, to buy Combat Mission:Beyond Overlord, learn to play it, and pick some fights.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
State Troops contains a wealth of photos and bits of information about the men in the uniforms. You can almost trace the progression of State-issued uniforms, and get a handle on who wore what early on.
Apparently, for more complex boxes and desks, he'll work with the customer. That's a nice service in itself.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I do recommend any reenactor to read Public Historian's Haven and come back and post here with opinions and comments.
UPDATE: Found another blog, Living on the Field with a very relevant observation about reenacting battles and the history behind it, and whether or not reenacting is preserving the history or changing it. A much better critique of reenacting than the Public Historian's Haven.
I only had time to run through the tutorial game, but I was pleased with what saw. If you've played other non-Squad Battles HPS titles, no fear. The interface and command buttons are very similar to other John Tiller games and easy to learn.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Happened to stumble on this video tonight. Not only is it a nice video, you have to hand it to the Russian reenactors, they're into it hardcore. When you have a functional flamethrower, you're in the big leagues of authenticity.
FlyntAirsoft.com Finds Airsoft Games Bring Past to Life
World War 2:
Historical reenactment at Sawyer Park on Friday
Military-historical reenactment to mark the end of the Leningrad blockade
Reenactment takes students back to 1939
Re-enactors, crowd victorious at “Bulge”
Vigilante hanging reenacted
Battle of Rivers Bridge reenactment this weekend
A friendly reenactment
Fighting to preserve history
Seminole fight to be reenacted on battle site
War re-enactors to put on show at Okeechobee battlefield
Colonial and Revolutionay War:
Wormsloe Celebrates 275 Years
Patriots scores a blast at Gillette
Parochial students gasp at stories of Colonial Yonkers
He commands the Federal Blues
Cowpens National Battlefield celebrates 227th anniversary
Monday, February 04, 2008
Warmodelling.com is the outlet for Fantassin Miniatures, a Spanish company that has an interesting line of products, including the Spanish-American and Carlist wars. The site has a ton of pictures, and the company offers not only miniatures, but services for painting and modelling too.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
This month covers the Second Marne and Alexander's campaigns in Bactria, and promise to be exciting articles. But my guilty pleasure with S&T is looking at the ads for the tabletop wargames. One day, I might buy one.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Although this isn't military fiction, it still would be useful to living historians doing antebellum presentations. The book seems to be well researched, and the author has an easy to read writing style that should make this book a quick read. I'm putting this one on the list of books that I read when I need a break from the thick military histories.
This shows what a little knowledge in video production and a bit of creativity can do for a great recruiting tool for any reenacting group. Made me want to get my uniform and kit together to fight 'ole Boney.
Friday, February 01, 2008
I used to get some great gaming partners from this site. The strength of this club stems from the players willing to do PBEM and the sheer variety games played. Very worthwhile to join up (which incidently is FREE!). I'm currently trying to find partners willing to play Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord.