Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New look from an old friend

It's been awhile since I looked at the WWII Guns site, but they have many improvements and expanded their selection of items. This is a site that is worthy of consideration and a bookmark.

It's also an option to consider for the future too. As some vintage weapons become more and more expensive, cap-firing models may become the wave of the future.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cool Vids: Chinese Reenactors

Here's an interesting reenacting video from China -- Chinese Nationalists squaring off against the Japanese. You don't see much from this part of WW2 in documentaries, books and the such, but I have to admit that the Chinese uniforms are pretty interesting.

I'm now convinced it is universal that reenactors aren't Oscar-grade thespians. ;-)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My favorite Sutler of the week

OK, these guys are not a reenacting vendor of any sort, but they have a unique collection of publications for the reenactor, wargamer or militaria freak in general. Lulu was mentioned in a seminar at my work, and it turned out to be quite a resource for history geeks like me.

What makes it cool is the fact that Lulu caters to people who self-publish. So what you see is the stuff that normally doesn't find its way to a bookstore. But then again, that is one of its inherit dangers, too. Searches on reenactment, wargame and similar turn up some interesting titles.

Another wish of mine would be to see some enterprising soul publish some home-grown stuff and make it available via Lulu. Republished drill manuals would be perfect, as would be period tracts, booklets and other things that reenactors would need to round out an impression.

Well worth your time to browse the site.

Monday, October 20, 2008

For the appreciation of naval architecture

I've been on a few floating battlewagons in my time, from the USS Alabama, the USS North Carolina, USS Wisconsin and most recently, the USS Texas. I have to admit, for sheer explorability and uniqueness, the Texas was the big winner with me.

Not that the North Carolina and the Wisconsin were not interesting, but it seemed to me that more of the Texas was open for viewing by the public. The design of the ship was the eye catcher for me - the Texas is the last generation of dreadnought-style battleships. Much stuff to see that you don't with the newer ships.

I would love to see a reeacting group on board, like with the North Carolina. The Texas would have some great possibilities, like showing the different uniforms between WW1 and WW2.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Weekly Wargames Focus

I was panning around the 'net, refining my search 'skillz, I happened on an interesting wargaming company, Lock N Load Publishing.

I was raised in the time of Avalon Hill and SPI, so it seems that traditional board wargaming is making a come back of sorts. Several companies are publishing games on a cottage industry level - some very heartening to see. Lock N Load captured my interest because the selection seemed very interesting, and the prices reasonable.

Although I wane nostalgic at times, I'm still big on the computer-based systems.

Cool Vids: Battle of Berlin in Modlin, Poland

Here's an interesting European video recreating the battle for Berlin, 1945. This reenactment was held at Modlin, Poland. I have to admit the soundtrack is rather... interesting.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My favorite Sutler of the week

I've noticed that good WW2 vendors seem to be hiding everywhere. At The Front has passed my searches... until now. According to the Web site:

"ATF has been in existence in one form or another since 1992. We provide exact reproduction WWII uniforms and gear for re-enactors, collectors, museums and films."

So these guys have been knocking about for quite awhile. The site itself is very interesting, and the About page is very informative about the company itself. The goods they produce are presented very nicely, and seem to be fine quality.

At The Front seems to stick with WW2 recreation, but they do have Japanese uniform and gear, and just the usual German/ American/ British mix common with other vendors.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Impressive Fotos

Some great things reenacting come out of Europe, and this photo gallery is one of them. These are fantastic pictures of a WW1 event in what I guess is Russia or the Ukraine. The uniforms are not often seen in US circles, being eastern front impressions, but they are sharp.

This site's gallery is a great study for someone wanting to do a out-of-the-ordinary impression and needs some outstanding photo reference. Also fantastic for miniatures painting, and the like.

Back in the Saddle again

Sometimes life takes unexpected turns, some painful, some no so painful, and most always interesting if not scary. It's been awhile since February, but I'm back on StE(r) and hopefully will hang in there for a while. I'll see what I find and get reacquainted with my old friend - this blog.