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This video is an excellent summary of the fighting in Europe at the end of WW2.  I love the graphics which show the movements of corps and armies and the map’s color even changes in winter. I knew a lot of bad strategic defensive decisions were made by the Germans (all Hitler’s fault?) towards the end […]

A couple of books I picked up for a long flight:   The Seventh Circle – “A former Australian soldier’s extraordinary story of surviving seven years in Afghanistan’s most notorious prison”.  No surprise that the Afghan justice system is corrupt and that money talks but the book provides great insights into life behind bars in […]

Printed before the war ended, Thrilling Stories of the Russian-Japanese War covers the 1904 – 1905 war up to the Battle of Mukden but before the final naval catastrophe at Tsushima.  The title is a little misleading as the first eight chapters provides a comprehensive overview of Japanese history, the Mikado (imperial dynasty), home life […]

Link to my prior Civ VI post.  Instead of a Civ hiatus I decided to give Deity level a go. I’ve experimented with a game set up for domination victory only because the AI quickly gets science, cultural, and religious wins plus I won’t be ready to go on the offensive by the time limit for […]

The time spent playing the Civilization series of games is second only to my favorite Campaign Series.  I have been able to secure consistent wins at the Immortal level but only if I remove the Technology and Points victory conditions. My style of play is to stay on the defensive until I have developed weapons […]

There is a short chapter in R. Dupuy’s St. Vith Lion in the Way on artillery spotting planes titled Bumble Bees in the Fog. Unfortunately, the L2 and L4  light aircraft used for spotting are only mentioned briefly and just a third of the chapter talks about this interesting topic  I’m guessing much of the original […]

Freedom in the Galaxy Anyone play Freedom in the Galaxy? I’ve had this game since childhood but never got around to playing it. It has traveled the world only to be placed in storage for years at a time. A couple of weeks ago I decided to dust off the box and see what I […]

Today’s WW post is over at the WW Blog.  Topic is the 424th Infantry Regiment’s short but eventful war plus Col. Tom Riggs’s story.  He was in command of the 81st Engineers, manning the last line of defense before the Germans smashed through and captured St. Vith’s vital crossroads.  They also captured Tom Riggs but his […]

Must read interview with fantasy miniature designer and sculpture Byron Harmon.  We discuss spectacle creep and how it afflicts modern fantasy games, transitioning the figure concept from paper to a 3D model and a preview of what he has in store for future releases. If you have a Reddit account ask you to visit my […]

A few months back I posted about Project 1944, a group of Belgian historical researchers and reenactors who focus on the great wars of the 20th Century.  My Bulge series of posts has highlighted the Volks-grenadiers and I was glad to see the recent “Kochen im Feld” or “Cooking in the Field” post which presents […]

This post is a deep dive into Gnome themed wargame products and I was surprised how much is currently available. The biggest surprise came while conducting non-gnome related research in the S&T Magazine Library . I found an article previewing S&T Magazine #42 (Gnome – Orc War) but the magazine that went to print had nothing […]

Unlike my prior posts on orcs and elves I don’t have a nomination readily at hand. I have to admit my surprise as the concept of gnomes in a fantasy setting (wargame, fiction or film) is something that has always interested me but I’m coming up short.  All I can offer is gnomes in early […]