The 100 Year Link – WW I

Since I read Herfried Münkler’s book The Great War three summers ago I got more and more interested in understanding the root cause of this world encompassing conflict. I wanted to better understand the strategic and operational thinking of the political and military leadership of the countries involved. Also I was and am fascinated about the effects that the war’s outcome and its unresolved problems still have on world politics today. Only since the end of the Iron Curtain have we become aware of the underlaying dynamics when we have seen several of these unresolved problems turning into regional conflicts.

To me wargaming is a multi-dimensional approach towards learning about such subjects. It involves reading, gaming, visiting museums, travelling to battle fields, viewing films and listening to lectures. All this is quite possible, if you live in Western Europe as I do. The green fields of Flanders and eastern France are only a 200 km drive away.

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Old Wargaming Magazines

Since the Corona SARS-CoV-2 induced lockdown I had it on my mind to go through my old stuff boxed away in the cellar and in the garage. Several boxes with old books, old magazines, and old paints await a selection process – a veritable triage – of staying or beeing removed for good. Today is the first day that I have the spare time to take a look into these boxes.

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Altar of Freedom: Rebasing the 6mm CSA Miniatures

After some years of abstinence I have resumed painting som miniatures. I got stimulated by the excellent videos by Little Wars TV. I got especially captivated by their videos on the ACW battles of Antitam and Gettysburg. These the club played out with Altar of Freedom Rules that I once bought and used to play quick battles. I played with bases that I pasted pictures of ACW regiment on. I also bought a pack of 6mm Adler Miniatures, but only few of them ever saw my painting table.

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Rebasing the Great Northern War

Probabely every wargamer knows these moments when he needs to decide how to base his wargames models. Basing mostly depends on the rules you use. With the more common rules like DBX or FOG this has standardised on 40mm width by 15 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 60 / 80 mm depth. When playing games set in the 1700 to 1820 horse & musket era you find a much greater diversity of wargames rules and thus also basing standards.

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New Work Place

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Yesterday after more than one year of abstaining from painting figures I now reinstalled my work place. I am very happy to have restartet paintig. I find it very satisfying sometimes it is like meditating for me.

One of the tasks I tackle is to finish painting figures that have awaited final touch for a year or longer. First in line are US cavalry and a ACW gun.

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Restarting ASL

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In the mid 1980’s I first made aquaintance with the Squad Leader system. I liked it and consequently also bought Iron Cross and Crucible of Steel. Unfortunately in those days I couldn’t find anyone else interested playing. Most of my wargaming friends disliked the complexity of the rules. Playing mostly solo I felt quite limited enjoyment. When the 1st Edition Advanced Squad Leader rules where published I fetched a copy, but finally lost interest and ASL sank into oblivion.

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SAGA Painting the Gall-Gaedhil

With the SAGA Grand Melee 2015 coming up the pressure rises to finish the SAGA figures that I have already cleaned and now are patiently waiting to be painted. This gives me the opportunity to explain how I paint my 28mm white metal figures. I am well aware that  most people have their own painting techniques, but I also remember that I was always keen to read about other peoples ways to learn. The figures I am going to paint are the Sons of Death, a group of Norse-Irish mercenaries.

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