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Sunday, 3 January 2016

War and Peace.

I try not to watch a lot of television, as I get bored fairly quickly, although at Christmas I do make an exception. Tonight however I will make an effort as the new Boewulf starts, which was filmed about twenty miles up the road. Also War and Peace starts tonight, which is a given that I will watch, even though it clashes with the new spy series based around Berlin. So wargaming will unfortunately take a back seat.
 One thing I have discovered is that buying some 54mm plastic action figures for a wargame is not as easy as I thought, and certainly not as cheap as I hoped. I am however very impressed with the number of people who use the scale and the material, and can see the attraction in the use of such figures.
 So between the Sci Fi movement, fantasy and now large scale plastic based battles wargaming seems to have even more sub genres than I thought. It just shows how insular one can become, and how out of touch with other peoples hobbies. All of which seem very relevant.
 I know, I stated that I intended to concentrate on a small group of periods, which is still my intention, but for the Middlesbrough show in July, which I would like to exhibit at, I thought a large scale Lion Rampant game would look pretty decent.
 I also thought that 54mm plastic figures would be better to handle for any would be wargamer, coupled to the need for the figures to take a few knocks along the way.
 So hopefully I will be able to source some decent figures, at a decent price. [Hopefully]

12 comments:

  1. Wrong hats for the 1805 Russians in W&P i think

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  2. I'm not holding my breath for either programme to be honest. ITV doesn't have a great track record for this sort of thing and W&P needs some pretty big back drops for the battles that I think are beyond the BBC.
    Hope I'm proved wrong when I catch up with them on Iplayer.

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    1. Paul,
      I cant speak for the battles, but the BBC have done well filming in St. Petersberg.

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  3. Will doubtless end up watch WP online though how you condense tolstoys work into a mere 6 hours is puzzling- I recall that the 1970s version- with Anthony Hopkins was around 20 parts- which shows you how much attention spans have dropped in 40 years.
    As for "action figures" well TMP calls it "toy gaming" . I've evn seen blokes doing it with Lego - poor sods. The lego chaisaw murderer and the Lego Hitler were the last straw- slippery slope mate !

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    1. Andy,
      When have you been influenced by TMP?
      I am looking for a way to play a wargame with children, and I dont think letting them use my Holger Ericson and Willie figures would be good for my health.

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  4. It was actually an entertaining piece of telly. I don't have a problem with it just running for 6 hours either. Quite good BBC budget battles and fabulous backdrops, e.g. St Peterberg. Brian Cox and Jim Broadbent were very good and the young women very, errr, fetching.

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    1. Colin,
      I thought it was beautifully filmed, and its clear that a bit of money was spent on the production costs.As for the women, Im certain its still an offence to lust after people of such a young age?

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  5. I haven't seen W&P yet, but Bondarchuk is hard to beat.

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    1. Conrad,
      Bondarchuk had the backing of the Russian state, and probably its army.

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  6. well i enjoyed War and Peace, period details not withstanding

    54mm ? need go no further than HaT and Call to Arms for a decent set of figures at very reasonable prices

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    1. John,
      After taking some advice from the other John, I think I better re appraise the situation.

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