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Soooooo, those who read my Armada post may remember a statement I made that went like this: THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE... I think. Well that went out the window when I saw some clearance planes called "Wings of War". The models would look good on my display shelf... that is until I looked up "Wings of War" and then "Wings of Glory" was listed also. Needless to say when I saw the Videos they got me hook-line and sinker.
Ah, the Emperor again, for scale comparison.
The painting detail is quite impressive.
So this is not the half of it. Check out my next posting.
Yesterday was the hundredth anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the brutal First World War battle in which more than a million men and boys were lost. On the first day alone Britain and the Commonwealth lost almost 20,000 souls.
Along with other commemorations yesterday, British commuters and citizens were met by silent groups of men, some only boys, in full First World War battle dress, in public spaces across the entire UK.
Each soldier had cards with the name and age (if known) of someone killed on the first day of the battle and the hashtag #wearehere . They were completely silent, except that sometimes groups would break into the song "We're Here Because We're Here", sung by British and Commonwealth soldiers at the time to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne".
We're here because we're here because we're here because we're here,
We're here because we're here because we're here because we're here.
The sight was eerie. Many spectators were moved to tears.
The source of the commemoration was kept secret until the end of the day. Turner-prizewinning artist Jeremy Delier conceived the memorial and teamed up with National Theatre director Rufus Norris for the project, under the umbrella of 14-18 NOW, a UK arts funding program to commemorate the First World War. Well over a thousand volunteers, nonprofessionals, aged 16 to 52 to reflect the people they commemorated, were kitted out and trained for the project.
I know that there isn't a lot of interest here for historicals, but I figured I would post them since I just finished off 30 of them.
With the incentive of a game I have been working hard on my US Marines. Most of the miniatures are from Brigade Games and the rest of them are from Great War Miniatures. The US Army Uniform and the US Marine P1912/1917 uniforms are close enough that you can't tell the difference on the table top except for color. The Marines in their "Forest Green" stand out in stark contrast from the Army. Marine "Forest Green" closely resembles German Feldgrau and I have a new recipe that comes a lot closer than my old one.
Here is a look at a platoon in full Marine uniform
Here is a link to my blog for the how I painted these up
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