I got the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition DVDs for Christmas and have been spending my (free) time rewatching the trilogy. This, of course, has caused me to restart work on some Lord of the Rings stuff. I think a neat little game could be had in doing a Fellowship versus the Watcher in the Water scenario at the gates to Moria.
The Princely States Report website has some neat color plates of Indian Army unforms from the 1930s and 1940s. They’re originally from a pack of 50 Players Cigarette Cards.
While nearly every educated person has heard of the Battle of Hastings, not as many know that it was the third of three decisive battles fought in a period of four weeks:; the others were Gate Fulford and Stamford Bridge. Had things gone differently, Hastings could have been fought between Harald of Norway and William the Conqueror. At any rate, this page has some good background and campaign notes for this critical period.
There was a discussion over at the Miniatures Page about a good WWII painting resouce. I don’t normally do posts about commercial products, but you can consider this a public service review.
For my money, the best resource for WWII uniforms is the Armed Forces of WWII by Andrew Mollo.
I’ve painted a lot of WW2 figures on commission over the last several years, and I have found this book to be the one indispensable resouce. Virtually every uniform I’ve wanted has been in here. Where else would you find the uniforms and insignia of the WWII Hungarian Air Force. There are 365 color paintings in the volume, and many more black and white photos. There is also a lot of information about the organization and ranks of the various armies. All, in all, its highly recommended for WWII painters and gamers.
Hoplites is a free computer card game based on the excellent GMT board game SPQR. I’ve played it and its a lot of fun. The card layout is reminiscent of the play in Columbia Games’ Gettysburg and Eagles games. There are also Samurai and Conan expansions. It’s an excellent diversion when you can’t get out your miniatures. Download the game here.