Thursday, 19 April 2018

Italian ww2 Propaganda Posters

The Italians produced propaganda posters during the war as well, and they are not as often seen as the Allies ones, so I thought I would share a few of them with you all......
I love how Italian armour looks, all rivets and flat plates.
and there are more....

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Star Wars Imperial Assault Kayn Somos Villain Pack unboxing and reveiw

A Long time ago in a galaxy far far away we looked at Star Wars Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games.  This model pack will replace the card token from The Twin shadows expansion, and add more to your game too, even if you do not have the Twin shadows, you can still get plenty of use from it.


“Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.”
  
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

The white armor of Imperial Stormtroopers is a symbol of the Empire’s might across the galaxy. These highly trained soldiers are the iron fist of the Emperor, crushing dissension and spreading fear everywhere. Some Stormtrooper officers even exceed their soldiers in ruthlessness, and few are more feared than Kayn Somos, the Stormtrooper commander stationed on Tatooine. With the Kayn Somos Villain Pack, you can bring this trooper’s powerful leadership and unforgiving methods to your games of Imperial Assault!

The Kayn Somos Villain Pack offers a sculpted plastic figure of Kayn Somos to replace the token found in the Twin Shadows expansion which is one I don't have. Of course, like other Ally Packs and Villain Packs, this expansion offers far more than a plastic figure. Three new missions expand both the campaign game and the skirmish game, while new Agenda cards, Deployment cards, and Command cards invite you to pursue cunning new tactics in any mission. 

So lets pop it open and take a look.....

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Marts Book Corner - The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britan by Stephen Bungay

For this Book Corner we look the Most Dangerous Enemy a book about the Battle of Britain, taking us back to the dark days of 1940.


Already hailed as the standard work, The Most Dangerous Enemy is an authoritative history of the British battle that galvanized the public imagination and symbolized the destiny of a nation. But in this rigorous re-investigation of the Battle of Britain, Stephen Bungay tells a story full of revelations. Whether assessing the development of radar or the relative merits of the Spitfire, Hurricane, and Messerschmitt, he uncovers the unexpected truth behind many time-honored myths. Not only a major work of modern history but also a truly compelling narrative, The Most Dangerous Enemy confirms the Battle of Britain as.....

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Marts Book Corner - Dunkirk: Fight To The Last Man by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Time to dive back into book corner, I am always looking for a good interesting and accurate read.  Most of my books are military history, its what I enjoy reading most, and when my dearly beloved presented me with this one, I was very interested.

Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk. Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away.

 Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades, and Captain Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC who single-handedly held back a German attack on the Dunkirk perimeter thereby allowing the British line to form up behind him. Told to stand and fight to the last man, these brave few battalions fought......

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Lord of the Rings the card game Khazad-Dum expansion

As long term readers will know, im rather a fan of the Lord of the Rings lcg from Fantasy Flight games, and a huge fan of the world of middle earth, so I was really looking forward to getting deeper into the game, and then I saw this expansion.... Khazad Dum, a place I loved in the books, so full of history and sadness, a place i wanted to spend much more time exploring, and Gimlis song of Durin said it best.....



The world was young, the mountains green,
No stain yet on the Moon was seen,
No words were laid on stream or stone
When Durin woke and walked alone.
He named the nameless hills and dells;
He drank from yet untasted wells;
He stooped and looked in Mirrormere,
And saw a crown of stars appear,
As gems upon a silver thread,
Above the shadow of his head.

The world was fair, the mountains tall,
In Elder Days before the fall
Of mighty kings in Nargothrond
And Gondolin, who now beyond
The Western Seas have passed away:
The world was fair in Durin's Day.

A king he was on carven throne
In many-pillared halls of stone
With golden roof and silver floor,
And runes of power upon the door.
The light of sun and star and moon
In shining lamps of crystal hewn
Undimmed by cloud or shade of night
There shone for ever fair and bright.

There hammer on the anvil smote,
There chisel clove, and graver wrote;
There forged was blade, and bound was hilt;
The delver mined, the mason built.
There beryl, pearl, and opal pale,
And metal wrought like fishes' mail,
Buckler and corslet, axe and sword,
And shining spears were laid in hoard.

Unwearied then were Durin's folk;
Beneath the mountains music woke:
The harpers harped, the minstrels sang,
And at the gates the trumpets rang.

The world is grey, the mountains old,
The forge's fire is ashen-cold;
No harp is wrung, no hammer falls:
The darkness dwells in Durin's halls;
The shadow lies upon his tomb
In Moria, in Khazad-dûm.
But still the sunken stars appear
In dark and windless Mirrormere;
There lies his crown in water deep,
Till Durin wakes again from sleep.


It has always stuck with me, certainly the last verse, it really shows the sadness that has settled on the place, it was not just a "mine" but a true glorious full of light splendor of the world.

"For a while we had news and it seemed good: messages reported that Moria had been entered and a great work begun there. Then there was silence, and no word has ever come from Moria since."   –Glóin, The Fellowship of the Ring


It has been many years since the Dwarves last heard from Balin. Now the heroes of Middle-earth must search for signs of him and his fledgling Dwarven colony. Khazad-dûm is the first deluxe expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, expanding your game with 165 new cards. Two Dwarf heroes offer their services, and players gain the benefit of new player cards (three copies of each) while facing new scenarios filled with perilous locations and a menacing host of enemies.
Time to pop this open and take a look, do not worry though we will only be looking at player cards, so no spoilers of the quest and their results, or the kind of horrors you may face deep in the dark beneath the world.