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Vichy Cambodians (17th Mar 2019)

Khmers constituted a portion of the units Vichy fielded in its defence of Cambodia, with one assessment of the campaign against the Thais singling them and the Montagnards of central Vietnam out for being the most reliable of Indochina’s native troops. Wh ... Read More

National Museum of Myanmar (5th Mar 2019)

Managed to find time for the national museum in Yangon this past weekend. As to be expected, the emphasis was very much on crafts and artifacts, with there being little in the way of military displays. Collated below are the few depictions of medieval and ... Read More

Speedpainted Filipinos (25th Feb 2019)

These were done on the hoof, spurred on by visits to Manila, my recent discovery of the devastatingly excellent blog that is Just Needs Varnish!, and a long-held secret admiration for the wash-centric painting method advocated by the talented folks at WWP ... Read More

More Vichy infantry (27th May 2018)

Very chuffed with how fast I was able to churn these out. They may not hold up well in the face of the camera’s unforgiving glare, though at arm’s length on the tabletop they do look quite passable. Honest! Funnily … Continue reading → ... Read More

Vichy infantry (19th May 2018)

These chaps can double as both foreign legion and colonials, the Indochina garrison having undertaken to standardise its combat troops’ appearance during the mid-1930s (to the extent that the Vietnamese tirailleurs’ distinctive salacco hat was replaced by ... Read More

Vichy officers (15th May 2018)

Some chaps to lead the defence of Indochina. Though the uniforms have turned out a tad bit too yellow, I’m quite pleased with the overall result and will be sticking to the following recipe: Uniform and helmet: Foundry Boneyard A … Continue reading → ... Read More

Vichy officers (13th Apr 2018)

Some chaps to lead the defence of Indochina. Though the uniforms have turned out a tad bit too yellow, I’m quite pleased with the overall result and will be sticking to the following recipe: Uniform and helmet: Foundry Boneyard A … Continue reading → ... Read More

National Museum, Bangkok (9th Apr 2018)

The Bangkok National Museum’s new war room features a stunning, glass-encased diorama of an Ayutthaya-era army laid manoeuvering in one of the battle formations prescribed by the Treatise on Victorious Warfare, a military handbook first compiled in 1518 ( ... Read More

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (24th Oct 2017)

Back in 2015 I made an unplanned trip to Taipei, during which I managed to squeeze in the briefest of visits to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. As luck would have it, my presence coincided with the hosting of a … Continue reading → ... Read More

National Museum of Thailand (24th Sep 2016)

The main hall of the National Museum in Bangkok has undergone a revamp that, whilst much needed, has deprived it of the scale dioramas modellers and wargamers alike would have waxed lyrical about. Thankfully the Fine Arts Department has had the foresight ... Read More

Museum Siam (31st Jan 2015)

Opened in 2008, the Museum Siam features state-of-the-art displays primarily aimed at kids (think lots of games, interactive screens, and photo props). While it doesn’t quite achieve its self-professed mission of deconstructing Thai national identity, the ... Read More

Battle of Koh Chang (27th Jan 2015)

Thailand’s best-selling daily has put out a short animated video on the Franco-Thai War’s best known battle. It can be viewed here. ... Read More

WWII Thailand on Youtube (31st Jul 2014)

Some idle soul has done the world a favour by amalgamating wartime newsreel clips from the British Pathé and Japanese NHK archives. As the running time is quite substantial, what follows is a breakdown of the bits of most interest to wargamers (not … Cont ... Read More

WWII Thailand on Youtube (31st Jul 2014)

Some idle soul has done the world a favour by amalgamating wartime newsreel clips from the British Pathé and Japanese NHK archives. As the running time is quite substantial, what follows is a breakdown of the bits of most interest to wargamers (not … Cont ... Read More

Colonial Architecture in Indochina: Savannakhet (27th Oct 2013)

Lying astride the mighty Mekong is Savannakhet, Lao’s second largest city and the birthplace of Kaysone Phomvihane, the bullnecked éminence rouge of the Pathet Lao. A good embodiment of what Martin Windrow calls “the ultimate Buddhist languor ... Read More

Colonial Architecture in Indochina: Savannakhet (27th Oct 2013)

Lying astride the mighty Mekong is Savannakhet, Lao’s second largest city and the birthplace of Kaysone Phomvihane, the bullnecked éminence rouge of the Pathet Lao. A good embodiment of what Martin Windrow calls “the ultimate Buddhist languor of Laos” (a ... Read More

French test figure (25th Oct 2013)

Apart from the bread bag I’m quite pleased with how he turned out, and shall be doing the rest of the unit this weekend. In other news I’ve got a few more Thai tanks lined up, as well as a … Continue reading → ... Read More

French test figure (25th Oct 2013)

Apart from the bread bag I’m quite pleased with how he turned out, and shall be doing the rest of the unit this weekend. In other news I’ve got a few more Thai tanks lined up, as well as a … Continue reading → ... Read More

Architecture in Malaya (part II) (30th Aug 2013)

Housed in a magnificent printing house built in 1899, the recently-opened Kuala Lumpur City Gallery offers an impressive diorama showing what the city centre would have looked like back in the day. More useful for the wargamer are the various … Cont ... Read More

Architecture in Malaya (part II) (30th Aug 2013)

Housed in a magnificent printing house built in 1899, the recently-opened Kuala Lumpur City Gallery offers an impressive diorama showing what the city centre would have looked like back in the day. More useful for the wargamer are the various … Continue r ... Read More

Thai Machine Guns (12th Mar 2013)

Two “Type 66″ (Browning M1917) teams from the wargaming world’s first ever range of WWII Thais. It was my intention to do up the battalion heavy weapons company in one go, but the late arrival of SHQ’s 37mm Bofors meant … Con ... Read More

Thai Machine Guns (12th Mar 2013)

Two “Type 66″ (Browning M1917) teams from the wargaming world’s first ever range of WWII Thais. It was my intention to do up the battalion heavy weapons company in one go, but the late arrival of SHQ’s 37mm Bofors meant … Continue reading → ... Read More

Thai Command Group (24th Jan 2013)

Elhiem’s Thai higher-ups are absolutely stunning sculpts that effectively capture the debonair hauteur inherent to staff officers the world over. ... Read More

Thai Command Group (24th Jan 2013)

Elhiem’s Thai higher-ups are absolutely stunning sculpts that effectively capture the debonair hauteur inherent to staff officers the world over. ... Read More

Elhiem WWII Thai Infantry (22nd Jan 2013)

The wargaming world’s first ever release of WWII Thais in any scale (yay!). Alas, my skills as a painter are far too inadequate to do Matt’s sculpting justice! You’ll note that in my haste to get these photographed I paid … Continu ... Read More

Elhiem WWII Thai Infantry (22nd Jan 2013)

The wargaming world’s first ever release of WWII Thais in any scale (yay!). Alas, my skills as a painter are far too inadequate to do Matt’s sculpting justice! You’ll note that in my haste to get these photographed I paid … Continue reading → ... Read More

Panorama 1453 (18th Sep 2012)

A short tram ride away from Istanbul’s hectic centre is the stunning Panorama 1453, a small underground museum dedicated to the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. While it’s let down by a distinct lack of English language captions and some de ... Read More

Panorama 1453 (18th Sep 2012)

A short tram ride away from Istanbul’s hectic centre is the stunning Panorama 1453, a small underground museum dedicated to the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. While it’s let down by a distinct lack of English language captions and some decidedly … Co ... Read More

sneak peek: more Elhiem Thais (18th Sep 2012)

Some new additions to Elhiem’s as-yet-unreleased range. Like Paul Hicks before him, Matt Hingley’s sculpting has improved by leaps and bounds over the past couple of years, as the following work-in-progress pictures show. Needless to say, I ca ... Read More

Thao Suranari Museum (3rd May 2012)

Commanding pride of place in the hectic concrete jungle that is Khorat is the statue of Thao Suranari,  more popularly known as Grandma Mo, a woman warrior equally revered for imparting miracles and good luck as she is for saving … Continue reading ... Read More

Thao Suranari Museum (3rd May 2012)

Commanding pride of place in the hectic concrete jungle that is Khorat is the statue of Thao Suranari,  more popularly known as Grandma Mo, a woman warrior equally revered for imparting miracles and good luck as she is for saving … Continue reading → ... Read More

The Sino-Japanese War, as reported by the Foreign Office (Part II) (29th Mar 2012)

[F 7252/1689/10] Sir H. Seymour (Chungking, September 7, 1942) to Mr. Eden Sir, With reference to my despatch No. 260 of the 4th August, I have the honour to submit the following news summary for the month of August:- 2. … Continue reading → ... Read More

The Sino-Japanese War, as reported by the Foreign Office (28th Mar 2012)

[F 849/849/10]  Sir A. Clark Kerr (Shanghai, Nov. 5, 1940) to Viscount Halifax (Received Feb. 14, 1941) My Lord, With reference to my despatch No. 75 of the 3rd October, I have the honour to transmit to your Lordship herewith … Continue reading U ... Read More

Malayan architecture (26th Mar 2012)

All wargames-related activity have ironically been suspended ever since my moving to the Holy Land of wargaming; that being said, this blog still warrants a long-overdue update. So here are a bunch of pictures I took last year in various museums … C ... Read More

Malayan architecture (26th Mar 2012)

All wargames-related activity have ironically been suspended ever since my moving to the Holy Land of wargaming; that being said, this blog still warrants a long-overdue update. So here are a bunch of pictures I took last year in various museums … Continu ... Read More

WWII Thais (3rd Aug 2011)

Most histories of WWII treat Thailand as being just another part of the Japanese empire, notable for its immediate surrender to the Japanese and for making up one half of the infamous Death Railway. But this wasn’t the case. The … Continue rea ... Read More

Indians this time (28th Jul 2011)

The SHQ range of early war Commonwealth troops features some excellent poses and is comparable in quality to their Dutch, Polish and Cossack figures (I should point out that their recent French, Belgian and Italian releases are, in my humblest … Con ... Read More

even more Japanese (24th Jul 2011)

Actually finished these last week,  but a trip up north precluded their being photographed. ... Read More

More dipped Japanese (3rd Jul 2011)

Against my better judgement I am fast becoming a convert to the Army Painter way of life painting – why spend half an hour working on one single figure when you can do twenty? At this rate I should have … Continue reading → ... Read More

Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre (13th Jun 2011)

A small but spectacular museum dedicated to the Siamese capital’s 17th Century heyday. Hopefully these amazing dioramas will inspire a few gamers to put in a little more effort on the accuracy front (no giant Buddhas plopped in the middle … Co ... Read More

Speed painted Japanese (8th Jun 2011)

In my haste to complete another battalion the figures were given the Army Painter treatment. Really chuffed with the way they turned out… until I saw the amount of frosting on them. Can’t be bothered to fix them however, as … Continue re ... Read More

quick post (8th Jun 2011)

These two were actually completed in March. For the officer’s uniform I used VMC US Olive Drab as the shadow colour; this was followed by successive layers of VPA Canvas and VPA US Army Tank Crew. Don’t know whether it’s … Continue ... Read More

Yang Dang Khum and Phum Preav (2nd Jun 2011)

In anticipation of Elhiem’s upcoming Thai range I’ve decided to upload a Rapid Fire! scenario I’d written for Journal 57 of the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers. Phibun, flanked by Admiral Luang Yuthasartkoson and Colonel Luang Saw ... Read More

National Memorial, Pathum Thani (1st Jun 2011)

Located on the northern outskirts of Bangkok past the city’s domestic airport, the poorly named National Memorial is a museum dedicated to the highlights of Thai military history. Like just about every other military museum in the country it’s ... Read More

on the workbench (11th Mar 2011)

Like some other folks at the Guild I’ve been suffering from a severe bout of painter’s block. Thankfully the arrival of a packet of goodies from Grubby Tanks earlier this morning has managed to spur me into picking up a … Continue readin ... Read More

Siamese Army Uniforms 1868-1921 (5th Feb 2011)

In 1921 a remarkable little book was published by the Siamese ministry of defence.  Titled The Chronicle of the 1st Guards Infantry Regiment (ตำนานกรมทหารราบที่ ๑ มหาดเล็กรักษาพระองค์), it details the history, organisation, and uniforms of the formation s ... Read More

recent bits (1st Jan 2011)

I don’t think I’ve ever been busier than I was in December, and all that I’ve been able to complete for the entire month are these: The vehicles were cast and assembled by the very talented David Reasoner of Moonlite … Continue rea ... Read More

dipped Foreign Legion (15th Nov 2010)

What little enthusiasm I had for these figures was destroyed while preparing and painting them, a process I found tedious and frequently infuriating. Why? Where to begin? First, there was far more flash than I had initially realised, some of … Conti ... Read More

Burmese Test Figure (14th Nov 2010)

I’ve been a long-time admirer of Paul Hicks’ terrific sculpting, but have always put off buying his figures because of my aversion to painting anything larger than 20mm. Until now. When I read that Pontoonier Miniatures offers a Third Burma &# ... Read More