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  • Illiad
    dead world they forget the dead I say there too I shall remember him my friend Men of Achaea lift a song Down to the ships we go and take this body our glory We have beaten Hector down to whom as to a god the Trojans prayed Indeed he had in mind for Hector s body outrage and shame Behind both feet he pierced the tendons heel to ankle Rawhide cords he drew through both and lashed them to his chariot letting the man s head trail Stepping aboard bearing the great trophy of the arms he shook the reins and whipped the team ahead into a willing run A dustcloud rose above the furrowing body the dark tresses flowed behind and the head so princely once lay back in dust Zeus gave him to his enemies to be defiled in his own fatherland So his whole head was blackened Looking down his mother tore her braids threw off her veil and wailed heartbroken to behold her son Piteously his father groaned and round him lamentation spread throughout the town most like the clamour to be heard if Ilium s towers top to bottom seethed in flames They barely stayed the old man mad with grief from passing through the gates Then in the mire he rolled and begged them all each man by name Relent friends It is hard but let me go out of the city to the Achaean ships I ll make my plea to that demonic heart He may feel shame before his peers or pity my old age His father too is old Peleus who brought him up to be a scourge to Trojans cruel to all but most to me so many of my sons in flower of youth he cut away And though I grieve I cannot mourn them all as much as I do one for whom my grief will take me to the grave and that is Hector Why could he not have died where I might hold him In our weeping then his mother now so destitute and I might have had surfeit and relief of tears These were the words of Priam as he wept and all his people groaned Then in her turn Hecabe led the women in lamentation Child I am lost now Can I bear my life after the death of suffering your death You were my pride in all my nights and days pride of the city pillar to the Trojans and Trojan women Everyone looked to you as though you were a god and rightly so You were their greatest glory while you lived Now your doom and death have come upon you These were her mournful words But Hector s lady still knew nothing no one came to tell her of Hector s stand outside the gates She wove upon her loom deep in the lofty house a double purple web with rose design Calling her maids in waiting she ordered a

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  • Air Wargames Society
    the website at www partizan org uk Kublacon USA Day 1 Date Friday May 28 2004 Time All Day Day 1 of a four day US gaming convention Demonstration and participation miniatures games board games role playing CCGs traders flea market tournaments and special guests To be held at Burlingame Hyatt Regency 1333 Bayshore Highway Burlingame CA 94010 For further details please se the website at http www kublacon com Nashcon USA Day 1 Date Friday May 28 2004 Time All Day Day 1 of a 3 day US wargames convention hosted by HMGS Midsouth To be held at Cool Springs Mariott Franklin TN For further details please contact Chris Edmondson POB 44 Rockvale TN 37153 Tel 615 604 5472 email echris66 comcast net Enfilade USA Day 1 Date Friday May 28 2004 Time All Day Day 1 of a three day US Wargames convention hosted by The Northwest Historical Miniatures Gaming Society Participation games trade stands swap tables and a painting competition To be held at The Red Lion Hotel Olympia Washington State For further details please see the website at http www nhmgs org enfilade html Closing Date for Northern DBM Doubles 3rd Rnd Date Friday May 28

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  • Troy
    pack llamas remember it s only a film The Trojan army are very fancifully armoured reflecting the wealth of their city state and all the nobles wear deep blue robes illustrating the use of fantastically expensive dyes These are rich folk and the difference between them and the dirty murderous Greeks becomes all to clear when the 1000 ship invasion fleet arrives The blood thirty Achilles leads the way and the well muscled Brad Pitt hacks his way bloodily through the poor Trojans as his Myrmiddons slaughter the unarmed priests of Apollo To be fair the fighting is impressive and pretty bloody and perhaps the best part of the whole film is the combat between Hector and Achilles which is amazingly choreographed But the battle scenes massive though they are still left me unsatisfied and disappointed compared with the action scenes in Cold Mountain Gladiator or LOTR I think the biggest problem with the film is the story which is not the epic recounted by Homer but one Inspired by The Illiad Well I am not sure what the American definition of inspiration is but it is clearly different from mine I understood that the siege of Troy lasted 10 bloody years However the writer Mr Benioff not a name I am too familiar with has reduced this to something like 16 days of which 12 days is covered by a caption twelve days later Not only that he has decided that Homer s story was just too inconvenient for him and well you will just have to go and check it out for yourself So what about the acting Brad Pitt is mean and moody and a pretty mean fighter Hector is well portrayed by Aussie actor Eric Bana as a mighty warrior tired of war and wanting nothing more than to live in peace with his wife and child Brian Cox is appalling as the tyranical Agamemnon a great pity as he can be such a fine actor Peter O Toole is well Peter O Toole while Orlando Bloom is pretty useless until he gets a bow in his hand and then turns into Legolas Amazingly I felt the best acting turn came from a most unexpected source Sean Bean playing the cunning and scheming Ulysses You will recognise a host of the actors filling minor roles as most are British and familiar from soaps and detective dramas Despite all the hype around this film and the superb set pieces and visual imagery this film is a massive disappointment and a wasted opportunity to produce a truly impressive piece of film history JOS Reproduced below is an open letter addressed to the Screenwriter which I think speaks for itself Dear Mr Benioff I ve just come out of Mr Petersen s movie that you scripted and am finding it a little hard to breathe Here we have fantastic visuals done with great love of detail to see Troy in such pictures those walls to see the thousand ships

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  • Not To Be Missed
    that will feed into the article for Slingshot and hopefully indicates the international nature of the SoA The Slingshot article will be forthcoming in the September issue and will feature contributions from all the game organisers plus some players Additionally we shall be collating as many pictures etc as well for the battle Day website to supplement the Slingshot article This first Battle Day was something of an experiment to

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  • Not To Be Missed
    to stock vallejo acrylic paints we will be stocking both model colour and game colour ranges that s a massive 280 colours to choose from Fantastic paints for both figures and models alike Ironically they are not yet in the web shop as it will take a while for us to get all the colour pallets in place But you can order them direct via tftsales aol com and they will be selling at just 1 40 each Terrain All go on the terrain front too We now have ready for release a rather tasty set of sandbag barriers a small bunker a check point a new turret base and more besides The new bunker is the smallest one we have produced to date but still has a foot print of 15x15cm so its not small by any means and will comfortably take a squad of 10 30mm figures or a heavy gun or two The check point is proving a big hit with our fans across the globe adding an entrance and exit to your secure compounds This is a three part model with an articulated boom The new turret base is a generic base we will be using for many different weapon heads shown here with the twin HMG turret Alongside this we have also released a small mount which enable you to mount the twin HMG on anything with a flat surface great for turning a simple roof or pavement into a strong point Terrain releases code description cost SB1 4 straight sections of sandbag defence wall 8 SB2 2 corners of sandbag defence wall 5 SB3 Full set of all sandbag sections 12 B3 Small defence wall bunker 16 CH1 Check point ramp and boom 15 T1 Turret base unit with twin HMG turret 12 T3

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  • Osprey Publishing Warrior Series No
    Scandinavian followers These newcomers quickly assimilated the feudal culture and some of the first stone building started in the mid 10th century The books introduction follows this through to the expansion of Norman influence in Southern Italy and Sicily As with the previous title this is followed by a very good chronology The castles design and development is explored with an in depth view of Chateau Gaillard Aided by many photographs of the present buildings plus the wonderful work of the artist Adam Hook who affords the reader a birds eye view of what these magnificent buildings must have looked like at the end of the 12th century The following chapters deal with the castle at war the principles of defence and what life must have been like for the inhabitants Here Christopher takes care in not repeating himself from the other volume The fate of the castles deals with the loss of the Duchy to the French King Philip Augustus in 1204 to the devastation of World War II and subsequent restorations The last chapter deals in brief with visiting the castles today Christopher provides an alphabetical listing for each area Normandy Southern Italy and Sicily This is an

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  • Osprey Publishing Warrior Series No
    them The Mongols one of the great success stories of world military history are one of these The book is sumptuously illustrated by Wayne Reynolds a new name to me and of considerable talent The colour plates are superb Osprey is indeed lucky to have these artists available to them Of course the book is also well illustrated with photographs and prints The introduction places the Mongol in his historical context the rise of the Mongol empire from a warrior called Temujin titled the universal ruler or Genghis Khan There follows a good chronology which will aid the reader to appreciate how quickly and how vast the empire spread The following chapters make up the bulk of the work recruitment and training appearance their daily and campaign life their battle tactics and strategy There is rather a nice painting of the siege of Kiev showing a traction trebuchet in action These chapters incorporate lots of little snippets from the various campaigns battles and sieges based on contemporary reports The glossary is rather too brief but there is much to pursue from the bibliography One avenue which I for one would like to explore is why the Mongols did not return

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  • Not To Be Missed
    ve finally set a date for COGS Show 2004 It will be on 7th November at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield See our website http www c o g s

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