Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vancouver Christmas 2012

Happy Holidays!  My wife and I went to Vancouver for Christmas this year to visit with my side of the family.  We had a great time visiting the sites and enjoying the company of family.  We only saw sun for part of one day out of eight, but the rain was a welcome change to the typical Denver, Colorado weather (sun).

What is a vacation without something history related slipped in.  Well, we visited the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and I found some war related artifacts.  I thought I'd share them with you.  The museum mainly focuses on British Columbia native artifacts, but they do have a mix of other non-Canadian artifacts.

Museum in the evening.  Note totem poles inside.  View from a postcard.
The museum was built amonst WWII concrete gun emplacements.
Web page discussing the gun emplacements: Link

Korean turtle boat model.
Japanese Samurai Armour.
Japanese helmet.  Maybe Ashigaru helmet.
Japanese Ashigaru helmet.
Micronesia Armour.
Asmat Shields.  Asmat people are from New Guinea.
Micronesia swords.
Samoan Clubs.
Kiakavo (Fiji war clubs)
More detailed information and photos (i.e. what the japanese helmets look like under the helmet) can be found by just searching for these artifacts on the museum web site:

UBC Museum of Anthropology
Direct link to collections page

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Battle of Flodden Fans

I know some of you have been waiting patiently for more photos of my Battle of Flodden scenario.  Here you go!  I've held off so my local wargaming friends can enjoy first crack at the battle.  These pictures are from my club.  The game was well received and I was glad to see everyone seemed to picked up the rules pretty well (Renaissance Principles of War).  I will be running this game again at one of our local conventions, Genghis Con, in February.

Scots on the right advancing down the hill.

English deploy in line and advance to meet the Scots.
English borderers.
The armies meet.