Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Distant War

I was moved by the exhibition in the Tojhusmuseet about the Danes in Afghanistan.Here is what the museum says about it-
"The 600m2 exhibition recreates a Danish military camp and its surroundings as realistically as possible. Crate upon crate of uniforms, weapons and first-aid equipment have been brought back to Denmark from ISAF Team 10, who were in Afghanistan in autumn 2010. Everything in the exhibition has been used, worn and covered with personal graffiti. The goal of the exhibition is to make the life of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan more tangible, and almost all the exhibits can be picked up and held, bringing museum visitors into direct contact with everyday life in the camp. The exhibition also uses special effects to recreate the atmosphere on the ground - and shake the senses."
The Tojhusmuseet has separated the exhibition in order to give an immersive experience. the moment you enter you walk over sand  and rocks,over uneven surfaces. The soldier's quarters are lain out almost as if they have just left. I found it very powerful. It was half term in Denmark and people of all ages were going round the exhibition. If in Copenhagen don't miss it.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Just back

Yesterday saw me return from a brief visit to Copenhagen. It was my fourth visit to Denmark although my first since 1994. It was lovely to be back. As ever the Tojhus museum was fascinating-
Excellent maritime dioramas as above and fascinating full sized exhibits as below-
 I was  very moved by an exhibition entitled "The distant War" about the Danish army's experiences in Afghanistan. I will post pictures next time of it.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Ludwig of the North

In 1868 the Duchy of Tradgardland joined the North German Confederation-
It's ruler Karl Frederick IV was famous,perhaps infamous, known around the beer halls as "The Ludwig of the North" in reference to his incessant castle building which had almost bankrupted the Duchy.
In August 1870 the Tradgardlanders march towards battle against the French...


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Ten Years Later

I popped over to Der Alte's blog today and found him reflecting upon the 10th anniversary of his blog.This prompted me to see how long I had been blogging about the Duchy of Tradgardland and diverse matters. Much to my surprise it was June 2007 that it all began! It was long ago and far away, so much...
Blogging has added much to my hobby and life and I am glad to have other's blogs to read too.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

1688

Around the early 80s I got these-
I looked with enthusiasm at the Warrior Miniatures Charles II period 25mm figures in the window of their shop in Glasgow. Alas I never bought any. What I did do was decapitate loads of Minifigs 25mm GNW Russians and stick on wide brimmed heads ( possibly Thessalian ancient?) to get the look. It was fun at the time.
The other day this arrived-
I have not had time or energy to do it justice but I am very impressed  indeed. A visual delight and well written. Once more it has fanned the flames of enthusiasm for the "might have been" battles of 1688 on English soil. Combined with "The Pikeman's Lament" I am tempted to give them a go but which scale- 15mm,20mm or 28mm?