Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chain of Command Germans Cancon 2015

Chain of Command German Osttruppen Heer Cancon 2015

Osttrupen - Mainly Elderly Germans and Ukrainians.
642nd East Battalion (reserve) defended behind the coast while the main force resisted at Sword.



They were part of 736th regiment.


3,000 men

It was part of the 716th Infantry Division.


8,000 men
(One Division, Two regiments, 6 battalions?)

Artillery support was provided by the 1716th Artillery Division.

What does static mean?
Static (bodenständige)
Deficient in transport, even enough to move its own artillery. Many of these were divisions that had been mauled on the Russian Front and were sent west to serve as coastal defense garrisons until sufficient resources were available to rehabilitate them.

Likely numbers of Osttruppen:
A new divisional organization was introduced in October 1943; referred to as the M1944 Division, it called for 11,317 German personnel and 1,455 auxiliaries (the Hilfwilliger, or volunteers from captured Russian personnel). The division was 28% leaner in terms of personnel, but again had a slight increase in firepower.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Josh Celts

Basic Article


Celt covers a LOT of time and area. To get an impression, you need to narrow it down.
You could be anything from a near naked man with blue paint and a spear to A fully plate armoured knight in imported Millanese full plate.

Time period - wealth - localised/ influenced - travelled  - location

Time Period
Pre-Roman - Roman - Iron Age - Transition/ Viking - Post Norman - Post Plauge - Renaissance

Are you portraying a wealthy man or a basic soldier

Are you portraying a localised persona or a heavily influenced person - Romanised/ Vikingised/ Adpoted imported plate etc

Are you a stay at home local man or have you travelled to pick up external influences and ways

Good Map

Insular Celt, Continental Celt

Thursday, April 3, 2014

State of Play April 2014

House - the flat is gone and all it's bit are in the house. The goulburn house still needs to be emptied. It affect everything, as we can't truly plan the new house till all the gear is over.

SCA: Easter is nearly upon us so focus goes to Festival. I have to remake a shield, and help make household tabbards. Multiple new polearms have been made - I'm going to enjoy trialling those.
Company of Saint Christopher: My thinking is all about recreating the 'that guy' (Ursula-Memling painting) outfit and armour. Discussion and research abound, after Easter I intend to get some sewing action happening.

My dislike of console controllers still rules my gaming. I enjoy them as media controllers and youtube drivers, but playing isn''t working for me. Next fix - a two player game for Tig & I

The return of the internet means I am in an online games frenzy. I'll catch ya later Minecraft, I'm revelling in running my doubles: Tank Doubles and MWOnline. With my tanks I am still finding TOG II matches hilarious, and I keep my arty eye in. I'm stuggling to re-teach my brain Battlemech piltoing skills after a no-internet gap. I have finally activated my founders premium, and filled my bay with extras of the founders mechs, and will try and learn them, and double them. My only other buy: I just HAD to get every single Locust. HAD TO. NO OPTION.
I had an interesting hand injury when moving house - it made my hand hurt to fly in WarThunder. Very odd. It'll sort itself out I'm sure.

Historical WW2: I have seen the historical light. Miniatures have a certain abstraction, and you have to sort of go with it. Chain of command mechanics elegantly keep things mighty real, and focus on the important part of the battle, the part where the critical decisions are made, and this makes it interesting and dynamic. Chain of command makes it work. I played a game of Bolt Action: It just felt like 40K WW2 and I didn't get inspired to play again. It's like factory white bread after a great fresh baked roll.
Apocalypse: I have my army available to play, but have not been finding the time. There is a plan for a big game - I'm not getting it together enough to be the organiser. I need Goulburn finished to have certainty - and that's not happening
Saga: I'm about to have an introduction.
Necromunda: The Jolly Green Goliaths are messing around in the underhive. It's fun and simple to play, and the superfast setup and packdown works with the current fluid state of the house.

I'm not iPhone gaming at the moment. I don't enjoy using the phone for longer periods of time. Short sharp bursts of FB, Pinterest or Gmail will do me.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

That Guy: Purchase and reference links

"That Guy" blog post direct link
Many thanks to Matthew, Arne, and Corny.

Arming Jacks and Aketons:


Construction Notes:

1. Collar construction, it is entirely different from modern garments by its integration into the back panel/s. If the garment is armour work over maile it is most likely not going to have a collar and will be quite low to avoid bunching at the back, as in "that guy".

2. Waist line, the waist line is much higher than people think. Below the floating rib, to the point where a idealised chap's form would head back out to his hip.

3. Sleeve head, the sleeve head to the back and front panels is a deep mounting, this cut away allows the sleeve to avoid tearing at the seam line and takes pressure from the garment.

Links - cheers Mr C!:

The Mail underneath:
Speculations drawn from the picture:
It is a 'vest' of mail - the jack chains and linen protect the arm
The painter forgot to include the mail - it is full sleeve
There is a light cloth cover under the arm.

Another contemporary example: Mail that does not go to the wrist:
Supplementary mail armour that does not go to the sleeve.
This example teerminates on the upper arm.
Brass edging suggests it is the same piece.
Shows that mail does not have to go to the wrist.

Discussion link:


Jack Chains supplier:
St George

Miscellanous Interesting Link:
Tent and Shrine

Monday, March 10, 2014

On Improvement.

Improvement comes from study and practice.

Study is where you are shown concepts and techniques for the first time, and you make efforts to hold them in your mind.

Practice is where you take these concepts and techniques, and attempt to use them in real situations.

Begin an art, and study is invaluable. You cannot practice something of which you have no knowledge. You must find your way to gain this knowledge. Practice will help you hold these concepts and techniques.

Gradually you will do less study and more practice. The concepts are no longer new, and you have done enough practice that you do not need to think back to them constantly.

Once you no longer study, and practice flows without thought, you have passed the beginner stage, and have secured the fundamentals.

Take your art out into the community, and it will be compared to the arts as practiced by others. You will judge the effectiveness of new techniques and concepts.

Practice improves your art, and you develop your own style.

See the techniques and concepts as practiced by others, and make decisions as to whether to modify what you do, and add techniques to your repertoire.

Master an art, and you can converse on it's concepts. You can practice and demonstrate techniques with comparison to other masters, and not be found wanting. You train those who show interest in the art, and can guide their practice. When you practice, you can fall back to focus on a basic technique, or purpose yourself to general improvement.