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The halfman cometh – An interview with Kawe from Westfalia Miniatures

I hope you are all doing well and survived huge amounts of spiced ham and truckloads of cookies. While you are eating the remaining Christmas cookies I suggest a read of this first installment of a new interview category on my blog. The idea is to introduce a company I like and also include a short, fun interview with the goal to establish a more personal connection between my readership and the ‘face’ behind a company. I aim on featuring an interview once a month. Today we look at Westfalia Miniatures successful Halfling Kickstarter and put Kawe Weissi-Zadeh to the question.

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Männer allein im Wald – How to take scenic photographs of miniatures part II

Last time we focused on general advice if it comes down to taking scenic photos of your treasured miniatures. We covered the choice of camera, lighting, backgrounds, scene composition and photo editing. If you did not read part one of this tutorial I suggest to go back and have a look, as this part will be based on this general information.

We look at the initial idea, finding the right props for the job, setting the scene to bring the idea to life, framing the scene and finally photo editing. The last point will also include some falling snow effects.

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Shutterbug – How to take scenic photographs of miniatures part I

In the early morning hours you finish your latest work: it turned out exactly as you envisioned; it looks glorious. But wait, how to share your work with the wider wargaming community? Easy! You take out your smartphone and take a snapshot. You look at the picture and, to your detriment,  all the glory disappeared. All you got is a blurry picture that is way underexposed.

However, you don’t need expensive equipment or even a light box to make nice pictures of your miniatures. In this tutorial I will show you how I take my scenic shots. I am not a professional photographer, but I try to improve my photography skills on an ongoing basis and would like to share the experiences I made so far. I will cover  the camera I use, materials needed to set up your scene and provide before and after shots to illustrate the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. A second installment guides you through a complete photo session, moving from the general to the specific.

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Carolus Theodorus Dei Gratia Comes Palatinus Rheni – Gaming the Reichsarmee during the Seven Years War

While a plethora of enthusiasts, may they be reenactors or gamers, engage with all aspects of the Napoleonic Wars, more and more gamers find also interest in a comparatively unknown conflict that preceded the changes in strategy and tactics brought by Napoleon: The Seven Years War. Often called the first “World War” this conflict did not only envelope Europe in war, but in equal measure made the struggling power’s colonial possessions a theatre of the war.

I got interested in this period realising that the region in Germany I originally come from, the Palatinate,  provided contingents to the Reichsarmee, which fought at Rossbach alongside the French, (almost) on their own at Zinna and finally with the Austrians in the battle of Korbitz amongst others. Thus there is not only a regional connection, but also a number of interesting battles and allies a force of the Reichsarmee could be based on.

In this article I will  focus on the battle of Zinna and the regiments of the Reichsarmee involved, including contemporary or reconstructed depictions of the uniforms and some ideas of how to model these contingents.

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Following in the footsteps of Hannibal Barcas – Travel tips for visiting the battlefield at Lake Trasimene

What is better than traveling through Italy,  enjoying the countryside and all those wonderful tastes and fragrances the local kitchen offers? Obviously to combine it with some wargaming related research. What is even better is if you can do it with someone special and get all the support in your wargaming/history nerdiness.

As mentioned in another post I am very interested in the history of the Punic Wars and the charismatic, sometimes even enigmatic actors in this conflict. Being in Italy on holiday and residing in Chiusi for some days it was clear that I had to visit the nearby battlefield at Lake Trasimene. Unfortunately I don’t speak much Italian and I could only find one official website in English covering the sites of the battle (the link to this and other sites is provided in the bottom) To help others to plan a trip or to know what to expect and figure out if it is worthwhile visiting the site some historical background, travel tips  and  on site photos can be found below.

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