November 11, 2016

Fridays with Farley...Another Dose of Useless Tidbits


Veterans Day is the time set aside to honor Americans who served in the armed forces. The origins of the holiday date back to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, who proclaimed Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 to mark the end of World War I. The armistice between Germany and the Allied nations that ended WWI was signed on that day and a ceasefire went into effect on the 11th hour of Nov. 11, 1918. The war didn't have its official end until seven months later, when, on June 28, 1919, the parties signed the Treaty of Versailles in France.

On June 4, 1926, Congress passed its own resolution asking President Calvin Coolidge to issue another proclamation to observe Nov. 11 as a national holiday designed to celebrate world peace and the end of WWI. President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill into law in 1954 and Congress voted to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

• The Good Stuff...
Making the Agincourt Diorama 
As part of the museum’s commemoration of the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, the Royal Armouries is exhibiting a unique collection at the Tower of London. For this special exhibition, the museum commissioned a bespoke diorama of the battle with David Marshall, model maker of MMDioramas, along with Alan and Michael Perry of Perry Miniatures. The Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world

Figure Painter Magazine #41

STILL THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a downloaded PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials!

From the publisher....
In this issue, in which we have some very cool content for you, Roman Lappat finishes his conversion of his Orc Warboss. We all take a closer look at 'Kellath the Dark' from HeraModels, which is accompanied by a tutorial on painting the miniature by owner of HeraModels, Diego Esteban Perez! We also take an in depth look at the new model ‘Death Dealer’ from Kabuki Studio and speak to owner Rodolfo Goglia. Terry Cowell also busts some myths about the Winsor & Newton series 7 paint brush and getting us underway is an Insight interview with a fantastic miniature painter, Enrique 'Emuse' Velasco. Plus much, much more!

FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials.
• Blogged!
RETROCRUSH
Mr. T's Erotic Butter Tricks? The Coolest Toys Of All Time? How To Win Carnival Games? Erotic Pipe Cleaner Man Found!? ?Worst Candy Of All Time? Yup... these observations and so much more can be found on Retrocrush the blog of Comedian Robert Berry. A great time waster!










• Socialized
found on Facebook...The Imperial War Museum

IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. 

I highly recommend a list to this excellent Facebook page of one of the best museums in the world. The page is updated with new and timely posts on a regular basis. Below is the stunning video on the Battle of the Somme as featured on the FB page.
• Sited
RETROCRUSH
Mr. T's Erotic Butter Tricks? The Coolest Toys Of All Time? How To Win Carnival Games? Erotic Pipe Cleaner Man Found!? ?Worst Candy Of All Time? Yup... these observations and so much more can be found on Retrocrush the blog of Comedian Robert Berry. A great time waster!

• Built
Saipan Beach diorama
Created by Miklós Sikora & Peter Horvath and inspired by the submerged WWII Sherman tank off Saipan beach. 

The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from 15 June 1944 to 9 July 1944. The invasion fleet embarking the expeditionary forces left Pearl Harbor on June 5, 1944, the same day Operation Overlord was launched with the invasion of Normandy (AKA the D-Day landings). The Normandy landings were the larger amphibious landing, but the Marianas invasion fielded the larger fleet.
View more images and a video of this diorama HERE
View more images of the original tank HERE
How did this WW II Sherman tank ended up in the lagoon, a couple of hundred yards off the shore? Apparently the tides had mis-judged. Tidal tables for the invasion days on Saipan  noted when there was a low tide but by the time the invasion actually took place the tide was high. The Tank was probably off-loaded from an Landing Ship, Tank or LST (not so jokingly referred to as Large Slow Targets) . It is also possible that the LST was disabled by Japanese shelling. The tank crew may have tried to make a mad dash to the beach but it was just too far away. The water was shallow enough that the crew probably escaped without drowning, but, the withering rain of bullets, artillery and mortar fire may have killed.

• Benched
so many kits...so little time!


• The Parting Shot...

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