1864: A review

I watched the original TV series when it was broadcast on TV in the UK back in 2015, and recently I bought a copy of the DVD of the feature film version. I managed to watch it today.

In order to reduce the original eight part series so that it will be only two hours long, the numerous subplots from the original TV series have been omitted. The film tells the story of two brothers – Laust and Peter – and their involvement in the war. This makes it a much more focused and – in my opinion – a much better film to watch.

The first twenty minutes of the film relates the background to the lives of the two brothers, after which it concentrates on telling the story of the war through their eyes.

The quality of the battle scenes is remarkable, and in some of them one can almost feel that one is actually there. It is interesting to see how the film’s director has referenced scenes from famous paintings and illustrations done in the aftermath of the war. The following stills give some impression of how impressive their achievement has been:

I recommend the DVD of the film version of this series to anyone who has an interest in The Second Schleswig War of 1864.

Below are some of the images produced after the war that were referenced in the film:


1864: The DVD

During a recent visit to a branch of ASDA in Dartford, Kent, I found a copy of the film version of the Danish TV series that was shown in June 2015 on BBC TV.

The film is 121 minutes long, and is in Danish with English subtitles. I have yet to watch it, so I’m not sure what the film version of the eight-part series is like … but as it only cost me £3.00, I am quite willing to be mildly disappointed! (I suspect that I won’t be!)

Some interesting things were delivered whilst we were away

Some time ago I ordered a book and a game online, and expected them to be delivered after Sue and I returned from our cruise. Both products were released earlier than I expected, and as a result the book was waiting for me when we got home, and the game was at the local post office distribution office awaiting collection.

The book was one of Osprey’s latest publications, IMPERIAL CHINESE ARMIES 1840-1911.

It was written by Philip S Jowett and illustrated by Gerry Embleton and is No.505 in the ‘Men-at-Arms’ series (ISBN 978 1 4728 1427 2). It is divided into a number of chapters with the following titles:

  • Introduction
  • Conflicts with external enemies
  • The Armies
  • Character of the Imperial Army
  • Weapons
  • Uniforms & Equipment

This book fills a niche in my collection and will hopefully spur me to sorting out the small collection of Chinese figures that i have in my collection of 15mm-scale wargames figures.

The game was AIRFIX BATTLES by Modiphius.

(This image is taken from their website. © Modiphius)

I bought this game for a number of reasons, including:

  • Nostalgia: Like so many wargamers of my generation, my first ‘proper’ wargames were fought using Airfix figures and tanks, and buying this game seemed to be the obvious thing to do.
  • Interest in the period: I grew up with stories about the Second World War, and it has always been one of my wargaming areas of interest. For this reason I seem – over the years – to have collected quite a few sets of rules etc. and if for no other reason than that, I wanted a copy of this game.
  • Interesting design features: I have met one of the designers at COW (Wargame Development‘s annual Conference of Wargamers) and he has promised to demonstrate the game at this year’s conference. As I know that he designs games with interesting features and mechanisms, it struck me that having a look at the game before the conference might be a good idea.

I have yet to take the components out of the box and to use them … but rest assured that when I do, I will write a blog entry about my play-test.

Soldiers of the Queen (SOTQ): Issue 163

The latest copy of SOTQ (Soldiers of the Queen, the quarterly journal of the Victorian Military Society) was delivered on Saturday morning whilst we were away, and I have only just manged to get around to reading it.

The articles included in this issue are:

  • Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890): ‘Ruffian Dick’ in India by David Howell
  • Second Sikh War, 1848-1849: Tipperary Tactic in the Punjab by Harold E Raugh, Jr.
  • The Sad Case of Edward Bouverie Pusey: A damaged career partially restored by John Sly
  • Book Reviews
  • About the VMS

I enjoyed reading all three articles, and cannot pick any particular one as being better than the rest.

Another visit to Waterstones, another book bought!

I visited the local branch of Waterstones yesterday, and on the display of Osprey books I saw a copy of WAR OF THE WORLD: THE ANGLO-MARTIAN WAR OF 1895 on sale … and I bought it!

The book has been written by Mike Brunton, illustrated by Alan Lathwell, and was published last year by Osprey Publishing (ISBN 978 1 4728 1156 1). I have yet to read it, but as a long-term admirer of H G Wells and the other authors who were writing science fiction, detective and adventure stories at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries (e.g. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, John Buchan), I am looking forward to this new ‘take’ on H G Wells’ story of the Martian Invasion … especially as I note from my quick flick through that Joseph Chamberlain, Lord Charles Beresford, Colonel Sebastian Moran, and Winston Churchill all get a mention in the text.

Horse, Foot and Guns: Version 1.1

The replacement copy of HORSE, FOOT AND GUNS arrived in the post from Lulu yesterday.

The front cover has been slightly changed, and the back cover has been revamped. This new edition has also been allocated a different ISBN (ISBN 978 1 325 57118 4). The new edition is longer (72 pages as opposed to 64), and this has enable the army lists to be laid out in a much less cluttered way.

I have not undertaken a complete word-by-word analysis of the new edition, but there do appear to be some minor change to the Combat Outcomes which seem to make them clearer to understand.

Horse, Foot and Guns: Latest news!

Back in February I mentioned that I had bought a copy of Phil Barker’s HORSE, FOOT AND GUNS rules. It later transpired that the wrong edition of the text had been published, and the version that I bought was withdrawn from sale.

Yesterday evening I received the following email from Lulu:


You are receiving this message today because we show that you purchased a copy of the book “Horse, Foot and Guns.”

We were notified by the author that the version you received was not the one she intended to be available. The author has asked Lulu to help notify her customers of the error and to inform each customer that she will be replacing it with a complimentary copy of the new version of the book.

We are writing to you today from Lulu to let you know that we will be placing these new orders within the next couple of days. If you ordered with a registered Lulu account, the new order will be placed in your Lulu account and you will be able to track its progress from your Order History page. As this is a complimentary reorder, the payment method will say Invoice, Billed to Lulu.

If you did not order with a registered Lulu account and placed your order as a guest, a reorder will be placed for you; however, you will not be able to track your order. If you wish to inquire about the status of your reorder, please contact Lulu through the Support link on the top right side of the page. Select My Orders, I purchased a book or calendar, Something else, then click the “I still need help” button. Please be sure to include the previous order number and the email address that was used to place the order so that we can better assist you.

We appreciate your patience as we get these orders placed and the new book printed for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to respond to this message or contact us through the Support link on Lulu.com.

Thank you for shopping with Lulu. Have a great weekend!

Kind regards,

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I should therefore be receiving a replacement copy of the latest edition of the HORSE, FOOT AND GUNS rules in the very near future … and I think that in doing this Phil Barker and Sue Laflin-Barker have more than made up for the understandable mistake that occurred.

Those of you who have not used Lulu to self-publish your work may not realise that when you do so, you have to upload a copy of the text to your account so that the publication can be allocated an ISBN and pre-publication proof copies can be printed. If you select the wrong option – as I did when I first used Lulu – it is very easy to publish your book before the proofs have been checked and any errors corrected. Luckily for me I realised what I had done before any purchases had taken place, and I was able to upload the corrected text for publication before any copies were sold.