Showing posts with label museum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label museum. Show all posts

21 Apr 2018

Vietnamese People's Air Force Museum - Madaxeman.com on Tour

Having accidentally found myself in Hanoi with a spare morning, a trip to a military museum was required. Originally intending to go to the supposedly disappointing Vietnam War Museum, my driver ended up dropping me off instead at the Vietnamese Peoples Air Force Museum.


This place doesn't appear all that prominently in the normal guidebooks but as you will see is still pretty good, especially for a wargamer!


(yes, it does appear to be an "88"..!)

The museum has a large static park containing and (admittedly) limited range of aircraft and AA guns as used by the Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam war and immediately afterwards in some other conflicts (which don't really seem to get much of a look-in).


You can walk around the grounds and climb all over the kit if you wish, so its very much a hands-on experience.


It was a fairly decent and bright day without being overly sunny, so I managed to get a good number of pretty clear photos using my iPhone camera, all of which are now on Madaxeman.com

11 Sep 2016

The War Memorial of Korea Museum

I was recently fortunate enough to go to the very impressive Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul, which has an unsurprisingly large amount of Korean War and post-war Korean stuff in it, as well as some pretty solid ancient history, with uniforms, artifacts, armour and some impressive paintings of the Goguryeo and Joseon eras.

These are the nearly 100 pictures I managed to take before my phone ran out of juice, starting in the grounds with Korean War and post war aircraft and AFVs, then moving inside to the uniforms and kit from the Goguryeo Korean and Joseon Korean Dynasties era.

Some of the Ancient photos can be clicked to give you a marginally bigger but higher resolution original image.

Here's just a taste of whats in store...










19 Aug 2016

Saumur - Taking bows and arrows to a tank fight...

As L'Art de la Guerre continues it's inexorable advance in popularity right across the world (it's set to be the biggest competition at the upcoming "The Worlds" in Belgium later this month, with almost 50% more players, drawn from more countries than any other ruleset on offer there), the opportunity to take part in an overseas holiday competition was inevitably going to come around sooner rather than later - and where better do do so than the home of the rules, France, and an event held in one of the most amazing wargaming spaces imaginable - the French Tank Museum in Saumur in the stunning Loire Valley.


I had chosen to take an Early Achaemenid Persian army, mainly on the rationale that I had a lot of Sparabara figures that hadn't seen light of day in years as well as some new cavalry from Xyston (very nice) and Forged in Battle (not quite as impressive). The competition mandated an allied contingent too, which for the Persians was an armoured hoplite Greek command.


After a "fantastique" drive down to Saumur (after getting around the brain-bender of crossing the channel and going into Europe the day after the Brexit vote..) the competition est arrive, giving me 5 games in which to see if my ADLG knowledge and skills stood up to the test of playing against French experts, in French.


The end result was plenty of good learning experiences as various French players gave my army some stiff lessons about new and different ways to play (yes, barbarian armies are more than viable in ADLG!), and the even more surprising appearance of the use of "tactics" and "maneuver" by my forces as we battled to hang on in there and not get crushed underfoot

See for yourself how the Persians did in these "incroyable" 5 fully-featured battle reports ...

6 Jul 2016

Saumur Tank Museum

The Musée des Blindés tank museum in the Loire Valley town of Saumur is one of the world's largest tank museums - and I managed to take a load of photos there a couple of weeks ago!


According to Wikipedia the museum has the world's largest collection of armoured fighting vehicles with over 880 vehicles, although less than a quarter are exhibited. Over 200 of the vehicles are fully functional, including the only surviving German Tiger II tank still in full working order!




21 Feb 2015

Photo Galleries back online

The 15mm Ancients, 10mm ACW, 10mm WW" and "Real Vehicles" galleries are now fixed, upgraded and secured...

If you are using Chrome as a browser you may still see a Google security warning before accessing the 10mm/Real Vehicle galleries, which I've requested be removed now I have done the update - so it should hopefully be gone in a few days.

(I also managed to "find" a lost database with more information that was originally included in the 10mm Gallery, which it now appears I managed to lose by making a typo in one upgrade cycle... so, if anyone out there knows about how to merge the contents of two SQL database tables, do let me know!) 

1 Jun 2013

Bovington Tank Museum

Unbelievably, having never been before, I've now finally made it to Bovington Tank Museum!

The results are 270 photos of WW1, WW2 ad modern armour all in small, medium and as-big-as-your-screen sizes for you to gaze at adoringly, or use as inspiration for your latest small scale painting scheme.





So, if you ever wanted to know what colour the road wheels were on a PzIV, or how to paint the spade attached to the side of a Tiger I, this is the gallery for you

Enjoy!


8 Sep 2012

Lisbon Artillery Museum

A load of fairly random photos are now posted on the Madaxeman.com Facebook page from a trip to this museum: You don't need Facebook access to see them !




14 Apr 2012

Brazilian Artillery

Just added 44 pictures from Fort Copacabana in Rio, the Brazilian Army Museum. Some interesting artillery, and mannequins in period uniforms from Brazilian history, from the European colonization to WW2.


4 Oct 2011

A real World of Tanks

A new set of museum photos, this time from the Imperial war Museum in Duxford. Oddly enough whilst there are a load of planes in the photos the bulk of the photos are of tanks from the Land Warfare Hall 



Enjoy!

14 Dec 2010

Armed Forces Museum

Just come back from a trip to Florida where I visited the surprisingly decent Armed Forces Museum. It;s the personal collection of a single chap but laid out as if it were a "proper" museum - and very well done it is too.

It has a collection of artefacts from WW1-modern day, with themed areas for several major conflicts - the oddest thing about it is that it's in a nondescript industrial unit tucked away at the back of an estate, just off a minor highway.

Anyways, some of the photos are a bit blurred, but you hopefully will get the idea. Worth a trip if you are down that way.

21 Jun 2009

Evergreen Aerospace Museum

Juct gotten back from holiday and added a few pictures of an air museum we managed to sneak into. This one is the Evergreen Aerospace Museum, home of Howard Hughes' monstrous Spruce Goose prototype transport plane. Lots of WW2 and post war aircraft, but lots and lots of Spruce Goose photos!

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