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Lord Ashram Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 8:44 a.m. PST

Hey all!

Well, the House of War has been quiet for two weeks, but only because I was scouting wargames stuff around the globe! Namely… Italy!

Anyway, I am back now, and posted some info of the four wargames stores I found, along with some great pictures, so please do stop by and take a look!


Also, in the next day or two, I will be posting a pretty unique entry to the blog… namely, the most STUNNING wargames table I have EVER seen, and which I happened to see in Italy! And I do mean STUNNING… unlike anything I've ever seen, either in person or online. So please do come by in a few days and take a look for that, as well as at my Summer Plans for Toy Soldiers!


Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 8:54 a.m. PST

That's an incredible looking wargames table! The $13,000 table made by Geek Chic that I saw a Historicon would be a contender for one of the best looking wargames table as well.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 9:08 a.m. PST

You are a tease, where's the table? evil grin

It sounds like a nice trip, with or without the toy soldiers. I am envious.

Lord Ashram Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 9:12 a.m. PST

laugh Right?:) No fears, I cannot resist posting the table much longer… later tonight, or tomorrow… I'll also post a few photos of the trip itself, as I spent the ENTIRE time working on my photography, so I came out with a few winners:)

Arrigo Inactive Member18 Jul 2010 9:37 a.m. PST

Lord Ashram,

I haver seen the same shop in Assisi some years ago… and the soldiers are Mirliton 25mm medievals sold at scary prices!


Il Condottiero18 Jul 2010 10:13 a.m. PST

Thanks Lord Ashram. Nice report. Italy is one of my favorite travel destinations. Despite this, I never attempted to visit any gaming shops there. Nice to see you've taken the opportunity. Looking forward to your report on the world's greatest gaming table.

Khazarmac18 Jul 2010 11:55 a.m. PST

Am I being thick; what tables?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 12:23 p.m. PST

Ash is a master of suspence, we will get to see the table, once we have all given him our Credit Card numbers

Lord Ashram Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 12:34 p.m. PST

No table yet (except someone was talking about the one in the banner at the top.) I'll post them later:)

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 12:49 p.m. PST

And we are waiting…..waiting…..waiting….

altfritz18 Jul 2010 1:21 p.m. PST

All I can say, is this better not be Zardoz's gaming table!

delete account Inactive Member18 Jul 2010 2:00 p.m. PST

thanks Ashram,

I'm like you, wherever I go for tourism, I can sense the miniatures shops… :-)

Lord Ashram Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 7:57 p.m. PST

Okay, I posted the table:)

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 8:09 p.m. PST

Lord Ashram's own table is rather nifty too. This is the one that is pictured at the top of the blog.

Daffy Doug Inactive Member18 Jul 2010 8:45 p.m. PST

I see no table, only a superb model of the 13th century town. Which is worth the time clicking the link. Thanks….

Lord Ashram Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 9:59 p.m. PST

That IS the table!:) All it is missing is a bunch of figures for the ultimate skirmish game!

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 11:55 p.m. PST

That's great. I've added a link from my blog. Trouble is, it means I now have to go back to a stalled project of making a larger Italian town than the one I have :)

CooperSteveOnTheLaptop19 Jul 2010 3:33 a.m. PST

If you like that, check out the gallery full of 1/600 18th century models of Vauban-fortified towns at La Musee de l'Armee in Paris

Mister Rab Inactive Member19 Jul 2010 4:08 a.m. PST

thumbs up

CooperSteveOnTheLaptop19 Jul 2010 4:38 a.m. PST

The only fly in the ointment is, they will never let anyone game on it

Lord Ashram Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2010 6:32 a.m. PST

And a large fly it is:)

I LOVE the models at La Musee de L'Armee! That made me think of 6mm armies and how AWESOME it would be to game on those!

EagleSixFive Inactive Member19 Jul 2010 7:41 a.m. PST

Check out the vid and pics on the museum website link

Thanks for posting your pics too LA.

They will be most valuable for my Italian Wars project.

CooperSteveOnTheLaptop19 Jul 2010 7:55 a.m. PST

Lord Ashram- you mean 2mm. 1/600 not 1/300

Chortle Fezian Inactive Member19 Jul 2010 9:37 a.m. PST

hmmm… I wonder if they have any jobs going for night watchmen?

Il Condottiero20 Jul 2010 5:24 a.m. PST

I've been to San Gimignano, but don't recall seeing that display. Is it relatively recent? Of course, we're talking about over twenty years ago! It would make a hell of an urban fight.

Lord Ashram Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2010 6:03 a.m. PST

Hey John!

Yes, it is recent… I want to say the model itself is less than a year old, and the store part of the museum just opened last week! Talk about timing:)

Battle Works Studios Inactive Member20 Jul 2010 7:02 p.m. PST

The only fly in the ointment is, they will never let anyone game on it

I'd guess that a sufficient donation to the museum would overcome any reluctance to let you play on their setup, especially if you find a historically plausible scenario and appropriate minis to use. Whether it's worth, say, several thousand dollars to rent the display for a long afternoon of gaming is debatable, but I doubt they'd say no outright.

firstvarty1979 Inactive Member20 Jul 2010 7:11 p.m. PST

The only real question is if the roofs are removable!

Mike the Analyst26 Jul 2010 1:10 p.m. PST

Coopersteve Picture of some of the models are on this site

Particuarly the Relief Maps section


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