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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2018 9:26 p.m. PST

Name a military conflict (or army) you only started after seeing a YouTube video about it.

(Now this could be a documentary, a rules review, an AAR, a painting or mini review, or a clip from a movie).

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2018 9:59 p.m. PST

Dogfighting in the Star Wars Universe.

I had been pondering whether or not to jump in to X-Wing c.Januaryish 2013, and the FFG How-to-Play vid convinced me.

Daithi the Black06 Aug 2018 9:59 p.m. PST

None. Seriously. I rarely watch YouTube, and when I do, it's to listen to music.

Winston Smith06 Aug 2018 10:37 p.m. PST

I avoid military on YouTube.
It's usually presentations by Yahoos who don't know what they're talking about, or bad movies. Which is more or less the same thing.
YouTube is for rediscovering The Band, Paul Butterfield, Linda Ronstadt, J J Cale, Emmylou….

Winston Smith06 Aug 2018 10:38 p.m. PST

Wargamers or "reviewers"??
Please. Those guys have the charisma of day old stale beer.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2018 12:08 a.m. PST

None, I watch many military or history related youtube channels, but they only generally deal with what I already like.

Take tanks, for instance, one channel does lots of stuff, including tanks, but I didn't care for tanks so I didn't watch those videos, later I got interested in tanks, so now I watch those videoes and even subscribed to a new channel that only deals with tanks.

But the intrest started before the watching of the vidoes.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2018 12:52 a.m. PST


DisasterWargamer07 Aug 2018 1:22 a.m. PST


Patrick R07 Aug 2018 2:02 a.m. PST

But surely Winston you can only ever have love for Brandon F ???

YouTube link

Yeah there are a ton of people who do talk crap on Youtube, usually the "I'm so hyper I'm going to have a major brain anyeurism any second !" or the "Ten things you didn't know about …" channels.

But then again there are people like Knyght Errant who do their research and get into detail with passion and really try to figure out things and often come in contact with accredited historians like Tobias Capwell of the Wallace Collection.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2018 4:23 a.m. PST


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2018 5:12 a.m. PST


Lascaris07 Aug 2018 5:31 a.m. PST

None although since I've started my Mesopotamia WW1 project I've been really enjoying The Great War series. It's a little light weight but that's expected when each segment covers 1 week of the war in 10 minutes.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2018 6:30 a.m. PST

Hyper verge of brain-aneurism can be highly entertaining. Why Heroquest Is So Great: YouTube link

Ragbones07 Aug 2018 6:32 a.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

I have never started a military conflict!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

Let me hedge. If the local game shop or any dealer at an HMGS-East convention stocked figures and decals for Girls und Panzer in 15mm, something probably would have come home by now. But they don't, so it hasn't.

Other than that I'm safe.

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2018 6:35 p.m. PST

what about lindybeige on youtube?

Patrick R08 Aug 2018 3:12 a.m. PST

Here is an overview of youtube channels I'm following :

Knyght Errant : Superb research on 14th century armour (with a few sidesteps to earlier and later periods) debunking of Victorian reconstructions and common reenactor gear mistakes.

Lindybeige : Highly entertaining and enthusiastic, but mostly an opinion site. Lloyd is all over the place, he's a reenactor, wargamer, amateur historian and shares his insights, up to you to make you your mind on the subject.

Metatron : Interesting channel, covers mostly ancient and medieval as well as Japan. Reenactor, historian, some opinion pieces. Sometimes controversial, but worth checking out.

Schola Gladiatoria : HEMA pracitioner, medieval and later, including British Colonial. Focuses on HEMA techniques and various weapons. Cooperates with experts. Recommended.

Thegn Thrand : HEMA and practical testing. Tries to figure out how ancient weapons were used and how effective they are in combat.

Skallagrim : HEMA and practical testing, some historical stuff, gaming and firearms and well as knife reviews. Well worth checking out, offers a broad range of topics.

Wargaming – The Chieftain : US Army Major, tanker, historian for World of Tanks. Consults experts regularly, actually climbs in and out of tanks and gives detailed overviews of the features, good and bad points. Controversial, but eminently watchable in that he did an episode on paint drying …

Military History Visualized : Main focus is WWII, but touches on other periods. Debunks lots of preconceived notions, features extensive footnotes on screen.

TIK : History and Gaming, focus WWII and several military campaigns such as Market Garden and Stalingrad. Detailed research with footnotes.

Bloke on the Range : Englishman in Switzerland, talks firearms mainly.

Curious Droid : Aerospace and space exploration.

Isaac Arthur : Exploring concepts in Science, futurism and space expoloration

Extra Credits : Gaming channel, but has a very neat section on various historical figures and events.

Forgotten Weapons : Firearms, exploration of rare and not-so rare weapons, in depth looks and some testing.

Hickock 45 : Firearms, old guy who talks and shoots guns.

GI History Handbook : WWII US army manuals translated into nice videos.

Andy's Hobby Headquarters : Modelling tips and tricks.

Genessis Models : Modelling tips and tricks, also some wargaming.

Jackson Crawford : Professor of Ancient Norse at University Boulder Colorado.

Kathy Milatt : Railroad modelling by a woman !!!

Matthew Colville : D&D and RPG stuff

Minute Physics : Labels says all.

Moviebob : Movie reviews, gaming pop culture, strong opinions, but his Batman v Superman review is legendary and his 3-hour dissection of said film is a masterpiece.

Nerdarchy : D&D nerds

Nostalgia Nerd : 70s and 80s stuff, mostly computers.

Numberphile : Mathematics

Overly Sarcastic Productions : History, mythology, litterary technique, reviews, cute chibi cartoons.

Paul Harrell : Firearms

Shadiversity : HEMA, Machiculations and what weapon is best for an elf from down under (one of those people who occasionally go for the anyeurism, but still has interesting content)

Stalingrad Battle Data : Info from a French-Russian writer.

The Tank Museum : Tank Museum Bovington, talks by David Fletcher

The DM's Craft : Building your own dungeon stuff for D&D

Trekyards : Star Trek nerds

VBBSMYT : Schematic 3D models of early machineguns.

Zee Bashew : D&D stuff, animated.

Critical Role : D&D gaming session podcasts.

Walking Sailor08 Aug 2018 7:17 a.m. PST

Thanks for that list. There goes the rest of my day.

Patrick R09 Aug 2018 12:45 a.m. PST

The Great War : Comprehensive channel

C&Rsenal : WWI weapons discussed in detail

Townsends : F&I/AWI period reenactment and historical information

Black Magic Craft : Build your own D&D terrain

Far North Bushcraft And Survival : Old time woodsman tips and tricks.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

My recent find on Ytube that I wouldn't have gotten into otherwise is Test of Honour.

I'm looking ford to trying it out soon.

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