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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Some new acquisitions

Having resolved not to buy very much on our last cruise, I ended up with a number of souvenirs, most of which will be added to my wargaming collection.

One thing that I did buy was a Latvian flag, which has been added to my extensive collection of national and regional flags.


Whilst in Tallinn, Estonia, I bought some models that represent examples of local buildings ...



... and in Russia I managed to find and buy a couple of small model military vehicles, including on of a T-90 tank.


Considering that I had not planned to buy anything, I think that I did rather well!

22 comments:

  1. Remarkable restraint! (I especially like the houses.)

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    1. Ross Mac,

      Oscar Wilde once said, 'I can resist anything except temptation' ... and these models were very tempting.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. Ross Mac,

      I will certainly try to add some more of the towers and fortifications if the opportunity arises in future.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    1. Ray Rousell,

      Cheers! I always look out for model buildings wherever I go.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. I love that building with the wall section.

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    1. Kaptain Kobold,

      In retrospect, I wish that I'd bought at least another of the wall sections as I can see lots if potential uses for a hem.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Hi Bob,
    I do like the little Estonian model buildings- I'm assuming that you were thinking of your 'Grid Terrain' when purchasing and how well they would fit into the scheme of things. On Estonia- in my very early career as a High School teacher my Art Mistress was an Estonian lady...'Vika' - I always will remember her with great memories of the four years stint at Greystanes. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson (Kev),

      The great thing about the model buildings I bought in Tallinn is that they can be used from the Middle Ages to the present day, and are typical of the buildings found around the Baltic.

      I used to work with a British-born Latvian whose first name was Janis. He was once expected to share a room at a conference with a female attendee because the organisers had assumed that he was female! He was not amused!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. Great purchases, looking forward to seeing them in action.

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    1. Tradgardmastare,

      I need to remove or disguise the word 'Tallinn' which seems to have been moulded onto each of the models. Once that it done, I hope to use them on my tabletop.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    1. TamsinP,

      Cheers! I particularly like the large city gate model and the section of wall with the small towers.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  7. Great looking buildings Bob. What scale would you say they are?

    The round tower looks like the Moomins house ;-) Which I suppose is Baltic too.

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    1. Nundanket,

      The scale is a bit variable, but I'd estimate them to average out to to be about 1:200th-scale.

      The round tower is very Moomin-like (I had not realised that until you pointed it out), and I suppose that considering the proximity of Estonia and Sweden, it is not too surprising that they are.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. Oooooh! 😮 I can hear the quiet rumblings coming from Finland at that Bob. Whilst Tove Jansson was a Swedish speaker, she was Finnish.

      Having been to the real Moominland (not the imposter they're building in Japan) I can assure you it's very much on the eastern side of the Gulf of Bothnia. :-)

      (Obviously, you're right in that the Finnic speaking countries were both part of the Swedish empire....)

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    3. Nundanket,

      I never knew that. As Estonian is related to Finnish (along with Magyar), the cross-cultural transfer must have been significant ... including architectural styles.

      It was not until I went on this cruise that I realised how important the Hanseatic League was in the history and development of the Baltic region. I understand that it originated in Gotland, and spread across Northern Europe, and even had a contor or trading base in London.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  8. I am very good at resisting temptation, though not especially fond of it. But I reckon those buildings and that Russian kit would have insinuated past my defences with ease...

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      I tried ... but they were just too good NOT to buy!

      All the best,

      Bob

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