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Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Aside: The Mugs of War
Not a comment on the futility of the human endeavour that is the stimulus for our hobby, but a brief, light post that is largely off-topic from our 2015 : 1815 theme.
I have a selection of mugs with a wargaming/military history theme that are my favoured containers for warm beverages—especially when painting!!
Two of them are related to the Life of Caesar podcast that I have mentioned on this blog previously. Cam and Ray’s history podcast with plenty of information, loads of humour and the occasional rant is a must listen for any broad-minded history buff.
It has yielded several in-joke taglines, of which “Don’t make me pulla Sulla” is the most well known (and enjoyed) by listeners of the show, along with the more recently coined “Veni, vidi vici vastatio!”
Photos 1–3: Mugs inspired by the Life of Caesar podcast
A well placed mug with either of these on them is sure to intimidate a wargaming opponent. As we all know, wargames are won off the table…!
Another of the mugs was a present from my father and is appropriate to our theme for this year. It features the uniforms of the middle guard in the final attack at Waterloo. These prints, from Tim Reese’s Art of Wars, are available from Plymouth Military Gifts.
Photos 4–5: Attack of the middle guard at Waterloo by Tim Reese.
The pièce de résistance is a mug featuring the great man that is a memento from the Napoleon Exhibition of 2012.
Photos 6–7: A memento from the Napoleon Exhibition in Melbourne.
Photo 8: All mugs fall in.
I’m sure that I’m not alone in this. What is your favourite wargaming/history-related mug, or other everyday piece, that is a must-have accompaniment when wargaming, painting or researching the history?