- Dated: late 19th century
- Culture: British
- Measurements: 103.5 cm overall length in scabbard
Of the type usually associated with the Scottish regiments, the sword has a burnished pommel and guard with sharkskin grip with wires. It features a straight, double-edged bifullered blade marked “Fenton Brothers, Sheffield” and it has a steel-mounted field scabbard.
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peacemakesplenty asked: Wanna give us a rundown on the (older) Crimean war? What was used weapon-wise and how the conflict started, and finished?
A very brief rundown:
The Crimean War was an invasion of Crimea, modern day Ukraine, by the British, French, Turkey, and some other allies. The war started when Russia began to invade Turkey, the purpose of which was to gain sea access to the Mediterranean. The European allies chose to intervene because they did not want Russia to control vital trade routes to the east, or become a player in the Mediterranean, a place typically controlled by the British and French Navies. The Allied forces landed in the Crimean with the goal of capturing the Port of Sevastopol, in hopes of chocking off Russia’s access to the Black Sea. However the war went pretty badly for the Allies, especially Britain, because their armies were led by a bunch of over-privileged nimwits who bought their commissions rather than earning them through achievement. As a result the massive army was lead by a cadre of incompetent morons who burned through the lives of their men in a series of military disasters (see Charge of the Light Brigade). The Russians too suffered equally heavy casualties because their army was behind in technology and the quality of their equipment. After three years of bloody siege French and British forces managed to take Sevastopol. The capture of Sevastopol allowed the Allies and Russians to bargain for peace, that and the unpopularity of the war on both sides. In the end territory gained by Russia was ceded back to Turkey, territory captured by the Allies went back to Russia. In essence things returned back to normal as if the war had never happened in the first place. Except 400,000 died on both sides, probably around a million in all.
As far as the warfare and tactics, it was much like the Napoleonic Wars decades earlier. Soldiers lined up in rank and files with muskets and shot it out. By then muskets had progressed from flintlock to percussion. The British and French also used rifled muskets with minie balls, which allowed them to be loaded at the speed of a smoothbore musket, but gave them the accuracy of a proper rifle. The Russians however, had not yet adopted rifled muskets, so their arms were very limited in range and accuracy. This left them at a very big disadvantage on the battlefield.
Hermann Corrodi (Italian, 1844-1905)
The Galata Bridge, Constantinople, oil on canvas, 101,5 x 66 cm.
Smok Wawelski - The Dragon of Wawel
Wawel castle in Kraków was rumored to once have been the home of a fire-breathing beast that nested in a lair underneath the building. The lair is open to visitors of Wawel, and tourists have a chance to visit the “home” of the mythical creature. Nearby stands a monument dedicated to the dragon which breathes fire to the delight of visitors. Above the entrance to the Wawel cathedral hang the bones of what was believed to be the dragon itself (in actuality they once belonged to a mammoth, a rhinoceros, and a whale).
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Were you scared of Jason [Momoa] when you first met him?
Definitely. When he first met me, he basically rugby-tackled me to the ground and went, “Wifey!”
I missed this when the story was released.
If you’ve read Private Wars, the second Q&C novel, Malikova was based in large part on Gulnara Karimova. I didn’t use half of what I dug up, because nobody would believe it.
The Silmarillion in 3 Minutes
I stumbled upon this video today and it is brilliant. A high level overview, but a great jumping off point for anyone who has put off starting the Silmarillion because they’re feeling overwhelmed by all that crazy history