Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part IV: The Cavalry Arrives

This is the fourth part of a six part series (I, II, III, IV, V, VI) taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackon's adaptation of Return of the King. Part I, II and III can be found here, here and here. Last time, we looked at Mordor's siege tactics … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part IV: The Cavalry Arrives

New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part I

The following post is the first part of a three part series where we look at the question "how medieval is Game of Thrones?" and - if not the European Middle Ages - what period of history does it most draw from? In each part, we will draw on a different historical framework: first military, … Continue reading New Acquisitions: How It Wasn’t: Game of Thrones and the Middle Ages, Part I

Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part III: Having Fun Storming the City

This is the third part of of a six part series (I, II, III, IV, V, VI) taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Return of the King. Part One and Part Two can be found here and here. Last time, we discussed Gondor's execution of a … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part III: Having Fun Storming the City

New Acquisitions: Elective Monarchy and the Future of Westeros

Fair warning: this post will contain spoilers for all of Game of Thrones and likely for all of A Song of Ice and Fire (assuming they share an ending). Proceed at your own risk. So the Game of Thrones is supposedly over, with the major Lords of Westeros deciding to shift to an elective monarchy … Continue reading New Acquisitions: Elective Monarchy and the Future of Westeros

Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part II: These Beacons are Liiiiiiit

This is the second part of a six-part series (I, II, III, IV, V, VI) taking a military historian's look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Return of the King. We discussed the operational objectives and logistics of the Army of Mordor last time. This time, we're looking at what Gondor's … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part II: These Beacons are Liiiiiiit

New Acquisitions: Lannister Infantry Kit Review

Our last kit review was a barely concealed fanboy rave. This one is going to be more...mixed. Today, we're looking at the infantry of the army of House Lannister, from Game of Thrones. I find this design very interesting, because the concept has some clever historical precedents, but much of the context and content is … Continue reading New Acquisitions: Lannister Infantry Kit Review

Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part I: Professionals Talk Logistics

This is the first part of a six-part (II, III, IV, V, VI) series I expect to roll out taking a historian’s look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson’s Return of the King.  We’re going to discuss how historically plausible the sequence of events is and, in the process, talk a fair bit … Continue reading Collections: The Siege of Gondor, Part I: Professionals Talk Logistics

New Acquisitions: That Dothraki Charge

Quick Note: New Acquisitions is the category for more off-the-cuff or one-off posts. Whereas the Collections posts will come every Friday, New Acquisitions will show up irregularly. Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 3.  You have been warned. I’m sure I’ll do a complete look at the Battle for Winterfell at some … Continue reading New Acquisitions: That Dothraki Charge