For a number of years Osprey's Field of Glory (FOG) was a popular ancient and medieval wargaming rule set, here in Houston and throughout the Gulf Coast region. In recent years, however, that rule system has been replaced in favor by a more streamlined system more akin to DBM called L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG).
On March 24th and April 22nd, 2018, we brought L'Art de la Guerre to the Museum's Knights exhibit, setting up two games on the third floor, not far from the entrance to the exhibit.
I ran a 15mm recreation of the Battle of Stoke, the 1487 battle that truly ended the War of the Roses, when Yorkist rebels, led by Francis Viscount Lovell and John, Earl of Lincoln, challenged and lost to the army of King Henry the VII, led by John, Earl of Oxford. Eric and Daniel were there in support and we were able to play through a few games and explain to the visiting public what we were about. We were even able to enlist some young people into playing a few turns.
Matt and Mike were also present for both events, happily setting up and playing 15mm battles between Teutonic Knights and a Medieval Polish army, re-fighting the Battle of Grunwald (Tannenberg) at various scales.
The two days proved very enjoyable and successful, particularly when we were able to improve the lighting on the third floor, which is normally purposely kept subdued. Support from the Museum technical staff was crucial and very welcome to achieve this improved level of lighting. It's great to have the positive relationship we have with the Museum and its staff. We're all really looking forward to more collaborative events.
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Chivalry and duty are bound together by the masterpieces of European arms and armors, dating from the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the romanticized ‘Medieval’ of the 1800’s. In the Middle Ages, knighthood was closely linked with horsemanship (and especially the joust) from its origins in the 12th century until its finest hour as a fashion among the high nobility in the 15th century. The provocative beauty and exquisite craftsmanship of the objects reveal the figure of the knight, his code of chivalry and his battlefield role. Included are full suits of armor, helmets, corselets, shields, swords and other weaponry. The exhibit explores the themes of love and war, jousts and tournaments, and the historical context in which the objects were made and used. Included is a still-life (Natura Morta) armor installation – a presentation invented by Frederick Stibbert (1826-1906).
This exhibition was organized by Contemporanea Progetti in collaboration with the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Italy. Local support provided by The Hamill Foundation.
The Wargame At The Museum initiative describes our ongoing informal partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS).
From time to time the Museum features exhibits that we feel fit well with a wargaming genre.
We endeavor to setup, demonstrate, and even teach complimentary wargames near these exhibits, with the goal of educating the visiting public about the related prototypical conflict and, at the same time, promote the wargaming hobby in general and our club in particular.