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Posted on Sep 19, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Military Odyssey, 2005

Armchair General

SHOW GROUND AND STALLS

Although the show was not as large as Beltring, I found the many hundreds of stalls to be no less interesting, and maybe even more diverse due to the different periods covered by Military Odyssey. As an example, where else are you going to find chromed battle helmets like in the picture on the right?

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Check out the German helmets in the picture on the left. These were spotted in a stall dedicated to selling battlefield relics. I have no idea if the catastrophic damage to this helmet is due to a bullet impact or farm equipment tilling the soil in which it was buried, but it’s certainly dramatic. To the right, some examples of medieval armour and steel weapons.

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Miniatures could be found in abundance, including the huge wargaming setup on the right. I was itching to get my hands on it…

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Here’s a mannequin displaying some wares, and to the right a collection of shell casings.

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Anyone want to buy a Saxon shield? Well here was your chance.

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And here’s the larger, new and improved ACG stand! We had a prime spot in the show. The three chaps you see in the left hand photo are my friend Roach, Seimon Pugh-Jones, ACG’s Staff Photographer and Damian aka Lt. Devin from ACG’s "Fire and Steel" Interactive Combat Story. And to the right, as you’ll see the stand even had its own Jeep – well, Damian’s jeep, but still a Jeep!

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The stand attracted a lot of interest, including these two fellows – the chap on the right appeared in the film "A Bridge Too Far" as a parachutist, performing several jumps for the filming.

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