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Offline Plynkes

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A Trip to Brecon
« on: August 01, 2021, 12:51:21 PM »



Took a trip down to the barracks in Brecon yesterday to check out the regimental museum. Thought I'd share a few pictures I took with you guys. It's weird, this place is practically on my doorstep, and yet in all these years I've never checked it out. They ought to take my Colonial Adventures Moderator baton off me for that, right?

The pics...
















































All the VCs of the 24th from the Zulu War (bar one, I think the IWM has Robert Jones') including Melvill and Coghill's, and Lt. Browne's, awarded for his actions at Hlobane.





This flag flew over the post at Rorke's Drift during the battle.





Smashed band instruments recovered from the battlefield at Isandlwana.



More in a minute...




« Last Edit: August 01, 2021, 01:14:59 PM by Plynkes »
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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2021, 12:57:53 PM »
They've got a few dioramas, including a really big one of Rorke's Drift. It's pretty impressive (and rather large), though I reckon that you guys could probably do an even better job...






















(Don't you think it looks like that one guy is wearing sunglasses?)






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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2021, 01:12:57 PM »
They have quite an armoury there, which will come in handy if there is a zombie apocalypse. Most of the photos of the weapons didn't come out due to reflections on the glass, but here's a small sampling of ones that were okay...



A Lee-Metford and a Long Lee-Enfield. No idea what that other thing is (didn't take this photo and failed to spot that thing at the time). Anybody know?








Couple of images from the Great War...











Long-time LAFers may remember my sidekick Sickers, who has appeared in many battle reports over the years. When last seen he was still a little kid. Well, this is him now...



Jesus, where did the years go?


After sampling Brecon's pubs we then headed up to poke around Raglan Castle. It's worth a trip if you are into castles, but I didn't take any photos because I'm not the bloody Medieval Adventures moderator!  ;) In one room they have murals on the wall displaying some historic moments connected with the castle. They mention Lord Raglan and the Charge of the Light Brigade, unfortunately the mural at this point is a version of Lady Butler's 'Scotland Forever', which depicts the Scots Greys at... Waterloo!

Oh dear, schoolboy error...  lol  Though to be fair, Raglan was at Waterloo, but I'd bet real money they weren't thinking about that when they okayed the mural.





 
« Last Edit: August 01, 2021, 01:19:35 PM by Plynkes »

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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2021, 02:50:39 PM »
The 'thing' under the rifles is a Swift training rifle

https://www.rifleman.org.uk/The_Swift_training_rifle.html

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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2021, 05:53:57 PM »
Plynkes beautiful photos, do you think the VC are repro ? I think so .

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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2021, 06:22:23 PM »
No, otherwise they would have a repro of Jones' VC too, instead they just have a picture. I have no reason to doubt their authenticity, and don't think the museum would make false claims.


The 'thing' under the rifles is a Swift training rifle

https://www.rifleman.org.uk/The_Swift_training_rifle.html

Thanks. Never come across one of those before.  Very interesting page. :)









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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2021, 09:11:26 PM »
Plynkes a lot of those models in the Rorkes Drift diorama were donated by myself including the Zulus in the sunglasses picture. Lol he does look he’s wearing shades but I can assure you he’s not. In regards to the VCs on display in the case, they are copies. The museum holds the originals in their vaults and are displayed on special occasions. Those VCs are valued in the millions so copies have to suffice for display purposes.

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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2021, 09:21:00 PM »
Those Zulus in the photo were my old Redoubt Enterprise figures from many moons ago. I exchanged loads of figures to the then curator Bill Cainan who owns the Diorama in exchange for a Zulu shield which belonged to the Umxapho regiment and was previously owned by Ian Knight.

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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2021, 09:22:32 PM »
Plynkes a lot of those models in the Rorkes Drift diorama were donated by myself including the Zulus in the sunglasses picture. Lol he does look he’s wearing shades but I can assure you he’s not. In regards to the VCs on display in the case, they are copies. The museum holds the originals in their vaults and are displayed on special occasions. Those VCs are valued in the millions so copies have to suffice for display purposes.

Ah, that makes sense. Should've thought of their value. I knew the museum owned them, but it didn't occur to me they'd be in a vault. That makes our heist plans a little trickier. Back to the drawing board, then. Cheers.



Those Zulus in the photo were my old Redoubt Enterprise figures from many moons ago. I exchanged loads of figures to the then curator Bill Cainan who owns the Diorama in exchange for a Zulu shield which belonged to the Umxapho regiment and was previously owned by Ian Knight.

Thanks for the info.  Sickers and myself were trying to figure out what they were, as we didn't recognise them. Never actually seen the Redoubt Zulus before. Really cool that you got a shield out of the deal. I am well jealous.  :)



« Last Edit: August 01, 2021, 09:31:58 PM by Plynkes »

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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2021, 09:46:36 PM »
I was there two weeks ago too . It is indeed a good one to visit.
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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2021, 10:19:31 PM »
Wow, awesome thread, thank you for posting it, Plynkes, and thanks to Georgec and Mike1879 for the additional info.  Next time I'm in the UK I will try hard to visit.
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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2021, 10:52:03 PM »
Splendid Dylan. Thanks for sharing.
Sickers does indeed look very grown up  lol

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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2021, 11:39:54 PM »
Thanks for posting this. I visited back in the 90s and really enjoyed it. Nice to see some good photos to remind me. Always wished I'd had time to hike in the Beacons, had to settle for driving through. What a beautiful place, in its own way. My second favorite place in the UK after Skye.

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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2021, 07:24:18 AM »
Splendid Dylan. Thanks for sharing.
Sickers does indeed look very grown up  lol

Doesn't he just ;) lol

Thanks for the pics Dylan, Its a long time since I made the pilgrimage to Brecon to the museum. Great to see it again. :)
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Re: A Trip to Brecon
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2021, 08:34:28 AM »
Lovely photo spread.  Somewhere for me to keep in mind if I’m ever in the area…..

 

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