10 April 2010
09 April 2010
'Fighting Techniques of the Oriental World A.D. 1200 to 1860: Equipment, combat skills and tactics' by Michael E. Haskew, Christer Jorgensen, Chris McNab, Eric Niderost, Rob S. Rice. The sections on Chinese warfare is sparse in this volume. It's mostly about the Mongols, Japanese and others. The Chinese? Defeated city-dwellers!
'Medieval Chinese Warfare 300-900' by David A. Graff.
08 April 2010
07 April 2010
Pigment ink sketch. This was swiftly sketched in pencil in 2008 and finally the proper ink rendering was done in March of this year. I decided on a light touch instead of one with more textures as the place is fairly open without much shade.
06 April 2010
05 April 2010
This little forlorn figure, a now forgotten mascot from the old government courtesy campaign was spotted at Hill Street one night.
I am doubtful if campaigns such as this one, exhorting people to be courteous really helps. There are numerous ugly Singaporeans out there, ungracious, angry, bitter, etc.
As for behavioural modification...
04 April 2010
Given the amount of material on samurai warfare out there in English, I would really like to see more volumes on warfare in China, and please, not another volume on the Mongols! Enough! Five thousands years of military history and every other book on warfare in China in English are about Mongols! What about studies on the conduct of warfare during the Warring States era? What about the scholarly reconstructions of campaigns and battles of the Three Kingdoms era? A book on the Manchu banner armies?
I would like to see detailed reconstructions of well-known Chinese battles. The study of these reconstructions should include order of battle, logistics, casualty figures, leadership, battle plans, equipment (arms and armour), and more. Good illustrated volumes would be greatly welcome.
I would also like to see significant military campaigns of that era studied through rigourous lenses which should include grand strategy, operational planning, geopolitical realities, and more.
I would also like to see studies tracing the development of Chinese arms and armour.
Lastly, I really wish that Western scholars would abandon the Giles-Wade and adopt the pinyin system. I find that the Giles-Wade system does make for very confusing reading. If not, at least provide both transliterations, side by side and not in a glossary.