June 28, 2010

Armies in Miniature

June 28, 2010
I bought this book a couple of weeks ago at a flea market. I have an inexplicable affection for model soldiers anyway, but I completely fell in love with the photographs of the models in this book. The thing is, they're so utterly rubbish that they've reached a point where they actually transcend their own ridiculousness and become totally awesome. There's something extremely creepy about all these shoddily made, badly painted, silly little creatures representing a real, enormous destructive power. It's not so far from the truth of war itself. It also really reminds me of the great Department of Eagles video by Marcel Dzama.

Oh also, according to the flyleaf, the book is part of a series called the 'Leisure Library' which contains some of the most bizarre and totally unrelated titles I've ever seen, including: 'Mushrooms - How to Find and Identify Them'; 'Postage Stamps - Modern History in the Mail'; 'Crystals - Symmetry in the Mineral Kingdom'; and my personal favourite 'Carpets - From East and West'.

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