Sunday, 25 April 2021

ANZAC Day 2021: Two Up

Two Up is a peculiarly Australian gambling game which is not illegal on ANZAC Day. The ‘spinner’ tosses two pre-decimal pennies off a wooden ‘kip’ and bets are placed as to how they will land. The ‘Ringie’ runs the show and calls the results.

Gallipoli

Ypres

Afghanistan

Pennies on a kip

These WW1 figures are from Eureka Miniatures, sculpted by Alan Marsh. The spinner holds the kip as the Ringie oversees, and a digger regrets his luck. The vignette is accompanied by an officer- this is the Colonel, turning a blind eye.







Lest we forget.

Photos:

  • Australian War Museum
  • AAP
  • Roland Scheicher, CC BY-SA 4.0
[This is my post for Ann's April challenge]

12 comments:

  1. I had heard of the game but wasn’t aware of the rules. Thanks for the info. Lovely work on the diggers too.

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    1. Thanks, Peter! I'm sure there are local rules variations as well.

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  2. That's a pretty nice paintjob, I like these non-combat vignettes, there's something refreshing about them. Lovely work!

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    1. Thanks, Suber, I agree it is nice to paint something a bit more peaceful!

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  3. Two up is identical to a popular game of León (España) called “las chapas”. Two coins on a wood and up and bet. Too far and too near. Awesome.
    Great work with the models.
    Regards

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    1. Thanks, Señor! I'm sure that bored people anywhere can make their own fun.

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  4. I had never heard of the game. I love how it's not illegal on ANZAC day.
    Thanks for the history, Barks!

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    1. I understand it is illegal the rest of the time because The Man can't tax it!

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  5. Excellent work, nice continuation of your ANZAC Day tribute Miniatures!
    Good figures I’d not seen them before.
    Cheers!

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    1. BTW the officer looks suspiciously British not Australian, those Tunis cuffs don’t look Aussie??? Thoughts?

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