The museum is divided into seven galleries. We managed to browse through four of them. Specifically:
The West Point Gallery
The Small Weapons Gallery
The Large Weapons Gallery and
The History of Warfare Gallery
The sections we didn't see were:
The History of the US Army Gallery
The American Wars Gallery and
The Lucas Heritage Center
Maybe we'll check them out during some future trip back to New York.
Anyway, as a wargamer, what interested me the most were the dioramas.
During my late childhood/early adolescence, I built models--military planes, ships and vehicles--but I got bored with having just sitting around collecting dust. Once my brother gave me my first wargame, Kriegspiel for my 16th or 17th birthday, I gave up modelling altogether.
A year or two later, I got hooked on miniatures (not counting chucking pebbles at green army men, or Airfix figures when I was a kid). So, while my painting skill hasn't improved over the years, it's easy for me to admire other people's figures, especially the musuem-quality work, found in--well--museums.
Even though I don't have my own models, or figures on display, I'm always fascinated by a diorama's blend of canvas art and miniatures.
The West Point Museum's History of Warfare Gallery has several dioramas, depicting key battles from the Roman Republic to World War II. Each of these events highlighted a significant tactical and/or technical innovation.
On display are:
...the Battle of Cynoscephalae...
...the Siege of Avaricum...
...the Battle of Adrianople...
...the Battle of Crecy...
...the Battle of Breitenfeld (the 1631 version)...
...the Battle of Leuthen...
...the Battle of Austerlitz...
...and Operation Barbarossa.
In this case it is HMS Vulture, the getaway vessel for Benedict Arnold.
As an American, I'd say the name "vulture" was appropriate.
Overall, the History of Warfare Gallery is certainly worth a visit by any wargamer for inspiration, or looking to inspire others into our hobby. Yes, the figures in each display do seem to be showing their age, but that should only motivate us to do better with our own miniatures.