Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Project Update #6: 10mm Caesarian Roman Army

Another one with pilum and 2 with gladius, ready to give the Germans a hard time, just stay out of the forest

More legionaries

More legionaries

Lancer Miniatures

FV432 Bulldog from Aotrs Shipyards

Aotrs Shipyards is a webstore on Shapeways.com, a 3D print house which had production and shipping facilities located in the USA and the Netherlands.

This month, as promised, we have the last of the current crop of FV432 models – the FV432 Mk3 Bulldog, and the Bulldog Up-Armoured version, with the RCWS turret or the shielded ring mount!

FV432 Mk 3 Bulldog Up-Armoured (RCWS)

FV432 Mk 3 Bulldog Up-Armoured (RCWS)


FV432 Mk 3 Bulldog Up-Armoured (Shielded Ring Mount)

FV432 Mk 3 Bulldog Up-Armoured (Shielded Ring Mount)


FV432 Mk 3 Bulldog

FV432 Mk 3 Bulldog


Photos of Replicator 2 prototypes as per usual, this time in a purportedly light grey material. (We're struggling to get the other grey!) No photo of the Mark 3, since the external differences between Mark 1, 2 and 3 FV432 are fairly minimal.

Next month is likely to be the release of the ZBD-03, as I am going to be a bit short of time (due to holidays and convention prep and so on) before then, though a requested variant of the BTR-80, I think, is something I will be looking at next.

We will be attending the Bovington show this weekend, though only as punters, for once!

We will be at Other Partizan on the 19th of August under our usual banner of the KB Club. Unfortunately, having spoken to the organisers of the Derby Worlds, that show is not going to take place this year due to venue problems, though they hope to have it back for next year.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Happy 4th from the American Battlefield Trust!

Happy 4th from the American Battlefield Trust!

On this day in 1776, patriots and politicians representing 13 separate colonies gathered at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia. There, in stirring words that would reverberate around the globe, they declared independence from Great Britain, reinvigorating an American Revolution that would change the course of history.

As you and yours celebrate Independence Day, take a moment to reflect on America’s founding ideals of freedom and liberty, which have shaped the path of our great nation through the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and beyond. Here at the American Battlefield Trust, we also give thanks to people like you, who are helping preserve America’s historic places for future generations.

Thank you for all you do to protect this nation’s hallowed grounds. Happy 4th of July!

To honor American independence, we’re offering American Battlefield Trust introductory memberships for just $17.76 through July 9. An anonymous donor has offered to match all membership gifts, dollar-for-dollar so your $17.76 contribution becomes $35.52. Let’s work together to provide future generations with the opportunity to experience the hallowed ground where the fate of our nation was determined!

American Battlefield Trust

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The Battle Ends: 155 Years to the Day Since Gettysburg

The Battle Ends: 155 Years to the Day Since Gettysburg

Two days of fighting already had made Gettysburg the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with 39,000 casualties. But it wasn’t over yet.

Initially, Lee planned to renew the previous day’s offensive with further attacks on the federal flanks. Around dawn, Union artillery on Culp’s Hill began an intense bombardment to retake a portion of the defensive works on the lower slopes. The Confederates attacked, but despite seven hours of fierce fighting, the Union line held firm.

A strategy is born - and anticipated

Lee settled upon a new strategy: If both flanks had been reinforced in the wake of his nearly successful assaults the previous day, logic held that the center must have been weakened to compensate. To exploit this perceived vulnerability, Lee ordered a massed frontal assault of some 12,000 Confederate infantry against the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. Unfortunately for Lee, Union General Meade had predicted this move and would be ready.

Pickett’s Charge begins

The resulting attack is known to history as Pickett’s Charge for the contributions made by the division of General George Pickett, whose troops formed a portion of the attacking force. The charge was preceded by a massive artillery bombardment. Despite its ferocity, much of the fire on both sides missed the mark. As their artillery dwindled, the Southern force stepped off in unison at about 3:00 p.m., setting a deliberate pace across 1700 yards of open field.

Moving forward, the Confederates were raked by artillery fire in front and flank. When they reached the Emmitsburg Road, which bisected the field, those Southerners who were still alive slowed to take down fences that blocked their path. Once on the other side, the attack continued to falter as Union gunners switched to canister shot, and musket fire became increasingly accurate and effective from the infantry safely positioned behind a low stone wall.

As the Confederates approached, gaps opened in the Union line and determined Southerners poured through, to be met with hand-to-hand combat and a barrage of point-blank artillery fire. The breach was short-lived, and its location has become known as the High Water Mark of the Confederacy.

The Confederates retreat

The Battle of Gettysburg ended with as many as 51,000 soldiers killed, wounded, captured or missing. As Lee led his army on a torturous retreat back to Virginia, an extensive network of field hospitals emerged to treat the injured, while local residents began the hard work of dealing with the dead and returning to normalcy. Four months after the battle, President Lincoln used the dedication ceremony for Gettysburg’s Soldiers’ National Cemetery to honor the fallen Union soldiers and redefine the purpose of the war in his historic Gettysburg Address.

Visit Gettysburg in 3 Days
Ready to see these hallowed grounds for yourself? We made a flexible itinerary you can use to experience all the Civil War history Gettysburg has to offer.

A Virtual Gettysburg Cyclorama

How did artists during the Civil War and its aftermath remember and reflect upon the conflict in a time before film and radio — not to mention TV and the Internet? The answer: cycloramas. This 5-minute, 360-degree video gets as close to the experience of the cyclorama as possible without a trip to Gettysburg.

Alonzo Cushing at Gettysburg

This War Department episode features the incredible story of Alonzo H. Cushing at the Battle of Gettysburg. Watch this video to see Cushing’s bloodstained leather belt and the spot where he fell at the height of Pickett’s Charge on July 3, 1863.

Meanwhile, in Mississippi
On July 4, 1863, the 47-day siege of warfare at Vicksburg ended with the surrender of John Pemberton’s forces. Explore the historic sites of this remarkable campaign — from Port Gibson to the Siege of Vicksburg. Onboard historian videos, audio accounts of soldiers from the battle, photos, orders of battle, chronologies, key facts, and more are just a click away.

Join Us Live!

Experience the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with us through a series of Facebook and YouTube Live events. From July 1 through 3, 2018, we will take you virtually to places many never get to experience. We’ll show you rare photos and artifacts, and answer as many of your questions as we can. Just go to the American Battlefield Trust’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel and start watching.

How Lincoln Changed the World

Why do President Lincoln's words following the Battle of Gettysburg still matter to each and every one of us? In this video, Professor Doug Douds of the Army War College explains how Lincoln changed the world in two minutes. This video was produced in partnership with Prager University and made possible by a gift from a generous donor.

American Battlefield Trust

Project Update #5: 10mm Caesarian Roman Army

Sent more pictures to my sculptor, for the different poses of the legionnaires so there will be 2 poses throwing pilums and 2 with Gladius, he has promised they will be top priority.

Lancer Miniatures

Monday, 2 July 2018

The Battle Continues: 155 Years to the Day Since Gettysburg

The Battle Continues: 155 Years to the Day Since Gettysburg

After the fighting on July 1, Confederate and Union soldiers continued to arrive. By morning of what would be one of the hottest days of the year, both armies had most of their infantry at Gettysburg.

The fish hook is formed

The Union army’s defensive position had assumed the shape of a fish hook, beginning on Culp’s Hill, curving around Cemetery Hill and proceeding down Cemetery Ridge to the Round Tops. Lee’s plan called for coordinated attacks on both Union flanks, but a series of delays kept the attacks from beginning until after 4 p.m. By this time, Maj. Gen. Daniel Sickles, dissatisfied with the position of his Third Corps on southern Cemetery Ridge, had decided without specific orders to advance west onto higher ground at the Peach Orchard, extending his thin line to Devil’s Den and along the Emmitsburg Road.

Confederates attack the left flank

When General James Longstreet’s Corps executed Lee’s order to attack the Union left, they met stubborn resistance from Union infantry around the craggy rock formation known as Devil’s Den. In savage combat, control of the Den changed hands three times over the course of the fighting.

Some Confederate troops moved further to the right toward Little Round Top where Union reinforcements had just arrived. The resulting fight is one of the war’s most celebrated engagements, concluding in dramatic fashion when the regiment on the far left of the Union line, the 20th Maine, swept the hillside clear of its exhausted foes with an unexpected bayonet charge.

In the bloodiest fighting at Gettysburg, the combat spread to the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard and as far north as Cemetery Ridge, where the deadly charge of the 1st Minnesota bought time for reinforcements to arrive. Of the 262 men who made that charge, only 47 escaped unscathed. While the Southerners captured Devil’s Den and the Peach Orchard, the Federal line on Little Round Top and Cemetery Ridge barely held on.

The Confederates attack the right flank

On the Union right, the Confederates launched full-scale assaults on Culp’s Hill and East Cemetery Hill around dusk. Although Culp’s Hill, in particular, had seen many of its original defenders sent to face the attacks elsewhere on the line, the remaining troops constructed a substantial network of earthworks and repulsed these attacks. Here, too, Confederates gained ground but failed to dislodge the Union defenders.

A grim fame emerges

After the battle, photographer Alexander Gardner reached the field before all the dead had been buried and captured more  images of the war’s human toll than on any other battlefield. In fact, more than 25 percent of all known photos showing Civil War dead on the field were recorded at just two second-day places Devil’s Den and the Rose Farm.

What Can Gettysburg’s Rocks Tell Us About the Battle?

Aside from wartime farmhouses and a few scattered trees, there are very few objects on the battlefield that have a direct and tangible connection to the Battle of Gettysburg. But all over the fields of Gettysburg, there are millions of igneous rocks that hold stories of the past and are relatively unchanged by time.

10 Facts: Lee’s Headquarters

Thanks to our members, we unveiled the restored site of Lee’s Headquarters at the Mary Thompson house in 2017. Did you know that the area around Gen. Lee’s Headquarters was an important Confederate artillery position on July 2 and 3? Here are 10 facts to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the site.

7 Gettysburg Myths and Misconceptions

With so much written about the Battle of Gettysburg, it's not surprising that the war's bloodiest battle has become surrounded by delusions and misinformation. Here are seven myths about the Battle of Gettysburg, debunked.

Gettysburg Battle App

Our GPS-enabled tour application allows you to discover all of the great historical sites associated with this landmark Civil War battle with maps, photos, audio accounts, and historian videos. This expanded edition covers the entire battle, from the first day to Pickett’s Charge and everything in between.

Join Us Live

Experience the 155th anniversary of the battle with us through a series of Facebook and YouTube Live events. From July 1 through 3, 2018, we will take you virtually to places many never get to experience. We’ll show you rare photos and artifacts, and answer as many of your questions as we can. Just go to the American Battlefield Trust’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel and start watching.

Meanwhile, in Mississippi

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s defeat of Confederate Gen. John Pemberton at Vicksburg (May 18 to July 4, 1863) stands out as a strategic masterpiece of the Civil War. Vicksburg and its railroad provided a vital link between the two halves of the Confederacy, funneling crucial supplies back and forth from the western Confederacy to the east. See these events come alive with our animated map.

American Battlefield Trust

Luftwaffe Airfield Equipment and Crew from Combat Group Dynamix

Something to spice up your Luftwaffe Airfield?

Luftwaffe Airfield Equipment & Crew

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Combat Group Dynamix