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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The Final Set Of Lissa Ships Have Now Been Released from Pithead Miniatures

The final set of Lissa ships have now been released by Spithead, this has been a big project for us and I am pleased that it has come to fruition and grateful to all those who have supported the project. The Lissa series comprises of 8 sets of ships.  It  has  represented  a big investment for both ourselves and for our customers who have supported it.  I feel it has all been worthwhile as the opportunity of owning a full set of the ships for this fascinating battle will probably never happen again.

Austrian second division

This final set of ships represents the wooden warships of the Austrian second division commanded by Anton van Petz  who although out gunned and out armoured  he led his wooden warships in a line straight through the centre and rear Italian Ironclad divisions and although his flagship Kaiser was badly damaged  she survived the action to sail into Vis harbour for after battle repairs . The Kaiser was so well founded that she would later become an Austrian Ironclad carrying the same name.

Spithead plan to introduce some Prussian and Danish warships at a later date that can be used in conjunction with the  Austrian frigates contained  in this ship set .

If you would like more  information on these models or  a full list of Spithead products then contact us at vanilla55@sky.com

Spithead Miniatures
Pithead Miniatures

The Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy: The Encirclement and Breakout of Army Group South, 1944

The Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy: The Encirclement and Breakout of Army Group South, 1944

In 1943 the tide began to turn against Germany on the Eastern Front. Their summer offensive, Operation Citadel, was a failure and the Red Army seized the initiative, despite appallingly high losses. Waging a war of attrition, the Russians gradually pushed Germany’s Army Group South back. By October 1943 the Russians had reached the Dnepr in Ukraine, Kiev was liberated, and the scene was set for the events described in this book, written by a high-ranking General Nikolaus von Vormann, who commanded XLVII. Panzerkorps.

The battle of Cherkassy is also known as the Korsun Pocket, Korsun being the small town at the center of the area containing the surrounded German forces. After sudden attacks by the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian Fronts, in January 1944 the Russians achieved a major encirclement of six German divisions, a total of 60,000 soldiers. The Red Army had the numerical advantage, but two of the Panzer divisions were in good shape, and thus a dramatic battle ensued, with each side both attacking and defending.

Strenuous efforts to avoid another Stalingrad were made, with the Germans led by Erich von Manstein attempting to break into the pocket. Atrocious weather plus effective resistance repulsed their attacks and by mid-February it became clear that breaking out of the pocket was the only option for the Germans. Abandoning a huge amount of equipment and the wounded, they succeeded and rejoined the surrounding panzer divisions. The Germans avoided a catastrophe but 34% of the troops did not survive.

Generalleutnant von Vormann’s account starts with the retreat to the Dnepr in 1943, describes the battle of Kirowograd from 5th-17th January 1944, the encirclement, the efforts to relieve the trapped troops, the struggle of the troops within the pocket, and the breakout. His mainly factual account also contains a description of the psychological effects on the men of this most brutal and physically exhausting battle. It is one of the few primary source materials that exists and is therefore of significant historical interest.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

New World War Art Picture

War Banner in partnership with Hysterical Games

War Banner in with Hysterical Games

War Banner are thrilled to announce that we have entered into a partnership with War Banner with Hysterical Games.

War Banner’s Andy Hobday, whose credits include Test of Honour, Gangs of Rome and the forthcoming Mortal Gods, will now manage Hysterical Games. This will include the running of Hysterical Games’ portfolio of games and miniatures, with War Banner fulfilling all orders placed though Hysterical games’ website.

Hysterical Games, meanwhile, will continue to fulfil all resin production contracts and orders as placed by its existing customers and is actively seeking new clients.

We look forward to not only working with Hysterical Games but also helping Hysterical Games’ Steve Blease develop and enrich their existing collection of games such as Panzerfäuste, Futbowel and Spitfyre. In working closely with Hysterical Games, we are excited about the potential opportunities that will arise for both businesses.

War Banner Ltd
Hysterical Games

Wargames Illustrated 373, November 2018

Wargames Illustrated 373, November 2018

In the current issue of Wargames Illustrated magazine (WI373, November) a group of hardened campaigners discuss the relative merits of bringing their experience as re-enactors to the tabletop and vice versa.

OBSERVATION POST
A special look at what we ‘Spotted At’…the Colours show in Newbury, UK, plus a close up on what was in the cabinets at the last Warlord Open Day!

THEME: POLISH THUNDER
Colonel (Retd.) Bill Gray looks at the impact of the Husaria on the tabletop battlefield.

BLACK POWDER SECOND EDITION: A FANBOY’S EYE VIEW
Steve Wood, ardent fan of the Black Powder rules, takes a critical look at what’s new and worth noting in the new edition.

DIFFERENT SCALE, SAME PASSION
Some hardened campaigners discuss the relative merits of bringing their experience as re-enactors to the tabletop and vice versa.

THEME: THE POLISH LEGION 1795 – 1815
Military historian Vincent Rospond charts the rise of the Polish Legion during the period of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

MODELLING: DISTRESSING YOUR MDF BUILDINGS
Following the success of his recent three part series on painting and modelling with MDF buildings, we asked Gary Faulkner to “give us more!” and he has obliged….

THEME: COMPANY PROFILE WARGAMER STUDIOS
The team behind the popular By Fire and Sword rules tell us about their plans and provide an insight into their company.

REIMAGINING THE CRUSADES – PART 4 – THE TROOP TYPES
The latest installment in author Steve Tibble’s quest to bring a more accurate Crusade to the world of wargaming.

THEME: THE POLISH LEGION 1914 – 1920
Vincent Rospond continues the story of the Polish Legion, focusing on their service during WWI and its aftermatch.

DESIGNER’S NOTES +: SONS OF MARS
A close look at the ideas behind the creation of this gladiatorial combat game, plus some exclusive new rules content.

THEME: 303 SQUADRON
In this article Dom Sore discusses the contribution made by this unit of Polish exiles in the defence of Britain and their efforts to hit back at Germany.

WARGAMES AT THE EDGE OF APOCALYPSE
Paul Leach takes us to the edge of Apocalypse and beyond.

THEME: THE POLES AT MONTE CASSINO
Dom Sore looks at the contribution made by Polish troops during the bloody assaults at Cassino during WWII.

PAINTING A IROQUOIS WARRIOR
Bob Murch of the marvellous Pulp Figures provides some guidelines for getting the best from these new figures that support the Flint and Feather ruleset.

DESIGNER’S NOTES: LAST DAYS
Ash Baker takes us through his motivations and the design ideas of his recently released Osprey zombie game.

MODEL SOLDIERS, MODERN OPERA & TRENCH WARFARE
Dicky Boyd discusses an educational project for children which used wargaming and operatic music to convey the realities of World War One.

WARGAMERS’ SPACES
David Bickley shows us his small but beautifully formed converted garage come wargames room.

Wargames Illustrated

Berthier Campaign Manager Software Updated (Version 9.13)

I've Released an Update of the Free Berthier Campaign Manager Software (Version 9.13)
Berthier.

Berthier Campaign Manager Software Updated (Version 9.13)


This release introduces a number of small changes to Berthier. See the Readme file in the download for the full details.

Berthier may be downloaded here.

Berthier is free software that manages wargames campaigns for miniatures. Berthier is suitable for historical, naval or fantasy campaigns in most periods.

Berthier Campaign Manager

How We Honor Their Sacrifice

How We Honor Their Sacrifice

In this age of tanks, helicopters, jets, rockets, and drones, how can we learn from a battle fought on horseback or on foot? When taken down to the basic principles, war hasn't changed. We fight for our country, to protect the people we love and the freedoms we hold dear. And we take inspiration from the soldiers who fought, on horseback or on foot, to give us those freedoms in the first place.

Speaking at the dedication ceremony in Gettysburg for the Soldiers' National Cemetery, 155 years ago this month, President Abraham Lincoln remarked that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." In truth, no one has ever forgotten, nor will anyone ever forget, Lincoln's brief, immortal words on that day. But Lincoln was right in predicting that Americans would remember with profound gratitude those who offer, and all too often give, the last full measure of devotion so that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Such gratitude is owed in equal measure to all those veterans who came before and all those who have come since. These men and women who sacrifice so much represent the best of America.

The brave citizen-soldiers who made our country what it is today may be gone, but we have an unprecedented opportunity to honor them. Now is the time to protect the hallowed grounds where so many shed blood and laid down their lives. In another generation, it may be too late.

Thank you for everything you do to honor veterans past and present.

With deepest gratitude,

Lt. General Richard Mill, USMC (Ret.)
Lt. General Richard Mill, USMC (Ret.)
Board Member
American Battlefield Trust

For my fellow veterans as well as those men and women in uniform currently serving, we would be grateful if you would take a moment to tell us about your service in our brief Veterans Survey. Any information you provide will be kept confidential.

American Battlefield Trust