Thursday, 25 May 2017

Wargames Illustrated 356, June 2017

Wargames Illustrated 356, June 2017

Our theme for WI356 is The Dark Continent, and we present six articles that feature wargaming in Africa. These include a look at the new Death in the Dark Continent rulebook, new Adventures for Congo, a look at African terrain and modelling, the Perry Napoleon in Egypt collection, and a Tale of Four Armies in which a group of gamers tell us about their projects to put together forces for Death in the Dark Continent.

More products that have come our way or caught our eye, including our ‘Spotted at…’ show feature, which this time looks at items from the Cold Wars convention.

James Morris shares with us a personal view on these colonial era rules and why they’ve proven to be so popular with himself and his friends.

One of the joys of the Very British Civil War concept is the ability to set your games in your local area. David Bickley has done just that, researching the reality of his local history so he can ‘bend’ it to games set in an alternate history 1930s.

Following on from our successful Congo Day earlier this year, we present two exclusive adventures (written for us by Congo author Alex Buchel), that can be used in a similar campaign to that which our players embarked upon.

Across all of Time and Space, war rages and the innocent suffer. We need a few good men, or perhaps just one Timelord and his companions. It’s a Time for Heroes, it’s the time of The Doctor….

We gave three gamers the chance to create their own forces for the updated Death in the Dark Continent rules. Here’s what they came up with.

Inspired by last month’s theme, David Bickley presents some ideas on running your own campaign with all those figures you’ve recently bought.

Chris Peers shares some ideas on how to make your games set in the Dark Continent actually look like the Dark Continent.

Charles Singleton presents us with some of the influences behind his supplement for Warlord’s Pike and Shotte rules and the process which led to the creation of the end product.

Nick Buxey takes us through the methods he used to create a fortified structure found in 18th and 19th Century Africa.

Nick Buxey returns to the Amazon, this time centring his Congo inspired adventures around the exploits of Percival Harrison Fawcett, British geographer, artillery officer, cartographer, archaeologist, explorer and subject of the Hollywood blockbuster The Lost City of Z.

A pictorial account of the British invasion of Egypt during the Napoleonic Wars, aimed at ousting the French Armee D’Orient, as re-created by Alan Perry.

After several playthroughs, what does SAGA aficionado Dom Sore make of this latest supplement?

Simon Bradley presents hints and tips to make the best of your armoured warriors.

Our latest article in this series focuses on a UK based club with links to the military.

Mark Shearwood has had a few. And we bet you have too.

Wargames Illustrated

1/144 Yak-1 Test Sprues by North Star

1/144 Yak-1 Test Sprues by North Star Military Figures,

It is the test casting sprues of the new coming model – Yak-1 in 1/144 scale. Stay tuned.

North Star

Ancient Warfare XI-2, Jun-Jul 2017

Ancient Warfare XI-2, Jun-Jul 2017

Ancient Warfare XI.2 with The Romans unify Italy

Before building an empire, the Romans first had to unify the various cultures already living on their doorstep.

Theme: The Romans unify Italy

Christa Steinby, 'Rome Italian tribes and the Greek colonies - Many into one'.
Emilio Laguardia, 'Interpreting a fresco painting - Legionary in handcuffs?'.
Erich B. Anderson, 'Italic cavalry during the Roman conquests - Renowned horsemen'.
Andrew Hillen, 'Divisions among the Greeks in Italy - Under pressure'.
Corrado Re, 'Reenacting 4th century Italic warriors - Piecing it all together'.
Paul McDonnell-Staff, 'The Battle of Sentinum - To govern Italy'.
Aaron Beek, 'Developing the legion - Sword, spear, or javelin?'.


Sean Manning, 'Reviving an ancient fighting style - So you want to be a hoplite'.
Tacticus, 'The art of tactics - Taktikè Technè, Part 2 - The Peltast'.
Joseph Hall, 'Felsonius Verus and his eagle - The Aquilifer'.
Duncan B. Campbell, 'Clerks, artisans, and specialists - The Immunes'.

Ancient Warfare

Medieval Warfare VII-3, Jun-Jul 2017

Medieval Warfare VII-3, Jun-Jul 2017

Medieval Warfare VII.3 with Tournaments and jousting in the Middle Ages.

Steven Mulhberger leads our issue that looks at the the rise of tournaments and jousts, from their beginnings as ‘bloodless battles’ to the events which were more theatre than sport. We will be covering tournaments from Byzantium to the Holy Roman Empire, and feature the famous Combat of the Thirty.

Theme: Tournaments and jousting in the Middle Ages

Steven Muhlberger, 'And the crowd went wild - A short history of tournaments'.
Tilman G. Moritz, 'Old games and new order - The Tournaments of the Four Lands'.
Conor Kostick, 'Quintain, dice and young knights - Jousting on the Firs Crusade'.
Natalie Anderson, 'The Holy Roman Empire: pageantry & violence - Maximilian I, tournament fanatic'.
Nicola Bergamo, 'He has not abandoned warlik custom - Manuel I Komenos & Byzantine jousting'.
Danièle Cybulskie, 'A most marvelous deed of arms - The Combat of the Thirty'.
Jacob Henry Deacon, 'Single combat during the Hundred Years' War - When it wasn't a game'.
Laura Crombie, 'The Ghent Crossbow Tournament of 1440 - Shooting for prizes and honour'.
Kay Smith and Ruth R. Brown, 'Their shields are pierced and shattered - The lance'.
Shane Adams, 'The story of a modern-day knight - Jousting in the 21st century'.
Murray Dahm, 'Right in everything but the details - Jousting on film'.
Peter Konieczny, 'No aiming at unprotected parts - Tournament rules'.

Medieval Warfare

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

10mm City Block Ruins by Empires at War

First of the 10mm ruined blocks sold as unpainted kits. These can be used for Modern, Sci Fi and post Apocalyptic games.

These also fit in with our other 10mm ranges. More will be released in the next few days.

Empires at War

Save Slaughter Pen Farm

Save Slaughter Pen Farm

I first of all want to thank you for all you have done to save America's Civil War battlefields. I am continually humbled by the generosity of folks like you, and the steadfast support we have received over the years. I truly can't thank you enough.

This is especially true when it comes to the Slaughter Pen Farm at Fredericksburg.

Now, most people even those who consider themselves Civil War buffs have never heard of the Slaughter Pen Farm. But you and I know it was the scene of the most ferocious fighting of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Recall on December 13, 1862, Union General Ambrose Burnside ordered General William B. Franklin to attack Stonewall Jackson's position on the heights south of Fredericksburg. The ensuing fight lasted several hours leaving 9,000 Americans killed, wounded, or captured more than half of the casualties of the entire battle on the muddy farm fields we now call the Slaughter Pen Farm.

For decades, this part of the battlefield remained in private hands and inaccessible. But in 2006, thanks to the help of our generous members, we purchased the Slaughter Pen, preserving its wartime characteristics and ensuring the next generation of Americans won't forget this pivotal part of the Battle of Fredericksburg. This was no ordinary feat, even by Civil War Trust standards. The price a staggering $12 million made it the largest transaction we'd ever undertaken, but well worth the cost when weighed against the historical significance of this hallowed ground.

Thankfully, our friends and supporters thought so too, and I am happy to report that as of today we have paid off nearly 70% of the cost of this land.

However, we still have quite a long way to go. This year, thanks to a number of generous bequests, we owe only $135,000 to meet our annual commitment. Please help by donating to save the Slaughter Pen Farm.

Video: Union Attack at the Slaughter Pen Farm

Battle Map: Fredericksburg

Article: The True Battle for Fredericksburg

Battlefield: Fredericksburg

The Civil War Trust