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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

All Hands on Deck: Let’s Close Out 2018 by Saving Even More Hallowed Ground

All Hands on Deck: Let’s Close Out 2018 by Saving Even More Hallowed Ground

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or simply having some days off to spend with loved ones, the holidays are a time to reflect on and support the things and people we hold dearest. If American history is one of the things you hold dear, I hope you’ll be happy to learn about a special, limited-time opportunity to protect it.

From now until the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, several of our most dedicated longtime donors have agreed to match all contributions to the American Battlefield Trust up to $100,000. That means your donation today will go twice as far toward supporting battlefield preservation and American history education. It’s been a banner year at the Trust, but we’ve still got land to save and education to support before 2019 arrives. Our most urgent goals for what remains of 2018 are to save 18 critical acres of Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg, 50 Richmond-area acres that were hallowed first in the Battle of Gaines’ Mill and then again at the Battle of Cold Harbor.

In sustaining our mission, you honor the sacrifices of the men and women who built, defended and defined our nation at these sacred sites. You also ensure that future generations will be able to learn from some of the best outdoor classrooms in the world.

Please take advantage of this powerful opportunity to double your impact during the season of giving by making a gift to save hallowed ground today. Together, we can protect our national treasures and give a gift that will benefit Americans of all ages, today and for decades or even centuries to come.

Already made an annual contribution to save Seminary Ridge or the Richmond-area land? Consider using one of our e-cards to donate in someone’s name and give the gift of preservation to a history buff in your life.

American Battlefield Trust

Monday, 17 December 2018

Napoleonic Dutch-Belgians Released from Pendraken Miniatures

We've got more new releases for the Napoleonic gamers next, with the Dutch Belgians now available!

After the French conquest of the Netherlands in the late 18th century, the Kingdom of Holland had fought alongside the French until 1810, when Napoleon integrated the Netherlands into France and absorbed the army into his own Grande Armee.  In 1813 however, an uprising against Napoleonic rule brought about both a new Kingdom of the United Netherlands and an independent Dutch army, which went on to serve as part of the allied forces during the 100 Days War, culminating at Waterloo. 

Our range covers this later period with figures in both Dutch and Belgian style uniforms for both infantry and cavalry. 

Napoleonics Dutch-Belgians

NDB1   Dutch line infantry, march attack   £5.25

NDB1   Dutch line infantry, march attack

NDB2   Dutch line infantry, firing line   £5.25

NDB2   Dutch line infantry, firing line

NDB3   Dutch line command   £5.25

NDB3   Dutch line command

NDB4   Dutch mounted officer (5)   £1.75

NDB4   Dutch mounted officer (5)

NDB5   Belgian line infantry, march attack   £5.25

NDB5   Belgian line infantry, march attack

NDB6   Belgian line infantry, firing line   £5.25

NDB6   Belgian line infantry, firing line

NDB7   Belgian line command   £5.25

NDB7   Belgian line command

NDB8   Belgian mounted officer (5)    £1.75

NDB8   Belgian mounted officer (5)

NDB9   Dutch Jagers   £5.25

NDB9   Dutch Jagers

NDB10   Belgian Jagers   £5.25

NDB10   Belgian Jagers

NDB11   Dutch Militia, march attack   £5.25

NDB11   Dutch Militia, march attack

NDB12   Dutch Militia, advancing/firing   £5.25

NDB12   Dutch Militia, advancing/firing

NDB13   Hussars (Dutch style)    £5.25

NDB13   Hussars (Dutch style)

NDB14   Dragoons (Belgian style)    £5.25

NDB14   Dragoons (Belgian style)

NDB15   Carabiniers (Dutch style)    £5.25

NDB15   Carabiniers (Dutch style)

NDB16   Carabiniers (Belgian style)    £5.25

NDB16   Carabiniers (Belgian style)

NDB17   6pdr guns with line artillery crew (3)    £5.25

NDB17   6pdr guns with line artillery crew (3)

NDB18   6pdr guns with horse artillery crew (3)    £5.25

NDB18   6pdr guns with horse artillery crew (3)

NDB19   7” Howitzer with line crew (3)    £5.25

NDB19   7” Howitzer with line crew (3)

NDB20   7” Howitzer with horse artillery crew (3)    £5.25

NDB20   7” Howitzer with horse artillery crew (3)

NDB21   Prince of Orange and officer (2)    £1.00

NDB21   Prince of Orange and officer (2)

(All packs contain 30 foot / 15 cavalry / 3 guns and crew, unless indicated otherwise)

We've also got a couple of handy army packs for these:

1815 Dutch Army Pack - £33.00
3 x NDB1
1 x NDB3, NDB9, NDB15, NDB17

1815 Belgian Army Pack - £33.00
3 x NDB5
1 x NDB7, NDB10, NDB14, NDB17

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More Goodness from Good Ground LLC

US Dragoons and Command and US Crew in M1839 forage caps are now available on the site from the So Far from God Range of 10mm Mexican-American War figures by Good Ground.

So Far from God Range

US Dragoons with Command

US Dragoons with Command picture 1

US Dragoons with Command picture 2

US Crew

US Crew

Good Ground LLC

Sunday, 16 December 2018

New 10mm 1809 Saxon Sculpts from Pendraken Miniatures

The next batch of sculpts arrived for our 1809 Not-Kickstarter this past week so we've now got the Saxons!  As with the Hesse sculpts, these are going straight into master moulds so that we can get a headstart on the production moulds and have everything ready to ship out to you in February.

Saxons

Line infantry - Mounted officer / officer / standard / drummer / 2 x march attack / 2 x firing line:

Line infantry - Mounted officer / officer / standard / drummer / 2 x march attack / 2 x firing line:

Grenadiers - Officer / drummer / 2 x march attack.  Schutzen - Officer / hornist / 2 x march attack / 2 x firing line:

Grenadiers - Officer / drummer / 2 x march attack.  Schutzen - Officer / hornist / 2 x march attack / 2 x firing line:

Light cavalry - Officer / standard / musician / 2 x troopers:

Light cavalry - Officer / standard / musician / 2 x troopers:

Hussars - Officer / standard / musician / 2 x troopers:

Hussars - Officer / standard / musician / 2 x troopers:

Artillery - 4 x crew.  Limber team - Ridden horse / officer:

Artillery - 4 x crew.  Limber team - Ridden horse / officer:

There'll be a break in the sculpting over Christmas but we'll be back to it with the Warsaw sculpts in the New Year!

New 10mm Grant Tank from Lancer Miniatures

New 10mm  Grant Tank for the British from Lancer Miniatures.

The M3 Lee, officially Medium Tank, M3, was an American medium tank used during World War II. In Britain, the tank was called by two names based on the turret configuration and crew size. Tanks employing US pattern turrets were called the "Lee", named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Variants using British pattern turrets were known as "Grant", named after Union general Ulysses S. Grant.

SKU: KJ0229, Grant Tank

SKU: KJ0229, Grant Tank

 Lancer Miniatures

Friday, 14 December 2018

Wargames Illustrated, Awards Results 2018

Wargames Illustrated, Awards Results 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the winners of the 2018 Wargames Illustrated awards.

Over the last couple of months, our readers, Facebook followers and wargamers from around the globe (1,060 in total) have been voting in nine different categories for their wargaming favourites.

All the winners have been contacted and in the February issue of Wargames Illustrated, WI376, we will be getting reactions from all of them, but without further ado here’s the results!

BEST WARGAME RULES/GAME

Winner: Chain of Command by Too Fat Lardies
Congratulations to the Too Fat Lardies and their platoon level World War Two rules. CoC has won this category for the second year running, just seeing off Bolt Action in second and Battlegroup in third. So that’s a 1,2,3 for World War Two rules!

BEST MINIATURE MANUFACTURER

Winner: Perry Miniatures
The Perry twins have scooped this coveted award for the second year in succession.

A staggering 291 different manufacturers were voted for in total, with Warlord Games coming a close second (only 20 votes behind!) and Footsore/War banner third.

BEST RANGE OF MINIATURES

Winner: Bolt Action
The votes in this category were spread over a very wide range (pardon the pun!). Bolt Action narrowly beat last year’s winner; Frostgrave into second place, with Gangs of Rome coming in third.

BEST WARGAMES TERRAIN, ACCESSORY OR BUILDING MANUFACTURER

Winner: Sarissa Precision

This was a clash of the Titans between the two big MDF boys: Sarissa and 4Ground, these two got near half of the total votes. But Sarissa Precision took the top spot, with 4Ground second and Warbases third.

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE (FROM ANY BUSINESS WITHIN THE HOBBY)

Winner: Warlord Games
This is two out of two for the customer service team at Warlord Games and with over 9,000 mail/web orders a month they get plenty of practice! In second place was Pendraken Miniatures (rating highly for a second year running) and in third were Too Fat Lardies.

BEST WARGAMES CONVENTION/EVENT OF 2018

Winner: Salute
Salute won this one for the second year, but close on its heels was Crisis, which moved up from third place last year to second this. Partizan came in third. Historicon was top in the States and 4th over-all.

BEST NEW RULES/GAME OF 2018

Winner: What a Tanker!
A second gong goes to Too Fat Lardies, this time for their light hearted and fast paced World War Two tank game; What a Tanker! Warlord Games Blood Red Skies came in second and Gangs of Rome third.

BEST ISSUE OF WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED

Winner: WI371, September
The awards take a bit of a market research turn here, as we look inward and discover that the votes for ‘Best Issue’ of Wargames illustrated were wide ranging, with WI371, (Gaming Campaigns theme) narrowly getting the most, WI368, June (Napoleon’s Generals theme) second.

BEST WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE OF 2018

Winner: Modelling MDF Terrain
It was clear from feedback we had been receiving that Garry’s series (five articles in total) on MDF modelling was going down well with the readers and so it proved when it came to winning the award for ‘Best Article’ – well done Gary. Hot on his heels was the second placed Crete 1941 (WI370) by James Morris and third; Bolt Action Western Desert by Roger Gerrish.

Wargames Illustrated

First Elf Head from Dark Fields Factory

Here we have the step-by-step progress of Renato Benigna sculpting his new First Elf Head.

First step

First Elf Head

First Elf Head picture 1

First Elf Head picture 2

First Elf Head picture 3

First Elf Head picture 4

Dark Fields Factory