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Friday, 30 January 2015

New 10mm Beau Geste Range

New 10mm Beau Geste Range


New 10mm Beau Geste Range 25% Pre-Order Discount.

Little Wars Miniatures, a new joint venture between S&A Scenics and Lancashire  Games, has its first new range available to pre-order with a massive 25% discount.

Our 10mm Beau Geste range allows you to to field the brave Foreign Legion against those pesky Arabs!!
Arabs.

The range will be available from 1st March; however, if you pre-order before 18th February, you will receive a massive 25% discount.

Sample figures will be on show on the S&A Scenics stand at the Vapnartak show in York on 1st February, and available to buy from Lancashire Games at the WMMS show in Wolverhampton on 8th March.
Foreign Legion.

New 10mm Beau Geste Range picture 1

Little Wars Miniatures for full details.

Hitler's Swedes: A History of the Swedish Volunteers in the Waffen-SS

Hitler's Swedes: A History of the Swedish Volunteers in the Waffen-SS

Sweden was neutral during the Second World War, but despite this, thousands of Swedes wanted to participate in the war - the largest group in Finland, where over 10,000 Swedes applied to fight against the Red Army.

Another much smaller group which saw action against the same enemy was the Swedish SS volunteers. While the Danish and Norwegian SS volunteers are fairly well known today, their Swedish counterparts remain more unknown. Still, they saw action on both the Eastern Front and NW Europe, and participated in some of the bloodiest clashes: the initial stages of Operation Barbarossa, the winter of 1941/42, the battles of Kursk, Arnhem, Normandy, Narva, the Warsaw uprising, the Cherkassy and Kurland pockets and, finally, the end in Berlin. Compared to many other groups of volunteers, there was never an official recruitment drive in Sweden, which is why only some 180-200 men enlisted.

 Those who wanted to recruit themselves often had to make their way to the occupied countries - a fact which makes those Swedes who joined the SS volunteers in the truest sense. As such, this book is as much a history about the units which the Swedes served in, as it is a story about the individuals themselves. It also asks, who were they? What motivated them? What did they experience and how did their service end? With the help of diaries, letters, interviews, police interrogations and German documents from both private and official archives, the history of the Swedish SS volunteers is reconstructed:

The main focus is on those who served at the front, including volunteers in the 'Wiking', 'Nordland', 'Nord' divisions, minor units such as the Den Norske Legion, SS-Panzer-Brigade 'Gross' and the war correspondents of the SS-Standarte 'Kurt Eggers'. Also included are the Swedish non-combatants in the SS, such as the desk clerks within the SS-Hauptamt and security service personal of the RSHA. The book lets us follow individuals such as Hans Lindén, who was the first named Swedish volunteer to fall in action aged barely 19 years old; the unpopular Swedish SS officer Gunnar Eklöf; Elis Höglund, who after several years on the Eastern Front deserted and returned to Sweden; Gösta Borg, who volunteered for the SS a second time as he was denied the chance of becoming an officer in Sweden; and Karl-Axel Bodin, the only Swede to be included in the list of suspected criminals at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who joined the SD in March, 1945.

The book includes over 150 photos, everything from civilian photos, portraits from the men's time in the SS, pictures taken in the field, post-war photos and documents. Most are from the private albums of the volunteers and many are previously unpublished. Thoroughly researched from primary sources, and providing plenty of absorbing detail, this book is a valuable addition to the history of the SS, and the men who volunteered to serve in it.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Civil War submarines resurfaces

Civil War submarines resurfaces
Picture courtesy Marty Loschen
Rusted iron on the drought-exposed lower
reaches of Bowmans Inlet off Cross Bayou in Louisiana.

In Shreveport, Louisiana.   A local historian and urban archaeologist thinks he's solved a mystery: What happened to four Confederate submersibles known to be in Shreveport during the last two years of the Civil War, but missing in action since then.

Marty Loschen, director of the Spring Street Museum in downtown Shreveport, thinks he's found remnants of the hand-propelled craft in the banks of a branch of Cross Bayou about a half-mile west of where the Confederate Navy had a shipyard. At Cross Bayou's mouth on Red River, it was home to the leaky ironclad CSS Missouri and a fast packet, the Webb, whose presence overshadowed the humbler underwater vessels.

Several months ago, before recent rains raised water levels on Cross Bayou and its feeder streams, Loschen and his brother found decades-old rusted metal and some oddly formed tree roots whose shape suggested they had grown over something curved that had rotted or rusted away. The site was on a bank revealed by low water on Bowman's chute.

"It's breathtakingly beautiful out there," says Loschen, who spends much of his time exploring the more remote, forgotten and forbidding parts of old Shreveport. He points to the 1864 Venable map of the defenses of Shreveport which shows several small buildings near where he found the artifacts.

Civil War submarines resurfaces picture 1
Picture courtesy Marty Loschen
Rusted iron the drought-exposed lower reaches of
Bowmans Inlet. The site is now under at least 10 feet of water.

"There's your sub base," he said. "On the Venable map there's an island out there. My theory is if you're going to have a clandestine sub base, you're going to put it out there. Look, there are structures out there, near what I found out beached  it has to be."

He's waiting for another period of low water.

"It's under at least 10 feet of water now," he said. "I'm trying to wait for the water to go down to go see those subs."

Diver Ralph Wilbanks, who found the wreck of the submarine CSS Hunley off Charleston Harbor in 1995, visited Shreveport twice in the last 15 years to search for the local submarines at the behest of best-selling author Clive Cussler, who also drove the search for the Hunley.

Wilbanks and a team of well-known fellow diver-researchers performed sonar and magnetometer searches of Red River and parts of Cross Bayou and Cross Lake, finding traces of old trucks from the flapper era, a dock that once served as a ferry link between Shreveport and Bossier City before bridges were built across the Red, and the remains of a Civil War gunboat, the Iron Duke.

But Wilbanks never went as far back into the murkier and shallower waters of Cross Bayou. Loschen's sub site is just west of where Wilbanks' surveys stopped.

Civil War submarines resurfaces picture 2
Picture courtesy Marty Loschen
Ancient rusted iron, including straps
used to reinforce containers such as boilers, on the
drought-exposed lower reaches of Bowmans Inlet near Shreveport.

Loschen is a former student and protege of Louisiana State University Shreveport history professor and author Gary Joiner, who worked with Wilbanks and whose research over the last three decades revealed official records of the submarines' existence. Joiner thinks that while Loschen might have stumbled onto something, it isn't the lost subs.

"He's wrong," Joiner says, noting that metal straps aren't stiffening ribs. He pointed to the Hunley, predecessor to the Shreveport subs, built by the same engineers but incorporating improvements.
"(The local subs) had the same everything except they had one hatch instead of two on the Hunley," Joiner said. "They didn't have ribs. They were done in the fashion of a boiler."

There's evidence the Shreveport subs existed. Reports of Union spies in Shreveport, as well as Confederate reports, detail the appearance and dimensions of the submarines as well as operations to put mines in Red River for a Union invasion that never came. Five submarines were built, with one sent to the Houston/Galveston area in Texas, and lost in transit. The late historians and authors Eric Brock and Katherine Brash Jeter did considerable research on the subs and the Confederate Navy Yard and found documentation that a number of machinists and engineers who had built the Hunley and other submarines for the South were in Shreveport the last year of the conflict.

There have been similar significant archaeological discoveries in area waters.
Several decades ago, a fisherman on Red River in north Caddo Parish noticed something sticking out of a crumbling bluff. It turned out to be a wooden dugout canoe many centuries old, and one of the area's richest historical finds.

Known wrecks of Civil War-era vessels include the transport Kentucky, just south of the LSU-Shreveport campus, and the Union ironclad USS Eastport, sunk during the Red River Campaign of early 1864 near Montgomery, in Grant Parish.

Joiner thinks the lost subs are still under land or mud, probably in good condition, much like a Union ironclad that was in the Yazoo River for eight decades only to be salvaged in pretty good condition.
"If the subs are still around ... they would be in perfect condition if they have not been interfered with. Sandy mud is one of the best preservatives," he said.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Help save Trevilian Station!

Help save Trevilian Station!

As bloody combat raged for the second day at Trevilian Station, Lt. Edward Williston brought up Battery D of the 2nd U.S. Artillery to bolster a faltering line. Despite intense enemy musketry fire, Williston advanced, unlimbered his guns, and personally moved one 12-pounder into the line of fire. Round after round of canister plowed through the advancing Confederates. Enemy troops advanced right up to the muzzle of the gun, but Williston stood firm and ensured that the Union line held for as long as possible. For this act of “distinguished gallantry” in the largest and bloodiest all-cavalry battle of the war, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

The Civil War Trust now has the opportunity to save the very land where Williston bravely manned his guns on the second day of this crucial battle. With your help, we have already saved over 1,700 acres at Trevilian Station. Now, we can bridge the gap between two of those already-saved parcels of land with a further 70 acres of hallowed ground. Thanks to a $5.34-to-$1 match, we only need to raise $102,625 to ensure that the legacy of all who fought and died at Trevilian Station is preserved forever.


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Newline Designs: New 10mm Figures

Newline Designs: New 10mm Figures & Changes to Pack Contents

Newline Designs: New 10mm Figures & Changes to Pack Contents

New figures added to the current range, with Ancient Carthaginians available shortly.

Now Available
10mm Carthaginians
10R07 – Numidian/Moorish Light Cavalry

10R07 – Numidian/Moorish Light Cavalry

10CE04 – Celtic Slingers

10CE04 – Celtic Slingers

Also, please note, as of 1st February 2015, we are changing the number of chariots in a pack from six to four, and reducing artillery packs from six guns and crews to four guns and crews. This was an introductory offer, so please order before 1st February to take advantage of this offer.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Warband Rules

Warband Rules

We are extremely happy to announce that the first set of official Pendraken rules will be available very soon, Warband, written by Steve Hardy!

Warband provides all the rules you need to bring great battles between fantasy armies to your tabletop.

Using miniature figures and terrain, you can fight battles from the glorious sword and sorcery epics you've read about.
You can play games against your friends or competitive battles against worthy opponents.


Warband is designed to be simple to learn and difficult to master, and so it uses a single consistent task resolution method throughout the rules.  Whether you’re trying to get a unit of warriors to move, seeing how effective it’s shooting or fighting is, or how well it has defended itself, you’ll be using the same dice pool mechanism.  You determine the number of dice to roll and each result of 4+ is a success.  The more successes you roll, the better your units will do, and the more likely you are to win.  Simple!

Of course fighting a good tactical battle, getting your units into advantageous situations, and making effective command decisions will mean you’ll be far more likely to win.  Coming up with effective tactics for your chosen army to defeat your opponents is what will take you time to master.

So with Warband’s intuitive rules you’ll be fighting the battle not the rulebook, and hopefully having a lot of fun into the bargain!


You'll be able to decide which of the fantastic races you'd like to command and then construct your force from the lists provided.
Warband includes complete army lists for twelve armies, with abilities, options, spell lists, and descriptions including;
Barbarian men, Dark elves, Dragon men, Eldritch vampires, Goblins, High elves, Hill dwarves, Lizardmen, Samurai apes, Taurians, Undead, and Wood elves.

Army composition and optional upgrades are highly flexible, allowing you to build the force that best fits your style of play.  If you'd like to command a horde of bison riding barbarians, rampaging minotaurs, skirmishing ghouls, or serried ranks of deadly elven archers then you'll find something to suit you in the Warband rules.

The rules are currently at the printers and we're hoping to have the finished rulebooks with us very soon.  As well as the printed copies (available through the Pendraken website, priced at £16), there will also be pdf versions available through Wargame Vault (price to be confirmed).

To go with these new rules, we are giving our Fantasy ranges a complete overhaul to provide as much variety as possible.  The new ranges will feature larger packs of 25 assorted infantry, 12 assorted cavalry or 3 guns with crews, each priced at £4.50 per pack.  All of these packs contain maximum variety, with no two figures being the same!  Phil Lewis has spent a huge amount of time sculpting these, changing weapons, adding shields, cloaks or pouches, to make every figure different to the last.  As far as we know this level of variety has not been seen before in this scale, so we're really looking forward to getting these released and out there to complement the new rules!

The first two revamped ranges to be released will be the Hill Dwarves and the Goblins, each coming with a handy new army pack built around the Warband rules.

We're really excited about this and can't wait to get Warband released, along with the new ranges.

http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,11260.0.html

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Battle of Bunker Hill


The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on 17 June 1775. Mostly on and around Breed's Hill, during the Siege of Boston early in the American Revolutionary War.

Bunker's or Bunker Hill is an 1 10 feet high, near the neck of the peninsula on which Charlestown is situated, and which is divided from Boston by the Charles river. Learning that General Gage intended to occupy and fortify it, Colonel Prescott with 1,000 men was sent at night from Cambridge, the headquarters of the colonists, to anticipate the British. But they mistook, strange to say, for Bunker Hill another eminence called Breed's Hill, to the south of it, standing nearer to Charlestown and Boston, and entrenched themselves there before the morning. The eminence commanded the British camp, and, if armed with batteries, would have compelled the evacuation of Boston. When the entrenchment's were discovered, 3,000 regulars were sent to attack them, under Generals Howe and Pigot. Instead of landing at the isthmus of Charlestown so as to take the Americans in the rear, the troops, covered by the fire not only of the British batteries but of the fleet, marched straight up the hill. Two assaults on the entrenchment's failed, but General Clinton having joined the assailants with 400 men, a third was made. The Americans had exhausted their ammunition, and Colonel Prescott ordered a retreat, which was effected in good order, and though only one piece of artillery out of six could be carried off, they encamped at Prospect Hill, a mile from the battleground. As was natural, the loss of the assailants was the greater 226 killed and 828 wounded and missing, as against 115 killed and 337 wounded and prisoners on the American side. The battle had taken place in sight of Boston, whose roofs and steeples were crowded with spectators. These, besides the battle itself, had witnessed a sight which sank deep into the hearts of the American people, the burning of Charlestown by the British soldiers, provoked, it is said, by their having been fired on from its houses.

Orders of Battle

American Commander-in-chief William Prescott

1st Brigade, under the command of Israel Putman's

William Prescott's Massachusetts Regiment (250)
Fyre's Massachusetts Regiment (250)
Bridges's Massachusetts Regiment (250)
Israel Putman's 3rd Connecticut Regiment (200)
Massachusetts Artillery

2nd Brigade, under the command of Stark's

John Stark's 1st New Hampshire Regiment (300)
Reed's 3rd New Hampshire Regiment (300)
Massachusetts Artillery

3rd Brigade, under the command of

David Brewer's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Jonathan Brewer's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Little's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Whitcomb's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Dolittle's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Sargent's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Reed's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Woodbridge's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Massachusetts Artillery


British Commander-in-chief William Howe

1st Brigade, under the command of Robert Pigot

Clark's Light Infantry (300)
Abercrombie's Grenadiers (300)
5th Regiment of Foot (320)
38th Regiment of Foot (320)
Royal Artillery

2nd Brigade, under the command of Henry Clinton

43rd Regiment of Foot (320)
52nd Regiment of Foot (320)
Light Infantry (80)
Marine Battalion (160)
Grenadiers Battalion (80)

3rd Reserve Brigade, under the command of

47th Regiment of Foot (320)
1st Marine Battalion (400)
Copp's Hill Battery 3 x 28 pounders

Royal Navy Support, under the command of Samuel Graves

HMS Somerset
HMS Glasgow
HMS Lively
HMS Falcon
2 Floating Batteries
Armed Transport Symmetry

Download This Scenario


How it Played

Sources

Monday, 19 January 2015

European Weapons & Warfare 1618-1648

European Weapons & Warfare 1618-1648

Back in print is Eduard Wagner's classic study of warfare during the Thirty Years' War, covering the people, uniforms and lives of soldiers from generals to muleteers. A tour de force of the period, it is a veritable bible of reference material for anyone interested in the Thirty Years War (or English Civil Wars, as much of the content is suitable for that too).

Winged Hussar Publishing has published this new edition with the history enthusiast and wargamer in mind, and it will be a superb addition to your reference library.

European Weapons & Warfare 1618-1648 picture 1

This softback book has 196 full-color pages crammed with glorious illustrations and associated descriptive text

New Wooden Bridges From TimeCast

New Wooden Bridges From TimeCast

We have just released ten new wooden bridges to complement our flexible road and river sections.
A selection of unpainted wooden bridges

The wooden bridges are available in Narrow (6mm), Medium (10mm) and Wide (15mm) road widths, and are designed to fit the various widths of river and stream sections.

New Wooden Bridges From TimeCast picture 1

The models are suitable for most periods from the 15/16th Century to the modern day.

Full details can found on our website.

10mm American War of Independence Project

10mm American War of Independence Project

My 10mm American War of Independence Project (yes I know, yet again) another new wargaming project. This will be based around the Battle of Bunker Hill.

So this is the start 10mm American War of Independence (AWI) Project.

American War of Independence American Army
American War of Independence French Army
American War of Independence German Army
Painting American War of Independence American
Painting American War of Independence French
Painting American War of Independence German

American War of Independence Project Pictures
American War of Independence Art 

The rules I will be using are Black Powder.

The core of the army will be built using Pendraken Miniature's.

The Battle of Bunker Hill

American Order of Battle 

Commanders

William Prescott
Israel Putman's
John Stark's

William Prescott's Massachusetts Regiment
Fyre's Massachusetts Regiment
Bridges's Massachusetts Regiment
Putman's 3rd Connecticut Regiment
Massachusetts Artillery


John Stark's 1st New Hampshire Regiment
Reed's 3rd New Hampshire Regiment
Massachusetts Artillery


David Brewer's Massachusetts Regiment
Jonathan Brewer's Massachusetts Regiment
Little's Massachusetts Regiment
Whitcomb's Massachusetts Regiment
Dolittle's Massachusetts Regiment
Sargent's Massachusetts Regiment
Reed's Massachusetts Regiment
Woodbridge's Massachusetts Regiment
Massachusetts Artillery

British Order of Battle

Commanders

William Howe
Robert Pigot
Henry Clinton
Samuel Graves

Clark's Light Infantry (300)
Abercrombie's Grenadiers (300)
5th Regiment of Foot (320)
38th Regiment of Foot (320)
Royal Artillery

43rd Regiment of Foot (320)
52nd Regiment of Foot (320)
Light Infantry (80)
Marine Battalion (160)
Grenadiers Battalion (80)

47th Regiment of Foot (320)
1st Marine Battalion (400)
Copp's Hill Battery 3 x 28 pounders

HMS Somerset
HMS Glasgow
HMS Lively
HMS Falcon
2 Floating Batteries
Armed Transport Symmetry

28 April 2016

And for the time being this completes the American War of Independence British Army

14 January 2016

Some Grenadiers and artillery finished for my AWI project.















14 March 2015

Some Grenadiers finished for my AWI project

Some Grenadiers finished for my AWI project

February 2014

My carriage is finished

My carriage is finished

Some ladies and gentlemen for my AWI project

Some ladies and gentlemen for my AWI project

52nd Regiment of Foot completed


21 January 2015

The 43rd Regiment of Foot is finished I really enjoyed painting up this one.





43rd Regiment of Foot coming along nicely just details to add

14 November 2014

Some gun emplacements all finished the can be used for FIW, AWI and ACW

Some gun emplacements picture 1

Some gun emplacements picture 2

6 November 2014

Pendraken Starfort all finished complete with British and American flags which Malcolm Taylor very kindly did for me. However as the fort is in British control I can't see it being captured by the American traitors.


PS33 Star fort with outer ditch

5 November 2014

5th and 38th regiment of foot all based.

5th and 38th regiment of foot all based picture1

5th and 38th regiment of foot all based picture2

23 October 2014

First AWI regiment started 38th regiment foot

First AWI regiment started 38th regiment foot picture 1

First AWI regiment started 38th regiment foot picture 2

February 2012 

I entered Pendraken Painting Competition 2012 with their PS35 American Civil War (ACW) buildings which had painted earlier in the year.

PS35 ACW buildings

2012

I scratch built all of my American War of Independence (AWI) snake fencing you can find the complete guide to building these fences here.

ACW snake fencing

2012

My attempt to build a American Civil War (ACW) blockhouse which can be also used in the American War of Independence (AWI). And to be honest I'm rather pleased with how it turned out. You can see the full construction guide here.

ACW blockhouse

Pendraken Painting Competition 2014

Pendraken Painting Competition 2014

My entries into the Pendraken Painting Competition 2014!. To be honest I cannot believe that it has already come round to Pendrakens annual painting competition, and once I sorted through what I'd painted during 2013 continuing up to the end of February it's quite amazing to be honest I've actually managed to be able to enter 27 entries within the following categories. Foot - Pre 20th Century, Mounted, Open - Army, Open - Single Base, Vehicles.

Now its just a question of waiting to see what the judges like, however I'm not very hopeful considering the amount of high quality entries already especially as I class myself as just below-average to average.

Anyway all that is left to do is wish everybody good luck.

Categories:

Foot - Pre-20th C. - Min: 3 / Max: 16 figures on a single base, and pre-1900.

24th Regiment of Foot

24th Regiment of Foot picture 1

24th Regiment of Foot picture 2

24th Regiment of Foot

24th Regiment of Foot picture 3

24th Regiment of Foot picture 4

Natal Native Contingent

Natal Native Contingent picture 1

Natal Native Contingent picture 2

Natal Native Pioneers Corps

Natal Native Pioneers Corps picture 1

Natal Native Pioneers Corps picture 2

Royal Artillery, 5th Brigade

Royal Artillery, 5th Brigade picture 1

Royal Artillery, 5th Brigade picture 2

Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers picture 1

Royal Engineers picture 2

Foot - 20th C. - Min: 3 / Max: 16 figures on a single base/movement tray.

Mounted - Min: 3 / Max: 10 figures on a single base/movement tray.

Mounted Infantry

Mounted Infantry picture 1

Mounted Infantry picture 2

Natal Mounted Police

Natal Mounted Police picture 1

Natal Mounted Police picture 2

Newcastle Mounted Rifles

Newcastle Mounted Rifles picture 1

Newcastle Mounted Rifles picture 2

Vehicle - Single vehicle on or off base.

British Cromwell

British Cromwell picture 1

British Cromwell picture 2

British Crusader AA

British Crusader AA picture 1

British Crusader AA picture 2

British M10

British M10 picture 1

British M10 picture 2

British Sexton

British Sexton picture 1

British Sexton picture 2

British Sherman

British Sherman picture 1

British Sherman picture 2

Russian BA 64

Russian BA 64

Russian T34

Russian T34 picture 1

Russian T34 picture 2

Russian SU 152

Russian SU 152 picture 1

Russian SU 152 picture 2

Russian SU 76

Russian SU 76 picture 1

Russian SU 76 picture 2

Russian KV 1

Russian KV 1 picture 1

Russian KV 1 picture 2

Russian Katyusha

Russian Katyusha picture 1

Russian Katyusha picture 2

Russian KV 2

Russian KV 2 picture 1

Russian KV 2 picture 2

Russian IS 2

Russian IS 2 picture 1

Russian IS 2 picture 2

Fantasy & Sci-Fi - Anything Fantasy or Sci-Fi oriented, maximum base/movement tray size of 60x60mm

Open - Single Base - Anything which doesn't fit into the other categories, with a max base size of 100x100mm.  Includes single figures, artillery bases, command stands, etc.

Russian Command 1

Russian Command 1

Russian Command 2

Russian Command 2

Russian Command 3

Russian Command 3

Russian Command 4

Russian Command 4

Open - Army! - Armies, Units, Dungeons, whole table setups, anything!

Anglo Zulu War British

Anglo Zulu War British picture 1

Anglo Zulu War British picture 2

Anglo Zulu War British picture 3

Anglo Zulu War British picture 4

Anglo Zulu War British picture 5