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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Kriegspiel Avalon Hill Designed by Tom Shaw 1970


I bought Kriegspiel off eBay with the intention of using it for my wargaming campaigns, I chose Kriegspiel as I could use it with all my wargaming periods. I was wondering if anybody else has used this for their wargaming campaigns and could maybe offer some tips.

"Kriegspiel is a full-scale wargame between two nations." In the advanced book it says "Of all the games in the Avalon Hill line this game is best suited for introducing novices to the growing science of game strategy." A basic traditional hex and counter turn based wargame, units having combat and movement factors. Combat results are done by computing odds (1-1, 1-2, 3-1, etc) and using a CRT by cross-referencing one of 4 defending strategies and 3 attacking strategies (no dice). Victory is by reducing the opponent to 20 combat factors or occupying all of the opposing cities. Advanced game adds reinforcements, weather, air power, supply, etc.

This article was originally published in issue 15 of Simulacrum, April 2002.

Players: 2 or more
Playing Time: 1-2 hours
Period: Modern (hypothetical)
Scale: Strategic
Turn: 1 month
Map: not specified
Unit: corps

Box: AH slipcase Bookcase Box.

Components: Two 16x8" mounted map sheets, double-sided instructions card, 16 page Battle Manual booklet, 45 die-cut counters, 2 identical sets of 4 defence cards, 2 identical double-sided Battle Table cards, 2 blue plastic map board clips, blue plastic parts tray (with shelf for map boards), yellow business reply postcard, magenta "Do A Friend A Favour" postcard, AH catalogue folder with prices valid through December 31, 1970.

Counter Manifest: 20 black (2 spares), 25 red (4 spares).

Card Manifest: Each set lettered A through D.


Avalon Hill says: "If you think you have what it takes to run a war . . . we present Kriegspiel . . . an extension of chess . . . the Knights, the Bishops, the Castles, the Pawns become units of infantry, armour, special forces, and mechanised troops. Here YOU command actual military forces in a modern setting. YOUR decisions alone determine each game's outcome. Kriegspiel contains no chance elements whatever (no dice, no chance cards, no spinners) -- it employs logic - tactics - strategy - the science of human behaviour."

The Avalon Hill Company History (1983) says: "Setting the state of the art back 5 years."

The reviewer says: "Resoundingly relegated to bottom position by both [SPI and AH] polls, the game is far too simple for experienced wargamers. Unfortunately, it is also of doubtful value to beginners. There are plenty of interesting rules: invasions, weather, prisoners, supply, and an intriguing diplomacy rule . . . The trouble is that the game's scale is too small, with the result coming after a few brisk firefights before any plan can really get underway." Nicholas Palmer in The Comprehensive Guide to Board Wargaming (1977.)


Comments: Kriegspiel came close to being a great little introductory wargame. Sales figures aside, it left a lot to be desired. For one thing, the rock-paper-scissors CRT mechanism felt forced here, unlike the period feel it added to 1776. Also, as pointed out by Palmer, the small size of the game made for limited game play value even though this was probably intended to make it more accessible to new gamers.

Kriegspiel may be the only AH game with colour coordinated map board backs one is black and the other is red, thus corresponding with the nations they depict. Kriegspiel was the first AH game released in 1970 and their first wargame to appear in the Bookcase Box. According to Strategy and Tactics #53, it was also the first wargame to utilise a matrix CRT and geomorphic maps. 

The game's origin may have constituted a "first" as well -- reportedly James Dunnigan could not deliver another freelance design which was scheduled to be released at the March 1970 American Toy Fair, so Shaw put Kriegspiel together at the last minute. Despite these inauspicious origins, AH still managed to sell 86,000 copies of the game in several years.


Kriegspiel rules folder and Battle Manual

The GENERAL Vol.6,No.6 “COVER STORY: Kriegspiel - The Stock Market Game” (Commentary)

Now in various stages of delivery to retail stores all over the country are Avalon Hill's two new games: Kriegspiel and The Stock Market Game. Subscribers will soon receive complete descriptive literature on both titles in our annual Spring mailing. Direct orders will be honoured starting April 1 - not before. However, most stores will have these titles in stock during most of March.

The GENERAL Vol.7,No.2 The Question Box - Kriegspiel, The Battle of the Bulge

Q. You state in Game I instruction that "No square may hold more than one unit - stacking of units on the same square is not allowed." My question is can a supply wagon be placed on a unit for protection as is the case in Afrika Korps?"
A. Yes. In this case, the supply wagon retreats with the combat unit and can be captured only if (1) the combat unit is elim AND (2) attacker advances into sq containing the supply wagon.

Q. In game I1 under the heading of Advances and Retreats - "Ignore all terrain movement restriction. Instead, consider all terrain as clear terrain when ordered to advance or retreat." Therefore, can an armoured infantry go through a forest square or a mountain square?
A. No. Advances that were prohibited before are still prohibited. Advances are not slowed down,
however.

Q. To capture a nuclear launch area must I remain in that square (example JJ-1 I) until the end of the turn or can I simply pass right through the square to capture it?
A. Remain until end of turn.

Q. If I just captured his rocket launch area (on let's say turn 4) may I fire the rockets that I captured on turn 4, or must I wait until turn 5? If after I leave his rocket launch area which I just captured, and he now recaptures his rocket launch area by placing a unit there are the remaining rockets which were not destroyed or shot off by me - his or mine?
A. Wait until turn 5. Yours - you move them immediately to your launching site.

Q. I have just captured H4 and released my prisoners. My question is what if my capital city
is in enemy hands - can I reactivate my prisoners at another city or what?
A. You must wait until your capital is back in your hands.

Q. Under air power in Game two - air power factors may only fly once, attack and then are
destroyed. Is this true? Or can they be used again?
A. They may be used only once.

Q. If my opponent controls my prisoner square H-4 does this mean that whenever I am forced to take prisoners that they are automatically reactivated in my opponents capital city?
A. No. Keep them in your dead pile until your opponent moves off H-4. On a following turn he can move back on and release his prisoners.

Q. Can Replacement factors and air power factors combine to form replacement factors?
A. No.

Q. I have a unit on GG8. Can my opponent travel by sea from DD8 through GG8 and land on beach square IIIO?
A. Yes.

Q. Under "Fortifications" you state that a fortified unit does not have to retreat. My question is if the attacker call Blitzkrieg can he advance 4 squares (or go in some other direction) when the fortified unit doesn't retreat?
A. Yes.

Q. Can a paratroop move into a city in one turn and still fly that turn?
A. No.

Q. Does this apply to sea movement too?
A. Yes.

Q. Can a supply wagon fly with a paratroop or can they travel long distances by sea with a special forces units?
A. No. They cannot fly, but they can move 10 squares over any terrain (including seas).

Q. May a surrounded unit use the abandon position or fighting withdrawal cards?
A. Yes.

Q. Under Game 2 Rules, may paratroops be used to free prisoners (even though it would be behind enemy lines); where would they start?
A. Yes. Start at normal place.

Q. May paratroops be used to capture missile centers (behind enemy lines); and where would the missiles be placed?
A. Yes. Home missile center.

Q. If Special Forces Units are on a coastal city square, can they invade any beach square. even if the beach squares are not connected to the city by water squares?
A. Yes.

Q. When troops are on mountains during snow, do they have a zone of control?
A. Yes.

Q. May Mountain Units retreat or advance from these squares during snow after battle?
A. No.

Q. Are troops in general allowed to advance or retreat after combat through often otherwise illegal squares because of weather and, or terrain?
A. No.

Q. If the inferior side wanted to call his opponent to a round-table, why would the opponent ever choose other than Option D? 
A. Situation at hand often dictates a better deal with options A, B and particularly D.

Q. May rockets be fired when no attacks are allowed?
A. No.

Q. What is to prevent someone from refusing to leave the enemy country if he is negotiated to do so, but he is behind and knows that the other person will eventually wish to forfeit 8 units to continue the game?
A. He is required by rules to abide by the ruling for at least two turns as stated bottom page 12.

Q. If you currently hold the enemy's prisoner of war camp and some of your forces surrender, do you just get them right back the next turn on your capital city?
A. No. The enemy must recapture the prisoner of war camp and then you recapture it to free prisoners.

The GENERAL Vol.7,No.3 Kriegspiel – “Game Theory, Attrition, & the Kriegspiel Battle Tables” (Discussion) T.A. Brown

Many appealing features of Kriegspiel is the new Battle Table, which resolves combat with a matrix game in place of the roll of a die. Th: theory cf matrix games is explained very simply in J. D. Williams'. "The Complete Strategyst." (McGrew·1·1il1, 1954), and in more depth in M. Dresher‘s, "Games of Strategy. Theory and Application" (Prentice-Hall, 1961). In this article we shall apply this theory to analyse battles in which both sides are primarily interested in the difference between their losses and those of the enemy; in the relative attrition. of' course, in actual plays of Kriegspiel there are many other factors which affect the players’ decisions in a particular combat: Capturing a city,

annihilating special forces and airborne units, cutting a line of communication, capturing a key position, and speeding up or retarding the pace of combat may all affect a player's decision in ¤ particular combat. Indeed, the game would quickly lose interest if optimal play could he reduced to a mathematical formula Nevertheless, serious players should be interested in what constitutes optimal play in single battles from the standpoint of attrition only. Let's suppose that an armoured division (corn  but factor 8) attacks an infantry division (combat factor 4) in the open. If "D-Elim" results then the attacker loses nothing and the defender loses 4 factors, so the net gain to the attacker is +4. If "A-Elim, D-Elim" results, the net gain to the attacker is -4; and so on. The net gains may be tabulated as follows:

there could be any number of outstanding, usable new concepts floating around lust waiting to be "discovered" under happenstances similar to the matrix story.

Putting to use such "discoveries" has been one of the major benefits of organisations such as the IFW of which Gary Gygax is a long-standing member, Spartan International, St. John's UMSC, and Poultron Press. These organisations are well equipped and geared to consolidate bits and pieces of design ideas into amateur wargames of their own. Among the many respected games developed within the ranks of the IFW is "Fight in the Skys" which has been displayed annually at the Lake Geneva Conventions becoming an integral part of their tournament programs. Other amateur designs are so numerous that it would be difficult to name an historical area around which no one has designed a passable game. There is certainly no shortage of qualified wargame designers. Many such games, of course, follow traditional patterns of design. A few don'!. And it is these designs that have formed the basis of Poultron Press' (publisher of S&T Magazine) Test Series Games. Resident designers James F. Dunnigan and Redmond Simonsen, along with a host of qualified staff editors, are quite adopt at molding fragments of outstanding design ideas into games that are fresh and original. Not all of their games make it. But those that do are often germinated by amateurs who submit their own ideas at random.

As Gygax recently pointed out, "the next time you and your friends are discussing wargame ideas, make a note of the novel ones; who knows what will develop. Your notion about improving wargaming may be just the innovation a game Publisher is looking for." The Matrix matrimony has certainly proved this point for Avalon Hill . ..

It is clear that the defender in such a battle should never "Hold-at-all-costs" - since "Stand- fast" is as good or better regardless of what the attacker does. If the defender "Abandons Position" 1/4 of the time, "Withdraws" 1/2 of the time, and "Stands Fast" 1/4 of the time, then the expected net gain to the attacker will be -1, regardless of what he does, That ls. in a series of one hundred such battles, the attacker will, on the average, lose one hundred more combat factors than does the defender. On the other hand, if the attacker "Engages“ with probability 1/4, "Assaults” with probability 1/2, and "Blitzes" with probability 1/4, then the expected net gain to the attacker will be -1, regardless of what the defender does. Thus -1 is called the "value of the game“ to the attacker. If both players follow the optimal strategies (which are unique, by the way) then the attacker will, on the average, lose one more combat factor than the defender for each such battle fought.

The calculation of values and optimal strategies depends on the forces engaged and whether or not the defence factors are doubled. Such calculations are not always easy. Therefore Kriegspielers who wish to use the concepts of game theory in formulating their war-plans should End the accompanying table of values and optimal strategics fur various typical encounters quite useful. The optimal strategies are, in most cases. not unique. For example, if two infantry divisions attack a single infantry division in the open, any strategy which gives equal probabilities to "Ass:iu1t“ and “l31itz" is optimal.

Readers who detect errors in the table, or who have specific questions about the application of game theory to Kriegspiel. should write: me C/O Operations Research Branch, Land Combat Division, Fleet Air Arm, 4359 Camello Road, Woodland Hills, California 91364.

The GENERAL Vol.7,No.4 Kriegspiel – “Kriegspiel PBM” (Variant Discussion) L. Mitchell Wein

The last couple of months I've been using a PBM method that may interest Kriegspiel fans. This method eliminates the use of stocks and allows the defender almost the same strategic freedom as FTF. Attacker would fill in columns (a), (b), (c), (i), and (k) only. He would then record (d) for each attack No. on scrap paper and mail map sheet to defender. Defender would record actual defence A, B, C or D on map sheet in (e) for each attack No. The morning of the closing transaction date, simultaneously attacker would mail copy of (d) to defender and defender would mail map sheet to attacker. Attacker would then fill in (d), (g) and (h) and mail new map sheet (attacker's new positions filled in) to defender with the old map sheet. Units would be eliminated by attacker in attack No. l (defender units eliminated should match CRT results exactly if possible, otherwise units with lowest factors - but at least factors stated). Then attacker would execute movement for attack No. I. After resolving attack No. 1 completely, attack No. 2 would be started. Thus, even though attacker would know CRT results for all attacks before resolving any of them, each individual attack would be resolved in a manner similar to FTF. Required penalty - any letter postmarked one day later than the closing transaction date forfeits the game. Military mail should be mailed one day early due to late pickup.

The GENERAL Vol.9,No.2 The Question Box - Kriegspiel,

Q. Does the defender surrender his units before or after the result of combat is known if he wants them to become prisoners rather than risk their elimination?
A. Before.

Q. When battle odds are 2:l or greater and the unit is surrounded with no escape route, can the defender still select any defence card?
A. Yes, but if he chooses A or B, he is naturally eliminated after the combat. However, the attacker is still subject to losses sustained in the attack.

The GENERAL Vol.10,No.2 Kriegspiel – “Advanced Kriegspiel Theory” (Variant Discussion) Mike Shefler

Were forced to retreat two squares, or if it were already in its second step, then of course it would be eliminated anyway. B. Fortifications - Units flipped over to make a fort are not reduced in step (they may be turned right side up again if you decide to destroy the fort). For convenience in keeping track of which units have been reduced and which haven't, I suggest that units which have been reduced in strength not be permitted to make forts. Any unit may occupy a fort. C. Replacements - Replacements must be brought in at full strength. Thus, an 8-6 which had been reduced to a 4-5 and then eliminated must be brought in as an 8-6 at a cost of 8 replacement factors.

PRISONERS - The POW camp may be located anywhere in your home country on a non city square. If you capture your enemy's POW facility then your prisoners re-enter the game from that square, at their second step. Prisoners can escape from an un-garrisoned POW camp without outside help using the prisoner escape chart. However, if you roll the die for a prison break and it is unsuccessful, you must remove one of the prisoners to the dead pile. If there is an enemy unit on his POW camp, then your units cannot escape by themselves. Otherwise, use the following table. Prisoners which escape do so at the beginning of their turn and enter the game at their second step.


NUCLEAR WEAPONS - When you capture one of your opponent's launching sites, the capturing unit takes custody of the nuclear weapons stored there. You do NOT immediately transfer them to your launching site, the capturing unit must do so. It can transfer the captured rockets to another unit by moving adjacent to it. To avoid unnecessary bookkeeping, no partial transfer of nuclear weapons between units is allowed. If the unit which is holding the captured nuclear weapons is itself destroyed, the weapons.
it was carrying are also destroyed. If the unit surrenders in battle, then it must also surrender the weapons to one of the attacking units, which may next turn carry these nuclear weapons back to their launching site. Captured nuclear weapons cannot be fired until the turn after they have been moved to their launching site.

Here are some optional rules which may be of interest to the wargamer who goes all-out for complexity.

Tactical Nuclear Weapons
Black 3-4's and Red 4-4's which are not special forces carry one short range tactical nuclear weapon (TNW) apiece. These TNW's have a range of three squares but may not be fired at a target which is in the zone of control of one of your units. They are fired after the movement portion of the turn. A die roll of 5 or 6 means that all units in the target square are eliminated and if it is a city square, it may not be used for supply or replacement purposes for one turn. A roll of 3 or 4 means all snits in the target lose one step and no movement is allowed through that square for one turn. A roll of 1 or 2 means the attack has no effect. Fortifications are protected enough from TNW's so that a roll of 1, 2, 5, or 6 has no effect, while a roll of 3 or 4 has the same effects as above. Each unit carrying TNW's may fire only once during the entire game, and if eliminated before they can fire, they lose the ability to do so, even if brought in again later in the game. To make up for the advantage that Red has under this rule (9 TNW's to 3 for Black), try starting both Red and Black with 14 units and/or giving Black one additional ICBM and two additional rockets in his initial nuclear inventory.

ABM system
Each side accumulates, beginning with the first turn and provided his capital city is unoccupied by enemy units, four ABM's per turn. When a nuclear attack is launched by your opponent, he specifies only one target square. You may try to intercept his missiles before they reach their target(s) by using as many ABM's per nuclear attack as you wish, up to the number you have accumulated. ABM's may not be used against TNW's. Use the following chart to determine if the missile is intercepted (if not, then the attack was successful).

Kriegspiel Downloads

My Kriegspiel Downloads

My Kriegspiel Adaptations

Sources

The GENERAL Vol.6,No.6 “COVER STORY: Kriegspiel - The Stock Market Game” (Commentary)
The GENERAL Vol.7,No.2 The Question Box - Kriegspiel, The Battle of the Bulge
The GENERAL Vol.7,No.3 Game Theory, Attrition, & the Kriegspiel Battle Tables” (Discussion) T.A. Brown
The GENERAL Vol.7,No.4 Kriegspiel PBM(Variant Discussion) L. Mitchell Wein
The GENERAL Vol.9,No.2 The Question Box - Kriegspiel,
The GENERAL Vol.10,No.2 Advanced Kriegspiel Theory (Variant Discussion) Mike Shefler
The GENERAL Vol.11,No.4 Kriegspiel – “Reader Buyer's Guide Submission Form” (Insert)
The GENERAL Vol.11,No.5 Reader Buyer's Guide - Kriegspiel

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

10mm Trenches & Embankments

10mm Trenches & Embankments

These 10mm trench line models can also be used as 10mm embankments and earthworks.

10mm Trenches in 25mm Divisions
These 10mm-scale embankments are designed as models for marking trench lines in front of figure bases, especially for bases 25mm wide. One ‘division’ is a little over 25mm to be able to accommodate a 25mm-wide base.

The sections are designed to be finished off by having their embankments filled with a modelling compound or paste such as widely available spackle or grout filler.


Crenelated Trench Section T25-10mm-01

Crenelated Trench Section T25-10mm-01 front

Crenelated Trench Section T25-10mm-01 back

Each crenelated trench section has three full divisions and ends of half-wide divisions. The model is 113mm long.

50mm Position Trench Section T25-10mm-02

50mm Position Trench Section T25-10mm-02 front

50mm Position Trench Section T25-10mm-02 back

The position is a little over 50mm wide. The ends are half-wide divisions. The model, like T25-10mm-10, is a little over 84mm long.

Observation Trench Section T25-10mm-03

Observation Trench Section T25-10mm-03 front

Observation Trench Section T25-10mm-03 back

The observation trench is a little over 10mm wide. The ends are half-wide divisions.

Communication Trench Section T25-10mm-10

This straight communication trench model, like T25-10mm-02, is a little over 84mm long - equal to three divisions

Inward Wedge Trench Section T25-10mm-04

Inward Wedge Trench Section T25-10mm-04

Inward Wedge Trench Section T25-10mm-04

This wedge section is designed to add bends to trench lines or simply give them a more natural look.

Outward Wedge Trench Section T25-10mm-05

Outward Wedge Trench Section T25-10mm-05 front

Outward Wedge Trench Section T25-10mm-05 back

This wedge section is designed to add bends to trench lines or simply give them a more natural look. The model is one division wide.

Inward Corner Trench Section T25-10mm-06

Inward Corner Trench Section T25-10mm-06

This section can be used as a corner or as an end of a trench line. The model is half a division wide.

Outward Corner Trench Section T25-10mm-07

Outward Corner Trench Section T25-10mm-07

This section can be used as a corner or as a junction of a trench. The model is one division wide.

End Trench Section T25-10mm-08

End Trench Section T25-10mm-08

As end sections these models have only one connecting end. Pack comes with one left and one right end section. The models are half a division wide.

L-Shape End Trench Section T25-10mm-09

L-Shape End Trench Section T25-10mm-09




As end sections these models have only one connecting end. Pack comes with one left and one right end section. The models are half a division wide.



The ‘connects’ – the end shapes where the sections connect – on each section are all the same shape. The outline of the shape follows the level of the ‘ground’ that should be sculpted with modelling paste. If the models are to be used as trenches, the ground level should not be lower than the walls of the trenches at the top of the walls.


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Soon to be released American Civil War supplement for Black Powder

Soon to Be released American Civil War supplement for Black Powder

This is the artwork being worked upon for our soon-to-be-released American Civil War supplement for Black Powder.

The manuscript for the book has been worked upon for some time now, with various iterations being shown at some of the recent shows across the globe – the illustrations, photography, and maps are being worked upon now in time for release in 2016.

Preview American Civil War book cover art.

Warlord Games

Back issues of Charge

Back issues of Charge

Charge! was a digitally printed colour “fanzine” / newsletter that came with annual membership dues to the Johnny Reb Gaming Society. It usually ran between 25-30 pages and had 2-4 original scenarios for regimental-level American Civil War miniature wargaming.

Electronic copies of all of our back issues are available for downloading for only $2.99 each from the Wargame Vault. We also have American Civil War scenario books and army lists available on-line at the Wargame Vault.

CHARGE 1 through 8

CHARGE 9 through 16

CHARGE 17 through 24

After chatting with Scott Mingus he very kindly made a master bundle of all the back issues of CHARGE, above are the previous bundles and below is the new master bundle.

CHARGE! Master Bundle 1 through 41

CHARGE! Civil War wargaming

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Lancer Miniatures, Release Chasseurs

Lancer Miniatures, Release French Napoleonic Chasseurs

Chasseur a Cheval x 4


Lancer Miniatures, Release AWI

British Command 1 Officer 1 Drummer 2 Standard Bearers


British Grenadiers


Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas Everybody 2015


Wherever you are in the world, and whoever you’re with, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading my blog this year, whether you’ve been around since the beginning or just started following last week, it’s been a joy to have you reading along, and I look forward to many more conversations in 2016!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Osprey Pre-Order Finland at War, The Continuation & Lapland Wars 1941-45

Osprey Pre-Order Finland at War: The Continuation & Lapland Wars 1941-45

In the aftermath of the Winter War, Finland found itself drawing ever closer to Nazi Germany, eventually joining them in Operation Barbarossa in 1941. What started as a chance to right the wrongs of the Winter War soon descended into years of uneasy trench warfare, followed by a harsh armistice that forced the Finns to take on their erstwhile German allies in Lapland. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and first-hand accounts, this second volume of a two-part study details the high-price Finland had to pay to retain its independence and freedom.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Osprey, The History of the Panzerwaffe Volume 1

Osprey, The History of the Panzerwaffe Volume 1

The Germans transformed armoured warfare from a lumbering and ponderous experiment in World War I into something that could decide the outcome of conflicts. This technical and operational history is the definitive guide to the legendary Panzerwaffe, from its very infancy to the days when it made Europe its garden path at the height of Nazi German power. With rare and revealing combat reports, along with photographs sourced from previously unseen private and archival collections, it uncovers the technical and operational stories of the formidable armoured beasts that formed the backbone of the German war machine - tanks such as the Panzer I, II and 38(t).

A German national, Thomas Anderson is a specialist in German armored fighting vehicles of World War II. He has spent decades researching in archives throughout Germany and the rest of Europe to discover little known facts and never previously published photographs of the might of the Panzerwaffe. A modeler, he regularly contributes to popular modeling and historical magazines across the globe including Military Modelcraft International (UK), Steel Art (Italy), Historia Militar (Spain) and Batailles & Blindes (France) as well as many others.

1 Laying the foundation - pre-war establishment 
2 The seizure of Czechoslovakia - backing the Panzerwaffe 
3 Poland - the ordeal 
4 France - at eye level 
5 The Balkans - the unwanted campaign 
6 Russia - an overmighty opponent? 
7 1942 - upgrading the Panzers 
8 North Africa - defeat instead of superiority 
9 Dark prospects - Waiting for the new tanks 
10 Tank recovery and repair 1935-42


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Osprey, Tiger Tank Available to Pre-Order

Osprey: Tiger Tank Available to Pre-Order

The most famous tank of World War II, the Tiger was a monster of a machine that dominated the battlefields of Europe and beyond. Originally conceived in response to the German Army's experience fighting British tanks in western Europe and North Africa, the Tiger cemented its reputation of near invincibility during the savage battles of the Eastern Front.

This is a complete illustrated guide to one of the world's most famous fighting vehicles, exploring its history, its strengths and weaknesses and its combat performance as it duelled against the best the Allies had to give. Drawing on a wealth of research, detailed illustrations and contemporary photographs, this book reveals how this remarkable tank became an icon of military history.

Marcus Cowper was born in London, UK, and studied medieval history at the universities of Manchester and Birmingham. Having worked for Osprey Publishing as an editor, since 2002 he has been the co-owner of Ilios Publishing, specializing in military history publishing. He is the author of a number of titles, including Fortress 55: Cathar Castles: Fortresses of the Albigensian Crusade 1209–1300, and lives and works in Oxford, UK.

Introduction Chronology Design and Development Technical Specifications Crews, Training and Organisation Tigers vs Allied Armour Index

Available to Pre-Order!

Osprey Publishing Ltd

Friday, 18 December 2015

Good Ground LLC, Offering Painting Services

Bill Moreno of Good Ground Miniatures is proud to announce that we are now offering painting services through our new partnership with Jeff Gatlin Legions Painting Service.

Jeff does a fabulous job of bringing out the fine details of our beautifully sculpted 10mm ACW miniatures.

14th Brooklyn

Good Ground can ship your figures directly to Jeff. He paints them quickly and to a very high standard for a reasonable price.

Prices and other details are available on the site. Just follow the above link.

We Will Soon Offer Fully Painted Regiments on the Site!

Jeff's Painted Yanks

Yanks painted as Army of the Cumberland Bummers

Jeff's Painted Rebs

Mid-Late War Confederates

Jeff's Iron Brigade

Iron Brigade in Fighting Poses

Jeff's Confederate Cavalry

Confederate Cavalry

Jeff's Painted Guns

Confederates With a Captured U.S. Napoleon & a U.S. 6lb Wiard Rifle

All of the above figures were painted by Jeff. Please visit our site for details on this, and on all the great 10mm figures available from Good Ground LCC.

Preserve Appomattox, The Site Of Lee's Surrender

Preserve Appomattox, The Site Of Lee's Surrender

Save 202 acres where the Civil War ended!

Many of you are familiar with the story of Appomattox where Grant and Lee sat down together and began the process of “binding the nation’s wounds” after four years of unprecedented warfare. But before the surrender, there was an intense battle on this same land.

One hundred fifty years later, we have an opportunity to buy three properties - one large tract, and two smaller ones - for a total of 202 acres at the exact place where the soldiers took part in their last battle. I’m asking for your help to raise $50,000 to save 202 acres where these men fired their final shots.

This property will put us one step closer to completing the preservation of Appomattox battle ground. Other charitable foundations have recognized the importance of this land and have made contributions. As part of the purchase price, we will also stabilize the historic Morton House that is situated on the property.

Numerous accounts, both Federal and Confederate, describe the still-intense fighting in this area of the battlefield, on April 9, 1865, even while truce flags were circulating along other portions of the lines.

Please help me save 202 acres at the place where the Civil War ended! »

This land needs to be preserved so future generations can learn about this important period in our nation’s history.


Monday, 14 December 2015

Give the Gift of Battlefield Preservation this Season!

Give the Gift of Battlefield Preservation this Season!

Give the Gift of Battlefield Preservation this Season!

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Lancer Miniatures Release, 19th Century Townhouse

 Lancer Miniatures release, two 19th century townhouse

A 19th Century Townhouse (Variant 1) picture 1

A 19th Century Townhouse (Variant 1) picture 2

A 19th Century Townhouse (Variant 1) used through many parts of europe ideal for Napoleonic gaming. Townhouse as tiled roof, and exposed external beams.

A 19th Century Townhouse (Variant 1) picture 1

A 19th Century Townhouse (Variant 1) picture 2

A 19th Century Townhouse (Variant 2) used through many parts of europe ideal for Napoleonic gaming.  Townhouse as tiled roof, and exposed external beams and as an overhang of the first floor.

Lancer Miniatures

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Pendraken Miniatures Release, Toldi IIa

Just a small release this weekend for all those WWII Hungarian players, with the Toldi II!  This was produced in slightly higher numbers than the Toldi I (110 vs 80) but then only 80 of those 110 were modified with this 40mm gun, named Toldi IIa.

We've actually had this model at Pendraken HQ for quite some time but for some reason it was never released...  Embarrassed  It's here now though!

WWII Hungarian
HU2   Toldi IIa   £2.60

HU2   Toldi IIa

Warband Wood Elves Now Available

It's been a while since our last new Warband range, but we've now got the Wood Elves all moulded and released!

Warband Wood Elves Now Available

As with all Warband ranges, the packs contain maximum variety, so 25 different sculpts in the foot packs and 12 in the cavalry.  These new packs contain a lot more new sculpts, plus some oft-requested longer bows as well!  And we've also got new command and mage groups, including a special tree stump and 'Sciuridae, the squirrel of Power'...!  (If you prefer your stumps a little less rodenty, you can knock him off with the flick of a craft knife.)

Wood Elves
FAN-WEL1 - 25 x Warriors
FAN-WEL2 - 25 x Archers
FAN-WEL3 - 12 x Wild Riders
FAN-WEL4 - 5-man Command Group
FAN-WEL5 - 4 x Mages with tree stump
(packs are £4.50 each, command/mages are £1.50)

Army Pack: Contains 3 packs of Warriors, 2 packs of Archers and 1 pack each of Wild Riders, Command, and Mages, plus 8 x MDF bases.  Priced at £27.00


And some pics:

FAN-WEL1 - 25 x Warriors

FAN-WEL1 - 25 x Warriors

FAN-WEL2 - 25 x Archers

FAN-WEL2 - 25 x Archers

FAN-WEL3 - 12 x Wild Riders

FAN-WEL3 - 12 x Wild Riders

FAN-WEL4 - 5-man Command Group

FAN-WEL4 - 5-man Command Group

FAN-WEL5 - 4 x Mages with tree stump

FAN-WEL5 - 4 x Mages with tree stump

The next new Warband army shouldn't be too far away either, with the Lizardmen sitting in Pendraken HQ ready for molding.