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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.

OBSERVATION POST
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.

THEME: WHY I LOVE DEATH IN THE DARK CONTINENT
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.

LAND OF THE LOST CONTENT
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.

THEME: A DAY OF NEW ADVENTURES
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.

RULES SHOWCASE: EXTERMINATE!
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….

THEME: A TALE OF THREE ARMIES
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.

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

THEME: MODELLING IDEAS – AFRICAN TERRAIN
Chris Peers shares some ideas on how to make your games set in the Dark Continent actually look like the Dark Continent.

TO KILL A KING
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.

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

SEARCH FOR Z
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.

THEME: BATTLE FOR EGYPT 1801
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.

RULES SHOWCASE: AETIUS AND ARTHUR
After several playthroughs, what does SAGA aficionado Dom Sore make of this latest supplement?

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

CLUB FOCUS: BOSCOMBE DOWN & AMESBURY WARGAMES CLUB
Our latest article in this series focuses on a UK based club with links to the military.

FIGHTING TALK: REGRETS
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?'.

Features:

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

25% Off eBooks, Miniature Modelling Competition and New Titles!

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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

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

New ECW Artillery Crew & WSS Dismounted Dragoons by Pendraken Miniatures

Another couple of revamps for you here, ticking off another couple of items we've been wanting to upgrade for some time.  First we've got some new ECW artillery crewmen to replace the existing 2 poses (+ foot officer) so this gives a lot more variation.  And then we've got some better dismounted dragoons for our WSS/Marlburian range, as the current ones were done by a different sculptor and have never quite matched in style.  We've had a horse holder done as well, just for some extra options.

ECW Artillery Crew:

ECW Artillery Crew:

WSS Marlburian Dismounted Dragoons:

WSS Marlburian Dismounted Dragoons:

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

New North & South Korean Sculpts by Pendraken Miniatures

Phil's been busily working on these for some months now and the first two sets have arrived here at Pendraken HQ.  With these North and South Koreans done, Phil's moving onto the Americans and Brits next.  We'll probably release these in two batches with the first lot due around the end of summer I'd expect.

North Korean (KPA)

Adv w/ rifle x 2 / Adv with LMG / Firing rifle / Firing carbine / Firing SMG / Kneeling firing:

Adv w/ rifle x 2 / Adv with LMG / Firing rifle / Firing carbine / Firing SMG / Kneeling firing:

Officers x 2 / Radio Op / Mortar crew x 2 / Throwing grenade:

Officers x 2 / Radio Op / Mortar crew x 2 / Throwing grenade:

Prone, firing rifle / Prone, firing LMG / Casualty / Tank Commander:

Prone, firing rifle / Prone, firing LMG / Casualty / Tank Commander:

South Korean (ROK)

Adv w/ rifle x 2 / Firing rifle / Firing carbine / Firing SMG / Kneeling firing:

Adv w/ rifle x 2 / Firing rifle / Firing carbine / Firing SMG / Kneeling firing:

Officers x 2 / Radio Op / Throwing grenade / Throwing satchel:

Officers x 2 / Radio Op / Throwing grenade / Throwing satchel:

Prone, firing rifle / Casualty:

Prone, firing rifle / Casualty:

More to come soon!

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Revamped 1860 Austrian Jager / Grenzer by Pendraken Miniatures

We had a bit of space in the sculpting schedule last month, so we got the Austrian Jager and Grenzer figures revamped.  These were the final codes in that range needing an upgrade so that completes those now and we can move away from the 1860's for a while!

Jagers in kittel

Jagers in kittel

Grenzers

Grenzers

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Monday, 22 May 2017

Last batch of 1849-66 Italians from Pendraken Miniatures

We've had the remaining sculpts through for our upcoming range of Italians for the Risorgimento period.  We're just waiting on the artillery pieces to arrive and then we'll be getting these into the moulding queue.

Garibaldini

Garibaldini:

Carabinieri Reali

Carabinieri Reali

Dragoons

Dragoons

Cavalleggeri (Early with lance)

Cavalleggeri (Early with lance)

Cavalleggeri (Later with sword/pistol, same command as above)

Cavalleggeri (Later with sword/pistol, same command as above)

Command (Officer / General / Garibaldi)

Command (Officer / General / Garibaldi)

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Saturday, 20 May 2017

10mm German Reiter (Riders) Kickstarter from Warmonger Miniatures

Warmonger Miniatures is running our fifth Kickstarter. Help us add this one to our list of success stories (Great Swords, Arquebusiers, Crossbowmen, Halberdiers).

In a nutshell, I'm a Warmaster gamer who's after a Dogs of War army where I don't have to worry about out-of-production models, conversions and size differences between ranges. 10mm Landsknechte fit the bill here, plus they could find a home in an Empire or historical army as well.

The Miniatures

Each unit of reiter is made up of twelve strips (12 figures total) you'll get one hero and one standard bearer strip each (the two on the left), and ten rank and file strips randomly selected from the five pictured below (the five on the right).

10mm German Reiter (Riders)


The figures are designed to fit on 20x40mm bases without too much of the figures hanging over (for easy ranking and base contact).

Add-ons

Extra units of reiter are available at a price determined by your pledge level:

$10.00 per extra unit if you pledged at the "Donation" or "2 Units" levels.
$9.50 per extra unit if you pledged at the "4 Units" level.
$9.00 per extra unit if you pledged at the "8 Units" level.
Bases will not be available this time as I can no longer source them locally.

Shipping

Once the units are ready to be shipped I will invoice you for an additional fee to cover postage (you can also add additional landsknecht units at this point too). Please note that these are estimates. I was liberal when calculating the weight of the units so hopefully they won't be higher. Add-ons will affect the cost of postage.

United States

$4.00 for 1 to 4 units.
$7.50 for 5 to 32 units.
$14.50 for 33 or more units.

Rest of the World

$15 for 1 to 4 units.
$24 for 5 to 22 units.
$37 for 23 to 54 units.
$60 for 55 or more units.

Risks and challenges

The reiter are sculpted and a master mold has been cut. If this Kickstarter fails to be funded I will still produce them just at a later date (after I've recouped some of the costs from other sales).

In terms of a time-frame, I figure production molding and casting from May to June, and shipping in June. If that changes you'll be seeing an update from me here.

Warmonger Miniatures

Reign of Anger, May 2017 Release from Aotrs Shipyards

Aotrs Shipyards is a webstore on Shapeways.com, a 3D print house which had production and shipping facilities located in the USA and the Netherlands.

This month, just in time for their debut tomorrow at Partian, we have the Reign of Anger Fire Support Vehicle and Sentry Drones for the titular Aotrs ground army (in 144th).

Reign of Anger Fire Support Vehicle

Reign of Anger Fire Support Vehicle

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The Reign of Anger is a refit of the old Rain of Fury fire support vehicle. The hull remains the same, but improved sensors have been added, as well as small shield generators. The biggest difference is that the Reign of Anger no longer carries a MRLS system (which has been outdated by the introduction of the Horde Semi-guided warhead munition). Instead it carries two sizeable Warhead Launchers. They have the same capacity as the Foul Wing Fighters but divided into two launchers on independent loads, rather than the four launchers attached to a large bay. This means the Reign of Anger can only load one type of warhead at once in each launcher (and typically the same in both). Despite this drawback, they are surprisingly effective. Most foes underestimate the Reign of Anger, believing (not unjustifiably) that it is the older Rain of Fury. This can come as something of a shock when it fires out warheads.

The Reign of Anger is even capable of heavy demolitions; they can manage to take a pair of Shatterer Heavy Anti-Starship munitions. The Shatterers are capable of blasting the heaviest planetary defences apart. In at least one recorded occasion, they have seen combat against starships! Elven forces attacked the Caradat Moon Base. With few available fighters and only a Subterfuge Scout Ship to fend them off, the commander created an unorthodox strategy. The base put up a token resistance before appearing to be disabled. Under cover of the engagement, the commander deployed a pair of Reign of Angers from a shipment that was due to go out in the transports. In the low gravity, they had to be tied down, and were not able to move. Fortunately, the Aotrs practise of making sure all vehicles are self-sealing enabled them to function. The Elven cruiser ignored them, and they were able to fire a spread of Shatterers from relativistically point-blank range as it moved over the horizon (a few scant miles away) to fire at the base. Because of the range and the cruiser flying in to a stop, they were able to use purely visual targeting to pinpoint the optimum targeting spots on the cruiser. As there no was sensor lock and no significant power source to detect (since the Reign of Angers were otherwise powered down, aside from just enough juice to power the actual firing system) there was no warning for the cruiser. As it lowered its shields to start teleporting marines down, the Reign of Angers fired. The warheads crippled the cruiser, and it retreated. Amazingly, the Reign of Angers both survived, and their crew and commander were decorated by the Lichemaster for heroism under fire above and beyond the call of duty.

Sentry Drones

Sentry Drones

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Sentry Drones are aerial recon drones, developed shortly after the Hunter Drones. They can be mag-clamped to almost any vehicle. They are equipped with a variety of stealth devices to lower its signature (though to keep the costs low, none of these are especially powerful). They have no weapons, but serve as less expensive and faster recon and target designation than Hunter Drones. They do not have shields and are considered completely disposable. They generally fly over the battlefield, spotting targets. While sensor array is primarily directed downwards, they have the appropriate targeting sensors and software, which combined with the battle management system, allows them to link in to other vehicles, and provide the targeting locks for missiles for indirect fire.

Reign of Anger and Sentry Drones

Sentry Drones are frequently attached to Reign of Anger detachments, as they are the ideal size for a pair to be mag-clamped to the missile launcher.

The photos (for a rare treat) are of the painted WSF models!

Still got a lot going on, but we may well be back to starships for next month (at least one is in the backlog); the Wodef Enclave fleet is one step close to release, and Accelerate & Attack creeps ever closer to the nebulous release! (I would dearly like to get it out for Other Partizan in August, but we'll see.)

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Friday, 19 May 2017

Update 1980s British Infantry from TimeCast

Our 10mm 1980s British Infantry will be available very soon, the masters are with the mold makers, and the figures will be in production as soon as we can get our hands on the molds.

Update 1980s British Infantry from TimeCast

The models have been sculpted with all the gear for 1984 – SLRs, SMGs, 58 pattern webbing, and the post-WWII-style steel helmet (often covered in camouflage material). A full range of support weapons (MGs, antitank weapons, and mortars) is included, plus forward observers and mortar fire controllers.

For those who dread the thought of painting 10mm DPM camouflage, the models can also easily be painted in a dark green to match the NBC suits which would have been worn for chemical protection at the beginning of any conflict with the Warsaw Pact.

Several new Soviet vehicles have been sent off to be put into molds. These include the BRDM-2 and some of its variants.

Work has also started on the first of the British vehicles – watch this space…

TimeCast

Generations Event in Pittsburgh, Memorial Day, Lee's HQ Open Houses, Staff Rides In4

Generations Event in Pittsburgh, Memorial Day, Lee's HQ Open Houses, Staff Rides In4

As Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army swept through central Pennsylvania in 1863, a wave of patriotism mixed with fear spread over the Keystone State. Many Pennsylvanians old and young alike rallied to the colors and joined the army to help protect their homes from the invading Rebel horde.

Now you and your loved ones can help us recreate that thrilling period in our nation’s history by joining us at our next Civil War Trust Generations event. Join us at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 24 as we enlist new recruits, teach them how to be soldiers, and ultimately defend Library Hill.

As with all of our Generation's events, we ask that you bring one person from another generation a child, grandchild, niece, or nephew to help share your love of history with the next generation of Americans.

Registration is free but space is limited, so register now to claim your spot.

Update on Lee’s Headquarters and Open House Dates

Thanks to your help and support we completed our restoration of the Widow Thompson House site of Robert E. Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg last year. We are now pleased to announce the house will be open several dates this year. Watch this video to learn more about the completion of the restoration process and see when you can enter Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg.

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Staff Rides in4

For more than a century, soldiers have used the battlefields of previous conflicts as outdoor classrooms, learning the lessons of history and applying them to today’s military. These military field trips are commonly known as staff rides. In our newest Civil War in4 video, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Doug Douds talks about the advent of staff rides and the lessons our modern military personnel learn by walking the battlefields of the past.

Memorial Day Activities

After the Civil War, men and women across the United States set aside one day each spring to commemorate the sacrifices of those who died to bring the nation back together. That holiday, now known as Memorial Day, has been a popular tradition ever since. Learn how you can honor the Civil War generation on this Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, by attending these historic sites.

The Civil War Trust