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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Spartan Games – Update

Spartan Games Closure – additional information

First, the Directors would like to start out with a sincere thank you for all the messages we have received expressing sadness at our closure.  It is good to hear that our games brought you enjoyment over the years.

Alongside a considerable number of messages of support we have received hundreds of emails with questions.  We have made a start at answering them individually but with no remaining staff, this is proving impossible.  We would therefore like to answer the most commonly asked questions here.

1.       Will I receive the items I ordered from your online store or pledged for in the Dystopian Wars Expansion Kickstarter project?

Alas, for the most part, the answer is no.  If you have received an email notifying you that goods were dispatched then they are on their way.  Deliveries can take up to two to three weeks in different parts of the world so they may simply not have reached you yet.

However, if your goods have not left our building yet, unfortunately they can’t be sent.  We were committed to shipping everything that was in stock and ready to put skeleton staff in place to do so.  Unfortunately our accounts have been frozen so we have no way of paying for shipping charges and our landlords require the return of the premises.  We discussed this at length today with our advisors and although we explored lots of options, because we know customers have offered to cover postage and even collect goods, unfortunately we couldn’t find a way to make this work.

2.       Will stock that is remaining be available for sale?
There is a possibility that it will, although there is limited final product.  There are still details to be worked out but we are building a list of email addresses for those who might be interested in purchasing whatever items of products stock we have available.  This will include items built for the Kickstarter project.  We wish we could send them to you but, as explained above, this won’t be possible due to circumstances beyond our control.  If you want to be added to the mailing list, please send an email, if you have not already done so, to spartangames@mail.com with STOCK in the subject line.
3.       Who is handling the closure of the company?

This appointment is in progress but it takes time to follow the required procedures.  We will advise who this is once the process is complete.

4.       Has there been interest in the purchase of assets such as the product lines?

Yes, considerable interest and we are following up on this with our advisors.  Parties wishing to purchase assets should email spartangames@mail.com and their email will be acknowledged and their details passed on.

5.       Are you answering emails?

As explained here and in previous statements, staff have been made redundant so we have very limited resources to handle emails.  We are working through the hundreds we have received.  If the emails are about orders, we will not unfortunately, be able to acknowledge them individually and hope this statement explains the status.  If they are about individual stock purchases, we will add email address to the mailing list we are building.  If they are about purchase of assets, we will acknowledge and pass on the details.  If they are about anything else, we will answer where possible.  Other email addresses are no longer being monitored and will cease to exist in the coming days and weeks.

Again we would like to express our regret at the impact this closure has had on staff, customers and other trading partners.  We are doing all we can to minimise the impact and to do the best that we can under the circumstances.  Please bear with us and thank you again for your support at this difficult time.

Spartan Games

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Save 74 Acres at Appomattox Court House

Save 74 Acres at Appomattox Court House

Maj. Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his mixed brigade of New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians were up early on the morning of April 9, 1865. Marching toward the sound of firing, the Federals could only guess what might lie in front of them. Chamberlain’s men advanced in line of battle, up a ridge. As they crested the ridge, “there burst upon our vision a mighty scene.” It was the last stalwarts of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, holding their last battle line. As the Yankees advanced farther there was not much killing, or even hurting” a solitary figure on horseback appeared, bearing aloft a white flag. General Robert E. Lee and his vaunted army had surrendered. The Civil War at least in Virginia had at last come to a close.

I am writing today to ask for your help to save hallowed ground at Appomattox Court House, one of the most important places in American history. These 74 acres three properties which include a portion of the ground over which Chamberlain and his men made their last charge of the war are adjacent to Civil War Trust-preserved land and to Appomattox National Historical Park; one is a small-but-important property in the very heart of the park.

We have raised more than half of the funds needed to reach our goal of $386,500 and secure this land forever. Will you help us meet our goal? You are a key part in the fight to save our history. You are helping to ensure that future generations will be able to walk this land and understand the story of what took place here.

Please help us reach the finish line and reclaim these pieces of American history.

The Civil War Trust

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

SYW Austrian Photos from Pendraken Miniatures

kev1964's impressive work continues on our SYW ranges and we've got the Austrians all photo'd up and on the website now!  The Russians are next in line and we should have those done soon.




































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Osprey: August 2017 Book Vote

Osprey: August 2017 Book Vote

The Russian Navy of the Russo-Japanese War has stormed into the lead in this month's book vote, but we have four other titles fighting it out to join our New Vanguard series.

To read more about this month's options and to see last month's results, click here!

Vote Now!

Osprey Publishing Ltd

Charge Fleetwood Hill at Brandy Station

Charge Fleetwood Hill at Brandy Station

Two years ago, the Civil War Trust launched its Generations program in recognition of the need to engage and immerse young people in our nation's history. We’ve walked Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, charged the West Woods at Antietam, stood like Stonewall Jackson at Manassas, lived like soldiers at Petersburg, and engaged kids at several other events as well. Collectively, we’ve done this together, sharing our own passion for the subject with thousands of kids, grandkids, neighbors and friends.

And we have two new Generations events coming up in September, at Gettysburg and Brandy Station both free of charge! At Gettysburg, we will “Walk in the Footsteps of Heroes” on Saturday, September 2. We’ll stand like the soldiers of the Iron Brigade, reenact some of the battle movements, and march to Lee’s Headquarters, on the very ground where thousands of soldiers did the same! Register for the Gettysburg event here.

We are also very pleased to announce a brand-new event for Saturday, September 30: “Cavalry Charge at Brandy Station!” For the first time since the Battle of Brandy Station, we’ll stand just yards away as Union and Confederate cavalrymen pound up and down Fleetwood Hill, with flags waving and sabers slashing! Get up close with the horses as you maneuver in line of battle, learn to use your saber and find out how to respond to bugle calls. Register for the Brandy Station event here.

We hope you can join us and help instill a lifelong passion for history by bringing your son, daughter, niece, nephew, neighbor or friend as we walk in the footsteps (and hoof-steps!) of Civil War soldiers. Some lucky kids will get to don the uniforms of their choice and see the battlefield astride a horse! Both events are free to anyone who brings a young person, but registration is required.

The Civil War Trust

Monday, 28 August 2017

Indo China from Pendraken Miniatures

Matt J has been continuing his hard work on our post-war ranges and the next batch ready for the website is the entire Indo China range!  There's some really nice figures hiding in here so it's nice to be able to show them off with Matt's excellent paintwork.  This range can be found here:  and the images are below.









































Thanks again to Matt for all of his work on these ranges, much appreciated!