Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Animals in the Great War (Images of War)

Animals in the Great War (Images of War)

Tails from the Great War throws a spotlight on the experience of creatures great and small during the First World War, vividly telling their stories through the incredible archival images of the Mary Evans Picture Library. The enduring public interest in Michael Morpurgo's tale of the war horse reveals an enthusiasm for the animal perspective on war, but what of the untold stories of the war dog, the trench rat or even the ship's pig? Through unrivalled access to rarely seen illustrated wartime magazines, books and postcards, discover the sea lions who were trained to detect submarines, and witness the carcass of the 61ft mine-destroying wonder whale. Meet the dog that brought a sailor back from the brink of death, and inspired a Hollywood legend. See how depictions of animals were powerfully manipulated by the propaganda machine on both sides, and how the presence of animals could bring much needed and even lifesaving companionship and cheer amid the carnage of war.As the centenary of the Great War is commemorated all over the world, take a timely journey via the lens of Mary Evans wartime images, and marvel at the often overlooked but significant contribution and experience of animals at war. By turns astonishing, heart-warming and occasionally downright bizarre, Tails from the Great War champions the little-known story of the bison, the chameleon, the canary et al in wartime.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Blitzkrieg Commander III Sneak Peek by Pendraken Miniatures

Blitzkrieg Commander III Sneak Peek by Pendraken Miniatures

We've been working almost non-stop on the revised Blitzkrieg Commander rules this year, only taking a few days off to get ready for the York show at the start of this month.  The good news is that the (almost) finished version has now gone off to our feedback group for any final tweaks and suggestions.  The formatting/layout is almost complete as well, just a few things to tidy up before it goes off to the printers.

We're hoping to have the feedback/suggestions back to us in the next 2-3 weeks, allowing us a week to get the rulebook all finalised before going off to the printers.  It's a 2-week turnaround there, so we're aiming for a big release at Salute in April.  The rules will be available in both hardcopy and pdf through Wargame Vault.

It's been a long time coming, but we're nearly there folks!  Here's a little teaser pic as well...

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Second batch of 1849-1866 Italians by Pendraken Miniatures

This second lot of sculpts covers the grenadiers in bearskin (useful for the earlier period) and also the artillery crews.  We've got both line and horse for the Piedmont-Sardinian's, plus a set for the Garibaldi troops as well.

Grenadiers in bearskin with command:

Grenadiers in bearskin with command:

Foot artillery crew:

Foot artillery crew

Horse artillery crew:

Garibaldini artillery crew:

Garibaldini artillery crew

More to come soon!

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

The Brand New Hawk Wargames Website Is Now Live

The brand new Hawk Wargames Website is now live.

The new site now includes the full range of Dropfleet Commander products, available direct from Hawk Wargames for the first time. In addition, the full Dropzone Commander range is also available within this new site format.


In order to best process the first wave of orders, we will be opening the site with around a 1 week pre-order period on Dropfleet Commander products before we start shipping (orders containing Dropfleet Commander products will be shipping from March 3rd onwards). These will be processed and shipped on a first come, first served basis.  As we have done previously, all orders over £100 will ship free worldwide by couriered delivery.

Direct Only Sculpt

Direct Only Sculpt

Here's a glimpse of the model that's coming...

To celebrate the launch of the new website, Dave is designing an exclusive Dropfleet miniature which will be available for a limited time online only. This highly detailed resin ship is the UCM Saratoga class Light Cruiser, an alternate sculpt for the popular New Cairo class Light Cruiser. It will be available exclusively on our website soon, and will make an appearance on sale at Salute 2017.

Website Re-Launch

Website Re-Launch

For those of you who are wondering, this launch had been intentionally delayed due to crossover of staff also working on Kickstarter fulfilment and moreso, that we felt it right to ship all the pledges we had on record before completing the website and taking more direct orders. Now that wave 1 of Kickstarter shipping is complete (except for chasing missing parcels) we can focus on moving forward and providing the content and support that Dropfleet and Dropzone Commander players need.

This all new site has been completely recoded from the ground up and has been designed as a much improved platform for delivering content and support. The windows on the homepage will in due course feature information on upcoming tournaments and events, rules updates, multimedia content and downloads for both systems.

To start things off, we've been releasing the Building the Avenger video series, which will run for a full 20 episodes. In addition, expect to see new content for gamers and hobbyists on a regular basis in future. We are currently working on a range of exiting developments for our players - keep an eye out here for updates in the very near future!

Video Series


Some Upcoming Events

We have a range of upcoming events over the next few months where we would love to see as many of you as we can:

Hammerhead (UK) - 4th March - & Demo Table
Adepticon (USA) - 23rd-26th March - & Tournament
Salute 2017 (London, UK) - 22nd April - & Demo Tables
Carronade (Falkirk, UK) - 13th May - & Demo Tables

We hope you all enjoy the new website and that you're enjoying the games!

Hawk Wargames

African Americans in the Revolutionary War, Park Day, Vincennes Battle Anniversary, and More!

African Americans in the Revolutionary War, Park Day, Vincennes Battle Anniversary, and More!

On March 5, 1770, British regulars killed five American colonists: an infamous event now known as the Boston Massacre. One of the victims, a man named Crispus Attucks, is often considered the first African-American to die in the American Revolution. From the opening engagements at Lexington and Concord to the climactic siege of Yorktown, African-Americans would continue to play a significant role in the war. Though historians debate whether more African-Americans served the British or the Americans, it is clear that the driving force behind participation was the promise of freedom or a better life.

Though free blacks were initially kept out of the Continental Army, Congress soon permitted their enlistment. Prior to the formation of segregated units, African-Americans served side-by-side with white Patriots. Perhaps the most famous mixed-race fighting unit was the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, the ranks of which included 88 slaves who were guaranteed freedom at the end of their service.

However, the incentive of freedom was not unique to slaves fighting for the Revolutionary cause. In November 1775, Virginia’s British Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, issued a proclamation that he would free any slave who left his master to serve alongside British forces. Within a month, 300 slaves had joined what Dunmore dubbed his “Ethiopian Regiment.”

Most northern states abolished slavery soon after the war, but black Americans still couldn't serve officially in the military. Nevertheless, we remember the sacrifice and service of those that fought in the War for Independence and work today to preserve the history of these American soldiers.

African Americans at the Battle of Princeton

On January 3, 1777, thousands of American soldiers marched across the frozen ground at Princeton. This force included untold numbers of African-American men some free, and some fighting to attain freedom through self-emancipation who shared the patriotic fervor of their fellow soldiers.

Park Day 2017

Mark you calendar for April 1, 2017! Park Day is our annual hands-on preservation event to help battlefields and other historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail buildings.

Battle of Vincennes Battle Anniversary

The Battle of Vincennes, or Siege of Fort Sackville, was a small but significant action that took place in modern Indiana. After a daring wintertime march, a small American force pushed the British to surrender the fort. The capture of Fort Sackville, renamed Patrick Henry, helped secure the frontier for the Americans.

The Battle of Brooklyn In4

We’re continually making new additions to our Campaign 1776 In4 series. In this video, Jeff Richmond explains the pivotal Battle of Brooklyn (or the Battle of Long Island), which took place just weeks after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

10 Historical Sites in Princeton, NJ

Untapped Cities shares 10 historical sites to see on a visit to Princeton. From Revolutionary War history, to the haunts of Albert Einstein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and African-American Broadway star Paul Robeson, there's plenty to explore.

Save the Battlefield at Princeton

Thanks to the support of concerned citizens and members like you, we have reached an agreement to preserve a critical portion of the Princeton battlefield, where George Washington personally charged to victory. With your help, we can save perhaps the most important piece of hallowed ground this organization has EVER tried to protect!

Campaign 1776
The Civil War Trust

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Full Captain 10mm Tactical Naval Rules plus Ships & Crews

Full Captain 10mm Tactical Naval Rules plus Ships & Crews

The name of the rules derives from the British Royal Navy of the time, where an officer would have a service rank, but not necessarily a command or ship. Until the officer had a command, he was "on the beach" and on half-pay. A commander who was promoted took the service rank of captain but, until he was given a command or “posted”, he remained on half-pay. Once the captain was given a command, his name was "posted" in the London Gazette.

An officer "took post" or was "made post", being referred to as a post-captain or "Full Captain", when he was first commissioned to command a rated vessel - a ship too important to be commanded by a mere commander. Unrated vessels could also, in some cases, be commanded by Full-Captains.

Once an officer had been “promoted” to Full-Captain, his further promotion was strictly by seniority of service; if he could avoid death or disgrace, he would eventually become an admiral.

Full Captain is a Tactical Naval Wargame rule set, designed to play actions between small groups of ships or individual ships. The game is specially designed for our 10mm Naval figure Range, which allows gamers to use our model ships and include miniatures to represent guns and crew members.

The historical period covers the convulsive times of Piracy in the Caribbean, the birth of the “Hearts of Oak” and the great Ships of the line, to its decline with the advent of steam ships. Full Captain allows players to re-create the bloody boardings of the famous pirate “Black Beard”, the coastal actions of Privateers and smugglers against the Revenue authorities of various nations, as well as small engagements between single ships, ranging from Gunboats to big 74-gun ships of the line.

Players can play the legendary actions of the British, French and Spanish Navies, the newly-born US Navy, Pirate vessels, and much more. This is a very new and different concept for wargaming in the naval sphere.

The game includes miniatures, ships and is a partially card-driven game with a special events system that will bring the fog of war and the whims of the sea to naval combat.

The game will come with a selection of cards for the ships, the crew and a special set of Letters of Marque Cards that are designed to introduce unexpected and unpredictable events and actions of the kind that often happened historically in sailing and naval combats. Most cards are of benefit to the player but some contain a sting.

The game has been designed in 10mm scale with wooden Laser-etched easy-to-build ship kits, all designed from original plans. All ships come complete with a set of dowel rods to fit as masts and spars and 10mm metal miniatures and guns are available to complete your model.

Our Kickstarter project includes 5 pledges, all of them designed to provide the rules and cards plus sufficient ships and crew to play a full game regardless of the pledge, from simple gunboats to big 74 gunners.

Risks and challenges

Post Captain is a very special concept in naval wargaming. With 10mm scale ships, and brand new rules, using mechanics from our earlier naval rules systems and very special developments we have created an essentially new game.

We have set out to evolve our earlier naval wargaming concept with new rules and new ship designs. All our ships are based on original plans, and the miniatures are sculpted as the result of deep research into naval uniforms.

We have chosen 10mm as the scale that will allow players to play with “big” ships but with a reasonably sized game table.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Capitan Games Ltd

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Ogres With Melee Weapons from Vanguard Miniatures

Released this evening are a small batch of 10mm scale fantasy ogres. These figures were available from Troublemaker Games a few years back and i've acquired them for the store, if these are popular i'll get another batch in and keep them in stock. I will also be stocking Onslaught minis forth coming 10mm fantasy figures once released.

Vanguard Miniatures

Thursday, 23 February 2017

WW1 German A7V Tank by Kallistra

WW1 German A7V Tank by Kallistra

Sneak preview of the prototype test print of the WW1 German A7V tank. 12mm (1:144 scale) The final model will be cast in lead free pewter.

WW1 German A7V Tank by Kallistra picture 2


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

New Tower Blocks by Blotz

One of our regular customers asked us to pull one of our 6mm Tower Blocks over to 10mm (which makes a change as we're in the process of pulling all our 10mm stuff down to 6mm).

While we were at it, we also generated a damaged layer for the building too.

3x3 Tower Block (Undamaged) (B10-CS-015) price: £11.00

3x3 Tower Block (Undamaged) (B10-CS-015)

3x3 Tower Block (Damaged) (B10-CS-016) price: £10.00

3x3 Tower Block (Damaged) (B10-CS-016)

Extra middle sections (B10-CS-262) price £4.00

We were also given a gentle prod by our friends over at Wargamers Den who requested a 5" length of single carriageway Flyover/Overpass - so here it is....

Code: B10-RD-158 - price £2.00

Code: B10-RD-158

All are now available on the Blotz website.


Aotrs Shipyards Feb 2017 Release: Vampire family

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

I skipped a January scifi release, since I simply ran out of time, between commissions, panto, and sickness; but this month, we have have five models: the Vampire APC and its derivatives at 144.



Vampire Painted


(Photo of Rep 2 prototype)

The Vampire family of vehicles was first introduced nearly eighty years ago, in 2265. It was the breakout product of NorthStar Engineering. The Vampire arrived on the scene at exactly the right moment for the small independent company. Several of the major powers were looking into an inexpensive, reliable vehicle for transport personnel over surface distances – a larger scale battle-taxi. The Vampire fitted the requirements perfectly. Gaining several large scale contracts, NorthStar capitalised on the success of the Vampire with clever marketing and lucrative manufacturing licences. Within a decade, the Vampire was widely distributed among ground forces from all manner of powers, from major to minor and even several nonhuman customers. It is estimated that as many as forty thousand were produced by NorthStar alone over the fifty years the Vampire remained in full production at the company.

The Vampire's success lay in more than just its marketing. The APCs' low price tag, modular component construction and ease of maintenance made it quickly extremely popular. The original Vampire was tracked, but within six years of the first Vampire rolling off the production line, NorthStar has created a grav conversion kit. Clever and ingenuitive engineering allowed the grav version of the Vampire to replace the tracks with grav-sponsons and run smoothly without the need for a significantly larger power pack. While the conversion kit perforce made the Vampire more expensive and the grav variants never reached the same numbers of distribution, it was still highly popular.

The Vampire's modularity has contributed significantly to its longevity. As a vehicle intended more for low-intensity or rear-guard operations, comparatively fewer have been lost in combat over the decades and especially in the hands of minor powers, a given Vampire may have seen decades or service and refits.

The Vampire's primary role is simply that of a battle-taxi, to transport troops to and from the battlefield, or in convoy on the surface. The Vampire's emphasis was placed on troop and crew survivability. To that end, the Vampire's engine (and later power core) is front mounted, behind an armoured access hatch and sealed from the crew and passengers by an internal heavy wall. The generous size of the engine compartment means the power plant can be replaced and upgraded easily.

Primary access is via the twin rear doors. The driver (right) and commander (left) have hatches above their stations (allowing a more expedient exit in case the vehicle needs to be abandoned), and there are four additional roof hatches in the main troop compartment.

The troop compartment is spacious enough to comfortably house sixteen passengers (e.g. two squads of infantry), powered infantry or even cargo. Six vision blocks provide the passengers with some visibility.

The stock Vampire is unarmed. However, many armies and militia experimented with upgrades – smoke dischargers and pintle-mounted assault weapons being one of the more common varieties.

The most notable current large user of the Vampire is the Tarrainian Federation, which manufactures them under licence. The TarFed Vampires are close to the original design, with only incremental changes. The majority of TarFed Vampires are tracked, with a smattering of gravitic version, concentrated in priority uses, such as CASEVAC.

The Aotrs also makes use of the Vampire, but not of the original stock vehicle.

Vampire (Grav)

Vampire (Grav)


Vampire Lord

Vampire Lord

(Photo of hybrid: Rep 2 hull, WSF turret)


Contrary to a popular galacnet theory, the Aotrs adoption of popular Vampire APC was not due to the thematically-appropriate name ro the Undead(which is entirely coincidental).

The Aotrs took the basic grav Vampire design and made significant changes. They striped out and replaced the power core and upgraded internal systems and added a turret, transforming the vehicle into an IFV, the Vampire Lord. The Vampire Lord sacrificed half the space for the infantry carried – down to a comfortable eight (a dozen at a push) – to install the quad pulse-fire coldbeam cannon turret mounted on the roof.

The Vampire Horde is a variant of the Vampire Lord that replaces the coldbeam turret with a salvo launcher for the Horde semi-guided warhead system, giving application for use in strike, anti-tank, anti-personnel and anti-aircraft roles. The Vampire Horde Doom is a further variant that has no infantry capacity, but instead has additional ammunition space. It is used in supplementary AA and Anti-Tank roles, though they have been successfully used to support missile patrol boats in naval engagements on soft targets.

For nearly two decades, the Vampire Lord was the Aotrs' primary APC. The hull was not suited for upgrade with shields and it eventually began to fall out of usage. It has now been replaced by the Fallen Soul in the transport role.

The Vampire Horde currently sees the most usage of the Vampire variants; despite the inability of the vehicle to mount shields, in an AA or support role this was not considered as critical. Most Vampire Lords are currently regulated to support or second-line roles. However, the Vampire's tale does not end there. Work was beginning on extending the design's life by adding a dedicated AA tracking suite to both Lord and Horde and them and turning them into a proper company AA vehicles, a role they were already starting to fill.

But within the last six months, a brand-new innovative technique has been developed, allowing a shield grid matrix to be quite literally painted on to the hull. Advances in power plant technology allow a further upgrade to the power course to handle the additional load of shields. The new shield matrix is being pioneered on the Vampire Lord and Horde, but is expected to be applied to other unshielded Aotrs vehicles like the Distant Thunder and Reign of Anger.

The Vampire Lord and Horde's new coat of paint will once again bring the vehicle into the front line, as a light IFV for special operations and an AA vehicle. Nor is this just a figurative statement; the new matrix is coloured so as to replace the Vampire Lord's original mist-grey colouration with the current rust-and-gold livery.

Vampire Lord (with raised turret)

Vampire Lord (with raised turret)

(Photo of Rep 2 prototype)


This version has the guns raised instead of horizontal.

Vampire Horde

Vampire Horde

(Photo of hybrid: Rep 2 hull, WSF turret)


(Note: There is, in theory, a version of the Horde with the turret lowered that I could do if there was demand for it.)

The Vampire has a bit of history actually. It was one of the first cardboard fold-flat vehicles UshCha designed, oh, some fifteen plus years ago for when he played 25mm and Stargrunt II (before he wrote Maneuvre Group). I cribbed the design for the Aotrs and added turrets (also fold-flat!)

When I first started 3D CAD, the Vampire was an early experiment. When we got the Replicator, the Vampire was actually one of the first models we tested it on. It then languished for some time until I needed to to the TarFed ground force relatively quickly. As they are a minor power who gets most of their stuff (like many smaller nations nations) on import, it made sense to use the Vampire. While I was at it, it was daft not to resurrect the Aotrs versions as well!

As I've still got commissions and such to do, you can expect to see more of both TarFed and Aotrs ground forces coming in the next month or two; my aim for this year is to try and get the Aotrs ground army "finished" – that is, to finish translating he majority of the scratch-built/converted/etc vehicles I have at 25mm to 144.

I have a few starship designs on the table, but that will require me getting some free time, but that may creep out in between.

As a final bonus (and a bit of a teaser!), when I was painting the TarFeds, I experimented with trying a camouflage pattern with their colour scheme. (The colour scheme is the one I'd already used on their starfleet.) I tried a couple of variants, and while the resulting pattern was alright, after much debate among me and my compatriots (and some unbiased opinions from my nongamer sisters), I decided that the camouflage pattern did the job rather too well. It obscured all the details, which from a commercial perspective (as I don't have even distantly the space to have display and wargame versions of my models!) and from my own pride-at-detail standpoint, I decided that wasn't the right choice. It was an interesting experiment though: here's a glimpse of what might have been (pictured along with a couple of (pieces of) other TarFed armour!

TarFed armour!

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Save 63 Acres at Fort Donelson & Parker's Cross Roads

Save 63 Acres at Fort Donelson and Parker's Cross Roads

At Fort Donelson, on February 16, 1862, Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant forced the "unconditional surrender” of a Confederate army of more than 12,000 men. Now, just after the 155th anniversary of the battle, you have a chance to preserve 63 acres at two historic Tennessee battlefields Fort Donelson and Parker’s Cross Roads.

Fort Donelson was one of the first in a string of successes that earned Ulysses S. Grant the moniker “unconditional surrender Grant”. His success there set the stage for the Union’s march through Tennessee and provided the pretext for one of the first major battles in the war the Battle of Shiloh. We now have a special opportunity to preserve a piece of Grant’s legacy.

At Parker’s Cross Roads, Nathan Bedford Forrest made his own demand for unconditional surrender, but his was not met. Instead, to Forrest’s “surprise and astonishment”, the Confederate General found his forces outnumbered by enemy forces in front and rear. In the pivotal moment of the battle Forrest declared, “charge ‘em both ways”, as his troops repelled the Union advance and were able to live to fight another day.

The events at Fort Donelson and Parker’s Cross Roads are crucial to a full understanding of the Civil War in the Western Theater. The 63 acres we have marked for preservation there are some of the most historically significant land left to be saved in Tennessee.

Now you have an opportunity to help us tell this story for future generations, by saving hallowed land and nearly completing the preservation of these monumental battlefields. Will you join me in saving these 63 acres in Tennessee?

Help tell the story of the Civil War in the Western Theater by saving 63 acres in Tennessee!

Article: Fort Donelson

Battle Map: Fort Donelson

Battle Overview: Parker's Cross Roads

Battle Map: Parker's Cross Roads

The Civil War Trust

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New Zulu Buildings from Escenografia Epsilon

We are very pleased to announce the launch a new and range of buildings for the Anglo Zulu War.  

We sell two different buildings: huts and farms for this period of the time.

These are now available From Epsilon web store at only €13 and is painted and ready-to-play.

REF: ZUL10-01 Zulu Wars Huts €13

REF: ZUL10-01 Zulu Wars Huts

REF: ZUL10-02 Zulu Wars Farms

REF: ZUL10-02 Zulu Wars Farms

Monday, 20 February 2017

New Vehicles Available From Panzer Depot

New Releases of Panzer Depot in February - 1/144 WWII

German Beobachtungspanzer

German Beobachtungspanzer

Hungarian Toldi Pak40

Hungarian Toldi Pak40

British Austin Armored Car

British Austin Armored Car

USA T30/34 Heavy Tank

USA T30/34 Heavy Tank

Russian 2S1

Russian 2S1

Russian BRDM2

Russian BRDM2

Panzer Depot

WW1 British Mark IV Now Available by Kallistra

British MkIV male and female tanks now available to order. Cast in lead free pewter, these are easy to assemble multipart sets.

World War 1 - Late War British Tanks

WW1-BRT-MKIVM British MkIV Male Tank £6.00

WW1-BRT-MKIVM British MkIV Male Tank

WW1-BRT-MKIVF British MkIV Female Tank £6.00

WW1-BRT-MKIVF British MkIV Female Tank


Friday, 17 February 2017

The Legacy of U.S. Colored Troops

The Legacy of U.S. Colored Troops

Just five days after President Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, the 1st Louisiana Native Guards mustered into U.S. service as the first African-descent regiment of the Civil War. In admiration, Union General Benjamin Butler said, “Better soldiers never shouldered a musket."

All too often, it is forgotten that some 180,000 African Americans served in 163 units in the Union Army, mostly as part of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). Tens of thousands more served in the Union Navy.

Black soldiers made their mark on Civil War battlefields east and west. African-American soldiers first proved their mettle in the Union victory at Island Mound in October 1862.

The most famous event in popular culture today is that of the 54th Massachusetts’s assault on Fort Wagner on the South Carolina coast, as portrayed in the movie Glory. Losses were severe, and the 54th’s colonel Robert Gould Shaw was killed. But the furious assault of these men of color proved to the watching world that these troops possessed all the bravery needed for combat and more.

President Lincoln wrote in a public letter, “there will be some black men who can remember that, with silent tongue, and clenched teeth, and steady eye, and well-poised bayonet, they have helped mankind on to this great consummation; while, I fear, there will be some white ones, unable to forget that, with malignant heart, and deceitful speech, they have strove to hinder it.”

In honor of their legacy of service and sacrifice, we work to preserve the history of these American soldiers, from the plains of Oklahoma to the shores of South Carolina. Learn about the land saved by the Civil War Trust where USCT members fought.

Freedmen In4

Join historian Caitlin Verboon, as she discusses the transition from slavery to freedom that former slaves faced during and after the Civil War. Filmed at the slave quarters of Arlington House, Virginia, this video delves into the creation of the Freedmen’s Bureau and the effects of Reconstruction on African Americans in the United States.

Black History Month Historic Events

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Civil War Trust has put together a list of nine events and sites that highlight some of the great achievements of African Americans in our nation’s history.

The Civil War Trust

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Miniature Wargames 407, March 2017

Miniature Wargames 406, March 2017

Coming soon! Issue 407 - on sale 24th February

Forward Observer
What’s up and coming in (mostly) historical wargaming. This month we look at upcoming publications from Osprey, North Star, On Military Matters and Warlord

Send Three and Fourpence
Part two of The March on Canterbury. Who will rid Conrad Kinch of that turbulent priest? The culmination of a VBCW set of scenarios.

Wargaming My Way
Colin Ashton explains the changes in his life, gaming and otherwise that he had to deal with.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Jon Sutherland gives us part one of a set of rules for gaming the Indian Mutiny. Jon has tested these scalable rules out over the years with groups – and battles – of various sizes.

The second of a two-part article: Stephen Jones gives us a set of rules for modern era, small unit actions: this time AFVs and heavy weapons.

Darker Horizons
This month Fantasy Facts has its usual round up of what’s new in non-historical gaming; with reviews on products from Brigade; CP Models; Osprey; Crooked Dice; Freebooter and GZG. In addition, there’s an interview with Nick Eyer explaining the design and production process of figures in the Frostgrave range plus a building piece by Roger Dixon on customising 4Ground scenery for Sci-Fi games like Infinity or Mercs.

Adapting the Bloody Big Battles rules – designed for late 19th century games – to play that pivotal moment in Napoleon’s 1812 campaign.

What to read and why for wargamers. Books topics include: Kursk; 21st Century Navies; Rhodesia’s Grey’s Scouts; Russian Snipers; ACW (via Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War); Vietnam; Austro-Hungarian WW1 Cruisers; Tigers in Combat; the 1940 Invasion of Norway; German Assault Guns; and The Liberation of Europe (in photos).

Wargames Widow
More tea Vicar? Diane Sutherland building an MDF church and shows how to get the best from it.

Club Spotlight
The Tin Soldiers of Antwerp are not just the people that run the Crisis show: they have lots more to offer (including a club house with a bar!).

Club Directory
Find a club in your vicinity and add your club for free!

Plus – as a FREE extra – the Hammerhead Programme with floor plans for both halls and all you need to know to navigate the show including details on 70 all-participation games and 56 traders!

John Treadaway
Editor of Miniature Wargames

Miniature Wargames

10mm Fantasy Ogre Miniatures, Update

It's been a busy couple of weeks here at Black Gate Miniatures.

First up, I have created a set moulds for the Ogre Warriors, one Silicon master and five Rubber production moulds. Next week (after half term) I hope to complete the casting up of the Ogre Warriors ready for distribution.

Ogre Warrior moulds

Ogre Warrior moulds

First miniatures from the Master mould

First miniatures from the Master mould

Next, I sent a set of masters off to Rid @ http://www.fanplasticlittlemen.blogspot.co.uk/ and he gave the a cool paint job. So here are a couple of shots of the first painted unit.

First painted unit

First painted unit

Rear view

Rear view

Also next week, I will be aiming to create the three moulds needed for the Cannoneers, one master and two production moulds. That should put us in a great position to complete delivery by the April 2017 due date.

Finally, I will be going through all the Kickstarter Survey responses and making sure I have the correct order details ready for shipping.

I will keep you informed as things move along.

Ogre Smash!


Black Gate Miniatures

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Aotrs Shipyards Feb 2017 Release: Mark 3 Centurion

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, we have the Mark 3 Centurion in 144th, both with skirts and without.

I was interested to learn that the skirted version was actually the default; they were manufactured with them and sometimes, the skirts just got taken off. I had just assumed that, like a lot of Soviet stuff, the skirts were a later addition.

(Which is why the skirted version was the 02A variant on the Mark 5s and the Mark 3 has it more correctly as the default 04.)

We also have a rare treat: we could not get the skirtless version to print on the Replicator. Pretty much every which way we tried, for reasons which escape us, the raft kept pulling free, no matter what we did with it. After the umpteenth time, I said "sod it, I've got to order some WSF stuff for my scifi, we'll just get one done properly!"

Mark 3 Centurion

Mark 3 Centurion

Rep 2 prototype


Mark 3 Centurion (no skirts)

Mark 3 Centurion (no skirts)

WSF model


The Mark 3s will be making their debut at Hammerhead on the 4th of March, where UshCha (of Manoeuvre Group) will be putting on a game of a what-if in 1946 – World War II never ended; as soon as Germany surrendered, the Russians declined to stop their eastward push!

I'll be there as well, debuting on the scifi side, with the titular Aotrs and their brand new main grav tank, the Revenant Spear.

Next month will likely see something out of the backlog queue; I've still got a commission outstanding and I'm a panto which is performing this week, and Hammerhead is right around the corner, so I probably won't have time to do anything new.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards