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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Motorcyclist On Trails Bike from Irregular Miniatures

We have added a Modern motorcyclist on trails bike, and a variant with a pillion passenger firing RPG to our 10mm Modern bush wars range.

TBW 22 Motorcyclist On Trails Bike

TBW 22 Motorcyclist On Trails Bike

TBW 23 Motorcyclist On Trails Bike, With Pillion Passenger Firing RPG

TBW 23 Motorcyclist On Trails Bike, With Pillion Passenger Firing RPG

Irregular Miniatures

3 New Single Hex Road and Brook Packs from Kallistra

Now available 3 new single Hex road and brook packs.

In response to requests we have now released packs containing 4 x straight and 4 x curve road/brook pieces, flocked and unflocked.

3 New Single Hex Road and Brook Packs


3 New Single Hex Road and Brook Packs picture 2


3 New Single Hex Road and Brook Packs picture 3

Kallistra

ESR Box Sets, available in the UK and Europe from The Wargaming Company

We've received a lot of inquiries as to when our ESR Box Sets will be available in the UK and Europe without the pain and delay of overseas shipping – and the answer is today!


ESR Box Sets, available in the UK and Europe from The Wargaming Company,

The Wargaming Company has partnered with Magister Militum to make our ESR Box Sets available to gamers in the UK & Europe.

 The Wargaming Company

First Stretch Goal Unveiled, The Unseen from Laran Miniatures

First Stretch Goal Unveiled, The Unseen from Laran Miniatures

I unveiled the first Stretch Goal : If the campaign can reach 1250€, I'll put a pack of 20 weapon specialists into production. Will contain long rifles, shield bearers, flamethrowers, chemical warriors, maybe some meat grinder.

I've updated the main page with concepts and sculptures.

Special Weapons Team

Special Weapons Team picture 1

Special Weapons Team picture 2

Time to lobby among your friend and gather people for the horde.

Black Powder Second Edition Pre-order Countdown

Black Powder Second Edition will be available to pre-order starting at 4pm BST on Wednesday 22nd August:

Black Powder Second Edition Pre-order Countdown

Black Powder 2nd Edition is also available as a Collector’s Edition. Shown below is the dust cover on the left and the book itself, with black leatherette cover with gold foil, on the right. There are only 250 Collector’s Editions of Black Powder 2nd Edition, all signed by Rick Priestley.

You can pick also up your pre-ordered copy at the Warlord Games Open Day 2018.

You can pick also up your pre-ordered copy at the Warlord Games Open Day 2018.

Those first 250 copies will go quickly, so check below to see when Black Powder 2nd Edition will be available in a variety of time zones:


  • 4pm British Summer Time (BST)
  • 5pm Central European Summer Time (CEST)
  • 1am Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • 8am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
  • 11am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

You can pick also up your pre-ordered copy at the Warlord Games Open Day 2018.

You can pick also up your pre-ordered copy at the Warlord Games Open Day 2018.


Warlord Games

CAV Kickstarter Sneak Preview from Talon Games

CAV Kickstarter Sneak Preview from Talon Games


CAV Kickstarter Sneak Preview! Well we are under the 30-day countdown to Kickstarter 3 and what better way to kick off our sneak previews then with the Malvernian "Revenant"!

Malvernian "Revenant"!

Malvernian "Revenant"!


We have gone through and kicked up the detail on every model for this KS to make sure they really pop! Featuring an outstanding paint job by master painter Ross Hines, this Revenant highlights a unit scheme from the 185th Striker Regiment, "Armor of Faith." The Revenant will be featured as a Core-Set reward!

Talon Games

Monday, 20 August 2018

Battleship Command - WWII Naval Wargame Rules

Battleship Command - WWII Naval Wargame Rules

The game of Battleship Command allows players to take on the role of Second World war admirals commanding squadrons and fleets in the many theatres of the war at sea.

The rules are designed for players to command fleets of one to 10 ships however larger actions can be fought if players wish. The rules are intended to be fast to play allowing an action to be fought to a conclusion within a few hours of play.

Battleship Command also includes a new command and control system where the quality of the officers under your command can have a major impact on the game.

The rulebook includes all the rules needed to play, generic and historical scenarios as well as ship and aircraft data for the British Royal Navy, the Kriegsmarine, French Navy, Regia Marina, US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Wargame Vault

Cod War

Cod War

Cod War, In the mid 1970s everyone who enjoyed a nice piece of cod wrapped in newspaper and served up with a pile of crispy chips was glued to events in the North Atlantic as Britain went to “war” against Iceland over the issue of fishing rights and economic control of the sea. “Cod War” comprises a brief history of the Cod Wars, tactical rules (with two options – using a hex or  “free movement” systems) a mini campaign, and a more full blooded operational campaign set in Icelandic waters.

Suitable models are available via Shapeways from "decapod":

Wargame Vault

Damn the Torpedoes!

Damn the Torpedoes!

Damn the Torpedoes is a fast-moving intuitive game of naval combat during the American Civil War.  Players do not need to have a nautical background to maneuver their ships, and the do not need to have degree in algebra to fire their cannons—all they need are a few miniatures (or cardboard counters) a few dice (D6 through D20), a tape measure, and a horizontal surface (4’4’ is plenty).

The rules are intended to allow friends sit down and play a fun, fast game with feel for the period, to make tactical decisions about employing their ships and reacting to the enemy’s similar decisions, while providing a satisfactory gaming experience.

The game includes rules, a reference sheet for ship captains (individual players) with information that players will find handy most turns, a reference sheet for admirals (the lead player on each side) with information that players will find handy only occasionally, a game equipment file with turning gauges, speed markers, and other useful printable items, 10 sample maps representing the coastal, estuary and river waters where the war was fought, and record sheets for 31 sample ships representing both the Union and Confederate fighting fleets.

The rule set also includes a scenario file for the Battle of Fort Henry in Western Tennessee, the first ironclad assault of the war.  This scenario set includes the historical scenario where the fort was largely damaged but flooding before the attack, as well as a “what if’ scenario where the Confederate defenders are not hampered by flooding, and may even have the support of their own gunboats.  This scenario file includes two record sheets for Fort Henry, one for Fort Heiman, and record sheets for another 7 Union and 3 Confederate vessels.

Wargame Vault

Naval Thunder: The Atlantic Campaign

Naval Thunder: The Atlantic Campaign

Take your naval warfare to the next level with Naval Thunder: The Atlantic Campaign!

Finally!  A way to enjoy a naval campaign game without boring administration or complex record keeping!

This book provides a complete set of rules for running a campaign game covering the critical early phases of the naval war in the Atlantic during World War II.

The rules introduce a revolutionary chained event system where the choices and outcomes of earlier events and battles influence the events that may occur, and the options you have later.  No two campaigns play out the same way, providing infinite replayability.

The rules are set up to put you in control of the critical strategic choices that must be made within an ever changing environment of limited information and events that may be outside your control.  But the focus stays centered on the action on the tabletop as you battle it out with your opponent!

Realistic strategic concerns create historical choices for the commanders.   "Should I prolong the fight to finish off these enemy ships, knowing that enemy battleships might be heading this way?  Or should I play it safe, take what I've achieved and get out before they show up?"

Victory conditions ensure that players must make realistic choices about trade-offs between achieving objectives and preserving your forces, just as the historical commanders had to.  Fighting to the last shell is rarely the best option.

Launch raiding sorties, deploy forces to counter your enemy’s plans, evade U-Boats, or strangle the enemy’s supply lines.  The choices are yours!  Can you anticipate your opponent, or will you be caught scraping together scratch task-forces, to counter an unexpected threat?

The strategic choices are complex, but the record keeping is simple and easy thanks to the chained event system and campaign tracking guide.

Also included are a slew of crunchy new rules including:

12 new data cards for ships never before seen in Naval Thunder
Sea State Effects rules
Rules for incorporating U-Boats into the campaign
Orders of Battle for the Royal Navy & her allies, as well as the German forces.
And much more!
Naval Thunder:  The Atlantic campaign is for two or more players, and can be played with or without a referee.

Naval Thunder: Battleship Row and Naval Thunder: Bitter Rivals are required for play.

Wargame Vault

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Some Great News & A Big Thanks

Some Great News & A Big Thanks

I’m honored to share with you that Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, has again recognized our organization with a 4-star rating this year. Charity Navigator awards 4-star ratings to only the most fiscally responsible and ethical organizations out of the 9,000 nonprofits it analyzes every year. That this is the ninth consecutive year we’ve received this honor means we’re among the top 2 percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator, which includes many of the largest and most respected nonprofits in the United States.

Here’s the thing: This is about you. Your generous dedication to preserving hallowed ground inspires us every day and motivates us to make the absolute best use of our resources possible. You are the reason we’ve been able to save more than 50,000 acres of battleground from development and take other crucial actions to preserve American history for future generations.

Above all else, we are committed to earning and sustaining your trust. Strong financial health and a commitment to efficiency, transparency and accountability help us do that better. My pledge to you is to bring these values to the table in everything we do. Please know you have my deepest gratitude for your support.

American Battlefield Trust

Friday, 17 August 2018

Black Powder Second Edition Pre-order Information

Black Powder Second Edition Pre-order Information

Black Powder Second Edition Pre-order Information:

The Official pre-order date and time for the anticipated Second Edition of Black Powder is the 22nd of August, at 4:00PM BST! On that Wednesday you'll be able to guarantee your own copy! To stay the nerves of some of you - all previous expansions and supplements will remain compatible with the new edition!

Warlord Games

Thursday, 16 August 2018

We Want To See Your Beasts from TTCombat



Have you picked up the Fauna packs yet? how about an Apex? Post below some pics of your beasties and tell us about your favorite gaming experience with them so far.

If you don't have them yet you can get the Maulers and Daggers off our website right now, and the Apex at our shows and off the website during them. Fauna rules are in Reconquest phase 2 and the Apex is under Dropzone resources on our website

TTCombat

Objective Reached, The Unseen from Laran Miniatures


Objective reached.

Thanks you so much for your trust and support. I'll unveil a serie of stretch goals soon. I have some rifles with shield bearers on the workbench and some engineers for the Unseen. I have some light cavalry for the Evil men (the older range) too. Finally I have a Griffin rider for the good men.

Let me know what you'd like to see first !

Indiegogo
Laran Miniatures

Join Us to, Charge into the Past

Join Us to, Charge into the Past

The critical battles of the Revolutionary War and Civil War were fought on the private farms, woodlots and backyards of peaceful people. Ordinary citizens had been living life and working their fields for decades until one terrible day when war came to their town and changed it forever. Harder still, most of the young men from each town were gone, off to fight the nation’s battles for independence or freedom.

So, I am especially excited to invite you to a special Generations event to experience the life of American soldiers and civilians before, during and after the wars that created and defined our country. The American Battlefield Trust is teaming up with the Richmond National Battlefield Park to hold this free event Harvest Day on September 15th. The Harvest Day activities happen from 10:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m. with our two Generations events lasting roughly 1 hour each, starting at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.

Adults and kids of all ages will share in the experience of civilian and military life during the conflicts. You will get the opportunity to take care of your farm, build a fence, charge like soldiers on an actual battlefield, hear the explosions, smell the gunpowder and deal with battle’s terrible aftermath at your house.

The event is free and open to all, with the hope that you will participate with someone of another generation. Some lucky kids will even get to don hats and uniforms while families might get a tintype photo to take home with them! Come on out and help instill a lifelong passion for history in your daughter, grandson, neighbor or friend.

Visit our website to learn more about the event.

American Battlefield Trust

5cm KwK 39 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement from Combat Group Dynamix

This kit contains two parts: a painted gun emplacement and painted and weathered 5cm Kwk 39 in Panzergrau painting scheme. The 5cm Kwk 39 itself is a 2 part model. Gun can be elevated and transverse on the concrete pedestal fixed to the emplacement.

5cm KwK 39 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement

5cm KwK 39 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement picture 1

5cm KwK 39 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement picture 2

5cm KwK 39 Anti-Tank Gun Emplacement picture 3

These emplacements were typically used along the Atlantic Wall including Normandy. 5cm Kwk 39 were usually taken off from damaged or obsolete Panzer III tanks and refitted with shield and placed in fixed gun emplacements. Quite a few survived the war and were displayed in their original emplacements such as the one near Pegasus Bridge in Normandy.


Create Your Own Diorama or Fight Your Wargame Battles
with this 1:144 WWII German 5cm Kwk 39 Anti Tank Gun Emplacement (Summer)

Highly detailed and realistic. Specially designed for creating dioramas or wargame battlefields.

The emplacement is made with resin, fully painted and weathered and ready for battle. Each model is individually hand painted.
100% Made in Hong Kong.

The 5cm Kwk 39 is fabricated with state of the art "3D Printing" technology to the highest detail. Individually hand painted and weathered.
Product of Hong Kong.

TRUE 1:144 SCALE
Not "N" scale or 1:160.

Combat Group Dynamix

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

18 BTR-80A & BTR-82A 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.

I managed to squeeze in, between holidays, illness and convention preparations, some time after all, so this month I can proudly present the BTR-80A (as has been requested) and the BTR-82A, in 144th!

These presented something of a challenge – the BTR-82A turret especially – due to the relative rarity of decent photos and the somewhat complex shape. However, I think I am, for rare occasion, perhaps going to slightly one-up the 35th scale kits. As far as photographs I have seen, the BTR-80A only has the three firing ports on the right-hand side, unlike the regular BTR-80's four. I actually noticed because the BTR-82 very definitely only has the three in all the photos. The model kits of the 80A, however, all seem to have the 80 hull!

(It was also weird that I found in a couple of places an identical photo of the BTR-82, only someone had flipped the image. But it took a while for me to spot the one that was right=way around and caused me some consternation as to whether there was a handed-ness to BTR-82 turrets!)

Also a note – Shapeways has redesigned their website – badly, as is sadly typical for Shapeways. I apologise for it being considerably worse (the button, by-the-by for shopping you have to scroll down and click on explore on the main screen). Rest assured, now the release is out of the way, I will be voicing my concerns directly to the CEO later this week.

BTR-80A

BTR-80A

BTR-82A

BTR-82A

Photos, as usual, of Replicator 2 prototypes. A result of the new software, unlike the previous versions of the BTRs, I could actually print them as one piece, rather than one and bottom like I used to have to. The wheels are still a bit iffy, but not hugely more so than for the two-piece prints – and, as usual, Shapeways prints won't have that problem either.

No immediate plans for next month (the ZBD-03 remains a possibility), so we'll just have to see where we go!

We will be at Other Partizan on the 19th of August under our usual banner of the KB Club. We might possibly be at Chillcon in September, but we haven't had confirmation yet and we did book in at the last minute, so we'll see!

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, 98, Oct-Nov 2018

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, 98, Oct-Nov 2018

Issue 98 of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy recently went off to the printer and is now available for pre-order. This time around, our theme focuses on the Wars of the Roses, with articles that include a campaign for the period, the Battle of Stoke Field, and ways to play small-scale engagements around your favourite bigger battles.

Special Feature: The Wars of the Roses

Mark Backhouse, 'The Wars of the Roses: a wargaming intro - A game of thrones'.
Sidney Roundwood, 'A campaign for the Wars of the Roses - "Habilments of War"'.
Alistair Campbell Grieve, 'Alternative scenarios for the Wars of the Roses - Scuffles and Skirmishes'.
Ian Beal, '"Filled with arrows like hedgehogs" - The Battle of Stoke Field, 1487'.
Guy Bowers, 'Building a Wars of the Roses army - My kingdom for a horse'.
Alberto Mateos Jurado, 'The last charge of King Richard III of England - One last roll of the dice'.

Features

Guy Bowers, 'Rommel's fighting retreat after El Alamein - The fox's flight'.
Jeff Jonas, 'Marauders vs the mad Macedonian monarch - Attack of the Galatians!'.
Eoghan Kelly, 'The Siege of Fort Standwix, 2-22 August 1777 - Hubbell's telescope'.
Tony Harwood, 'An American Civil War locomotive - Casey Jones is back'.
John Bond, 'Painting a Panzer IV by hand - No airbrush, no problem'.

Departments

Miniature reviews
Richard Clarke, 'Up front - Historicon return'.
Henry Hyde, 'Tabletop tactics - Horse-and-musket-era artillery'.
Tony Rieger, 'The irregular - How to get your hobby mojo back'.
Rossco Watkins, 'The new 2000 AD game from Warlord - Let's play Strontium Dog'.
Guy Bowers, Eoghan Kelly, and Chris Payne, 'Game reviews - Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Western, Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse, and Outlands - 2nd edition'.
Book reviews
Parting shots

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Dropzone Commander & Dropfleet Commander from TTCombat

All of us at TTCombat want to thank everyone that came by the booth during Gen Con 2018, or took advantage of the online deals during the con weekend. It's was the best Gen Con to date! and we have all of you to thank for that 😍

While we are still catching up on work and rest be sure that we'll be back in the swing of things soon with our sights set on Dropzone V2 beta updates, and new experimental rule releases for both Zone and Fleet coming very soon.

Also in addition to the cool Fleet debris field contest being ran by on the community page by the hard working admins we will be announcing an exciting contest ourselves. Stay tuned!

(P.S. Full Gen Con recap coming early next week.)

TTCombat

Black Powder 2nd Edition from Warlord Games

Black Powder 2nd Edition from Warlord Games

Warlord Games newsletter revealed that a new edition of black powder rules are in the works, I'm a huge fan of these rules very interesting to see what they do.

TMP Discussion
Pendraken Forum Discussion
Warlord Games

241 Years and 21 Acres: A New Opportunity at Brandywine

241 Years and 21 Acres: A New Opportunity at Brandywine

As we approach the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine, I could not wait another moment to tell you about a historic opportunity to save 21 crucial acres of one of the most important Revolutionary War battlefields in the country! Because right now, I can turn every $1.00 of your support into $16.48.

The Battle of Brandywine, fought on September 11, 1777, saw several of the Revolution’s key participants on the field. On the British side, Gen. Sir William Howe and his subordinates Lord Charles Cornwallis, and Capt. Patrick Ferguson squared off against Gen. George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and the Marquis de Lafayette on the American side.

Historian Michael Harris writes in his book Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, “more troops fought along the Brandywine (nearly 30,000) than during any other battle of the entire American Revolution. [I]ts 11 hours of fighting make it the longest single-day battle of the war, and it covered more square miles (10) than any other engagement.”

And historian John Reed observes, “Though Brandywine was militarily an American defeat, it had stunned Howe by its fierceness and gave the Americans spirit . . . American troops had proved that they could stand against British regulars in open fight.”

The 21 acres at stake are in what’s now a high-priced suburb of Philadelphia has a total purchase price of over $1.5 million. Our partners, the Brandywine Conservancy and East Bradford Township, are buying the properties with funding from federal and local grants and other institutions. Fortunately, we just need to raise $95,000 to assist in the acquisition of these critically important tracts.

Before Sept. 11, the 241st anniversary of this historic battle, will you help save these 21 acres of hallowed ground at Brandywine? If just 1,000 patriots answer my call to arms today with a gift of $95, we will be able to declare this land saved forever.

And if you’re among those 1,000 patriots, we will send you a full-sized reproduction of a rare map of the Brandywine Battlefield as a token of our appreciation. Please visit our website today to learn more about the Battle of Brandywine  and get involved in saving this precious and irreplaceable history.

Again, with 93.9 percent of the total needed to purchase the property already on the table, we have the chance to save this land for just $95,000. That’s some serious leverage, in my book. I hope you’ll take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

American Battlefield Trust

Friday, 10 August 2018

The Unseen - 10mm miniatures from Laran Miniatures

The Unseen - 10mm miniatures from Laran Miniatures

A full new line of 10mm miniatures for fantasy wargaming by Laran Miniatures Help me create and produce a full range of 10mm  miniatures to wargame with.


After sculpting and using a previous campaign (in the dark ages of 2014) to produce my first range (Evil men miniatures), my love for 10mm only grew. You can always have a look here : Laran miniatures.

I since connected with a bunch of 10mm enthusiasts playing Fantasy games in 10mm. I produced more minis thanks to the financial participation of the members of the Minihammer group on FB. Thank you very much Martin Dahl for pestering me about your need of 10mm characters. Thanks to everyone else for trusting me. Painted more.

I feel it is now time to introduce a full new range : The Unseen.


From their underground lairs, the Unseen pour on the world to finally reclaim their legitimate possession : survival of the fittest. Nobody has ever meet one of these abhumans and survived to tell his story. Hearsays state that you can have a glimpse at some disgusting grouts and tails if you have the misfortune to cross path with one of them ; they never lurk alone though.

I propose to bring to life these evil lurkers with core units, characters, monsters, warmachines and more...With your help I'll pay for all the moulds (preproduction and production) and get the machine going.

The range - description and pricing
I intend to produce 10 different packs to begin with :


  • 5€ - Warriors : 20 assorted one hand weapons with shields. Banner and musician included.
  • 5€ - Slaves : 20 blades. 2 slavers with whip included.
  • 5€ - Lep-priests : 20 flails bearer. Banner included.
  • 5€ - Nin-rats : 20 assorted one hand weapons. (Even seen some throwing stars in there). Banner and musician included.
  • 5€ - Techno-elite : 20 elite warriors with two handed great weapons. Banner and musician included.
  • 5€ - Ra-trolls : 4 giant unholy creatures. (eye-level : 20mm)
  • 10€ - Characters : 5 human sized heroes and 1 Ra-troll leader.
  • 7€ - Great Avatar : Incarnation of the god of the Unseen (eye-level 28mm)
  • 8€ - Wheel of misfortune : one giant machinery to roll onto your enemies. (30mm diameter)
  • 10€ - Multipurpose Frame : one giant machinery pushed around by 2 Ra-trolls. Included 3 options to build a catapult trĂ©buchet, an energy cannon or a giant wrecking ball.
Here are some early concepts:



Miniatures

Warriors

Warriors

Slaves

Slaves

Lep-priests

Lep-priests

Nin-rats

Nin-rats

Techno-elite (the pack will contain 20 miniatures)


Ra-trolls

Ra-trolls

Characters

Characters

Great avatar

Great avatar

Wheel of misfortune

Wheel of misfortune

Multipurpose Frame

Multipurpose Frame

Some painted miniatures

Some painted miniatures picture 1

Some painted miniatures picture 2

My friend Martin made me the honour of painting some pre-production models.

My friend Martin made me the honour of painting some pre-production models.

Perks and stretch goals

Since I intend to produce a full range, I'll propose a variety of perks to choose from, depending on the investment you want to put in the campaign. Obviously, the more you spend, the greater the discount ! You'll then receive a Credit Code to use on the store. Note that you can spend your credit on any item available. That way, you can choose your own mix to create or fluff up your armies.

Stretch goals are unlikely to be free. If the campaign works as intended, I already have sculpts to extend The Unseen range. I even have some more references for the Evil Men and the Good men. Stretch goals will unlock these new references to purchase from.

Perks and stretch goals

Postage

Postage will be from France.
Price will be calculated on the site and likely be a flat rate : 6€ for EU and 10€ for the rest of the world at the moment, subject to changes.

If your country is not listed in the store when ordering, pop me an email and I'll quote your postage.

Postage

Risks & Challenges

The main risks are 

delayed delivery for various reasons : masters breaking during the casting process is one. I have gained confidence in working with this caster and know how to build my masters to make them " cast proof " ; however, accidents happen and some repairs could be needed. Which brings me to the second point :
Minis not being 100% as advertised here in photographs : some minor tweaks can be necessary for casting purpose.
I trust these difficulties can be overcome if need be.

Risks & Challenges

Other Ways You Can Help

If you're not willing or capable to contribute financially to this campaign but still feel you'd want to see these miniatures in production, feel free to share the campaign around ! Digitally is great, but word of mouth is even better.


A final word :

Je parle français.
Parlo italiano.