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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Earth Day


Today is Earth Day. Although this celebration was established well after America's founding conflicts ended, it’s an opportune time to reflect on an important benefit of battlefield preservation: a healthier planet.

My name is Kathy Robertson, and I am a member of the Real Estate team at the Civil War Trust. Every day, the Trust works to save historic battlefield land from new development, provide open space and recreational opportunities, and ensure that this land is protected in perpetuity.

With your help, we’ve preserved over 48,000 acres of open space — much of it at battlefields under constant threat from development, from Manassas and Fredericksburg in Virginia to Stones River and Spring Hill in Tennessee. We’ve prevented urban sprawl from encroaching onto hallowed ground and, at the same time, averted the air and water pollution that would have come had that land been paved over with apartments or shopping malls.

As you know, the lands we save are rich with history and witnessed many of the events that defined who we are as a nation. But conserving battlefields protects our natural environment and contributes to the health of vital ecosystems. Protecting watersheds from destruction is a terrific example of this. By preventing toxic runoff, we protect sensitive watersheds, ensuring clean drinking water for people and wildlife to thrive.

Over the past 30 years, our supporters have helped to protect roughly 2.45 million linear feet of streams and rivers in the United States. This encompasses land in an incredible 87 different watersheds, including the Antietam battlefield in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Mississippi River Basin central to Civil War events at Vicksburg, and the Tennessee River Basin connected to the battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga. Historically, these waterways played a key role in military operations. Today, they play an equally essential role in contributing to the health of our nation and our planet.

It’s not just healthy water systems that you are contributing to, but the wildlife that thrives in these open spaces and call them home. Oftentimes, we’ll save land that still has native flora and fauna which were present at the time of a battle. If left unprotected, these plant and animal species would no longer flourish.

For instance, the 180 acres we recently saved at Kettle Creek, Ga. is home to the longleaf pine. These trees were present at the time of the 1779 Revolutionary War battle and covered much of the landscape which witnessed the pivotal Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. Fast forward to today, and preserved longleaf pine forests cover only a quarter of their original range across the United States.

Saving battlefield land at places such as Kettle Creek allows us to conserve and protect what is left of our sacred spaces and their natural history. Your support means that we can experience these hallowed grounds as the soldiers did, and future generations can appreciate their beauty for many years to come.

The Civil War Trust

Sponsor a Teacher and Inspire Their Students: Support the National Teacher Institute

Sponsor a Teacher and Inspire Their Students: Support the National Teacher Institute


History is a living, breathing entity. It helps to tell the story of who we are as a nation, while guiding us into tomorrow. The gatekeepers to our past are educators dedicated men and women who spend some nine months out of the year helping to cultivate the historians and citizens of tomorrow.

The best teachers out there make it look easy. They engage with their students, instill a passion for the past, bring history alive in their classroom. But it is not as easy as they make it look. Countless hours of study and prep time go into each and every class. We at the Civil War Trust strive to make it just a little easier for these dedicated professionals.

This is why we started the Civil War Trust's annual National Teacher Institute. This event brings together K-12 educators from around the United States and provides them with world-class lectures, workshops, and tours. Through the Teacher Institute, educators can engage with like-minded professionals, learn some of the latest teaching techniques, and acquire continuing-education credits, which are required by most states. This is our opportunity to help those who help our children every day, providing them the tools to be better educators.

Every year, we strive to provide this event to our teachers for free, but we can’t do it alone. Fellow donors and sponsors have pledged to cover the majority of the costs, and we’re asking for your help to raise the remaining funds. Our goal is to raise $25,000 so teachers can receive exceptional materials and instruction for teaching U.S. history in their classrooms.

For those folks who believe history education is lacking in the United States, and for those who believe in history education, here is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and educators.

To give you a sense of scale, for $100 you can sponsor two teachers, who will receive continuing education credits that many of them will need to teach in the upcoming school year.

These workshops and credits not only benefit these educators, they benefit future generations of Americans. By giving today, you will help to make a difference for a deserving teacher and inspire students across America. We hope that you can help.

The Civil War Trust

Saturday, 21 April 2018

New Website Launched by Lancer Miniatures

New Website Launched by Lancer Miniatures

To all my loyal customers, you may have noticed the old website has vanished, to be replaced by a much sharper and hopefully easier format with an excellent search function to quickly find the exact product you need.

There are a couple of sales going on with 15% discount, due to having too many items in drawers and display boards, these are WW2 figures and tanks, and 10mm walls and hedges.

Resin buildings are now available outside the UK due to the facility of being able to have different postage rates.

Lancer Miniatures

Friday, 20 April 2018

Finalizing the Pack Contents from Warmonger Miniatures

I'm finalizing the pack contents with my caster. I don't believe I'm going to be able to offer wheel options given their cost. As of right now the cannon unit will contain:

Finalizing the Pack Contents from Warmonger Miniatures

* 6 crew on foot
* 2 cannon (left), 2 carriage, 4 reinforced wheels

And the horse-mobile cannon unit will contain:

* 4 crew on foot, 2 with/on horse
* 2 cannon (top right), 2 carriage, 2 limber, 8 spoked wheels

And now a bonus light cannon unit:
* 6 crew on foot
* 2 cannon (middle right), 2 cannon (bottom right), 2 carriage, 4 reinforced wheels

That work for people? I'm still planning on having stretch goals for the mortar and organ gun, I also might do a Heckblaster.

Warmonger Miniatures

Aotrs Shipyards Apr '18 Release: YW731 Longma

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's scifi release, just in time for the Hammerhead (for the second try!) is the YW731 Longma at 144th!

YW731 Longma Scout Vehicle

YW731 Longma Scout Vehicle

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The YW-731A Longma Scout Vehicle is a light low-grav unit. The Longma was developed as the need for additional scout vehicles steadily increased. The BRDM-22A Marzanna's underperformance had already required a global refit to the -U upgrade, but vehicle lacked any offensive punch. and a heavier scout vehicle was called for to supplement it.

With no spare resources to develop an entirely new vehicle, it was decided to build on existing surplus hulls. Finding a small enough hull proved difficult until the old YW631 APCs from the eastern bloc were brought to light. Though nearly a hundred years old, the YW631 was the right size and, as one of the first widely-utilised grav APCs needed little modification.  The Longma used a more traditional full-bottom grav unit, unlike the current generation of grav-sponsons. However, the aging drives were brought up to spec with modernised components and a new power plant. The armour was reinforced with modern materials both externally and internal, which improved defence.

The old troop compartment was scrapped and the space used to add a new turret, modern turret. This  carries a single plasmatic repeater cannon, but the scout's primary armament comes from the four AT 16V Scallion missile tubes mounted on the turret. The additional space from where infantry were stored on the older APC version allows the Longma to carry 20 reloads under armour. It possess an advanced sensor suite, complete with AA tracking, and a single particle beam turret for point-defence.

Photo of Replicator 2 prototype.

Next month - back to starships! All being well, it should be a mixed release of one Wodef and couple of Xyriat vessels - and then after that, the new fleet!

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Saved: Gettysburg at Oak Ridge

Saved: Gettysburg at Oak Ridge

When he spoke at the dedication ceremony for Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln predicted that “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” While he wildly underestimated the impact of his own words, Lincoln was certainly right that future generations would not forget the sacrifices made at Gettysburg by brave soldiers who gave “the last full measure of devotion.”

I know that you have not forgotten that sacrifice, because I am honored to announce the successful preservation of a critical two-acre tract at Gettysburg’s Oak Ridge, where men from Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania let loose deadly fire into the faces of Col. Alfred Iverson’s North Carolinians. The Yankees waited until the Rebels were within 50 yards before unleashing a furious volley at close range. “Unable to advance, unwilling to retreat,” the survivors of Iverson’s brigade hugged the ground for safety, waiting for a renewed Confederate assault to sweep the Federals from Oak Ridge.

This is truly hallowed ground. Thanks to your support, Americans will be able to pay their respects to the brave men on both sides who fought and died there.

I am deeply honored and humbled by your support. Thank you.

The Civil War Trust

Thursday, 19 April 2018

ZSU-23-4 from Timecast

Our 1:144 scale ZSU-23-4 will be available to order shortly.

ZSU-23-4

ZSU-23-4 from Timecast

We are also happy to announce that the 1:144 Soviet 2S1 122mm SP gun and ACRV artillery command vehicles are now available to order online.

2S1 122mm SP Gun

2S1 122mm SP Gun

Timecast

Timecast Upcoming Move to New Premises

Upcoming Move to New Premises, Timecast

Due to the redevelopment of our existing site, we will be moving into new premises at some point in May-June. Although this will involve some disruption to our production and service, it does mean that we will have a bit more room and will also help us keep costs down.

We are still at the planning stage at the moment, but as soon as we have any firm dates, we will post the details on our website news page.

Timecast

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Park Day: Photo Contest, Reflections, and More Events

Park Day: Photo Contest, Reflections, and More Events

Thank you to all of the sites and volunteers that participated in our 22nd Annual Park Day on Saturday, April 7th! A record-breaking 157 battlefields and historic sites across 32 states and the District of Columbia took part this year, including Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 sites.

Keeping our historic sites preserved and pristine is a collective responsibility requiring communal effort. This year, nearly 7,000 volunteers across the country came out to do their part, donating over 25,000 hours of volunteer work.

At Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Missouri, 56 volunteers helped with fence construction, stream clean up, and housekeeping work in the park's library and living history clothing and equipment cache. Ultimately, an entire dump truck load of trash was removed, and a total of 265 feet of rail fence were put up.

At Buford Massacre Battlefield in Lancaster, South Carolina, seventy JROTC students and members of the community came out to help clear brush, rake leaves, and pick up trash. Volunteers also cleaned markers and picnic tables.

And at Mine Creek Battlefield in Pleasanton, Kansas, 37 volunteers helped wash windows, clear 2.5 miles of trails, and clean storage areas.

If you have any photos of the events, remember to enter our Photo Contest here. You can help us document this year’s success and be eligible to win special prizes! We’ll be announcing the winners in a few weeks. Keep checking back to vote for your favorites!

Historic sites rely heavily on the dedicated work of volunteers, and your hard work will make a difference for years to come. Thank you again!

If you were not able to participate on April 7, you may still have a chance! Due to weather postponements, Park Day events will continue throughout the rest of April and into May. Find a participating site on our website.

The Civil War Trust

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train from Van Dyck Models

In addition to our upcoming WWI ranges we would like to share with you some images of a Belgian Light armoured train no release date yet.

Early after the outbreak of the war the decision was made to build several armoured trains. At least three light and three heavy armoured trains were build. These are somewhat forgotten weapons and have never been build as a model kit either.

 Anyway we are building the "light" armoured train that consisted of a front wagon 18 meters long with a 57mm Nordefeld rapid firing gun at the front and a Hotchkiss machine gun on both sides. The only surviving image of this train shows this wagon (see below).

Then came the locomotive, "type de l'état 15" and later "type 32".

After the locomotive came another small wagon 6 meter long with a Hotchkiss machine gun at the back.

 Have a look at the first images:

Original image:

Original image

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train picture 1

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train picture 2

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train picture 3

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train picture 4

Van Dyck Models

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

10mm Road System from Laser Terrain Co

Hi everyone there was a lot of interest in our 28mm downtown road layout and loads of requests for it to be in 10mm. So here it is! It will be part of the Kickstarter and there will be an add-on to make it 6 x4 ft.

10mm Road System

10mm Road System picture 1

10mm Road System picture 2

10mm Road System picture 3

Please join our event if you like what you see.

Hope it's good. I'm open to suggestions for improvement!

Laser Terrain Co

1:44, BAC 167 Strikemaster from Miniwing

Plastic parts for Strikemaster finished. I wait for decals and boxes. I would like show you boxarts which made Daniel Uhl and one painted my daughter Kristyna

BAC 167 Strikemaster

BAC 167 Strikemaster picture 1

BAC 167 Strikemaster picture 2

BAC 167 Strikemaster picture 3

BAC 167 Strikemaster picture 4

Miniwing

New World War Art Picture

War of the Spanish Succession from Van Dyck Models

New range under construction: War of the Spanish Succession. First pack will be available on pre-sale, all sales will be shipped next Monday, the 23rd of April.

War of the Spanish Succession

War of the Spanish Succession picture 1

War of the Spanish Succession picture 2

This range was originally planned for the second half of this year but I did have them on preview at "Tactica" in Hamburg. Wargames Illustrated, also present at "Tactica" came by our stand for some pictures and this way the news got out a bit sooner then expected.

I've had a lot questions about when they will be available. First I don't want to alarm our ancient and WWI customers that might think these ranges will see no new items this year, don't worry, a lot of new ancients and WWI packs will appear this year. In fact our WWI German machine guns are just waiting for the production moulds to be released.
And secondly since the first pack of WSS figures is ready, they are available for those of you who want to see our miniatures and to have a feel of what this range will be about.
The pack contains 4x7 miniatures in march attack and two different sergeants.

Some information on the approach of this range.
Since the uniforms for this time period are so beautiful I really wanted to make miniatures that stood out accordingly. To increase their overall appeal and to make them look more dynamic I made seven figures in march attack, all with different heads, hair and slightly different poses. These seven different figures will serve as a basis for the other infantry troop types. For example, the first batch has a ventral ammunition pouch and can be used for French and Spanish infantry. The next will have their ammunition pouch on the right hip, grenadier versions will have different headgear, etc. This way I hope to cover most of the infantry uniforms in use during the war of the Spanish succession. Cavalry and artillery will be covered in the same way.
After all the core elements are present we can look if there are any gaps in the range that need additional figures.

Kris Van Dyck

Van Dyck Models

Monday, 16 April 2018

Walk Pickett's Charge! Register Today for our April 21 Generations Event

Walk Pickett's Charge! Register Today for our April 21 Generations Event

More than a century and a half ago, three Confederate divisions assaulted the center of the Union line at Gettysburg in one of the dramatic charges of the Civil War. Today, this event is commonly known as Pickett’s Charge, named after the commander of one of the Confederate divisions.

I am thus especially excited to invite you to the Civil War Trust’s upcoming Generations event! On April 21, we will Walk Pickett’s Charge in this free, family-friendly event at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Whether you bring your son, granddaughter, niece, or nephew, or friend, they are sure to have an experience that will help instill a lifelong passion for history! They will have an opportunity to choose their side, outflank the enemy, and learn about the climactic fight at the stone wall—what many refer to as the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. Some lucky kids will even get the chance to don hats and uniforms of their choice.

Share your passion for history at this special event. This program is free and open to anyone who brings someone from another generation, but space is limited, so please register today!

Questions? Feel free to contact us at education@civilwar.org.

The Civil War Trust

British AT105 Saxon APC from Butlers Printed Models

One British AT105 Saxon APC in 6 mm (1/285), 12 mm (1/144), 15 mm (1/100), 20 mm (1/76) and 28 mm (1/56).

 British AT105 Saxon APC

British AT105 Saxon APC picture 1

British AT105 Saxon APC picture 2

British AT105 Saxon APC picture 3

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Aotrs Shipyards Apr 2018 Release: BRDM-2 Strela

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 months' release is the BRDM-2 Strela (SA-9 Gaskin (Strela-1) at 144th.

This is a slight (last minute) change of plans to dip into the backlog from what I said last time. I've been rather enervated after being ill (it's been nearly four weeks) and what CAD energy I have had has been going into my starships (which aren't too strenuous). The BRDM-2 Strela was set-up and had a photo ready, so is easier for me to do today, rather than have to mess about with the camera to take pictures for the ZBD-03. (And as a bonus, this one is in WSF!)

BRDM-2 

BRDM-2

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Next month's moderns release will probably be the ZBD-03, though I have borrowed my FV432 resources again, and I plan to try working on that next possibly tomorrow, as that was mostly done, so we'll see how we go!

We will be at Hammerhead on the 28th of this month, and Partizan on the 20th of May (snowstorm cancellations pending...!)

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Indian Army in the First World War: New Perspectives


The book addresses the important global role of the Indian Army during the First World War. It is an academic reassessment of the army by both established and early career scholars of the Indian Army, as well as naval historians.

It looks at the historiography of the army - taking into account the recent work on the army (particularly on the Western Front in 1914-1915).

The edited volume covers the traditional areas of the Indian Army on the Western Front, in Palestine, Mesopotamia and the defence of the Suez Canal; however, there are also chapters on combined operations; Indian prisoners of war in Germany and Turkey; the expansion of the officer corps; and the Sikh experience, as well as the mobilisation of the equine army at the beginning of the war and the demobilisation of the army in the period from 1918 until 1923.

Three additional chapters are related to the theme, such as the role of the Royal Indian Marine; the Territorial Army in India; and Churchill’s portrayal of the Indian Army during the Gallipoli campaign in his account The World Crisis.

Lone Star Assortment from eBay

Lone Star 000/N gauge US Steam 'Mixed Goods' starter train set

Lone Star 000/N gauge US Steam 'Mixed Goods' starter train set

(as per photos) 1 x  US Style Steam engine (please note engine has only a Connecting rod on one side) 1 x 'Crane wagon' 1 x Long Wheelbase Box Wagon
1 x Caboose  plus 1 x 'Long Wheelbase Box Van with different coupling to others
(all with couplings, except the Blue Box Van )

£5.00

Lone Star 000/N gauge Steam 'Oil and Gas Tanker' starter train set

Lone Star 000/N gauge Steam 'Oil and Gas Tanker' starter train set

(as per photos) 1 x  4MT Steam Tank engine , 2 x 'Oil wagons' 1 x Long Wheelbase Gas Wagon
1 x 'Box Van and  an open empty coal wagon
(all with couplings, except the Box wagon which only has one end coupling )

£9.50

Lone Star 000/N gauge Class 08 Diesel 'Livestock Carrier' starter train set

Lone Star 000/N gauge Class 08 Diesel 'Livestock Carrier' starter train set

(as per photos) 1 x Class 08 Diesel engine , 3 x 'Livestock wagons' 1 x Box Van & 1 x 'Toad' guards wagon  (all except the 'toad' van with couplings, which only has one end coupling )

£9.50
postage for the above lot £3.33

JOB LOT OF VINTAGE LONE STAR 000 / N GAUGE LOCO, WAGONS, BP TANKER, COACH x9!


Rare Vintage Job lot of LONE STAR OOO / N Gauge Locomotive, 2 x Coal trucks, 2 x Goods Wagons, 1 x BP Tanker, 1 x Brake Van, 1 x London Midland Region Coach, and an American Truck. 9 items in total please see the photos.

£8.50
postage for the above lot £3.35

Saturday, 14 April 2018

1914 Rule Book & Card Deck from Great Escape Games

1914 Rule Book & Card Deck from Great Escape Games

1914 Rule Book & Card Deck from Great Escape Games Rear

1914 Rule Book & Card Deck

40 pages, full colour softback rulebook. Preview the book!

Includes 19 card Tactical Advantage deck.

The Great War is usually portrayed and imagined with the blasted landscapes of the static,trench warfare that emerged late in 1914 and persisted late into the conflict. However, while it is fair to recognise that much of WWI was characterised by this stalemate, it is also fair to point out that the early and later parts of the war were witness to operations of manoeuvre in which armies sought to take key positions and outflank enemy forces.

And it is these early battles of WWI which inspired us, some friends in the industry, and some wargaming collaborators to focus on that particular period of WWI. Our aim was to produce a set of wargames rules that caters to this style of fighting and challenges the players with constant tactical decisions and does not burden them with a lot of rules. 1914 shares some mechanisms with our WWII game, Iron Cross, so players familiar with that ruleset will recognise this one. It plays differently to Iron Cross, however, and uses some mechanisms that are unique to 1914.

The battalion is the core tactical element in the game, in a formation that is roughly the size of a British brigade. The game mechanics are easy to grasp and make the game flow smoothly and ensure that both sides are always involved, especially when an opponent is activating units. 1914 is a game in which players act as the overall commander for the battle, developing and co-ordinating a plan for the achievement of operational objectives, and entrusting individual battalions to execute those plans. It is purposely uncomplicated to allow players to concentrate on the scale of the battle, but the action/reaction system ensures that all players are involved at all times, making tactical decisions affecting their own commands.

Great Escape Games

1914 German Command Tokens from Great Escape Games

1914 German Command Tokens

25 x command tokens

25 x command tokens

Great Escape Games

1914 Belgian and French Command Tokens from Great Escape Games

1914 Belgian & French Command Tokens

25 x command tokens

25 x command tokens

Great Escape Games

1914 - Battle of the Frontiers, Two Player Starter Set from Great Escape Games

1914 - Battle of the Frontiers, Two Player Starter Set from Great Escape Games

1914 - Battle of the Frontiers, Two Player Starter Set

2 x 1914 rulebook, German Brigade with tokens and an Allied Brigade and tokens of your choice.

Great Escape Games

1914 - Guns of August Bundle, One Player Starter Set from Great Escape Games


1914 - Guns of August Bundle - One Player Starter Set

Consists of 1914 rule book and a Brigade and tokens of your choice.

Great Escape Games

12mm 1914 French Infantry Brigade from Great Escape Games

12mm 1914 French Infantry Brigade from Great Escape Games

French infantry used an anachronistic tactical doctrine which placed more value in the bayonet than in firepower! French uniforms had hardly changed from the Franco-Prussian War with most arms boasting the famous garance (madder red) trousers. The French War Minister was reputed to have said, “Le pantalon rouge, c’est la France!” (Red trousers are France!)

1914 French Infantry Brigade

Contents:

4 Brigade Command figures
4 Battalion Commanders
60 Infantry figures

60 Infantry figures

12 Cavalry miniatures

12 Cavalry miniatures

12 Dismounted Cavalry miniatures
5 Machine Guns

5 Machine Guns

2 Field Artillery pieces & 4 crew models

2 Field Artillery pieces & 4 crew models

Models are 12mm sized, made of metal & supplied unpainted, bases included.

Some modelling will be required. Not suitable for children under the age of 14.

Great Escape Games

12mm 1914 German Infantry Brigade from Great Escape Games

12mm 1914 German Infantry Brigade from Great Escape Games

In 1914, the Imperial German Army was the most efficient in Europe. Emphasis was placed on cultivating a strong basis of experienced officers and excellent training. A German infantry division comprised two infantry and one artillery brigade. Each brigade consisted of two regiments, with three battalions and one MG company in each regiment.

1914 German Infantry Brigade

Contents:

4 Brigade Command figures

4 Brigade Command figures

4 Battalion Commanders
60 Infantry figures
12 Cavalry miniatures

12 Cavalry miniatures

12 Dismounted Cavalry miniatures
5 Machine Guns

5 Machine Guns

2 Field Artillery pieces & 4 crew models

2 Field Artillery pieces & 4 crew models

Models are 12mm sized, made of metal & supplied unpainted, bases included.

Some modelling will be required. Not suitable for children under the age of 14.

Great Escape Games