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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

10mm Fantasy Oligarchy of the Sands from Magister Militum

The 10mm fantasy Oligarchy of the Sands come with their own special transport, flying carpets!! How cool is that??!!

Fantasy Oligarchy of the Sands

FOS201 Flying Carpet Riders x6

FOS201 Flying Carpet Riders x6

FOS104 Oligarchy Golden Guard

FOS104 Oligarchy Golden Guard

FOS601 Flying Djinn x9

FOS601 Flying Djinn x9

Magister Militum

Missile Threat (Modern Air Combat)

Missile Threat (Modern Air Combat)

Air Combat 1960 - 2000


Missile Threat is a simple yet comprehensive modern air combat game, covering every major air conflict from 1960 to 2000, and designed for use with miniature aircraft.

Missile Threat is aimed at providing a realistic air environment and short games of less than 2 hours (including preparation).

What does Missile Threat offer?


  • Simple yet accurate mechanics: Missiles actually track aircraft in-game, forcing you to conduct defensive breaks or last-ditch missile defenses.
  • Fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, ground forces, naval vessels and air defenses all play an important role
  • Stats for over 250 different aircraft
  • 11 Conflicts covered: Vietnam, Arab-Israeli wars (Six-Day, Yom Kippur and 1982 Lebanon war covered), Indo-Pakistani Wars, South African Border War, Ogaden War, Iran-Iraq War, Falklands, 1991 Gulf War, Bosnia / Kosovo, Eritrean-Ethiopian War, and the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis as a bonus conflict. Many of the longer conflicts are split into periods for more accuracy as units and tactics evolve.
  • Each conflict has a tailor-made aircraft and ordnance list for each faction, as well as accurate options for ground assets like SAM sites and AAA.
  • Flight plan "bidding" system: Players must write a flight plan before the game starts, indicating when aircraft will enter and leave the game. Will you try to get your ground attack aircraft in before the enemy fighters arrive? or wait until later? Will you send your fighters in early because you know the enemy will try to get their bombing done early?
  • Complete air environment: Ground assets like AAA, SAM sites and various radars are an important aspect of the game, allowing weapons like the AGM-88 HARM to have a use and for SEAD flights to have a purpose.
  • Pilots can be shot down, wounded, captured by enemy ground forces, picked up by on-call SAR helicopters, or make their way back to friendly lines on foot. Rescuing downed pilots is important for victory.
  • 4 Mission types to fly: Combat Air Patrol, Strike, Combat Search and Rescue, and Close Air Support. CAS missions will see an active land battle being fought while you attempt to support friendlies.
  • Detailed yet simple rules for Naval Vessels and Submarines. Naval Vessels can launch and recover helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, and could potentially be caught unprepared for combat...
  • Forward Air Controllers, Recon, AWACS, AEW and Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft all have a purpose in-game
  • Campaign System provided so each game can have an effect on the next: Wiped out all the enemy SAM sites? I guess you won't need to focus on SEAD as much any more!

Missile Threat is the culmination of 8 months of research and play-testing. Markers are provided for the various missiles, ground assets and ground forces, as well as naval vessel markers for the Falklands.


Missile Threat Introduction Video:

The Solo Rules and Mercenary Air Campaign are available.


Wargame Vault

Olmütz to Torgau: Horace St Paul and the Campaigns of the Austrian Army in the Seven Years War 1758-60

Olmütz to Torgau: Horace St Paul and the Campaigns of the Austrian Army in the Seven Years War 1758-60

Following the disastrous conclusion to the campaign of 1757, the Austrian Army regrouped in Bohemia. Meanwhile, the King of Prussia sought to complete his reconquest of Silesia before seizing the initiative and thrusting directly towards Vienna. In his path stood the town of Olmütz, which would prove to be a high-tide mark of the war.

Over the next three years, Austria and her allies inflicted a series of heavy defeats on the Prussians at Hochkirch, Kunersdorf, Dresden, Maxen, Landeshut and Glatz. By the end of 1760 - with Berlin open to insult by Swedish, Austrian and especially Russian raiders - the King of Prussia was left with no other option than the desperate measure of attacking the Austrian Army in a renowned, strong defensive position on the heights of Süptitz (outside Torgau). From the near-balletic formality of the battles and sieges of a prior age, the business of war changed during these campaigns. Many of the actions were designed with the objective of annihilation, and the critical moment of several battles came at night; the geometric precision of siege warfare gave way to the indiscriminate horrors of bombardment.

Throughout these campaigns, Horace St Paul - an English gentleman volunteer - continued to accompany Marshal Daun. He noted the day-to-day progress of the army and recorded the essential connective tissue which links the great events of these campaigns - often highlighting occasions where a general action was expected, but does not occur. In parallel, this volume includes accounts from the Prussian perspective - including that of Henri de Catt, to whom the King of Prussia confided his thoughts.

The text is accompanied by 242 plates of maps and statistical information, as well as a detailed gazetteer and lists of persons and regiments named.

10mm Fantasy Oligarchy of the Sands from Magister Militum

The 10mm fantasy Oligarchy of the Sands come with their own special transport, flying carpets!! How cool is that?

Fantasy Oligarchy of the Sands

FOS201 Flying Carpet Riders x6

FOS201 Flying Carpet Riders x6

FOS104 Oligarchy Golden Guard

FOS104 Oligarchy Golden Guard

FOS601 Flying Djinn x9

FOS601 Flying Djinn x9

Magister Militum

10mm Samples from Shellhole Scenics

Ian from Shellhole Scenics has very kindly sent me some samples of his new 10mm range He's intending to produce.

First up is the Opel Blitz, On first inspection I find it extremely clean and crisp, with hardly any flash.







And the same can be said for the canvas top there's just a slight mould line around the centre which can easily be sanded off.




And here's a few comparison shots with Pendrakens Opel Blitz 





Ok so would I be happy fielding them in the same unit No as there is a slight difference in size but I would be more than happy having them on the table in a separate unit.

Overall conclusion definitely worth having.

Ok the next model I'm looking at is the StuG III Ausf. E It comes as a one piece casting and is very nice and crisp with plenty of detail





And here's a few comparison shots with Pendrakens StuG III





Ok so would I be happy fielding them in the same unit No as there is a large difference in size but I would be more than happy having them on the table in a separate unit.

However I would be particularly interested to do a comparison between this and one of the Magister Militum Stug

Personally I can't wait until the whole Range is released.

Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

The American Civil War is often conceptualized as a conflict between white northerners and white southerners, during which African American slaves waited on the sidelines for their fates to be decided. The slaves themselves knew better, recognizing the true stakes of the war from the very beginning.

In 1861, Harris Jarvis, an enslaved man on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, found himself laboring under a particularly cruel master. Reflecting back later in life, he said that his master “was the meanest man on all the Eastern Shore, and that’s a heap to say...It was bad enough before, but after the war came, it was worse than ever. Finally, he shot at me one day, and I reckoned I’d stood it about as long as I could.”

Jarvis fled and made his way to Fortress Monroe, where he spoke to Union Gen. Benjamin Butler. “I went to him and asked him to let me enlist, but he said it wasn’t a black man’s war. I told him it would be a black man’s war before they got through.” After Butler’s rejection, Harry Jarvis emigrated to Africa for a time before deciding to return to the United States. After landing in Boston in 1863, he “found that it had got to be a black man’s war for sure.” Enlisting in the 55th Massachusetts, the sister regiment of the famous 54th, Harry Jarvis served in the Union army until losing a leg at the Battle of Folly Island, near Charleston, South Carolina.

This February, celebrate Black History Month by taking part in numerous events around the country and visiting museums and sites highlighting stories like Harry Jarvis’s.

Help us Save New Market Heights

For their heroism at the 1864 Battle of New Market Heights, fourteen African American soldiers received the Medal of Honor. Help us preserve the land where they fought by supporting our campaign to save three Virginia battlefields.

Quiz: African Americans in Civil War History

Interested in testing your knowledge and learning more about a critical but often unheralded aspect of the American Civil War? Take our African Americans in Civil War History quiz and see how well you do!

Learn About the Life of Harriet Tubman

It wasn’t just African American men who played critical roles in the American Civil War. Courageous black women such as Harriet Tubman made vital contributions as well, both at home and at the front.

War Department: Frederick Douglass
Few people lived more impressive lives than Frederick Douglass. Lincoln once described him as “one of the most meritorious men, if the most meritorious man, in the United States.” Learn more with our War Department video.

Preserving the Land Where the USCT Fought

The Civil War Trust is proud to honor the legacy of heroes like Harry Jarvis by fighting to preserve land hallowed by the exploits of the United States Colored Troops. With your help, we have saved land at sites such as New Market Heights in Virginia, Fort Wagner in South Carolina, and Port Hudson in Louisiana.

In4: Black Soldiers in the Civil War

In the second half of the Civil War, roughly 180,000 African American soldiers donned blue uniforms and grabbed muskets to fight for the freedom of their people and the survival of the Union. The Civil War Trust’s friend Hari Jones tells their stories in our In4 video, “Black Soldiers in the Civil War.”

The Civil War Trust

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Update 23: Post Kickstarter Update 9 · 10mm Ogre Mammoth Riders from Black Gate Miniatures

First off, I managed to sort the production moulds and cast up both the remaining Yeti models. I lost a day to a power outage and so didn't get the final Savage Kin done.

The four different Yeti models ready for bagging up

The four different Yeti models ready for bagging up

The final master mould worked well and so I am able to share one of the first metal Junk Lobbas. You can see on the left hand side of the Mammoth base the issue I have been facing, this is a typical example of the level of miscast. I don't think it is worth going back and recasting the Mammoths at this stage, the miscast is only on the bases and it would add quite a few weeks onto the final completion date.

Junk lobba!

Junk lobba!

Speaking of the completion date. I am getting near the point of being finished apart from the Greenlings and Junk Lobba. Another couple of weeks and everything else should be done. However, the Junk Lobba and Greenlings are very involved, needing 11 production moulds between them. To put that into perspective, the entire phase 1 Kickstarter only had 12 production moulds!

My plan is to start shipping to backers that didn't choose Greenlings or the Junk Lobba in the next few weeks. Whilst, at the same time, working as fast as possible to get the remaining moulds made and cast up. Hopefully shipping to the rest of the backers by the end of March.

Things feel like they are moving in the right direction.

Ogres forever!

Barry

Kickstarter
Black Gate Miniatures

5 Crucial Tracts of Land at Cold Harbor

5 Crucial Tracts of Land at Cold Harbor

Most people remember Cold Harbor for the disastrous Union assault on June 3, 1864, described by one New York private as “murder, not war.”

Less well known is the tale of the fighting that occurred there two days earlier.

On June 1, 1864, Union and Confederate troops met one other at Cold Harbor with quite different results. Early that day, General Robert E. Lee ordered a portion of his army to attack Union cavalry forces who had seized the Old Cold Harbor crossroads. Easily repulsed by the Yankee horsemen, however, the Confederates pulled back and dug in.

General Ulysses S. Grant, determined to strike the Rebels before they could complete their entrenchments, ordered an attack by the Sixth and Eighteenth Corps. After brushing aside Confederate skirmishers, the Federals engaged in a fierce struggle with Lee’s men, much of it hand-to-hand, over the incomplete breastworks. Darkness ultimately ended the fighting on June 1, with the Southerners falling back to the positions they would occupy during the fateful June 3 assault.

Today, we have the unique opportunity to save five crucial tracts of land at Cold Harbor, totaling 55 acres! These tracts encompass some of the most important land that is still unprotected at Cold Harbor, including the ground over which Union soldiers charged in their fight on June 1, as well as a portion of the line held by the Confederates during the bloody fighting on June 3.

This ground is hallowed indeed, and we need your help if we are going to save it. Help us preserve the memory of those Americans who fought and died on this land in 1864 by saving these 55 acres. Help save Cold Harbor.

The Civil War Trust

The Art of Renaissance Warfare: From the Fall of Constantinople to the Thirty Years War

The Art of Renaissance Warfare: From the Fall of Constantinople to the Thirty Years War

The Art of Renaissance Warfare tells the story of the knight during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries from the great victories of Edward III and the Black Prince to the fall of Richard III on Bosworth Field.

During this period, new technology on the battlefield posed deadly challenges for the mounted warrior; but they also stimulated change, and the knight moved with the times. Having survived the longbow devastation at Cr cy, Poitiers and Agincourt, he emerged triumphant, his armour lighter and more effective, and his military skills indispensable.

This was the great age of the orders of chivalry and the freemasonry of arms that bound together comrades and adversaries in a tight international military caste. Men such as Bertrand du Guesclin and Sir John Chandos loom large in the pages of this book bold leaders and brave warriors, imbued with these traditions of chivalry and knighthood.

How their heroic endeavours and the knightly code of conduct could be reconciled with the indiscriminate carnage of the 'chevauche' and the depredations of the 'free companies' is one of the principal themes of this informative and entertaining book.

Bayly's War: The Battle for the Western Approaches in the First World War

Bayly's War: The Battle for the Western Approaches in the First World War

Bayly's War is the story of the Royal Navy s Coast of Ireland Command (later named Western Approaches Command) during World War One.

Britain was particularly vulnerable to the disruption of trade in the Western Approaches through which food and munitions (and later soldiers) from North America and the Caribbean and ores and raw materials from the Southern Americas, all passed on their way to Liverpool or the Channel ports and London. After the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915 and the introduction of unrestricted submarine warfare by the Germans, Britain found herself engaged in a fight for survival as U-boats targeted all incoming trade in an attempt to drive her into submission.

Britain's naval forces, based in Queenstown on the southern Irish coast, fought a long and arduous battle to keep the seaways open, and it was only one they began to master after American naval forces joined in 1917. Vice-Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly was the man appointed to the Coast of Ireland Command. A fierce disciplinarian with a mania for efficiency, and thought by some of his colleagues to be more than a little mad, Bayly took the fight to the enemy.

Utilising any vessel he could muster trawlers, tugs, yachts as well as the few naval craft at his disposal, he set out to hunt down the enemy submarines. The command also swept for mines, escorted merchantmen and fought endlessly against the harsh Atlantic weather. Relief came When America sent destroyers to Queenstown to serve under him, and Bayly, to the surprise of many, integrated the command into a homogenous fighting force. Along the way, the Command had to deal with the ambivalent attitude of the Irish population, the 1916 Easter Rising, the attempt to land arms on Ireland's west coast and the resurgence of Irish nationalism in 1917.

Bayly's War is a vivid account of this vigorous defence of Britain s trade and brings to life the U-boat battles, Q-ship actions, merchant ship sinkings and rescues as well as the tireless Bayly, the commander at the centre.

Monday, 29 January 2018

10mm Dodge W50 Update 2 from Arrowhead Miniatures

More Dodgy photograph of the W50. The Russian Zil 5 truck is now back in stock along with the French Schneider tank of WW1 vintage.

Dodge W50 Update 2

Dodge W50 Update 2 picture 1

Dodge W50 Update 2 picture 2

Arrowhead Miniatures

10mm Fantasy Ursinupials from Magister Militum

And Bears, oh my!! Not forgetting the Kangaroos and Platypus! 10mm Ursinupials on the rampage - they follow no instructions.

Fantasy Ursinupials

FAB105 Kangaroo Legionnaires

FAB105 Kangaroo Legionnaires

FAB103 Bear Infantry throwing Rocks

FAB103 Bear Infantry throwing Rocks

FAB101 Bear Infantry with Axes

 FAB101 Bear Infantry with Axes

Magister Militum

10mm Rakshasa Followers of Shiva from Magister Militum

Tigers! Enter, stage right!! 10mm Fantasy Rakshasa Followers of Shiva all tigers (a little bit pale on the stripes I know! Sun bleached!) and claws!

Rakshasa Followers of Shiva

FFS501 Rakshasa Command

FFS501 Rakshasa Command

FFS105 Rakshasa Infantry with Metal Claws

FFS105 Rakshasa Infantry with Metal Claws

FFS401 Rakshasa Tiger Riders

FFS401 Rakshasa Tiger Riders

Magister Militum

10mm Fantasy Savannah Tribal Warriors from Magister Militum

Lions in the form of Savannah Tribal Warriors, enter stage left for the 10mm Fantasy forces.

Fantasy Savannah Tribal Warriors

FTW103 Lionmen Warriors with Sword

FTW103 Lionmen Warriors with Sword

FTW104 Lionmen Archers

FTW104 Lionmen Archers

FTW403 Tribal Heavy Cavalry riding Lions

FTW403 Tribal Heavy Cavalry riding Lions

Magister Militum

Roman 208~105BC

Roman 208~105BC

Republican Roman Army 280~105BC

This is a supplement of To Arms!, you need a rule book to play the game. Click here!

This title contians a 3 pages PDF of army list and an A4 size file of troop cards!



This army list is 90% finished. When we finished other armies during Punic War, we will add allies and mercenaries to Romans. Spanish, Guals, etc. And of course, new troop cards.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to tell me:

Thank you!

Wargame Vault

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The Victoria Crosses of the Crimean War: The Men Behind the Medals

The Victoria Crosses of the Crimean War: The Men Behind the Medals

The Crimean War saw the introduction of the Victoria Cross, which was awarded to 111 men. Whilst the history of the Crimean War has been related many times, never before have the stories of those individuals who were awarded the VC been told. In this, the result of four decades of accumulated research, renowned historian James Bancroft describes who the men were, how they gained the Victoria Cross, and what happened to them afterwards. Great attention has been given to checking the correct spelling of the names of people and locations, burial places and new memorials, and dates of awards and promotions. The author has made every effort to contact museums and other establishments to get up-to-date information on the whereabouts of medals and their accessibility. The men recorded here displayed valour and determination resulting in many deeds of exceptional courage which became a regular occurrence in the illustrious annals of the British Army. Among them are heroes who had the guts to put themselves in mortal danger by picking up live shells that could have exploded and blown them apart at any moment, gallant troopers who took part in a cavalry charge that they knew was doomed before it began and they were about to be cut to pieces, and valiant individuals who had the audacity to sneak into unknown territory to take the conflict into the enemy s back yard and risk capture and ill-treatment. This account of the fascinating lives of these heroes is accompanied with forty-five portraits.