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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

New World War Art Picture

Glory Indeed: Remembering Fort Wagner and the 54th Massachusetts

Glory Indeed: Remembering Fort Wagner and the 54th Massachusetts

They called the movie about it Glory for a good reason. While the Union Army failed to take Fort Wagner 155 years ago today, the commitment and valor shown by the 54th Massachusetts as they spearheaded the attack that fateful evening in 1863 would transform the Civil War and inspire an award-winning film more than a century later.

The 54th Massachusetts’ attack on Fort Wagner on Morris Island, South Carolina, was the fourth time in the war that African-American troops played a crucial combat role, and skeptics began to understand the character and bravery of those willing to fight for freedom and the rights of citizenship. As a result, African-American recruitment flourished, enhancing the Union manpower advantage over the beleaguered Confederacy.

On July 18, 1863, after a heavy land and sea bombardment, 5,000 Union soldiers advanced on Fort Wagner and its 1,800 defenders. The 54th Massachusetts, a Boston-based regiment of free African-Americans commanded by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, led the charge. Fort Wagner’s guns inflicted appalling casualties, but the 54th pressed on to the fort’s parapet and even breached the fort’s walls. The Union attack pushed the Confederate defenders to their limits, though the battle proved a Union defeat.

Today, the fort no longer stands, but the legacy of the brave troops who fought there lives on. Thanks to the efforts of a grassroots coalition that included the American Battlefield Trust, you helped save 118 acres of historic ground on Morris Island for the benefit of future generations. Commemorate the anniversary of this pivotal battle by learning more about the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and their contributions to the American Civil War, and the Trust's efforts to save this history.

The Civil War In4: Black Soldiers

Historian Hari Jones summarizes the experience of African American Civil War soldiers, from emancipation, to the authorization of United States Colored Troops, to their experiences on the battlefield.

If You’re Ever in Boston

The next time you’re in Boston, stop by the Massachusetts Historical Society to see the sword Robert Gould Shaw carried into his final battle at Fort Wagner. Meanwhile, learn how the sword was lost – and found again, in an attic, just last year.

Map of the Assault on Fort Wagner

See how Gillmore’s attack on Fort Wagner was waged with this map of the battle action that fateful day on Morris Island in 1863.

The Flag of the 54th Massachusetts

Our own Garry Adelman takes a look at remnants of the 54th Massachusetts flag in this episode of our War Department™ video series.

American Battlefield Trust

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

New 10mm Motorcyclist from Irregular Miniatures

New 10mm Motorcyclist from Irregular Miniatures

10mm Motorcyclist

10mm Motorcyclist
Irregular Miniatures

Wargames Illustrated 369, July 2018

Wargames Illustrated 369, July 2018

OBSERVATION POST
Our latest look at what’s new and upcoming in the world of wargaming.

THEME: THE DIADOCHI
Simon MacDowall takes a look at wargaming with the successors of Alexander the Great.

RULES SHOWCASE: 1914
Great Escape Games came by to show us their new early World War One brigade level rules and some of their 12mm figure range.

THEME: BATTLEDAY 2018
At the Society of Ancients Battle Day, the first major battle of the so-called Succession Wars, Paraitakene, was featured in a number of figure sizes and using different rule systems.

HAMMERHEAD 2018 PAINTING COMPETITION
Our report on the first painting competition we ran at this very popular show.

THEME: BIGGIN’ IT UP
Pete Brown and Jerry Richardson discuss their approach to gaming the Battle of the Boyne and the War in Ireland at a smaller scale than their norm.

THE GRAND NATIONAL 1694
Barry Hilton fills us in on the process of creating (and performing!) this Tactica 2018 participation game.

THEME: CASTLES IN THE SKY
Nick Buxey presents one man’s obsession with the Battle of Almanza, 1707, a literal building project for the Like A Stonewall gaming group.

SWITCHING SIDES TO SURVIVE
Dom Sore shares his research on the Romanian Army in Late World War Two and offers some thoughts on a list to use with the Bolt Action rules.

THEME: THE SUN KING’S IMPERIAL GUARD
A close up look at some beautifully painted miniatures for a period when dash and fashion sense were an integral part of the frippery.

MODELLING: THE RISE OF THE AEROSOL
Gary Faulkner is back with the second in his three part look at getting the best from the wood that gives gamers more.

THEME: THE GLORIOUS INVASION
Mark Shearwood presents some thoughts on the ‘Glorious Revolution’ in England in 1688, and the game he created using his collection of figures and terrain.

SCHOOLING BORODINO
A trip to Hackley School in the USA, where historical wargaming is sponsored by the HMGS and the Battle of Borodino was re-fought in all its Napoleonic glory.

THEME: WARS OF SUCCESSION IN PLASTIC
Rupert Mitchell takes a browse through the 1/72nd and 1/32nd plastic products which are available for the discerning gamer.

THE HOST OF LOGRES
Looking for an Arthurian Warband for Dragon Rampant? Of course you are! Here’s one supplied by rules author Dan Mersey.

BOULCOTTE’S FARM
Roly Hermans and chums decided to put together a game based upon the history of New Zealand and the early days of Empire, with a surprise attack on a farm.

WARGAMING SPACES: RICK’S PLACE
In the first of what we hope will be a regular feature, we take a journey to Rick Priestley’s home and explore his wargaming room.

Wargames Illustrated

Strategy & Tactics 311, Jul-Aug 2018

Strategy & Tactics 311, Jul-Aug 2018

Pacific Subs: During World War II, submarines made up less than two percent of the US Navy’s arsenal. Despite their small numbers, American subs sank over 30 percent of Japan’s navy and crippled their merchant fleet.

Other Articles:

Hammer of the West - Halting the Muslim assault on Europe: In the decades that followed the death of Mohammed, Muslim armies began their conquest out of Arabia. Among their targets were the rich, but fragmented states in Europe.

Sheridan’s Richmond Expedition - Hunting J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry: Under the command of Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan, Union cavalrymen entered the Overland Campaign with a renewed optimism. The hunt was on to defeat J.E.B. Stuart and his wily cavalrymen.

Fra Diavolo - The Anti-French Insurgency in Southern Italy, 1799-1806: The story of Michele Pezza and his campaign against the French occupation of southern Italy during the Napoleonic Wars.

Miniature Wargames 424, August 2018

Miniature Wargames 424, August 2018

• Get you Greek on with Greeks Bearing Gifts: an innovative system to help you run a Greek campaign.

• Tavronitis Bridge: Maleme, Crete, May 1941. Another Command Decision conundrum by Jon Sutherland.

• A Skirmish Sangin  an asymmetrical scenario:  Protect The Film Crew.

• Altenhof 1848: a game at Salute 2018 with the history and a downloadable ruleset!

• Game Over: House Rules for the popular AvP game system.

• Indian Mutiny: Sassiah, Agra & Fatepuhr: a trio of scenarios to fight out!

Miniature Wargames

The Great Game - Waterloo Replayed

Record-Breaking Black Powder News!

The game will take place on the 15th and 16th June 2019 at University of Glasgow, Kelvin Gallery, using the award-winning Black ‘Powder rules. The Great Game is running in support of the Waterloo Uncovered charity that Warlord Games has been pleased to help since the Waterloo bicentenary.

This is a one-off event in June 2019, which will set a world record for the largest ever historical wargame in 28mm (an application has been made to Guinness World Records to make this official). The battle to be replayed in the game will be Waterloo. You can participate, you can watch and you can sponsor.

The wargame is being staged in support of Waterloo Uncovered, a charity that combines a world-class archaeology project on the battlefield of Waterloo with a support programme for veterans and the military community. Working in partnership with some of Europe’s top universities, and through the unique perspective of a team comprised of archaeologists, veterans, and serving soldiers, Waterloo Uncovered aims to understand war and its impact on people — and to educate the public about it.

Professor Tony Pollard

Professor Tony Pollard, Professor of Conflict History and Archaeology at the University of Glasgow is an archaeological director of Waterloo Uncovered and the lead academic on the project. It is his initiative to stage ‘The Great Game: Waterloo Replayed’ at the University of Glasgow, but this is very much a team effort and information on those playing key roles in the organisation of this unique event can be found elsewhere on this website.

The Event

The event will be a replay of the Battle of Waterloo, fought on 18 June 1815. It will be held at the University of Glasgow over the weekend of 15 and 16 June, 2019, in the Kelvin Gallery (shown above). This is an impressive Victorian galleried hall in the Gilbert Scott Building, the striking main building of the University which sits on the summit of Gilmorehill.

Click here to see a Campus Map

The scale is 28mm, and the rules to be used are Black Powder, produced by Warlord Games.

Set-up will be on Friday 14 June, and the game will commence on the morning of Saturday 15 June and continue through Sunday 16 June. The outcome is unknown. This is a game after all!

There will be a social event on the evening of Saturday 15 June.

Uniquely, this will not merely be a game played by wargamers, but it will also involve Serving Personnel and Veterans (SPVs) who will be attached to experienced wargamers for the game. This is in line with the philosophy of Waterloo Uncovered, the charity which this event will support. In addition, school children and members of the public will also be able to get involved with playing the game and associated events leading up to the event.

Every battalion, regiment and battery will be represented. In total well over 20,000 figures will be fielded on a unique table on the ground floor of the Kelvin Gallery.

A series of other wargames, illustrating the military history of Britain, will be staged in the extensive balcony area that projects from all four walls of the hall. This balcony will also allow a unique overview of the huge battle in progress below.

Why Get Involved?
The wargame is being staged in support of Waterloo Uncovered a charity that combines a world-class archaeology project on the battlefield of Waterloo with a support programme for veterans and the military community.

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Welcome to the on-line home of The Great Game - Waterloo Replayed

One Year, Three Battlefields, One Unique Opportunity to Save Civil War History

One Year, Three Battlefields, One Unique Opportunity to Save Civil War History
Do you know what Hickenlooper’s Battery, Randol’s Battery, and Latimer’s Battery all have in common?

Yes, of course, they are all Civil War artillery units. But today, they are uniquely connected because each battery was part of key battle action near three important properties on three battlefields that witnessed fierce fighting in 1862 – Captain Andrew Hickenlooper’s Battery at Shiloh, Lieutenant Alanson M. Randol’s Battery at Glendale and Lieutenant Alanson M. Latimer’s Battery at Fredericksburg.

Today, through a combination of grants, support from generous donors like you, and a tremendous landowner donation,  you can save these 28 acres – which have a combined transaction value of $1,178,000 – for $243,000, a $4.85-to-$1 match of your generosity.

The Shiloh and Glendale battlefields are nearly preserved thanks to your efforts, and saving these 8 acres at Shiloh and 9 acres at Glendale will get us even closer to completing the protection of these famous battlegrounds. At Fredericksburg, too, we’ve made much progress, but the battle isn’t won yet. Saving these 11 acres adjacent to “Latimer’s Knoll” is an important step in preserving the full historical meaning of this sacred place.

So please, although you have already done so much to help save hallowed ground this year, will you help once again with your generous gift to make sure we can raise the $243,000 we need to preserve these three parcels of Civil War battlefield land valued at $1,178,000?

You can learn more about the unique history of the three artillery batteries on the parcels we’re trying to save on our website. And please know that you have my deepest thanks for all you are doing to save our nation’s history.  You are a hero in my book!

All the eyewitness accounts tell of desperate, brutal, savage combat on and around these parcels of land we are trying to save today. Help save 28 acres from three 1862 battlefields today.

American Battlefield Trust

Monday, 16 July 2018

New World War Art Picture

12mm French VAB 6 x 6 from Butlers Printed Models

One French 6x6 VAB. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The Véhicule de l'avant blindé or VAB ("Armoured vanguard vehicle" in French) is an armoured personnel carrier and support vehicle designed by the Euro Mobilité Division of GIAT Industries of France.

8 different variants are available:

VAB VTT                     - Standard APC with Mg turret (not rotatable on model)
VAB VTT Shield           - with simple gun shield for Mg
VAB MILAN                 - VTT with additional MILAN at the back
VAB VCI                     - 20 mm gun in turret (rotatable on model)
VAB VCI AZURE         - VCI fitted with dozer balde
VAB TOP                   - VTT fitted with remote weapon station
VAB VCAC Mephisto  - AT version with turret mounted HOT AT missiles
VAB 2R2M                 - Self-propelled 120 mm mortar

All these are available as 4x4 wheeled version here

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 1

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 2

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 3

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 4

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 5

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 6

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 7

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 8

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 9

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 10

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 11

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 12

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 13

French VAB 6 x 6 picture 14

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm French VAB 4 x 4 from Butlers Printed Models

One French 4x4 VAB. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The Véhicule de l'avant blindé or VAB ("Armoured vanguard vehicle" in French) is an armoured personnel carrier and support vehicle designed by the Euro Mobilité Division of GIAT Industries of France.

8 different variants are available:

VAB VTT                     - Standard APC with Mg turret (not rotatable on model)
VAB VTT Shield           - with simple gun shield for Mg
VAB MILAN                 - VTT with additional MILAN at the back
VAB VCI                     - 20 mm gun in turret (rotatable on model)
VAB VCI AZURE         - VCI fitted with dozer balde
VAB TOP                   - VTT fitted with remote weapon station
VAB VCAC Mephisto  - AT version with turret mounted HOT AT missiles
VAB 2R2M                 - Self-propelled 120 mm mortar

All these are available as 6x6 wheeled version here

French VAB 4 x 4

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 1

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 2

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 3

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 4

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 5

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 6

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 7

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 8

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 9

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 10

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 11

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 12

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 13

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 14

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 15

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 16

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 17

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 18

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 19

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 20

French VAB 4 x 4 picture 21

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Korean War - Part 2 Released from Pendraken Miniatures

In a slight change to the scheduled programming... we've got the South Koreans next! 

The Brit Commando radio operator sustained a moulding injury so we've sent him off to the medic to get him fixed up.  He'll be back with us next week and we'll get the British range ready for release next weekend instead.  We didn't want to leave you hanging though, so we've bumped the South Koreans up the queue and here they are!  As with the US and Chinese ranges released last week, we've got a nice selection of infantry here, along with mortars, command and artillery crews.  Guns for the latter will be along later in the year.

Once again, our thanks go to Sunray for all of his help and advice on this range.

Korean War South Korea, ROK

KSK1   Advancing with rifle

KSK1   Advancing with rifle

KSK2   Standing, firing rifle

KSK2   Standing, firing rifle

KSK3   Standing, firing M1 carbine

KSK3   Standing, firing M1 carbine

KSK4   Standing, firing M3 SMG

KSK4   Standing, firing M3 SMG

KSK5   Kneeling, firing rifle

KSK5   Kneeling, firing rifle

KSK6   Prone, firing rifle

KSK6   Prone, firing rifle

KSK7   Prone, firing Browning

KSK7   Prone, firing Browning

KSK8   60mm with crew

KSK8   60mm with crew

KSK9   81mm mortar with crew

KSK9   81mm mortar with crew

KSK10   Throwing grenade

KSK10   Throwing grenade

KSK11   Throwing satchel charge

KSK11   Throwing satchel charge

KSK12   Radio operator

KSK12   Radio operator

KSK13   Officers

KSK13   Officers

KSK14   Artillery crew

KSK14   Artillery crew

KSK15   Casualty

KSK15   Casualty

(Packs contain 10 figures @ £1.75 unless shown otherwise.)

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