Saturday, 20 October 2018

October 2018 Book Vote from Osprey Publishing Ltd

October 2018 Book Vote from Osprey Publishing Ltd

Raid Book Vote

Have you voted in our October book vote? With five thrilling new raids to choose from, which will reign supreme and secure victory.

From the vikings in Paris to the Japanese raids on the US, this is an exciting list of possible titles, of which you can read more about by heading to our blog. Also, click here to see which title came top of our September poll.

Longships on the Seine: The Viking siege of Paris 885–86

The Vikings’ siege of Paris in 885–86 was a turning point in the history of both Paris and France. In 885, a year after Charles the Fat was crowned King of the Franks, Danish Vikings sailed up the Seine demanding tribute. The Franks’ refusal prompted the Vikings to lay siege to Paris, which was initially defended by only 200 men under Odo, Count of Paris, and seemingly in a poor state to defend against the Viking warriors in their fleet of hundreds of longships. With siege engines, boats, mines and fire, they attempted to break the Parisian defenders, but failed, and after a year Charles’ army arrived to lift the siege. But Charles then allowed the Vikings to sail upstream against the revolting Burgundians. In this unsatisfactory aftermath the Carolingian empire declined, and Odo – the hero of the siege – was elected king of West Francia, the kingdom that would become modern France.

Operation Eagle Claw 1980: Carter’s disastrous bid to end the Iran hostage crisis

Following months of negotiations after the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran, President Jimmy Carter ordered the newly formed Delta Force to conduct a raid into Iran to free the hostages. The raid, Operation Eagle Claw, was risky to say the least. US forces would have to fly into the deserts of Iran on C-130s; marry up with carrier-based RH-53D helicopters; fly to hide sites near Tehran; approach the Embassy via trucks; seize the Embassy and rescue the hostages; board the helicopters descending on Tehran; fly to an airbase captured by more US forces; and then fly out on C-141s and to freedom. Unfortunately, and not surprising given the complexity of the mission, things went wrong from the start and when the mission was called off at the refuelling site at Desert One, the resulting collision between aircraft killed eight US personnel. This book would look both at the background to, the planning and the conduct of the raid, and what would have happened if the raid had continued.

Termoli 1943: Commandos, tanks, and Fallschirmjäger battle for an Italian seaport

In October 1943 British commandos landed near the small Italian port of Termoli, surprised the defending garrison and captured the port. They were reinforced by sea and over a light bridge by 78th Division troops, and held off early counterattacks by German Fallschirmjäger. But a German panzer division was en route to the area to drive them into the sea. British engineers raced to build a Bailey bridge that would allow the armour of Eighth Army to come to the aid of the desperate defenders. The battle for Termoli dislodged a superior German force from a valuable seaport, and left the 16th Panzer Division so mauled that it was taken from the front and its commander sacked.

The Empire Strikes Back: Japan’s raids on the US West Coast 1941–45

While the Allies fought to contain Imperial Japan, and then began to roll the empire back towards Tokyo Bay, Japan repeatedly struck targets right on the US West Coast, despite the formidable range difficulties. The IJN used long-range submarines to shell targets on land, conduct raids on shipping, and even launch a small float plane bombing raid. This book would also look at Japan’s incendiary balloon campaign of late World War II – the world’s first intercontinental weapons system.

Von Hipper’s Cruise 1914: The High Seas Fleet raids Yarmouth, Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool

In 1914, the High Seas Fleet was banned from attempting a fleet action – but still sought ways to engage the Royal Navy on favourable terms. In November and December, von Hipper’s battlecruiser squadron led a series of raids, mining coastal waters and bombarding coastal towns, their docks and factories. It would provoke the Royal Navy’s battle fleet into action. If successful, it was a chance for von Hipper to even the odds in the North Sea, by finding and engaging a small part of the Grand Fleet, and inflicting disproportionate casualties on it with superior forces. In the confusion at sea, both sides escaped without inflicting or suffering major casualties, but with over a hundred civilians being killed in their homes, the raids shocked Britain, and became a rallying cry for the war.

Osprey Publishing Ltd

Project Update #13: CAV: Strike Ops III, Kickstarter from Talon Games

Gladiator II and Hunter Tank Unlocked!

We have had another great day so as a special reward I have opened up the $62K Stretch Goal! Let's see if we can make it to the next one!!! We are on the home stretch with less than 18 hours to go!

Pledge Reward $62000

Pledge Reward $70000



Talon Games

Project Update #12: CAV: Strike Ops III, Kickstarter from Talon Games

OK, here's the low-down on another VERY SPECIAL Add-On deal!

The folks at Trenchworx models have stepped up to help us offer a Limited Edition run of CAV: Strike Ops aircraft in RESIN!

Cav: Strike Ops Aircraft In Resin

These are single (x1) models (but can also be purchased as a full set of five separate model-types). This offer is not for everyone and I realize that, but it's a chance to get these updated versions at a reasonable price (for their size and quality level) for those that want something sooner than later.



Talon Games

Friday, 19 October 2018

Project Update #11: CAV: Strike Ops III, Kickstarter from Talon Games

So here we are with 24 hours left and what a ride it has been! The best part of these campaigns, for me anyway, is getting to make new friends and hearing about all the fun people have playing CAV or painting up the miniatures we have produced so far. I know I've said it before, but I play this game too and strive to make a product I would be proud to put down on the gameboard and push around while rolling those dice!

End Of Kickstarter Add-on Special

With that in mind, I think we need more vehicles! So here we go... two each for both factions that have been updated with new details and optimized for plastic. Enjoy!



Talon Games

From 1781 to 2018: Celebrating a New Victory at Yorktown 237 Years After the British Surrender

From 1781 to 2018: Celebrating a New Victory at Yorktown 237 Years After the British Surrender

On this day 237 years ago, roughly 8,000 British troops commanded by General Charles Lord Cornwallis laid down their arms in Yorktown, Virginia, surrendering to American and French forces. Terms of surrender had been arranged two days earlier - after the allies’ siege, artillery bombardment and the successful capture of Redoubts 9 and 10. Legend has it that during the surrender ceremony (although it has been since proven untrue), a British band played the nursery tune, “The World’s Turned Upside Down.” The world did indeed change that day, as most American military operations in the War for Independence then tapered off. It would take two more years for the conflict to be formally resolved. With the signing of a peace treaty between the British, French and American governments in 1783, our great nation was officially born.

Today, I’m pleased to report that your generous support has secured a 49-acre tract of priceless American history at this incredibly significant site. Using period maps, we know that French regiments under the Comte de Rochambeau, who were key allies in Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army, were encamped at this land. These brave soldiers moved back and forth across this parcel to take their positions during the siege in 1781 that foretold the end of the Revolutionary War.

Eighty-one years later, a Civil War soldier in the 4th North Carolina Infantry would write, “We are exactly on the battle ground of Washington and Cornwallis, but all that remains to be seen are the old breastworks of the British, which lie immediately behind ours. The Yankees hold the same position that Washington did.” Even then, as the ground was hallowed once again in his own time, that soldier recognized the sacred history of this place.

Now, dedicated patriots like you have made it possible for future generations to experience this twice-hallowed ground, where citizen soldiers fought for freedom in two of our nation’s defining conflicts. Thank you, thank you for helping preserve this irreplaceable American history.

American Battlefield Trust

Project Update #2: 10mm Old School Styled Ogre Miniatures for Warmaster Games Kickstarter by Langley Models

A massive thank you to everyone who contributed in this Kickstarter's success.

Much appreciated. Almost finished with the bonus Ogre sculpt. I'm contemplating a stretch goal if the Kickstarter reaches £1250. I will include another bonus Ogre sculpt with every set sold. So everyone will get 11 Ogre Miniatures for £9 (if the new funding goal is reached).

Bonus Sculpt WIP
Bonus Sculpt WIP

Concept for 2nd bonus Ogre
Concept for 2nd bonus Ogre


Andy Taylor

Langley Models

Project Update #10: CAV: Strike Ops III, Kickstarter from Talon Games

So earlier today I promised everyone in the "comments" section if we made it to $50k I would go ahead and open the next SG. So guess what? :)

Added to your core set are four of the redesigned Shade CAVs and as an optional add-on reward, the Flail Tank (x4).


 Our next SG is the always impressive Gladiator II and the Hunter Tank. Both models have been updated as well!

Pledge Reward $62000
Gladiator II and the Hunter Tank

In case you missed it, we have added a load of terrain as an add-on option. Here are a few pictures of the actual pieces next to some CAV models:

Terrain Expansion Set picture 1

Terrain Expansion Set picture 2

Terrain Expansion Set picture 3



Talon Games

Thursday, 18 October 2018

12mm Land Rover Trailer from Butlers Printed Models

One Land Rover trailer. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

Land Rover Trailer

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm BTR-60P Armoured Personnel Carrier from Butlers Printed Models

One Soviet BTR-60P. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The BTR-60 is the first vehicle in a series of Soviet eight-wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs). It was developed in the late 1950s as a replacement for the BTR-152 and was seen in public for the first time in 1961.

BTR-60P Armoured Personnel Carrier

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm M4 Sherman from Butlers Printed Models

One WW2 Sherman tanks. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in World War II. The M4 Sherman proved to be reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and available in great numbers. Thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and Soviet Union. The tank was named by the British for the American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman.

14 different variants are available:

M4 75mm Dry - Sherman I
M4 105mm Dry
M4A1 - Sherman II
M4A1(76) Wet
M4A2 75mm Dry - Sherman III
M4A2(76) Wet
M4A3 75mm Wet - Sherman IV
M4A3 105mm Wet
M4A3(76)W HVSS - M4A3E8 - Easy 8
M4A4 75mm Dry - Sherman V
Sherman VC - Firefly
M4A3E2 - Jumbo
M4A3R2 Flame tank - Zippo
T34 Rocket Launcher - Calliope

Each model can be ordered with or without a sand skirts Optionally each model can also be ordered with hedgerow cutters to glue on

M4 Sherman

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm British Praying Mantis from Butlers Printed Models

One British WW2 Praying Mantis. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

Praying Mantis: An attempt to produce a low-silhouette vehicle that could still fire over obstacles. A one-man design based on Carden Loyd suspension was not adopted, but the inventor was encouraged to design a two-man version. This version appeared in 1943 and was based upon the Universal Carrier.

Model is supplied in four parts as shown so that it can be glued together at any angle.

British Praying Mantis

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Modern Sci-Fi Office Block from Empires at War

New releases for our 1mm Modern Sci-Fi Office Block from Empires at War

Modern Sci-Fi Office Block

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Empires at War