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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

King Arthur's Wars

King Arthur's Wars

King Arthur’s Wars describes one of the biggest archaeological finds of our times; yet there is nothing new to see. There are secrets hidden in plain sight.

We speak English today, because the Anglo-Saxons took over most of post-Roman Britain. How did that happen? There is little evidence: not much little archaeology, and even less written history. There is, however, a huge amount of speculation.

King Arthur’s Wars brings an entirely new approach to the subject. The answers are out there, in the countryside, waiting to be found. Months of field work and map study allow us to understand, for the first time, how the Anglo-Saxons conquered England; county by county and decade by decade. King Arthur’s Wars exposes what the landscape and the place names tell us.

As a result, we can now know far more about this ‘Dark Age’. What is so special about Essex? Why is Buckinghamshire an odd shape? Why is the legend of King Arthur so special to us? Why don’t Cumbrian farmers use English numbers, when they count sheep? Why don’t we know where Camelot was? Why did the Romano-British stop eating oysters? King Arthur’s Wars tells that story.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Not Long Left, Not-Kickstarter from Pendraken Miniatures

Not Long Left, Not-Kickstarter from Pendraken Miniatures



There's only 24 hours left in our 1809 Confederation of the Rhine not-Kickstarter!

We've already hit our £3000 initial target, as well as unlocking limber packs at £3500 and civilians at £4000.  Everyone who pledges for at least 5 packs will be getting a free pack of the civilians added to their order.  There's not long left now, but if we can get to £4500 then everyone will also get free flagsheets for your figures as well!

The ranges are listed on the Forum so have a look through the list, work out what you would purchase and let us know on the Forum.

The campaign will finish at midnight on October 31st, and everyone who has pledged will be invoiced for 50% of your order.  Our sculptor will be given the go-ahead and we'll get them done through Nov/Dec/Jan.  We'll then get them moulded and start sending out customer orders at the end of February 2019.  Everyone will be invoiced for the remaining 50% + shipping once their order is ready to go.

We've got 24 hours left, so let's keep the pledges going and see what else we can add!

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Flying, Fighting and Reflection: The Life of Battle of Britain Fighter Ace, Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE

Flying, Fighting and Reflection: The Life of Battle of Britain Fighter Ace, Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE

This is the thrilling account of the last remaining Battle of Britain ace fighter pilot, Tom "Ginger" Neil. Neil was one of an elite band, nicknamed "The Few" by Winston Churchill, he flew Hurricanes during 141 combat missions in that battle and went on to command the first Spitfire XII squadron during 1942/43 as the RAF went on the offensive in north-west Europe. In this, the only full account of Neil's life to be published in collaboration with his family, we learn how he became a poster boy for the war effort and how he credits his "sixth sense" for keeping him alive during the Second World War. There was, however, one terrifyingly close brush with death, when in 1940 he had a mid-air collision with another Hurricane. With the rear section of his aircraft gone, the plane was out of control and hurtling to the ground, yet somehow he managed to bail out and miraculously survived with only a minor leg injury. As well as RAF service during the Siege of Malta, Wing Commander Neil, who is now in his late nineties, also served with the Americans during the D-Day landings. During his career, Neil was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for the destruction of at least fourteen enemy aircraft, and was a successful test pilot after the war before commanding a jet fighter-reconnaissance squadron in Egypt's troubled Canal Zone during the 1950s for which he was awarded the Air Force Cross. With contributions from the man himself, this book also looks at his life after the RAF and his career as a successful author. For military buffs and novices alike, it is a must-read account of a true war hero.

Monday, 29 October 2018

1/1200 Naval Range For the Battle of Lissa 1866 from Pithead Miniatures

On the face of it, the Italians had a huge advantage in ships and guns at Lissa , her ironclads outnumbered the Austrians by 11 to 7 and the guns the Italian ships mounted were far heavier than their Austrian counterparts. These material advantages also carried over to the Italian wooden vessels  of Albini's frigate squadron which had 7 frigates superior to anything the Austrians possessed.  All this paper strength however didn't take into account the command and technical shortcomings of the Italian navy at this time. In the battle itself, Admiral Persano, the fleet commander not only dithered from the outset but allowed a dangerous gap to open in his line while he transferred his flag to  the powerful ram Affondatore.

Albinis Squadrons

Albinis Squadrons


The Austrian Ironclads passed through the Italian line and wrought havoc with their aggressive ramming tactics and even the Austrian wooden warships got stuck in to the fight while Albinis  powerful Italian frigates stood passively at a distance avoiding battle . Spithead will shortly be completing its Lissa series of ships and although the first dozen sets have now been sold,  it is hoped that a second batch will be produced if the demand is there. This is the only complete set of Lissa ships to have ever been made apart from the pricey collectors models that were produced HAI so this  will be a one time opportunity to own a limited edition set of these models before production ends soon.

Austrian Avisios

Austrian Avisios

Spithead Miniatures
Pithead Miniatures

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Maulers are now back in stock by TTCombat

Back in a derelict city near you! maulers are here to wreak havoc!

Now back in stock on TTCombat website

Maulers are now back in stock by TTCombat

 TTCombat

M44 & M59 Self-Propelled Howitzers Released from Pendraken Miniatures

We've got a quick couple of releases ready before we head off to the Fiasco show this weekend, with the M44 and M52 self-propelled howitzers ready and on the website!

These two are both conversions of the US Walker Bulldog chassis, the first with a 155mm howitzer and used by the US, Britain, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Turkey.  The second has a 105mm howitzer was used by both the US and Turkey (under the M52T designation).

Modern Vehicles

MDV62    M44 Self-propelled howitzer, 155mm      £4.00

MDV62    M44 Self-propelled howitzer, 155mm

MDV63    M52 Self-propelled howitzer, 105mm      £4.00

MDV63    M52 Self-propelled howitzer, 105mm

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Project Update #2: 10mm Celtic Warrior Army Kickstarter by Lancer Miniatures

Vercingetorix has been made, and suitably heroic looking.

Vercingetorix

Vercingetorix was a king and chieftain of the Arverni tribe; he united the Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars.

Vercingetorix was the son of Celtillus the Avernian, leader of the Gallic tribes. Vercingetorix came to power after his formal designation as chieftain of the Arverni at the oppidum Gergovia in 52 BC. He immediately established an alliance with other Gallic tribes, took command and combined all forces, and led them in the Celts' most significant revolt against Roman power. He won the Battle of Gergovia against Julius Caesar in which several thousand Romans and allies died and Caesar's Roman legions withdrew.

Kickstarter
Lancer Miniatures

12mm 75mm HMC M8 Scott from Butlers Printed Models

One WW2 75mm HMC M8 Scott. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 was a self-propelled howitzer vehicle of the United States developed during World War II.

Each model can be ordered with or without a sand skirts

75mm HMC M8 Scott

75mm HMC M8 Scott picture 1

75mm HMC M8 Scott picture 2

75mm HMC M8 Scott picture 3

75mm HMC M8 Scott picture 4

75mm HMC M8 Scott picture 5

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm M3 Stuart from Butlers Printed Models

One WW2 M3 Stuart light tank. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The M3 Stuart, officially Light Tank, M3, was an American light tank of World War II. It was supplied to British and other Commonwealth forces under lend-lease prior to the entry of the U.S. into the war. Thereafter, it was used by U.S. and Allied forces until the end of the war.

8 different variants are available:

M3 Early - with sponson machine guns
M3 Late - Stuart I / II or Honey Stuart
M3 Hybrid - An M3 body with M3A1 turret
M3A1 - Stuart III / IV
M3A3 - Stuart V
M5 - Stuart VI - with M3A1 turret
M5A1 - Stuart VI with M3A3 turret
M3A3 Recce - turretless version used by Commonwealth countries

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

Note: If the M3A3 recce is ordered as turret only we will supply an M3A3 turret.

M3 Stuart

M3 Stuart picture 1

M3 Stuart picture 1

M3 Stuart picture 3

M3 Stuart picture 4

M3 Stuart picture 5

M3 Stuart picture 6

M3 Stuart picture 7

M3 Stuart picture 8

M3 Stuart picture 9

M3 Stuart picture 10

M3 Stuart picture 11

M3 Stuart picture 12

M3 Stuart picture 13

M3 Stuart picture 14

M3 Stuart picture 15

M3 Stuart picture 16

M3 Stuart picture 17

M3 Stuart picture 18

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

You Did It! 276 Acres Saved at Appomattox Court House

You Did It! 276 Acres Saved at Appomattox Court House

As you and I dedicate ourselves to this important mission, celebrating our victories fortifies us for the work that remains. That’s why I’m so glad to have the honor of reporting that you, in the course of two recent campaigns, have saved 276 acres of battlefield at Appomattox Court House. You’ve done something remarkable here, preserving the land where the Civil War effectively ended and a new chapter in our nation’s history began.

General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his brigade of New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians were up early on the morning of April 9, 1865. Marching toward the sound of firing, the Federals could only guess what might lie in front of them. Chamberlain put his men into line of battle and advanced them up and over a ridge when, “there burst upon our vision a mighty scene.” It was the last stalwarts of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia holding their last battle line. As the Yankees advanced farther “not much killing, or even hurting” a solitary figure on horseback appeared, bearing aloft a white flag of surrender.

Later that day, Generals Lee and Grant would agree on the terms of surrender and parole for the Army of Northern Virginia. The peaceful cessation of hostilities at Appomattox served as the model for further Confederate surrenders over the next month. Confederate soldiers would not needlessly give their lives in a bloody last stand, nor would they scatter to the hills and forests to wage guerrilla warfare. Instead, they simply laid down their arms and began the difficult and unfinished work of binding the nation’s wounds.

Thanks to your generous support, today we can declare victory on 276 critical acres at Appomattox Court House, “that obscure little Virginia village now blazoned for immortal fame,” comprised of 202 acres from our 2015 campaign and 74 from our 2017 campaign. The tracts we’ve preserved which include a portion of the ground over which Chamberlain’s men made their last charge of the war are adjacent to land we’ve saved in previous campaigns and to the Appomattox National Historical Park.

These acres are a powerful reminder of the sacrifices and compromises of the brave men who fought on both sides of America’s bloodiest conflict. Now, this hallowed ground will be forever protected because of your support. Thank you for preserving this important piece of American history.

Want to learn more about the place where our nation’s defining conflict finally came to an end? Read 10 facts about Appomattox Court House, watch a video about Lee’s surrender filmed in the very room where terms were reached, or read a play-by-play of the battles of Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House.

American Battlefield Trust

Friday, 26 October 2018

Organ and Volley Guns from Warmonger Miniatures

I got the first WiP shots of the organ and volley guns from Bob. The organ gun (left) is looking close. It's going to get some additional barrel details and have the barrels moved up a bit. The volley gun (right) is getting reworked, it's looking too advanced at the moment with the metal case housing all the guns.

Organ and Volley Guns

Organ and Volley Guns
Warmonger Miniatures

Thursday, 25 October 2018

12mm UH-1 "Huey" Helicopter from Butlers Printed Models

One armed American Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

Unusually for us this item comes as a kit that needs to be assembled.  Assembly is easy as there are only a few parts (as shown in the pictures).

The UH-1 is modelled with a hole underneath which will fit our Helicopter stand (sold separately).  Glue the helicopter to the stand or use a rare earth magnet (magnet not supplied).  The hole is ideal to glue in place a 5 mm diameter, 1 mm thick, rare earth magnet to allow easy mounting to the stand (magnets not supplied).

The main rotor can be glued in place or mounted with a 3 mm diameter rare earth magnet (magnet not supplied).

The armed UH-1H is available with a choice of weapons.

Weapon options:
M60 door guns
M134 minigun door guns
M60 door guns with M134 miniguns and M158 rocket pods on pylons (shown in pictures)
TOW launchers on pylons (shown in pictures)

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter 

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter picture 1

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter picture 2

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter picture 3

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter picture 4

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter picture 5

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter picture 6

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter picture 7

American Bell UH-1H Iroquois Helicopter picture 8

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

New 10mm Napoleonics from The Wargaming Company

We've got a couple new things to announce:

New 10mm Napoleonics

1813 ESR Starter Box Set

1813 ESR Starter Box Set


Having fought Revolutionary and then Napoleonic France more consistently than any other opponent, Austria sought to defy France's dominance on the battlefield. Austria walked away from its alliance with Napoleonic France and threw in its lot with the Coalition against France again in 1813, hoping to become the spoiler that could secure safety for its own empire as the Napoleonic period came to a bloody close.

One French Force Commander with Staff

One French Division
• One Formation Commander
• Two Légère Infantry Battalions
• Six Ligne Infantry Battalions
• One 6-pdr Foot Artillery Battery
• One Reformation Area

One French Cavalry Regiment
• One Formation Commander
• Two Chasseur à Cheval Squadrons
• One Reformation Area

One Austrian Force Commander with Staff

One Austrian Division
• Two Grenzer Battalions
• Six Infantry Battalions
• One 6-pdr Foot Artillery Battery
• One Reformation Area

One Austrian Cavalry Regiment
• One Formation Commander
• Three Chevaulégèr/Dragoon Squadrons
• One Reformation Area

Battleflags
• Eight French Infantry Flags
• One French Chasseur à Cheval Flag
• Eight Austrian Infantry Flags
• One Austrian Chevaulégèr/Dragoon Flag

Bases
• Two 30mm Round Bases
• Four 20mm Round Bases
• Twenty-Three 30x30mm Bases
• Six 30x90mm Bases

Approximately 250 metal 10mm (1:160 scale) miniatures with bases and flags.

Product designed for use with ESR Second Edition, may be compatible with other game systems but compatibility is not intended by design.

May contain lead and small parts, not suitable for children under 14. Contents may differ from photos provided here. Provided unpainted and unassembled.

1814 ESR Starter Box Set

1814 ESR Starter Box Set

Prussia came to symbolize the moral will behind the war against Napoleon. The French had taken revenge for the Seven Years War in 1806 and now Prussia sought to take revenge for 1806. With an Army largely comprised of citizen militia, and arms supplied by Russian and England, Prussia confronted a French Army comprised of war-weary veterans and enthusiastic but untrained conscripts, in a bitter war of conquest and survival.

One French Force Commander with Staff

One French Division
• One Formation Commander
• Two Légère Infantry Battalions
• Six Ligne Infantry Battalions
• One 6-pdr Foot Artillery Battery
• One Reformation Area

One French Cavalry Regiment
• One Formation Commander
• Two Chasseur à Cheval Squadrons
• One Reformation Area

One Prussian Force Commander with Staff

One Prussian Brigade
• One Fusilier Battalion
• Two Infantry Battalions
• Two Reserve Infantry Battalions
• Four Landwehr Infantry Battalions
• One 6-pdr Foot Artillery Battery
• One Reformation Area

One Prussian Cavalry Regiment
• One Formation Commander
• Three Hussar Squadrons
• One Reformation Area

Battleflags
• Eight French Infantry Flags
• One French Chasseur à Cheval Flag
• Two Prussian Infantry Flags
• Four Prussian Landwehr Infantry Flags

Bases
• Two 30mm Round Bases
• Four 20mm Round Bases
• Twenty-Three 30x30mm Bases
• Four 30x90mm Bases

Approximately 250 metal 10mm (1:160 scale) miniatures with bases and flags.

Product designed for use with ESR Second Edition, may be compatible with other game systems but compatibility is not intended by design.

May contain lead and small parts, not suitable for children under 14. Contents may differ from photos provided here. Provided unpainted and unassembled.

Prussian Late War ArmeeKorps


Prussian Grenadiers

Prussian Grenadiers

Prussian Küirassiers

Prussian Küirassiers

Prussian Dragoons

Prussian Dragoons

Prussian Light Cavalry

Prussian Light Cavalry

Prussian Artillery Reserve

Prussian Artillery Reserve

Austrian Late War ArmeeKorps

Austrian Late War ArmeeKorps

Austrian Infantry Brigade

Austrian Infantry Brigade

Russian Uhlans

Russian Uhlans

Russian Ural Cossacks

Russian Ural Cossacks

French Chevaulégèr-Lanciers

French Chevaulégèr-Lanciers

French Hussards

French Hussards

These will be available for pickup at Fall-In 2018! Otherwise, they are scheduled to begin shipping the end of November.

The Wargaming Company