Friday, 14 December 2018

First Elf Head from Dark Fields Factory

Here we have the step-by-step progress of Renato Benigna sculpting his new First Elf Head.

First step

First Elf Head

First Elf Head picture 1

First Elf Head picture 2

First Elf Head picture 3

First Elf Head picture 4

Dark Fields Factory

A Sportsplex on Hallowed Ground?

A Sportsplex on Hallowed Ground?

You may be writing out your holiday cards, and I hope they contain happier tidings than those I must bring today. Right now, a 50-acre tract of land integral to two major Richmond area Civil War battles Gaines' Mill in 1862 and Cold Harbor in 1864 is at great risk of development.

The land is owned by Hanover County, Virginia, and the good news is that they are going to give us a chance to buy it for preservation. The bad news is that if we can't raise the $1 million cost to acquire the property, it will be developed into a massive "sportsplex," complete with up to six soccer and lacrosse fields, parking lots, intrusive light towers looming over the rest of the battlefield, an exponential increase in traffic and inevitable development that will arise to support such a major facility.

This wasn't in our budget for this year. In fact, I had hoped I might not have to ask for your help again in 2018. But when we heard about Hanover County's plans and considered the historic significance of these 50 acres, we simply had to move on it.

According to historian Robert E.L. Krick the expert on these battles and battlefields Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson "deployed the 10,000-man division of Gen. D.H. Hill across every foot of the county property" on June 27, 1862, during the battle of Gaines' Mill. Nearly two years later in 1864, "the property was involved in all aspects of the two-week fight at Cold Harbor."

Please don't get me wrong; we here at the Trust don't have anything against these types of sports complexes – as long as they’re not on an important battlefield! What we have here is an opportunity for a win-win scenario where we purchase these 50 acres and the county finds another location for the sportsplex. In this scenario, the county would benefit from both the sportsplex (at a different location) and the economic and community benefits that preserved battlefields bring!

To make this a reality, we need your help to save this hallowed ground from development. And there's good news: we believe we can secure as much as $821,000 of the $1 million we need to save this land through grants plus donations from several dedicated preservationists and foundations. That means we only need to raise another $179,000 in this emergency effort to save this land. (In case you're counting, that's a terrific $5.59-to-$1 match of your generosity!)

As you make your final decisions about year-end giving, I humbly ask you to consider including a contribution to save these 50 critical acres of hallowed ground from imminent development. This mission this movement this organization could not exist without you. Please give what you can today to help preserve these 50 acres at Gaines' Mill and Cold Harbor.

Thank you for all you do, and I wish you and yours every blessing this holiday season.

 It's not a coincidence that this Virginia ground saw two major battles. See how the Peninsula Campaign in 1862 and the Overland Campaign in 1864 fit into the full picture of the Civil War.

American Battlefield Trust

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Spähpanzer Luchs from Aotrs Shipyards

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. Aotrs Shipyards also takes direct printing commissions.

For the last release this year, we have the Spähpanzer Luchs in 144th, modelled, this time by UshCha! This is the prototype for the locking turret, and as such, both Shapeways and Replicator 2 versions have this feature - as will all subsequent new models I create and release.

I will not, for the moment, be updating the old vehicle's Shapeways versions to V2 locking turrets. Doing so is a relatively simple and quick job, but it's another one in a long list of jobs doing the conversion. If, as usual, anyone really wants the V2 model from Shapeways, just contact me through the usual channels and I'll do it on request. Otherwise, that is going to be a job left until I've got the catalogue up to spec and the revisions all done.

Spähpanzer Luchs

Spähpanzer Luchs

Aotrs Shipyards direct price: £4.90

Photo of Replicator 2 direct print version.

As I start to go back through the catalogue (I have to re-print EVERYTHING at least once to log the time anyway!) and upgrade the direct (Replicator 2) versions to the new locking turret, I am trying to take new photos of everything as well, since the quality is now so much better.

Here's an example - today's somewhat tedious and involved job is to do all the BMP-1/2 models (and their swimming versions). You can see the improvements in production quality here on the BMP-1 and the BRM-1K.

Old, version 1 print on MakerBot:

Old, version 1 print on MakerBot picture 1

Old, version 1 print on MakerBot picture 2

New, version 2 print on Simplify3D:

New, version 2 print on Simplify3D

Note that on the Luchs and bottom images, I've had to enhance the contrast using PaintShop Pro 8's auto contrast so you can see the details better. (Which has the side-effect of making the lines look more visible than they really are). The "grey" plastic we're currently using is nearly white and like WSF, it doesn't like being photographed much! We've got some more brown for when this runs out, which seemed to work better - we can't get the mid-grey like we used to - and we're going that have an experiment with blue, to see if that's any improvement.

But as a comparison, here's the BRM-1K with both turrets, both before and after I fiddled with it.


BRM-1K picture 1

BRM-1K picture 2

Next month is likely to be the Iltis, and February the Scorpion and Scimitar, depending on how I get on; most of the rest of December is fairly busy with other things, and if I plan to have a sci-fi ground force for Hammerhead at the very start of March I'll have to get a move on, so I may not do any more moderns until that's out of the way with this current backlog. (On top of the admin, which is mostly what I'm going to try and do over the rest December!)

There will, however, be another Galactic Terrorists release next week and this month's sci-fi release, all being well!

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Winged Beast from Dark Fields Factory

Here we have the step-by-step progress of Renato Benigna sculpting his new Winged Beast.

First step

Winged Beast

Winged Beast picture 1

Winged Beast picture 2

Winged Beast picture 3

Winged Beast picture 4

Dark Fields Factory

Banshee Leader in Progress from Dark Fields Factory

Here we have the step-by-step progress of Renato Benigna sculpting his new Banshee Leader.

Banshee Leader

Banshee Leader picture 1

Banshee Leader picture 2

Banshee Leader picture 3

Banshee Leader picture 4

Dark Fields Factory

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dismounted Single Mongol Bowmen from Kallistra

In response to requests; Dismounted Single Mongol Bowmen are now available.

H-6005 Dismounted Single Mongol Bowmen

H-6005 Dismounted Single Mongol Bowmen picture 1

H-6005 Dismounted Single Mongol Bowmen picture 2
Pack H-6005 is supplied with 32 figures plus 4 bases.

Cast in the UK using lead free pewter.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

10mm German Mortar, Organ Gun & Volley Gun, Kickstarter from Warmonger Miniatures

10mm German Mortar, Organ Gun & Volley Gun, Kickstarter from Warmonger Miniatures

Warmonger Miniatures is running our eighth Kickstarter. Help us add this one to our list of success stories (Great Swords, Arquebusiers, Crossbowmen, Halberdiers, Reiter, Ritter and Falkonet).

10mm German Mörser (Mortar), Orgelgeschütz (Organ Gun) and Salvengeschütz (Volley Gun)

In a nutshell, I'm a Warmaster gamer who's after a Dogs of War army where I don't have to worry about out-of-production models, conversions and size differences between ranges. 10mm Landsknechte fit the bill here, plus they could find a home in an Empire or historical army as well.

The Miniatures

There are five unit options this time around:

Mörsers auf Rädern (Wheeled Mortars)

A unit of two wheeled mortars and six crew.

Mörsers auf Rädern (Wheeled Mortars)

Statischer Mörsers (Static Mortars)

A unit of two static mortars and six crew.

Statischer Mörsers (Static Mortars)

Orgelgeschütz (Organ Guns)

A unit of two organ guns and six crew.

Orgelgeschütz (Organ Guns)

Salvengeschütz (Volley Guns)

A unit of two volley guns and six crew.

Salvengeschütz (Volley Guns)

Artilleristen (Artillerymen)

A unit of eighteen crew.

Artilleristen (Artillerymen)


Extra units are available at a price determined by your pledge level:

$10.00 per extra unit if you pledged at the "Donation" or "2 Units" levels.
$9.50 per extra unit if you pledged at the "4 Units" level.
$9.00 per extra unit if you pledged at the "8 Units" level.
Bases will not be available this time as I can no longer source them locally.

You can order other landsknecht units as well at their normal price. Simply indicate what you're after on the reward survey you're sent after the Kickstarter has been funded. I'll invoice you for these additional units along with the shipping (see below).


Once the units are ready to be shipped I will invoice you for an additional fee to cover postage. Please note that these are estimates. I was liberal when calculating the weight of the units so hopefully they won't be higher. Add-ons will affect the cost of postage.

United States

$4.00 for 1 to 4 units.
$7.50 for 5 to 32 units.
$14.50 for 33 or more units.
Rest of the World

$15 for 1 to 4 units.
$24 for 5 to 22 units.
$37 for 23 to 54 units.
$60 for 55 or more units.

Risks and challenges

The units are sculpted and a master mold has been cut. If this Kickstarter fails to be funded I will just have to produce them at a later date (after I've recouped some of the costs from other sales).

In terms of a time-frame, I figure production molding and casting in January and shipping in February. If that changes you'll be seeing an update from me here.

Warmonger Miniatures,

Monday, 10 December 2018

Free Shipping, Beer in the Civil War, Foreign Fighters In4, and More

Free Shipping, Beer in the Civil War, Foreign Fighters In4, and More

This holiday season, we invite you to do your online shopping with us! From now until the end of the year, we are offering free shipping on all $50+ purchases in our new online store.

We have many products for you to choose from to gift to a loved one or yourself! Our collections include provisions for your next trip to the battlefield, including practical outdoor gear, such as water bottles and folding chairs, and an American Battlefield Trust cooler. There is even something for dog owners as well a portable water bowl so Fido can stay hydrated while traveling.

If you're looking to make a statement, we have a collection of artwork that includes limited edition historic prints of scenes from the Civil War. Our 2019 calendar is also available for purchase for the low price of $6.95.

Of course, our store offers standard swag like stickers and T-shirts, mugs, and lapel pins. Our special Founders Collection will only be available for a limited time, so now is the moment to purchase items that celebrate your steadfast commitment to the cause.

Best of all, you can rest assured knowing every purchase you make will go towards saving hallowed ground for future generations.

To take advantage of this offer, enter the code "SHIP18" at the checkout when you are completing your purchase.

Happy holiday shopping!

Alabama in the Civil War

The deeds of Alabamians – both Union and Confederate – are found on most Civil War battlefields. In this new video, our own Tom Moore explains the figures, events, and contributions associated with the state during the Civil War, including key Naval operations.

Foreign Fighters In4

The American Revolution was an international event of global implications. Many Europeans were swept up in the values of liberty and equality written in the declaration. Learn more about the foreign leaders who helped America win the war for independence.

Excerpts from Hallowed Ground

Our award-winning membership magazine, Hallowed Ground, features stunning photography, news, and in-depth articles by some of America's leading historians. The most recent issue contained articles on future presidents under fire. Read about U.S. Grant at Cold Harbor, "Old Tippecanoe" William Henry Harrison, or peruse a sample of the articles online.

Saved: 49 Acres at Yorktown

Thanks to our steadfast supporters, a 49-acre parcel of land on the Yorktown battlefield has been saved from residential development. The site of sieges in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, this twice-hallowed ground has the power not only to educate about the sacrifices that secured our freedoms, but also to inspire us all to be better citizens and better people.

Time for a Trip to Richmond?

The Richmond Battle App® is the perfect Civil War touring partner for your visits to Richmond, Virginia, and its area Civil War battlefields and historic sites. Our GPS-enabled application allows you to discover the great historical sites associated with the 1862 and 1864 campaigns for Richmond and inside the city itself.

Beer in the Civil War

Along with historical names, breweries throughout the nation have chosen Civil War inspired locations or recipes. It is tempting to think that this easy relationship between beer and these people and places dates back to the war itself. Yet, the story of beer, brewers, and breweries in the American Civil War is a bit more complex than it appears.

American Battlefield Trust

New World War Art Picture

New World War Art Picture

New World War Art Picture

New World War Art Picture

New World War Art Picture

New World War Art Picture

New World War Art Picture

12mm Israeli Sherman M-51 (Isherman) Tank from Butlers Printed Models

One Israeli Sherman M-51 (Isherman) tank. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The Sherman M-50 and the Sherman M-51, both often referred abroad as the Super Sherman, were modified versions of the American M4 Sherman tank that served with the Israel Defense Forces from the mid-1950s to early 1980s. The M-51 was also referred to as the Isherman.

 Israeli Sherman M-51 (Isherman)

Israeli Sherman M-51 (Isherman) picture 1

Israeli Sherman M-51 (Isherman) picture 2

Israeli Sherman M-51 (Isherman) picture 3

Israeli Sherman M-51 (Isherman) picture 4

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Castle Arts Closing

Castle Arts Closing

Last 7th to order from the site, Castle Art's will be closed from 12/31/2018.
To give the possibility to order we have decided to communicate this decision to all our customers and followers on FB.

You will be able to order until 12/ 16/ 2018 after the site wi]1 go into maintenance.
I personally thank all of you for the wonderful years spent together.

10mm Space Trooper from Steve Barber Models

Today we have something different to show you. A sculpt of a 10mm Space Trooper sculpted for Thorsten Brandes from Falkenwelt Modellbau using our Commission a Miniature service. This miniature will hopefully be available in January.

10mm Space Trooper from Steve Barber Models

Steve Barber Models
Falkenwelt Modellbau

Sunday, 9 December 2018

1809 Hesse-Darmstadt Sculpts from Pendraken Miniatures

The first batch of sculpts for our 1809 Not-Kickstarter have arrived, with the Hesse-Darmstadt troops reporting for duty!

The Hesse range was the smallest of the new nations so a nice easy start for the sculptor.  This lot are going straight into a mould this coming week so that we can get a head start on the production moulds and keep to our estimated delivery dates of February next year.  The Saxons are coming next and should be with us by the end of this coming week so we'll get some pics of those up straightaway.


Command - Mounted officer / officer / standard / drummer / hornist

Command - Mounted officer / officer / standard / drummer / hornist

Infantry - 2 x march attack / 2 x firing

Infantry - 2 x march attack / 2 x firing

Chevau-Leger - Standard / 2 x troopers / musician / officer

Chevau-Leger - Standard / 2 x troopers / musician / officer

Artillery crew x 4

Artillery crew x 4

Limber team - Ridden horse / officer

Limber team - Ridden horse / officer

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Friday, 7 December 2018

Battlefield Trust ECW Battle Packs Released from Pendraken Miniatures

Battlefield Trust ECW Battle Packs Released from Pendraken Miniatures

After they were launched at the Battleground show a fortnight ago, we've now added these ECW battle packs to the website as well.  Covering the 3 ECW battles that took place here in the north-east of England, each pack contains a representation of the forces present at each engagement, at a ratio of roughly 1:10.

In August 1642, King Charles I declared war against his Parliament.  The North, led by William Cavendish, Earl of Newcastle, generally supported the King.  Cavendish’s 6-8,000 strong Royalist northern army marched south from Newcastle to relieve the Parliamentarian threat to Royalist York.  En route it defeated a small Parliamentarian force at Piercebridge and then went on to challenge Parliamentarian forces led by the Fairfaxes in the west (Leeds/Bradford area) and the Hothams (Hull) and Cholmleys (Scarborough) in the East.  The struggle for control of the bridge crossings of the River Tees, in order to move Royalist supplies of munitions from the Continent down to York and beyond, led to the engagements at Guisborough and Yarm.

These packs are all available on our website now, Packs cover

The Battle of Piercebridge (1 December 1642)
The Battle of Guisborough (16 January 1643)
The Battle of Yarm (1 February 1643)

More info on the Battlefields Trust.

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Wargames Illustrated 374, December 2018

Wargames Illustrated 374, December 2018

Wargames Illustrated WI374 December Edition is out in stores today and comes with a FREE ship sprue for the upcoming Cruel Seas game from Warlord Games - Order yours today!

Observation Post

Our review of the latest products we’ve seen or been sent, including our look at books in On The Shelf.

Theme: The Unkillable Soldier

The focus of this month’s theme is one man, the extraordinary soldier that was Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart. He fought in at least seven conflicts, won 16 medals and distinctions (including a VC) and received eleven grievous wounds. In this introductory article find out about the military career of ‘The Unkillable Soldier’ and why he makes such a fascinating focus for gaming.

Rules Showcase: Cruel Seas

On a recent visit to Warlord Games, we tried out the upcoming coastal combat rules where MTBs and E Boats duel for mastery of the seas.

Theme: Adrian Carton De Wiart in the Great War

Jim Graham delves deeper into the military career of our theme subject and brings us astounding tales and wargames scenarios for Carton de Wiart’s exploits in Somaliland and the Western Front.

The Battle of Pechory 1701

Mark Shearwood gives us the lowdown on his UK show circuit demo game, unveiled at Partizan 2018.

Theme: Interwar Warrior

Our theme hero Adrian Carton de Wiart was far from quiet between World War One and Two. In this article. Dom Sore explores the eastern European conflicts that ACdW became embroiled in and suggests how to bring them to the tabletop.

Jingle Bowels

Pete Brown presents a ‘Christmas Truce’ Football Match with a difference.

Theme: The Warrior’s Norwegian Cruise

The twilight of our theme hero’s military career finds him leading the failed British expedition to Norway in 1940. Despite its reputation as a “British fiasco”, Dom Sore finds fertile ground for gaming the early war in eastern Norway.

Wargamers’ Spaces

GP Aroldi shares the culmination of many a wargamer’s dream, the creation of his own space to enjoy the hobby we all share.

Oudenarde – Part 1: 28mm

Simon MacDowell describes an interesting approach to re-fighting this historical engagement, in the first of two parts.

Mdf - What No Paint?

Gary Faulkner is back once more, looking at getting the best from MDF buildings without having to use gallons of paint.

Spinning Off with Paper Soldiers

Peter Dennis, the wargaming world’s favourite illustrator, introduces us to the world of the downloadable paper soldiers that have come from the publication of his books.

Company Profile: Plastic Soldier Company

We visited Will Townshend and his fine crew at the ‘almost Brighton’ home of one the biggest little companies currently on the UK wargames scene.

Bedford Besieged

Author of the Lion Rampant rules Daniel Mersey presents a mini-siege campaign full of action and adventure rather than siege works and starvation.

How To: Make Craters

Paul Davies provides techniques and tips to create generic craters suitable for almost any wargames setting.

Wargames Illustrated

Strategy & Tactics 314, Jan-Feb 2019

Strategy & Tactics 314, Jan-Feb 2019

Vikings - Raiding, Warfare, & Empire in the Dark Ages: Vikings are remembered today as ferocious warriors who wreaked havoc in Europe and the British Isles. The true story is far more complex, as they were an integral part of the emerging European Middle Ages.

Other Articles:

None Died Better - Last Stand at Isandlwana 22 January 1879: The Battle of Isandlwana stands as one of the worst defeats of a European army by an indigenous force.
No Man's Child - Britain's Mesopotamian Campaign 1914-1918: Analysis of Britain’s Mesopotamian Campaign during World War I.
Battles in the Swamp - Gully Hole Creek & Bloody Marsh: In 1742, Spanish forces invaded the British-held island of St. Simons in Georgia. Two battles there would halt the Spanish invasion and secure Britain’s southern colonies.

Strategy & Tactics

Miniature Wargames 429, January 2019

Miniature Wargames 429, January 2019

This time next week, the January issue of Miniature Wargames will be out in the shops! What's inside this month:

With reports on Deep Cut Studio; Brigade; History Works; Sally 4th and more!

Gardening in the Swat valley - an unlikely sounding scenario for Black Ops by Conrad Kinch.

The Editor makes his first trip to the Leeds show.

Corunna – Spain 1809. It’s Command Decision by Jon Sutherland.

The Editor slips on a hair shirt: an exploration of a self-inflicted scenario faux pas.

It’s the cold war as might have been: the scenario is Operation Able Archer using Rapid Fire! rules.

The usual sensor sweep of the latest products in F&SF gaming from Deep Cut; Mantic; Wild West Exodus; Brother Vinni; GZG and more!

Multiple scenarios using the downloadable By Crom! system for games of valour, danger and treachery - with the odd giant, troll and dragon thrown in for good measure!

The Editor takes his camera to the popular tournament show in Reading.

How to play a game without buying every model tank on the planet. Probably...

12 Reviews of books to consider for the coffee table of any discerning wargamer!

Show Wadi Wadi: The Wargames Widow gives us some dry gulches!

Find a club in your vicinity and add your club for free!

On sale 14 December 2018

Miniature Wargames