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Thursday, 24 January 2019

New WWII Belgian Vehicles by Pendraken Miniatures

Dave's been wanting to do a few Belgians for a while, so we've had a few vehicles done to scratch his itch!  There's a couple more to come and then we'll have a look at doing some infantry and stuff to go with them towards the end of this year / early 2018 possibly.

First up we've got the T-13 tank destroyer.  This early B1/B2 version was built by Vickers and equipped with a hefty 47mm AT gun, mounted to the rear due to the layout of the vehicle and its centre of gravity.  One downside was that the side armour had to be dropped to allow the turret to fully traverse, leaving the crewmen slightly exposed!

Secondly we've got the T-15 light tank, again built by Vickers in the UK from 1935-1938 and armed with a 13.2 Hotchkiss machine gun.  These were only used in small numbers, 42 in total compared to 300+ of the T-13's.  One interesting note is that these were not referred to as 'tanks' by the Belgian military/government, instead calling them armoured motorcars so as to not provoke Germany.

And finally we've got the rather small Utility B tractor as well.  This was originally the Vickers Utility tractor but this our model is the later 'B' version, licensed and produced in Belgium from 1936.  Numbers built were under 300 in total.

And of course some pics of them!

T-13 tank destroyer:

T-13 tank destroyer

T-15 light tank:

T-15 light tank

Utility B tractor:

Utility B tractor

And a picture of the Utility B in use, to show just how small it was:

And a picture of the Utility B in use, to show just how small it was:

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First batch of 1859/1866 Italian Sculpts from Pendraken Miniatures

The sculptor started work on these last month and the first lot landed with us a couple of weeks ago. This initial set of foot includes the line in tunics, line in greatcoats and the bersaglieri.  More infantry to come later this month, so we'll get those photo'd as soon as they arrive here.

Command in tunic x 3 / Line in tunic x 2:

Command in tunic x 3 / Line in tunic x 2

Command in greatcoat x 3 / Line in greatcoat x 2:

Command in greatcoat x 3 / Line in greatcoat x 2

Bersaglieri, including command:

Bersaglieri, including command

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Resistance Vehicle Peek from TTCombat

Resistance Vehicle Peek from TTCombat

A sneaky orange Resistance vehicle peek of what the resin room are up to.

This here is a brand new sculpt for Dropzone Commander!

This here is a brand new sculpt for Dropzone Commander! What could it be? I’m sure a lot of you will figure this one out, but I’m saying no more!

This is a 3D print straight off the printer. It still needs some cleanup before it gets put into a master mould to make this truck a little resin reality.

We’re going to be showing off more of what Dropzone and Dropfleet releases you can expect with the launch of Battle for Earth later on this year (release date TBC), so be sure to check back often for more treats!

TTCombat

Five New Vehicles Due to be Released at Vapnartak by Timecast

Five new vehicles due to be released at Vapnartak in February.

FV102 Striker (ATGM)

FV102 Striker (ATGM)

M113 APC

M113 APC

M113 APC (External Stowage)

M113 APC (External Stowage)

M125 Mortar Carrier


M125 Mortar Carrier

M106 Mortar Carrier

M106 Mortar Carrier

Prices are still to be confirmed but they will be added to our web site as soon as possible.

Next releases will include the M577 Command POst vehicle, the M901 Improved TOW Vehicle and the M163 Vulcan Air Defence System.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Monday, 21 January 2019

New World War Art Picture

How Innovation Happens: A Tale of Two Ironclads


From Washington's crossing of the Delaware to the Anaconda Plan, warfare by water figured heavily into all three defining conflicts of our nation's first century. Naval operations could tip the balance of a battle, a campaign or even a war, but building and maintaining a navy during the Civil War was an ever-shifting challenge. As the main fighting raged on land, the two navies committed time, ingenuity and natural resources to bolster bold strategies for the war on the water.

Take, for example, the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first-ever battle of ironclad ships. So many factors had to converge to make this historic event possible. Here are just a few of them:

Virginia seceded, forcing the U.S. Navy at the Gosport Naval Yard in Portsmouth to hastily scuttle, destroy or leave behind valuable vessels and guns, including the steam frigate USS Merrimack.
The Confederates were able to salvage and repurpose the Merrimack, replacing the upper works with an iron-covered citadel mounting 10 guns and calling their new ironclad the CSS Virginia.
Largely through serendipity, naval engineer John Ericsson was able to get an audience with Abraham Lincoln to share an innovative design for what would become the USS Monitor. Ericsson overcame objections and misgivings from some high-level officials in the Union Navy to get his design made a reality.
Mary Touvestre, a freed slave employed in the home of an engineer working on the CSS Virginia, happened upon a blueprint for the ship and recognized its significance. She risked life and limb to bring news of the Confederates' progress on this new warship to the Union Navy, lighting a fire under their own ironclad construction timeline.
The USS Monitor was ready just in time to face the newly unleashed CSS Virginia and save the Union fleet from certain destruction. Had its timeline been delayed just a few more weeks, things could have gone very differently on the rivers of Virginia that spring of 1862.
The meeting of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia represented a new pinnacle of a decades-long naval arms race their creators had managed to outpace the development of artillery and neither ship could substantially damage the other. Hampton Roads ended in a stalemate and a gauntlet was laid for weapons development.
These innovative ironclads were just one step along the path to modern naval technology. Another naval first during the Civil War was the debut of the H.L. Hunley submarine and both ironclads and submarines would continue to evolve long after that conflict subsided.

Read more about the history of navies in America's wars on Battlefields.org.

A Toast to You

We have supporters like you to thank for a truly awe-inspiring 2018. You made incredible progress saving battlefield land across the country including through our year-end campaigns to save acres at Seminary Ridge and Cold Harbor and you exceeded our goal of $300,000 in website donations matched! We will keep you updated as these efforts progress. Celebrate 2018 and get excited about 2019 with our brief year-in-review video.

Remembering the Sultana

Even the awesome power of steam had its limits, as Americans learned the hard way in the wake of the Civil War, when the steamboat carrying more than 2,000 Union troops on their way home exploded and sunk. Learn more about this tragic moment in American history.

A Cap Tip to Our Founding Members

If you've visited our online store, you may have seen our Founders Collection - but you may not have noticed that it's only available for a limited time. Become a member of the Trust today with a contribution of $50 or more, and we'll send you a free limited-edition cap to start off your Founding Member swag collection. All members receive a discount on store purchases, so you can build your collection from there. 

Missouri In the Civil War

A key border state, Missouri had thousands of troops fighting for both sides and was the site of a number of battles as well as the construction of two predecessors to the USS Monitor: the USS Essex and the USS Benton. Watch our new video to learn more facts about Missouri in the Civil War.

South Carolina: January 17th, 1781

In the early hours of that fateful January 17th, Daniel Morgan's Patriots met the British on wide-open South Carolina pastureland. By 8 a.m., the Battle of Cowpens was over and the course of the Revolutionary War had forever shifted. Celebrate the anniversary of this pivotal battle by reading all about it.

Thomas Paine In4

In this new In4, Jim Percoco sheds light on one of the overlooked figures of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine. This British-born Patriot wrote pamphlets to inspire the Revolutionary cause, including "Common Sense," which celebrated its 243rd anniversary of publication on January 10.

Mark Your Calendars for Park Day

On April 6th, 2019, modern patriots across the nation will come together to give back to the parks that teach and inspire us. Save the date and get connected with your local park to do your part!

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Saturday, 19 January 2019

10mm Futuristic Building from Empires at War

New 10mm Futuristic building for Sci Fi games Empires at War.

Models in this range will be supplied unpainted.

We will be using these for Dropzone Commander games.

Futuristic Building

Futuristic Building picture 1

Futuristic Building picture 2

Futuristic Building picture 3

Futuristic Building picture 4

Futuristic Building picture 5

Empires at War

Friday, 18 January 2019

New 10mm Sci-Fi Buildings from TTCombat

New Sci-Fi Buildings from TTCombat

Civitalis pattern buildings can be found all over the galaxy where there's been a human presence. One of the most standardised designs available to mankind the origins of the pattern are lost to time, some say that humanity has always had the knowledge to build these buildings while others state, quite clearly that there's no evidence of these buildings existing before the 2nd millennium.

COMMERCIA CIVITALIS

COMMERCIA CIVITALIS

Even war torn futures need somewhere to buy commodities, like combat knifes, relic toasters, or holy maintenance oils for your bed springs. While that may not be much of an issue to those piloting war machines that tower over buildings, its nice to know that even if your planet is getting invaded, virus bombed or its just another Thursday afternoon there's always a bottle of non-person powered dairy substitute waiting for you. With a set of billboards and rooftop walkways the Commercia Civitalis provides great areas for your more modest war machines to take cover from the bigger, angrier war machines that want to stomp them into the dirt. Easy to assemble, even without glue, you'll be able to get a table built in no time!

Made from 3mm MDF this kit is perfect for games of Adeptus Titanicus, but will work perfectly with any similar scale games.


MEDICAE CIVITALIS

Every city needs to have good medical services, especially in war torn futures, where walking to work can result in sudden evisceration by any number of alien species. The medicae civitalis is where miracles happen, stitching people back together, patching up wounds and kissing boo-boos, you're sure to get better in no time. If you're unfortunate enough to be beyond medical assistance, you can be safe in the knowledge that your body will be rendered down into its base components for easy rooftop storage and later reuse or redistribution via rooftop walkways. Easy to assemble, even without glue, you'll be able to get a table built in no time!

Made from 3mm MDF this kit is perfect for games of Adeptus Titanicus, but will work perfectly with any similar scale games.

DOMICILE CIVITALIS

DOMICILE CIVITALIS

The Domicile Civitalis is primarily used for habitation, each block able to house many dozens of workers for forges, administratums and other miscellaneous duties. Able to be connected to the other Civitalis buildings with the included walkways you can make sprawling interconnected hives. It's L shape provides great cover for smaller war machines and plenty of roof space for troops. Easy to assemble, even without glue, you'll be able to get a table built in no time!

Made from 3mm MDF this kit is perfect for games of Adeptus Titanicus, but will work perfectly with any similar scale games.

SHRINE MECHANICA

SHRINE MECHANICA

Giant stompy war machines don't really need moral support when undergoing maintenance, but that never stops anyone who believes hard enough that they do. Designed to cradle war machines while they undergo maintenance and repairs the Shrine Mechaninca features multiple inner levels with the optimal amount of safety equipment. The top level allows someone with a loud enough voice to yell sermons and offer prayers to the war machine below from the safety of a reinforced pulpit, or retire to a private tower to consult their maintenance manuals, surely filled with notes on the correct verses to chant when changing spark plugs.

Designed to block line of sight to even the biggest of war machines the Shrine Titanica works great with your games of Dropzone Commander or Adeptus Titanicus.

Made from 3mm MDF and 1mm greyboard, this kit is perfect for games of Adeptus Titanicus, but will work perfectly with any similar scale games.

ADMINISTRATUM DECIMUS

ADMINISTRATUM DECIMUS

Now a shell of its former self the Administratum Decimus is a stark reminder that war cares not for bureaucracy. Once an imposing building the Administratum stands crumbling in the face of giant war machines, legions of tanks, and countless genetically engineered super soldiers. In it's prime this building managed to house over 700 staff and was able to approve a whopping 3 planning approvals, 2 material transfers, and calculate tithes for a planet of over 12 billion people.

The Administratum Decimus is a great building to hide your war machines behind, standing almost 13cm high and 14cm square it provides great cover for your games of Dropzone Commander or Adeptus Titanicus.

Made from 3mm MDF and 1mm greyboard, this kit is perfect for games of Adeptus Titanicus, but will work perfectly with any similar scale games.

TTCombat

Five New WWI Tanks from Kallistra

Five New WWI Tanks from Kallistra

Five new WWI tanks are now available to order from the Kallistra website.

WW1-BR-WP British Late War Tank - Whippet - ( x 2 plus bases)

WW1-BR-WP British Late War Tank - Whippet

WW1-FR-REN French Late War Tank - Renault - ( x 3 plus bases)

WW1-FR-REN French Late War Tank - Renault

WW1-FR-CHA French Late War Tank - St Charmond - ( x 2 plus bases)

WW1-FR-CHA French Late War Tank - St Charmond

WW1-FR-SCH French Late War Tank - Schneider - ( x 2 plus bases)

WW1-FR-SCH French Late War Tank - Schneider

WW1-GE-A7V German Late War Tank - A7V - ( x 1 plus base)

WW1-GE-A7V German Late War Tank - A7V

Kallistra

Lieutenant Melvill from Steve Barber Models

The Dash With The Colours!

As it will soon be the anniversary of the battle of Isandlwana we have added this miniature of Lieutenant Melvill trying to escape with the colours of the 24th regiment to our 10mm Zulu Wars range.

Teignmouth Melvill

On 22 January 1879 after the disaster of the Battle of Isandlwana, South Africa, Lieutenant Melvill made efforts to save the Queen's Colour of his Regiment. He and Nevill Josiah Aylmer Coghill were pursued by Zulu warriors and after experiencing great difficulty in crossing the swollen Buffalo River, during which time the Colour was lost and carried downstream, the two men were overtaken by the enemy and following a short struggle both were killed. The Colour was retrieved from the river ten days later.





Lieutenant Melvill

Lieutenant Melvill picture 1

Lieutenant Melvill picture 2

Lieutenant Melvill picture 3

Steve Barber Models

Thursday, 17 January 2019

CMP Lorry Master from Arrowhead Miniatures

The CMP lorry master with both cab types side by side. We had a terrible time finding reliable drawings of the type 11 cab but won out in the end.

Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) trucks were a class of military trucks, made in large numbers, and in numerous variants, by Canada during World War II, to British Army specifications, primarily intended for use in the armies of the British Commonwealth allies.

CMP Lorry Master

CMP Lorry Master picture 1

CMP Lorry Master picture 2

Arrowhead Miniatures

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Scorpion & Scimitar 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.

Starting off the new year, we have the first of the CV(R) T's the Scorpion and the Scimitar at 144th. As is the case for all the new models, both feature the new locking turrets.

FV101 Scorpion

FV101 Scorpion

Aotrs Shipyards direct price: £3.50 GBP

FV107 Scimitar

FV107 Scimitar

Aotrs Shipyards direct price: £3.50 GBP

Photos of Replicator 2 variants.

We have now reached the end of the pale grey material, and I have taken the opportunity to run off a model (of the forthcoming 144 scifi Phystyulon ground force) in the grey, the blue and the brown material, so we can see how they compare (especially for the photos).

Photos of Replicator 2 variants

Any thoughts on which one is best?

Next month will most likely be the Iltis; in the pipeline in the Saracen (partly why I did the CV(R) Ts) and the Saracen.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Break Ground with Us on the South Carolina Liberty Trail


Something is missing from our Revolutionary history.

When many of us think of the American War for Independence, George Washington, Boston or the winter at Valley Forge might come to mind. Yet military operations in the Southern Colonies were just as critical to the course and outcome of the war as those in the Middle and Northern Colonies.

Which brings me to South Carolina. Many of the most significant battles of the American Revolution were fought amidst its farms, forests, swamps, mountains, cities and towns. Yet far too few Americans know about this history  and even fewer have experienced these hallowed places firsthand.

We've joined forces with the South Carolina Battleground Trust and the National Park Service to make this right. Thanks to the invaluable support of generous modern-day patriots like you, we have already started preserving battlegrounds across the state. We're also using cutting-edge technology to tell the stories of some of Revolutionary South Carolina's most pivotal people and places. Named in recognition of the role this chapter of history played in securing America's independence, The Liberty Trail will be an experience people can enjoy virtually or as a self-paced driving tour.

Located on the road between Camden and Charlotte, Hanging Rock is one of 16 primary battlefields selected for the initial phase of the Liberty Trail. It was the most northerly of a series of outposts the British established to control the South Carolina backcountry after the August 1780 Battle of Camden.

Of the Battle of Hanging Rock, noted 19th-century historian Lyman Draper later wrote that "Cornwallis was heard to say that no battle fell heavier on the British, considering the numbers engaged, the Battle of Bunker Hill excepted."

The fighting began early on the morning of August 6, 1780, when Colonel Thomas Sumter led approximately 800 Patriot militia to attack a force of about 1,400 troops at the British outpost at Hanging Rock. The 2.4 acres we hope to save is in the footprint of the attack on Loyalist militia that began the battle. Patriot Colonel William Hill reported that the "action commenced under many unfavorable circumstances … as they had to march across a water course & climb a steep cliff, being all this time under fire." Despite these challenges, the Patriot force routed both the Loyalists and a camp of British regulars before the British got their bearings and reorganized to defend themselves.

After a three-hour battle, Sumter withdrew his men, leaving roughly 200 British casualties to the Patriots' 53. In part due to the lopsided casualty figures, Hanging Rock is considered a Patriot victory which served to further embolden Patriot efforts against the British.

My friend, for just $16,651 we can forever preserve a crucial part of the Hanging Rock battlefield. And to help us get there, one of our donors who is passionate about preserving battlefields of the Southern Campaign has agreed to match all gifts up to $5,000.

But your contribution to Hanging Rock isn't just about these 2.4 acres. Your support is critical to build momentum on development of the Liberty Trail and  do justice to this largely forgotten chapter of American history.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to become a "trailblazer" for South Carolina Revolutionary history education and preservation. Please make a tax-deductible gift to preserve Hanging Rock today.

Doing justice to South Carolina's Revolutionary history will be a marathon, not a sprint. Start training today by reading more about plans for the Liberty Trail.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Why Russia is getting back 30 World War II tanks from Laos

A Soviet T-34 tank drives in the Victory Day parade in May in Volgograd, Russia.

Russia is taking back World War II-era tanks from Laos because, well, Moscow needs a star, lots of them.

The Russian Defense Ministry said this week that 30 T-34 tanks had arrived in the far eastern port of Vladivostok after a 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) journey from the Southeast Asian nation. They soon will be on their way to the Moscow area.

Until recently, the tanks were on active duty in the Laotian military, almost 80 years after first being introduced into the Soviet military in 1940.

The T-34 was the backbone of Soviet armor in World War II and beyond.


"No tank affected the outcome of World War 2 as the Soviet T-34 Medium Tank series," according to the militaryfactory.com website.

Some 57,000 were built before the war ended in 1945, a number so large that "availability in numbers certainly played well for the Soviets as T-34s could swarm enemy positions seemingly at will," militaryfactory.com says.

T-34 production continued into the Cold War, with more than 80,000 produced in all. Thousands were exported around the world.

And while the Soviet Union and then Russia have produced more modern tanks since, the T-34 holds a strong place in Russian hearts. And that's what led to the need to bring the 30 back from Laos.
Russians, it seems, can't see enough of them.

"The equipment transferred by the Lao side is planned to be used during the Victory Parades in various cities of Russia, for updating museum exhibits, as well as for making historical films about the Great Patriotic War," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

And if you need any more evidence of that need and popularity, a feature-length film about Soviet soldiers and the tank, titled "T-34," broke Russian box office records last week, according to news reports.

By Brad Lendon, CNN

New 10mm Demon Dwarfs from Dancing Yak Miniatures


Hi it’s with great excitement we would like to share with the war gaming community the first preview of our 10mm Demon dwarfs line. We are hoping to do 2-3 times the amount of models we are currently showing. Further these models ware no way done and texture will be added to things like hair, more poses more unit types many of which are nearly done! We just couldn’t resist sharing. .This was made to fill a gap in the war gaming community by players of 10mm war games for the fans of 10mm games. We hope you follow or like us and make sure to share with your friends, group, blogs or whatevers.Much more info soon on the kick starter and if there’s enough interest they can be made in other scales. All models will be cast in metal and prototypes are done with high quality 3d printers. We have been working on for just shy of 16 hours with 2 hours of brakes, hammering it out for you. Hope you as psyched as we are!

Demon Dwarfs

Demon Dwarfs picture 1

Demon Dwarfs picture 2

Demon Dwarfs picture 3

Demon Dwarfs picture 4

Demon Dwarfs picture 5

Dancing Yak Miniatures

Sunday, 13 January 2019

New 10mm Panzer 38(t) Ausf C from Lancer Miniatures

New 10mm Panzer 38t Ausf C now available from Lancer Miniatures.

The Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) was originally a Czechoslovak tank of pre-World War II design. After Czechoslovakia was taken over by Germany, it was adopted by the German Army, seeing service in the invasions of Poland, France and the USSR. Production ended in 1942, when its main armament was deemed inadequate. In all, over 1,400 Pz. 38(t)s were manufactured.

Panzer 38(t) Ausf C

Panzer 38(t) Ausf C

Lancer Miniatures