Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Aotrs Shipyards Jan 2018 Release: BTR-70

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.

We start the new year with the BTR-70 at 144th, complete with the swimming hull!




BTR-70 Swimming

BTR-70 Swimming


Photos as usual of Replicator 2 prototypes - albeit with a different filament, seeing as we have not been able to get our preferred grey. This brown is... adequate to the task, but it definitely doesn't look or photograph as well, I'm afraid. (I think with it being darker, it makes any tiny strings show up far worse - the sort of thing you wouldn't notice on a painted model - and, of course, not something you get on the Shapeways WSF anyway! Still, I always figure it is better to have an actual picture than a render.)

APCs are likely to be something of a theme for at least the first part of the year! Next month will see the release of the BTR-80; the Chinese YW-531 (aka Type 63 aka K63) is ready and will likely follow and the British FV432 is underway.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Join us at Kettle Creek on February 12

Join us at Kettle Creek on February 12

Please join the Civil War Trust’s Campaign 1776, Representative Jody Hice, legendary University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association and esteemed preservation leaders for a special ceremony announcing landmark battlefield preservation efforts at the Kettle Creek Battlefield!

Monday, February 12, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Kettle Creek Battlefield
War Hill Road, Washington, Georgia 30673

Please send RSVPs and questions to rsvp@civilwar.org. On the day of the event, follow Campaign 1776 signs to the parking area. Refreshments will be available throughout the event for attendees’ enjoyment, together with period music.

Know people who live nearby? Please forward this invitation to your friends in the Atlanta area!

Campaign 1776
The Civil War Trust

Monday, 15 January 2018

New World War Art Photo

January in the Civil War

With a few notable exceptions, the month of January often served as a time during which Civil War armies rested, licked their wounds, and waited for the roads before resuming campaigning in the spring.

That is not to say that January was devoid of events of historical significance. Quite the contrary. In January 1861, for example, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana followed South Carolina in declaring themselves seceded from the Union in response to the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency. In the months of January 1862 and 1863, the consequential battles of Mill Springs, KY, and Stones River, TN, occurred. With your help, we have saved critical acreage at both of these important battlefields. The January 1865 Battle of Fort Fisher, NC closed the last major Confederate port.

Later that month, a key turning point in the conflict occurred on January 31 1865, when the House of Representatives passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, a process facilitated by masterful behind-the-scenes politicking on the part of President Lincoln.

These events mattered in large part because hundreds of thousands of American soldiers were willing to fight and die to make them matter. At the Civil War Trust we are privileged to honor their memory by protecting the lands on which, as Lincoln might say, so many “gave the last full measure of devotion.”

In the coming year we expect to save our fifty thousandth acre of hallowed ground, a tremendous achievement made possible by the generous support you have given us over the years.

Battlefields as Classrooms

Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, a member of the Civil War Trust board of trustees, recounts how our nation's battlefields act as exceptional classrooms for future warriors and highlights his support of the ongoing effort in Virginia to create a Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park.

Facebook Live with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Are you sick of the recent cold spell on the East Coast? Well, if you think you have it bad, think again. Join us on Facebook for our next Facebook Live event. We will be live from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine Museum discussing what it was like to be a soldier in a Civil War era camp. We will explore how both sides coped with winter and the ever-exciting Civil War snowball battles!

Veterans In4

Author Brian Matthew Jordan details The Grand Review, which led to the formation of veterans organizations after the Civil War, specifically the creation of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Jim Lighthizer on PreserveCast

Civil War Trust President Jim Lighthizer was recently featured on PreserveCast, Preservation Maryland's podcast. In this episode, Jim discusses the history of the Civil War Trust, our process for preserving battlefields, and the importance of saving American history.

A Year of Preservation Work

Thanks to you, we had a remarkable year in 2017. You helped us to protect 2,474 battlefield acres in 11 states, surpassing the milestone of 48,000 acres saved. Take a look back at some of our greatest accomplishments, including preservation projects, partnerships, and effort to expand our digital reach.

Become a Monthly Donor

It’s never been easier to continually support the preservation of America’s historic battlefields. Join the ranks of our supporters with our monthly giving plan. Your tax-deductible gift will help us to preserve this irreplaceable hallowed ground forever.

The Civil War Trust

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Only $12,500 to go to Save Seven Battlefields

Only $12,500 to go to Save Seven Battlefields

I recently wrote to you ago about a special opportunity to save 1,053 acres of hallowed ground in four states, at seven battlefields: Brice’s Cross Roads, Cedar Creek, Champion Hill, Corinth, Monocacy, Prairie D’Ane, and Second Deep Bottom.

Our friends at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation recently pledged $30,000 toward protecting the tract at Cedar Creek, one of the most important battles of the entire Civil War. Thanks to their incredible generosity, we need only $12,500 to reach the finish line and save these seven sacred sites. Allies like SVBF make our important work possible, so I encourage you to join them and support the effort to protect these historic places.

Including the 8,500 casualties at Cedar Creek, more than 32,000 Americans were killed, wounded, or captured at these seven engagements.

This is truly hallowed ground, and if we don’t act, this land may be lost to development forever. We owe it to the men who struggled and sacrificed so much at these places that we prevent such a travesty from happening. We owe it to them that their memories be preserved.

What’s more, in honoring our nation’s past, you will also help protect its future, by ensuring that men and women for generations to come will be able to learn from some of the best outdoor classrooms in the world.

Help us save these seven battlefields!

The immense success the Civil War Trust has enjoyed over the last 30 years has been made possible in part because of wonderful partners such as the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. We have only $12,500 to go. Please considering joining them and supporting this effort!

The Civil War Trust

Monday, 8 January 2018

Join the Final Charge to Save Princeton

Join the Final Charge to Save Princeton

Last year, you and I embarked on an ambitious effort to save some of the most historically significant land we have ever tried to save 15 acres at Princeton. There, you may recall, George Washington rallied his troops and led them in a counterattack that broke the British line and breathed new life into the American Revolution. This is truly some of the most important ground in America and until we got involved it was in great danger of being lost forever.

These 15 acres were valued at $4.1 million, a steep cost to be sure. But this land needed to be protected. Future generations of Americans need to be able to walk this ground and see where Washington turned a potential disaster into a stunning victory, to walk in the footsteps of those first American citizen soldiers who fought and died to create the country in which we now live. Thankfully, you and many other supporters of the Civil War Trust agreed with us. Through a combination of grants and private donations from folks like you, we are nearing our goal of saving this critical part of the Princeton battlefield. For that, you have my thanks.

What we have already done is a tremendous accomplishment. But, just like those patriots who fought at Princeton in 1777, we have to make one more push to win the day, to seize the ground, and to call this land preserved once and for all. Will you help us raise the remaining $400,000 needed to save Princeton?

We are $400,000 away from our ambitious goal to save Washington’s Charge at Princeton. Will you help us cross the finish line?

Campaign 1776
The Civil War Trust

Pendraken Plans for 2018!

With the New Year out of the way and everyone back to work at Pendraken HQ, it's time to run through what we've got planned for the coming 12 months!

Blitzkrieg Commander III

Sadly we start this year's plans with the same item as our 2017 thread.  I know that we've missed all of the estimated timescales on getting the rules fixed and back into production, and I can only apologise for that.  But BKC-III will be getting sorted out very soon.  We're working with some people with a view to having it ready for Salute again, but I'm not going to make any promises at this point as it's more important to get it right at this stage.  The whole situation has been very draining and has impacted on everything else at Pendraken HQ, so as well as wanting to get everyone the rules they've bought, we also want to get ourselves back on track with releases and other things.

Price Increase

We'll mention this here ahead of a proper announcement, but there will be a small price increase coming on Feb 1st.  It's been 2 years since our last one and there's been a variety of increases in our costs over that time.  The metal prices are showing no signs of coming back down due to the raw materials being priced in $'s and the exchange rates not recovering in the foreseeable.  We're also taking on two new staff members (one before Xmas and one tomorrow!) to help ease the bottlenecks in the casting process and get your orders out to you quicker.  By the end of this year, I'd like us to have an average order turnaround of under 7 days (It's currently between 10-14 days for those interested).

As a rough guide, the price increase is 6% and will look like this:

Regular 30 foot / 15 cav packs = £4.95 --> £5.25
WWII foot = £1.65 --> £1.75
WWII tanks / guns = £2.80 --> £2.95

The increase will mainly affect our figures, other items like resin, flags, third party products will be unaffected.  There might be 5p here and there on bases and paints, but we'll confirm that when we do the full announcement.  The pricing on custom orders will remain the same at 20p per foot / 40p per mounted.

So get your orders in before Feb 1st!


One of the consequences of the BKC-III issues was that our release schedule was severely slowed and we didn't get a lot of the products released that we wanted to.  As a result we've got quite a backlog here at Pendraken HQ which we need to get moulded and released so that we can start getting some sales on them!  To help with this, we'll be stopping almost all sculpting/design work for around 3-6 months through the first half of this year.  This will allow us a bit of leeway so that we can get everything moulded and released without more sculpts filling their place!

The sculpting halt won't really have any noticeable effect to our customers, we'll still have a series of shiny goodies to release, there just won't be any new sculpts being previewed for a while.  Once we've got on top of the backlog the sculptors will be jumping back to work!

We'll also take this time to do some organising of the master moulds here at Pendraken HQ, cataloguing them properly and seeing if there's any hidden goodies we've missed over the years.

New Ranges

2018 will see a few new ranges coming online, including the already previewed Korean War, 1860 Italian's and Aztecs.  The WWI extension will be ready in February as well.  From there we'll be getting the remaining Indian Mutiny sculpts done and then that range can be moulded up for release in the summer.  Anything else that's already been previewed will also be released around summertime.

With those done, we can start to look ahead to new ranges in the latter half of the year:

- Napoleonic Dutch-Belgians will be the next addition to the Naps ranges.  We've already done some conversion work to give us Hanoverians and KGL, so this will add some nice options to the Allied forces.

- After that, we'll be doing a revamp of the Crimean War ranges, replacing all of the old sculpts and adding some types to expand as well.  We'll be looking for some customer feedback on what you'd like to see in this range, so if you're interested in this war, keep an eye out for that.

- Techno's next job will be replacing the Dacians in our Ancient range.  These are the last of the Early Imperial period ranges to get the revamp treatment and with these done we can start looking at the Classical ranges and some new Greeks/Persians in 2019.

- The vehicle guys are working on two separate areas, with Mart continuing his chronological march through the 60's and 70's for our Modern Vehicles range, while Steve stays with WWII and revamps our Sdkfz's.

Finally, at some point we'll be getting the TB Line ranges into production, starting with the Teutonics, Russians and Islamics.  These all need new moulds (around 80 in total for all the TB ranges) so it's going to be a slow and staggered process.  We won't be making any changes to the figures themselves, aside from possibly thinning the spears/lances.


The Pendraken Painting Competition will be back this year but with all of the work we've got over the coming months we've decided to schedule it for July instead of the usual February.  We'll have the usual pile of prizes on offer so keep an eye out for more info on this over the coming months.

We'll be ploughing ahead with more website photos this year, with all of the late 19th C. ranges heading off to Kev very soon, along with more WWII items to JAD Designs and more of the Moderns going to Matt J.  We'll be working at Pendraken HQ as well to get more blackwashed pictures of the other ranges.

I think that's about it, let me know if there's any queries and I'll do my best to answer them!

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