Wednesday, 18 July 2018

New World War Art Picture

Glory Indeed: Remembering Fort Wagner and the 54th Massachusetts

Glory Indeed: Remembering Fort Wagner and the 54th Massachusetts

They called the movie about it Glory for a good reason. While the Union Army failed to take Fort Wagner 155 years ago today, the commitment and valor shown by the 54th Massachusetts as they spearheaded the attack that fateful evening in 1863 would transform the Civil War and inspire an award-winning film more than a century later.

The 54th Massachusetts’ attack on Fort Wagner on Morris Island, South Carolina, was the fourth time in the war that African-American troops played a crucial combat role, and skeptics began to understand the character and bravery of those willing to fight for freedom and the rights of citizenship. As a result, African-American recruitment flourished, enhancing the Union manpower advantage over the beleaguered Confederacy.

On July 18, 1863, after a heavy land and sea bombardment, 5,000 Union soldiers advanced on Fort Wagner and its 1,800 defenders. The 54th Massachusetts, a Boston-based regiment of free African-Americans commanded by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, led the charge. Fort Wagner’s guns inflicted appalling casualties, but the 54th pressed on to the fort’s parapet and even breached the fort’s walls. The Union attack pushed the Confederate defenders to their limits, though the battle proved a Union defeat.

Today, the fort no longer stands, but the legacy of the brave troops who fought there lives on. Thanks to the efforts of a grassroots coalition that included the American Battlefield Trust, you helped save 118 acres of historic ground on Morris Island for the benefit of future generations. Commemorate the anniversary of this pivotal battle by learning more about the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and their contributions to the American Civil War, and the Trust's efforts to save this history.

The Civil War In4: Black Soldiers

Historian Hari Jones summarizes the experience of African American Civil War soldiers, from emancipation, to the authorization of United States Colored Troops, to their experiences on the battlefield.

If You’re Ever in Boston

The next time you’re in Boston, stop by the Massachusetts Historical Society to see the sword Robert Gould Shaw carried into his final battle at Fort Wagner. Meanwhile, learn how the sword was lost – and found again, in an attic, just last year.

Map of the Assault on Fort Wagner

See how Gillmore’s attack on Fort Wagner was waged with this map of the battle action that fateful day on Morris Island in 1863.

The Flag of the 54th Massachusetts

Our own Garry Adelman takes a look at remnants of the 54th Massachusetts flag in this episode of our War Department™ video series.

American Battlefield Trust

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

New 10mm Motorcyclist from Irregular Miniatures

New 10mm Motorcyclist from Irregular Miniatures

10mm Motorcyclist

10mm Motorcyclist
Irregular Miniatures

Wargames Illustrated 369, July 2018

Wargames Illustrated 369, July 2018

Our latest look at what’s new and upcoming in the world of wargaming.

Simon MacDowall takes a look at wargaming with the successors of Alexander the Great.

Great Escape Games came by to show us their new early World War One brigade level rules and some of their 12mm figure range.

At the Society of Ancients Battle Day, the first major battle of the so-called Succession Wars, Paraitakene, was featured in a number of figure sizes and using different rule systems.

Our report on the first painting competition we ran at this very popular show.

Pete Brown and Jerry Richardson discuss their approach to gaming the Battle of the Boyne and the War in Ireland at a smaller scale than their norm.

Barry Hilton fills us in on the process of creating (and performing!) this Tactica 2018 participation game.

Nick Buxey presents one man’s obsession with the Battle of Almanza, 1707, a literal building project for the Like A Stonewall gaming group.

Dom Sore shares his research on the Romanian Army in Late World War Two and offers some thoughts on a list to use with the Bolt Action rules.

A close up look at some beautifully painted miniatures for a period when dash and fashion sense were an integral part of the frippery.

Gary Faulkner is back with the second in his three part look at getting the best from the wood that gives gamers more.

Mark Shearwood presents some thoughts on the ‘Glorious Revolution’ in England in 1688, and the game he created using his collection of figures and terrain.

A trip to Hackley School in the USA, where historical wargaming is sponsored by the HMGS and the Battle of Borodino was re-fought in all its Napoleonic glory.

Rupert Mitchell takes a browse through the 1/72nd and 1/32nd plastic products which are available for the discerning gamer.

Looking for an Arthurian Warband for Dragon Rampant? Of course you are! Here’s one supplied by rules author Dan Mersey.

Roly Hermans and chums decided to put together a game based upon the history of New Zealand and the early days of Empire, with a surprise attack on a farm.

In the first of what we hope will be a regular feature, we take a journey to Rick Priestley’s home and explore his wargaming room.

Wargames Illustrated

Strategy & Tactics 311, Jul-Aug 2018

Strategy & Tactics 311, Jul-Aug 2018

Pacific Subs: During World War II, submarines made up less than two percent of the US Navy’s arsenal. Despite their small numbers, American subs sank over 30 percent of Japan’s navy and crippled their merchant fleet.

Other Articles:

Hammer of the West - Halting the Muslim assault on Europe: In the decades that followed the death of Mohammed, Muslim armies began their conquest out of Arabia. Among their targets were the rich, but fragmented states in Europe.

Sheridan’s Richmond Expedition - Hunting J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry: Under the command of Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan, Union cavalrymen entered the Overland Campaign with a renewed optimism. The hunt was on to defeat J.E.B. Stuart and his wily cavalrymen.

Fra Diavolo - The Anti-French Insurgency in Southern Italy, 1799-1806: The story of Michele Pezza and his campaign against the French occupation of southern Italy during the Napoleonic Wars.

Miniature Wargames 424, August 2018

Miniature Wargames 424, August 2018

• Get you Greek on with Greeks Bearing Gifts: an innovative system to help you run a Greek campaign.

• Tavronitis Bridge: Maleme, Crete, May 1941. Another Command Decision conundrum by Jon Sutherland.

• A Skirmish Sangin  an asymmetrical scenario:  Protect The Film Crew.

• Altenhof 1848: a game at Salute 2018 with the history and a downloadable ruleset!

• Game Over: House Rules for the popular AvP game system.

• Indian Mutiny: Sassiah, Agra & Fatepuhr: a trio of scenarios to fight out!

Miniature Wargames

The Great Game - Waterloo Replayed

Record-Breaking Black Powder News!

The game will take place on the 15th and 16th June 2019 at University of Glasgow, Kelvin Gallery, using the award-winning Black ‘Powder rules. The Great Game is running in support of the Waterloo Uncovered charity that Warlord Games has been pleased to help since the Waterloo bicentenary.

This is a one-off event in June 2019, which will set a world record for the largest ever historical wargame in 28mm (an application has been made to Guinness World Records to make this official). The battle to be replayed in the game will be Waterloo. You can participate, you can watch and you can sponsor.

The wargame is being staged in support of Waterloo Uncovered, a charity that combines a world-class archaeology project on the battlefield of Waterloo with a support programme for veterans and the military community. Working in partnership with some of Europe’s top universities, and through the unique perspective of a team comprised of archaeologists, veterans, and serving soldiers, Waterloo Uncovered aims to understand war and its impact on people — and to educate the public about it.

Professor Tony Pollard

Professor Tony Pollard, Professor of Conflict History and Archaeology at the University of Glasgow is an archaeological director of Waterloo Uncovered and the lead academic on the project. It is his initiative to stage ‘The Great Game: Waterloo Replayed’ at the University of Glasgow, but this is very much a team effort and information on those playing key roles in the organisation of this unique event can be found elsewhere on this website.

The Event

The event will be a replay of the Battle of Waterloo, fought on 18 June 1815. It will be held at the University of Glasgow over the weekend of 15 and 16 June, 2019, in the Kelvin Gallery (shown above). This is an impressive Victorian galleried hall in the Gilbert Scott Building, the striking main building of the University which sits on the summit of Gilmorehill.

Click here to see a Campus Map

The scale is 28mm, and the rules to be used are Black Powder, produced by Warlord Games.

Set-up will be on Friday 14 June, and the game will commence on the morning of Saturday 15 June and continue through Sunday 16 June. The outcome is unknown. This is a game after all!

There will be a social event on the evening of Saturday 15 June.

Uniquely, this will not merely be a game played by wargamers, but it will also involve Serving Personnel and Veterans (SPVs) who will be attached to experienced wargamers for the game. This is in line with the philosophy of Waterloo Uncovered, the charity which this event will support. In addition, school children and members of the public will also be able to get involved with playing the game and associated events leading up to the event.

Every battalion, regiment and battery will be represented. In total well over 20,000 figures will be fielded on a unique table on the ground floor of the Kelvin Gallery.

A series of other wargames, illustrating the military history of Britain, will be staged in the extensive balcony area that projects from all four walls of the hall. This balcony will also allow a unique overview of the huge battle in progress below.

Why Get Involved?
The wargame is being staged in support of Waterloo Uncovered a charity that combines a world-class archaeology project on the battlefield of Waterloo with a support programme for veterans and the military community.


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