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!


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.


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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