31 Mar 2017

Save Two Crucial Tracts at Brandy Station

Save Two Crucial Tracts at Brandy Station

With your support, we have already saved over 2,000 acres at Brandy Station battlefield, the site of the largest cavalry fight in North American history. Now, I’m asking for your help in saving an additional 244 acres of Virginia hallowed ground. Will you help ensure these two historic tracts are preserved for future generations?

First, we can save 70 acres near Beverly’s Ford and Fleetwood Hill where on 9 June 1863 near Beverly’s Ford and Fleetwood Hill, Confederate forces under General W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee repulsed multiple Union attacks in what one observer called “the finest fighting of the war.”

To the south, near the village of Stevensburg, Confederate forces from South Carolina and Virginia were locked in fierce cavalry combat with Union forces under Colonel Alfred Duffié. It is here that we have targeted 174 acres to preserve in perpetuity.

For future generations to truly understand what took place on this ground in 1863, we must strive to provide an understanding of the battle in its entirety. By adding these 244 acres to what already has been preserved, you're doing just that: saving two crucial portions of the Brandy Station battlefield, where the valor of individual soldiers shaped the course of the battle and our nation's future.


American Battlefield Trust

Cold War 84 Update by Timecast

Stocks of the new 1980s Soviet infantry have arrived and we will be posting out the advance orders as quickly as we can pack them.

The new BTR 60PB looks lovely and the production mould will hopefully be up and running in time for Salute. The BMP M-1976 is also ready for a production mould. Pictures of these two models will be on the web site shortly.

Here's some pics of the painted BMPs instead…

BMPs picture 1

BMPs picture 2

BMPs picture 3

And now the computer news.

We have just installed a new office PC. Unfortunately it arrived with the appallingly dreadful Windows 10 installed on it. Having spent two days trying to install and replace the even more appallingly dreadful Windows 10 Mail we now have our email back up and running. If you have emailed us over the past couple of days and have not had a reply please try again or phone us – we may have lost some emails but we don't know (Thanks for nothing Microsoft). :-(

In addition, due to the times spent on the new PC, we have not been able to update the website. As soon as we have the required graphics and web editing software up and running on the new PC we'll get pictures of the new stuff on the website.


Park Day in Your Neighborhood on Saturday

Park Day in Your Neighborhood on Saturday

Battlefields and historic sites across the country are preparing for Park Day this Saturday, April 1st. Join in and make a difference at your local park!

Park Day is the Civil War Trust’s annual hands-on preservation initiative, where volunteers across the country help Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small.

For anyone in the D.C. region, we have a number of great events planned in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Join us in Manassas for a special Generations Event Stand Like Stonewall at Manassas where guests of all ages will march in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers on the same ground where General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson earned his famous nickname. Join us with your guest ages 8 to 18 for a one of a kind experience.

Park Day is a great opportunity to spend a day outdoors improving our shared hallowed ground. From painting to building repair, there are ways for everyone to get involved and make a difference. Thank you for your help in keeping our history not only preserved, but pristine!

Join us in Manassas this Saturday!

Learn more about our Generation's event in Manassas this Saturday, featuring activities for Civil War enthusiasts of all ages.

Ongoing Preservation Efforts at Brandy Station

Thank you for your continued support as we fight to preserve two crucial tracts at Brandy Station.  With your help we can add 244 acres to the over 2,000 we have already preserved at this historic battlefield.

Success at Kernstown

On March 23, the Trust celebrated the preservation of 73 acres of the Kernstown battlefield, the site that launched two legendary Shenandoah Valley campaigns in 1862 and 1864.

1862 In4

Learn more about the events surrounding Kernstown and the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign in this video.


American Battlefield Trust

30 Mar 2017

10mm Cargo Containers by Blotz

For our 10mm players we have a pack containing three cargo containers

B10-ST-001 3 x Cargo Containers £2.50

B10-ST-001 3 x Cargo Containers picture 1

B10-ST-001 3 x Cargo Containers picture 2

B10-ST-001 3 x Cargo Containers picture 2

 Blotz, MDF Terrain and Accessories

Miniature Modelling Competition by Osprey Publishing Ltd

Miniature Modelling Competition by Osprey Publishing Ltd

Once again, we are inviting you to showcase your art and design skills by entering our Miniature Modelling Competition.

This month's theme is the Dark Ages! From MAA 154: Arthur and the Anglo-Saxon Wars to NVG 47: The Viking Longship, we've a bunch of titles that might have helped you with your designs over the years.

To enter, select a photo of your model, tell us which Osprey book/artwork inspired it, and send it to competition@ospreypublishing.com. Our favorite submission will receive a selection of new releases, and will also have their photograph featured across our website and social media for the world to admire.

Get Snapping & Good Luck!

Osprey Publishing Ltd

Medieval Warfare VII-2, Apr-May 2017

Medieval Warfare VII-2, Apr-May 2017

Forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, King John soon made clear he had no intention of actually following its commandments. By the Summer of that year, the First Barons' War had begun. It pitched the king versus his barons, who looked for help from king Philip II of France. In the spring of next year, Londoners celebrated the entry of French Prince Louis, who soon had much of the south-eastern part of the country under his control.

Theme: The Battle of Lincoln

Peter Konieczny, 'The failure of Magna Carta - The First Barons' War (1215-1217)'.
William E. Welsh, 'Hard pressed and strongly resisted - The Siege of Rochester'.
Lane Sobehrad, 'Hating John - How English chroniclers portrayed the king'.
Catherine Hanley, 'The key to England - the Siege of Dover'.
Danièle Cybulskie, 'From towers to tunnels - Game Changers in English castle-building'.
Sean McGlynn, 'A day to be venerated through our age - the Battle of Lincoln'.
Craig M. Nakashian, 'A warrior for king and Christ - Peter des Roches at the Battle of Lincoln'.
Andrew Knighton, 'What happened to the prisoners of war - the aftermath of the Battle of Lincoln'.


Georgios Theotokis, 'The battles of the Orontes and Apamea - Byzantines and Fatimids at war'.
Ilana Krug, 'The sweet side of war - Honey and military medicine'.
Kay Smith and Ruth R. Brown, 'The Crossbow - A devilish device'.
Murray Dahm, 'Take from the rich; give to the poor - Robin Hood on film'.

Medieval Warfare

Join us in Mansfield on April 7th

Join us in Mansfield on April 7th

Please join Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Civil War Trust and Cleco as we celebrate a preservation achievement at the Mansfield State Historic Site. At the Battle of Mansfield, fought April 8, 1864, an army of fewer than 9,000 Confederate soldiers from Texas and Louisiana defeated 13,000 Union troops under Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks. Mansfield was the decisive battle of the Red River Campaign, one of the major campaigns of the American Civil War.

Friday, April 7, 11:00 a.m.
Mansfield State Historic Site
15149 Highway 175
Mansfield, Louisiana, 71052


American Battlefield Trust

Leave a Legacy of Battlefield Preservation

Leave a Legacy of Battlefield Preservation

Do you want to guarantee the future of the Civil War Trust and battlefield preservation? Do you think it is important for future generations to be able to walk the battlefields as you have? Do you want to leave a meaningful legacy?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may want to consider leaving a gift to the Civil War Trust through your will or other estate plans. Over 950 of our members have done this, including myself, and I encourage you to take this meaningful step. To find out more or request free information please visit our website or contact our planned giving office legacy@civilwar.org.

If you join the Honor Guard this year I will be honored to sign an 8x10 battlefield photograph and send it to you.


American Battlefield Trust

A Wargamer's Guide to The Anglo-Zulu War

A Wargamer's Guide to The Anglo-Zulu War

Taking one of the most famous campaigns in British military history, Daniel Mersey gives a wargamer's perspective of the dramatic events of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and offers advice on how to recreate these on the gaming table.

The author discusses factors to consider when choosing an appropriate set of commercially available rules, or devising your own, to best suit the scale and style of battle you want and to capture the flavour of the period.

Relevant ranges of figures, along with painting advice, are also included. Analysis of the forces involved, organization, tactics and strategies will help with building your armies and period specific scenarios are included.

Whether this is a new period for you, or you are looking to refresh your existing interest in the period, this handy guide is sure to hold much of interest.

28 Mar 2017

Osprey: March Book Vote

Osprey: March Book Vote

This month, we are asking you which title you would like to see in our Combat series. With five fascinating options, have a read of the brief descriptions and let us know which you'd like to see published!

Vote Now!

Osprey Publishing Ltd

27 Mar 2017

Blitzkrieg Commander III At The Printers

Exactly what it says above!  The finished files have all gone off to the printers, so everything is on course for our planned release at the Salute show on 22nd April.  Barring any unforeseen random issue with the files, we should get confirmation back from the printers that everything is OK early next week and we'll then have a confirmed date for delivery of the printed books.

We will be taking pre-orders for BKCIII, but we'll put up information about that once everything is confirmed by the printers.

Not long now folks...

Blitzkrieg Commander III At The Printers

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

24 Mar 2017

Carter Home, Outbuildings & Cotton Gin by Good Ground LLC

Carter Home, Outbuildings & Cotton Gin by Good Ground LLC

AB15 – The Carter Home and Outbuildings are a set of three which includes the home, kitchen, and farm office. The price is $19.00 USD.

AB15 – The Carter Home and Outbuildings

AB16 – The Carter Cotton Gin is priced at $17.00 USD.

AB16 – The Carter Cotton Gin

AB17 – The Battle of Franklin set includes both the above, and is priced at $35.00 USD.

AB17 – The Battle of Franklin

Both the Home and Gin have some smaller resin parts which require some minor clean-up and assembly before painting. Superglue works fine for this. The castings of these four structures are lovely, in fact, beautiful. The Carter Home and Outbuildings were designed by Mike Randles and the Gin by Paul Bernardino. Casting, as always, was done by John Mayer. They are now available for sale on our website under the Between the Lines link on the left navigation bar.

Good Ground LLC

Soviet Motor Rifle Infantry Now Available from Timecast

Cold War 84 Update

Production of the Soviet infantry gets underway next week, and they are now available for advance orders on the shopping cart. Stock will be shipped out in the first week of April – sooner if we can!

Motor Rifle Infantry
In addition, the first of the British infantry masters have arrived, and they look amazing! The detail of the webbing and the style perfectly capture the character of the British squaddie!

Next releases includes the BRDM2 and variants, BTR-60PB, BMP M-1976/2, British infantry, and FV432 and variants.

For more details, please click here.


Please Help at Brandy Station!

Please Help at Brandy Station!

As you’ve likely heard, we have an opportunity to save a couple of important tracts from the Battle of Brandy Station! This hallowed Virginia ground  site of the largest cavalry battle ever is where you and other supporters of the Civil War Trust have already saved more than 2,000 acres. Now I’m asking for your help to save an additional 244 acres of this battlefield land. Without your assistance, how will we ensure these acres are preserved for future generations?

Early on June 9, 1863, Union cavalry splashed across the Rappahannock River at Beverly's Ford, catching Confederate counterparts unaware. By mid-morning a portion of the Confederate force under General W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee fell back from his position along a stone wall near Beverly's Ford and made a stand on the northern end of Fleetwood Hill. Here on 70 acres you and I are working to preserve Lee withstood yet another attack led by Union General John Buford in what one observer called “the finest fighting of the war.”

Farther to the south, near the village of Stevensburg, Union Colonel Alfred Duffié's cavalry division met forbidding resistance from two regiments of Confederate cavalry posted along Hansbrough’s ridge. These men from South Carolina and Virginia held off Duffié's Yankees until they were called away to fight at Fleetwood Hill. The Trust is now working to save the site of this bold stand 174 acres at Hansbrough’s Ridge.

For future generations to truly understand what took place on this ground in 1863, we must provide a way to experience and understand the whole battlefield. By saving these 244 acres to add to the 2,000 and more already preserved, you're doing just that: saving two crucial portions of the Brandy Station battlefield, where the valor of individual soldiers shaped the course of the battle and our nation's future.


American Battlefield Trust

23 Mar 2017

The Suomi Submachine Gun by Osprey Publishing Ltd

The Suomi Submachine Gun by Osprey Publishing Ltd

Entering service in 1931, the 9x19mm Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun saw extensive combat with Finnish troops during their fight against Soviet forces in 1939-44. It was also manufactured under licence in Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden, and remained in Finnish service until the 1980s, an indication of its durability.

Rugged and accurate, the Suomi was a favourite with Finnish ski troops who would strike from ambush, cutting down Soviet troops, then skiing away into the woods. Initially used by the Finns as a light machine gun at infantry squad level, it eventually became a dedicated submachine gun, and since it had been designed to be more accurate than the typical SMG, it was often even used as a sniping weapon, or to supplement longer-ranged rifles such as the Mosin-Nagant. Featuring first-hand accounts and specially commissioned colour artwork, this is the story of one of World War II's most distinctive and respected infantry weapons.

Osprey Publishing Ltd

22 Mar 2017

New Releases by Panzer Depot

March 2017 New Releases by Panzer Depot in 1/144

German Raupenschlepper Ost,

German Raupenschlepper Ost,

Russian BP-43

Russian BP-43

Russian SU76i,

Russian SU76i,

British Mk VIII

British Mastiff PPV

British Mastiff PPV

Italian Laffly S15 Toe

Italian Laffly S15 Toe

Panzer Depot

Boeing 737-800 by Zvezda

Boeing 737-800 by Zvezda

Our Boeing 737-800 kit in 1/144 scale is almost ready. The box went to press.

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Boeing 737-800 picture 3

Boeing 737-800 picture 4

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Aotrs Shipyards Mar 2017 Release: Revenant Spear

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.

This month, we have a couple more supplements to the Aotrs Shipyard's titular Army Of The Red Spear ground force: the Revenant Spear MBT and Power Troops, both at 144 (10 or 12mm).

Revenant Spear Main Battle Tank

Revenant Spear Main Battle Tank

Revenant Spear Main Battle Tank unpainted


When the ageing Fleshburner MBT was reaching the end of its lifespan, rather than replace it directly, the Aotrs planned for the role to be taken by the Gloombat Multirole Attack Craft; and when this proved to be most effective in a VTOL role in ground combat, by the Storm Cleaver Assault Walker. Combat experienced proved, however, that no matter how advanced the Gloombat and Storm Cleaver were, both were simply too physically large and in the end, it was proven there was no substitute for a true main battle tank.

The Revenant Spear was thus built on much more conservative lines. It is designed primarily to work as a low grav-tank. It is capable of full flight (both into and out of orbit), but unlike the larger Hammer of Hatred Super Heavy Tank, no attempt was made to streamline the hull, making it a poor flyer. Flight, however, is considered very much an auxiliary function, used only on occasions where it cannot be Gated or transported to the surface via more convention means.

When switching to flight mode, the main gun lowers to its maximum depression, and a series of thin baffles slide up to help streamline the tank slightly. The top turret locks to the forward position and telescopes by almost thirty centimetres, further reducing the vessel’s flight profile. The Revenant’s Spears shields also form a smoother surface, but all this only makes the Revenant Spear a slightly less clumsy flyer. In space, without the constraints of atmospheric drag, the Revenant Spear is better off – it can at least use its weapons effectively – but it is no match for a fighter.

Looking at the Revenant Spear’s blocky hull shape, with the driver’s vision block placed relatively far back, one might at first think it to be poorly placed for visibility. However, when the vehicle is hovering only a few centimetres above ground (standard cruising height is only 30 centimetres), the height of the driver’s vision block height is no taller than that of many tracked battle tanks. The vision block is, in fact, itself a secondary feature. The driver’s standard position has his head rather directly beneath than in the vision block. The driver sits in an armoured capsule with a full 360º holographic display. This display – taking a few keys from the Strayvians – is supplied by a dispersed series of cameras and mini-scanners in addition to the vehicle’s sensors. Each of these devices is power-pack powered, rather than by the main generator, and thus means they cannot be so easily knocked out. Should they display fail, the entire driver’s station can be raised upwards by means of manual hydraulics so that the driver can use the vision blocks. This system was created as a response to the Fallen Soul’s primary failing of being entirely reliant on sensor navigation due to the armoured prow.

The Revenant Spear uses much of the Fallen Soul’s armour techniques, the front of the full being primarily composed of heavy armour plating. The hull armour alone is still not heavy as that of an unshielded MBT of the same size (and the mass for the shield generators, as always, directly impacts on the armour), but in concert with the shields, provides excellent protection.

The Revenant Spear’s primary weapon is a magnetic linear accelerator rail-gun, a smaller version of the Hammer of hatred’s “can-opener.” As with the Hammer of Hatred’s cannon, the oblong barrel profile is due to the primary accelerators, which are situated either side of the barrel. Both the barrel and accelerators are surrounded by the magnetic coils and between the two devices, can hurl the gun’s solid slug at phenomenal speeds.

The main MLA cannon is supplemented by two coax-axial Class 13 Coldbeams. These lack the punch of the MLA cannon, but have slightly greater range (though the MLA cannon’s range is exceptional) and are primarily for assisting taking down enemy shields of lighter vehicles where over-penetration with main gun would be a problem.

The main turret weapons have an elevation of 20º and a relatively low depression of only 4º. This is deceptive, however, since with only minor adjustments to the orientation of the hull itself to the ground, the Revenant Spear can achieve another 4º even at normal cruising height.

The top turret provides the tank with its primary any infantry and anti-missile defence. It mounts a high-track Class 8 Gatling plasma-pulse cannon. A not-inconsiderable weapon in and of itself, the plasma-pulse cannon is bleeding edge technology, with considerably greater range than might be expected from a normally-short-ranged weapon system. The cannon attaches to four one-warhead tubes. The tubes are designed to be disposable, and once empty, they are replace entirely, rather than reloaded. The standard tubes are fitted with RV series Reaper missiles. The Reaper is the Aotrs standard medium-range anti-fighter missile, and provides the Revenant Spear’s principal air defence – but they are also quite effective on ground vehicles as well. In theory, the tube mounting points are rated to allow SU Skull warheads or PI Pierce interdictor warheads in tubes instead, but the larger physical size of those weapons (the Skulls especially) would make the vehicle more cumbersome. Horde semi-guided rockets, HN Harridan warheads or RP Reaper dogfighting missiles (which have excellent off-boresight tracking), while lighter weapons than the Reavers, are other potential alternatives, though in the year of release 2343, only the Reaper tubes were being produced.

Finally, the Revenant Spear also mounts a concession to the previous decades-long lack of Aotrs smoke dischargers. While it has been convention that Coldbeams can create sufficient super-cool mist to create a functional visual smoke screen (as anything that is sensor guided is not affect by any kind of smoke in any case), the Frost Bomb cartridges pioneered on the Storm Cleaver were so successful that the Revenant Spear mounts a dozen in lieu of a traditional smoke discharger. The Frost Bombs are mounted in two sets of three tubes, each tube having two Frost Bombs. The tubes have only a third of the range of the full launchers on the Storm Cleaver, only making 500m at most; their default configuration is not even that, however, aimed towards the standard 150m smoke discharger range.

Power Troop Squad

Power Troop Squad Painted

Power Troop Squad


As is often the case with powered infantry throughout the galaxy, the Aotrs Power Troops are the elite of the ground force. The Troopers themselves are the cream of the infantry, and are exceptionally dangerous. They perform all manner of duties from normal ground combat to deep space boarding and anti-ship/ anti-installation (ASAI) operations. Power Troops are rarely seen deployed in full platoons. The fluid nature of Aotrs infantry deployment (transport vehicles are not permanently attached to infantry units) means they are more often seen in groups of one or two squads. Due to the larger size of the armour, Power Troop squads consist of four troopers, half the normal number that comprise the Aotrs’ Line or Drop infantry squads, so a pair of squads and two transport vehicles (often a pair of Fallen Souls or Vampire family vehicles) is the most commonly seen deployed unit.

The Aotrs Power Troops wear the Aotrs’ Heavy Powered Armour suit. The HPA has shielding systems, and is very tough and capable. Not least, of course, this is due to the lack of life-support systems, and the extra mass this leaves free. The suits are sealed and pressurised – principally to keep out corrosives and allow the trooper within to be able to speak – but they have no other life-support capability as standard. This leaves Power Troops the exclusive domain of the Undead – while HPA suit for the Aotrs minority of livings beings exist, they are used only by individual specialists, rather than as part of a main battlefield unit, due to the additional mass and cost increase. Like all Aotrs armour, HPA suits are magic-permeable and do not impede spellcasting.

HPA suits do not have any mounted guns as standard; the troopers carry any weapons in their hands. The armour’s systems give the pilot even more strength, and they can carry even bulky support weapons with little problem. The suit is not entirely unarmed; there is a Cold Blade array built into the right gauntlet, meaning the troops do not have to carry melee weapons with them if they do not desire. They have advanced sensor and computer systems, and the pilot is aided by computer-assisted targeting. Furthermore, the gloves have magnetic clamps, so it is very difficult to drop a held weapon, or be disarmed.

The HPA suits have gravitic systems, and are capable of being orbitally dropped. They can even fly for limited distances. In space however, they are fully mobile, and fill the role of deep space assault. In this role, they will sometimes have extra mounted weapons mag-clamped to the armour’s back unit, under the shields (something that is impractical to do when moving on the ground in atmosphere). These will often be a pair of HR Harridan series warheads, but single SU Skull series anti-ship warheads have been used on occasion.

Power Troops have, perhaps surprisingly, seen long-service with reconnaissance units, where they were often mounted on Bonecracker and Bonesmasher Recon cycles, which were specifically sized to allow them to be ridden by the bulky powered armour. For some decades, the recon cycles have worked in tandem with the Viperskull jetbikes used by the Line infantry, where the recon cycle’s ability to hold the less vulnerable Power Troops was compensation for their lack of flight. All these vehicles are now being phased out. The increasing usage of both Hunter and Sentry Drones has reduced some of the necessity for the roles that those light vehicles had. Brand-new shielding techniques and an innovative new seating system will allow the vehicles to be replaced by a single new, shielded grav cycle that will configure to allow a rider to be wearing any armour.

All photos are - for a rare treat! - in WSF.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Brandy Station: 30 Years of Preservation Success

As a friend and supporter of the Civil War Trust, I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about Brandy Station, site of the largest cavalry battle ever fought in North America. There’s good reason for this. Over the years, you and I have done a lot of work at Brandy Station, and I want to reflect for a moment on what we have accomplished there.

Located just 54 miles away from Washington, D.C., Brandy Station was significant to both the Union and Confederate armies. Troops operating in Culpeper County inevitably marched over or camped on the land at Brandy Station throughout the war. On June 9, 1863, more than 20,000 Americans fought against one another in the Battle of Brandy Station, the opening action of the momentous Gettysburg campaign. This combination of historical significance and proximity to the nation’s capital made Brandy Station a key battleground not just during the Civil War, but, more recently, in the struggle to preserve America’s historic sites.

Even when a critical part of the battlefield was developed, the Trust swooped in and worked to restore it to its wartime character. This occurred in 2015 with the acquisition of one of the battlefield's key pieces of terrain: Fleetwood Hill. What was once the epicenter of the Battle of Brandy Station had become the site of a multi-million dollar mansion. The Trust purchased the home, demolished it, restored the wartime viewshed and installed interpretive signs to explain the crucial fighting that took place there.

Our work continues today with a current effort to preserve an additional 244 acres at Brandy Station once again saving land where Americans fought and died for their values in a struggle that shaped the course of our nation’s history. We are also working with an alliance of state and local preservation advocates to transform Brandy Station and nearby Cedar Mountain into a state park.

The Civil War Trust has saved 2,089 acres at Brandy Station in our 30-year history. But none of our success would have happened without your support and generosity. Whether you have been a member of the Trust from the beginning, or are just learning about what we do, thank you for all you’ve done to save the important history at Brandy Station.


American Battlefield Trust

20 Mar 2017

Pre-Order, Pike & Shotte, To Kill A King

Pre-Order, Pike & Shotte, To Kill A King

168 pages of colour rich information with an introduction by writer Charles Singleton, this supplement for Pike & Shotte describes the history, armies, personalities and battles of the English Civil War. Included are detailed scenarios based on some of the most famous battles, complete with maps and orders of battle/army lists for the main protagonists plus full campaign system and siege rules!

Crammed full of detailed background information, including

  1. The Early Reign of Charles I
  2. The Bishops’ Wars and the Short Parliament
  3. Rebellion in Ireland
  4. The First Civil War
  5. The Second Civil War
  6. Another War with Scotland

Plus a comprehensive Civil War Timeline and detailed look at the armies of the civil war who were the infantry, the cavalry and artillery, how were they organised and fielded.

The author then takes you on through the tactics of the Civil War and the military revolution of the period where the Dutch and Swedish systems were learnt and employed, and indeed explained here in detail along with more Civil War tactics.

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Profiles of the Royalist and Parliamentarian Commanders.

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Full colour guide to the colours used by participants in the Civil War and a rather handy painting guide.

TkaK page 4 colours

Early War Army Lists For The Scots Covenanter Army Of The Bishops’ Wars

Bishops Wars Scots Royalist And English Pre Civil War Army.

The Royalist Army List

  1. The Early Royalist Army
  2. The King’s Oxford Army
  3. The Early Oxford Army
  4. The Late Oxford Army
  5. The Royalist Cornish Army, 1643
  6. The Royalist Western Army, 1644
  7. The Royalist Northern Army
  8. Welsh Marshes and the Anglo-Irish
  9. Royalist Army

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Battle Scenarios Included

  1. The Battle Of Brentford 12 November 1642
  2. The Battle Of Chalgrove Field 18 June 1643
  3. The Battle Of Adwalton Moor 30 June 1643
  4. The Battle Of Lansdown Hill 5 July 1642
  5. Plus a battle report for the battle of Nantwich 24 January 1644

The Parliamentarian Army Lists Covering

  1. The Army under Lord Essex
  2. The Armies of Sir William Waller
  3. Fairfax’s Northern Army
  4. The Army of the Eastern Association
  5. Clubmen Army
  6. The New Model Army

Further Battle Scenarios Include

  1. The Battle Of Cheriton 19 March 1644
  2. The Battle Of Ormskirk 20 August 1644
  3. The Battle Report Of The Second Battle Of Newbury 27 October 1644
  4. The Battle Of Wistanstow 8 June 1645
  5. The Battle Of Torrington 16 February 1646

The Scottish Army Lists Include

  1. Scots Covenanter
  2. The Scots Royalist Army of the Marquis of Montrose
  3. The Scots Royalist Army of 1644
  4. The Scots Royalist Army of 1645
  5. The ‘Traditional’ Montrose Army

Even More Battle Scenarios 

  1. The Battle Of Aberdeen 13 September 1644
  2. Battle Report For The Battle Of Inverlochy 2nd February 1645
  3. The Battle Of Benburb 5 June 1646
  4. The Battle Of Winwick Pass 19 August 1648

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The Irish Army Lists Include

  1. The Irish Catholic Confederate
  2. Anglo-Scots Army
  3. Ormond Irish Royalist Alliance Army

Plus Campaign And Sieged Rules

  1. Special ‘Period’ specific rules
  2. ’Late Misery of War’ 8 pages of detailed campaign rules
  3. 10 pages of glorious siege rules

Concluding With The Storming Of Chichester
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Book Special Miniature

And for everyone who purchases this fantastic tome of Civil War knowledge from the Warlord webstore there is the fabulously characterful FREE miniature of Lord Minimus… we’ll find out more about him from our illustrious commander later!

Pre-Order today and receive your copy before it hits the stores later in April (pre-orders will be shipping from the 10th April)


Warlord Games

Honoring Those They Led: Decorated Field Commanders of the Third Reich - Command Authorities, Award Parameters, and Ranks

Honoring Those They Led: Decorated Field Commanders of the Third Reich - Command Authorities, Award Parameters, and Ranks

Honoring Those They Led examines specific points and groups within a massive subject; Commanding Generals of WW II German field commands with those primarily studied being among those presented one or more of their highest combat decorations by Adolf Hitler. A lengthy opening chapter provides in-depth details on a diversity of subjects including specifics of the five senior ranks of the German Army, from Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall, that combined totaled some 2,000 officers. Information along with privately owned award documents are shown to fully understand the process and granting of Germany's highest awards for bravery or leadership; the Knight's Cross, German Cross in Gold, and Roll of Honor Clasp.

Other topics include the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, Oberkommando des Heeres, Generalstabes des Heeres, and their key personnel. Changes in command level responsibilities as the war progressed as a result of Hitler's appointments and operational planning are discussed. Encompassing all senior ranks, examples within the chapter include those from the largest group; officers who attained General rank after the war started with focus on those awarded one or more of their highest decorations for their initial command. Chapters follow on the primary advisors to field commanders; the First Staff Officers and Chiefs of Staff of higher commands. Then the presenting of awards by field commanders is discussed and the wartime status of recipients including numerous images of a field presentation of the Knight's Cross. Representing the countries allied with Germany; the decorated Spanish commanders of the 250.Infanterie Division are then detailed. With careers that include commands from Division to Heeresgruppe, 34 field commanders are then examined in individual chapters. All were recipients of the Oakleaves, Swords, or Diamonds to the Knight's Cross with visual details included of one or more of their award presentations by Hitler.

With detailed military service specifics presented in this oversized-format volume, the data begins at the start of their lengthy military careers. Many joined the Army before WW I and saw combat in the Great War before serving with the Reichswehr that became the Wehrmacht on May 21, 1935. Details include assignments and units with their development, decorations, promotions, predecessors and successors. The information is enhanced with primarily previously unpublished images including autographed photos and award documents given to or signed by them.

Among the material included are all the award and promotion documents from both World Wars given to a divisional commander of Grossdeutschland. These nearly three dozen General ranks range from famous names to more obscure commanders who had significant impact in the field, their skills frequently resulting in being appointed as successors to more well-known officers in command appointments as the war progressed. A Gallery chapter concludes the volume, incorporating images and documents of personnel related to the various categories of the study that were not incorporated with the study. A wealth of information for both history readers and collectors. Glossary, bibliography, and name index for finding entries pertaining to more than 300 command personnel.

18 Mar 2017

Thatched Croft from Battlescale Wargame Buildings

Rough stone built croft with thatched roof. Highly detailed and suitable for various wargaming eras.

Also shown here with our matching Cattle Byre.

Thatched Croft

Thatched Croft


Length: 55mm

Width: 35mm

Height: 30mm

Item supplied unpainted.

Battlescale Wargame Buildings

17 Mar 2017

10mm Germanic Tribesmen from Van Dyck Models

10mm Germanic Tribesmen from Van Dyck Models

Barbarians at the gates, New release: Germanic Tribesmen!

Although some packs were already available on "crisis 2016" last year and some more at the "Hamburger Tactica" we finally (and after much delay) have them available at our online website as well.

Causing all this delay was partly because I got carried away on the diversity of this range, altogether there are over 60 different new figurines. The few information available states ancient Germanic tribesmen did not wear any protective headgear so I invested a lot in making different heads. I made an effort to depict the various ways these warriors arranged their hair, certainly a considerable part of them wears the famous "Suebian" knot. No uniforms so I made a selection of different breeches, long and short ones, with and without puttees, shirts both with and without sleeves.

In the next few weeks I will present all the different packs available, starting with the young warriors, who will probably make up the bulk of the army. Their equipment is very basic for they have only a shield and one weapon, mostly the spear, with them. Most of them wear no beards. It won't be the new standard but a pack of these warriors contains 30 different miniatures.

Van Dyck Models