30 Apr 2018

April 2018 Book Vote

Men-at-Arms is the focus of this month's Book Vote, and with five fascinating topics, it's a difficult one.

Read more about this month's options and find out the results of March's vote by heading to the blog.

This month we are asking you which titles you would like to see in our New Vanguard series. Have a read of the descriptions below and let us know which of these you’d like to see us publish!

Strategic SAMs of the USSR and Russia

Following the success of the high-altitude SA-2 system, the Soviet Union poured effort into developing longer-ranged and much more comprehensive systems. The S-200 of the 1960s could shoot down bombers at a range approaching 200 miles, and the famous S-300 family that followed in the late 1970s was – and remains – among the most capable air defence systems in the world. Variants have added capabilities against ballistic missiles, countermeasures, and low-level targets, and the S-300s have now been joined by the even more fearsome S-400. These systems have been important features of the modern wars in Libya and Syria, with both Soviet-era export systems and modern Russian-operated systems in action against Western air forces and missiles.

French Main Battle Tanks 1945-present: ARL 44, AMX-30 and Leclerc

France consistently developed and fielded its own tanks throughout the Cold War and afterwards. Learning much from captured Panther and Tiger tanks, it built a handful of ARL-44 tanks in the 1950s, followed by the successful AMX-30 – which brought the distinctive French philosophy of limiting weight in favour of better mobility. Its modern replacement, the Leclerc, refined this with a focus on active rather than passive protection, and both were exported, particularly to Middle Eastern states. This book would look at these significant Cold War MBTs, as well as the other French tank projects that failed to make it to production.

M4 Sherman in British Service

British troops were initially suspicious of their new American-built Lend-Lease tanks in the early part of the war. But by D-Day the Sherman equipped more armoured regiments than any other, and British tankers had almost come to think of them as British tanks. This book would focus on the ordinary gun tank versions of the Sherman, examining Britain’s preferred versions and adaptations, and how they were used in British Army service across Europe.

Pink Panthers: Land Rovers of the SAS 1950s-2014

For more than half a century the Special Air Service’s unique Land Rovers helped make the unit’s reputation. They were stripped down to the essentials, painted pink (surprisingly, the ideal colour for desert camouflage), extensively customised to operate alone in the most inhospitable environments, and heavily armed. From the first Series I conversion to be used in Oman through to the fleets of 110 DPVs that fought the Gulf War, his book uncovers the Land Rovers’ roles, their many versions, variants, and possible configurations, and what it was like to operate and fight them, deep inside hostile deserts.

Robot Tanks of World War II

Germany built the most famous remote-controlled demolition vehicles of World War II – the tiny Goliath, the medium-sized Springer, and the large Borgward IV. The Goliath and Springer were tracked, remote-controlled mines – built to survive only long enough to be blown up in the right place. The Borgward was heavier, and designed to emplace its charge and then withdraw relatively unscathed. But it was not alone. The USSR built and operated a series of ‘Teletanks’ for particularly dangerous operations, and Britain designed an unsuccessful Mobile Land Mine along the lines of the German Goliath.

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New Releases for April 2018! from Osprey Publishing Ltd

This month we have another fantastic set of new releases

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Short Stirling Units of World War 2

Short Stirling Units of World War 2

Of the RAF's trio of four-engined heavy bombers in World War 2, the mighty Short Stirling was the first to enter service in August 1940. From its first raid in February 1941, the Stirling was at the forefront of the British night bombing offensive against Germany before unacceptably high losses forced its relegation to second-line duties later in the war.

In its modified form as the Mark IV the Stirling fulfilled vital roles with the RAF as a paratroop transport and glider tug on D-Day, at Arnhem and on the Rhine crossing as well as flying countless Special Duties operations over Occupied Europe and Norway. Its last gasp was in 1948-49 when a handful of Mk Vs were acquired by the Royal Egyptian Air Force to bomb Israel in the First Arab-Israeli War.

Containing numerous first-hand combat accounts from the crews that flew the bomber and detailed profile artwork, Short Stirling Units of World War 2 uncovers the history of one of the RAF's greatest World War 2 bombers.



Over the last 30 years, the ‘technical' or armed pick-up truck has become arguably the most ubiquitous military land vehicle of modern warfare.

Harking back to the armed Jeeps and Chevrolet trucks of the SAS and Long Range Desert Group in North Africa in World War II, the world's first insurgent technicals were those of the Sahrawi People's Liberation Army in Algeria in the late 1970s, followed by the Chadian use of technical in the so-called Toyota War against Libya. Since then, technicals have seen use in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, as well as being used by Western and Russian Special Forces.

Fully illustrated with commissioned artwork and providing rigorous analysis, this is the first history of how this deceptively simple fighting vehicle has been used and developed in conflicts worldwide.

  Brittany 1944

Brittany 1944

One of the prime objectives for the Allies following the D-Day landings was the capture of sufficient ports to supply their armies. The original Overlord plans assumed that ports along the Breton coast would be essential to expansion of the Normandy beach-head. This included the major ports at Brest and on Quiberon Bay.

The newly arrived Third US Army (TUSA) under Lt. Gen. George S. Patton was delegated to take on the Brittany mission. In one of the most rapid mechanized advances of the war, TUSA had the ports of Avranches and Quiberon encircled by the second week of August 1944.

But changing priorities meant that most of TUSA was redeployed, meaning only a single corps was left to take the Breton port cities. The fight would drag into 1945, long after German field armies had been driven from France. Using full colour maps and artwork as well as contemporary accounts and photographs, Brittany 1944 is the fascinating story of the siege of Germany's last bastions on the French Atlantic coast.

Burrows & Badgers

Burrows & Badgers

The Kingdom of Northymbra is a land in turmoil. King Redwulf is missing, and his son rules as regent in his stead, facing threats from within and without: growing dissention among the knights and nobles of the realm, whispers of revolution from the Freebeasts, Wildbeasts encroaching on the borders, and bandits of all stripes making the most of the chaos.

Burrows & Badgers is a tabletop skirmish game set in the ancient realm of Northymbra, a kingdom where mice, badgers, toads and other animals wear armour, wield swords, and cast magic spells.

Your tabletop becomes part of the Kingdom of Northymbra, whose ruined villages, haunted forests, and misty marshes play host to brutal ambushes and desperate skirmishes. Lead your warband from battle to battle, and uphold the name of your faction, whether you stand with Reinert's Royalists, the Freebeasts of the Fox Families, or simply for your own glory or survival.

Each model in Burrows & Badgers represents an individual character, and can be selected from a wide range of species - from the humble mouse to the mighty badger - and armed and equipped as desired. Scenarios link into ongoing campaigns, where heroes and villains may make their names and the assistance of infamous mercenaries might mean the difference between victory and defeat.

Outremer: Faith and Blood

Outremer: Faith and Blood

Outremer: Faith and Blood is a 28mm skirmish wargame featuring small groups of warriors fighting in Outremer during the Crusades. While suitable for one-off skirmish encounters the focus of the game is a structured and progressive campaign setting in which they are able to watch their force grow and develop over a series of scenarios and encounters from a small party of five or so soldiers into a powerful warband a score strong. Character development is key, and a wide range of troop options and factions allows a high degree of individuality and personalisation. Players will also be able to recruit mercenaries and agents such as Hashashin and Varangian survivors to bolster their forces - potent but expensive additions that will add a distinct flavour to each encounter.



This remarkable aircraft, designed and built to combat the emerging fighter strength of the Axis nations in the lead-up to World War II, made its name in the air battles over Britain and France in the first years of the war. Beloved by its pilots for its stable firing platform and reputation as a rugged survivor, the Hawker Hurricane quickly became the backbone of the RAF, scoring more kills than the more glamorous Spitfire in the Battle of Britain.

This compact volume draws on a wealth of research, artwork and contemporary photographs, as well as images of surviving Hurricanes in flight today, to present a complete guide to this classic fighter aircraft.

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Campaldino 1289

Campaldino 1289

Campaldino is one of the important battles between the Guelphs and Ghibellines - the major political factions in the city states of central and northern Italy. It heralded the rise of Florence to a dominant position over the area of Tuscany and was one of the last occasions when the Italian city militias contested a battle, with the 14th century seeing the rise of the condottiere in Italy's Wars.

In this highly illustrated new study, renowned medieval historians Kelly De Vries and Niccolò Capponi have uncovered new material from the battlefield itself, as well as using all the available sources, to breathe new life into this colourful and fascinating battle.

Hitlerjugend Soldier vs Canadian Soldier

Hitlerjugend Soldier vs Canadian Soldier

Canadian and Waffen-SS troops of 12. SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend faced one another in a series of bloody battles following the D-Day landings of June 1944. The Canadian units fought in a number of distinguished regiments, while the Hitlerjugend Division were drawn from the ranks of the Hitler Youth organizations. Veteran officers and NCOs were joined by inexperienced teenagers, and clashed with the Canadians repeatedly, notably at Authie, Bretteville and Hill 168. The struggle quickly took on an especially bitter nature, fuelled by the massacre of Canadian prisoners by Hitlerjugend personnel.

Employing first-hand accounts and the latest research, as well as specially commissioned artwork and carefully selected archive photographs this absorbing study investigates the origins, ethos, training, fighting techniques and weapons of both sides during the epic struggle for Normandy.

Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War

Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War

The Soviet Union's cruise missile submarines from the modified Whiskey, to the Oscar II classes were among the most formidable vessels of the Cold War. They were initially designed to carry land attack nuclear-tipped cruise missiles designed to strike targets on the eastern coast of the United States. By the late 1960s, however, submarine-launched ballistic missiles made the nuclear land-attack mission unnecessary, so existing classes were converted to the ‘carrier killer' role, armed with anti-ship cruise missiles designed to destroy US super-carriers and other important naval targets.

This fully illustrated study examines these powerful machines that were some of the largest and fastest submarines ever built. If war had broken out, they would have been at the forefront of the Soviet Navy's campaign to destroy NATO's sea power and cut America's sea link with Europe.

Operation Crossbow 1944

Operation Crossbow 1944

In mid-1943, Allied intelligence began to pick up the signs of unusual German construction in remote locations near the Channel Coast. Several massive fortifications were beginning to take shape, and they appeared to be oriented towards London. Allied intelligence codenamed these sites as "Crossbow" and began plans to attack them before they could bombard Britain's capital city. These "Heavy Crossbow" sites for the V-1 and V-2 missiles were supposed to be bomb-proof, but they soon attracted the attention of RAF heavy bombers with the new Tallboy concrete-penetrating bombs.

Fully illustrated with commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs, Operation Crossbow 1944 examines the dynamics of the world's first missile war. It also describes the parallel American efforts to develop missiles and assault drones to attack the "Heavy Crossbow" sites, including the Air Force's Aphrodite and Navy Anvil projects.

The FN MAG Machine Gun

The FN MAG Machine Gun

For six decades, the 7.62mm FN MAG has been a dominant general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) in worldwide arsenals. Three qualities have guaranteed this enduring status - reliability, ease of operation, and firepower. Several nations have license-produced the weapon as their standard GPMG, including the British (as the L7) and the Americans (M240), and in total more than 80 nations have adopted the FN MAG. The machine gun has also been modified extensively for vehicular, naval, and aircraft platforms, demonstrating versatility in the air, on sea, and on land.

In this book, Chris McNab charts the technical evolution of this extraordinary weapon, created by Belgian company Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal. From the jungles of South East Asia, to the deserts of the Middle East, and the icy battlefields of the Falklands, this study explores the origins, development, combat use, and legacy of the FN MAG machine gun, a dominant weapon in its field for more than a half-century.

Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

In many ways, the Heinkel He 177 'Greif' (Griffon) was Nazi Germany's 'lost' strategic bomber. With some fundamental creases ironed out, and built in large numbers, the He 177 would have offered the Luftwaffe the means with which to carry out long-range, mass bombing attacks against targets of a strategic nature. Although competing interests and personalities served to prevent this from happening, from mid-1943 the aircraft nevertheless saw service over England, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and in Russia. The He 177 flew to the end of the war, with some machines undertaking extremely hazardous low-level missions against Soviet armour in Poland in late 1944-45.

This fascinating book, filled with detailed artwork and contemporary photographs, tells the story of this aircraft, including the political infighting at the top of the Luftwaffe's hierarchy that stymied its development, its radical technical design and its state-of-the-art weaponry.

P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen

P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen

After the huge advances made in the early months of the Pacific war, it was in remote New Guinea where the advance of Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) A6M Zero-sen fighters was first halted due to a series of offensive and defensive aerial battles ranging from treetop height up to 30,000 ft.

Initially, the IJNAF fought Australian Kittyhawks, but by May 1942 they had fought themselves into oblivion, and were relieved by USAAF P-39 and P-400 Airacobras. The battles unfolded over mountainous terrain with treacherous tropical weather. Neither IJNAF or USAAF pilots had been trained for such extreme conditions, incurring many additional losses aside from those that fell in combat. Using specially commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs and testimony, this fascinating study explains how, despite their initial deficit in experience and equipment, the Airacobras managed to square the ledger and defend New Guinea.

We March Against England

We March Against England

In May 1940 Nazi Germany was master of continental Europe, the only European power still standing was Great Britain - and the all-conquering German armed forces stood poised to cross the Channel. Following the destruction of the RAF fighter forces, the sweeping of the Channel of mines, and the wearing down of the Royal Naval defenders, two German army groups were set to storm the beaches of southern England. Despite near-constant British fears from August to October, the invasion never took place after first being postponed to spring 1941 before finally being abandoned entirely.

Robert Forcyzk, author of Where the Iron Crosses Grow, looks beyond the traditional British account of Operation Sea Lion, complete with plucky Home Guards and courageous Spitfire pilots, at the real scale of German ambition, plans and capabilities. He examines, in depth, how Operation Sea Lion fitted in with German air-sea actions around the British Isles as he shows exactly what stopped Hitler from invading Britain.

Konflikt '47: Defiance

Konflikt '47: Defiance

Delving deeper into the weird world of Konflikt '47, this supplement presents a range of new material for the game, including:

- New units: Options for troops and technology that can be added to the armies presented in the rulebook.

- Special characters: Field the best of the best, elite men and women who may singlehandedly be the crucial element between victory and defeat.

- New background: The history of the world of Konflikt '47 is detailed in more depth.

- New rules: All-new means of waging war, including material previously published online.

28 Apr 2018

Miniature Wargames 421, May 2018

Miniature Wargames 421, May 2018
  • Putty to Pixels: The editor interviews the Mithril sculptor Chris Tubb on the transition from ‘greenstuff’ to computer modelling.
  •  A show report from Cavalier 2018: the editor takes a trip to the Tonbridge show.
  • Hell By Daylight: The last part of a set of rules for 20th Century Skirmish: build your own insurgency!
  • The Victorio Campaign: The final part of a guide one of a guide to the Apache Wars in the Old West from 1870 to 1876.
  • The Path to Frostgrave: Rules author Joe McCullough takes us through the rules design process and provides a new scenario!
  •  Command Decision. Villiers Bocage: another wargames poser.
  • One of these things...Is not like the other. The historical versus non-historical debate continues.
  • There’s also more scratch building gaming scenery: The Wargames widow builds swampy rivers and we have a guide to indestructible rocks!
  •  Plus all the latest news and reviews!

Wargames Illustrated 366, April 2018

Wargames Illustrated 366, April 2018

A special focus on what we picked up at Vapnartak in York this month.

Jim Graham provides some advice for gamers looking to invest in a new period or army for use during this fascinating period.

Jim Graham is back, switching periods to look at some of the less glamorous aspects of being a ‘Knight of the Air’ during World War One.

Simon MacDowall examines the wargaming potential of the Franco-Spanish conflict in the Thirty Years War.

The drone of engines, the twists and turns of aerial combat – we tried out one of the scenarios and aspects of the expanded rules from the upcoming Blood Red Skies with game designer Andy Chambers.

Rupert Mitchell of Drum and Flag presents some thoughts on creating armies using plastic miniatures.

Whilst America had the X-Men and Spiderman, the Brits had more ‘realistic’ heroes, whose stories were told against the backdrop of real warfare. Steve Beckett tells us more about – Johnny Red.

Pete Brown embraces an April tradition, but can you tell the historical truth from the alternative facts?

Aerial Warfare over North Vietnam 1965-72. John F. Stanoch discusses this aspect of the war in Vietnam and presents some gaming ideas and a scenario.

Although the ‘Suez Crisis’ resulted in a humiliating climb down by Britain and France, the military operation itself succeeded and featured the first example of an assault never before used in combat.

We take a look at a number of battlemats from different companies, along the way charting their evolution and merits.

James Morris takes the 12mm version of his 2017 wargames project (featured last month) to war on a larger scale – 54mm!

The latest supplement for Hail Caesar from Warlord Games covers the Dark Ages or ‘Early Medieval’ period, with new special rules and updated army lists – we try them out with HC author Rick Priestley.

A look at the creation of our Salute 2018 gaming table.

Our travels take us to Hamburg once more, and this excellent showcase of Germanic wargaming talent.

Wargames Illustrated

Warning Order 48, April 2018

Warning Order 48, April 2018

Warning Order, a free wargaming e-magazine, now has issue #48 available to download.

This issue features our annual Warmaster tournament, a playtest of the Pickett's Charge ACW rules, a Saltcon report where we ran Frayser's Farm with Brigade Fire & Fury along with a Phantoms game, and a Saga battle report. Two new Engagements scenarios, book and game reviews, plus the usual features round out the issue.

You can download the issue directly with this link.

Back issues are available by going to this page.

Warning Order

27 Apr 2018

Fondation Napoléon, Whats On April 2018

5 May > Commemorations for the Emperor and the fallen soldiers of the Grande Armée

5 May > Commemorations for the Emperor and the fallen soldiers of the Grande Armée

Organised by the Military Governor of Paris, the Governor of Les Invalides and the imperial family, the commemorative mass in memory of Emperor Napoleon I and the soldiers who died for France will take place in the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides (Paris, France) at 6.30pm on 5 May, under the presidency of HIH the Prince Napoleon. It will be celebrated by Bishop Antoine de Romanet, the Bishop of the French Armed Forces. The mass is open to the public. It will be preceded at 5.45pm by a laying of wreaths - including one by the Fondation Napoléon - at the Emperor's tomb beneath the Dome of Les Invalides. On this occasion, access to the crypt is by invitation only.

Exhibition > "Napoleon, the five faces of triumph" arrives in Warsaw (Poland)

Exhibition > "Napoleon, the five faces of triumph" arrives in Warsaw (Poland)

The touring exhibition "J’arrive! Napoleon, the Five Faces of Triumph” continues its journey, this time hitting by storm the capital of Poland’s Palace of Culture and Science - Pałac Kultury i Nauki - until 30 June 2018. The interactive show which combines authentic and works of art and evocative objects from the life of Napoleon - letters, weapons, furniture - with dynamic technological creations is produced in partnership by Napoleon Touring LTD, DOCA, the Musée de l’Armée, and the Fondation Napoléon. It was first presented in Udine, near Venice, from December 2016 to February 2017, then in Turin, from 28 October 2017 to 28 January 2018. Since then, several more pieces have been added to the display, included a bicorne hat worn by Napoleon on St Helena (lent by the Musée de l’Armée) and items connecting Napoleon to Poland, such as letters to his mistress, Marie Walewska. The Fondation is lending around sixty objects from its collection.

'Imperial Voices' at Les Invalides

'Imperial Voices' at Les Invalides

As part of the concert series "Musiques et paroles d'Empereur" organised by the Musée de l'Armée with the Fondation Napoléon on the occasion of the exhibition Napoleon, the Strategist, Peter Hicks will conduct the Académie Symphonique de Paris, the choir "Les Voix Impériales", soloists and organist Sarah Kim in a programme of music on 24 May 2018 at 8pm, in the Cathedral Saint-Louis des Invalides.

Peter Hicks

Interview Conductor and historian Peter Hicks answers a few questions about this original and historical musical programme.

"Prize Papers Project" launched at Oldenburg Castle

"Prize Papers Project" launched at Oldenburg Castle

The British National Archives, in partnership with the University of Oldenburg in Germany, has announced an exciting 20-year project starting next month to digitise, catalogue, and describe, in order to make available freely online, around 160,000 undelivered letters which were seized in their mail-bags from ships captured by the British during wars between the 17th and 19th centuries. The letters bear witness to the experiences of ordinary people during major conflicts including the American and French Revolutionary wars, and the Napoleonic wars.

Cinema > "The Emperor Strikes Back"

Cinema > "The Emperor Strikes Back"

Alongside the Napoleon the Strategist exhibition, the Musée de l'Armée is hosting a series of free film-screenings on the theme "The Emperor Strikes Back", from 14 to 18 May 2018. Full programme (in French). Reservation required.

Podcast > Napoleon in Fact and Fiction

Podcast > Napoleon in Fact and Fiction

From Napoleon impersonators, his image in caricature and ballads, to a play which asks the question "what if he didn't die in exile?" - presenter Anne McElvoy is joined by actor and director Kathryn Hunter, biographer Michael Broers, historians Oskar Cox Jensen and Laura O'Brien and journalist Nabila Ramdani who looks at how Napoleon is viewed in 21st-century France.

Summer events at Apsley House, home of the Duke of Wellington

Summer events at Apsley House, home of the Duke of Wellington

Apsley House in London, home to the Dukes of Wellington, is now open five days a week until 31 October. Its collection includes many portraits and artefacts relating to Napoleon and his family and the Napoleonic wars. Special events this summer include a small temporary exhibition “In Service to the Duke Below Stairs at Apsley House” telling the story of the Duke’s servants, a talk on 14 May by historian Sir David Cannadine exploring the Irish-born Duke's legacy as the "Last Great English gentleman", evening visits on 18 and 19 May as part of "Museums at night", with period music, and tales of the house’s fascinating history brought to life, and the popular “Waterloo Experience” on 14 June in which costumed interpreter Stephen 'Abs' Wisdom recreates the Battle of Waterloo … with vegetables!

Fondation Napoléon

Natural Born Genealogists

The French love history and what it reveals about themselves in particular, a fact which is demonstrated by the undeniable enthusiasm here in France (as indeed elsewhere) for genealogical and palaeographical research. Books, specialised magazines, websites, dedicated groups on social networks... all show this thirst for the appropriation of the past.

Here at the Fondation Napoléon we are frequently contacted by people seeking genealogical information on individuals from the First and Second Empire. We try to direct them to the right sources, and, in the "Online Resources" section of this Newsletter, we regularly highlight databases relevant to genealogical research.

Modern technology has made it possible for national archives, both departmental and municipal at their various levels, to go further, making the documents more accessible, more appreciated, and this in turn feeds demand. But the changes have also exposed the vastness of material in question. A recent appeal by the French Ministry of Culture - asking the public to express its opinion on the choice of what archives should be digitised - bears witness to this popular interest but also underlies a certain embarrassment even clumsiness on their part. Let’s face it, putting documents online inevitably requires a certain amount of technical infrastructure, and, let’s not forget, a significant financial investment.

Here at the Fondation Napoléon, the desire to support the digital preservation of archives was first demonstrated in 2001 with the launch of the napoleonica.org website, followed by the digitisation of certain (physical) books from its library, and we are currently continuing our activity in this respect with the appeal we launched with the French National Archives for the conservation and digitisation of plans and drawings produced for Napoleon I.

Long live the digitisation of the past!

Marie de Bruchard

Fondation Napoléon

26 Apr 2018

12mm Jaguar 1 or 2 from Butlers Printed Models

One West German Jagdpanzer (Raketenjagdpanzer) Jaguar 1 or 2 tank destroyer in 6 mm (1/285), 12 mm (1/144), 15 mm (1/100), 20 mm (1/76) and 28 mm (1/56).

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 1

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 2

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 3

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 4

Jaguar 1 mounts the HOT anti-tank missile system picture 5

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system picture 1

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system picture 2

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system picture 3

Jaguar 2 mounts the TOW anti-tank missile system picture 4

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

 All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

21 Apr 2018

New Website Launched by Lancer Miniatures

New Website Launched by Lancer Miniatures

To all my loyal customers, you may have noticed the old website has vanished, to be replaced by a much sharper and hopefully easier format with an excellent search function to quickly find the exact product you need.

There are a couple of sales going on with 15% discount, due to having too many items in drawers and display boards, these are WW2 figures and tanks, and 10mm walls and hedges.

Resin buildings are now available outside the UK due to the facility of being able to have different postage rates.

Lancer Miniatures

Universal Miniatures Battles

Universal Miniatures Battles

Universal Miniatures Battles is a strategy Wargame in which you can simulate battles from pre-Antiquity to late medieval / pre-gunpowder era, even with any fantasy background you can think or imagine. The rules system is mathematically balanced and has the key advantage that doesn't require additional supplements to create your army list. All you need is in this rulebook!

Thanks to the decks system of UMB, you can create your historical armies based on the facts and information you have researched, any fantasy army you can imagine and be able to play against any other player, regardless the army they collect, because the unique point system is balancing any confrontation.

Wargame Vault

1/144 Business Class Passengers from North Star

1/144 Business class passengers figures set - 4pcs

Business Class Passengers

North Star

1/144 Pan-Am Stewardess from North Star

1/144 Pan-Am stewardess resin figures set - 4pcs

Pan-Am Stewardess

Pan-Am Stewardess

North Star

1/144 Soviet WWII Pilot and War Photographer from North Star

1/144 Soviet WWII Pilot and War photographer painted figures

Soviet WWII Pilot and War Photographer

Soviet WWII Pilot and War Photographer

North Star

20 Apr 2018

Finalizing the Pack Contents from Warmonger Miniatures

I'm finalizing the pack contents with my caster. I don't believe I'm going to be able to offer wheel options given their cost. As of right now the cannon unit will contain:

Finalizing the Pack Contents from Warmonger Miniatures

* 6 crew on foot
* 2 cannon (left), 2 carriage, 4 reinforced wheels

And the horse-mobile cannon unit will contain:

* 4 crew on foot, 2 with/on horse
* 2 cannon (top right), 2 carriage, 2 limber, 8 spoked wheels

And now a bonus light cannon unit:
* 6 crew on foot
* 2 cannon (middle right), 2 cannon (bottom right), 2 carriage, 4 reinforced wheels

That work for people? I'm still planning on having stretch goals for the mortar and organ gun, I also might do a Heckblaster.

Warmonger Miniatures

Aotrs Shipyards Apr '18 Release: YW731 Longma

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's scifi release, just in time for the Hammerhead (for the second try!) is the YW731 Longma at 144th!

YW731 Longma Scout Vehicle

YW731 Longma Scout Vehicle


The YW-731A Longma Scout Vehicle is a light low-grav unit. The Longma was developed as the need for additional scout vehicles steadily increased. The BRDM-22A Marzanna's under performance had already required a global refit to the -U upgrade, but vehicle lacked any offensives punch. and a heavier scout vehicle was called for to supplement it.

With no spare resources to develop an entirely new vehicle, it was decided to build on existing surplus hulls. Finding a small enough hull proved difficult until the old YW631 APCs from the eastern bloc were brought to light. Though nearly a hundred years old, the YW631 was the right size and, as one of the first widely-utilised grav APCs needed little modification.  The Longma used a more traditional full-bottom grav unit, unlike the current generation of grav-sponsons. However, the ageing drives were brought up to spec with modernised components and a new power plant. The armour was reinforced with modern materials both externally and internal, which improved defence.

The old troop compartment was scrapped and the space used to add a new turret, modern turret. This  carries a single plasmatic repeater cannon, but the scout's primary armament comes from the four AT 16V Scallion missile tubes mounted on the turret. The additional space from where infantry were stored on the older APC version allows the Longma to carry 20 reloads under armour. It possess an advanced sensor suite, complete with AA tracking, and a single particle beam turret for point-defence.

Photo of Replicator 2 prototype.

Next month - back to starships! All being well, it should be a mixed release of one Wodef and couple of Xyriat vessels - and then after that, the new fleet!

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

19 Apr 2018

ZSU-23-4 from Timecast

Our 1:144 scale ZSU-23-4 will be available to order shortly.


ZSU-23-4 from Timecast

We are also happy to announce that the 1:144 Soviet 2S1 122mm SP gun and ACRV artillery command vehicles are now available to order online.

2S1 122mm SP Gun

2S1 122mm SP Gun


Timecast Upcoming Move to New Premises

Upcoming Move to New Premises, Timecast

Due to the redevelopment of our existing site, we will be moving into new premises at some point in May-June. Although this will involve some disruption to our production and service, it does mean that we will have a bit more room and will also help us keep costs down.

We are still at the planning stage at the moment, but as soon as we have any firm dates, we will post the details on our website news page.


18 Apr 2018

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train from Van Dyck Models

In addition to our upcoming WWI ranges we would like to share with you some images of a Belgian Light armoured train no release date yet.

Early after the outbreak of the war the decision was made to build several armoured trains. At least three light and three heavy armoured trains were build. These are somewhat forgotten weapons and have never been build as a model kit either.

 Anyway we are building the "light" armoured train that consisted of a front wagon 18 meters long with a 57mm Nordefeld rapid firing gun at the front and a Hotchkiss machine gun on both sides. The only surviving image of this train shows this wagon (see below).

Then came the locomotive, "type de l'état 15" and later "type 32".

After the locomotive came another small wagon 6 meter long with a Hotchkiss machine gun at the back.

 Have a look at the first images:

Original image:

Original image

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train picture 1

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train picture 2

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train picture 3

1/144 Belgian Light Armoured Train picture 4

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