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30 Nov 2018

New Releases for November 2018 from Osprey Publishing Ltd

New Releases for November 2018, we have another fantastic set of new releases.

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Run to the Sound of the Guns

Run to the Sound of the Guns

From frozen mountaintops to dusty city streets and everything in between, Run to the Sound of the Guns is a compelling and deeply personal account of a husband and father who nearly lost his life 'leading the way' in America's secretive global wars.

Nicholas Moore served as part of an elite special operations unit at the fighting edge of the Global War on Terrorism. He served for over a decade with the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.

In Iraq, Nicholas participated in the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, hunted Iraq's Most Wanted and experienced brutal street combat, including 160 night-time missions over one 90-day deployment in the insurgent stronghold of Mosul. While serving in Afghanistan, he was also part of the search and rescue operation for Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (author of Lone Survivor), and was on the ground again when a Chinook helicopter was shot down resulting in the death of 38 men and one military working dog. It was the single greatest loss of special operations personnel to date.


Wings of the Rising Sun

Wings of the Rising Sun

In the Pacific War's early years, Japanese air power was dominant. The only way for the Allies to defeat their enemy was to know it. This made the task of maintaining productive intelligence gathering efforts on Japan imperative. Establishing Technical Air Intelligence Units in the Pacific Theatre and the Technical Air Intelligence Center in Washington DC, the Allies were able to begin to reveal the secrets of Japanese air power through extensive flight testing and evaluation of captured enemy aircraft and equipment. These provided an illuminating perspective on Japanese aircraft and aerial weapon design philosophy and manufacturing practice.

Fully illustrated throughout with a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, Mark Chambers explores Allied efforts to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese air power during the war years, and how this intelligence helped them achieve victory in the Pacific.


Soviet T-54 Main Battle Tank

Soviet T-54 Main Battle Tank

The menacing silhouette of the T-54 tank prowling down streets of Eastern European capitals or roaring across fields in massive exercises remains one of the most enduring images of Soviet power in the early years of the Cold War. Its sleek and unmistakable shape was a warning to any nation that wanted to stand against the USSR.

Yet all of this masked a flawed, outdated design, and when T-54s began to clash with the Western armoured vehicles in proxy wars in Southeast Asia and the Middle East they were found to be on the losing side of many of the battles.

Containing 130 stunning contemporary and modern photographs, and written by two experts on Soviet armour, this authoritative book tells the complete story of the T-54, one of the most widely produced tanks of all time, including many previously unheard of variants.


Roman Heavy Cavalry (1)

Roman Heavy Cavalry (1)

From the army of Marc Antony in the 1st century BC, Roman generals hired Oriental heavy armoured cavalry to serve in their military alongside the legions. These troops, both from the northern steppes and the Persian frontiers, continued an ancient tradition of using heavy armour and long lances, and fought in a compact formation for maximum shock effect. They were quite distinct from conventional Roman light cavalry, and they served across the Empire, including in Britain. They became ever more important during the 3rd century wars against Parthia, both to counter their cavalry and to form a mobile strategic reserve.

Displaying these impressive and imposing cavalry units using vivid specially commissioned artwork, this first book in a two part series on Roman Heavy Cavalry examines their use over the Imperial period up to the fall of Western Empire in the 5th century A.D.


Heroes of Telemark

Heroes of Telemark

In May 1941, the Norwegian Section of SOE received a dossier warning of the dangers of a hydroelectric fertiliser plant in Norway. Vemork produced heavy water, an essential part of making plutonium for nuclear weapons. When the Germans overran Norway the entire stock had been smuggled out of the country, but the plant was intact and soon producing heavy water again, destined for the German nuclear programme.

Despite the difficulties of getting to and operating in such a remote, hostile area, SOE decided it had to destroy the plant. Six ski-borne commandos had the task of slipping past 300 heavily armed guards and passing through a ravine the Germans thought impassable.

Fully illustrated with stunning new commissioned artwork, this is the thrilling story of the daring Norwegian-led SOE raid that prevented Hitler from building an atomic bomb.


The Sterling Submachine Gun

The Sterling Submachine Gun

Designed by a motorcycle racer turned small-arms engineer, George Patchett, the submachine gun that eventually became known as the Sterling was developed during World War II. Some suggest it first saw action during Operation Infatuate with No. 4 Commando, before becoming fully adopted by the British Army in 1953 as the Sterling Machine Carbine (L2A1).

It was centre stage for many of Britain's post-colonial conflicts from Malaya to Kenya and from Yemen to Northern Ireland. The silenced L34A1 Sterling-Patchett entered service in 1966 and first saw action deep in the jungles of Vietnam in the hands of the elite special forces of Australia, New Zealand and the United States during prisoner snatches and reconnaissance patrols.

Employing first-hand accounts and painstaking technical analysis, this engaging account features carefully selected archive photography and specially commissioned colour artwork depicting the submachine gun that armed British and other forces for nearly 60 years.


B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI

B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI

Flying from and between bases in China and India, the B-25s bombed every type of Japanese target during World War 2 in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre, ultimately dropping more ordinance than their larger four-engined B-24 Liberator brethren.

Mitchell bombers took on the task of disrupting the flow of Japanese supplies to the frontlines at medium ranges, bombing Japanese supply centres, railway depots and bridges. It was in this last capacity that the B-25 established a unique role as a ‘bridge-buster'. This provided significant support for the British Fourteenth Army as they advanced into Burma.

Fully illustrated with detailed cutaway artwork, this book tells the important, yet forgotten story of B-25 operations in the CBI Theatre and the important role that this aircraft played on the road to victory.


Empire of the Seas

Empire of the Seas

The year 1588 marked a turning point in our national story. Victory over the Spanish Armada transformed us into a seafaring nation and it sparked a myth that one day would become a reality - that the nation's new destiny, the source of her future wealth and power lay out on the oceans. This book tells the story of how the navy expanded from a tiny force to become the most complex industrial enterprise on earth; how the need to organise it laid the foundations of our civil service and our economy; and how it transformed our culture, our sense of national identity and our democracy.

Re-issued in trade paperback format Brian Lavery's narrative explores the navy's rise over four centuries; a key factor in propelling Britain to its status as the most powerful nation on earth, and assesses the turning point of Jutland and the First World War. He creates a compelling read that is every bit as engaging as the TV series itself.


Maps of War

Maps of War

There is little documented mapping of conflict prior to the Renaissance period, but, from the 17th century onwards, military commanders and strategists began to document the wars in which they were involved and later, to use mapping to actually plan the progress of a conflict. Using contemporary maps, this sumptuous new volume covers the history of the mapping of war on land and shows the way in which maps provide a guide to the history of war.

Content includes:
The beginnings of military mapping up to 1600 including the impact of printing and the introduction of gunpowder
The seventeenth century: The focus is on maps to illustrate war, rather than as a planning tool and the chapter considers the particular significance of maps of fortifications.
The eighteenth century: The growing need for maps on a world scale reflects the spread of European power and of transoceanic conflict between Europeans. This chapter focuses in particular on the American War of Independence.
The nineteenth century: Key developments included contouring and the creation of military surveying. Subjects include the Napoleonic Wars and the American Civil War
The twentieth century including extended features on the First and Second World Wars including maps showing trench warfare and aerial reconnaissance. Much of the chapter focuses on the period from 1945 to the present day including special sections on the Vietnam War and the Gulf Wars.


Tsushima 1905

Tsushima 1905

Japan was closed to the world until 1854 and its technology then was literally medieval. Great Britain, France and Russia divided the globe in the nineteenth century, but Japan was catching up. Its army and navy were retrained by Western powers and equipped with the latest weapons and ships. Japan wanted to further emulate its European mentors and establish a protectorate over Korea, yet Japanese efforts were blocked by Imperial Russia who had their own designs on the peninsula.

The Russo-Japanese War started with a surprise Japanese naval attack against an anchored enemy fleet still believing itself at peace. It ended with the Battle of Tsushima, the most decisive surface naval battle of the 20th century. This gripping study describes this pivotal battle, and shows how the Japanese victory over Russia led to the development of the dreadnought battleship, and gave rise to an almost mythical belief in Japanese naval invincibility.


USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine

USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine

Leading up to the Pacific War, Japanese naval strategists believed that a decisive fleet engagement would be fought against the United States Navy. Outnumbered by the USN, the Imperial Japanese Navy planned to use its large, ocean-going submarines to chip away at its opponent before the grand battle. In order to accomplish this, the IJN's submarine force was tasked to perform extended reconnaissance of the USN's battle fleet, even in port, and then shadow and attack it.

For their part, the USN was fully aware of the potential threat posed by Japanese submarines, and destroyer crews were trained and equipped with modern anti-submarine weapons and tactics to screen the battle fleet.

Challenging the assumption that Japanese submarines were ineffective during the Pacific War, this fully illustrated study examines their encounters with the US Navy, and the successes and failures of American destroyers in protecting their capital ships.


Bolt Action: Campaign: Battle of France

Bolt Action: Campaign: Battle of France

The Battle of France saw German forces sweep across the Low Countries and towards Paris, crushing Allied resistance in just six weeks. From Fall Gelb and the British withdrawal from Dunkirk to the decisive Fall Rot, this new supplement for Bolt Action allows players to take command of the bitter fighting for France, and to refight the key battles of this campaign. Linked scenarios and new rules, troop types, and Theatre Selectors offer plenty of options for novice and veteran players alike.


Osprey Publishing Ltd

The Greens Are In from Warmonger Miniatures

The greens are in, I'll be heading down to my caster tomorrow for a restock and to drop them off for molding. Here's the new packs you'll be getting:


Organ Guns (2 organ guns and 6 crew)


Wheeled/Staic Mortars (separate packs, 2 mortars and 6 crew each)

Wheeled/Staic Mortars (separate packs, 2 mortars and 6 crew each)

 Organ Guns (2 organ guns and 6 crew)

Organ Guns (2 organ guns and 6 crew)

 Volley Guns (2 volley guns and 6 crew)

Volley Guns (2 volley guns and 6 crew)

 Crew (18 total, 2 of each sculpt)

Crew (18 total, 2 of each sculpt)

The KickStarter will likely start in late December and finish up in January

Warmonger Miniatures

News from Hysterical Games

News from Hysterical Games

Unfortunately we have some bad news.

Over the last few weeks it has become clear that Hysterical Games is facing a major cash flow problem and that we are now only left with the option of winding the company up. Exactly how we will do this has yet to be decided.

To say we are gutted is an understatement, the sudden nature of how this has swept up on us is still very hard to believe.

We are looking at various options at the moment and we are looking at ways for our games to continue. We believe the games and background are good enough to survive and going forward can flourish, the problems that have arisen are largely from other parts of the business.

We appreciate you will have lots of questions but trust you will appreciate that we will probably not have any answers for them at the moment and need to concentrate our efforts on seeing what can be done to salvage the game and sort out other problems, so please bear with us and excuse any immediate radio silence.

The webstore is closed and we cannot take any new orders at the moment.

Hopefully this is just a (rather large) bump in the road and that soon it will be behind us and we will be driving ever forward.

Hysterical Games

Painting Wargaming Figures: WWII in the Desert

Painting Wargaming Figures: WWII in the Desert

Andy Singleton has been modelling and painting most of his life and has been a professional commission figure painter for some years now.

Here he shares his experience and tips of the trade with those collecting figures for the North African campaigns in WWII.

The four main sections of the book cover British, Italian, German and US troops, as well as tips on assembly and painting camouflage uniforms.

Each section is divided into three levels of complexity, 'conscript', 'regular' and 'elite', allowing the reader to build up an array of techniques as they gain confidence and experience.

The emphasis is on achievable results and practical advice that is applicable to painting units or whole armies for wargaming purposes in a reasonable time frame, not on spectacular individual display pieces.

Most of the figures featured in the numerous illustrations are sized either 28mm or 20mm but the techniques described are easily adaptable to smaller sizes and both plastic and metal figures are covered.

Andy's clear, step-by-step guidance takes the reader through the process from the initial preparation and assembly of the figure, to finishing and basing.

29 Nov 2018

Project Update #2: Mythos of Legends Kickstarter, brought to you by The World of Lardello

Project Update #2: Mythos of Legends Kickstarter, brought to you by The World of Lardello

Hi everybody, It’s become clear that our Kickstarter Campaign has failed to get off the ground so we’re going to pull the plug now. Clearly we’ve not approached things quite right to generate the momentum we needed. We’re going to take stock and then re-emerge with a fresh strategy. Rest assured that this isn’t the end of our quest to launch this game. Please stay tuned for further announcements – your support has meant a lot to us and we’d love it if you’re still on board for our eventual release. Please keep in touch with Mythos of Legends and facebook Mythos of Legends for more info. Thanks!

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The World of Lardello

28 Nov 2018

This Giving Tuesday, Can We Count on Your Support?

This Giving Tuesday, Can We Count on Your Support?

Gathering for a family feast and shopping for our loved ones is all well and good but the holidays are also an ideal time to focus on our values. If you value American history, I hope you’ll participate in Giving Tuesday and take advantage of matching funds with a lasting gift to save hallowed ground.

At stake this year is some of the most historically significant land at Gettysburg that’s still in private hands 18 acres at Seminary Ridge on the First Day’s Battlefield. We’ve made good progress on this campaign so far, and we are close to the finish line. With your help we can get there by the end of the year. And today we can get there faster because your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

There are two great ways you can double your impact today when you donate online.

Facebook. If you’re on Facebook, today is an ideal day to make a contribution to our fundraiser. Facebook, with PayPal as a partner, has generously pledged to match donations made on Facebook for a total of up to $7 million dollars. Your donations to the Trust through Facebook could be matched up to $250,000, offering a powerful opportunity for our supporters to double their impact.

This is why we’re directing every donation we receive on Facebook for Giving Tuesday to save Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg. After you make your gift, I hope you'll share your good work with your network you may just inspire others to follow your lead!

On our website. If you are not on Facebook, we have another opportunity for you to double your impact when you contribute to save Seminary Ridge on our website, where the spirit of Giving Tuesday is alive and well. A generous donor has agreed to match all donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000, through the end of today.

Wherever you decide to make your gift to save Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg, know that you will have twice the impact towards saving this important hallowed ground. I know there are many good causes you could give to today, but I truly hope you’ll agree that saving our great nation’s history is a top priority. 

Double your impact this Giving Tuesday by donating through Facebook and encouraging your friends to do the same. Not on Facebook? You can still contribute to save Seminary Ridge on our website. Whichever method you choose, your gift will be matched!

American Battlefield Trust

Current Catalogue from Fogg of War Miniatures

Current Catalogue from Fogg of War Miniatures

Current Catalogue from Fogg of War Miniatures.

Please contact Peter Gray for orders or more info. Website is on the process of being built.

Fogg of War Miniatures

27 Nov 2018

New 1/144 German Kriegsmarine figures in stock from North Star

New 1/144 German WWII Kriegsmarine figures – Sailors are cleaning ship deck

1/144 German Kriegsmarine figures

1/144 German Kriegsmarine figures

North Star

12mm NATO M270 MLRS from Butlers Printed Models

One NATO M270 MLRS, self-propelled multiple rocket launcher. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (M270 MLRS) is an armored, self-propelled, multiple rocket launcher; a type of rocket artillery. Since the first M270s were delivered to the U.S. Army in 1983, the MLRS has been adopted by several NATO countries. Some 1,300 M270 systems have been manufactured in the United States and in Europe, along with more than 700,000 rockets. The production of the M270 ended in 2003.

The weapon can fire guided and unguided projectiles up to 26 miles. Firing ballistic missiles, such as the U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), it can hit targets 190 miles away the warhead in such shots reaches an altitude of about 164,000 ft. The M270 can be used in shoot and scoot tactics, firing its rockets rapidly, then moving away to avoid counter battery fire.

The M270 MLRS may be armed with either:
12 x M26 rockets in two pods of six,
or 2 x M39 missiles, one in each pod.

The M270 MLRS can be reloaded quickly by simply exchanging the pods rather than loading each rocket individually.
Consequently the reload pods are available in pairs.
- A pair of M26 rocket pods
- Or a pair of M39 missile pods

 NATO M270 MLRS

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

26 Nov 2018

Painting Miniatures for the American Civil War from Steve Barber Models


The American War is one of the most popular periods to wargame, and rightly so - it is a fascinating period of history. This book offers the opportunity to learn how to paint wargames miniatures from someone who has been an experienced sculptor and painter. All of the main styles that are used for painting wargames miniatures are covered in great detail. For anyone wanting to start painting for the first time, these pages contain a wealth of information that will help you get started. The book covers: miniature preparation; layer painting; painting with washes; basing; horses and artillery and buildings and scenery. Each chapter is full of detailed step-by-step tutorials on how to paint wargames miniatures for the American Civil War.


Steve Barber Models

24 Nov 2018

The Best Black Friday Deal You Could Ever Hope For

The Best Black Friday Deal You Could Ever Hope For

What if I told you that for every dollar you donate to save priceless American history, another generous preservationist will match your donation up to $10,000? I hope you'd agree that's the best Black Friday deal around.

Through this matching opportunity, we can preserve the history of 18 acres of hallowed ground on the First Day's battlefield at Gettysburg the largest and most historically significant undeveloped land remaining at Seminary Ridge. We've made good progress so far and are close to the finish line, and with your help we can get there by the end of the year. Fortunately, some of your fellow dedicated supporters have agreed to power up all donations between today and Giving Tuesday on November 27th. Through Tuesday, every donation to Seminary Ridge made through our website will be matched up to $10,000.

I know you have many demands on your attention and your wallet this time of year. I also know that an opportunity like this won't last. Remarkably, this land is nearly unchanged since those fateful summer days in 1863, when so many men fought and fell there. This is our moment to honor the legacy of those men by preserving these hallowed acres.

So, whether you're getting a jump on holiday shopping or dodging the crowds from the comfort of home this Black Friday, please take a moment to contribute towards saving Seminary Ridge. In my view, this is one of the most important historic preservation efforts in our history and with every dollar doubled, you won't find a better value in any mall or big-box store!

Thank you for saving hallowed ground in this season of giving,

To recognize the generous supporters of this critical campaign, we've created a Virtual Donor Wall that will debut on our website very soon. Every generous patriot who gives $100 or more to save this land at Seminary Ridge will have their name listed there. If you give $100 thru Giving Tuesday, it will be matched for double the impact. I hope to see your name on the wall!

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American Battlefield Trust

23 Nov 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from the American Battlefield Trust

Happy Thanksgiving from the American Battlefield Trust

On October 3, 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation designating "the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving." A year later, citizens would organize a special Thanksgiving dinner for Federal soldiers and sailors to show the public's appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

Today, I'd like to share my appreciation for you. Thanks to your support this year, we crossed the thresholds of 50,000 acres preserved for future generations and 20,000 students sent to battlefields and historic sites through our Field Trip Fund. We preserved hallowed ground at Princeton, Gettysburg and Yorktown and were chosen to help lead the 250th commemoration of the founding of the United States.

If you have two minutes today, please watch the Trust's year in review video for a brief summary of all the incredible things you made possible in 2018. Of course, two minutes isn't nearly enough time to express my awe and gratitude for your dedication to battlefield preservation – but it's a start!

Simply put, the successes of this year would not have been possible without your generosity. Whatever you're doing on this day of thanks, please know how much your support means – not just to me and my colleagues, but to generations of Americans, present and future. From all of us at the Trust, warmest wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

 I hope you are enjoying this day of thanks with your friends and family. This two-minute video summarizes all of your accomplishments in 2018. Thank you for your steadfast support.

American Battlefield Trust

22 Nov 2018

Sci-Fi Galactic Terrorists from Aotrs Shipyards

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. Aotrs Shipyards also takes direct printing commissions.

Here is this month's sci-fi (slash ultra-modern!) release: the first two vehicles of the Galactic Terrorist army at 144th. (Complemented by this month's regular moderns Technicals!) As the Galactic Terrorists – using low tech for their own time – could quite easily fit in an alternative or near-future modern, I'm cross-linking them to the moderns forums as well.

This first two vehicles are the T-132AH "Hyena" (based on the T-72AV) and the ZIL-1135 ASP (Air Superiority Platform) (based on a modified ZIL-135 truck used by the BM-27).

For those of you unfamiliar with my sci-fi releases, I always include some fluff with every vehicle as a bit of colour, which you may use, ignore or adapt as you see fit! (You may squarely blame Stewart Cowley's Spacecraft 2000-2100AD for that.) Normally, I would include the general blurb at the start, but for the sake of any interested moderns parties who might not be so interested, I'll leave the GT's fluff description until the end.

(For this release, I can also start to quote the prices for the printing from the Shipyards directly (from our Replicastor 2), in addition to the usual Shapeways link.)

T-132AH "Hyena"

T-132AH "Hyena"

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Aotrs Shipyards Price: £5.60 GBP

The T-132 Hyena is a modification of the T-132A main battle tank found in large numbers across the galaxy. The GT have upgraded the engine, replacing the entire engine compartment with a more modern power-plant. The single largest change is the removal of the old gun and the modification of the turret to accommodate the massive 60mm seven-barrel Gatling cannon. This weapon has an enormous rate of fire, and can chew through even heavy armour with a long sustained burst. The cupola pintle machine-gun has been replaced entirely with an automated quad autocannon system for point-defence and anti-infantry operations. Both systems use the GT's own unique technology and are thus more efficient than might be expected, despite being robust.

The T-132's armour is outdated, and while the GT have merely added explosive reactive armour blocks to give it some resistance, but it remains fragile compared to most modern main battle tanks. However, it is rarely seen in anything but larger numbers, often a company where one would expect to see a platoon.

The Hyena can sustain a withering hail for fire for some time, but this comes at an expense. The GT have stripped out almost all the safety features, and the crew sit cramped uncomfortably, surrounded by volatile GT munitions, In fact, despite the larger power plant, the Hyena is so laden with ammunition, its top speed is little better than the stock T-132. This means that almost any penetrating hit will cause the Hyena's ammunition will cook off and destroying the vehicle in a thunderous explosion. The poorly-trained crew's tendency to forget to drop off the rear fuel tanks during actual combat does not help this problem.


ZIL-1135 ASP

ZIL-1135 ASP

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Aotrs Shipyards Price: £6.40 GBP

The GT's Air Superiority Platform – ASP – is based on the hull of an shortened, eight-wheel version of ZIL-1135 truck. The GT have added additional armour plating internally and an improved engine. The truck carries a set of four rapid-fire 188mm cannons. Like the famous '88 anti-air craft cannons of ancient times, the ASP's quad cannons are equally effective on both flying targets and ground-based armour, and have exceptional range and rate of fire which can be sustained for a remarkably long time.

As with the Hyena, the ASP's main flaw is the excess of ammunition stored within it, with volatile propellant and almost no safety features. The relatively light armour does little to protect the ASP from enemy fire. An ASP is rarely seen alone, however, and in numbers, it can overwhelm even main battle tanks with sheer volume of fire before they can all be destroyed.

The photos are of the Replicator 2 versions (available direct from us).

Next month's sci-fi release will see the next couple of elements of the GT ground force.

We will be down at Pudsey doing Recon on the 1st of December, wherein said GT will be debuing (I and mean debuing – I haven't even had time to have a test-field…!), for anyone in UK who is in that area. (Or anyone outside the UK who wishes to rush over just to see us, I suppose, though that seems.. Unlikely…!)

The Galactic Terrorists

The Galactic Terrorists, known by several other monikers, including the Galactic Liberation Armada is a large-scale anarchist terrorist and insurgent group. The GT rose to prominence in the early 2320s around twenty years ago, but are believed to have been operational at small scale previously. GT terror attacks rely on mass destruction, typically with explosives and frequent use of suicide tactics.

Initially believed to be a conventional terrorist cell, possibly with religious connections, as further intelligence has been brought to light, the GT have instead proven to be a deepening mystery. The origin of the Galactic Terrorists is unknown. There have been many rumours, but all have been eventually disproved.

One of the most prevalent and for a time, the leading theory, was they were formed by a long-dead Iraqi man named Jarmin Kuld, who was said to have been influenced by a computer game to create the GT. As innane as that theory sounded, there was enough circumstantial evidence in recovered GT databases that this appeared to be a genuine possibility. It was eventually disproved when no record of this Jarmin Kuld was found after a massive and extensive search of the archival records of the then-Internet, a process which took some years.

The GT's ultimate goals beyond destruction of the establishment – any establishment – are unknown. The GT shown no preference in their choice of targets; almost every major and minor power from the Army Of The Red Spear to the Zirakthargûm Divinity have been attacked – and of those that have not, it is more a simple matter of resources than choice.

The GT is funded from unknown sources. While over the years, some sources of revenue have been discovered and shut down, these appear only to be supplemental income and only stopped the GT in the local areas. Their armada consists of vessel hulls used by the most prominent Islamic power, who vehemently denies selling their hull designs to the GT. Neither any internal nor external investigations been able to locate the source of these purchases, let alone the star ships themselves. The would-be suppliers have suffered just as heavily from the GT's predations as any other power, lending credence to this claim. It would appear that the GT have their own shipyards in an unknown location, though given the range of their outdated hyper drives it is unclear where they might be found.

The star ship hulls are refitted with weapon systems commonly available on the local market, predominantly what appears to be old surplus technology. This comprises mainly lasers, both as point-defence and anti-capital ship systems. The GT only have primitive missiles and torpedoes. To get around the limitations of the former, they almost exclusively use salvo rockets. The GT also make use of space-borne suicide attacks, via means of packing all their shuttles with highly unstable explosives. This tactics is rarely successful – a single hit will usually set off a chain reaction on a group of approaching shuttles – but when it succeeds, it can be devastating.

The only piece of technology that is unique to the GT are their point and interdiction kinetic weapons. These systems, predominantly rapid-fire gatlings or cannon clusters are considerably better than almost all human powers, being on a par with the more advanced races – despite their outward appearance of crudity, these systems are remarkable durable. This translates into their ground combat armament – few missiles, but a large number of rapid-fire kinetic weapons.

The GT is comprised exclusively of humans. An estimated 75% of the GT personnel appear to be of Arabic extraction, but the GT show no preferences to ethnicity or nationality when attempting to radicalise and recruit new members – thought they do have a much higher rate of recruitment of men, when women are seen in the ranks, they seem to be of the same status. The GT seem to use a mixture of English and Modern Standard Arabic as their languages of choice, oddly reserving the latter for internal communications and using the former for all outward communications (even if addressing Arabic speakers).

Despite frequently addressing their enemies as "infidel" and "heretic", the GT ascribe to no known religion, sect or cult. In fact, the GT seem to find religion offencive and actively target religious institutions are part of their normal operations and frequently and decisively as they attack military or corporate targets. Given the ethnicity of the GT, an early suggestion that they were radicalised Muslims was quickly quashed with a wave of terror attacks on mosques throughout human space, targeted for maximum casualties – apparently in reprisal. A later implication made by one pundit on the galactic new network was that the GT were some sort of radical atheist organisation. That notion, too, was disproved as within the week, a series of attacks were targeted at both the pundit and highly-visible atheists.

The GT also seem to hate magic with the same passion and in at least two recorded instances, actually targeted demonic cults – though this was only discovered in the aftermath of the attacks what their victims had been doing.

Gathering intelligence on the GT has been extremely hard. Firstly, just obtaining GT prisoners is markedly difficult, given the GT's penchant for suicide. Even outside the core of fanatics, the generally poorly-lead rank-and-file prefer death to capture; even when their morale is broken – there have been numerous instances of routing GT troops simply running off cliffs like proverbial lemmings. This is problem is exacerbated due to the compartmentalised structure of the terror cells.

No ranking member of the GT has ever been captured and the upper echelons remain a mystery. What few prisoners have been taken show considerable resistance to interrogation (even, the Herosine Empire reported, to torture) and so far no prisoners have been able to be successfully deprogrammed.

All undercover agents that have been sent to try and gain information on the inside have either been uncovered and killed, forced to exfiltrate or, in some unfortunate cases, have defected to the GT entirely. In 2340, the UNSC formed a task force to deal with the GT problem. Any and all races targeted by the GT, regardless of allegiance, were granted access, using the same protocols as the Cybertank and Rift Collective threats.

With contributions from several major nonhuman powers – even the Army Of The Red Spear made some limited input – successes have been gleaned. The greatest information came from the infiltration of a previously-unknown training camp, the largest yet discovered. This operation got further than any previously, and due to the extra resources, the task force managed to extract the agents alive. What they revealed is an increasingly alarming picture.

It has been verified that the GT are subject to some unknown form of brainwashing beyond their highly effective methods of radicalisation and indoctrination. The indoctrination methods had a near-100% success rate (the exflitrated agents being the only exceptions). The agents reported that, after the final phase of the indoctrination – a process they were not witness to, but involved the recruits leaving the training camp – when the recruits returned, there were some notable shifts in personality. Any doubts about the nebulous "cause" were gone. More disconcertingly, the indoctrinated returned apparently fluent in Arabic and speaking with an Arabic-sounding accent which appeared to have replaced any previous accent the speaker had. One agent was a language specialist, inserted to see if they could isolate any particular dialects which might give a clue to the GT's ultimate base of operations found he could not specifically place this accent at all. They also had a marked tendency to use repeated phrases, especially when excited or surprised.

Most concerningly of all, the agents, through conversation and investigation, managed to accrue the places of origin of almost all the recruits. Almost 60% of the recruits training claimed to be from places that did not exist. These places were all purportedly located on known planets, often fictitious towns and villages. Some of these were located in areas of known wilderness, but other purportedly were in the same location as existing, different settlements. Despite exhaustive questioning on their hometowns, none of the agents were able to detect any suggestions that the recruits in question were lying or making up, nor or any lack of detail or repeated details that might suggest fabricated memories. Attempting to use maps to disprove the recruits statements was denounced as infidel misinformation and a dramatic rise in hostility and the agents abandoned that line of enquiry quickly.

Following the inevitable battle on exfiltration, the bodies were examined. These mysterious men were not clones or replicants, and no trace of genetic, psionic or magical tampering could be found. Nor was any residual evidence found on the fresh recruits, meaning the methods used in the final brainwashing are equally as mysterious.

There is clearly some deeply disturbing secret behind the GT, and what, who, where it is and what it or they intend is a frightening enigma.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Ancient Warfare XII. 4, Dec-Jan 2018

Ancient Warfare XII. 4, Dec-Jan 2018

Ancient Warfare XII.4 with The power of Poseidon - Naval warfare in the Hellenistic era

The first decades of the Hellenistic era are famous for the ever-growing warships of the Ptolemies, but naval warfare wasn't just about who had the biggest ships.

Theme: The power of Poseidon - Naval warfare in the Hellenistic era

Jasper Oorthuys, 'Big, bigger, and small - Historical introduction'.
Raffaele D'Amato, 'Warrior sailors of the Ptolemies'.
Andreas Forrer, 'Ports and shipsheds of Athens'.
Dennis Pricolo, 'Ships to brag about'.
Christa Steinby, 'Typical gadget - The Roman boarding bridge'.
George Topalidis, 'The vexing vessel - On the lembos'.

Features:

Michael Bishop, 'Grim realism - Analyzing the Mainz column bases'.
Duncan B. Campbell, 'Trusted men - The Evocati'.
Ross Cowan, 'Gladius Gallicus - Celtic swords for Italic warriors'.
Boris Dreyer, 'Friderica Alexandrina Navis - Reconstructing Oberstimm II'.
Duncan Head, 'Bristling mercenaries - A Ligurian warrior'.
Michael J.Taylor, 'Fake news from Zama?'

Ancient Warfare

21 Nov 2018

12mm M2 or M3 Bradley from Butlers Printed Models

One M2 or M3 Bradley. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle is a fighting vehicle platform of the United States manufactured by BAE Systems Land & Armaments, formerly United Defense. It was named after U.S. General Omar Bradley.

The Bradley is designed to transport infantry or scouts with armor protection, while providing covering fire to suppress enemy troops and armored vehicles. The several Bradley variants include the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and the M3 Bradley cavalry fighting vehicle. The M2 holds a crew of three (a commander, a gunner, and a driver) along with six fully equipped soldiers.

Options available are:

M2 - Initial IFV (M2A1 is identical externally)
M2A2 - More armour, available with or without ERA (Explosive reactive armour)
M2A3 - Adds Commander’s Independent Viewer (CIV) to the turret, with or without ERA

M3 - Initial CFV (Cavalry fighting vehicle), identical to M2 without firing ports
M3A1 - Almost identical to M3 but without some periscopes
M3A2 - More armour, available with or without ERA (Explosive reactive armour)
M3A3 - Adds Commander’s Independent Viewer (CIV) to the turret, with or without ERA

M2 or M3 Bradley

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm Sd.Kfz 7 halftrack from Butlers Printed Models

One Sd.Kfz 7 halftrack. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

Development of the Sd.Kfz. 7 can be traced back to a 1934 Wehrmacht requirement for an eight tonne  halftrack. Various trial vehicles were built by Krauss-Maffei from 1934 to 1938. The production vehicle first appeared in 1938 and was intended to be used mainly as the tractor for the 88mm FlaK gun and the sFH 18 150mm howitzer.

 Sd.Kfz 7 halftrack

Sd.Kfz 7 halftrack picture 1

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Sd.Kfz 7 halftrack picture 3

Sd.Kfz 7 halftrack picture 4

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models