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31 Dec 2018

10mm Chinese Warring States Fogg of War Miniatures

As 2108 is coming to an end very soon I thought Id finish off with some pictures of the Fogg of War Miniatures Chinese Warring States range.

What do you think? Are there anything we've missed or you want added.

Chinese Warring States

Chinese Warring States picture 1

Chinese Warring States picture 2

Chinese Warring States picture 3

Chinese Warring States picture 4

Chinese Warring States picture 5

Chinese Warring States picture 6

We're hoping to get under in production during early 2019 but we'll keep you up to date on that as and when. Hope all members have a great New Year.

Fogg of War Miniatures

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G/K - G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-10, K-4

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G/K - G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-10, K-4

20 pages, drawings sheets A4, drawings sheet A3, 7 color profiles, Matte coated paper, Format (sizes): A4 (210x297 mm), Booklet binding

30 Dec 2018

Pendraken Miniatures 2018 Releases Summary

Pendraken Miniatures 2018 Releases Summary



All 313 of our releases in 2018!

Renaissance

Aztecs
AZT1   Command
AZT2   Jaguar warriors/Tzitzimitl
AZT3   Eagle warriors
AZT4   Quachic fanatic veterans
AZT5   Tequihuah veterans
AZT6   Huaxtec warriors/Priests
AZT7   Commoners
AZT8   Commoners with bow (15)
AZT9   Commoners with slings (15)
AZT10   Commoners with baggage (10)
AZT11   Chief of Men (2)
AZT12   Tzilacatzin, Warrior champion (1)
AZT13   Mixed backbanners (15 pieces)
Army Pack – Contains 2 x AZT7. 1 x AZT2, AZT3, AZT4, AZT6, AZT13. ½ x AZT1

Napoleonic

Dutch-Belgians
NDB1   Dutch line infantry, march attack
NDB2   Dutch line infantry, firing line 
NDB3   Dutch line command
NDB4   Dutch mounted officer (5) 
NDB5   Belgian line infantry, march attack
NDB6   Belgian line infantry, firing line 
NDB7   Belgian line command 
NDB8   Belgian mounted officer (5)
NDB9   Dutch Jagers 
NDB10   Belgian Jagers 
NDB11   Dutch Militia, march attack 
NDB12   Dutch Militia, advancing/firing 
NDB13   Hussars (Dutch style) 
NDB14   Dragoons (Belgian style)   
NDB15   Carabiniers (Dutch style)   
NDB16   Carabiniers (Belgian style)   
NDB17   6pdr guns with line artillery crew (3)
NDB18   6pdr guns with horse artillery crew (3)
NDB19   7” Howitzer with line crew (3)
NDB20   7” Howitzer with horse artillery crew (3) 
NDB21   Prince of Orange and officer (2)
1815 Dutch Army Pack - Contains 3 x NDB1.  1 x NDB3, NDB9, NDB15, NDB17
1815 Belgian Army Pack - Contains 3 x NDB5.  1 x NDB7, NDB10, NDB14, NDB17

Hanoverians 
NHN1   Line in shako
NHN2   Line command in shako
NHN3   Line in cap
NHN4   Line command in cap
NHN5   Light/Jager, inc. command
NHN6   Landwehr, inc. command
NHN7   Mounted Officer (5) 

King's German Legion
NKG1   Line
NKG2   Line command
NKG3   Lights, march attack, inc. comm (16)
NKG4   Lights, skirmish, inc. command (16)
NKG5   Hussars
NKG6   Mounted Officer (5)

19th Century

1849-1866 Italians
ITL1   Line infantry in tunic (1849-1859)
ITL2   Line command in tunic (1849-1859)
ITL3   Line infantry in greatcoat (1859-1866)
ITL4   Line command in greatcoat (1859-1866)
ITL5   Grenadiers, including command (1849-1859)
ITL6   Bersaglieri, including command
ITL7   Garibaldini, including command
ITL8   Line cavalry (dragoons) in helmet with lance
ITL9   Cavalleggeri cavalry with lance
ITL10   Cavalleggeri cavalry with sabres
ITL11   Carabinieri cavalry
ITL12   8pdr guns with line crew
ITL13   8pdr guns with horse crew
ITL14   8pdr guns with Garibaldini crew
ITL15   16pdr guns with line crew
ITL16   15cm howitzers with line crew
ITL17   15cm howitzers with horse crew
ITL18   15cm howitzers with Garibaldini crew
ITL19   Mounted Officers (5)   £1.75
ITL20   Mounted Generals (5)   £1.75
ITL21   Giuseppe Garibaldi (1)   £0.75
ITL22   Casualty marker (10)   £1.75
1849-59 Army Pack - Contains 3 x ITL1. 1 x ITL2, ITL5, ITL8, ITL12
1859-1866 Army Pack - Contains 3 x ITL3. 1 x ITL4, ITL6, ITL10, ITL12

PNFL712   1848 Piedmont flags
PNFL713   1861 Piedmont flags
PNFL714   Papal/Naples flags
PNFL715   Garibaldini flags

WWI

Austro-Hungarian 
AH21   Senior Officers (2)

Belgian
B8   Senior Officers (2)
B9   Generals (Lt Gen Leman + generic) with map

British
BP68   Senior Officers (2)

French
F11   Dragoons
F41   Senior Officers (2)

German 
GP49   Dismounted Uhlans
GP50   Senior Officers (2)

Middle East
ME4   Dismounted Australian cavalry
ME5   Australian cavalry
ME6   Imperial cavalry
ME7   Turkish cavalry

ME15   German Asia Korps infantry

ME22   Imperial Lewis gunners, prone (3)
ME23   Indian foot in turban
ME24   Turkish Arab Legion infantry
ME25   Irregular Arab cavalry
ME26   Sharifian regular cavalry

ME28   Turkish Stormtroopers

ME33   Imperial infantry in pith helmet, firing/kneeling
ME34   Imperial infantry in tropical helmet, firing/prone
ME35   Sharifian infantry
ME36   Turkish infantry, firing/kneeling
ME37   German Asia Korp, throwing grenade (10)
ME38   Turkish Generals (Cemal Pasa + Sevki Bey) with map

Russian
RP13   Senior Officers (2)   £0.60
RP14   Generals (Tsar Nicolas + Duke Nikolaevich) with map

WWII

American Misc
AMX1   Field armour for Sherman tanks (10)  £1.75

Belgian
BEL1   Utility B tractor (2)
BEL2   T-13 tank destroyer (1)
BEL3   T-15 light tank (1)

British

Infantry
BRF56   Riflemen in Mk III 'turtle' helmet
BRF57   Sten in Mk III 'turtle' helmet
BRF58   Officer Mk III 'turtle' helmet

Vehicles
BRV6   A9 Mk I / Cruiser Mk I (Vickers)
BRV7   A10 Mk I / Cruiser Mk II (Vickers)
BRV8   A13 Mk I / Cruiser Mk III (Vickers)
BRV9   A13 Mk IIa / Cruiser Mk IVa (Besa)

BRV31   M4A2 Sherman, mid-war, 75mm
BRV32   M4A2 Sherman, mid-war, 75mm, turret back box
...
BRV103   A9 Mk I CS / Cruiser Mk I CS
BRV104   A10 Mk Ia / Cruiser Mk IIa (Besa)
BRV105   A10 Mk Ia CS / Cruiser Mk IIa CS
BRV106   A13 Mk I CS / Cruiser Mk III CS
BRV107   A13 Mk II / Cruiser Mk IV (Vickers)

German

Vehicles 
GRV13   Panzer IV D
GRV14   Panzer IV F1
GRV15   Panzer IV F2
GRV16   Panzer IV G
GRV17   Panzer IV H
GRV32   Jagdpanzer IV L70s  (no skirts)
GRV40   StuG IV
GRV87   Brummbar

GRV110   U304(f), Becker's halftrack
GRV111   Tiger I with zimmerit

Soviet

Vehicles
SVV39   T-34/76 E, model 1943
SVV40   T-34/76 D, model 1943

Korean War

American
KUS1   Summer kit, advancing with rifle
KUS2   Summer kit, advancing with BAR
KUS3   Summer kit, standing, firing rifle
KUS4   Summer kit, standing, firing carbine
KUS5   Summer kit, standing, hip firing SMG
KUS6   Summer kit, kneeling, firing rifle
KUS7   Summer kit, prone, firing rifle
KUS8   Summer kit, prone, firing BAR
KUS9   Summer kit, .30 Browning MG team (5)
KUS10   60mm mortar with summer crew (3)
KUS11   81mm mortar with summer crew (3)
KUS12   4.2” mortar with summer crew (3)
KUS13   Summer kit, M20 3.5 bazooka with loader (5 pairs)
KUS14   Summer kit, throwing grenade
KUS15   Summer kit, radio operator
KUS16   Officers in summer kit
KUS17   Artillery crew in summer kit
KUS18   Winter kit, advancing with rifle
KUS19   Winter kit, standing, firing rifle
KUS20   Winter kit, standing, firing carbine
KUS21   Winter kit, kneeling, firing rifle
KUS22   60mm mortar with winter crew (3)
KUS23   81mm mortar with winter crew (3)
KUS24   4.2” mortar with winter crew (3)
KUS25   Officers in winter kit
KUS26   Artillery crew in winter kit
KUS27   Senior officer (2)      £0.50
KUS28   Sentry
KUS29   Casualty
KUS30   Tank commander in US helmet      £1.00

American Summer Army Pack
2 packs of KUS1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1 pack of KUS6, 9, 11, 15, 16

American Winter Army Pack
3 packs of KUS17, 18, 19, 20
1 pack of KUS15, 23, 25

British 
KBR1   Tropical kit, advancing with rifle
KBR2   Tropical kit, standing, firing rifle
KBR3   Tropical kit, kneeling, firing rifle
KBR4   Tropical kit, prone, firing rifle
KBR5   Tropical kit, advancing with Bren MG
KBR6   Tropical kit, prone, firing Bren MG
KBR7   Tropical kit, Vickers HMG team (5)
KBR8   Tropical kit, M20 3.5 bazooka team (5)
KBR9   2” mortar with tropical crewman
KBR10   3” mortar with tropical crew (3)
KBR11   4.2” mortar with tropical crew (3)
KBR12   Tropical kit, throwing grenade
KBR13   Tropical kit, radio operator team (5 pairs)
KBR14   Officer in tropical kit
KBR15   Artillery crew in tropical kit
KBR16   Commando, advancing with rifle
KBR17   Commando, standing, firing rifle
KBR18   Commando, standing, hip firing SMG
KBR19   Commando, kneeling, firing rifle
KBR20   Commando, prone, firing rifle
KBR21   Commando with BAR
KBR22   Commando, firing .30 Browning MG
KBR23   81mm mortar with Commando crew
KBR24   Commando M20 bazooka team (5)
KBR25   Commando radio operator
KBR26   Commando officers
KBR27   Artillery crew in winter kit and beret
KBR28   Winter kit, advancing with rifle
KBR29   Winter kit, standing, firing rifle
KBR30   Winter kit, kneeling, firing rifle
KBR31   Winter kit, prone, firing rifle
KBR32   Winter kit, advancing with sten
KBR33   Winter kit, firing Bren MG
KBR34   Winter kit, Vickers HMG team (5)
KBR35   2” mortar with winter crewman
KBR36   3” mortar with winter crew (3)
KBR37   4.2” mortar with winter crew (3)
KBR38   Winter kit, M20 bazooka with loader (5 pairs)
KBR39   Officers in winter kit
KBR40   Senior Officer (2)   £0.50
KBR41   Casualty
KBR42   Tank commander in beret   £1.00

British Summer Army Pack
3 packs of KBR1, 2, 3
2 packs of KBR5
1 pack of KBR7, 10, 13, 14

British Commando Army Pack
3 packs of KBR16, 17, 18
1 pack of KBR19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26

British Winter Army Pack
3 packs of KBR28, 29, 30
2 packs of KBR32
1 pack of KBR25, 34, 36, 39

Chinese
KCH1   Summer kit, advancing with rifle
KCH2   Summer kit, standing, firing rifle
KCH3   Summer kit, standing, firing Type 50 SMG
KCH4   Summer kit, kneeling, firing rifle
KCH5   Summer kit, prone, firing rifle
KCH6   Summer kit, prone, firing DP LMG
KCH7   Summer kit, Model 92 MG with loader (5 pairs)
KCH8   80mm mortar with summer crew (3)
KCH9   120mm mortar with summer crew (3)
KCH10   Summer kit, throwing grenade
KCH11   Summer kit, bugler
KCH12   Summer kit, radio operator
KCH13   Officers in summer kit
KCH14   Artillery crew in summer kit
KCH15   Winter kit, advancing with rifle
KCH16   Winter kit, standing, firing rifle
KCH17   Winter kit, standing, firing 7.62mm Type 50 SMG
KCH18   Winter kit, kneeling, firing rifle
KCH19   80mm mortar with winter crew (3)
KCH20   120mm mortar with winter crew (3)
KCH21   Winter kit, throwing grenade
KCH22   Officers in winter kit
KCH23   Artillery crew in winter kit
KCH24   Casualty

Chinese Summer Army Pack
3 packs of KCH1, 2, 3
2 packs of KCH4
1 pack of KCH7, 8, 12, 13

Chinese Winter Army Pack
3 packs of KCH15, 16, 17, 18
1 pack of KCH12, 19, 22

North Korea, KPA 
KNK1   Advancing with rifle
KNK2   Advancing with DP LMG
KNK3   Standing, firing rifle
KNK4   Standing, firing SKS carbine
KNK5   Standing, helmet, firing PPSh M1941 SMG
KNK6   Standing, cap, firing PPSh M1941 SMG
KNK7   Kneeling, firing rifle
KNK8   Prone, firing rifle
KNK9   Prone, firing DP LMG
KNK10   82mm mortar with crew (3)
KNK11   120mm mortar with crew (3)
KNK12   Throwing grenade
KNK13   Radio operator
KNK14   Officers
KNK15   Artillery crew
KNK16   Casualty
KNK17   Tank commander in Soviet helmet   £1.00

North Korean Army Pack
2 packs of KNK1, 3, 4, 6
1 pack of KNK2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14

South Korea, ROK 
KSK1   Advancing with rifle
KSK2   Standing, firing rifle
KSK3   Standing, firing M1 carbine
KSK4   Standing, firing M3 SMG
KSK5   Kneeling, firing rifle
KSK6   Prone, firing rifle
KSK7   Prone, firing Browning
KSK8   60mm with crew
KSK9   81mm mortar with crew
KSK10   Throwing grenade
KSK11   Throwing satchel charge
KSK12   Radio operator
KSK13   Officers
KSK14   Artillery crew
KSK15   Casualty

South Korean Army Pack
3 packs of KSK1
2 packs of KSK2, 3, 4, 5
1 pack of KSK7, 9, 12, 13

Modern

Vehicles
MDV59   M46 Patton
MDV60   M60A3, 105mm
MDV61   Panhard AML 60
MDV62   M44 Self-propelled Howitzer, 155mm
MDV63   M52 Self-propelled Howitzer, 105mm
MDV64   Humber Pig
MDV65   ZSU-57-2
MDV66    AMX-VTT 
MDV67    AMX-VCI 12.7 
MDV68    AMX-VCI M-56
MDV69    Panhard EBR-75, FL-10 
MDV70    Panhard EBR-75, FL-11 (AMX turret)

Scenic Items

Animals
SCN-NML10   Badgers   (10)   £1.50
SCN-NML11   Foxes   (10)   £1.50
SCN-NML12   Deer   (10)   £2.00
SCN-NML13   Horses, bare   (10)   £3.00
SCN-NML14   Horses, saddled   (10)   £3.00
SCN-NML15   Horses, baggage   (10)   £3.00
SCN-NML16   Lions   (10)   £2.00
SCN-NML17   Wildebeest   (10)   £2.00
SCN-NML18   Water Buffalo   (5)   £2.00
SCN-NML19   Oxen   (5)   £2.00
SCN-NML20   Zebras   (10)   £3.00
SCN-NML21   Camels   (5)   £2.00
SCN-NML22   Crocodiles   (5)   £2.00
SCN-NML23   Hippos   (5)   £2.00
SCN-NML24   Rhinos   (3)   £2.50
SCN-NML25   Giraffes   (3)   £2.50

Emplacements 
SCN-EMP10   Small earthen rampart
SCN-EMP11   Large earthen rampart

Eastern Front 
SCN-EF08   Ruined houses (x2)

TB Line

Middle Age Europe
TB-178   Knights on foot (30)   £5.50
TB-179   Armed peasants (30)   £5.50
TB-180   Peasants with bow (30)   £5.50

Middle Age Eastern Europe
TB-181   Mounted command (15)   £5.50
TB-182   Heavy knights with lance (15)    £5.50
TB-183   Light cavalry (15)    £5.50
TB-184   Heavy infantry (30)    £5.50
TB-185   Knights on foot (30)    £5.50
TB-186   Armed peasants (30)    £5.50
TB-187   Peasant archers (30)    £5.50

TOTAL = 313 NEW CODES

Pendraken Miniatures 2019 Show Dates

Pendraken Miniatures 2019 Show Dates

With a new year comes a new show season and we'll be kicking things off as always with the excellent Vapnartak show in York!  All of the show dates are listed below, so if you'd like to pre-order anything for any of these events, please make sure to let us know at least 7 days in advance!

There's a couple of changes to the schedule this year.  Firstly we've got a new Glasgow show back on the calendar which is great news.  Taking place at the end of June, we're hoping that people will come and support this new event.  Then at the other end of the year, there's not been any news about the Derbys show so we've knocked that off our list.

We're still waiting on a date for the Border Reiver show as well, Colours have moved their event back a weekend which has caused a clash.  The Border Reivers club are currently looking at their options and will be confirming a date very soon.

And of course there'll be our own Battleground show taking place on Saturday 30th November this year!

February
Sun 3rd - Vapnartak, York 

March
Sat 2nd - Hammerhead, Newark 
Sun 10th - WMMS, Wolverhampton 

April
Sat 6th - Salute, London 

May
Sat 11th - Carronade, Falkirk

June
Sat 15th - Phalanx, St Helens 

August
Sat 3rd - Claymore, Edinburgh 

September
TBC - Border Reiver, Newcastle 
Sat 7th - Colours, Newbury  

October
Sun 27th - Fiasco, Leeds

November
Sat/Sun 16th/17th - Warfare, Reading 
Sat 30th - Battleground, Stockton-on-Tees 

Hopefully we'll see some of you there, so make sure to drop by and say hello if you're around!

Pendraken Miniatures 2018 Review

Pendraken Miniatures 2018 Review

As we hit the end of the year I thought it would be good to look back at 2018 and assess how we did.  It's a bit of a mixed bag so we'll start with the areas that we didn't do so well...

BKC-IV
Despite all of the work that has gone into BKC over the past 12 months we weren't quite able to get it finalised and off to the printers in time for Christmas.  We know that a huge number of you have been patiently waiting for this to be completed and it's something that I'll be thankful to get off my 'To Do' list personally.  The good news is that the bulk of the work is done, we're just fine-tuning things at this point.  I've got some edits to make to the army lists, plus a few tweaks from our initial round of feedback and then we'll be sending a pdf out to a wider group for our final round of feedback.  Once that comes back, we'll make any final adjustments and then it's off to the printers! 

TB Line
We'd really wanted to be further along the TB Line re-releases by now but with the BKC work above and our other releases this year, they got bumped down the queue and we only managed to get two of the ranges released.  We also underestimated how much clean-up work was required on the figures, so the job of simply prepping them for new moulds was a lot more intensive than we'd hoped.  We know what we're dealing with now and with clearer waters ahead we'll be able to crack on with this.

Shows
From a purely business perspective, the shows for 2018 were a bit hit and miss and by the end of the year our sales were down considerably.  A large part of this was the loss of the Derby event plus us not attending the Skelp and Durham shows, so for 2019 we've added a new Glasgow show to the calendar and we're hoping to add another if there's space for us.  We're also doing some work on the show stand to streamline the 10mm side of things and expand with some product lines that will appeal to a wider market.

So with those out of the way, let's look at the positives!

Releases
We managed 313 releases this year which is a huge amount of new product.  We put out a complete range for the Korean War, plus Aztecs and Risorgimento Italians, as well as expanding our WWI, WWII, Napoleonic and Modern vehicle ranges.  All of the releases can be found here: http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,18103.0.html

Those 313 codes are just on the Pendraken 10mm side of things, we also added a variety of MDF buildings, multi-scale animals and some third-party products as well.  For next year we'll be continuing in the same vein with at least 100 new releases already sculpted or in the works, plus the new projects which we've got planned.  We'll have more info on those in a separate thread coming shortly.

Website Photos
This is something we've been working on for a long time and over the past year we managed to add nearly 400 new photos to existing codes on the website, as well as making sure that all of the new releases had pics as well.  We recently did a tally-up and found that we've got a little over 1500 codes still without images so this is going to be a priority for next year.

Turnaround Times
With the 2 new casting staff on board we've made real progress on our turnaround times, reducing them from an average of 11 days in the previous year down to an average of only 4 days for 2019.  The new guys are doing well on a variety of ranges now so we've got capacity to expand their workload for the first time in Pendraken's history.  Having this available means that we can work harder on getting new ranges released and new images added to the site, as well as some other jobs that we've never had time for at Pendraken HQ.

Not-Kickstarter
The not-Kickstarter proved to be a real success and demonstrated that this is a viable method of getting future ranges into production.  Once the 1809 expansion is complete we'll have a sit down and work out where we can utilise this next.  At this stage it's likely to be further Napoleonic ranges.

Minibits
Minibits showed real growth this year, adding several new product lines in the form of Vallejo Panzer Aces paints and more RedVectors buildings, as well as running a successful Kickstarter for some new 28mm figures.  We've got plans for some more of the same through 2019.

Sales
Sales for 2018 were up on 2017, helped mostly by having a price increase in February (which always boosts sales in January) followed by the not-KS and KS boosts in November.  This helped to cover the downturn in show sales and keep the cash flow ticking over. 

WI Awards
Last month we managed to pick up 2nd place for Customer Service in the Wargames Illustrated Awards, which was a massive achievement.  When you consider the size of some of the 28mm companies and the massive market share that they occupy, for us to get that 2nd place is huge.  And it's all down to you guys and your votes, so thank you for that support.

So, all in all it's been a good year at Pendraken HQ.  There's obviously a few areas that we need to focus on but generally we've made good progress on several fronts.  With the plans we've got for next year, plus the imminent relaunch of BKC, things are looking pretty good!

We'll be discussing our plans for 2019 in a new thread very soon, so keep an eye out for that.  And in the meantime, we hope you all have a good New Year!

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Two Days from the New Year, Three Reasons to Give

Two Days from the New Year, Three Reasons to Give

Tis the season for year-end giving, and I know that can mean some hard decisions. With so many worthy causes you could give to, I humbly submit three big reasons why the Trust should make the cut this year.

1) You can trust us. I hope you'll rest assured that every dollar you donate to the Trust will be leveraged to save as much battleground as possible, as efficiently as possible. Thanks to you, we've been at this for over three decades and have developed partnerships and practices to maximize our ability to achieve our mission without wasting a cent. You don't have to take my word for it though  you can check our rating with America's largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. In 2018 we were honored to be among the two percent of charities to receive 4 stars for 9 consecutive years.

2) Time is of the essence. Only about 20 percent of the land where the Civil War was fought is permanently preserved and the proportion is even lower for the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. The rest is either unprotected or has already been destroyed. The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) has already identified the most historically relevant battlefields for preservation and there are plenty still worth saving but we have to act quickly. Developers won't wait. If our generation fights to win, we can save these hallowed acres before they are paved over, forever.

3) You can further your impact. Thanks to some dedicated longtime supporters, any amount you contribute to the Trust before the end of 2018 will be matched up to $100,000, doubling your impact.

Our work is only possible because of you. Your support now will allow us to protect hallowed acres in Gettysburg, Richmond, and other battlefields around the country and start 2019 off strong. Please take advantage of the generous matching opportunity your fellow history lovers and preservationists have set on the table by making a tax-deductible donation to protect American history today.

Want even more reasons to donate to the Trust this year? Here's a sample of what your support has already made possible in 2018. Make a tax-deductible gift before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, and your donation will be doubled!

American Battlefield Trust

29 Dec 2018

An Iconic Photo from Gettysburg and a Chance to Save that Iconic Place

An Iconic Photo from Gettysburg and a Chance to Save that Iconic Place

We don't know much about the three men in this photo. We know they were Confederate soldiers in Robert E. Lee's army and that they were taken prisoner at the Battle of Gettysburg. Yet, despite the best efforts of top historians, their identities remain a mystery to this day. That's how easily history can slip through our fingers.

We also know this photo was taken directly between parcels of land we are currently trying to save along what is now called Seminary Avenue. The wooden barricade stood along the western border of the largest parcel. That barricade was constructed by Confederate troops while they held a position on Seminary Ridge during those fateful days of battle in July 1863.

Over the years, you have helped to preserve more than 1,000 acres at Gettysburg the costliest battle ever fought on American soil. Today, we consider the 18 acres currently at stake on Seminary Ridge some of the most historically significant land from this battle that is still in private hands.

By now, you likely know that this campaign is a heavy lift to the tune of $3.5 million. We've made amazing progress so far thanks to generous supporters like you, but we need to cross the finish line by year's end. Fortunately, thanks to several long-time donors who've agreed to match contributions until the new year, every dollar you give now will have twice the impact! And don't forget, we're also featuring the names of each generous supporter who gives $100 or more on our Seminary Ridge Virtual Donor Wall.

My deepest thanks go to all who've already donated to this campaign. If you can take advantage of this important match with one more tax-deductible contribution, you will have my eternal gratitude.

I know I've said it before, but it bears repeating: without Seminary Ridge, you cannot tell the full story of Gettysburg, and without Gettysburg, you cannot tell the full story of the Civil War. Please make a gift today to ensure that story lives on for generations to come.

Wondering why saving these 18 acres at Seminary Ridge is so important? Our collection of quotes from historians sheds light on why this land is meaningful. Please make one final tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year and your gift will be matched!

American Battlefield Trust

28 Dec 2018

Double Your Impact: A Few Days Left to Make a Tax-Deductible Gift

Double Your Impact: A Few Days Left to Make a Tax-Deductible Gift

Gaines' Mill. Gettysburg. Cold Harbor. These three major battles punctuated three of the most volatile and harrowing years in our nation's history. They're also the battles that hallowed the 50 acres in Richmond and 18 at Seminary Ridge that we hope to preserve forever by year's end.

Between the Battle of Gaines' Mill in June of 1862 and the Battle of Cold Harbor in June of 1864, the Armies of Northern Virginia and the Potomac faced one another time and again across the Eastern Theater. Many of the same soldiers fought in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and what's now West Virginia over this two-year period. Here's a little of what we know about their experience.

They Marched. Over the course of the Civil War, soldiers traveled hundreds of miles on foot. In marches of urgency, they may have been instructed by their commanders to walk as many as 35 miles in a single day.

They Camped. Soldiers slept in tents, rustic cabins or under the stars, then rose at dawn for duty, drill and diversion. Camp activities included cooking, cleaning, manual labor, military training, playing cards, Bible study, reading and writing. Camps could be places of refuge and bonding. They could also be places of hunger, boredom and sickness.

They Fought. Many soldiers in the Armies of the Potomac and of Northern Virginia were seasoned veterans by the end of the war, fighting in battles across the Eastern Theater. Some who made it to the Battle of Cold Harbor had survived the bloodiest battle of the war at Gettysburg and the bloodiest single day of fighting at Antietam.

They Fell. The human cost of the Civil War was beyond anybody's expectations. While more than 100,000 soldiers were killed in the unprecedented violence of battles, twice as many succumbed to death from noncombatant foes. Poor shelter and food coupled with a lack of hygiene resulted in waves of sickness and disease. Roughly 2% of the population, an estimated 620,000 men, lost their lives in the line of duty.

In these final days of 2018, will you help honor these citizen soldiers by saving the land where they marched, camped, fought and fell? Time is running out to preserve 50 critical acres near Richmond, where the battles of Gaines's Mill and Cold Harbor were fought, and 18 acres at Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg.

Everything the Trust has achieved, we have achieved because of supporters like you, who choose to honor the legacy of American soldiers. From now until midnight on New Year's Eve, donations of any amount up to $100,000 will be matched, offering you the chance to double your impact. Please make your tax-deductible donation today to continue protecting America's history for future generations.

Already made an annual, tax-deductible contribution to Seminary Ridge or the 50 Richmond-area acres? Consider using one of our e-cards to give the gift of preservation to a history buff in your life.

American Battlefield Trust

27 Dec 2018

10mm Mongols Range from Fogg of War Miniatures

People have been asking so are here are some photo's of the Fogg of War Mongols. We are currently reworking the standard bearer though. I have also put in some pictures of these figures in mass, from Pete Foggins own collection.

Mongols Range

Mongols Range picture 1

Mongols Range picture 2

Mongols Range picture 3

Mongols Range picture 4

Any comments (good or bad) or thoughts on additions to the range are as always appreciated.

The website is currently a work in progress as that evil thing called work keeps getting in the way. But it as well as other things are on our massive list of things to do.

Fogg of War Miniatures

26 Dec 2018

Richmond, 1862 and 1864: Reflecting on Two Very Different Confederate Victories

Richmond, 1862 and 1864: Reflecting on Two Very Different Confederate Victories

I know this is a busy season, and I truly hope you're making the most of every second. That's why I want to jump right into some history to help you understand the significance of the 50 acres of Richmond-area battlefield we're trying to save before 2018 comes to a close.

In June of 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee won his first major victory with the Battle of Gaines' Mill. Two years later, on some of the same Richmond soil soil you and I have an opportunity to preserve today Lee triumphed again at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Yet while Gaines' Mill would mark the beginning of a streak of successes for the Army of Northern Virginia, the victory at Cold Harbor would mark the beginning of that same army's end.

Lee stunned North and South alike in the Seven Days Battles. With an aggressive offensive, he drove the Federal Army from within eight miles of Richmond all the way to the James River and ultimately Washington, D.C. This victory would be followed by others, launching Lee to national fame as a symbol of hope and pride for the Confederacy, and fear for the Union.

Yet there would also be Confederate losses. Antietam. Gettysburg. The Emancipation Proclamation. The fall of Vicksburg, and with-it, Confederate control of the Mississippi River.

And then, in March 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant rose to command of all Federal forces. Lee fought formidably in Grant's Overland Campaign in Virginia and made a powerful stand at the Battle of Cold Harbor. But he knew, as Grant did, that the Confederacy's supply of soldiers and resources was dwindling fast.

Lee himself believed that "we must destroy this army of Grant's before he gets to the James River. If he gets there, then it will be a siege, and then it will be a mere question of time." Despite the defeat at Cold Harbor, Grant managed to withdraw in good order, then deceive the Confederates for critical days as his army crossed the James and marched towards Petersburg. Lee would resist for another nine months before his grim prediction was confirmed.

The Battles at Gaines' Mill and Cold Harbor helped determine the trajectory and outcome of the Civil War. Today, we have the opportunity to preserve the very ground of these two major events in Lee's career. We're making slow but steady progress toward raising the $179,000 we need to buy the 50 acres. This is the hallowed ground on which the local county had imminent plans to build a sportsplex, so we cannot fail!

Through the end of the year, several longtime donors are matching all contributions to this campaign up to $100,000. Please give as generously as you can, knowing your gift will have twice the impact toward preserving this priceless American history.

Already made an annual contribution to save these 50 Richmond-area? Consider using one of our ecards to make a donation in someone else's name and give the gift of preservation to a history buff in your life.

American Battlefield Trust

24 Dec 2018

Christmas in the Civil War

Christmas in the Civil War

Many beloved holiday traditions have been celebrated since the Civil War. Often posted far from home, soldiers sought solace in customs like caroling, gift exchanges and decorating.

One soldier, Alfred Bellard of the 5th New Jersey Infantry Regiment, recalled a small tree, "decked off with hard tack and pork, in lieu of cakes and oranges," that added festivity to life in a winter camp. Another soldier, from the 17th Maine, recorded that he and his fellow troops eagerly awaited the "sundry boxes and mysterious parcels" directed to them "with feelings akin to those of children expecting Santa Claus."

Yet, despite troops' efforts to partake in holiday celebrations on the front, the season also served as a reminder that soldiers were separated from their loved ones and the comforts of home. Soldiers preparing for the bloody Battle of Stones River in late December 1862 or shivering in the trenches outside of Petersburg in 1864, found little respite on Christmas or New Year's Day.

At home, families did their best to celebrate the holiday, but wondered when the vacant chair would again be filled.

As we approach the end of 2018, please take a few moments to remember how soldiers in both blue and gray experienced the holiday season.

Christmas Bells

Did you know that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1863 poem "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" had its origins in the American Civil War? Longfellow wrote the piece on Christmas Day in 1863. Nine months earlier his son, Charles Appleton Longfellow, snuck away from home and enlisted in the Federal army in Washington, D.C.

Christmas in the Confederate White House

Varina Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, describes how the Davis family spent Christmas 1864 in Richmond, in an article originally published in the New York World in 1896.

Christmas in Wartime

Learn more about how Americans experienced the Christmas holiday during the wars that defined the United States. Our collection includes a look at warfare in wintertime and the battles that were shaped by the season.

"Christmas Night of 62"

Confederate soldier William Gordon McCabe sat down on Christmas night 1862 to write his thoughts and remember his family far away. 155 years later, his words are still poignant.

Clara Barton

Clara Barton was born on December 25, 1821. She spent several years in Washington during Christmas, which happened to be her birthday. It has been said that although she did not  dislike the holiday, it was not very exciting to her in adulthood, particularly during the trying years during the Civil War. Learn more about the life and legacy of the "Angel of the Battlefield."

Christmas on the Rappahannock

This story was published in Harper's Weekly in 1886 by the Rev. John Paxton, a veteran from the 140th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Paxton's account takes place on Christmas Day, just weeks after the Battle of Fredericksburg, while performing often miserable picket duty.

When you let us know you've made a gift in your estate plans for the American Battlefield Trust, several generous sponsors will make an immediate $2,500 donation in your name before the end of the year.  Don't delay – activate your donation today.

American Battlefield Trust

Merry Christmas Everyone from 10mm Wargaming

Merry Christmas Everyone from 10mm Wargaming

Merry Christmas Everyone from 10mm Wargaming

23 Dec 2018

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.

This month's sci-fi release, just sneaking in before Christmas (also suitable for some ultra-moderns) are the next two vehicles for the Galactic Terrorists, the Scorpion Light Tank and the Sensor Van at 144th.

FV101AA Scorpion CVR (T)

FV101AA Scorpion CVR (T)

Aotrs Shipyards Price: £3.70

The GT’s Scorpion light tank is a modification of the export version of the modern version of the CVR (TT) hulls. As typical with the GT, the precise origins of the hulls remain a mystery, since no tracked purchases lead back to the GT. It is assumed that the hulls are predominantly from the Scorpion variants, though given the near-identical structure of the FV107Y Scimitar, it is possible some GT Scorpions may have come from Scimitars.

While the Scorpion Light Tank is capable of functioning in the CVR(T)’s original reconnaissance role due to it being one of the very few GT vehicles with sensors, it is more commonly used as a light combat vehicle.

The GT’s modifications included and upgraded power planet and additional ERA armour. While outdated, the ERA blocks provide a little extra to an otherwise lightly armoured vehicle.

The turret shows the most extensive modification, replacing the main armament with two 20mm Gatling cannons. This gives the Scorpion excellent range and anti-infantry capability, but makes it a poor choice to attack armour without a long-sustained burst – making it a poor choice for the massed-charge frontal assaults the GT are fond of. (If perhaps a better one than the unfortunates assigned to the ubiquitous Technicals.)

To compensate for this, the GT added four AT-3V Sagger missile racks. The AT-3V Sagger is somewhat outdated, having been, in service across the galaxy for half a century since the 2390s. However, the large and readily available black market surplus means it is an ideal choice for the GT to add some extra firepower. While an individual Sagger is only of a minor threat to a modern MBT from the front, a horde of Scorpions firing four simultaneously is a threat to almost any ground vehicle.

Like many of the GT vehicles, the Scorpion’s principal drawback is the excessive, volatile ammunition stored inside it – meaning that even with its additional armour, it is in many ways more vulnerable to a penetrating hit than the vehicles on which it is based.

GAZ-99371 Vodnik Sensor Van

GAZ-99371 Vodnik Sensor Van

Aotrs Shipyards Price: £4.10

The GT’s Sensor Van serves as their primary command vehicle. The Sensor Van is a GAZ-99371 Vodnik chassis, up-armoured by the addition of more armour plate. (This chassis is also used for the GT’s Battle Wagon, which serves as their primary APC.)

The Sensor Van’s rear module is specialised for command and control duties, fitted with all the latest GT CNC technology, including a table, a cupboard for the models and sometimes even a working datapad.

The Sensor Van’s turret consists of a sensor dish, behind which are mounted a pair of remote-controlled FIM-292 Stinger Multirole Missile Launchers. The launchers are reloaded by the advanced method of opening the two rear hatches and climbing out (usually the least senior of the command staff is assigned this job).

Despite its relative crudity, the Sensor Van is nevertheless adequate to the task of leading a GT raiding force – though usually this mostly consists of pointing the army in the general direction of the enemy and ordering a charge.

There will be more sci-fi releases for the GT over the next couple of months, likely followed by the new ground force for the Phystyulons.

See you all next year and have a good Christmas all!

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Ten Crucial Days

Ten Crucial Days

This winter marks the 242nd anniversary of the American victories at the battles of Trenton and Princeton. The Continental Army's triumphs in the Ten Crucial Days campaign were instrumental to rekindling Patriot morale and keeping the cause for American independence alive in the wake of early defeats.

During the final days of 1776, Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army faced a crossroads in the quest for American independence. Patriots' spirits were low after losses in the New York campaign and a disheartening retreat into Pennsylvania.

The expiration of many soldiers' enlistments on Dec. 31 threatened the army's very existence.

The Americans needed a victory if they were to survive what Thomas Paine wrote were "the times that try men's souls" and reemerge as a force strong enough to rival the British. The events and battles that ensued during the Ten Crucial Days proved to be pivotal moments in America's quest for independence.

As we approach the 242nd anniversary of Trenton, Princeton and the Ten Crucial Days campaign, we hope you will reflect on these important events in our nation's history. See below for resources to trace the battles, events and people that defined our nation.

Washington's Crossing

On Christmas night of 1776, Washington moved his troops across the icy Delaware River to launch a surprise attack against Hessian soldiers encamped in the British garrison at Trenton, New Jersey. Washington's plan was a bold one, but the commander knew that such an endeavor was necessary to prevent the revolution from crumbling. On Dec. 26, Washington and his men achieved a stunning victory, capturing 900 Hessian prisoners and setting the stage for the 10 crucial days to come.

A Second Success at Trenton

After their victory at Trenton, expiration of the Continental soldiers' enlistments drew near, prompting Washington to appeal to his men to commit themselves for another month. Inspired by Washington, 3,300 men decided to reenlist in order to see the campaign through. On Jan. 2, 1777, Washington's men secured another key victory in the Second Battle of Trenton, where they repelled three waves of Hessian and British forces at Assunpink Creek, again proving their perseverance when America needed it most.

Onward to Princeton

The night of the victory at Second Trenton, Washington made another bold decision. The commander-in-chief knew his forces would be trapped on the banks of the Delaware River if he did not enact another plan. Washington covertly moved his troops toward Princeton, where he would lead a heroic charge that resulted in a final American triumph to end the Ten Crucial Days campaign. The victory at Princeton renewed the Continental Army's resolve and ensured that the fight for American independence would live on.

First Citizen Soldiers

Our nation's first citizen soldiers went well beyond the call of duty for the sake of freedom. We salute them for their patriotism and sacrifice. In this In4, American Battlefield Trust President Jim Lighthizer gives a passionate address on the normal, everyday people that risked their lives to create the America that we have today.

Saving the Ten Crucial Days

On the battlefields of New Jersey, Washington and his soldiers proved that the will of the American people would withstand the early trials of the Revolution. This year, our supporters helped to secure a major victory on the Princeton battlefield: preserving the 15-acre Washington's Charge Site. Over 8,000 individuals from around the globe donated to this historic effort. We cannot thank you enough.

Planning A Visit?

The sites of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign are some of the most iconic, important places in American history. These battlefields and landmarks set the stage for our independence and defined our national identity. If you're planning a trip, we have assembled an agenda with helpful tips, online materials and maps to guide your journey. We hope you get the opportunity to visit and experience the history first-hand.

American Battlefield Trust

22 Dec 2018

French AMX-VCI and EBR-75 Released from Pendraken Miniatures

Our final release of 2018 adds a French five to the Modern Vehicles range with the addition of the AMX-VCI APC and the Panhard EBR armoured car.

The AMX-VCI was an APC variant of the AMX-13 chassis, with around 3000 produced in a number of variants.  We've got the three most useful types:
- the VTT with a standard turret mounted machine gun.
- the 12.7, fitted with a 50 calibre HMG.
- the M-56, fitted with a 20mm cannon.

As well as France, these were extensively used by both Belgium and the Netherlands and are still in active service in various other countries. 

The Panhard EBR was an 8-wheeled armoured car which was originally designed before WWII but didn't start production until the early 1950's.  Both the FL-10 and FL-11 variants had 75mm turrets, with the latter being sourced from the AMX-13 tank.  Over 1000 of these were produced in total, with one of them carrying the coffin of Charles de Gaulle at his state funeral.

Modern Vehicles

MDV66    AMX-VTT

MDV66    AMX-VTT

MDV67    AMX-VCI 12.7    £3.30

MDV67    AMX-VCI 12.7

MDV68    AMX-VCI M-56    £3.30

MDV68    AMX-VCI M-56

MDV69    Panhard EBR-75, FL-10    £2.95

MDV69    Panhard EBR-75, FL-10

MDV70    Panhard EBR-75, FL-11 (AMX turret)    £2.95

MDV70    Panhard EBR-75, FL-11 (AMX turret)

And that's us all done for 2018!  We'll see you in the New Year with some more new goodies!

Forum Discussion
Pendraken Miniatures

Warning Order 50, December 2018

Warning Order 50, December 2018

Issue 50, which may be the final issue for Warning Order, is now available for download.

In this issue we finally get to reviewing and playing Hail Caesar, featuring two battle reports. There is a fictional Ancients campaign suitable for any miniatures rules plus two new Engagements scenarios. On top of all that there are two scenarios along with battle reports for Battles For Empire 2, featuring plenty of Egyptian troops! A large BKC2 battle report and a WMA battle report round out the issue, plus the usual regular features.

You can download the issue directly with this link.

Back issues are available by going to this page.

Warning Order

21 Dec 2018

Preparing to Release 12mm WW1 Tanks from Kallistra

Preparing to release WW1 tanks British Whippet, German A7V, French Schneider, French Renault & French St-Chamond. These tanks will be cast in lead free pewter.

British Whippet

British Whippet

German A7V

German A7V

French Schneider

French Schneider

French Renault

French Renault

French St-Chamond

Kallistra Ltd

More Mexican Sculpts from Good Ground LLC

On the way to our casting company today will be the Tulancingo Cuirassiers, Jalisco Lancers and Mounted Mexican Colonels and Generals. These are the work of our talented sculptor Robi Baker.

So Far From God Miniatures

Tulancingo Cuirassiers

Tulancingo Cuirassiers

Jalisco Lancers

Jalisco Lancers

Mounted Mexican Colonels & Generals

Mounted Mexican Colonels & Generals

Good Ground LLC

A Matching Donor Challenges Us All

A Matching Donor Challenges Us All

Here at the Trust, so much of our success depends on supporters coming together for this important cause. When you think of a matching donor, you may imagine a billionaire in a mansion on a hill. But, the stories of our supporters are often much more compelling and personal. Take, for example, a dear woman who was recently widowed and decided to donate $10,000 to save Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg. Her only condition on this generous gift? That her gift be matched by other supporters of battlefield preservation.

Whether you give $10 or $10,000, you join other generous patriots in a movement to protect America's history by donating to save hallowed ground. And when you join this movement through a matching opportunity, you amplify the power of your gift even more.

This particular match honors the donor's husband, who always wanted to visit Gettysburg but passed away before he had the chance, and her father, a Lutheran minister who had a parish in Pennsylvania. She sees protecting these 18 acres at Seminary Ridge some of the most historically significant land at Gettysburg still in private hands as a way to pay tribute to the legacy of her loved ones. She became a matching donor with the hope of inspiring others to give and double the impact of her tribute.

Your gift will be doubled immediately to make an enormous difference in this fight. Please give the gift of history to future generations by making your tax-deductible contribution to this wonderful 2018 matching opportunity now.

Wishing you every blessing of the season,

And if you have already made a year end contribution to save Seminary Ridge, you can donate in someone else's name either as a tribute to them or in honor of their life. We offer e-cards that you can personalize and send on a date you request to inform a loved one of your gift. As always, all donations are tax-deductible.

American Battlefield Trust

20 Dec 2018

12mm British Challenger 1 from Butlers Printed Models

One British Challenger 1 tank. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The FV4030/4 Challenger 1 is a British main battle tank used by the British Army from 1983 to the mid-1990s, when it was superseded by the Challenger 2. It is also currently used by the Royal Jordanian Army as its main battle tank, after heavy modifications.

Available with or without additional armour on the sides and front of the hull

British Challenger 1

British Challenger 1 picture 1

British Challenger 1 picture 2

British Challenger 1 picture 3

British Challenger 1 picture 4

British Challenger 1 picture 5

British Challenger 1 picture 6

British Challenger 1 picture 7

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

1/144 AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" from Armory Models Group

AR14702 - 1/144 Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" in ex-USSR countries service, Pre-orders started!

The Sukhoi Su-24 is a supersonic, all-weather attack aircraft developed in the Soviet Union. The aircraft has a variable-sweep wing, twin-engines and a side-by-side seating arrangement for its two crew.

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer"

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 1

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 2

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 3

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 4

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 5

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 6

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 7

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 8

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 9

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 10

AR14702 - Sukhoj Su-24M "Fencer" picture 11

Armory Models Group