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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Charles XI’s War: The Scanian War between Sweden and Denmark, 1675-1679


The book describes and analyses the Scanian War, which was fought from 1675 to 1679 between, on one side, primarily Brandenburg and Denmark–Norway and, on the other, Sweden.

The war was mainly fought in Scania, the former Danish lands along the border with Sweden, and in northern Germany. The Danish objective was to retrieve Scania which, a generation earlier, had been captured by Sweden and ceded by Denmark. However, the Danish invasion of Scania was defeated by the young Swedish King Charles XI.

Although the Danish fleet was victorious at sea, and an alliance headed by Brandenburg defeated the Swedes in Germany, the subsequent peace negotiations resulted in no major territorial changes. Danish partisans continued guerrilla operations in Scania for years, yet the former Danish territories remained in Swedish hands. The Scanian War was bloody, even by contemporary standards, and from a military point of view, quite inconclusive.

Yet, Sweden's experiences in the Scanian War laid the foundation for the first substantial reform of the Swedish army since the Thirty Years’ War. Based on what he had learnt, King Charles XI restructured the Swedish army and established a comprehensive military system that enabled Sweden to repeatedly mobilise trained armies during the even more devastating Great Northern War (1700-1721) which followed a generation later. Moreover, several recent archaeological excavations have increased our knowledge of the Scanian War, as well as the conditions of late seventeenth-century battles.

The book describes the war and its results, and summarises the archaeological findings.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Project Update #2: Modular metal dwarfs in 10/15/28mm and a 3D (STL) outpost Kickstarter from Falkenwelt Modellbau

Project Update #2: Modular metal dwarfs in 10/15/28mm and a 3D (STL) outpost Kickstarter from

Hail thee!

The dwarfs seize their new outpost. They are a little late but they had to to some important things meanwhile. Tomorrow i will show you the diorama that i have in work for them. A full Outpost with a full circle of ramparts, a moat and their tower. The resin for the moat is still hardening and i have to wait a few more hours before i can work on the terrain piece.

new outpost

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Thank You for Making Park Day 2019 a Success

Thank You for Making Park Day 2019 a Success

Thank you to all volunteers and historic sites that took part in the American Battlefield Trust’s 23rd Annual Park Day on Saturday, April 6 and the surrounding weekends! Over 160 battlefields and historic sites across 32 states and Washington, D.C. participated this year, including Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War sites.

Keeping our historic sites preserved and pristine is truly a communal effort. This year, thanks to your efforts, nearly 7,000 volunteers across the country came out to lend a hand for history, donating over 25,000 hours of volunteer power to clean up efforts.

At Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland, 75 volunteers, including local veterans and school groups, removed historically inaccurate fencing and helped with mulching, weeding, trash pick up and museum cleaning.

At Historic Washington State Park in Arkansas, local Boy Scouts and community members transplanted flower bulbs, prepping two historic gardens and using the debris to fill a high erosion area.

At Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts, 100 volunteers helped by raking leaves, seeding grass, removing invasive plants and re-vegetating bare areas with flower seed.

And at Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in California, 35 volunteers, ages four to seventy, came out to help plant flowers, paint fences, sweep, rake and clean up the grounds.

Our sites rely heavily on volunteers, and your hard work will make a difference for years to come. Thank you again!

This year was one of our largest Park Day events ever with over 160 sites, nearly 7,000 volunteers, and about 25,000 hours of volunteer power. We’re already looking forward to Park Day 2020, which will take place April 4, 2020. Check our event calendar for ways to help out year-round.

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Electrotyrants Guard Bots from Traders Galaxy

This is one of the 2 units that will be available in limited numbers soon.

Electrotyrants guard bots.

Electrotyrants Guard Bots picture 1

Electrotyrants Guard Bots picture 2

Electrotyrants Guard Bots picture 3

Electrotyrants Guard Bots picture 4

Very nasty but very glass cannon.

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Project Update #12: Kickstarter for 10mm Demon Infantry Miniatures from Black Gate Miniatures

Project Update #11: Kickstarter for 10mm Demon Infantry Miniatures from Black Gate Miniatures

The first of the intermittent updates during the dead period between the Kickstarter ending and the sculpts arriving.

Not a lot has happened, it took almost three weeks for Kickstarter to release the funds, which seemed a little longer than for previous campaigns.

Christian has been paid for all his incredible art and this are progressing with my sculptor Robi. I have also ordered some previsions for the moulding and casting process.

Not much will change for a few months but I will do my best to post monthly at a minimum, hopefully with pictures of sculpts etc.

Demons forever!

Barry

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Commemorate Ulysses Grant’s Birthday by Giving a Grant to Save Battlefields

Commemorate Ulysses Grant’s Birthday by Giving a Grant to Save Battlefields

When Hiram Ulysses Grant was born on April 27th, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio, it's probably safe to assume his parents never dreamed their baby boy would one day be immortalized on the $50 bill. Yet a combination of Grant's personal traits and the mysterious hand of fate would carry this tanner's son all the way to the White House and even as far as this email I'm writing you today.

There's just one problem with legends like Grant: it can be far too easy for other people's stories or opinions to distort how we see them these opinions and stories can eclipse the true person altogether. That's why to commemorate Grant's birthday, I bring you some of his own words, which can tell us as much about his character and worldview as any historian's analysis.

He never gave up.

"Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished." (Unknown)

"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins." (Unknown)

He believed in divine justice.

"Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions." (Personal Memoirs of General U. S. Grant, 1885)

He advocated following the rules but not thoughtlessly.

"I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution." (First Inaugural Address, 1869)

"I don't underrate the value of military knowledge, but if men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail." (As quoted in A History of Militarism: Romance and Realities of a Profession by Alfred Vagts, 1937)

He placed a high value on humility and hard work.

"It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may always expect the most efficient service." (Personal Memoirs of General U. S. Grant, 1885)

"Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor." (Speech at Midland International Arbitration Union, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 1877)

"I leave comparisons to history, claiming only that I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent." (Eighth State of the Union Address, 1876)

My friend, will you commemorate Grant's birthday today by committing to save the battlefields where he forged his hard-won path to Appomattox Court House? Remember, if you give a Grant ($50 or more) to save hallowed ground this month, we'll send you an American Battlefield Trust Founding Member hat in addition to our standard membership benefits.

Please help do justice to the many Americans generals, soldiers and civilians alike whose courage and resolve helped make our nation what it is today. Visit our website to join the movement to preserve precious American history for future generations.

Time is running out to get a Trust membership plus our Founding Member hat in exchange for just one Grant. Show your dedication to saving hallowed ground today by joining the Trust or renewing your membership with a donation of $50 or more.

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American Battlefield Trust

Friday, 26 April 2019

2 Big Updates from Dancing Yak Miniatures

2 Big Updates from Dancing Yak Miniatures

Hi all we have 2 big updates for you.

First and foremost the website will be going live today!.

We will be posting a link over the next few hours.

We are sorry it has taken longer than originally hoped. Revisions have taken longer than hoped. We are sure we will hit the date we have set and you will be happy with the wait extra goodies are coming as kickstarter gifts for those who wait.

We originally said 1-2 months and we were shooting for 1- 1 1/2 . it will take in total 2.5 we are sorry for this.

We know people will be happy with the end results. thanks for the support.

Second We will have a date announcement for the date of the kickstarter which we will post here and on website.

Dancing Yak Miniatures

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Galactic Terrorist's Support Vehicles 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.

Aotrs Shipyards now has a Facebook page.

Releases will be made here; as we go, there will be a Facebook catalogue being built up by new releases.

The beta catalogue for directing printing is now downloadable by joining the Aotrs Shipyards Task Group

(There wasn't any other way of allowing a downloadable file without joining a group, I'm afraid!)

So onto to the release itself!

This month's scifi release is the Galactic Terrorist's support vehicles, the Rocket Boxer and Scud Mortar (at 144th).

Rocket Boxer 

Rocket Boxer

Aotrs Shipyards Price: £6.70

The Rocket Boxer provides GT forces with missile support. Like much of the GT’s missile arsenal, it relies on large numbers semi-guided rocket warheads to compensate for the lack of advanced guidance systems. The Rocket Boxer base chassis that the missile module is emplaced on appears to be from several sources, most commonly the Boxer 7 through to the most modern Boxer 9 hulls; many of these appear to have been acquired from the open market or surplus, but almost half appear to be a GT-produced version of the Boxer 8E. The missile module itself appears to also be based on the Boxer 8E’s modules, but entirely produced in-house by the GT.

The Rocket Boxer’s four rocket pods each contain 40 missiles, giving it enough ammunition to function for an extended period of time. It has, however, no other weapons and only the most basic of ECM systems for self-protection, making it vulnerable to missile attack itself. On the other hand, without a direct feed to the rest of the vehicle to unsafely store excessive munitions and the use of a more typically inert until-fired warhead and fuel, the Rocket Boxer is also less inclined to explode violently when struck like many of the other GT vehicles.

The GT use the Rocket Boxer as a fast attack vehicle – notably, less modern version of the chassis tend to stay as support for other units, while the more modern chassis – with correspondingly better engines – performing the flanking role.
   
Scud Mortar

Scud Mortar

Aotrs Shipyards Price: £9.00

The Scud Mortar is the GT’s primary artillery and fire-support vehicle. The hull appears to be a GT-produced design based around the MAZ- series of hulls, but not, unlike many GT vehicles, a modification of any particular one.

The Scud Mortar is a twelve-barrel mortar system, with each mortar having four rounds. The payload in one of the shells is a cocktail of acids, metal-eating nanites and lethal biological agents capable of dissolving and chewing through metal, stone and organic materials with equal efficacy. Full human exposure results in the victim dissolving into a puddle in seconds, with all their gear; the less-fortunate can take several agonising minutes to die before a combination of the acids, poisons and nanites kills them. It even effectively damages shields, even while just running off after a splashing hit.

This “toxin” as it is typically referred to, can remain at full effect for ten to fifteen minutes before the potency reduces (and that is because some of the components actively dissolve each other). Complete immersion in liquid or sub-zero temperatures will wash off or freezes the toxin – though in the latter case, it can causes severe environmental damage to the body of water before is denatures completely. The toxin is also rather explosively inflammable, so while burning it off will clear a vehicle of it, the explosion can be almost as destructive.

The Scud Mortar is not designed to withstand fire, being resistant only to infantry weapons. A penetrating hit to the turret can be devastating, as it can not only set off the entire remaining store of shells, but scatter the blast all over the surrounding area, coating the vehicle’s surroundings with toxin, frequently simultaneously setting it alight.

Photos of Replicator 2 versions.

As I mentioned in the moderns release, I have some GLA infantry and their APC (a version of the Vodnik) prepared, but they are not very cost-effective at Shapeways, don't really work on the home printer. I have prepared a webstore at i.materialise store, but there minimum of a £25 order means there is not a great deal of point making public until there's actually enough material in the store to make it worthwhile. As always, if anyone is interested, you can contact me.

Next month (all being well!), after their debut at Partizan on the 19th, the forth elenthnar power, the Xygritt Matriarchy starfleet will be rolling out, and following that, the next wave of Phystyulon starships, including support ships, fighters and carriers.

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sankey N-Gauge Signs Available from Pendraken Miniatures

We've also started stocking the Sankey range of N-Gauge signs!  These are primarily designed for the railway modellers but there's some really useful stuff hiding in these sheets for anyone wanting a bit more detail on your scenery.  While many of them are post-war designs, there are some rusted enamel signs for the sides of your shops/buildings, plus some early railway station signage, pub names and even some clock faces!

Sankey N-Gauge Signage

SAN-CLK2   Clock Faces

SAN-CLK2   Clock Faces

SAN-EPS2   Early Station Signs

SAN-EPS2   Early Station Signs

SAN-MD2   Manholes and Drains

SAN-MD2   Manholes and Drains

SAN-MLC2   Level Crossing Signage

SAN-MLC2   Level Crossing Signage

SAN-PUB2   Public House Signs

SAN-PUB2   Public House Signs

SAN-RES2-1   Rusted Enamel Signs 1

SAN-RES2-1   Rusted Enamel Signs 1

SAN-RES2-2   Rusted Enamel Signs 2

SAN-RES2-2   Rusted Enamel Signs 2

SAN-RTWS2   Traffic Works Signage

SAN-RTWS2   Traffic Works Signage

SAN-SC2   Traffic Calming Signs

SAN-SC2   Traffic Calming Signs

SAN-WRS2   Traffic Warning Signage

SAN-WRS2   Traffic Warning Signage

SAN-RTS40602   Old Road Signage

SAN-RTS40602   Old Road Signage

SAN-SN2   Street Names

SAN-SN2   Street Names

These are all priced at £3.50 per sheet, printed on thin card.

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Project Update #1: Modular metal dwarfs in 10/15/28mm and a 3D (STL) outpost Kickstarter from Falkenwelt Modellbau

Project Update #1: Modular metal dwarfs in 10/15/28mm and a 3D (STL) outpost Kickstarter from

Hail thee!

Just a short update about the ongoing wok in the background. I have some private stuff to come over at the moment that is the reason why there was no update before. Please apologise my absence.  I had to use the time for more urgent matters.

I will give you a short look on the small straight and round palisade pieces. Both are molded and casted already. So for 10mm to15mm they are ready,

Palisade Pieces picture 1

Palisade Pieces picture 2

This will be my display scenario in my display cabinet. I hope i get it still done until the campaign ends. I will need it also for the greenhorde that is incoming in a few weeks. So the outpost will be under attack of a few dozen orks and goblins soon. And at this time you will get my dwarfs as STL campaign as well.

display

The tower will reside on a steep rock. Via some beams you can access the ramp rock. The rock tiles ad some beams will be in the STL package in a scanned and reworked version.

tower

Here you can see some round palisade parts in the middle. They are molded and casted already.

palisade parts

Fare thee well! And happy easter

happy easter

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