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30 Jun 2019

Faultline from Traders Galaxy

Work in progress Faultline from Traders Galaxy

Faultline

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Project Update #20: 3D Printable Alien Tau-Style Scenery for Tabletop Wargames, Kickstarter from Wulfshéade Miniatures

Project Update #20: 3D Printable Alien Tau-Style Scenery for Tabletop Wargames, Kickstarter from Wulfshéade Miniatures

A series of STL files of buildings and structures for tabletop wargames.

More WIP pics of the gantry

Here's another WIP pic of the gantry.

There is a long section, T section and 4-way intersection. Each has it's own railing as well. The railing is held up by pegs that will fit into a slot on the gantry floors.

I want to make an "L" shaped section, then I'll focus on how to make a second level and a set of stairs/ladder.

Gantry WIP

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29 Jun 2019

Project Update #19: 3D Printable Alien Tau-Style Scenery for Tabletop Wargames, Kickstarter from Wulfshéade Miniatures

Project Update #19: 3D Printable Alien Tau-Style Scenery for Tabletop Wargames, Kickstarter from Wulfshéade Miniatures

A series of STL files of buildings and structures for tabletop wargames.

Finishing everything up!

I'm currently finishing up the gantry parts, then I'll get the warehouse/factory building done.

Most of the larger parts have been separated into smaller sections, a few still need to be done.

When Kickstarter is done their end, I'll get all the files together and have download links sent out.

Thanks everyone for making this a successful campaign!

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Dropzone Commander Unit Stats 2.0 from TTCombat

Dropzone Commander Unit Stats 2.0 from TTCombat

Now the majority of people have their copy of Battle for Earth it’s time to explain how the ‘Living Document’ for the unit stats will work.


Hi Dropzone Commander players. I hope you are all having fun with the new rules and getting some good games in. I know it’s been a little frustrating that unit stats seem very fluid at the moment, however that stops as of today.

You may have noticed on the app that there is now a Unit version and App Version. The App version is simply the version number for the App code itself, the unit Stats have a separate version number, and will also have their own place in the Changelog.

We said we’d be using a living document for the stats so we can keep the game balanced and fresh. The process for this will be as follows:

Players playing the game:
Ultimately the important thing. The players play games of Dropzone Commander with the unit stats as they are on the Army Builder. These are now locked and won’t change for 3 months. This gives us time to analyse the feedback from players and see where things need changing. During this phase we will also be working on stats for any new additions to the game to make sure they have a place within the faction they are for.

Feedback:
There are multiple ways of players to give feedback, directly via the contact form on this site, if it’s popular enough we may even add a form for Dropzone Unit feedback. We monitor the community pages on Facebook and Discord servers too and of course you can mail us on Facebook. Or send us an email to info@ttcombat.com. All we ask is for feedback to be constructive, explain why a unit needs to be looked at. Examples of why in your own games would be appreciated of course. Feedback from games on tables take precedence here!

Usage of units:
One of the benefits of the Army Builder is that when people save their armies to the database we can use that data to evaluate what units are being taken and which ones aren’t. Although it’s not a complete picture, it can help us to see where a unit really needs some work. So if you make a list, saving it helps to evaluate this data. No personal information is saved to the builder, just the units you’ve chosen for your army so never worry.

Unit Updates:
After 3 months we will make some changes, we’ll announce the day this occurs, the Unit Stat Version number will change. The updates will be entered into the changelog and the unit stats will be updated. They will then be locked again for 3 months.

By doing this we feel we will be able to provide a game that stays fresh, balanced and makes sure all units are viable.  The App will still be updated for functionality and for usability in these 3 months. Feedback on that will always be appreciated.

What About The Rules?
The new version of Dropzone changes up some rules in big ways! We based these changes on feedback from the beta testing and from the feedback from our awesome playtesters (names in the book!). Some of these changes have been very positively received, and some are a bit more controversial!

Oh and of course there are a few Traffic Jameses in the book too! Unfortunately with such a big new edition there will always be things that slip through the cracks.

We’re listening to feedback on the rules too, and will be putting out an FAQ and errata document once everything has settled down. Clarifications on rules, and a couple of changes based on others (you all have done things we weren’t anticipating!). These will be available online first, and we’re currently working on a small format book with just the Dropzone rules (no more carrying around the massive BFE every game) which will incorporate any tweaks into it.

TTCombat

28 Jun 2019

New Releases for June 2019 from Osprey Publishing Ltd

New Releases for June 2019, we have another fantastic set of new releases.

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German submarine U-1105 'Black Panther'

Now in its final resting place at the bottom of the Potomac River in Maryland, the U-Boat U-1105 is unique among German World War II submarines. Technologically innovative, it was the only U-Boat to conduct a wartime patrol while equipped with the snorkel, GHG Balkon passive sonar and a rubberized coating known as Alberich designed to reduce its acoustic signature and hide from Allied sonar. After the end of World War II, it was the subject of intense testing and evaluation by the Allies, before finally being sunk to the bottom of the Potomac River.

This highly illustrated book uses many new and previously unpublished images to tell the full story of this remarkable U-Boat, evaluating the effectiveness of its late war technologies, document its extensive postwar testing and detail all the features still present on the wreck site today.


The Australian Army at War 1976–2016

The Australian Army at War 1976–2016

Since the end of their involvement in the Vietnam War, the Australian Army has been modernized in every respect. After peacekeeping duties in South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle East in the 1980s-90s, 'Diggers' were sent to safeguard the newly independent East Timor from Indonesian harassment in 1999, and to provide long-term protection and mentoring since 2006. Australian Army units have served in the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Australian Special Forces are currently operating alongside US and British elements against ISIS in northern Iraq. During these campaigns the Australian SAS Regiment and Commandos have fully matured into 'Tier 1' assets, internationally recognized for their wide range of capabilities.

The book, written by an Australian author who has written extensively about modern warfare, traces the development of the Army's organization, combat uniforms, load-bearing equipment, small arms and major weapon systems using specially commissioned artwork and photographs.


US Navy Battleships 1886–98

US Navy Battleships 1886–98

After the American Civil War, the US Navy had been allowed to decay into complete insignificance, yet the commissioning of the modern Brazilian battleship Riachuelo and poor performance against the contemporary Spanish fleet, forced the US out of its isolationist posture towards battleships.

The first true US battleships began with the experimental Maine and Texas, followed by the three-ship Indiana class, and the Iowa class, which incorporated lessons from the previous ships. These initial ships set the enduring US battleship standard of being heavily armed and armoured at the expense of speed.
This fully illustrated study examines these first six US battleships, a story of political compromises, clean sheet designs, operational experience, and experimental improvements. These ships directly inspired the creation of an embryonic American military-industrial complex, enabled a permanent outward-looking shift in American foreign policy and laid the foundations of the modern US Navy.


Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine

Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine

In February 2014, street protests in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities led to the ousting of the Russian-backed President Yanukovych. The so-called Euromaidan Revolution saw many changes to Ukraine's constitution, but the violent reaction in the east and south of the country led to armed counter-revolution, unofficially backed by Russia.

This conflict is the essential example of Russia's new policy of 'hybrid warfare', which blends propaganda, misinformation, and the deployment of 'deniable' Special Forces and regular troops alongside proxies and mercenaries to achieve its strategic ends.

Using his extensive contacts in both Russia and Ukraine, and access to a mass of official and unofficial sources, Mark Galeotti presents a thorough and intriguing primer on all the forces involved in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Supported by specially commissioned artwork, he analyses both the progress of the war, and what it teaches us about Russia's current military capabilities.


Six-Day War 1967

Six-Day War 1967

On one day in June, the balance of air power in the Middle East was turned upside down by perhaps the most ruthlessly effective air superiority campaign in history - Operation Moked, or Focus.

In 1967, the Israeli Air Force was outnumbered more than two to one by the jets of hostile Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Operation Focus was Israel's ingenious strike plan to overturn the balance. At 0745hrs on June 6, Israeli jets hit Egypt's airfields simultaneously, first bombing runways and then strafing aircraft. Another 20 follow-up missions were already in the air, initially scheduled to hit every five minutes.

This new history of Operation Focus explains how the concept for Focus was devised and meticulously planned, the astonishing rate of serviceability and turnaround speed it required from ground crews, and how the relentless tempo of strikes shattered one air force after another. It is the story of how Israel's victory in the Six-Day War began with a single, shocking day.


F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War

F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War

Built within a 180-day time limit in 1943, the F-80 Shooting Star first saw service in Italy in the final year of World War 2, and consequently was sent to bases in the US, Europe and the Far East after VJ Day. It was the latter groups based in Japan that initially bore the brunt of the early fighting in Korea, engaging MiG-15s in the world's first jet-versus-jet combat.

Flown principally by the 8th and 49th Fighter Bomber Wings, the F-80 served until the end of the war, completing an astonishing 98,515 combat sorties, shooting down 17 aircraft (including three of the vastly superior MiG-15s), dropping over 33,000 tons of bombs, and firing over 80,000 air-to-ground rockets. Aside from the fighter-bomber Shooting Stars, the ultra-rare, but heavily used, photo-reconnaissance RF-80A saw extensive use in the frontline in Korea as a replacement for the vulnerable RF-51D.

Filled with first-hand accounts and rare colour photographs taken by the veterans themselves, this is the engrossing story of the pioneering F-80 Shooting Star.


Union Sharpshooter vs Confederate Sharpshooter

Union Sharpshooter vs Confederate Sharpshooter

During the American Civil War, the Union and the Confederacy both fielded units of sharpshooters. Sometimes equipped with firearms no better than those of their infantry brethren, they fought in a manner reminiscent of Napoleonic-era light infantry. Siege warfare placed a premium on marksmanship and the sharpshooter became indispensable as they could drive artillerymen from their guns. They could also become expert scouts and, for the Confederacy, impressive raiders - one raid netted almost 250 prisoners. Initially, Union marksmen enjoyed the upper hand, but as the Confederates began raising and training their own sharpshooters, they proved themselves as worthy opponents. In this study, Gary Yee, an expert in firearms of the period, assesses the role played by sharpshooters in three bloody clashes at the height of the American Civil War - the battle of Fredericksburg, the siege of Vicksburg, and the siege of Battery Wagner.


Walker Bulldog vs T-54

Walker Bulldog vs T-54

During the Vietnam War, both the United States and the Soviet Union supplied all manner of weapon systems to the opposing sides, including tanks and armoured vehicles. Two tanks in particular took momentary prominence in the later years of the conflict. On the South Vietnamese side, it was the US M41 Walker Bulldog; for the communist North Vietnamese, the Soviet-supplied T-54 main battle tank was the core of their armoured power.

In their first major engagement, during Operation Lam Son 719 (February-March 1971), it was the Walker Bulldog in the ascendant, but in later battles the T-54s inflicted heavy losses on their lighter opponents, taking the advantage through their superior manoeuvrability and gunnery.

Illustrated with full-colour artwork as well as rare and revealing photographs from both sides, this book studies these two iconic tanks in Vietnamese service, examining how their differing designs and fighting doctrines affected their performance in this unique theatre of combat.


Osprey Publishing Ltd

12mm Towed Rapier from Butlers Printed Models

One Towed Rapier system. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

Rapier is a surface-to-air missile developed for the British Army to replace their towed Bofors 40/L70 anti-aircraft guns. The system is unusual as it uses a manual optical guidance system, sending guidance commands to the missile in flight over a radio link. This results in a high level of accuracy, therefore a large warhead is not required.

Entering service in 1972, it eventually replaced all other anti-aircraft weapons in Army service; both the Bofors guns used against low-altitude targets and the Thunderbird missile used against longer-range and higher-altitude targets. As the expected air threat moved from medium-altitude strategic missions to low-altitude strikes, the fast reaction time and high manoeuvrability of the Rapier made it more effective than either of these weapons, replacing most of them by 1977.

Rapier was later selected by the RAF Regiment to replace their Bofors guns and Tigercat missiles. It also saw international sales. It remains one of the UK's primary air-defence weapons, and its deployment is expected to continue until 2020.

There are three sizes of system to choose from:

Launcher only - This consists of just the Rapier launcher, the missiles need to be glued in place.

Full kit - This consists of the Rapier launcher, Blindfire radar, Optical tracker, two generators and the Selector Engagement Zone (SEZ) control box

Full kit plus transport - This consists of all the items in the Full kit plus two 101 Forward Control vehicles, a LWB Series 3 Land Rover and a covered Rapier Support trailer.

The LWB (3/4 ton) Land Rover pulled the support trailer and the two 101 Forward Control (1 ton) Land Rovers pulled the Rapier launcher and Blindfire radar.

The 101 Forward control, Series 3 Land Rover and the Rapier Support trailer are also available separately

Towed Rapier

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Pictures shown are for 20mm models

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

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Project Update #18: 3D Printable Alien Tau-Style Scenery for Tabletop Wargames, Kickstarter from Wulfshéade Miniatures

Project Update #18: 3D Printable Alien Tau-Style Scenery for Tabletop Wargames, Kickstarter from Wulfshéade Miniatures

A series of STL files of buildings and structures for tabletop wargames.

6 hours to go!

Here's another quick WIP pic of the gantry. I made another gantry with the grid plate. That way you can use a grid or the indented plate to match the ones you print out for the wall sections.

The pylons are almost done. They don't have a lot of detail, but they are just used to hold up the gantry.

I don't know if I'll get to post more pics before the campaign ends, but I will update the Kickstarter with more pics when the gantry and warehouse/factory is done.

Gantry WIP

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Project Update #17: 3D Printable Alien Tau-Style Scenery for Tabletop Wargames, Kickstarter from Wulfshéade Miniatures

Project Update #17: 3D Printable Alien Tau-Style Scenery for Tabletop Wargames, Kickstarter from Wulfshéade Miniatures

A series of STL files of buildings and structures for tabletop wargames.

One day left to go!

Just a short update, since we're so close to the finish.

I'm still working on finishing up the gantry parts. I'm trying to make it so they can fit in more areas, rather than just the two large tower buildings.

I'll also start working on the factory/warehouse building tomorrow.

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10mm Small Stone Chapel from Battlescale Wargame Buildings

A little more sculpting work to finish but the new 10mm Chapel is available now to pre-order.

A little more sculpting work to finish but the new 10mm Chapel is available now to pre-order

Not too much work left to do and hopefully available soon! (10mm Small Chapel)

Not too much work left to do and hopefully available soon! picture 1

Not too much work left to do and hopefully available soon! picture 2

Not too much work left to do and hopefully available soon! picture 3

Not too much work left to do and hopefully available soon! picture 4

Taking shape now.

Taking shape now


A little more progress on the new 10mm piece. Don’t forget to enter the code ‘fb10’ at the store checkout to receive a 10% discount against all 10mm buildings.

A little more progress on the new 10mm piece 1

A little more progress on the new 10mm piece 2

First side of the new 10mm piece almost done.

First side of the new 10mm piece almost done.

10mm work in progress.

10mm work in progress.

10mm Small Stone Chapel is slowly taking shape. Don’t forget that our current 10mm buildings range is currently on offer with a 10% discount to all our Facebook followers. Enter code ‘fb10’ at checkout to receive your discount. (£20 minimum spend applies)

10mm Small Stone Chapel is slowly taking shape

A little more tiling added this evening. (10mm Small Stone Chapel)

A little more tiling added this evening

10mm Small Stone Chapel (work in progress)

10mm Small Stone Chapel

Roof tiles and base stones being added.

Roof tiles and base stones being added.

A little more progress made on the new 10mm piece.

A little more progress made on the new 10mm piece.

A new 10mm piece underway. This will eventually be a small stone-built chapel.

A new 10mm piece underway.

Honestly, it will..

Battlescale Wargame Buildings

Wood Elves Head from Dark Fields Factory

The One Wood Elves Head studio model from Dark Fields Factory

Wood Elves Head

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Dark Fields Factory

10mm Jersey Barriers from Blotz

We were recently asked for Jersey Barriers in multiple scales, so here they are

Jersey Barriers

Jersey Barriers

28mm (pack of 4) @ £4.00 (code: B28-WF-108)
20mm (pack of 4) @ £3.00 (code: B20-WF-107)
15mm (pack of 5) @ £3.00 (code: B15-WF-106)
10mm (pack of 6) @ £2.50 (code: B10-WF-105)

10mm (pack of 6) @ £2.50 (code: B10-WF-105)

A set of six Jersey Barriers suitable for use in a whole host of modern, ultra-modern and sci-fi settings such as Dropzone Commander.

Also suitable for use with N Gauge (2mm) model railways.

Each barrier is:
Height: 7mm.
Length: 17mm.
Width: 4mm
(measurements are approximate)

Blotz, MDF Terrain and Accessories

Tiny Bots from Traders Galaxy

Tiny bots work in progress on 2 of 8

Tiny Bots

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Don’t forget, just 2 days left for the June Starter Set pre order deal!

Traders Galaxy

TB Line Teutonics Released from Pendraken Miniatures

The next batch of TB Line moulds is complete so we're very happy to announce that the Teutonics are back on sale!

This range has 8 codes covering mounted command, cavalry and infantry with a nice mix of sculpts in each.  We've also managed to find a couple of extra poses in the master moulds so both the 'Crossbowmen' and 'Heavy European infantry' have got an extra pose which might not have been available previously.  As with the other TB ranges, the horses and riders are separate castings and some of these also have separate shields.

For those who've not had any TB Line figures before, they match up very well to our own in both size and proportions.  We've not made any changes to the sculpts but they have been cleaned up for the new moulds and are much crisper castings.

TB Line Middle Age Teutonics

TB-4163   Mounted command group (15)   £5.50

TB-4163   Mounted command group (15)

TB-4164   Teutonic Knights (15)   £5.50

TB-4164   Teutonic Knights (15)

TB-4165   European Heavy Knights (15)   £5.50

TB-4165   European Heavy Knights (15)

TB-4166   Light cavalry with short weapons (15)   £5.50

TB-4166   Light cavalry with short weapons (15)

TB-4167   Light cavalry with lances (15)   £5.50

TB-4167   Light cavalry with lances (15)

TB-4168   Crossbowmen (30)   £5.50

TB-4168   Crossbowmen (30)

TB-4169   Light European infantry (30)   £5.50

TB-4169   Light European infantry (30)

TB-4170   Heavy European infantry (30)   £5.50

TB-4170   Heavy European infantry (30)

(Packs contain 15 cavalry or 30 infantry)

We'd bumped the Teutonics ahead of the Islamics so those will now be the next TB range to come back online.  We'll be getting to those once the Indian Mutiny range is all done and released.

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