A Grievously Savage Race

Serenìsima Respùblica de Venexia…the Serene Republic of Venice.Venetians redefining words since 697…

Milan these days is more famous for its fashionistas and handbags, or for the more cynical, for being a cement filled asthma attack. Whilst Venice is a romantic world heritage site, which those same cynics might be inclined to regard as a sinking bog. But in the 15th century they were much less focussed on tourists and leathergoods, and much more interested in beating the hell out of each other. Twenty nine years of beating to be precise.

 

Anyone who has read or watched any Shakespeare will know that medieval and early modern Italian states were filled with dukes, and one such was Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan. A man described in encyclopaedias as ugly and cruel (which is just about a step away from having your photo under the definition of *stupid* in the dictionary) he was regarded as a good politician. Which is just as well, because he wasn’t going to win any matrimonial awards after beheading his first wife…

 

He was ambitious, and in his role of guardian to Teobaldo II, he sought to expand his lands. In 1423 Florence took umbridge at this (that’s umbridge not Umbria…) and attempted to intervene. Venice, in a sort of older brother role, decided to get involved and the war escalated.

Eventually, as with many wars, there was a treaty. Unfortunately for peace, whilst Florence had an interfering older brother, Milan had one of those friends, in the shape of the Holy Roman Emperor, Sigismund. Sigismund was in his time Holy Roman Emperor, Emperor of the House of Luxemburg, King of Hungary, King of Croatia, King of Bohemia and an interfering little sod with bad taste in hair. He advised Visconti not to sign, and consequently more fighting broke out. The second battle started in May 1427 and was relatively short, lasting only a year. Unfortunately for Visconti, Sigismund was something of a fair weather friend, and when the going got really tough was strangely nowhere to be found.

The third battle ran for two years and began after the Venitians invaded Lucca, in Tuscany. Visconti sent Sforza to defend it, but it seems Sforza wasn’t much better a friend than Siggy Emperor-lust and at the sight of some nice shiny coins conveniently stopped defending Lucca. However, despite being able to turn one of the Milanese boys, the Venitians were not so fortunate later on in the battle and both sides ended up in something of a status quo.

Despite being able to recruit some of the most talented militarists of the time Visconti had some problems throughout the battles. Firstly that those talented leaders seemed to be perpetually jealous of one another, and the fourth and final part of the war was mostly comprised of the condottieri fighting amongst themselves. Secondly that Venice really was rather powerful. Incidentally I’m not trying to engender sympathy here, I mean the man parted the lovely Beatrice from her equally lovely head simply because she got a bit interested in his work.

The somewhat tenuous final peace came toward the end of the century. Tenuous mainly because its hard to describe Italy as a peaceful place. Though the Peace of Lodi in 1454 created something of an accord, a country filled with Medicis, Sfozas, and Borgias was never going to be blissfully happy.

If you fancy recreating some Lombardy battles there’s a few kits that could be adapted…

The Zvedza 1:72 Peasants and Field Artillery

Italeri 1:72 Medieval Tournament

And since the Italians have always been known for good dress sense perhaps the Landsknechts could double for them.

And finally… the obnoxious Visconti probably thought he’d be a name everyone in centuries to come would remember… but, man with a name like a minty biscuit, you are near forgotten…the lovely Beatrice however, has a whole opera: Beatrice di Tenda…ha take that Visconti!

PS-here’s the whole opera to keep you going till next week…and bonus points for the first person to identify where the post title comes from (arcanescenery@gmail.com or comment!)

Monday Round up

This week is a bit less manic on the new product front but we have some great new items none the less. First up we have some more packs, which are really great ideas if you want to get as many men as possible in one go. From Artizan the 1672 28mm battalion, which is nominally for the wars of Louis XIV, but as the fashions for soldiering weren’t terribly different across Europe you could paint them up and use them for all manner of different armies. Also from Artizan we have two packs of French Foreign Legion soldiers. The first are in shirt sleeves and pith helmets, so would be suitable for exploring duties as well, or for alternative history gaming. The second pack are wearing Kepi instead of pith helmets, and again would work well for alternative history, and for a range of colonial period scenarios.

A bit more up to date is the new Great Escape Hitler Youth, for the Rules of Engagement scenarios. Think more the kids in Downfall, rather than the singing boys in Cabaret these menacing, but characterful little folk will add some sinister charm to any end of Berlin type scenario.

Whilst from Trent Miniatures we have three new packs. The Royal Irish Artillery for the French Revolutionary War period are ready to get involved in the Irish Rebellion, and perfect for any games that need some fine Irishmen. The French Carabiners and their horses are from that same time period, and can give your French forces a bit of equine elegance. Whilst the Austrian Deserters are just that, these eight rebellious little buggers can add some realistic AWOL quality to your army.

Finally on the tools front. On the ever going mission to extend the paints range to all the paints in the whole entire world we have more in our Vallejo range including sepia wash, brush restorer, and brush cleaner.

That’s all for this week, remember to keep an eye out on our shop and on eBay’s new items section for all our newest things!

 

Ebob and Fray Bentos

We love hearing from our readers and shoppers, and this week’s hobby post is from Ebob. Ebob has to take the award for  the speediest hobby completion, taking just a weekend from purchase to completion.

Basing his scene on the Battle of Fray Bentos, which was not a battle over unappetising pies, but a battle involving a tank nicknamed Fray Bentos in the First World War. Ebob has made use of this Emhar model, which he reports was good to put together though the rails were tricky as they are in three parts.

And this is what he has produced…

If you want to know more about the battle there’s a couple of sites that might be of use …here and here.

If you’ve got a project you’d like to tell us about please do so by commenting or using the contact form!

Its good knight from him, and good knight from them…

The Knights Hospitaller are, along with the Knights Templer, one of the best known medieval military outfits. The hospitallers were established in 1023, and in a somewhat dilluted form, still essentially exist.

Knights Hospitaller


The Christians, off on their early endeavours to persuade the locals to the delights of transubstantiation*, had a presence in the Holy Lands since the 500s. Those early Christian pilgrims knew what most modern holidaymakers know all too well. Local habits don’t always agree with you. So to deal with all those cases of Bethlehem-belly and 7th century balcony diving a hospital was set up in Jerusalem. Unfortunately the first hospital didn’t appear to meet Caliph Al Hakim’s architectural mojo and it, along with several thousand other buildings, was destroyed. Fortunately for the sickly pilgrims a new shiny model appeared in 1023, and so too did the hospitallers.
The monks had their order established after the First Crusade. They were a sort of multi-tasking nurses-come-monks-come-bodyguard service. Gradually the multi-tasking got a bit too much and they were divided between the fixers and the fighters.
When Islamic rulers decided that these interlopers should probably leave the knights of St John were sent, crosses between their legs off to the next nearest warm places. Which were Cyprus and Rhodes. European holiday destinations haven’t changed much in a thousand years it seems.

This is a later Siege of Rhodes…the painters were off when the first one was happening

The Templer Knights were officially dissolved by around 1321, though you can probably find several hundred books arguing several hundred other dates, including a number of rather ornate conspiracy theories. Either way the hospitallers took on a range of aquisitions, and sought to expand. They took full control of Rhodes and some of its neighbours. Their move to Rhodes was accompanied by increased millitarisation.

The Ottoman Empire wasn’t much struck on this bunch of power grabbing monks. Hey, this continent is only big enough for one group of power crazy people…And so on 23 May 1480 the Ottoman ships appeared, filled with seventy thousand men. Despite being massively outnumbered the Knights hospitaller were victorious.

The Sultan…who says you don’t get chance to stop and smell the roses when you’re a warmonger.

Which annoyed Sultan Mehmed II, and he planned a new attack. Unfortunately for him he died a year later.

The Knights continued to flourish and moved in the mid 1500s to Malta. which was a gift from King Charles V of Spain. The hospitallers kept their battles with the muslim barbary pirates going through their move to a new home. They kept a successful island until along came Napoleon in 1798. After being refused assylum he took umbridge, and then took the island.

A modern Knight, HRH Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, in St John of Jerusalem crosses

By the nineteenth century, thanks to everyone from the Ottomans and Henry VIII’s monastic dissolutions to France’s most famous petit homme, the knights were essentially no more. However, during the late nineteenth century in a rash of revivalism and love for all things medieval the order resurrged. Less as a war-going affair, and more an eltist social club. This resurrgence was responsible for their current descendents, the St John’s ambulance. The thirteenth century knights could scarcely have imagined their future was in standing around at football matches asking people who are old enough to know better whether they’d possibly had a touch too much to drink.

If you want some of your own hospitaller or templar knights we have from Fireforge the Templar and Teutonic Knights, and the Mounted Sergeants. Also there are the Italeri Templar Knights and Zvedza Livonian Knights who can act very nicely as hospitallers if neither of the first three take your fancy. Or even a D’Agostini Teutonic knight.

*The doctrine of the Catholic Church (and also the Orthodox Churches) that the Eucharist changes the wafer and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

Monday Round up

Do you like tanks? You do? Well do we have an update for you. Especially if you like your tanks BIG. We have lots of new tanks, reappearing tanks and range extensions. On mission “Complete the range” we have extended many of our 1:35 scale ranges. We have so many tanks in this round  up that they are by country…

Russians

There’s the Zvedva T 34/85  and T34/76 and T90

 

Germans

The VK4502 Vorne from HobbyBoss, the Tamiya PzrKpfWgn IV, the HobbyBoss Land Wasser Schlepper with a rather awesome grin (who doesn’t want a smiling tank?) and MRAV Boxer. Then from Armourfast, tanks that are so good even the pernickety folk in Military Models seem to like them, we have the StuIG 33B and Panzer IV D; not only are they great kits, you get two tanks in each kit. And to complete your tank there is the Tamiya Tank Crew. If you prefer your vehicles a bit smaller there is the BMW motorbike.

 

Britishers

From Tamiya there is the Crusader Mark I/II and Universal Carrier. And from Miniart, a new but already very popular company, we have the Dingo Mark III Scout Car.

Chinese

The ZLC2000 Airborne IFV (does that mean they fly this thing?!) from HobbyBoss

Uncle Sam

The Tamiya M36 , HobbyBoss M4A3E8 with its terrifying mouth, and Armourfast M36

 

But if tanks aren’t your thing, don’t despair, we have plenty of new items for you too.

From Trent Miniatures we have some new ‘battalion’ packs. Its on quotes, because whilst some are actual battalions, it is hard to say the revolting slaves are a battalion. More of a large group of rather angry people, but that’s a bit lengthy to stick on the box. The revolting slaves and the consular garde are our favourites from the new packs, and are ideal for extending your Haitian revolutions or late eighteenth century forces.

If your tastes are a little more Wild West than West Indies then the new bank from the range of wooden buildings  may suit you perfectly. As would the Crusader Woodland Indians.

For Saga fans, and we know there are many of you, we have a new range of counters, with designs for each of the different armies, so you can keep track of where you are in the game easily. Also for keeping track we have measuring sticks for the armies, so that you can easily identify possible attacks without having to carry a geometry set around with you.

From Strelets, who are great for those really unusual armies, we have some new Swedes, French and Romans. Its worth a browse through the Strelets category just to see the diversity!

 

Till next time, happy modelling!

 

Canteena and Bank

We really love seeing what people do with things we sell, and one of our very favourite ranges is the MDF buildings, so getting to see what  one of the people who helps design the building kits does with them is a very good thing indeed. Gary is a designer, so don’t be too disheartened if somehow you can’t quite match what he has done here. It is brilliant. He is a very skilled man indeed.

First of all the bank…

What I really like, is that he actually paints inside! This makes me so happy to see…I genuinely do not get why the rest of you chaps don’t. Also I love that green.

His second project is my favourite MDF building the canteena. He is apparently going to be using this as part of a Butch and Sundance recreation.

If you are desperate to recreate what you’ve seen you can find the buildings here, or if you’d like to read more about Gary’s work you can find him here.

If you’d like to share your work with the Arcane world let us know in the comments or send an email to arcanescenery@gmail.com

“Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell”

A much (over) used idiom about armies is that they march on their stomach. If you happen to be a snail army this may well be true, however, for the non gastropedal armies it is something of an exageration. Human needs though are a big consideration in war. Not only is your army of humans vulnerable to being shot and blown up, but they are also sensitive to a range of other maladies.

Though as a Derby resident I am thoroughly fed up with Florence Nightingale (come on there must be someone else you can make a statue of dear council), but I do have to concede that the attention she drew to the conditions in the Crimea were significant. More soldiers were dying from infectious diseases such as typhoid and dysentry than were dying from being shot, blown up or any other war based injury. And not just a few either, ten times as many. In simple terms that means that for every one man who died from being shot another ten died from essentially poo-ing or coughing themselves to death. Nightingale’s evidence helped to generally improve conditions, but it was no isolated incident.

Siege of Sevastapol

Many a child has been threatened with scurvy and ricketts when refusing their fruit and vegetables, and if you live in the Western world today its pretty unlikely. Heck even your cornflakes have been fortified with a billionty vitamins and minerals. You have to do some studious avoidance to not get a basic supply of vitamin D and C these days, and if you were doing that you’ll probably die of malnutrition first, but for soldiers and sailors long ago this was not the case. From the crusades to the nineteenth century an estimated two million sailors died from something that could be cured with some orange juice. Though the reason behind the curative properties of citrus fruit wasn’t established until the 1930s the benefits of daily limes were long known, just not tremendously practical on long voyages.The journeys that made time to stop off for some shopping, or found other sources of fresh food, such as the French forces at the Siege of Alexandria in 1801 making use of fresh horse meat.

Scurvy wasn’t a killer issue on the Centurion, but its a pretty picture…

During the American civil war one of the biggest threats to the well-being of the troops was not the being shot, but the being repaired. Low knowledge about infection control, and a need to keep the thousands of injured efficiently moving through the hospital system led to frequent reuse of equipment and insufficient bandaging. If the bullet didn’t do for you Streptococcus pyogenes probably would.

Giardia lamblia

Not only was being in hospital a dangerous thing for soldiers, but merely invading can be bad for your health. Most European nations went through a big period of colonial expansion (regular readers may note I have something of a big fat bee in my fine bonnet about this). Apart from the ambitions of twentieth century Germany (and its peverse obsession with increasingly colder countries) , most colonialising has, perhaps understandably, been of much warmer climes. Africa and South America are beautiful resource rich continents. If you wanted to expand your gold, diamond, oil and slave collections they were ideal places to go stealing. Unfortunately for our forebears they are also rich in a range of diseases. Some like giardia (a particularly nasty water borne disease) affected locals as much as the interlopers, but other diseases were a special gift just for visiting. Though malaria does affect residents of African countries, many people of African and southern mediterrannian heritage have a natural defence against it in the form of sickle cells (unfortunately for people with sickle cells it also happens to make you rather ill and unable to benefit from many of the normal qualities of blood). It has been suggested that diseases such as sickle cell anaemia and thalysseamia are evolutionary responses to living in places with a big bunch of blood sucking flies. For early colonialists malaria was a very real problem. During the Boer war lady mosquitos were responsible for sending as many, if not more men to hospital than wounds. Though quinine was used reasonably affectively, until replaced with other drugs during World war 2, it was hard to obtain and risks pulmonary oedema. Which is a particularly nice choice, die from malarial fever and convulsions, or suffocate to death on your own blood.

The female of the species really is deadlier than the male…

Trypanosome cruzi hasn’t made much noise on the war front but its a much more interesting parasite (/removes nerd hat)

One set of diseases which were still of concern to Generals even as late as the Vietnam war (and probably still now) were sexually transmitted ones. In 1494 French troops were busy sieging Naples when Treponema pallidum, the bacteria that causes syphillis, took to sieging them. Evidently an awful lot of people were committed to supporting the medieval troops, as from this initial outbreak the disease killed around five million Europeans. Whilst the round of applause that no-one wants, Gonorrhoea, has been found on the remains of the sunken Mary Rose and was enough of a concern that the English Parliament were making laws to help prevent it in 1611, whilst those much earlier adopters the French were doing banishing people for it in 1256. The venereal films that American troops complained of having to watch repeatedly in the 1960s may have been some shoddy plotting, but they were there for good reason. Though it might rank as one of the better ways of catching a disease they both can result in anything and everything, from blindness and madness to the rather ultimate death.

Gono is man’s best friend apparently, bonus mention for anyone who has named their dog that…

Health problems are not a thing of the past either. There are the problems of local cuisine (which many armies ban their soldiers from partaking in) bringing the delights of salmonella and their ilk. Water and air conditioning causing Leigionnaire’s, parasitic diseases of many and varied glorious types, and then of course those of our own making. Biological warfare is not a new phenomenon. Sixth century Assyrians poisoned water supplies, Mongol troops flung dead rotting animals into cities, and in 1710 the Russians took that one step further by throwing diseased dead people at Swedes. By the twentieth century increasing scientific knowledge gave governments the benefit of a whole new range of tiny killing machines, and bacterial warfare was born. During the Second World War Anthrax, Bruscellosis and Botulism were all weaponised. Not ever in their darkest fantasies could scientists have imagined that fifty years later vanity would drive people to paralyse their faces with Botulism…

This is one of the biggest risks as a modern soldier

Anthrax still plays a component part in modern biological warfare, along with crop pathogens (a starved enemy is a defeated one), and even insect warfare. Research facilities from world War 2 onwards sought more and more creative methods of beliguering the enemy. And if my mother’s tales of her childhood near one such reaserch facility are to be believed giant chickens too…

Is it this sort of thing that caused Gulf War Syndrome? Or the prevention?

The most recent example is the mysterious Gulf war Syndrome. Presenting with a range of problems those afflicted from the 1991 conflict could have enemy Uranium to blame or may well have their own army to thank as other potential causes include nerve gas antidote and organophosphate pesticides.

If you want a more realistic disease borne feel to your game…

Soviet Medical Personnel for your sickly people

Some sickly Prussian Landwehr chaps

or if you want to go all Mongol horde…how about some horses for flinging

Monday Round Up

Helllooooo

Welcome to our second ever Monday round up.

First in we have a rule set which is  causing much excitement in wargaming magazines and the internet: Maurice. The rules are set in the 1690-1790 period, are for 2-4 players, gaming for about three hours. Its a 10-16 unit game and features three specific scenarios in the period. The author is Sam Mustafa, who wrote Grand Armée, Might and Reason, and also Lasalle.  It allows for both small action and big scale.  Maurice is available as book and card set.

From Wargames Factory we have the WWII Infantry Platoon, from the late period. Ignore the boxes, love the figures. Really fabulous 1:56, or 28mm to those who speak in mm,  they are beautifully modelled, and make a really good quality economic means of building an army Also I  particularly like that they’ve listed pretty much every glue manufacturer’s appropriate glue, I like this: no showing favouritism.

From Airfix we have some reissues, with fancy new boxes. There is the 1:72 Curtiss SB2C Helldiver. Which was apparently hellish (boom tish) to pilot, but destroyed more Japanese targets than any other aircraft. There is also the DHC Chipmunk T.10, which disappointingly looks nothing like a chipmunk, it is however a rather dashing 1:72 scale successor to the Tiger moth. And finally  from Airfix the Junkers Ju52-3M a rather large transport aircraft, which also doubled as a bomber.

From HobbyBoss we have the PLA ZBD-05 Amphibious IFV. They don’t half like their initials those military types. If the initials don’t mean much to you it is simply a tank that could go in water. we don’t recommend you take this 1:35 version in the bath we should add! HobbyBoss are one of our favourite manufacturers, and this lovely tank is up to their usual standards.

From the wonderfully named HaT we have a number of new in items: British Light Infantry, Celtic Cavalry, WW1 Austrians, and rather appropriately the amazingly hatted Freikorps and Nassau Grenadiers.

As mentioned in last week’s round up the MIG buildings and teeny tiny plusmodels leaves are now here for you to buy. The resin buildings are  ideal for anywhere from 28mm to 1:48 and work well in both games and dioramas. The teeeny weeny leaves are perfect for adding colour and texture to your scenes.

Till next week!

 

 

And the last known survivor, Stalks his prey in the night

My friend here is watching you…

There’s a few things that make us different from our fellow animals. You don’t find lions texting “@ plns zebs gon”, there aren’t antelope spending their Sundays in a queue at Homebase, and no swan relationship ever broke up because she found him talking to a duck on Facebook. Among the many things they don’t do is war. Yes the other members of the animal kingdom kill, often, and sometimes a lot more visciously than midweek shiny television documentries tend to show, but they don’t plan, and they don’t decimate a whole other group of animals over a concept, a piece of paper or some imaginary guns. Evidently some folk have felt the animals must have been feeling left out because a remarkable amount of weaponry has been named after them…

Insects
As anyone who has spent more than five minutes watching a nature documentary knows insects are the most numerous group of animals on the planet, and they are certainly well represented in the history of the military.

It may not be a military vehicle per se but the Volkswagen Beetle is one of the few bits of their Nazi history that isn’t illegal to discuss in Germany. An incredibly popular car which is arguably more famous than Ferdinand Porsche’s namesake vehicles. The dream of the Führer it seems was for all his blonde, blue eyed atheletic disciples to drive around in some ugly lumpy thing going on picnics. This is the kind of dream humans kill over and we think we’re the intelligent chordates?

The dreams of dictators eh? (from Bundesarchiv, Bild 146II-732  CC-BY-SA)

The Wasp III unmanned aircraft

Wasps are much better represented in military circles. Though oddly armies seem disinclined to adopt the wasp’s emo kid dress sense of yellow and black stripes. In the air, sensibly, there have been un-manned aircraft wasp, the ABC Wasp engine, the pilotless Queen wasp from WW2, and the Pratt and Whitney Wasp engines. But everyone’s least favourite flying insect has not lacked respresentation lower down with both a HMS and USS Wasp sailing it for the stripey boys. The AGM-124 Wasp may sound like the most awful meeting ever, a bunch of angry fat bottomed men in stripes discussing how to move stinging policy forward, it is in fact a missile which was developed in the early 1980s by Boeing and Hughes. Much like anything called AGM it failed to deliver its 10km promise by being cancelled after testing.

The ABC Wasp engine

 Airspeed Queen Wasp

 

Other insects also feature prominently amongst military vehicles. The British had a class of ships used in WW1, and some lasted to WW2, known as the insect class, and they were accordingly all named after insects. A couple of posts ago we met one of the longest lasting, and the one which must have caused hysterics and embarrassment upon posting, HMS Cockchafer. The other ships included Ladybird and Cricket. Whilst HMS Bee was an Insect class ship, but was the name of three other boats, and two bases. Hopefully they did not all swarm to HMS Beehive, which was a coastal base in Felixstowe during the Second World War.

HMS Ladybird

 

Birds
From the smallest to the largest our winged friends are also well represented. Some, quite logically are in the air: Aim-7 Sparrow missile, the Rolls Royce Eagle engine used in Handley Page bombers, the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F15 Eagle fighter jet, BAE Hawk jet, and the MIM-23 Hawk surface to air missile. Birds have made it to the seas though, including HMS, USS and HMAS Hawks, and HMS Eagle, and onto land with the MOWAG Eagle which is something like a Swiss Hummer. There is the Hawk MM-1 grenade launcher, which shows what I know I thought you just threw the things, and for Apollo 11 when they said the Eagle has landed it wasn’t just some metaphor for the USA getting to the moon, that there bit at the front was called the Eagle.

 

Mowag Eagle by Patrick Jonatta

Hawk missile and an F-15 Eagle

 

Rolls Royce Eagle engine by Imnop88a

The F-15 again but the little chap is the Sparrow missile

 

Sea creatures

The Cobra Eels may well be fictional enemies of GI Joe (at least he got a name, poor old Action Man, ever just “man” or worse “substitute Ken”) but the USS Eel was a planned real submarine. Even the rather unmilitary looking sealions have got in on the act having not only HMS and USS Sealion, but a whole operation. Whether Germany’s pland to invade Britain with Operation Sea Lion included rolling around on the beaches of Bexhill-on-Sea and honking loudly at passing females is unclear.

Mammals

HMS Lion is a very popular ship name in the Royal Navy, eighteen of them there have been. Not all at once mind, that would have been confusing. And the Lion of Babylon is an Iraqui version of the T-72, which last had an outing in the First Gulf War. Lady lions are somewhat less popular with only one USS Lioness, a Union shop in the civil war.

The Lion of Baghdad by ronnie TX

USS Lioness

 

Left till last is of course the most popular mammal in war. Tigers. They have their stripes copied for camouflage, not terribly persuasively it has to be said. There are troops nicknamed after them, and guerilla forces too. There’s an attack helicopter (which I do hope they nickname rover), countless ships (which sort of suggests that the armed forces really don’t know cats), armoured cars and of course the most popular tiger around Arcane…tanks.

The 10th Armored Division Company B of the United States Army, known as the tigers.

F11 Grumann Tiger and one of the many HMS Tigers

The Eurocopter Tiger by David Monniaux

If you want to start assembling your own mechanised zoo, here’s a few you could start with…

 Tamiya’s German King Tiger 

Blitzkrieg 1/72 Tiger 1

AFV Tiger 1 1/48

Warlord’s Screaming Eagles

The very best kind of tiger…

Monday round up

Oooh oooh its a Monday…So here is the newly moved round up…

We have a new range of scenery items from MiniArt, a fairly new Ukranian company. Though young, they are rapidly making a name for themselves with their excellent items and we have the 1:35 size. Perfect for part of your table or a diorama, we have all kinds of scenes from tramline to telegraph poles

From Armourfast, which is part of HaT, we have some fabulous tanks and vehicles in 1:72 scale. Not only are they great little vehicles but each set contains the parts for two, making them great if you want to have your army vehicled-up pretty quickly. We have Stugs, StuHs, and tank destroyers…

 

 

For fans of Asian based conflicts from Revell we have WW2 1:72 Japanese infantry 

Whilst also in WW2 we have the HobbyBoss MunitionSchlepper…which is a schlepper of munitions…they are very straightforward those Germans. Specifically this large mover of munitions was used for the Geract 040 Nr.I to VI and Geract Nr.VII, which were giagantic mortars…this in 1:72 so luckily not so giant that it won’t fit on your war gaming table.

From Plus Models we have a series of accessories, they are new to us, so bear with us as the range grows. To start with we have a range of leaves for a variety of trees in both 1:35 and 1:48 scales, but they would work just as well with scenes and figures of other sizes. We will start stocking a range of lead wire in a variety of gauges. The great benefit of lead wire is that it is used for detailing on model railways, but more importantly in our case to represent wires and piping on tanks. The different thicknesses making it suitable across the scales from 1/100 to 1/35. We also have in individual 1:48 bricks, but they would be equally suitable for 28mm, for paved areas and rubble.

We will also be building stock of MIG productions. Starting with 1:48 because of its similarity to 28mm and we will have a few resin buildings in and some resin figures, which will enhance our 1:48 range of kits. Though 1:48 is technically bigger than 28mm (technically 1:56) and this is noticable when figures are put to the side, however, when it comes to scenery and accessories they are very useful.

Guest Post: Black Powder

Last Wednesday evening at Maelstrom Games Quinton and I gave an introductory game of Black Powder to Mick, Steve and Pete.

Now, Mick, Steve and Pete are not Napoleonic Greenhorns, they already play a lot of Sharp Practice and have an extensive collection of 28mm Napoleonic figures. You’ll see a lot of new troops in the images below.

We set up a couple of roughly equal forces, the French were:
Divisional Commander: CV8
Brigade Commander: CV7
4 Light Infantry
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV7
4 Line Infantry
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV7
4 LineInfantry
Brigade Commander: CV7
2 Hussars
Brigade Commander: CV Unknown – these were not committed
1 Dragoons
1 Cuirassier
1 Horse Battery

The British and Allies were:

Divisional Commander: CV9
Brigade Commander: CV7
1 Line Infantry
1 Rifles
1 Prussian Landwehr
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV8
3 Highland Infantry
Brigade Commander: CV8
2 Line Infantry
1 Small Rifles
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV8
2 Line Infantry
1 Small Rifles
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV8
1 Line Infantry
1 Prussian Landwehr
1 Small Light Infantry
1 Foot Battery
Brigade Commander: CV7
1 Heavy Dragoons
1 Light Dragoons
1 Hussars
Steve and Pete would take the British and Allies and would be aided by Quinton, Mick and I would take the Frenchmen.

The command values were done by rolling a D6 on a 1-4 a Brigade Commander was a 7 and a Divisional Commander an 8 and on a 5-6 were an eight and a nine respectively. As you can see the French rolled poorly for this and the British very well.

Steve, Pete, Mick & Quinton in the pre-game preamble. It’s all sweetness an light now.

The British opened up in true fashion and their Heavy Dragoons charged straight into a unit of French Hussars on the first turn. The Hussars recoiled shaken and the Heavy Dragoons pursued into them only to lose the combat badly, roll really low and be removed.


The French beat the British to occupying the village on the British left, this tied up a lot of British troops trying to clear it.


The British Cavalry was eventually broken by the French Hussars. In the center six British Battalions were up against eight French and the numbers were soon telling.

Valiant French Hussars

I hope that Steve, Mick and Pete had a good first game of Black Powder with us.

 

Paul’s blog containing the original of this post, and all of his photos can be found at http://scrivsland.blogspot.co.uk/

Just a note…

Hi folks,

We’re having a little blog rearrangement. The Friday round up will now be the Monday round up, and mostly the posts that were on Mondays will now be on Fridays…mostly.

We thought we should let you know just in case you thought you were going mad.

🙂

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