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Grey Steel, Red Storm - Regimental Scenarios in the Soviet Union 1941-1943

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Grey Steel, Red Storm is a book of scenarios for wargamers set in the Soviet Union between June 1941 and June 1943 during World War Two. They are adaptable to a number of sets of rules currently available in which a stand represents a platoon such as ‘ Blitzkrieg Commander ’, ‘Command Decision: TOB’, ‘A Fistful of Tows’, ‘ Rapid Fire ’ and others, including those which wargamers may have written themselves. Each player will field around a regiment or brigade of troops in each scenario. Part One presents a brief overview of the war and some background information to the scenarios. This includes a terrain key, notes on ground scale, timescale, base sizes and some suggestions for additional optional rules. Part Two presents fifteen scenarios with an historical background and German and Soviet briefings covering  the mission; the table layout; Orders of Battle; victory conditions; design notes and historical notes. Eleven of the scenarios have appeared in earlier, truncated for

First evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain discovered

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Lidar model of topography of Thanet showing Ebbsfleet Image courtesy of University of Leicester The first evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain has been discovered by archaeologists from the University of Leicester. Based on new evidence, the team suggests that the first landing of Julius Caesar's fleet in Britain took place in 54BC at Pegwell Bay on the Isle of Thanet, the north east point of Kent. This location matches Caesar's own account of his landing in 54 BC, with three clues about the topography of the landing site being consistent with him having landed in Pegwell Bay: its visibility from the sea, the existence of a large open bay, and the presence of higher ground nearby. The project has involved surveys of hillforts that may have been attacked by Caesar, studies in museums of objects that may have been made or buried at the time of the invasions, such as coin hoards, and excavations in Kent. The University of Leicester project, which is fu

MatchBox Wargame Campaign Manager

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Perhaps the most successful and best known system of map-moving in a manner that can be successfully carried out by two players lacking the services of an umpire is the Matchbox method. Donald Featherstone, “War Games Campaigns”, 1970. MatchBox harks back to the early days of wargame campaigning where hidden movement was achieved by moving unit tokens through chest-of-drawers of matchboxes that had been glued together. When a player’s and their opponent’s tokens turned up in the same matchbox, contact had been made. The miniatures would come out and the contact gamed out on the table. MatchBox duplicates the "matchbox method" in software. MatchBox is a lightweight campaign manager based on the Berthier Campaign Manager engine. Download Download MatchBox, Link no longer working Version 1.0 MatchBox is a stand alone Windows application. There is no specific set-up required after the package has been unzipped. MatchBox Wargame Campaign Manager

The Campaign for Kharkov: October 1941

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The Campaign for Kharkov contains two pint sized campaigns designed for the TooFatLardies Chain of Command rules. They are easily converted to any skirmish rule set such as Bolt Action. One covers the advance of the German 57th Infantry Division and the other the German 101st Light Division. The attack came in October of 1941. This city would be the site of three major battles for the city. The interesting aspect of the October 1941 battle is in the nature of the troops involved. The Soviets had superiority in Armour. The Germans advanced with only a single STUG battalion in support of the 57th ID. The Soviets fielded the T34 as well as several improvised armoured vehicles such as the KhTZ-16. While not a success on the battlefield, it demonstrated the Soviet inventiveness under the extreme pressure of the blitzkrieg. There are twelve total scenarios in the campaign.  Full force lists are available for both German Divisions and the Soviet troops present.  Maps are based on aeri

T-34 tank found in swamp

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T-34 tank found in swamp and pulled out.

T-34/76 tank found in swamp

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T-34/76 found in swamp somewhere near Smolensk, Russia.

T-70 tank pulled out from swamp

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T-70 tank pulled out from swamp

More Scourge from eBay

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I have bought some Dropzone commander scourge from the thetrolltrader and monstermodelsandgames on eBay and i am extremely happy with a purchases. Scourge Prowlers Scourge Reaver Gunship Scourge Intruder Beta Light Dropships Scourge Eden's Dinosaur

Two Track Engine Shed Kit from eBay

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Metcalfe N Gauge Two Track Engine Shed Kit PN113 BNIP for my World War II Project.

Vollmer Baden Baden Station from eBay

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Vollmer Baden Baden Station from eBay for my World War II Project . Baden Baden Station

Job lot of 21 N scale vehicles from eBay

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Job lot of 21 N scale vehicles from eBay. 21 used mixed N scale vehicles, including: Tomix tanker lorry Tomix street wiper truck Two Tomix snow blowers Tomix fork lift Tomix roller 1 metal bus 14 plastic cars

Some N Gauge Building from eBay

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Some N Gauge buildings for my World War II Project . Pola Water Mill Pola B 248 Little Engine Crane W Crates Barrels L71 Heljan Model Kit 610 - Construction Yard N Gauge

Scourge from eBay

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I have bought some Dropzone commander scourge from the thetrolltrader on eBay and i am extremely happy with a purchases. Scourge Prowlers Scourge Corruptor Scourge Razorworms

Vapnartak, York, Wargames Show 2017

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Some very good friends from the  Grimsby Wargames Society (Malc,  Andy and  Ian  attended Vapnartak Wargames Show at York racecourse. For us it's the first show of the year  and definitely something to look forward to and I can genuinely say that this show did not disappoint, plenty of Traders and it was extremely well supported by people attending. My Swag I got some World War II German infantry samples from Magister Militum and some Russian World War II naval infantry pendraken miniatures. And a few other bits and bobs which you can see in the pictures on the whole it was a relatively cheap outing,  As I'm trying not to buy too much this year and concentrate on all the unfinished lead piles I have. Goodies from Pendraken Miniatures Goodies from Warbases Goodies from  Magister Militum Tabletop Sale I really do enjoy rummaging around the tabletop sale, Although I only bought one thing  for fifty pence Games  There were some extremely goo

N Gauge Telegraph Poles from eBay

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N Gauge Telegraph Poles. 2 packs of 18 unopened & 15 x 6 loose.

Dropzone Commander Card Buildings from eBay

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Hawk Wargames Dropzone Commander Dropzone Commander Card Buildings and Markers

UCM and Scourge from eBay

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UCM and Scourge Models from the 2 player starter set for Dropzone Commander as shown. Models are assembled as shown, parts are glued unless otherwise shown. Stands for the scourge ships broke when assembling, so they are now different heights as shown. One UCM ship is missing the bottom gun as shown. Clear windows are still on sprue to be added after models are painted. Ships are not glued to clear stands.

Wargaming Projects, 2016

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Wargaming Projects during 2016 Wargaming Projects Below is a list of projects at various stages of completion. 10mm Caesars Gallic War Project Gallic & Celtic Army  99% complete Caesarian Roman Army. 0% complete Imperial Roman Army . 99% complete Painting Gallic & Celtic Warbands . 99% complete Painting Germanic Warbands . 0% complete Painting Romans . 0% complete Hail Caesar Rules . Gallic War Battle Reports & Scenarios . 80% complete My Caesars Gallic War Book Library Useful Caesars Gallic War Links . 10mm French Indian War (FIW) Project French Indian War (FIW) British Army. 0% complete French Indian War (FIW) French Army. 0% complete Painting French Indian War (FIW) British . 0% complete Painting French Indian War (FIW) French . 0% complete Black Powder Rules . French Indian War (FIW) Battle Reports & Scenarios . 1% complete My French Indian War (FIW) Book Library Useful French Indian War (FIW) Links . 10mm