Tag Archives: historical
June 4, 2018
The Fall of France bolstered Germany’s armoured assets with many new pieces of equipment, including the vehicle that would later serve as the Infanterie schlepper UE (f) mit wurfrahmen, available now for your 28mm WW2 Bolt Action Miniatures Games!
The 21st Panzer division would be the only tank division to oppose the Allied landings in Normandy. Having been rebuilt after the defeat in Afrika the 21st was refitted with a variety of vehicles including specialist repurposed equipment, known as Becker’s Conversions.
During the early part of 1944, Major Alfred Becker and his artillery command were responsible for taking obsolete captured British and French vehicles and refurbishing and redesigning them into useful machines. One such was the French UE carrier which Becker re-designed into rocket launchers mounting 28/32cm heavy rockets for infantry support. Its principal service was during 1943-45 with roughly 40 vehicles being made into this variant.
The multiple rocket launcher can be a very devastating weapon, it has the ability to cause a lot of damage to many different units simultaneously. With 7+ armour the Infanterie schlepper is impervious to all forms of small arms fire but keep it out of harm’s way in preparation for a devastating coup de grâce.
April 22, 2018
Need a map for a Wargame? WW2? Napoleonic? Fantasy? Heroic Maps has them all and they’ve now released their Normandy Bocage Battle Map.
“I don’t care what it takes – you get this damn hedge cleared so we can bring the Shermans through!”
April 22, 2018
In the age of discovery, sailors risk life and limb to cross the vast and stormy Atlantic ocean in search of new territory. Compete to claim the riches of a new land for your country.
Dare to venture across the shifting seas! Pre-order your copy of Race to the New Found Land from your local retailer or Z-Man Games.
Sail your country’s fleet onward to the new land. Though a quick ship will get you there first, other ships can carry more cargo, settlers, or are better equipped for exploring the new world—you’ll want to diversify if you seek true riches. Upgrade your port, enlarging your shipyard and gaining an additional bonus unique to your country. Choose your ships and upgrades strategically to outmaneuver your opponents. Spend your hard-earned commodities to upgrade your fleet. Small ships are easier to build, but large ships will immediately score additional points. Larger ships can also be faster and carry more cargo or people.
Keep an eye on your opponents as they gather resources. Each order can only be fulfilled once, and you don’t want to lose out on a big payday just because your opponent beat you to it. Extra supplies mean extra orders! Each ship with supplies can sail to deliver the required items to different cities, netting you even more victory points. Will you win the race to the New Found Land?
Move settlers, sell valuable cargo, and discover new resources in the race to become the most influential power in this burgeoning new land.
Feb 20, 2018
Donning the Purple from Tompet Games will launch on Kickstarter on February 20th.
It is the year 193 AD. The Roman Empire is not as great as it once was. Hordes of enemies are crossing the borders, famine spreads throughout the provinces and the political intrigues are tearing the empire apart from within. The previous emperor was killed by his own Praetorian bodyguard and has left a power vacuum that the powerful families in Rome are trying to fill.
Are you ready to don the purple yourself and take on the stressful job as emperor? If you fail, the other families are ready to take over at a moment’s notice. While they wait for your doom, they won’t hesitate to backstab or undermine you as much as they can. However you all have to work together as the fall of the Roman Empire is closing in.
Donning the Purple is an asymmetrical king of the hill game with a bit of worker placement. Each player leads a powerful family in ancient Rome, trying to get the most victory points during 4 rounds. If your family member becomes the emperor and manages to hold the position he can earn lots of points. However he will also become the target of the other players as they will try to dethrone him and become the new emperor themselves.
Players 1-3 Playtime 70-90 min age 13+
Jan 21, 2018
Through Jungle and Desert is the second installment in the second series of Memoir ’44 Battle Maps from Days of Wonder.
This expansion offers two new decks of combat cards, along with six pre-printed standard scenarios and two pre-printed Overlord scenarios.
Through Jungle and Desert is designed for 2 to 8 players. It includes six standard scenarios and two Overlord scenarios, as well as two decks of Combat Cards and one double sided-printing punch board of tokens. This expansion requires at least one copy of Memoir’ 44 as well as the Pacific Theater and Mediterranean Theater expansions to play. The Terrain Pack and Equipment Pack expansions are also recommended. Through Jungle and Desert is currently expected to be available in April in both North America and Europe for a retail price of $28/€25.
Lead your men through the merciless jungles of Burma, trying to escape the Japanese grasp or rush to Rangoon before the British forces evacuate the city on the jungle scenario. Then, change the terrain and fight the very first tank battle between US and German forces in the sands of North Africa, where Stuart and Panzer clash in the middle of the desert.
This second installment comes with six standard pre-printed scenarios with all terrain, obstacles and unit positions, but also the historical background and special rules. To help spice up your scenarios, the expansion comes with both a brand new Jungle Combat Cards deck and a Desert Combat Cards deck.
Two ready-to-play Overlord scenarios are also provided: fight for Henderson Field in Guadalcanal or conduct a huge desert battle that marks the beginning of the second battle of El Alamein in Operation Lightfoot. The Jungle’s scenarios can be played separately or as a campaign, with each scenario outcome impacting the following one.
Jan 20, 2018
Warlord Games releases Gangs of Rome, an innovative 28mm Skirmish game for the sharp of mind and bold of action.
Inspired by the history of the great city, Gangs of Rome takes place in the shadows of the Empire where the heads of ambitious houses have gathered fighters forged hard by the streets to do their bidding and enact their schemes.
As a Dominus, the head of a house of Rome, you will seek out the most brutal of Romes criminal denizens, plying them with the promise of wealth and glory should they aid you in your plan to rise to the Senate of Rome and cast down all enemies before you. Closing about you like a ring of steel your gang will arm themselves and take to the streets and alleyways of the city, advancing your interests and crushing your foes. Your strategies mixed with their savagery, mind and sword as one as you carve your name across the very pages of history.
Nov 1, 2017
Askari Miniatures are pleased to announce the release of German mountain troops, the Gebirgsjäger.
Gebirgsjäger were basically light infantry trained for mountain warfare. They fought principally in infantry assault formations, and it was in this role they excelled.
Gebirgsjäger fought in most major campaigns including Yugoslavia, Greece, Crete, Tunisia and Italy from 1941 to 1945.
Our jaegers are dressed in light kit for combat for summer operations, as the 5th Mountain Division fought in the invasion of Crete in 1941. These figures can also be painted in khaki desert uniforms which they wore in Tunisia and Italy.
The initial release consists of a Rifle Team, MG-34 team, Officers, a full Rifle Squad and the Mountain Guide.
Sept 29, 2017
Out next week and available to pre-order now from Great Escape Games, the Romanian 75mm Resita Anti-tank Gun M1943 for your 28mm WW2 Rules of Engagement Miniatures games.
Due to the lack of anti-tank weaponry and the losses on the Eastern Front, the Romanian Army required a type of weapon to replace these losses and supplement existing equipment that could be built in Romania. A third prototype that combined the best elements of captured Soviet weapons and existing Romanian equipment performed well in tests – better than the German PaK 40 and to the Soviet ZIS 1941 76.2mm – and entered production in December, 1943. Few were manufactured – less than 400 – and the gun first saw operational use in the Spring of 1944.
Three crew included. Base not included. 28mm. Figures sculpted by Alan Marsh. Gun by Oliver Piotrowski.