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  • A Walk in the Woods
    troops were in fact Canadian Also they had been used for a number of decades to accompany exploration parties to the west and to garrison the French chain of trading stations They were used to operating in the thick woodland and broken terrain of the colonies In using boats and canoes to travel at speed down the rivers and lakes that formed the portage between the St Lawrence and the Ohio particularly important in transporting artillery They fought and hunted alongside their Indian allies and adopted native modes of dress wearing moccasins cutting down their heavy coats and disposing of the bayonet in exchange for the tomahawk These companies consisted of between 50 and 75 men and in 1754 there were 64 companies stationed in French territory including units of artillery Officer cadets were encouraged to serve terms of service on the frontier and live amongst the native tribes So many French officers had a first hand knowledge of warfare on the frontiers and the threats and opportunities of the terrain Though it is interesting to note that there were tensions recorded between the Canadian officers and the French who insisted on using linear tactics and had a low regard for colonial troops and officers Supporting these regular units were the militia these men were mainly tough hunter traders and farmers Their favourite weapon was the light Tulle hunting musket which although firing a light round could be reloaded on the move or whilst kneeling a big advantage in close terrain over military issue muskets Again their sidearm was the tomahawk and hunting knife and their only uniform was a colour knitted hat These men often lived alongside their native allies and took part in the tribal wars including the brutal torture of prisoners and the taking of scalps They were unpaid for their service and they sought their recompense in loot and sale of prisoners The British forces the outbreak of war consisted of two battalions of Kings troops the 44 th and 48 th Regiments newly recruited and until recently having been used in garrison duties in Ireland following service on the continent Patents were also issued for the raising of two more regular Regiments the 50 th and 51 st to be recruited solely in the Colonies These troops were supplemented by the colonial units known as Independent Companies regular colonial troops equipped and drilled as per the regular army These in their turn were supported by local militias which were not the citizens army of the Revolutionary War myth but more a Dad s Army uniformed and equipped at the Colonies expense and trained to fight using linear tactics These men were largely from towns supplemented by farmer settlers And should not be personified as Hawkeye like backswoodsmen Increasingly there were a number of what were termed Ranger companies These were light infantry who fought in an irregular fashion and were formed on the pattern of the French militias and to combat native raids and incursions At this early period of the war these companies were lightly equipped and probably used light muskets rifled carbines and pistols with knives and hatchets as sidearms Commentators at the time were inspired by their rakish appearance but they were actually no match at this time for their French counterparts The Native Tribes The French had a great deal of influence of the Native Indian tribes especially amongst those of the Five nations who had fallen under the influence of the Jesuit missions But more than that the French had been seen as fair dealers people who kept their word The British however or at least the colonists were viewed as land hungry oath breakers Over the years they had used their influence to become involved in inter tribal politics usually backing the wrong horse and then getting out quick when things became too hot Consequently Britain had few friends amongst the strongest tribes These tribes should not be viewed as mere clients of the superpowers but as proud and independent powers whose chieftains regarded themselves as kings in their own rights Expert hunters who knew the terrain intimately their ferocity in war and the merciless treatment of their prisoners which included cannibalism made them feared and respected foes Excelling in ambush and raiding they fought armed with muskets provided by the French bows and used warclubs knives and tomahawks in close combat The Fuse is lit Dinwiddie Governor Dinwiddie claiming to be acting on the behalf of Britain s national interests decided to found a trading post and fortress on the Ohio river the vital North South trade artery that linked the French Crown s American possessions To protect this project and garrison the fort he decided to send a small force of around 150 men To command this force he chose a young surveyor and officer in the Virginian Militia George Washington who had earlier delivered an ultimatum to the French in the area claiming the Ohio valley for the Hanoverian crown Washington s force advanced toward the forks of the Ohio where the Allegheny River joins the larger waterway and destined to be the site of the city of Pittsburgh He stopped short of his objective at a place called Great Meadows which he intended to use as his base of operations Meanwhile a detachment of his men continued to their objective and started to build the fort A few days later on April the 16 th a convoy of whaleboats and canoes was seen approaching down the Ohio They carried an overwhelming force of French Marines Militia and Indian allies supported by artillery The French commander Claude Contrecoeur evicted the small garrison without a fight and completed the construction of the fort which they named Dusquesne in honour of the Governor General of New France The Virginians meanwhile fell back to Wills Creek a trading post some 140 miles from the Ohio Forks and it was here that Washington planned a further expedition aimed at removing

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  • Apologia
    life absurder For power was on us as we slashed bones bare Not to feel sickness or remorse for murder I too have dropped off fear Behind the barrage dead as my platoon And sailed my spirit surging light and clear Past the entanglement where hopes lay strewn And witnessed exultation Faces that used to curse me scowl for scowl Shine and lift up with passion of oblation Seraphic for an hour though they were foul I have made fellowships Untold by happy lovers in old song For love is not the binding of fair lips With the soft silk of eyes that look and long By Joy whose ribbon slips But wound with war s hard wire whose stakes are strong Bound with the bandage of the arm that drips Knit in the webbing of the rifle thong I have perceived much beauty In the hoarse oaths that kept our courage straight Heard music in the silentness of duty Found peace where shell storms spouted reddest spate Nevertheless except you share With them in hell the sorrowful dark of hell Whose world is but the trembling of a flare And heaven but as the highway for a shell You

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  • New Page 1
    Nazi party s political security organisation is summarized in this volume Each of these two books give reference to the divisional commanders giving dates they served with the units along with unit name designations and also which I found a handy little sub heading for each of the units covered the principle elements of each division The campaigns that each of the divisions elements are briefly covered and further reading must be sought elsewhere for further information on these battles obviously it doesn t need me to tell you that if these were covered fully in the series there would have been quite a few Osprey volumes for each division covered although the information given does make interesting reading The Campaign information ends with a brief account of what happened to each of the Divisions at the end of the war information like where when how many and who to each of the divisions surrendered to Special insignia and description is then mentioned at the end of the main information The details of the insignia and armbands is backed up by a photograph of the subject matter concerned with each division The Plates well the plates show illustrations of each

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  • Painter 80 Carrousel Organizer
    people caught in this medieval tale are magnificently woven in this sweeping novel of power passion loyalty and lies Amidst bloody wars scheming dukes towns under siege and virtuous women Duke Heinrich of Saxony Germany and his wife Matilda conquer the world of their times History and fiction combine to bring to life this tangled tempestuous era Published by PublishAmerica http www publishamerica com books 7170 I S B N

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  • Painter 80 Carrousel Organizer
    to be a difficult affair even with the information super highway at my finger tips The book is excellently laid out with a concise chronology of the events that occurred during the revolutionary years in America The book sits along side the other previous releases in the men at arms series but has a more in depth view of the soldier s daily life and the trials and tribulations there

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  • New Page 1
    which were quite easily cleaned up Painting Now all I can say is that the minis I selected for painting were first of all different and quite fun to paint I thought that the lack of detail in the eye socket may cause a little trouble but it didn t the eyes being able to be painted in and dotted I felt that due to the snowmen being mainly white I d go for a garishly bright scarf to help break this up and with the carrot nose and lumps of coal I think the overall effect of the paint job looks quite effective Jack being cold and calculating I thought I d play around a little and give Mr nasty a blue skin which with the Dark Blue suit and his white hair I think I got the cold feeling over added to this were a few white icicles around the hems of the jacket bottom collar and cuffs just finished off the look Great fun Question time What gave you the idea for creating Santa Wars It sounds a bit sad really but for years I ve wanted a Santa with a gun I ve since discovered that there others out there but at the time couldn t find one I ve always lived in three bed semi s so the only real time there s an excuse for the big dining room table to be up to it s full size with out it being in the way and listening to constant moaning about it being in the way is Christmas so after Xmas dinner when the table was out and the slightly gravy stained white tablecloth was on it while everyone else watched the queens speech I d be sitting thinking I should be playing a game on that White cloth see snow Xmas in the air it really grew out of that Santa was the first full figure I ever sculpted thinking that I d just do him but on taking him to my local club a few other people said they would like one as well along with other suggestions for characters some too sick to even consider I must say Are you intending to expand the range further and if so what are you thinking of releasing next There are another seven minis at the caster as we speak and they should hopefully be out before Salute in April these are four Elves the short type with pointy hats not Tolkiens version two more snowmen and a Snowbeast a Yeti type thing After that I m not sure what ll come next but Reindeer and Sleigh s spring to mind Have you a set of rules for these minis The story behind this is that a chap in New Zealand http www taskforceproductions com Gordon Roach ordered some of our Dick Garrison figures then wrote to me with a view to doing a supplement for his We can be heroes set of rules

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  • New Page 1
    author explains how the event of high explosives development during the first world war and the development of the trench fortification system was upgraded so to speak so as to basically nullify the effect of the artillery and protect the troops within This was one of a few problems that needed to be overcome obviously head on assault by infantry needed to be stopped placement of machineguns sniper holes and eventually pillboxes all are covered within the pages The ornate way that trenches were dug is highlighted and why with illustrations making the points Fortification of shell holes is also covered and I found made quite interesting reading Again illustrations are used to help explain The history of the battles is covered not obviously in length but enough information is given as to give the reader an appreciation as to how each step of the fortification process made its mark so to speak The cutaway drawings and their use along with illustrations of the sort of thing that would be happening in an attack are used very effectively and each part has it s own little explanation of what is going on and why The final sections cover the Aftermath

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  • New Page 1
    main body and the weapon again a little work needs to be done to seat the horse in the base properly but once that is done the fit is quite solid How big are they Well the 25 s stand at 27mm base of foot to top of hat the 30mm stands at 30mm base of foot to top of helmet They might appear skinny to some collectors but I assure you they are not they are true scale minis and not the heftier chunky type minis we are all used to Detail on all the miniatures is of a superb standard the cut and hang of the cloth is realistic Armour is beautifully recreated and as for pose well very realistic and full of movement Faces are when not enclosed in a full Helm very well animated and detailed each with an individual character to them although I did seem to think that the lady of the lake was a little reminiscent of an Elvish type face what with the almond style eyes but as she could be construed as a somewhat Elf type character this I think is acceptable The detail is not just on the main figures either the horses are superb sculpted in a way that captures the feeling of full gallop ect harnesses and saddles are very nicely detailed and all add to bringing the animal to life The peasant sets again are quite delightful with the addition of the separate weapons that are with them again a very good selection of variety can be achieved just with giving the minis a different weapon Flash Not so much in the way of flash more in the way of the lead in vent hole type of flash cleaning required which being of this nature was quite

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