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  • News from Amazon
    Numbers Overseas callers should remove first 0 and prefix by International 44 other details remain the same email info amazonminiatures com web www amazonminiatures com Anyone ringing us in the past few days would have experienced difficulty contacting our previous main telephone number After the torrential rain maybe coincidence we burnt out 2 telephones in 24 hours This has brought forward the above change of telephone numbers which had been

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  • News from Artizan
    open conflict in the Second Civil War and the Scots defeat at Preston An uneasy peace followed marked by internal dissent and conflict in Scotland The recognition of Charles II in Scotland convinced the English that this was the first stage of a journey that would inevitably lead to war and so Cromwell and his supporters chose to press the issue Stuart briefly covers the political background to the campaign spending a few pages to discuss the last ill conceived and fatal campaign of James Graham Marquis of Montrose This romantic hero of the Victorian novel gets short shrift from Reid who condemns his lack of basic military skills and a total absence of political common sense The author details the backgrounds of the opposing commanders and their forces The descriptions are brief but provide a host of information Particularly useful for the wargamer are the details of the regimental colours for both armies which are displayed in full colour The recounting of the battle is produced in Stuart s normal readable and exciting style which will satisfy both the casual reader as well as the afficienado Of particular interest though is the detailed battlefield description that allow the contemporary

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  • News from Artizan
    the French in 1797 Two years later the Russians recaptured the islands and used them as a principle base for their Mediterranean naval units Things turned around again with the Treaty of Tilsit and the Russian possessions in the region passed back to France who combined them with their other territories in the region to dominate the Balkan coastline including what is now Slovenia Croatia Bosnia Albania and Greece However they did not have things all their own way as the Tsar still had his supporters especially amongst the Montenegrins the Ottomans also continued to pursue their interests in the region and of course the British navy was continually active in the region The ongoing state or war and feud throughout the region meant that the men of the region made excellent troops with a reputation for hard fighting So Napoleon was quick to transfer the Dalmation Regiments of the Austro Hungarian army into his own forces However when the Emeror tried to enforce conscription in Dalmation all he managed to do was forment revolt Vladimir Brnardic gives us considerable information regarding the troops raised in Dalmatia and Ilyria certainly enough to stir the imagination of the average wargamers looking

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  • News from Artizan
    running away and you sent in your lancers to spear them in the back So how about civilians Due to the cost of figures who can afford to portray columns of civilians in retreat clogging up your approach lines surrendered enemy in their thousands making their way home in the opposite direction to your advance War Crimes The Greeks Alexander The Romans the Celtic Britons Attila Genghis Napoleon all destroyed cities and their entire populations as statutory lessons to others to toe the line The British invented the concentration camp what about the Spanish in the Cuba credit where credit is due Ed in the Boer War Hey Hans we know where your wife and kids are WW1 gas warfare was originally designed to flood out the HOME FRONTS with incapacitated servicemen not specifically to kill men at the front In fact they said if you blinded one guy and left him alive it took 2 to lead him to safety so you took 3 enemy out of the equation at the front before even working out the manpower and cost expenditure of after care Guerrilla warfare is successful because no one knows who the enemy is The British lost North America because of it The only times Washington was beaten was when he tried to take on the redcoats in set battles The Americans tripped on the same hurdle against the Koreans and Vietnamese The Germans felt it all over Europe in WW2 How does a civilised army counter guerrillas If a platoon commander goes into a village after his unit has drawn fire the natives are sullen and hostile and he decides to shoot every male over 15 years old he is a war criminal If he was a squadron leader and his planes dropped 100 tons of

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  • News from Artizan
    have been done better particularly the ends which have no detail on them and are pretty much blank shame really as we were doing so well But this is only a minor setback and I ll just have to see what I can do to improve the look of this bit later It is surprising though as if you look at other models in the ranges such as say one of the trolls with a wooden club this detail is there was it forgotten The ropes are also a bit of a let down as they could have been detailed much better and look pretty much like a suggestion of ropes rather than the full blown sculpted and detailed ropes that can be found on models a lot smaller than this one again a pity Metal ringlets well these are pretty much as you could expect but through the lack of twist detail on the ropes they could be easily mistaken for ropes so when you get yours check it out and make sure you know what is what Sprues There are a total of three sprues for the Mumak and the Howdah and a further two for the crew and commander now here is a point that I m a little confused with the crew there are a total of twelve figures in the crew more on those later and one commander BUT and this is the point of my confusion there is no Mahout no Mahout nobody to steer the Mumak who did Eyomer slay with a thrown spear and basically take out two Mumak in the film Yes that s right the Mahout so where is he Who steers this Mumak Answers on a postcard please Might be an Idea to do a model of one GW as this is a really big boo boo as far as I m concerned Right that s the confusion pointed out back to the crew Well these are pretty good the detail and cut of the figures has improved on these and I must admit looking at these Haradrim and comparing them to the Rohirrim the difference in detail quality is really apparent when you look close up so 10 out of 10 for the improvement They don t have has much in the way of mold lines so that too is an improvement and I do like the faces that are on these minis they do have quite a bit of character in them a couple are even showing there teeth The officer now this chap is also well detailed and comes in two parts with a sort of sashimono that glues on his back again pretty well detailed and another mini that will be fun to paint The rest of the parts to the Mumak are decent and look the part no complaints here it is pretty much a box standard Mumak and you can do one of two things with it first you can build it up

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  • News from Artizan
    here including what is claimed to be first definitive reconstruction of the orbat of the Reparti d Assalto Assault Units through their successive re organisations All aspects of the development equipment tactics and operations of the Arditi are covered and while their achievements are recorded and celebrated their shortcomings are not glossed over The coverage of training tactics and equipment is particularly interesting and the section on the Villar Perosa sub machine gun is very revealing about the strengths only 54cm long weighing only 6 5 kilos yet firing c25 rounds per second and weaknesses magazines exhausted after only 4 6 short bursts each gun requiring no less than three ammunition carriers to keep it effective of this remarkable double barreled weapon The Arditi had a relatively short existence The First Reparto part of Second Army saw action only weeks before the disaster of Caporetto October 1917 and most of the remaing units suffered heavily fighting rearguard actions during the Italian army s retreat to the Piave Some were so disordered by these events that they were only restored to a satisfactory state of discipline by the following Spring Nevertheless the image of the Ardito Audacious Man was just what was needed to bolster the morale of the nation and restore faith in the fighting spirit of the Italian soldier The Arditi and their officers enjoyed playing to the gallery brandishing daggers for the camera seems to have been a favourite pose What they actually achieved militarily was probably less important than what they represented a new kind of Italian soldier bold independent and aggressive confident of solving any problem with swift violent action No wonder that they appealed to post war politicians impatient of democracy and diplomacy Many Arditi remaining under arms in the 1st Assault Division mutinied and

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  • Review of Fantassin miniatures
    the figures however are well presented if out of proportion the figures almost have a caricature quality 2 Painting I started these figures with a grey undercoat and saw a little improvement in the figures not much to work with but there is some cut in the uniforms and a minor improvement in the revealed detail The uniforms themselves are not very clear in the detailing and some of the uniform distinctions have to just be painted on in the correct places Some of the details are there but are so small and poorly defined that painting these areas is difficult I have painted these figures in two styles on the tabletop and high detail too show what can be achieved with these figures with extra work Firstly the detailed painting I chose to paint the officer and eagle bearer for this as neither seemed to have highly detailed uniforms I was pleasantly surprised at just what I could paint onto these figures And was very happy with the result Secondly I chose to paint the two differing infantry figures in an on the table with the basic uniform and no extra detailing This went well and the result was

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  • News from Artizan
    some extremely heavy fighting especially against the Russians at the start of the war who were at that time motivated and trained with a huge pool of reserves and the Italians and other Allied units in the extreme conditions of the Alps I was not aware though that Austro Hungarians took part in the Palestine campaign until I read this volume The second part of the volume contains details of the army following the reorganisations of 1917 18 and then goes on to cover the historical background in brief detail Weapons and equipment are covered and changes in the standard uniforms and introduction of steel helmets are detailed The units covered are the unusual ones including stormtroops mountain troops who were so vital to success on the Italian Front armoured cars and even the chaplain service Details are also included of the units that fought on the Western Front The text is supported by a host of contemporary black and white photographs check out the armoured cars and of course the Osprey trade mark colour plates this time from Darko Pavlovic who certainly has an eye for detail The Austro Hungarians may not the first army of choice for most

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