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  • News from Artizan
    included Plus since there is always a debate about what was worn in King Philip s War I scraped together all the images of troops and Indians I could find that I thought reliable i e with emphasis on 17th century rather than 19th century buckle hatted folk art sources Admittedly it s not much but I thought it might be helpful to some and perhaps even to a few

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  • Review of Fantassin miniatures
    most awkward ones to remove were on the round hats down the front and between the rim and the hat base The officer was supplied with two loose hands one holding a pistol and the other equipped with a cutlass these were easily attached with super glue gel The fit was perfect it looked as if they were not separate parts at all Overall I think that you would be hard pressed to better the quality of these miniatures on first impression alone PAINTING As usual a grey undercoat was applied to the miniatures and all the details that were on the bare lead certainly stood out after this stage In fact after priming there was so much more to see on the figures that another couple of hours got wasted before I even dipped my brushes into paint Firstly I applied a base coat flesh to the hands and faces of all the minis I like to do this as it starts to bring the miniature to life Then applied the final three stages to the exposed skin areas and painted in the eyes At this stage I must admit I was slavering to get on having three unique faces staring back at me Teeth and all Which I must say surprised me and shows just how much detail and effort has gone into the sculpting of these figures My next stage was the trousers again four stages to achieve the final look except the figure in the striped pants that needed two additional coats Then onto the jackets shirts etc again all requiring four stages to achieve the final appearance Finally it was time for all the finishing touches to be added and whilst normally I would be happy to reach this stage on a miniature I felt

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  • News from Artizan
    by some well know and prominent historians Edited by Jane Penrose Now I am no expert on the Second World War but I do read generally around the subject and what I want to see are new ideas fresh information or innovative interpretations of events perhaps backed up with eye witness acounts What I do not want to spend my money on is a simple redelivery of well known information Whilst this volume did not meet all my preferences it did meet some There was some information that was new to me and the details of the preplanning of the operation are well covered Some of the incidents related though familiar are presented with a freshness that is refreshing However the format which has a succession of writers each producing a short essay is somewhat unsatisfying described to me once by an English teacher describing one of my essays like feeding a starving man cream crackers The overall effect is somewhat disjointed and the writers do not really get the opportunity to pursue their alotted subject in real depth However as a comprehensive introduction to the subject and as an album for a host of contemporary photographs this book can

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  • News from Artizan
    mission objectives Orders of Battle Deployment details special rules and terrain Most games are suited for a 6x4 table which is good news for the home based gamer The scenarios themselves cover action in Franch and Belgium and I played through the Villers Bocage scenario of 1944 This is the famous or rather infamous action in which the Ace German Tanker Obersturmfurher Whittman led his company of Tigers to a

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  • News from Artizan
    medieval warfare and cast the idea of the chivalric knight into the dustbin and replaced him with a bloodthirty brutal killer terrorising the peasantry of France Given my interest in the period then and the fact that unlike most Ancient armies I have some knowledge of the armies involved I was looking forward to reviewing the latest release from the Warhammer Historical library And I have to say even though you should never judge a book by its cover the first impressions were favourable The cover artwork by Guiseppe Rava is superb portraying a mass mounted charge of French Knights the perfect if fanciful image of medieval warfare But what of the content Well the format is familiar a section of the general rules with clarifications to take account of special weapons such as artillery Then a list of armies which is fairly comprehensive in regard to the European scene with the 100 Years War covering not only the English and French armies but also the Scots The mercenary Free companies feature as do the Condottierri Low Countries and Holy Roman Empire The authors then cast their eyes to the east and include the Poles Teutonics Balkan and Russian troop types with the Ottoman Turks and Late Byzantines thrown in for good measure The later army types also feature with war of the Roses Burgundians and French Ordonnance making their appearance I like the special rules in this section and see what you think of the chicken rule if you want to know you will have to buy the book Also featured is a list the Hussites though with a dearth of special rules and for the Swiss featuring command by committee So if you are a WAB gamer this volume is essential but is there enough in here to

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  • News from Artizan
    St Helens group written specially for use with large scale games using hex terrain They are simple and quick to pick up without loosing the flavour of the period This follows on from our re run of Operation Epsom held in St Helens 15 months ago for those who came to that weekend The venue is a 17th Century hall situated 6 miles from Loughborough The cost of the weekend

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  • News from Artizan
    as in the highly anticipated new video game Rome Total War the series gives viewers an unprecedented perspective of ancient battles by re creating troops in their vast numbers and landscapes on a scale otherwise impossible Instead of recounting these ancient battles though drawings paintings and reenactments using actors they spring to life in this new computer animation that allows viewers a gods eye view of the battlefield with its massive numbers of troops their formations and the weapons and strategies each side employed Viewers will get the vantage point the generals wish they d had Rome Total War the latest installment in The Creative Assembly s award winning Total War series is scheduled for a fall 2004 release The highly acclaimed game took the industry by storm when it debuted at last year s Electronic Entertainment Expo earning the highest accolade a Best of E3 2003 award for Best Strategy Game The title was also lauded by industry leader Computer Gaming World magazine as a landmark strategy wargame and received Best Games of E3 accolades from PC Gamer Computer Gaming World GameSpot and GameSpy The revolutionary new Total War engine technology brings to life epic cinematic battles beyond anything ever seen before in a game Players will be transported to the battlefields of ancient history s greatest conflicts and control mighty armies of up to 10 000 fully polygonal highly detailed motion captured warriors For the first time ever on television gamers will learn strategy they can incorporate into their own gameplay as DECISIVE BATTLES gives the actual historical view of the strategies used by some of the best known figures of the ancient world Julius Caesar Hannibal Alexander the Great Spartacus and Attila the Hun Episodes of DECISIVE BATTLES will include these famous battles Cannae In 216 BC the great Hannibal of Carthage marched from Spain crossed the Alps and invaded Italy The program shows how Hannibal s outnumbered infantry and cavalry managed to encircle the entire Roman army of nearly seventy thousand men and win the Battle of Cannae the biggest defeat ever suffered by Rome Premieres July 23 Gaugamela Viewers will see how the cavalry of Alexander the Great smashed into the quarter million strong army of Darius of Persia on the vast battlefield of Gaugamela in 331 BC The stakes were high as victory at Gaugamela would give Alexander control of Persia and an opening to conquer Afghanistan and India Premieres July 30 Thermopylae In 480 BC the Persian king Xerxes invaded Greece with nearly a quarter of a million men Viewers will experience what a sight that must have been for the 300 Spartans sent to hold them off at Thermopylae Led by their king Leonidas they fought a rearguard action against the Persian army The 300 Spartans were all killed but they won time and their example inspired the rest of Greece to eventual victory Premieres August 6 Marathon In 490 BC the Persian Empire was expanding westward and had its eye on

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  • News from Artizan
    by Gencon All manner of gaming events special guests and role playing DBM tournament To be held at Indy Centre 100 South Capitol Ave Indianapolis Indiana For further details please see the website at www gencon com The Society of Ancients Presents Games Day 2004 A G M Saturday 4th September 2004 9am to 5pm Take this opportunity to come and see what we are all about FREE entrance to

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