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Modiphius Announces Writers and Artists Join the Team to work on Robert E Howard’s Conan

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 Major Writers & Artists Announced! Hi there, Modiphius has been continuing the quest to assemble one of the greatest ever teams to work on CONAN – Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of! We can now announce that we’ve added legendary Conan artist Ken Kelly (Robert E. Howard covers for Berkley and Tor, Eerie, Creepy and Vampirella for Warren magazines) and Dark Horse regular Tomas Giorello (Conan The Cimmerian, King Conan, 2013 Robert E. Howard Foundation Award for Artistic Achievement) to the team who’ll be creating the stunning covers for the Conan books. They join other greats including Sanjulian, Carl Critchlow, Mark Schultz,…

Collins Epic Wargames – FRONTLINE GENERAL ITALIAN CAMPAIGN INTRODUCTION

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FRONTLINE GENERAL ITALIAN CAMPAIGN INTRODUCTION Designed by Collins Epic Wargames For additional information on Frontline General CLICK HERE (This review was originally published on Mataka (dot) org in June 2008) After the conclusion of the North African Campaign, it was decided to invade Italy. This was done to sooth the irate Russians who demanded the Allies open “the second front” in Europe. The Allies decided to invade the “soft underbelly” of Europe to appease the Russians and in an effort to drive the Italians out of the war. Sicily was invaded on July 10th, 1943 and the last Germans were…

Osprey Publishing’s HITLER’S EAGLES The Luftwaffe 1933-45

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HITLER’S EAGLES The Luftwaffe 1933-45 By Chris McNab For additional information on Hitler’s Eagles CLICK HERE (This review was originally published on mataka (dot) ORG in June 2013) This profusely illustrated volume traces the history of the Luftwaffe from its inception in 1933, until its demise in 1945. The author has divided the book up into eight chapters. The first of these, The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe, traces the history of the German Air service from its inception as a clandestine organization in defiance of the Versailles treaty. The Luftwaffe began its life as the sport gliding clubs…

Osprey Publishing’s New Vanguard 173 French Tanks of World War I

French Tanks of World War I By Steven J. Zaloga Illustrated by Tony Bryan Review Originally published on January 9, 2011 This 48 page book is number 173 in Osprey’s “New Vanguard” series. The Contents of this Book are; Introduction; The Tactical Challenge; Into Combat; An Elephant on the Legs of a Gazelle; The Light Tank Idea; Bureaucratic Delays; PETAIN’S OR PETAIM’S Reforms; Renault Unit Organization; Facing the Challenge; The Final Offensive; Plan 1919; Further Reading-Unpublished documents, articles and books; Index The author begins by saying how the two original French tanks, the St-Chamond and Schneider CA, were flawed. He…

Matrix Games Legion Arena

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Legion Arena Available from Matrix Games at www.Matrixgames.com First Reviewed on Mataka (dot) ORG on January 24th 2009. This game, designed in cooperation with Slitherine Games places you in the role of the Commanding General of a force of Roman Era troops. Dependent upon your victories you can amass an army ranging from Peasant levies to Roman Praetorians and Legion veterans (Triari). You begin your adventure playing a Princeling of the Latin tribes, this is the Tutorial Campaign. After a couple of battles against the Roman “forces”, you are informed that your Uncle has killed your father and gone over to…

Osprey Publishing’s George S. Patton Command Series Book 3

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George S. Patton Written by Steven J. Zaloga Illustrated by Steve Noon This paperback book is 64 pages in length and is number 3 in Osprey’s ‘Command’ series of books. Steven Zaloga writes about George S. Patton, the most famous US Commander of World War II. He examines this iconic figures’ life from his early years to his life after the war. This 64 page book reads like an analysis of Patton: his training methods, his insistence on traditional military discipline in the ranks, his command and leadership abilities and the controversies that have made him one of the most…

GMT Games releases 3 New Boxed Games – Ukraine ‘43 (2nd Edition), Normandy 44 (2nd Edition), 1914 Serbien muß sterbien

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GMT Games releases 3 New Boxed Games First Look Ukraine ‘43 (2nd Edition) – Normandy 44 (2nd Edition) – 1914 Serbien muß sterbien Ukraine ’43 (2nd Edition) (Tanken from the back side of the box.) Less than two weeks after the Kursk Offensive on August 3rd 1943 the Soviets launched a massive offensive near Kharkov that ripped the German line apart. The ensuing battle began their summer offensive that would take them across the Ukraine to the Dnieper River. During August the two sides were equally -matched and a tremendous war of attrition raged from Kharkov to the Sea of…

Matrix Games Press Announcement – Brother against Brother PC Game

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Blue-bellies versus Butternut Brother against Brother is available now! “The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.” (Ulysses S. Grant, Union General) July 21, 1861, northeast of Manassas Junction, Virginia. The Union army aims to march quickly on the Confederate capital of Richmond in order to nip the southern rebellion in the bud. 60,000 inexperienced soldiers and officers are trying to properly execute the battle plans made by their commanders. Communication failures and lack of coordination…

Upper Deck Announces New Boardgame – Bring Out Yer Dead

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Upper Deck Announces New Bring Out Yer Dead™ Board Game Original new board game from Upper Deck introduces new Euro-style game mechanics with French Tarot-sized cards! Upper Deck has announced plans to release Bring Out Yer Dead, a new and original game of morbid family fun. Bring Out Yer Dead is the first non-licensed game offering from Upper Deck, which also introduced the popular Legendary® Deck Building Game, currently on its 3rd reprint and 6th expansion. The new Bring Out Yer Dead game is set in the Victorian era and revolves around families competing for the best grave plots for…

Casemate New Releases for April

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In This Email   The Dakota Hunter Sample Content You Can’t Get Much Closer Than This 24 Hours at Waterloo War’s Nomads First World War 1942: The Second World War in Photographs Roman Wales Life in a Roman Legionary Fortress Great Writers On The Great War Kipling’s War Agent Rose The First Anglo-Sikh War Churchill’s School For Saboteurs Great Writers On The Great War: Buchan’s War Great Writers on The Great War: Fighting France Deus Vult Great Writers On The Great War Conan Doyle’s War Swansea’s Frontline Kids 1939-45 British Airship Bases of the Twentieth Century The Detailed History of…

Against the Odds Latest News for April 2015

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Against the OddsLatest News for April 2015 Spring greetings to all! This is just a quick update on what’s going on here this season at Against the Odds magazine and to alert you to a special offer we’re running throughout the month of April. More on that later. Just mailed out was ATO issue #43 with Islands of the Damned inside. We’re sure most people have theirs by now, but if you didn’t get your subscriber copy yet, wait until April 18th and shoot us an e-mail and we’ll investigate. If you weren’t a subscriber for this issue, and you’ve…

Victory Point Games (VPG) Announces Prussia 20 – Jena 20 2nd Edition and Eylau 20

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Victory Point Games (VPG)AnnouncesPrussia 20 ContainingJena 20 2nd Edition and Eylau 20 Details The Napoleonic 20 Series features games of only modest complexity, each with a focused scope and low unit density (typically fewer than twenty pieces per side). The dramatic, fast-playing turns feature compelling historical narrative told through random event cards and the exciting ebb and flow of military units maneuvering and engaging in battle on the map. Replete with the surges, lulls, and ”friction of war” that gives a great feel for the parry-and-thrust of a Napoleonic grade battle as armies close to bayonet-point to see which will…

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Europa Simulazioni – Strafexpedition 1916 and The Valsugana Expansion

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Strafexpedition 1916 and The Valsugana Expansion Designed by Andrea Brusati MSRP €50.00 + Shipping or approximately $65.00 + Shipping Available from http://italianwars.net/ Background information taken from Wikipedia The Austrian commander-in-chief, General Conrad von Hötzendorf, had been proposing the idea of a Strafexpedition that would lethally cripple the Italian ex-ally, claimed to be guilty of having betrayed the Triple Alliance. In previous years he had had the frontier studied in order to formulate plans with regard to a possible invasion. The problem had appeared to be serious, mostly because the frontier ran through high mountains and the limited Italian advances of 1915…

Strategy & Tactics Press Briefing Room Modern War 17 Operation Vulture

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Operation Vulture: Possible US Intervention at Dien Bien Phu By Joseph Miranda The French command responsible for Indochina was the CFEO (French acronym for Far East Expeditionary Corps), and the reports from Dien Bien Phu it was receiving weren’t optimistic. The garrison-actually a multi-ethnic force composed of French metropolitan, colonial and Indochinese units-was cut off, outgunned and steadily losing positions to Viet Minh assaults. On 6 April 1954, top French commanders began calling for an operation they codenamed Vautour (Vulture). It would entail massive US airstrikes to hit the Viet Minh siege positions. American airpower had proved its worth in…

Andrea Miniatures New Releases April 2010 Rommel 90mm

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Andrea Miniatures New Releases April 2010 Rommel Catalog ID: TR-14 Scale: 90 mm 1/18 PRODUCT INFORMATION 8 white metal parts for assembly and painting. Acetate glasses included. Kit: $81.00 High Quality Painting Painting by skilled Andrea painters including full lighting and shadowing processes. Painted HQ: $298.00 For additional information CLICK HERE and tell them you saw it on Mataka (dot) ORG.

Privateer Press Painting Technique-Core Techniques

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Privateer Press Painting Technique-Core Techniques Do you paint miniatures for enjoyment, to sell, your collection, or for gaming purposes? Have you been painting for a while? Feel that you have your techniques down pat? Well, think again! While many of the techniques presented in this video are familiar to all of us who paint miniatures, this Privateer presentation will teach you some new tricks and refresh some of those that we don’t use very often. I have been painting miniatures for some thirty years and found myself riveted to this video and saying,”Gee, I never thought of doing it that…

Dr. Mike’s Model – n’ Crafter’s Glue

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Dr. Mike’s Model – n’ Crafter’s Glue In today’s world of modeling, all modelers use Cyanoacrylate glues to adhere the parts of their projects. These glues have the beneficial properties of instant adhesion and the detrimental property of drying quickly when exposed to the air. Arriving on the scene is Dr. Mike’s Cyanoacrylate glue that remains in a liquid state until pressure is placed on the two surfaces to be cemented together. Once the two pieces are pressed together, it then dries in a relatively fast time. How many times have you left the cap off the bottle while holding…

Academy Games Conflict of Heros – Awakening the Bear

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CONFLICT OF HEROES – Awakening the Bear A boardgame by Uwe Eickert, available from Academy Games at www.conflictofheros.com The time is 1941 and Operation Barbarossa has begun, the German Invasion of Russia. The German Army over runs vast amounts of Russian land and destroys staggering number of Russian troops. In these simulations you can take the part of the German Army on the offensive, or the Russian Army on the defensive. Conflict of Heroes is not your ordinary Squad Level wargame simulation. The game is based upon the Infantry tactics that were used in the early part of World War…

Casemate Publishing MILITARY UNIFORMS VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA

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  Military Uniforms, Visual Encyclopedia By Chris McNab Available from Casemate Publishing This volume begins with an outline of the history of the Military Uniform. Beginning in the medieval times some uniformity in the costume of fighting men was instituted, but these innovations were applied over the normal variety of clothes worn by the levies. The advent of the Military Uniform, as we know it, came about during the 17th Century, along with the beginning of the Regimental System. This book covers uniforms from the middle of the 18th Century through the modern uniforms of the Middle East Wars of…

GMT Games COMMAND & CONQUER NAPOLEONICS Expansion # 4 The Prussian Army

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COMMAND & CONQUER NAPOLEONICS Expansion # 4 The Prussian Army Available from GMT Games for $ 55.00 at http://www.gmtgames.com Prussia in the Napoleonic Wars When the French revolution took place in 1789 all of the monarchies of Europe were offended by the overthrow of the French Royal family and the brutal execution of the King and Queen. Prussia, under Frederick William II, became a member of the First Coalition organized by Great Britain. Prussia withdrew in 1795, ceding Rhenish Territories to France after the Treaty of Basel, the state bankrupted and its army obsolete. In 1806, under Frederick William III,…

Osprey Publishing’s Trench, A History of Trench Warfare on the Western Front

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  Trench A History of Trench Warfare on the Western Front by Stephen Bull Available from Osprey Publishing for $19.95 After the initial application of the Schlieffen Plan for the conquest of the French and British, the Western Front settled into a static front marked by both sides digging trenches. Trenches were not something unique to the fighting on the Western Front. The trench was a part of all European Armies’ battle plans. These trenches were a temporary solution to the attack. When an attack had run its course, and no further progress was possible, except with prohibitable levels of…

Historical Bronzes from Andrea Bronzes

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(Press Release) Historical Bronzes from Andrea Bronzes These are an extremely limited editions from Fernando Andrea.  For additional information and pricing go to http://www.historicalbronzes.com/. HISTORY T. E. Lawrence was always fascinated by how artists would portray him. He admired the artists Augustus John, William Orpen and Eric Kennington. Lawrence was a willing sitter for their portraits, at times donning Arab robes and later in his life, his Royal Air Force uniform. Some of these portraits now are in the leading collections of English museums. Since Lawrence’s death in 1935, artists have continued to try and capture the character and essence…

Andrea Figure International Figure International Magazine 53 (English)

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Figure International Magazine 53 (English) (Press Release) Product ID:  FIM-53US Size:  A4 PRODUCT INFORMATION The only figure magazine published in five different languages sold worldwide. Visit our updated website with additional useful content. 68 pages, prize draw, figure contest (online), new distribution, YouTube channel, history and fantasy themes, and much more… Price:  $12.00

Columbia Games Napoleon in Russia 1812 Borodino

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  Napoleon in Russia 1812 Borodino   Designed by Tom Dalgliesh and Carl Wilner Available from Columbia Games MSRP $69.98 or Deluxe $89.98 Brief Historical Background (taken from Wikipedia) The Battle of Borodino otherwise known as Bataille de la Moskova fought on September 7, 1812. This battle was the largest and bloodiest single-day action of the French invasion of Russia during the Napoleonic Wars. The battle involved more than 250,000 troops and resulted in at least 70,000 casualties. The French Grande Armée under Emperor Napoleon I attacked the Imperial Russian Army of General Mikhail Kutuzov near the village of Borodino.…