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Osprey Publishing’s Battleground Prussia – The Assault on Germany’s Eastern Front 1944-45


BATTLEGROUND PRUSSIA The Assault on Germany’s Eastern Front 1944-45 by Prit Buttar Available from Osprey Publishing The original publication date of this book is 2010, so copies will be available on eBay and the Amazon website. The author is not by profession a historian, but a medical doctor. He was assigned to British forces in Germany, where he was introduced to survivors of the horrors of the Soviet Army overrunning Prussia, beginning in 1944. Up to that time the Party Bosses, the Gauliters, were in complete charge. They constantly reassured the German people that there was no worries, as the…

Casemate Publishing’s New Book Releases for July 2015–Cushing’s Coup, The British Shell Shortage of the First World War, Over Fields of Fire, Battleships: WWII Evolution of the Big Guns, and Grant’s Last Battle


le       Greetings! Looking for a new book to read this month? Check out these five great new titles available from Casemate! Covering the Civil War, Aviation, World War II, and more, we’re sure one of these is a great addition to your reading list. Casemate   Cushing s Coup The True Story of How Lt. Col. James Cushing and His Filipino Guerrillas Captured Japan’s Plan Z Dirk Jan Barreveld This work reveals one of the most important intelligence triumphs of World War II. It was no less than the capture of Japan s Plan Z the Empire…

Dana Lombardy’s Booster Fundraiser and Play Testers Wanted for Napoleon’s Options

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“Napoleonic Historical Society and Napoleon’s Last Army Fundraiser” Since 1972, I have worked on hundreds of historical projects and now publish books, magazines, and games through Lombardy Studios. I am also a long-standing member of the non-profit Napoleonic Historical Society (NHS) and published Napoleon Journal from 1996-2000. (Although I am running this Booster campaign and receive the funds, $2 of every shirt sale will go to NHS.) Since 2011 I have worked with researcher, re-enactor, and author Paul Dawson who has translated thousands of pages of documents about the French army in 1815. This exciting new data will be accompanied…

Casemate Publishing’s Latest Releases for Late June 2015

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Casemate Publishing’s Latest Releases for Late June 2015 Greetings! Check out these great new releases, now available from Casemate! Amber Books The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War Andrew Wiest The struggle for Vietnam in the 1960s, in which the United States attempted to bolster the South against Viet Cong guerrillas backed by the Communist regime in the north, was to shock the world and divide a nation. In the defense of a theory that if the South fell the whole region would fall to Communism the United States spent $145,000 million at 1974 prices, her aircraft dropped eight million…

Andrea Publications How To Paint Figures with Acrylics


Andrea Publications How To Paint Figures with Acrylics A complete and easy-to-follow course for painting all types of figures with acrylic paints, by renowned master Julio Cabos. Fully illustrated with more than 200 full-color photos. Self-explanatory color charts. Useful tips for mastering acrylic painting techniques with paintbrush and airbrush. Code: AP-056 Language: 8.2”x11.6” (210x297mm) 48 pages Over 200 photos Soft Cover Available from: Andrea Depot USA 1822 Holly Rd, suite 110 Corpus Christi. TX 78417 • USA Phone: (+1) 361-334-1625 • Fax: (+1) 361-334-2955 Email: • Web: To Download a Sample of the Book CLICK HERE When contacting…

Victory Point Games, Latest Release for June 2015 The Boardgame – Bountytown


Victory Point Games Latest Game for June 2015 Bountytown The ol’ railroad needs to lay track through this town yesterday, but with the jailhouse empty since the death of the last sheriff, all manner of outlaws have made this little dust bucket their playground. The fix? Scare off the outlaws. The railroad’s put out bounties on the worst of the worst, with cash rewards higher than anything this side of St. Louis. That’s drawn everyone from veteran peacekeepers to folks who’ve never once picked up a pistol. Folks out West don’t call this town by its proper name no more.…

Scale 75 New Releases for June 2015 – 35mm Resin Smog Riders, Wargame Steampunk Series, Joe Cassidy and Daisey Reed, and 75mm Scale World Fantasy, Keynan, The King of Lions


Scale 75 New Releases for June 2015 Smog Riders Scale: 35mm Resin To learn more about Smog Riders CLICK HERE and tell them you saw the post on WARGAME STEAMPUNK SERIES JOE CASSIDY Price Kit: 16.53 € + IVA Composition: White Metal and Resin Scale: 35mm Availability: In Stock Product: SWS-001 Price Kit 16.53€ + IVA DAISY REED Price Kit: 16.53 € + IVA Composition: White Metal and Resin Scale: 35mm Availability: In Stock Product: SWS-002 Price Kit 16.53€ + IVA To learn more about Wargame Steampunk Series CLICK HERE and tell them you saw the post on…

Casemate Publisher’s New Book Releases for June 2015, Waterloo

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        On this day, 200 years ago, Napoleon was defeated by the Duke of Wellington at The Battle of Waterloo. To commemorate this bicentenary event, we’ve selected some of our recent and upcoming titles about this historical event. We also have a huge selection of titles covering the entirety of the Napoleonic Wars, which you can view on our website here. We were also informed about a great crowd funding project that benefits the non-profit Napoleonic Historical Society. The NHS and Lombardy Studios want to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, and raise funds…

Litko–Upgrade Your Game New Product Showcase for June 2015

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New Product Showcase From new target markers to accessories for popular board games… the LITKO studio has been hard at work to bring you exciting new game accessories. Our Target Marker Expansion Set adds targets #10 through #18. Our original set allows you to track targets #1 through #9. We have new large 2-inch size Shaken Tokens to help you instantly identify shaken units from across the table. Available in both blue and red. Compatible with the Powergrid* game system. Mark the Step 2 and End Game trigger numbers with the translucent blue tokens. Indicate closed off areas on the…

Diffraction Entertainment Latest News for June 2015 – Singapore, Foxhole, Barbarossa, Vengeance and Watchtower


Diffraction Entertainment Latest News June 2015   To Pre-Order any of the items below go to and tell them you saw the item on Mataka.ORG. To order any of Diffraction Entertainment’s games in the United States please go to Noble Knights Website by CLICKING HERE and tell them you saw the item on Mataka.ORG. Singapore All art is now complete. It will go to proof on Friday this week. We will take 4-5 days to go over the 50+ files properly – but the game will commence litho process next week. I am in final stage work on charts,…

Casemate Publication’s New Book Releases–June 6 2015

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        Greetings! Looking for some new books to add to you collection? Check out the great new titles that have just arrived in our warehouse last week! Whether you re interested in a title on Aviation, Uniforms, Ancient History, the Civil War, and more, we have something perfect for you. Take a look at everything below! Frontline Books   Luftwaffe X-planes Manfred Griehl From jet planes and high altitude aircraft to radar-equipped fighters configured to deliver chemical weapons, numerous Luftwaffe planes were designed and reached prototype stage but never made it into mass production or battle. Luftwaffe…

Andrea Miniatures New Releases June 2015 54mm Highway 66


Andrea Miniatures New Releases June 2015 A Wonder World Series Highway 66 Product: WY-13 Scale: 54 mm 1/32 PRODUCT INFORMATION 25 white metal casting for assembly and painting. Decals and photoetched sun glasses included. Cables not included. Kit: $112.47 High Quality Painting Painting by skilled Andrea painters including full lighting and shadowing processes. Painted HQ: $626.63 To view additional information you can go to Andrea’s website by CLICKING HERE and please tell them that you saw this book on Mataka(dot)ORG.

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Diffraction Entertainment (DE) The Second World War (TSWW) Game III Balkan Fury – Review


Balkan Fury Game III in the TSWW System Available from Diffraction Entertainment MSRP $150.00 For Additional Information on Balkan Fury and the TSWW Game System CLICK HERE and tell them you saw it on Mataka (dot) ORG. The Balkans Campaigns On 7 April 1939 Mussolini’s Italian Army invaded Albania, deposing its leader Zog I and imposing Italian rule over the country which had been a Italian protectorate since the end of World War I. In October of 1940, the Italians invaded Greece from bases in Albania. After making some gains in Northern Greece, the Greek Army counter-attacked and pushed the…

Columbia Game Fans – The Last Spike Kickstarter edition ENDS June 7th

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Columbia Game Fans One week remains to reserve your copy of The Last Spike Kickstarter edition. Remember, June 7th is the deadline. Help us reach our stretch goal to include a cloth tile draw bag in the game. Here are the thoughts of one gamer who played this weekend. C. Girard: Just played this game at the Lake Monticello Board Game Club. Justin Thomson from PrezCon was kind enough to demo it for us. WHAT FUN! Comments from the first wave of players were ‘AWESOME!’ and ‘I LOVE IT!’ I am shocked to see this game not well past…

Andrea International Cancels Publication of Figure International Magazine

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Andrea Cancels Publication of Figure International Magazine It’s a sad day as Andrea cancels Figure International Magazine. I am sure that many, like myself, will miss reading this excellent publication. I want to take this opportunity to thank Andrea for all the years of work that they did on Figure International and the many hours of enjoyable reading that their magazine has provided to me. So it is with sadness I bid them farewell.

Casemate Publication’s New Releases, End of May 2015

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        We’re excited to announce that our Fall 2015 catalog is now available! Download our new catalog by clicking on the image above. This is our largest catalog yet and we are pleased to present to you the great selection from our distribution publishers and our own line that will be available this year. We have also received a bunch of great new titles into our warehouse over the past week, so make sure to check them all out below. There’s definitely some great titles that deserve a spot on your summer reading list!   Casemate  …

Beneito Miniaturas New Releases for June 2015


Beneito Miniaturas New Releases for June 2015 Sergeant, 64 Reg of foot North America, 1776 Ref: MV 126, , Scale: 54mm, metal To view additional information you can go to Beneito Miniaturas’ website by CLICKING HERE and please tell them that you saw this miniature release on Mataka(dot)ORG.

Modiphius Entertainment – Two Covers Revealed! – Sanjulian’s Conan & Achtung! Cthulhu: Shadows of Atlantis


Two Covers Revealed! Sanjulian’s Conan & Achtung! Cthulhu: Shadows of Atlantis See you at UK Games Expo! Hello all! We are getting ready to attend UK Games Expo in Birmingham in just 2 days time! Come and see us if you’re planning to attend. We can now unveil the art of world famous Conan artist Sanjulian (Conan Ace Paperbacks, Vampirella, Eerie, Creepy) for the Conan Roleplaying Game. It’s actually a wrap around cover and you’ll see the full art soon. You can expect to see the Conan Roleplaying Game in retail in August/September. Sanjulian approached us and loved the fact…

Flying Pig Games For Immediate Release – Yaah! Magazine #2, is now shipping


For Immediate Release Flying Pig Games May 24th, 2015 Yaah! Magazine #2 is shipping. Included in this full-color print magazine are THREE complete games by Brian Train, two with die-cut counters and full color maps, plus a third you play on a chess board. We also have a clutch of scenarios that include Fireteam (by Mark Walker), Heroes of Normandie, Sword and Shield, Dust Tactics, Rivet Wars, and Command and Colors Napoleonics. Articles by Peter Perla, Brad Smith, and Ania B. Ziolkowska, cover a variety of topics including Unconditional Surrender (THE WW2 in Europe game), Command and Colors Napoleonics, Red…

Academy Games Announces Mare Nostrum–Empires, NEW in Kickstarter

Academy Games Announces Mare Nostrum – Empires NEW in Kickstarter View this email in your browser Mare Nostrum – Empires has unlocked 15 incredible Kickstarter stretch goals in its first 48 hours! Kickstarter Early Bird Pledge Level ends Monday evening. Click Here to see Kickstarter Page or to pledge at special price The ancient Romans called the Mediterranean Sea ‘Mare Nostrum’, which is Latin for ‘Our Sea’. ‘Mare Nostrum – Empires’ is an empire building game, in which 2-5 players lead their individual empires to dominion of the ancient world. You grow the fame and glory of your empire by…

Modiphius Entertainment Announces that they will Publish Ben Miles’ Card Game LUGU


MODIPHIUS launches LUGU A Storytelling Card Game by Ben Miles Modiphius Entertainment has signed up Ben Miles’ card game LUGU in which three or more players of all ages use card decks of abstract images to create a story together, while still competing for the highest score. It combines the fun and creativity of Dixit with the freedom and originality of Rory’s Story Cubes. LUGU was originally self-published by Ben who has always enjoyed creative games, “I like games that allow players to create stories such as Stupid Duel, Dixit, Snake Oil and Braggart. I found that within my game…

Strategy & Tactics Press Briefing Room — Modern War 18 Green Beret: Vietnam — Now Available


China’s Liaoning Aircraft Carrier By Carl O. Schuster On 13 March 2012, the deputy commander of China’s navy, Adm. Xu Hongmeng, announced his country’s first operational aircraft carrier would be commissioned by year’s end. The carrier had just finished its fourth set of sea trials, and it initiated its fifth a month later. Referred to at the time as the ex-Varyag (Varangian, after a prominent medieval Russ-Viking tribe), many commentators believed the carrier would ultimately be named after the Manchu admiral who conquered Taiwan in 1683: Shi Lang, but it was commissioned in September 2012 as the Liaoning, after that…

GMT Games Manoeuvre Boardgame


MANOEUVRE Available from GMT games at Originally Published in October 2008 by John Zseller Manoeuvre is an abstract simulation of warfare during the Age of Napoleon. This simulation is “abstract” because while based on the tactic of the era, it is not based on any actual battle or historical event. Manoeuvre is a two-player game, where each player controls an army made up of Infantry and Cavalry units. Each unit has a certain amount of inherent Artillery firepower for bombardment actions, as there are no separate Artillery units. Control of the units is by the use of a deck…

Osprey Publishing’s ARMIES of the NAPOLEONIC WARS An Illustrated History


ARMIES of the NAPOLEONIC WARS An Illustrated History Edited by Chris McNab Review Written by John Zseller New Review This is not a newly published book, it was originally published in 2009 by the Osprey Publishing Company. As an older volume it is available from Osprey Publishing, and can also be found on eBay and Amazon. The Napoleonic Wars were at turning point in the history of Europe at the end of the 18th Century. Influenced by the American Revolution, the French population rose up against the abuses of the Monarchy. This resulted in the French Revolution, beginning in 1789.…