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1-GFN020001 02 HUNDRED HOURS: Starter Set WWII skirmish wargame played with a force of 5-20 models, fighting out night-time raids in World War II. Field an elite force of SAS Commandos to infiltrate the enemy lines under cover of darkness. Launch attacks on radar stations, munition factories, airfields, bridges and rail lines. Sneak past sentries, take them out with silent attacks, or open fire with a devastating ambush. Plant charges to destroy your objective, assassinate a target or grab vital intel, then fight your way to safety before reinforcements arrive!

Or play as the defenders, carefully setting patrol routes so your sentries can spot raiders in the shadows. Utilise guard dogs, officers or military police and make use of informants and intercepted transmissions to thwart the attackers' plans.

This product contains:

36 Multi-part 28mm plastic figures: (12 British SAS, 18 German sentries, officers and Feldgendarmes, and 6 guard dogs)
64 page Rulebook
80 Gaming Cards
8 Custom Dice
104 Counters
36 Plastic Bases

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted. Glue and paints not included. Contents may vary from photos. You will also need a tape measure, terrain, and a container for the tokens in order to play.1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 UK, GREY FOR NOW GAMES
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1-935121 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 121: Warfare in the Age of Arthur Theme: Warfare in the Age of Arthur
Wargaming the Reality of Arthur's Britain - The Leader of Battles
Arthur and the Battle of Mount Badon - The Final Victory
Arthur's Men Go in Search of Some Legendary Loot - The Last Treasure
The Actual Mort D'Arthur? A Ravenfeast Scenario - The Strife of Camlann
Building Your Arthurian army - The Once and Future King
Arthur at the Battle of Badon - Carrying the Cross on his Shield

Features
The German Retreat to Minsk: 30 June, 1944 - Crossing the Berezina
Seleucus Nicator vs Chandragupta Maurya, 304-302 BC - Decision on the Indus
Adding a Bit of Reality to Your Wargames - A Touch of Realism
Painting Mounted Medieval Armies in 10mm - Tripping the Knight Fantastic
A Guide to Industrial-Strength Hedgerows - Building Better Bocage

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Miniature reviews
This Gaming Life - Mid-term Report
The Irregular - Youth Work Wargaming
Second Edition Dark Age and Medieval Rules - Let's Play Lion Rampant 2
Game reviews - Five Leagues from the Borderlands, Bad Roads and Poor Rations, Cold War Commander (2nd edition), Panzer Korps, Hold Fast!, and Wars of Orcs and Dwarves
Book Reviews
Parting Shots1 vol, 88 pgs 2022 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-234670 Bahr, Alan CRESCENDO OF VIOLENCE: A Neon-Noir Roleplaying Game 2093, Neo York. A dystopian technological marvel, where concrete high-rises brim with holographic neon, as gilded mob bosses, flashy CEOs, and famous vid-stars all strive to consolidate their power over the masses. And while the rain reflects the neon, it never washes away the grime and filth of the streets.

Welcome to a world of synth-jazz and cybernetics, where the status quo grinds down the hard-working man and vat-grown clone alike. Whether you're the redemption-seeking gangster, the one good cop in a corrupt system, or the gene-modded musician trying to make it big, you'll be trying to get by in a city that just doesn't care.

Epic fight scenes take center stage in this game of stylized, high-octane bloodshed. Jump straight into the action with a ruleset designed to deliver a cinematic, neon-noir experience, as the spotlight focuses on the brutal showdowns that will define you - or leave you face-down in the dirt. So get ready to give them hell, as the sultry notes of the saxophone build into a crescendo of violence.1 vol, 144 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-234680 Matthew Dunstan, Brett Gilbert VILLAGE RAILS: A Game of Locomotives and Local Motives A 2-4 player card game of trains, tracks, and tricky decisions to build railway lines that connect villages across the sleepy English countryside. Connect stations and farmsteads to your local network while placing your railway signals and sidings ever so carefully. Meet the exacting standards of cantankerous locals planning strangely specific trips, and weigh their demands against your limited funding.

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 45 minutes
Age: 14+
Contents: 122 mini cards, 50+ tokens, 4 scoring dials1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-226853 McCullough, Joseph STARGRAVE: Hope Eternal The third supplement for Stargrave offers a host of new scenarios and rules for gaining political backing as you fight across the ravaged galaxy. This solo and cooperative expansion contains an intricate campaign of connected scenarios. Whether you brave the perils of the campaign alone, or enlist the aid of another independent crew, this is your chance to bring back a little hope to the ravaged galaxy!

Since the end of the Last War, the great pirate fleets have roamed the ruins of the galaxy, pillaging, extorting, and enslaving. No one has had the power to stand against them, and the desperate few who have tried, have been quickly and brutally crushed. However, when the independent crews are hired for a simple hostage rescue, it leads to a dangerous opportunity to strike a blow against tyranny. Two of the largest and most vicious pirate fleets are meeting for a parlay near the ruins of an ancient research station... one that once experimented with 'supernova-level events'. If the crews can locate the station, slip past the pirates, and infiltrate the facility, it might be possible to release such an event just as the fleets have gathered.1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-234700 Surdu, Buck WARS OF OZZ Contains rules, background, painting guides, scenarios and much more for mass Horse & Musket Fantasy battles. Designed for solo, one-on-one, and multiplayer games and features a balanced Magic System with estimated game length of three hours. Supported by over 70 packs of unique miniatures with new factions and new releases coming. 1 vol, 118 pgs 2022 UK, SALLY 4th
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1-968032 Lardas, Mark 032 ARCTIC CONVOYS 1942: The Luftwaffe Cuts Russia's Lifeline In 1942, Luftwaffe air power made the difference with crew and strike aircraft trained and equipped for torpedo attacks from bases in northern Norway. Between spring and autumn 1942, Germany was winning the battle of the Arctic Convoys. Half of PQ-15 was sunk in May, PQ-17 was virtually obliterated in July, and in September 30 percent of PQ-18 was sunk. The Allies were forced to suspend the convoys until December, when the long Arctic nights would shield them.

Yet in November, the Luftwaffe was redeployed south to challenge the Allied landings in North Africa, and the advantage was lost. Despite that, the Allies never again sailed an Arctic convoy in the summer months. Fully illustrated with archive photos, striking new artwork, maps and diagrams.1 vol, 80 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972067 Dahm, Murray 067 HUNNIC WARRIOR vs LATE ROMAN CAVALRYMAN: Attila's Wars, AD 440-53 Examines the origins, fighting methods, and reputation of the two sides' cavalry forces, with particular reference to the siege of Naissus, the battle of the Utus, and the climactic encounter at the Catalaunian Plains. Features specially commissioned artwork and maps.

Fighting mostly on horseback, the Huns employed sophisticated tactics that harnessed the formidable power of their bows; they also gained a reputation for their fighting prowess at close quarters. Facing the Huns, the Roman Army fielded a variety of cavalry types, from heavily armed and armoured clibanarii and cataphractii to horse archers and missile cavalry. Many of these troops were recruited from client peoples or cultures, including the Huns themselves.

After carving out a polyglot empire in eastern and central Europe, the Huns repeatedly invaded Roman territory, besieging the city of Naissus in 443. With Constantinople itself threatened, the Romans agreed to pay a huge indemnity. In 447, Attila re-entered Roman territory, confronting the Romans at the battle of the Utus in Bulgaria. The Huns besieged Constantinople, but were unable to take the city. In 451, after Hunnic forces invaded the Western Roman Empire, an army led by the Roman general Aetius pursed the invaders, bringing the Huns to battle at the Catalaunian Plains.1 vol, 80 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-985072 Fremont-Barnes, Gregory 072 JACOBITE REBELLION 1745-46 Updated and revised for the new edition, with full-colour maps and 30 new images, this offers an introduction to the famous campaign which saw the Stuart dynasty's final attempt to regain the British throne, and the end of the Highland clans' way of life. Analyzes the dynastic struggle of two royal houses, the Rebellion's maneuvers and battles, and the tragic aftermath for the Highlands.

Overview of the Forty-Five Rebellion, dispelling the myths that have grown up around battles like Culloden and the figures of the Highlanders. Led by the charismatic Bonnie Prince Charlie and fought in the main by clansmen loyal to the Stuarts, the revolt initially saw government forces outmaneuvered and outfought before the Prince's march on London halted at Derby. But the following spring, pursued back into the Highlands by the Duke of Cumberland, the Prince's army made its doomed last stand on the moor of Culloden. 1 vol, 144 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-985061 Lynch, Michael 061 CHINESE CIVIL WAR 1945-1949 Updated and revised for the new edition, with full-color maps and new images throughout, this is a concise study of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century and its significant repercussions.

Between the end of World War II and the dawn of the Cold War, one of the most important conflicts in modern history reached its climax. Examines how the long struggle between Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists and Mao Zedong's Communists exploded into an intense, brutal, and ruthlessly fought civil war. Delving into the political background and complex ramifications of the conflict, he assesses Mao and Chiang's millions-strong armies, their strategies and commanders, and the critical campaigns that won and lost China. By 1949 the Nationalist government was defeated and in exile in Taiwan, and the new People's Republic of China was ready to emerge as a major Cold War power.1 vol, 96 pgs 2002 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978123 Konstam, Angus 123 BRITISH/COMMONWEALTH CRUISER vs ITALIAN CRUISER: The Mediterranean 1940-43 Compares and contrasts the design, weapon technologies, and combat performance of the Italian and British cruiser forces in the Mediterranean Sea during WWII. Documents several major clashes between British, Commonwealth, and Italian cruisers, including spirited actions fought off Cape Spada in 1940, a string of actions in the Gulf of Sirte throughout 1941, battles against Axis convoys in 1941-42, and the Battle of Pantelleria in 1942. Among the subjects of the specially commissioned color artworks are HMAS Sydney, HMS Naiad, RM Trento and RM Raimondo Montecuccoli.

In 1940, when Italy entered World War II, the Royal Navy was badly overstretched, and its Mediterranean Fleet had to face both the Italian Navy and the German and Italian Air Forces in a battle for supremacy. Although the British and Italian battle fleets squared off against each other, they were both often held in reserve, in case the enemy fleet put to sea. So, it was left to the cruisers to wage their own naval war in the Mediterranean. This involved a range of missions, from escorting convoys and hunting enemy ones, to fighting for control of the sea around key locations such as the waters off Malta and Crete.1 vol, 48 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995310 Stille, Mark 310 ESSEX-CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS 1945-91 The Essex class was the USN's war-winning ship class of the Pacific War. Of the 24 ships completed, 14 saw action, making the Essex class the largest class of fleet aircraft carriers ever built. These ships had a fine balance of striking power, protection, and speed and were modernized during and after the war. There were five distinct programs carried out, adding not only angled flight decks for jet operations, but repeated upgrades to sensors, weapons, and equipment. Using detailed artwork and photos, this book provides an in-depth portrait of this important and enduring class of ship, and looks at its development and modifications while covering many actions.

Essex-class carriers were used in a number of roles and provided the vast majority of US Navy air power in the Korean War, and a sizeable proportion of air power in the Vietnam conflict. However, as the 'super carrier' began to enter service in the early 1960s, the Essex class was relegated to secondary roles -- a single Essex carrier served until 1991 as the US Navy's training carrier. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999547 D'Amato, Raffaele 547 ROMAN ARMY UNITS IN THE EASTERN PROVINCES (2): 3rd Century AD Considers the evidence for middle 3rd Century Roman troops in the Eastern half of the Empire -- specifically around the Balkans, Mesopotamia, the Middle East and North Africa -- and reconstructs this chaotic period of Roman military history. Covers the appearance and campaigns of the Roman forces stationed in the East and looks at the weakness of Imperial central authority, which inevitably led to local particularism and a wide range of appearance in regional commands. Follows the previous title, MAA 527, Roman Army Units in the Western Provinces (2): 3rd Century AD.1 vol, 48 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-964040 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 40: Hadrian's Wall Theme: Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Foreign Policy Reversal - The Limits of Empire
War and Trade on Rome's Northern Frontier - Why Build Hadrian's Wall?
The Vindolanda Tablets Speak - Life on the Frontiers
Signalling on Hadrian's Wall - All Along the Watchtower
Constructing Hadrian's Wall - Another Brick

Features:

Higher Than the Heavens - The Leiden Amun Papyrus
Making Sense of Entangled cultures - The Philistines
Time Telling and Weather Forecasting in Ancient Athens - Tower of the Winds
All Roads Lead to Rome - The Vicarello Cups
Spells, Incantations, and Curses - Magic in Ancient Cyprus
Finding Pepper at Hadrian's Wall - Spicing up the Roman Empire
The Barcid Dynasty in Spain - A Kingdom of Their Own?
Plato and the Ideal City - Down to the Piraeus
Banquets Aside, What did Romans Normally Eat? - Dining Out and Dining In1 vol, 68 pgs 2022 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-962202 anon MEDIEVAL WORLD: Culture & Conflict (Formerly Medieval Warfare): Volume 2 Kyivan Rus - the largest kingdom by territory in all of medieval Europe - has a rich history and a vibrant cultural heritage.

Theme: Culture and Conflict in Kyivan Rus

The Medieval Kingdom of Kyivan Rus: Expansive and Well-Connected
The Coinage of Kyivan Rus: Byzantine Models and Local Adaptations
Bookmen, Scribes, and Literates: Writing in Rus Between 1000-1400
The Mongol Campaigns in Rus in 1252: Searching for the Kniaginia
A Cathedral and Its Patron: Yaroslav the Wise and Saint Sophia in Kyiv
Kyivan Rus and the Mongols: Hostility and Accommodation
Protective Warriors: Military Saints from Byzantium to Rus

Features:

Women and Authority in Medieval India: Political, Social, and Military Roles
Exquisite Italian Woodwork: The Art of Medieval Chests
The Strange Tale of Brother Isaac: Holy Fools and the Lives of Medieval Monks
Fragrant and Full of Flavour: Spices in the Middle Ages
Caernarfon and Beaumaris: The Welsh Castles of Edward I, part 41 vol, 92 pgs 2022 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARY
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1-234710 LA BATAILLE DE MONT SAINT JEAN: June 18, 1815 (Deluxe Edition Wargame) Mont St. Jean is the French name for the Battle of Waterloo, and the Prussians called this The battle of Belle Alliance. The Deluxe edition contains:

4 34x22-inch maps
3 Organizational Displays
Standard Rules & Special Rulebook
6 Counter Sheets (2 Quatre Bras, 3 Ligny, 1 Informational markers)
Charts & Tables
Scale = 100 m/Hex
Time = 20 min/Turn
Units = 50-100 men/SP (Regimental/Brigade Size)1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 US, CLASH OF ARMS
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1-234720 BATTLE FROM THE AGE OF REASON: Primer For 20 years, the Battles from the Age of Reason (BAR) game series has covered mid-18th century warfare. The BAR games feature a highly detailed, realistic and interactive game system, gorgeous map and counter graphics, thorough research, and exciting battles throughout Europe and America.

However, because of rules depth, detail, and period elan, many gamers have been perplexed in learning the system. This Primer is designed as an illustrated learning tool to accompany and enhance the Third Edition BAR rules. This Primer features illustrated rules demonstrations, game tactics, learning modules and 280 upgrade and errata counters for previous BAR games.

This BAR Primer can be used with all BAR games and even with older rules sets, but is designed around the Third Edition BAR rules and ownership of Fontenoy is required for use of the 'Learning Modules' sections.1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 US, CLASH OF ARMS
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1-234630 Saravanamutta, Rohan A WARGAMER'S GUIDE TO THE BATTLE OF LEIPZIG 1813: The Battle of Nations Describes the strategic situation in central Europe in 1813 and offers an account of the historical battle with detailed orders of battle, scaled-down orders of battle for game purposes, maps of the historical events, stylized maps for laying out wargames tables, and instructions for each scenario and the mini-campaign. Design notes explain the rationale and historical background to the scenario instructions. Includes eight b/w illustrations, 33 color photos, nine maps, and 12 tables.

The scenario maps are set out on square grids for ease of setting up tabletop terrain. Any set of wargames rules for the period should be able to be used to play the scenarios. The key points for the game army lists are the number of units and their quality. There is a section that discusses the quality of the troops of the various nations involved.

A discussion of the historical battle raises questions about the decisions made by the actual commanders. These can be explored by the wargame commanders, for example by their allocation of forces to different sectors (within historical constraints), their deployment within those sectors, or timing their use of reserves.

Was Napoleon's defeat inevitable? Wargaming is a form of counter-factual history, and the guide includes a variation which may answer the question, 'What if Napoleon had recalled the Dresden garrison?' Napoleon had agreed with Marshall St. Cyr that it would be madness to leave his 50,000 men in Dresden rather than concentrate French forces for the decisive battle Napoleon was seeking. What if Napoleon had not changed his mind?

The battle took place over several days (14-19 October 1813 including the battle of Liebertwolkwitz), and divides into distinct phases and sectors. This guide helps wargamers refight the battle on a table top with model soldiers, either as one large battle (suitable as a club game), or a series of smaller battles covering the different sectors. The smaller battles can be played as individual games or linked together in a mini-campaign, the latter giving strategic dilemmas for each of the commanders to resolve.1 vol, 140 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-234690 Afiero, Massimiloano ZITADELLE: The SS-Panzer-Korps on the Attack, July 1943 An exceptional photographic documentation of the battle of Kursk with hundreds of photographs taken by German war correspondents following the SS units - Max Buschel, Cantzler, Gronert, King, Friedrich Zschackel and many others. The text follows the course of operations of the Das Reich division and other formations of the SS-Panzer-Korps. The narrative is based directly on German war diaries and from Otto Weidinger's previous historical researches on the division.

While some photos have previously been published, many are previously unpublished, gleaned from the principal public and private archives.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Plans for the new offensive
The attack begins
SS Panzer Regiment 2 in action
Operations on 7 July
Operations on 8 July
Operations on 9 and 10 July
Operations on 11 July
The battle of Prochorowka
Orders for 13 June 1943
The Knight's Cross for SS-Unter scharfuhrer Simon Grascher
The attacks resume
Soldiers of the Waffen SS on the Kursk front
The Waffen SS combat photographers
Bibliography1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, KAGERO
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1-234660 Hammel, Eric THE CACTUS AIR FORCE: Air War Over Guadalcanal For 40 years from 1961, the late Eric Hammel interviewed more than 150 American participants in the air campaign at Cactus -- the code name for the island Guadalcanal. These interviews are the most comprehensive first-person accounts of the battle assembled by any historian. More importantly, they involved the junior officers and enlisted men whose stories and memories were not part of the official history, thus providing a unique insight.

The battle of Guadalcanal was the first offensive operation undertaken by the US and its allies in the Pacific War. The three months of air battles between August 20, 1942, when the first Marine air unit arrived on the island, and November 15, when the last enemy attempt to retake the island was defeated, proved to be a disaster for Japanese air and naval power, experienced forces whose losses could never be made good.1 vol, 320 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-234640 Kershaw, Robert DUNKIRCHEN 1940: The German View of Dunkirk Drawing on German interviews, diaries and unit post-action reports, describes what went wrong for the Germans at Dunkirk. Offers a detailed interpretation of the German perspective - historically lacking to date. With just seven kilometres before the panzers captured Dunkirk - the only port through which the trapped British Expeditionary force might escape - they came to a shuddering stop. Hitler had lost control of his stunning advance. 1 vol, 352 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-234650 Kershaw, Robert THE MIGHTY EIGHTH: Masters of the Air Over Europe 1942-45 Explores the US Eighth Air Force -- known as Mighty Eighth -- and its bomber and fighter planes, pilots and crew, and operations. It also explores the careers of key personalities, including Earle Partridge, James Doolittle, and William Kepner. Packed with hundreds of color aircraft profiles, battlescene artworks, and period photographs. Eighth Air Force was the largest of the deployed combat Army Air Forces in numbers of personnel, aircraft, and equipment. At peak strength, Eighth Air Force had 40 heavy bomber groups, 15 fighter groups, and four specialized support groups.1 vol, 320 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-ATO056 Moore, Perry AGAINST THE ODDS #56: Hitler's Stalingrad - Breslau 1945 Examines the 1945 Soviet siege of the city of Breslau. With 324 counters and a 22x34-inch map scaled at about 650 yards per hex, a game turn represents one week. The game captures the flavor of planned, grand assaults quickly degenerating into gritty, street-level fighting, with players alternating conducting operations during the turn. Skillfully positioned reserves and sharp counterattacks can blunt massive thrusts, but sometimes at a frightfully high rate of casualties.

Special rules model rubble and barricades; the multi-level city buildings; surprise and ambush during combat; Soviet command directives; the armored train 'Porsel'; remotely controlled Goliaths; and the possible use of nerve gas (Breslau was the major repository of both Germany's remaining stocks of the little AFVs and also the deadly nerve agent Tabun).

Components:
Maps - One full color 22x34-inch hex mapsheet
Counters - 324 full color 9/16-inch die-cut counters
Rules length - 15 pages
Charts and tables - 1 page
Complexity - Medium
Playing time - Up to 4 hours
How challenging is it solitaire? - Average1 vol, 60 pgs 2022 US, AGAINST THE ODDS
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