The Martians have invaded for a second time and the world is at war!

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Royal Armouries Heat Rifle

The narrow barrel with collimating coil gives greater range and effect than any hand held heat weapon produced before, and the heat dissipation ring and versatile coolant socket allow more versatility then earlier models also.High pressure and improved faceting methods (using the techniques patented by the Royal Jewelers to cut the Koh-I-Noor) give the collector crystal the ability to process energy from a light source as dim as a household oil lamp

Misc Weapons

Some of Christian Graves creations


The weapons Fredrik modeled and I textured have been done for a couple of days and a picture was included in the presentation. Nevertheless, here they are again:

Shipyard - Zeppelin LZ43

This particular model is about 150mm long and the main envelope is made from card. If you can imagine the envelope being constructed in five sections; the nose, forward section, the main body, rear section and tail;

Steampunk Tank

This impressive steampunk tank paper model comes complete with a rotating turret. The printable DIY instructions to build this awesome ‘Steam Tank’ can be downloaded at this site.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Brigade Models Christmas Sale

Ho Ho Ho! The boys at Brigade say:

So what does the Brigade cracker have in her stockings for you this year ... ?

15% off

Yep that's 15% off all of our models - Aeronef, starships, Land Ironclads, 15mm and 6mm tanks, Iron Stars, WWI Belgians ... all except Celtos, where we're being even more generous ...

And that's it - no minimum or maximum orders, just a blanket discount for the whole of December. So what are you waiting for, get shopping !?

The website will still show the full price of each item, but the price that goes into the PayPal shopping cart will be the discounted one.

There are just a few exceptions and conditions, as you might expect ... percentage shipping rates will still be charged at the full item cost, since we were unable to persuade the post office to match our offers ! The discount covers our metal and resin models - it doesn't apply to rulebooks, dice, bases, game mats or anything else that we don't manufacture ourselves, simply because the margins on those items are much tighter. However, starter packs with rules, dice or bases in are covered. Even with these limitations, we're sure you'll agree it's a mighty fine offer !

Raygun Assassin

Who is this mysterious Raygun wielding assassin?...
No one knows for sure.One theory holds that she is
merely the two dimensional figment of a baffled
artists imagination. Yet others maintain that she is
a highly paid contract killer who stalks our solar
system and beyond in search of elite quarry.
Which theory is true? Well you'll just have to bloody

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

10th Hussars Reconnoiter The Khyber Pass

The telegraph station at Tranjapour was the most forward
base between Fort Grant and The Khyber Pass. In bygone
years it had been subjected to small nuisance raids conducted
by local tribesmen too numerically weak to do more than cut
the wire and disturb supplies coming in. In early 1898/2008
attacks suddenly intensified causing Imperial authorities to
order a more vigorous presence. Reinforcements began
arriving in late July.

Campaigns Of General William Augustus Pettygree

General Pettygree's relief column continues its march from
Fort Grant to Tranjapour. The most forward unit is 1st Troop
1/9th. Bengal Lancers acting as a screen. They are followed in
turn by 2nd. Troop 1/9th Bengal Lancers, two troops of 2/9th
Bengal Lancers, three companies of the 1st. Sikh Infantry
Battalion, 1/1 Mountain Battery and the supply element.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tukulor Ghosts

French West Africa 1912
The Tukulor Empire has been defeated these past 12 years. The French Sudan is relatively quiet, and the Shadow's attentions have turned south through the desert and into the Sahel region of the Sudan and the new colonial administration there. An uprising is fermenting, and the French are totally unsuspecting.

Kurtzburg Hill

German Kamerun at the end of the 19th Century.
This is an early adventure from the life of Colonel Kurtz, a renegade German, formerly of the French Foreign Legion, Force Publique and Mercenary. Kurtz's dominance of a hill, overlooking a river used by the Germans in their advance into the interior has prompted an attack of Kurtz's realm.

Steamship Troopers

"The Bashaw expresses his deepest regrets over this incident and solemnly promises to rescue the Kaiser’s envoy. However, the Bashaw, The Great And Powerful, The Defender Of The Faithful, also pointedly reminds His Majesty’s Government that any foreign intervention in Morocco's internal affairs or violation of her sovereignty will be met with the wrath of Allah."
--Telegram to the German Foreign Ministry, March 18, 1903

"Bei der Herr Gott, vee’ll civilize zese savages if vee haf to machine gun und bayonet every vun of zem!"
--Kaiser Wilhelm II to a London Times reporter, March 19, 1903

"It is the sacred duty of France to bring these misguided children of the desert the blessings of French Culture, Shrapnel, & Quick Firing Cannon."
--Editorial, Le Petit Parisien, March 20, 1903.

"Any you guys seen my infidel skinning knife?"
--Emir Ali, overheard by an American tourist, March 21,1903.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Comments On 2HWG's Colonial Adventures Rules

While at MilleniumCon last weekend, I played in a game using Ed Teixeira's new Two Hour Wargames rules Colonial Adventures. The scenario was titled "The Raid" and was run by Al Maurer of Askari Miniatures using his lovely North African colonial figures.

From the events list description: "Players take command of French Foreign Legionnaires conducting a raid of a Berber village. Can you find and capture the leader of the rebellion?"

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Turbil Miniatures

Welcome to Turbil Miniatures. We specialise in painting, basing and designing Wargame figures of all scales, on this site we have listed our main types of figures we cover but are open to anything the gamer is looking for to fill those last few shelves in the garage! We also produce our own scenery for any period and scale. So feel free to have a look around and if there is anything you are interested in just ask.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Interwar Period Red Infantry & Cavalry

I picked up the following from Bloodaxe Miniatures:
Soviet Infantry Officer in Budenka Cap
Soviet Infantry in Budenka Cap
Soviet Maxim Gun & Crew in Budenka Cap
Soviet Cavalry in Budenka Cap
Was wondering how to paint them up when
I was lucky enough to see these by

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pershings Doughboys

We may as well begin by explaining an accepted origin for the term Doughboy which has become so closely associated with the soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force in WW1. Our minds must be cast back to 1916 and the punitive expedition across the Mexican border to catch the infamous Pancho Villa. Coined as a term of derision toward infantrymen, as they became covered in the fine adobe dust thrown up by cavalry hooves and motor transport wheels, the term soon evolved into quite the opposite as it would mark the men as combat veterans.who had gone overseas to do their bit for Uncle Sam.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mongol Red Horseman

I guess I can do these with PP Russians with a head swap....)

Ukraine - Historical Rank Flags (1918)

Something more for you Robin.....)


The expansion of Russian Empire led to the expansion of slavery in acquired territories. For certain parts of the country there was however made an exception. For example, several Cossack regions in Southern Russia and the Ural Mountains developed as isolated enclaves of relative freedom. The first Cossack regions formed between the 14th and 18th centuries on lonely borderlands settled by runaway serfs, organized brigands and other warlike adventurers mainly from Russia and Ukraine.

Ukrainian Blue Regiment

As luck would have it a few months ago I bought some Bulgarians in fur hats, as it turns out they look remarkably similar to the Ukrainian Blue Regiment depicted here. So I'll be painting up a unit for Russian Civil War battles.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Medium Mk.A - The "Whippet"

Designed as a 'fast' tank capable of exploiting any breakthroughs, the Whippet was used to great effect during the battle of Amiens in 1918.

1st Quarter Aircraft Profiles (1900-1925)

The first 25 years of flight saw many advances in the design and construction of aircraft. Beginning with the frail pre-war contraptions of crackpot inventors, the science of aeronautics had progressed to unheard of heights. As is usual with mankind, war provided the impetus to this progression. We show many of these advancements in the following pages.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hanriot HD.1 in Italian Service

The Hanriot HD.1 fighter was a comparative rarity in aviation history: a highly successful, high-performance aircraft that was never adopted by the country that developed it. The HD.1 came along at an awkward moment for a French fighter. It was just too late to compete with the Nieuports that formed the backbone of French fighter aviation in the first years of the war. By the time it appeared, it was eclipsed by the SPAD 7. The SPAD became the standard fighter of the French air force. The French did, however, allow Hanriot to market its new airplane to France’s allies. Belgium bought a modest number, as did the U.S. Navy. But the major user of the HD was Italy.

Arcana from the Great War

The First World War gave innovators and entrepreneurs tremendous scope for realizing their ambitions. The pace of wartime technical development was such that many visionary projects received funding from hidebound military and naval establishments that would never have considered such things in peacetime. Heavy industrial concerns, particularly those that had sold weapons pre-war, had endless opportunities for developing and cornering new markets and emerging military technologies.

The White Falcons: the White Air Forces 1918-1920

The collapse of the Russian Empire in 1917 and the near simultaneous collapses of the Prussian and Austrian Empires in 1918 produced a sudden outpouring of nationalist sentiment among nations and peoples that had lived more or less peacefully (if not always happily) under foreign rule for a century or more. One product of this great, war's-end movement was, as we have seen, Poland. But Poland was not alone. Bolshevism, remnants of the Junkers—the old Prusso-Baltic nobility—and Germany's terroristic freikorps threatened smaller, less internationally recognized, less thoroughly militarized states even more than they threatened Poland. To the myriad smaller nationalities that had once been part of the great, multiethnic empires, moreover, Poland was at least as great a threat as Prussian militarism or Russian Bolshevism. The imperial systems of Central and Eastern Europe had often favored minorities. At the very least, they had kept more numerous (and thus more politically unreliable) ethnic rivals from gaining any overwhelming dominance in public life. Now, those restraints were gone, and no equivalent, Western European restraints, such as the embryonic League of Nations, were yet in place. The Poles were, moreover, after rather more than independence and self-determination. They wanted an empire of their own, with all territories that had ever been ruled by Poland, including Lithuania and the Ukraine, again under Polish control. The Poles seemed bent on restoring all the old inequalities but, this time, with themselves the main beneficiaries.

The White Eagles: Polish Aviation 1918-1920

In 1914, Poland was a dream, not a geopolitical reality. The disastrous War of the Polish Succession issued in the partition of the ancient, Catholic kingdom. Austria took Galicia in the southwest. Protestant Germany annexed Silesia and parts of the Polish Baltic. Reactionary, Orthodox Russia siezed the rest and ruled it harshly. From time to time, inspired by enthusiasm for Chopin or the polka, romantics, idealists, and eccentrics of various stripes championed Polish independence, particularly during the effusion of nationalist sentiment that swept Europe in the nineteenth century. For a time, under Napoleon, the nation even enjoyed a nominal independence and a considerable vogue in fashionable circles. But, in practical diplomatic or military matters, Polish patriots were invariably on their own and at the mercy of foreign guns. In simple terms, Poland had ceased to exist for the Great Powers. They had long since decided her fate and had no desire to reopen an issue that might lead to considerable bother and expense.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Plan 1919

The end of the fighting on the Western Front in November 1917 came as something of a surprise to both sides. Germany's plight was, of course, desperate.

Red Fighters, 1918-1920

While the Armistice of November 11, 1918 ended World War I in France and Belgium, fighting continued in Eastern Europe and Asian Russia for another two years. France, Britain, and the United States were trying to crush Communism at its outset, while Japan was rushing to expand her foothold in continental Asia.

Italian Combined Operations in the Adriatic, 1915-18

Italian War Aims and the Historical Background of the War in the Adriatic

After Caporetto: William Barker & The Italian Expeditionary Force

In October 1917, the Italian front collapsed at Caporetto, leaving Italy’s continued participation in the war and, possibly, her sovereignty, in doubt. Germany had at last intervened on her southern ally’s behalf.

IMAM Ro 37

The Ro 37 was an all-metal two-seater with fabric-covered wings, tail and fuselage, and an aluminum paneled nose section. A streamlined, articulated, split-axle undercarriage was fitted, with closely spatted wheels. The aircraft weighed 3432 lbs (1560 kg) empty and 5269 lbs (2395 kg) fully loaded. It spanned 36 ft 4 in (11.2 m) and had a wing area of 338 sq ft (32 m²). It was 28-ft 3-in (8.7-m) long.

Rorke's Drift Web Site

This is a great reference on the battles and its
participants and is an excellent general site for
Victorian era British Army information