Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tanker's Tuesday:Tanks In China

This article deals with the history of tanks employed by various military
forces belonging to the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China
 within China. From the early half of the 20th century, tanks were
initially obtained from other countries; eventually indigenously 
designed Chinese tanks started manufacture and became used during
the Cold War and towards the modern era.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rocket Age

"It's alternate history pulpy retro-sci-fi space opera planetary romance. It's throttled up rocket packs burning radium on the long blast to the farthest reaches of the Solar System. It's hunting thunder lizards in the upland jungles of Venus. It's battling Ancient Martian killing machines piloted by the Deutsche Marskorps across the baking red deserts of Mars. It's exploring the deadly skies of Jupiter under the constant threat of Europan disintegration. It's RAY gun wielding heroes bulls-eyeing mutants in the blasted ruins of Io" - Ken Spencer, Rocket Age Line Developer
Rocket Age is the core rulebook in our new radium-powered game line of interplanetary adventure! Powered by the Vortex System (like our Doctor Who game) it's packed to the fins with all the rules, setting information and game ideas to keep you playing throughout your very own rocket age!

Rocket Age!

Blood Red Mars

Rocket Age Walkthrough

Rocket Age

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Squadron Of Spitfire VBs

Air Headquarters Western Desert or as it's known more 
commonly the  Desert Air Force (DAF) has just
taken delivery of eight  Spitfire VB,s.


Now to go find where Heir Kemp has parked his water trucks.
Also on the look out for Primo Capitano  T. Goworrilli's 
 Fiat CR.32 fighter....)

Tanker's Tuesday: Panzer IV

The Panzerkampfwagen IV (Pz.Kpfw. IV), commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the Second World War. Its ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 161.
Designed as an infantry-support tank, the Panzer IV was not originally intended to engage enemy armor—that function was performed by the lighter Panzer III. However, with the flaws of pre-war doctrine becoming apparent and in the face of Soviet T-34 tanks, the Panzer IV soon assumed the tank-fighting role of its increasingly obsolete cousin. The most widely manufactured and deployed German tank of the Second World War, the Panzer IV was used as the base for many other fighting vehicles, including the Sturmgeschütz IV assault gun, Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer, the Wirbelwind self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon, and the Brummbär self-propelled gun.
Robust and reliable, it saw service in all combat theaters involving Germany and has the distinction of being the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war, with over 8800 produced between 1936 and 1945. Upgrades and design modifications, often made in response to the appearance of new Allied tanks, extended its service life. Generally, these involved increasing the Panzer IV's armor protection or upgrading its weapons, although during the last months of the war with Germany's pressing need for rapid replacement of losses, design changes also included retrograde measures to simplify and speed manufacture.
The Panzer IV was the most widely exported tank in German service, with around 300 sold to partners such as Finland, Romania, Spain and Bulgaria. After the war, seeking to improve its armored forces, Syria procured PzKpfw IV from France and Czechoslovakia, which were to see combat in the 1967 Six-Day War.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tanker's Tuesday: Tiger II / King Tiger

Tiger II is the common name of a German heavy tank of the
Second World War. The final official German designation was
Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, often shortened to Tiger B.
The ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 182. It is also
known under the informal name Königstiger (the German name
for the "Bengal tiger"), often semi-literally translated as the  
King Tiger or Royal Tiger by Allied soldiers.

On a personal note, it has always amazed me  considering the
relatively small number of these monsters produced, how they
seem to make up a disproportionate number of forces on the
games table . No idea why that would be. ;-)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Texas Independence Day

 A reminder from our good friend J Womack, Esq from Scattergun Gamer: http://thescattergungamer.blogspot.com/
Today is Texas Independence Day. On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Seven weeks later, on April 21, 1836, a treaty was signed by President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (the self-styled "Napoleon of the West"), recognizing Texan independence.
   Happy Birthday to my fellow proud Texans!
 Was out at the store later in the day told someone that it was Texas Independence day,
he remarked that it was 80 yesterday and 25 today with freezing rain...he went on to say
"perhaps President Santa Anna's heart really wasn't into the fight" ;-)