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Customer Newsletter for 05/29/2017

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Greetings Grognards!

      I've been in a decidedly ACW type of mood lately. Luckily, our fantastic publishers have recently loaded up a bunch of ACW titles. Coincidence? I think not, especially where the Newsletter is concerned! So here's an all ACW Newsletter featuring just some of the recent titles on the War between the States. Use our search bar on the main page to find even more!

Till next time, good gaming to everyone, and watch your flanks!

~ Steve

Cruel Morning: Shiloh 1862

Cruel Morning: Shiloh 1862

Players: 2

Duration: 3 to 5 hours

Complexity: Medium

Solitaire Suitability: High

Brigade level tactical system combines old school hex and counter maneuvers with rules for command and control, leader personalities, and a Combat Results Table that favors quality and firepower over raw mass.

“I would fight them if they were a million.” - Albert Sidney Johnston on the eve of Shiloh

“Take your damned regiment back to Ohio. There are no Confederates closer than Corinth.” - William Tecumseh Sherman to Jesse Appler of the 53rd Ohio, April 5

On April 5, 1862 the Confederacy appeared to be finished. Forts Henry and Donelson had fallen and a Confederate division had been routed at Mill Springs. The Rebels had lost Columbus, Clarksville, and Nashville. New Orleans and Memphis were under direct threat. Out west the invasion of New Mexico had failed and the Union had triumphed at Pea Ridge. Forts and ports along the seaboard were being captured or raided. In Virginia, George McClellan had at last started his great drive to capture Richmond. On the banks of the Tennessee River a complacent Union army rested and waited for reinforcements before beginning what some thought would be the final drive to end the rebellion.

On the morning of April 6 the Confederates attacked that complacent army near Shiloh Church. For two days the biggest battle yet waged by Americans was fought, a battle as large and savage as anything fought by Napoleon. In the end the Union triumphed, but at heavy cost. Ulysses S. Grant was for a time sidelined and Union generals became cautious for months after. Most of all, Shiloh changed the Civil War. Combined with Robert E. Lee’s successful defense of Richmond, Shiloh killed the vain dream of a quick war with conservative ends. The American Civil War became a long contest of wills, ending in the destruction of slavery and economic ruin for the American South. Shiloh, the country’s first truly bloody battle, continues to fascinate and enthrall historians and gamers.


USS Onondaga 1:200 & 1/250 Scales

USS Onondaga

The first U.S. Navy ship to bear the name – was a double-turreted monitor launched 29 July 1863. She was built at the Continental Iron Works, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, under subcontract from George W. Quintard who built her engines at his neighboring Morgan Iron Works. She was sponsored by Sally Sedgwick, daughter of former U.S. Representative Charles B. Sedgwick and commissioned at New York Navy Yard on 24 March 1864, with Captain Melancthon Smith in command.
Onondaga continued to support Union troops for the rest of the war, steamed north after its end and was decommissioned at New York City on 8 June 1865. She was laid up at League Island, Pennsylvania. By Act of Congress approved 7 March 1867, the monitor was sold to her builder, G. W. Quintard and subsequently resold to France.

This model is also available in 1/250 scale here.

Paper Model Details: Over 200 parts on four part pages and two pages of formers. Full-hull and waterline option.  Display stand, two pages of construction diagrams.Wire parts. Bulkhead-and-joiner-strip construction. Degree of Difficulty: 4/5, small parts.

Rifles and Rebels

Rifles and Rebels


In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, something stays. – Joshua Chamberlain

It’s July 1863 and the Army of the Potomac is holding on. Yesterday the Johnnies hit hard and the line held. Today you are the leftmost flank of the army and must not give an inch of ground.

Though dulled by the morning mist, the shrill sound of a Rebel Yell is unmistakable. The Johnnies are on the move again. Will you hold?


Rifles and Rebels is a unit based game where units are composed of 5 to 10 figures. In Rifles and Rebels you can choose from two sides and two arms with a total of four forces. You can be:

Union Infantry

Confederate Infantry

Union Cavalry

Confederate Cavalry

Whichever you choose you must lead one or more units of men through the war, The American Civil War, fighting when needed because it’s all about victory and glory, and in some cases, just survival!

With Rifles and Rebels we’ve provided all you’ll need to refight the battles of the American Civil War including scenarios and an easy to use campaign system where you can link your battles. With a floating scale where a unit can represent a company to a regiment you can fight Civil War battles on almost any level.

The cannon are booming, the troops mustering, and the fight is coming to you. Welcome to…

Rifles & Rebels Fighting the Civil War 1861-1865


Shiloh Wargame Maps

Shiloh Wargame Maps

Design your own miniature wargame scenarios for the Battle of Shiloh
with this comprehensive map book.  From small unit level maps focusing
on a specific terrain feature such as the Hornet's Nest, to large maps
encompassing huge areas of the battlefield, this book gives you the
freedom to make the game you want to play.

This book contains 50 maps in scales ranging from 25, 33, and 50 yards per
inch.  A detailed Order of Battle is also included.  The final section
showcases modern photographs tying everything into the
actual terrain on the field.


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