Dec 24, 2016
Gentlemen Miniature Gamers and Brass Band of Kaisaniemi wish you a Merry Christmas.
Dec 23, 2016
A great online resource for the Soviet – Finnish border areas is the karjalankartat.fi site. You can search for places and download accurate contemporary...
Nov 16, 2016
Winter of No Surrender Winter of No Surrender (WoNS) is part of our official WWII CoC Grande Campaign. Players on both sides will have their own player characters leading platoons (on the Finnish side) and companies (Soviet side) / other forces and engage in historical scenarios over 105 days of fighting on the Karelian Isthmus. Any characters surviving the Winter War can then be used in the Continuation War (1941-1944). Currently we have a full complement of Soviet players (two companies) and one Finnish player. Additional players are welcome as regulars or occasional participants. The campaign features… * Updated character generation and national characteristics for both sides * Updated support options and non-player hero characters for both sides * Revised arsenal tables for both sides * A lavish complement of Campaign Cards with that special Winter War flavor * Updated rules including night fighting, artillery and air bombardments, anti-aircraft fire, captured equipment, Commissars, surprise, fatigue, Finnish radio broadcasting company interviews, skis, regimental bands, shrapnel and the Ukranian Wickerwork Factory Number 18… * Full campaign ladder with historical timeline set on the Taipale sector of the Karelian Isthmus * Complex historical situations and battles drawn from dozens of books and period documents * A few surprises * An already exhausted campaign GM… The campaign is set to start on Monday, November 28th at 1730 hours at the Club with an initial scenario and will be continued as figure etc. requirements are fulfilled. Intro to the Winter War campaign: Rajajoki border crossing, November 30, 1939, 06.40 am. Here Rajajoki (literally ”Border River”) forms the border between Finland and the Soviet Union. For weeks the men have stared at each other over the bridge spanning the river… the Russian border guards at one end of the bridge, the Finnish ones at the other. Not a word has been said. It is of course all the fault of Adolf Hitler and Iosif Stalin. These leaders of the world’s two most criminal regimes have also spent ages watching the other’s every move. To many an independent observer it has been clear that sooner or later the two will turn on each other and when they do the world will be engulfed in fire. The dictators themselves also seem to believe this. When in 1938 Nazi Germany annexed Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia the Soviet Union begun top secret security negotiations with Finland. The Soviets were worried that despite a 1932 non-aggression treaty Finland might...
Apr 22, 2013
Found a nice old gem from youtube the other day, a French Canadian co-production of the life and adventures of Capitaine Jean Roch Coignet Grenadier de la Garde Impériale. This is a dramatisation of the notebooks of a napoleonic guardsman, who served all the way through from the Italian Campaign of 1800 to Waterloo in 1815. The production quality and historical accuracy is fairly good, even though the series is quite old. It was made in 1969 when computer generated extras were not available, and the battle sequences don’t have thousands of extras milling around. You had to have access to thousands of red army conscripts to do the big battles in those days. Recommended for Napoleonic buffs. The books are available from Amazon as well. Kindle: Notebooks of Captain Coignet Paperback: Captain Coignet – A Soldier of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard from the Italian Campaign to Waterloo...
Jan 6, 2013
The Red Army encountered German Sturmgeschutz assault guns for the first time in 1941. The advantages of assault guns were that they were less expensive to produce than tanks with rotating turrets and that a larger gun could be fitted onto the same chassis. The Soviet Union was struggling with raw material shortages which made assault guns an attractive proposition.