Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Free (ish!) 100 Dusty Paperbacks on an Abandoned Bookshelf for Modern RPGs Download Now!

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again, just a post to let you know about this month’s Pointless Classics title is 100 Dusty Paperbacks on an Abandoned Bookshelf for all Modern RPGs. This PDF is ideal for those moments during your game when players are searching and scavenging on shelves and so on. Not every search will come up with anything […]

Rogue Stars: Let the ideas start to flow!

Posted on September 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So, with Osprey’s Rogue Stars ( Rogue Stars: Skirmish Wargaming in a Science Fiction Underworld (Osprey Wargames) ) winging its way to me through the post (yes, I succumbed to it in the end, the temptation was far too great!) I really look forward to getting it so I can have a really good read to […]

20 Sides of Karma: Evil Toys from the Toymaster’s Workshop, New title from Grinning Skull Studios!

Posted on September 10th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’d like to take a minute to tell you about our new title series, 20 Sides of Karma, in a departure from the usual Grim’s Amazing D100 Tables and other title lines, 20 Sides of Karma will address a collection of 20 items, NPCs, adventure ideas, creatures, events & encounters, and more in each supplement. […]

100 Cavern features & Dungeon dressings for all fantasy RPGs.

Posted on September 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again, shameless plug for our latest release, 100 Cavern features & Dungeon dressings for all fantasy RPGs.  This great publication will help any GM flesh out details for dungeon room interiors where none might have been before. Inside there are 100 detailed descriptions you can easily add to these blank spaces, either roll randomly, […]

Book Review: Battles of the Dark Ages by Peter Marren

Posted on September 7th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

In an attempt to inspire myself to finish off my Saxon warband for our planned Bloodeagle campaign I have been reading Battles of the Dark Ages by Peter Marren.The book covers most, if not all, of the important battles that took place in the Briti…

Book Review: Battles of the Dark Ages by Peter Marren

Posted on September 7th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

In an attempt to inspire myself to finish off my Saxon warband for our planned Bloodeagle campaign I have been reading Battles of the Dark Ages by Peter Marren.The book covers most, if not all, of the important battles that took place in the Briti…

Spitfre II/V vs Bf-109F

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I have read several of the Osprey Duel series, some really good and some a bit iffy, so I thought I’d hedge my bets and download this one, especially as it is directly relevant to my latest Bag the Hun project. I have to say that this is definitely one…

Fulgrim – Graham McNeill

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Set in the universe of Warhammer 40.000, the game world created by Games Workshop, the Horus Heresy looks in depth at the story of the greatest betrayal of mankind and the coming of Chaos to the Imperium. The fifth book in the Horus Heresy novels from …

Fulgrim – Graham McNeill

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Set in the universe of Warhammer 40.000, the game world created by Games Workshop, the Horus Heresy looks in depth at the story of the greatest betrayal of mankind and the coming of Chaos to the Imperium. The fifth book in the Horus Heresy novels from …

New Release: Sci-Fi Bundle Collection Vol. 1

Posted on September 5th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Almost forgot to tell you about yet one more Grinning Skull Studios release, this time it’s the SCI-FI Bundle Collection Vol 1, a discounted bundle of all our Sci-fi themed titles thus far! http://www.rpgnow.com/product/220550/SciFi-Bundle-Collection-Vol-1-BUNDLE?src=newest You can get this deal by clicking the link above or by visiting our publisher pages on the links below!   

New Release: 100 Things Killer Toys do, when your back is turned for all Modern Horror RPGs.

Posted on September 5th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Just a quick post to let you know about the next release from Grinning Skull Studios, Following on from the previous release, we still have some killer toy flavour, penned by Allen Farr, 100 Things Killer Toys do when your back is turned, forall Modern Horror RPGs. This pdf details 100 solid ideas for sinister […]

Osprey’s Rogue Stars: Is it any good? Give me your recommendations?

Posted on September 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So, been browsing about, and I’ve noticed Rogue Stars: Skirmish Wargaming in a Science Fiction Underworld (Osprey Wargames), which has caught my eye with a prospect of getting it. I absolutely know jack s**t about it, only that it seems like an attempt at a mini skirmish game attempt from Osprey to get some of […]

Spitfires over Berlin

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’ve flicked through this a few times in WHSmiths but it’s now available as a digital book for £3.99, so worth getting hold of. There’s lots of useful stuff here too for Bag the Hun and the like, covering the air war in the last five months of the war, not just last few days as the title suggests. The creation of the excellent cover art by Mark Postlethwaite is also explained on his website, which I think is really relevant to painting miniatures too:

http://www.posart.com/spitfire-berlin-wip/

Total Germany

Posted on September 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Another 99p book for the Kindle which looked interesting and an easy read now that I’ll be back at work. I have a 1/3000 Royal Navy fleet for the Med in a box that might yet see a splash of paint, although it’s been there long enough already that I don…

Last of this month’s Grinning Skull Studios Titles!

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again everyone, just a quick message to let you know about the last two of this month’s releases, starting with 100 Things Killer Toys do, when your back is turned for all fantasy RPGs. This is the first in a series of Killer toy themed titles coming up from us, so if creepy murder […]

Oddball Outlet: More stuff for sale…

Posted on August 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, more stuff is up for sale, quite a bit of 3rd Edition 40K in this batch, so I’ll waste no more time, and get on with the show! Let’s let the pictures do the talking!! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310977680?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310970470?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310985479?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310982393?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310958421?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311027938?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311032634?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311057284?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311004656?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310992804?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 So, if any of those interest you, please check […]

They Gave Me a Seafire

Posted on August 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I had a nine hour ferry crossing to kill yesterday, so started reading this on the Kindle. It is very well written and so an easy read, with the typical autobiographical account of training through to action in the Mediterranean and Pacific. I’m really…

They Gave Me a Seafire

Posted on August 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I had a nine hour ferry crossing to kill yesterday, so started reading this on the Kindle. It is very well written and so an easy read, with the typical autobiographical account of training through to action in the Mediterranean and Pacific. I’m really…

Grinning Skull Studios August New Releases!

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, it’s that time again, here I am to let you know of the latest 5 releases from us here, please have a look yourselves, or share the links to help this small press hobby publisher out!! For you fantasy RPGers out there, we have 100 Desert Encounters

Panzerkrieg: Volume 1 by Jason Mark

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

Panzerkrieg: Volume 1 by Jason Mark

Pre-Publication Offer for our forthcoming title, Panzerkrieg: Volume 1.

In this first volume of a series dedicated to studying German armoured operations at Stalingrad, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 are examined in detail. A large number of incredible photos have been assembled, around 100 from the Bundesarchiv-Bildarchiv, the remaining 460 from veterans, private collectors and the author’s own archive, the overwhelming majority having never been published before. But don’t think this is “just” a photo volume; the operations of each battalion are covered in detailed narratives accompanied by maps, aerial photos, tables and of course hundreds of stunning images. This is by far our biggest book to date.

• Large 280m x 216mm format;
• 568 pages on high-quality gloss paper;
• 559 photos;
• 50 maps;
• 12 aerial photos;
• 3 appendices with daily panzer strengths of each battalion.
For more information about the book, follow this link:
Be sure to check out the samples – click on the link above and look for the 6 links. Here are a few teasers.

Leaping Horseman Books

Panzerkrieg: Volume 1 by Jason Mark

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

Panzerkrieg: Volume 1 by Jason Mark

Pre-Publication Offer for our forthcoming title, Panzerkrieg: Volume 1.

In this first volume of a series dedicated to studying German armoured operations at Stalingrad, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 are examined in detail. A large number of incredible photos have been assembled, around 100 from the Bundesarchiv-Bildarchiv, the remaining 460 from veterans, private collectors and the author’s own archive, the overwhelming majority having never been published before. But don’t think this is “just” a photo volume; the operations of each battalion are covered in detailed narratives accompanied by maps, aerial photos, tables and of course hundreds of stunning images. This is by far our biggest book to date.

• Large 280m x 216mm format;
• 568 pages on high-quality gloss paper;
• 559 photos;
• 50 maps;
• 12 aerial photos;
• 3 appendices with daily panzer strengths of each battalion.
For more information about the book, follow this link:
Be sure to check out the samples – click on the link above and look for the 6 links. Here are a few teasers.

Leaping Horseman Books

Godoy’s Army: Spanish Regiments and Uniforms from the Estado Militar of 1800 (From Reason to Revolution)

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Based on an extremely rare (albeit slightly incomplete) illustrated version of the Spanish Army’s order of battle as it existed in the year 1800, this work cannot but form a most unusual addition to the collection of anyone interested in military unifo…

Godoy’s Army: Spanish Regiments and Uniforms from the Estado Militar of 1800 (From Reason to Revolution)

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Based on an extremely rare (albeit slightly incomplete) illustrated version of the Spanish Army’s order of battle as it existed in the year 1800, this work cannot but form a most unusual addition to the collection of anyone interested in military unifo…

The Oder Front 1945, Volume 2: Documents, Reports & Personal Accounts

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Oder Front 1945, Volume 2: Documents, Reports & Personal Accounts

The Oder Front 1945 Volume II breaks new ground in its operational level detail of the German defense of the Oderfront between January-May 1945. Volume II pieces together the various orders, directives, and command guidance issued by the Fuhrer, OKW, OKH and Heeresgruppe Weichsel commanders to examine who drove military decisions and how they shaped Germany’s final defense in the east.

Previous works have placed significant blame for the failures of Heeresgruppe Weichsel to defend Pomerania on the shoulders of its first commander Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler. While Himmler’s lack of professional military training did have an adverse effect on military operations, documents reveal that Heinz Guderian, Chief of OKH, was responsible for issuing the orders that led to many of the costly offenses and overall lack of preparedness in the defense of Pomerania. Guderian, and not Himmler, was responsible for the hastily executed Operation Sonnenwende, the withdrawal of key combat formations from the frontline in Pomerania just before the Soviet assault, and the desperate attack plans out of the Altdamm and Frankfurt-an-der-Oder Bridgeheads that led to confusion and dismay among the commanders of the 3.Panzer-Armee and 9.Armee. Driving Guderian’s often desperate decision-making was his military intelligence Chief, Reinhard Gehlen, whose assessments of Soviet intentions increasingly pitted him against the Fuhrer’s “intuition” ultimately leading to Guderian’s dismissal at the end of March―a week after Himmler left command. The first 60 days of the Oderfront’s defense were squandered between competing personalities that battled for influence over the Reich’s most important military command at that time.

In the final analysis, Himmler did achieve the main goal that Adolf Hitler expected with his appointment to commander of Heeresgruppe Weichsel; to reestablish discipline and order among the defeated and demoralized Wehrmacht formations fleeing west in the wake of the January Soviet Vistula-Oder Strategic Offensive. However, even draconian punishment could not create new formations where none existed. What prevented the rapid collapse of the Oderfront in the winter of 1945 was the Wehrmacht’s Wehrkreis system that continued to ingeniously field new combat formations into the frontline against all expectations. Both OKW and OKH worked tirelessly to resurrect defeated combat formations and field new ones at a time when not a single German combat division existed between Berlin and the Soviet Bridgehead at Kienitz on the Oder River in early February 1945.

Using extensive primary documents and first person accounts The Oder Front 1945 Volume II details all the main combat operations on the Oderfront from the Fortresses of Graudenz, Thorn, Posen, Schneidemuhl, Kustrin, and Kolberg, to Operation Sonnenwende, the Altdamm and Schwedt Bridgeheads and the final battles of the 3.Panzer-Armee, 9.Armee, 12.Armee, and 21.Armee. Every aspect of Heeresgruppe Weichsel’s formation and military readiness is detailed and analyzed through primary documents; from its manpower to allocated weapons, fuel and ammunition supply, to replacements and leadership. All major combat formations are detailed to include their late war order-of-battle and operational history. Included in this second volume of the series are hundreds of translated documents and orders, more than 30 charts and tables, and over 35 color maps. In addition, 267 primary documents are digitally included on CD that supplement the text with attack orders, casualty statistics, strength reports, equipment and supply lists, and various late war divisional Gliederung (compositions).

This work is an excellent companion to Volume I and fills an important gap in the history of German military operations during the last months of the war.

The Oder Front 1945, Volume 1: General Gotthard Heinrici, Heeresgruppe Weichsel And Germany’s Final Defense In The East, 20 March-3 May 1945

Killer Butterflies: Combat, Psychology & Morale in the British 19th (Western) Division 1915-18

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Killer Butterflies: Combat, Psychology & Morale in the British 19th (Western) Division 1915-18

In this ground-breaking work, James Roberts examines the willingness and ability of British volunteer and conscript infantrymen of the Great War to perform the soldier’s fundamental role: to kill or maim the enemy, and accept the attendant chance of being killed or wounded. The literature to date has been, paradoxically, somewhat silent on the soldier’s part in the act of killing.

This study recovers this neglected narrative through the experiences of 19th (Western) Division, as recorded in their unit war diaries – a source generated primarily to record the experiences of combat. The study’s findings offer testimony to the courage and endurance of the Great War soldier in circumstances of terrible hardship and suffering. But they also reveal much lesser known and understood aspects of the soldier’s behaviour in combat. Many infantrymen were unable and/or unwilling to traverse the experiential divide between civilian life and the ultimate act of soldiery. This in itself indicates the immense psychological steps taken by those (perhaps the minority) who found themselves capable of killing. Those who did fight gravitated towards weapons (such as the machine-gun or Mills Bomb) that, primarily through visual distance, partially sanitised the act of maiming the enemy. The bayonet kill, a far more personal form of combat, was a rare act; despite the British Army’s undiminished championing of the bayonet as the principal weapon of the infantryman. But neither were the pacifistic legions always pawns in the hands of their senior commanders. Upon the physical No Man’s Land they discovered a behavioural grey area between complete obedience and absolute defiance, and were able to tacitly limit their commitment to combat through subtle passive behaviour such as ‘straggling’ or “going to ground”. In doing so they successfully wrestled back a degree of control over their battlefield fate. From a number of conclusions drawn by the study one predominates: civilian mores and values were not always surrendered the moment the infantryman crossed the parapet; many soldiers during the Great War found themselves willing servicemen, but reluctant killers.