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On Military Matters Update 11/21/2022

OMM will be closed Thursday (Thanksgiving Day – November 24), and Friday (November 25), but will be open small business Saturday (November 26).

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Most items due into the shoppe in a couple weeks.

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Gripping Beast: 28mm Parthian Cataphracts. Contains parts to assemble twelve Parthian cataphracts, making up to six bases of cavalry in the Swordpoint game system. These figures represent the famous heavily armored cataphracts of the Parthian Empire. They can also be used to represent similar troops fielded by the Armenian and Sassanid armies. Supplied unpainted and unassembled. 28mm hard plastic. Some modeling skill required. Use plastic cement to glue the parts together, not super glue. Please note: box does not include bases. $36.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $32.40 USD.

Fireforge Deus Vult: 28mm Armies of Islam – Berber Infantry. This box contains 24 multi-part plastic Berber Infantry soldiers that you can assemble with several weapons like swords, shields and/or bows. Figures are supplied unpainted and require a little assembly. $36.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $32.40 USD.

Fireforge Deus Vult: 28mm Armies of Islam – Black Guard. This box contains 24 multi-part plastic Black Guard soldiers with their characteristic spears and shields. This kit contains also several accessories to assemble standardbearers and musicians. Figures are supplied unpainted and require a little assembly. $34.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $30.60 USD.

Never Mind the Billhooks: Deluxe Edition – Albion Card Deck. Contains 37 Cards – All the cards you need to play a game including cards specific to the Albion (War of the Roses) theater, plus generic Leader Cards for Europa. The cards are: 5 Bonus Cards (generic) and 20 Play Deck Cards (2 x Bonus (Generic); 2 x skirmish and Artillery (Generic); 4 x Lancastrian Leader (Albion); 4 x Yorkist Leader (Albion); 4 x Unicorn Leader (Europa/Generic); and 4 x Lion Leader (Europa/generic)). Plus, the package adds 9 Special Event Cards (Generic) and 3 Special Event Cards (Albion). $11.00 USD

Never Mind the Billhooks: Deluxe Edition – Europa Card Deck. Contains 85 Cards – All the Leader and Special Event cards required for playing a game of Never Mind the Billhooks Deluxe, using the new Europa theaters. The cards are: 64 Play Deck Cards (Gallia – English Leader x 4 and French Leader x 4; Bohemia – Hussite Leader x 4 and Royalist Leader x 4; Helvetia – Swiss x 4 and Burgundian Leader x 4; Northumbria – English Leader x 4 and Scottish Leader x 4; Italia – Imperialist Leader x 4, French Leader x 4, Spanish Leader x 4, and Italian Leader x 4; Hibernia – Rebel Irish Leader x 4 and Irish Leader x 4; Lusitania – Rebel Leader x 4 and Royalist Leader x 4. Also: 21 Special Event Cards (3 from each theater). $19.00 USD

Never Mind the Billhooks: Deluxe Edition – Albion MDF Tokens. Contains 50 Tokens – All the tokens required for playing a game of Never Mind the Billhooks Deluxe – Albion (War of the Roses) theater. Please note: These tokens are exactly the same as the Never Mind the Billhooks Tokens released in 2021. Included: 20 x Double-sided Lancastrian and Yorkist Roses; 20 x Army Morale (Silver); and 10 x Double-sided Disarray (crossed bills) and Daunted (black rose). $22.00 USD

Never Mind the Billhooks: Deluxe Edition – Europa MDF Tokens. Contains 50 Tokens – All the tokens required for playing a game of Never Mind the Billhooks Deluxe, using the new Europa theatres. Included: 20 x Double-sided White Unicorn and Red Lion (Generic Europa); 20 x Double-sided Army Morale (Bronze and Silver); and 10 x Double-sided Disarray (Crossed Bills) and Daunted (Black Heart). $22.00 USD


Wars of the First Empire: A Soldiers of Napoleon Supplement. Card-driven action sequence drives Napoleonic tabletop battles. Included: 14 army lists over four campaign theaters, for the wars of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Coalitions against France, 1805-09, and the invasion of Russia in 1812. $42.00 USD


Roman Warriors: The Paintings of Graham Sumner. Gathering together stunning artwork from Graham Sumner’s impressive, expansive portfolio, featuring never-before-seen illustrations from the artist, and reminding us of his exceptional ability to bring Ancient Rome to life through painting, this colorful, comprehensive anthology is a must-have for any enthusiast of the period, and of military history in general. Includes 125 color illustrations. $70.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $59.50 USD.

Celtic Warfare: From the Fifth Century BC to the First Century AD. Offers an interdisciplinary approach, combining archaeological and literary sources and examining Celtic warfare from both a practical perspective, linked to weapons structure and military tactics, and a social perspective, analyzing the cultural implications of Celtic military development. Furthermore, the book analyzes the different areas of the Keltike, from Britain to Gaul, from Spain to the Alpine region. Includes 120 black-and-white plus eight color illustrations. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD

Covadonga 722: Pelagius the Visigoth vs Umayyad Caliphate. The Battle of Covadonga took place in 718 or 722 between the army of Pelagius, the Visigoth and the army of the Umayyad Caliphate. Fought near Covadonga in the Picos de Europa, either in 718 or 722, it resulted in a victory for the forces of Pelagius. It is traditionally regarded as the foundational event of the Kingdom of Asturias and thus, the initial point of the Christian Reconquista (reconquest) of Spain after the Umayyad conquest of 711. $28.00 USD

Orbetello 1646. The Battle of Orbetello, also known as the Battle of Isola del Giglio, was a major naval engagement of the Franco-Spanish War of 1635. It was fought on 14 June 1646, off the Spanish-ruled town of Orbetello, on the coast of Tuscany, Italy, between a French fleet led by Admiral Armand de Maille, Marquis of Breze, and a Spanish fleet commanded by Miguel de Noronha, 4th Count of Linhares sent to break the blockade of Orbetello and relieve the town, besieged since 12 May by a French army under the command of Prince Thomas of Savoy. The Battle of Orbetello was tactically very unusual, since it was fought by sailing ships towed by galleys in a light breeze. $28.00 USD


Ulster Will Fight: Volume 1 – Home Rule and the Ulster Volunteer Force 1886-1922. The various attempts at Home Rule for Ireland ultimately culminated in the Third Home Rule Bill which directly contributed to the creation of the Ulster Volunteer Force. The UVF spanned not just the geographic rural and urban Protestant Ulster from the Atlantic coast of Donegal to the shipyards of east Belfast but also the diverse political ideals of individuals. Describes the Home Rule period and the Ulster Volunteer Force formed in response to the Home Rule crises. An important period in Irish politics and history this book draws on a number of first-hand accounts, contemporary newspaper reports, UVF papers and records from the Somme Museum. It is illustrated by a number of images never before published. Includes 350 black-and-white photos and maps. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.

Russian Artillery 1787-1815. The evolution of Russian Artillery is explored in great depth using the wonderful scale plans of Norman Swales. The artillery of Tsarina Catherine II was a mainly a collection of pieces left over from the Seven Years War. Tsar Paul I introduced much needed reform with a new artillery system that under his son, Tsar Alexander I, became the excellent M1805 Arakcheev system. This invaluable reference for the historian, model maker, and restorer of ordnance of this period. Includes 105 scale plans, 636 color illustrations including 435 drawings, 120 photos, 64 of models, 17 paintings, 10 orders of battle, and 69 tables. $65.00 USD

The Napoleonic Archive 9: The Journals of Captain Henry Oglander of the 43rd & 47th Foot in the Copenhagen, Corunna & Peninsula Campaigns. Henry served with the 1st Battalion 43rd Foot at Copenhagen, and then served in the Peninsula in the Coruna campaign, returning to serve there from July 1810 to June 1812, and once again in the Peninsula with the 47th Foot from February 1813 to April 1814. He served at the following actions in the Peninsula: Coa, Busaco, Redhina, Foz d’Arouce, Sabugal, Fuentes d’Onoro, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz (where he was severely wounded losing his left arm) Vitoria, San Sebastian (severely wounded again, losing a finger) and Bayonne. He received a Gold Medal for commanding his battalion at San Sebastian. $40.00 USD

The Napoleonic Archive 10: A Hellish Business: The Letters of Captain Charles Kinloch, 52nd Light Infantry 1806-16. First published in a limited edition paperback but now issued in a better hardback edition. Charles Kinloch served at Copenhagen before proceeding to Portugal to take part in Wellington’s first Peninsular campaign. Returning home, he sailed with the Great Expedition to Walcheren in 1809, and then returned to Spain for the campaigns of 1810-12; when his foreign service was rudely halted by a severe wound received at Badajoz. Forced to return home to recuperate, Charles became a captain by purchase in the 99th Foot in March 1813, transferring back to the 52nd in the following July. Charles was appointed as an extra Aide de Camp to General Sir John Hope and became a unique eye-witness to the wounding and capture of Sir John. $40.00 USD

Moore and Wellington: War in the Baltic, Mediterranean and Portugal 1805-1808. Sir John Moore (1761-1809), and Sir Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), campaigned in the Baltic, the Mediterranean and Portugal in 1805-08. It culminated in the defeat of General Junot at Vimeiro, and the evacuation on British ships of his French Army to France. For the first time since the start of the war, Britain had secured a European mainland base. Details military history and has bios of the two esteemed generals but also draws together the connections between the economic, military, political, and social power that shaped the liberation of Portugal from the French. Includes 21 maps, 52 orders of battle, 35 tables, and 38 other illustrations. $40.00 USD

Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley’s Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum. Colonel Mike Snook’s narrative is characterized by scrupulous attention to detail, an instinctive grasp of the period, and an intimate understanding of its setting. The author argues compellingly that the Khartoum campaign was mismanaged from the outset. The outcome is the exoneration of Colonel Sir Charles Wilson, the man cast in the role of scapegoat, and an indictment of Wolseley’s generalship over the course of the last and most deeply flawed campaign of his career. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.

Armstrong Heavy Rifled Breech Loading Garrison, Naval and Siege Artillery: Royal Carriage Department Plans 1860-80. Volume 2 of this series is illustrated throughout with technical plans and Royal Carriage Department color plates. The Royal Carriage Department plates were the working plans produced to accompany the various editions of the Treatise of Military Carriages. While the treatises can be found in various editions and reprints, only a few RCD plates have previously been made available even to researchers. Fortunately, an almost complete set of plates has been found and preserved in the private reference collection of Simon Trendall. In addition, using the extensive specialist knowledge of Dr. Stephen Summerfield, Editor of the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, we have been able to reproduce the plates supported by text from contemporary Treatise of Military Carriages to create this invaluable reference for the historian, model maker and restorer of ordnance of this period. $65.00 USD

Special Operations Executive: Polish Section – The Death of the Second Polish Republic. The primary aim of Special Operations Executive: Polish Section is to ascertain the ultimate effectiveness of SOE assistance provided to the Second Polish Republic during the Second World War. The first chapter examines early contacts made between British and Polish military authorities, following the signing of the pact of mutual assistance between the two countries in 1939. The second chapter analyses certain issues pertaining to the Polish forces, prior to the opening of conflict, namely the shortages of modern equipment, military know-how and a defensive plan. Chapter three looks at the Polish defensive war, its failure and the consequences of defeat. The narrative then follows the retreat of the Polish Government together with remnants of the Polish forces to France and then to Britain. This is followed by an examination of the nascent underground resistance movement. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.

12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend: Volume 1 – From Formation to the Battle of CaenCasemate Illustrated edition is a fully illustrated account of the infamous 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, from their formation through to the four battles fierce battles for Caen. Includes 150 photographs and map. $29.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $24.65 USD.

And Don’t Forget the Magazines…

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy #122: Fighting – Fish Out of Water. From gladiators helping out in Roman armies to sailors and airmen being pulled into close combat during WWII battles, this issue explores the role of atypical units on the battlefield. Theme: Fighting Fish Out of Water: Necessity, the Overworked Mother of Invention – Improvisation in Warfare; The Second Servile War and the Battle of Skirthaea – Slave Soldiers; The Siege of Lucknow During the Indian Rebellion – Defend the Residency; Bravely Defending the Sittang River Bridgehead – Brews in Burma; Assembling Your Own Ad-hoc Units – Needs Must; Recreating a Famous Colonial Scene – Under Siege. Features: Norwegian Viking fights Norse Gael in the Irish Sea – The Raid on Man; A river crossing scenario from the Napoleonic War – Passage of the Duoro; King Charles XII of Sweden’s greatest folly – Refighting Poltava; Refighting the battle at the former HQ – Arnhem at Arnhem; A basic guide to painting Aztec warriors – Mexica 1519; Turning perfectly good MDF buildings into ruins – Through the Wars. Departments: Miniature reviews; Up Front – Public Wargaming; The Irregular – All Miniatures Should Be Equal; The Popular Medieval ruleset gets a sci-fi update – Let’s Play Xenos Rampant; Game Reviews – Song of Arthur and Merlin, Fighting the Dragon, Pulp!, and Black Powder Epic Battles: The Hundred Days Campaign; Book Reviews; Parting shots. $12.00 USD

Ancient History Magazine #41: The Reign of Akhenaten. Tutankamun’s modern fame often overshadows the truly unique period in Egyptian history that directly proceeded his reign. Akhenaten founded an entirely new capital and religion, which vanished almost as quickly as it had appeared. Theme: The Reign of Akhenaten: The Reign of Egypt’s Golden Couple – Akhenaten and Nefertiti; The Sun-Disc, Creator of the World – Aten, the Sole God; A New City Founded for a New God – Akhetaten; A Woman from Byblos in the Amarna letters – The Ummahnu Affair; The Image of Power During Akhenaten’s Reign – Representing the Aten; Destruction and Rediscovery – The Legacy of Akhenaten. Features: An Ancient Marco Polo – The Lost Story of Maes Titianus; The Persian king’s Breakfast and Alexander the Great – Eat Like a King; Orosius’ Historiae and Late Antique Christian Identity in the Roman empire; Soak Them, Mash Them, Stick Them in a Sauce – Pears in Antiquity; A Monument Near Monaco – The Tropaeum Augusti. $12.00 USD

Smoothbore Ordnance Journal Volume 12: American Civil War Rifled Artillery. A valuable collection of articles including essays on the Armstrong & Whitworth involvement, full of technical drawings and photographs. $35.00 USD

Smoothbore Ordnance Journal Volume 13: Defense of Britain Against Napoleon: Barracks, Fortifications, Muskets, Rifles, and Shorncliffe. Based around four major themes: the Duke of York’s reforms of the British Army; the Defence of Britain against Napoleon; Musketry & target practice & Militia & Volunteers. $35.00 USD

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