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Karsten10 May 2017 10:57 a.m. PST

Dear Masters of the coloured brushes!

I am having difficulties finding historical background information for a new war game with 1/64 = 28 mm figures, as even Osprey is coming up dry on it. «Heroes of the Great War – Limanowa 1914» is set in the Eastern Front of World War I, focusing on the events near Krakow and the region of Galicia in December 1914. Since pictures say more than a thousand words, the following links might be helpful to see what it is all about:

Facebook, Google +, Twitter, vKontakte, YouTube

Game's main page = HeroesOfTheGreatWar.com/en
Publisher's homepage = GladiatorGamesLtd.com

One of the last two is where the rules and a Print-&-Play set can be downloaded from. There's also the possibility of a digital playtest at Tabletopia.

Now, what I (and many others) am looking for are …

1.) Historical Background
Historical background information about the battle of Limanowa in December 1914 and related events, the personalities involved, confrontations that took place before, after and around this one, anything that helps to develop a «feeling» for the theme and setting.

2.) Colours & Uniforms
Colour schemes, drawings and pictures that show how to paint the uniforms, armour and weapons, etc., of the involved units.

3.) Coat of Arms & Heraldry
Unit insignia, flags and so on, to 'pimp' the game and flesh it out. If the necessary details can be found, even playing out the battles with a tabletop rule system might be worth considering if enough information regarding tactics, formations and looks can be found.

4.) Colours needed
If possible and somebody happens to know them, a list of suitable colours (preferably acrylics, but enamel should do in the worst case) to paint the troops and equipment with historical accuracy.

I do of course not expect anyone else to do the legwork for me, but if you happen to have a few pointers as to where one could begin the research, those hints would be welcome.

Thank you very much. :-)

and most of all

Wildman10 May 2017 12:14 p.m. PST

There are two books in the Osprey Men-at-Arms series: The
Austro-Hungarian Forces in World War I (books 1&2) by Peter Jung and Illustrated by Darko Pavlovic. Book 1 is number 392
and book 2 is 397 on the Men-at-Arms list. There was also the
Arco Color Series that had Army Uniforms of World War I by
Andrew Mollo, illustrated by Pierre Turner. I know there are other books, these are the ones I have in my collection.
For paints, Games Workshop made a color called Shadow Grey
that was pretty good for early war Austrian uniforms. Not sure if they still make it though, the bottle I have is old
and they have changed their paints since I bought it.
Hope this information is of some use.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2017 4:20 p.m. PST

For the A-H look at Vallejo 905 Bluegrey.

Karsten12 May 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

Thank you very much and if you happen to come across more info on this topic, especially about the Russian side, please don't hesitate to add them. ;-)

Karsten13 May 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

In the meantime …

… I did a little bit of legwork myself, but TMP's user interface is too limited and cumbersome to present the information in a comprehensible form here.

Anyone interested in the topic might therefore want to take a look at BoardGameGeek.com/article/25869833#25869833

If you find anything that's not already there, please don't hold back, every hint is welcome. ;-)

Thank you and have a pleasant day.

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