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Victrix WWII: 12mm M4A1 Sherman Models

Victrix WWII: 12mm M4A1 Sherman Models

This set includes six superbly detailed 12mm/1:144 M4A1 Shermans (early and late versions) and a decal sheet. $36.00 USD


Mortem et Gloriam: Rules for the Ancient/Medieval Covering 2000BC to 1500AD 2nd Edition

Mortem et Gloriam: Rules for the Ancient/Medieval Covering 2000BC to 1500AD 2nd Edition

2nd Edition ruleset contains the MeG hardback rulebook for Maxiumus, Magna and Pacto sytems, dice, cards, and a set of wound/slow markers. The changes do not alter any basic rules structures. They change interactions between a few weapon types, the color card you need for certain maneuvers, point costs have been changed, things like that. The point cost changes just mean you need to download (for free) the latest version of the army builder. There are a few changes to how the pregame setup/terrain selection works. Almost all the changes are tweaks as opposed to redesign stuff. If you own the original stuff, you can download all of the changes and bring your rules current from the website.

This 240-page hardback book with a new look and 20 world-class pieces of artwork by Giuseppe Rava. It will integrate all clarifications, include a more extensive set of diagrams, and will combine Maximus, Magna and Pacto in a single volume. Tokens are blended with grass background to make games look great. The wound and slow markers have printed casualties and troops on them. Hardback set, out of print, limited quantity. First Come, First served. $79.00 USD

A War Transformed: WWI on the Doggerland Front

A War Transformed: WWI on the Doggerland Front

WWI skirmish wargame with supernatural twist. Players command small forces of infantry, cavalry, artillery and other, stranger, troops on the Doggerland Front from authentic folk traditions and occult philosophies of the era. As WWI raged, the Moon fell from its orbit. Seas shifted, uncovering new lands and revealing what tide and time had concealed. Thrust to the surface, Doggerland, the ancient bridge between Britain and Europe, becomes a crucial battleground in the conflict. In this alien landscape, raiding parties pick through the ribs of wrecks and the ruins of lost villages, war machines festooned with totems and fetishes roll over the brittle bones of long-dead giants, and cavalry charge across plains made verdant by the vegetation returning to this new land with unnatural speed. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.
Stargrave: Bold Endeavour

Stargrave: Bold Endeavour

Stargrave Supplement: focuses on the ships that serve as the crews' transports, strategic headquarters, and homes, including new upgrades, a damage system, and rules for crew assignments such as piloting, gunnery, and navigation. New powers, soldiers, technology, and backgrounds for captains and first mates help reinforce crews, while rules for space encounters – dangerous, interesting, and potentially profitable incidents – and five new scenarios bring them face to face with strange alien species and other terrifying dangers in weird and wonderful locations, from unexplored planets to the depths of space. $30.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50 USD.
Might & Melee: Fistful of Lead Fantasy Trilogy – Book I

Might & Melee: Fistful of Lead Fantasy Trilogy – Book I

Stand-alone skirmish rules book. Players familiar with Fistful of Lead will find the core mechanics the same. What we've added is flavor for the genre. Covers Dark Ages, Middle Ages, and War of the Roses. Includes ten scenarios. Might & Melee is not a faithful historical recreation of medieval combat, but rather a Hollywood version of it. The rules doesn't focus on huge battles. Instead, we're focusing on individuals. A knight could go his whole life and never see a battle, but he would see numerous skirmishes against robber knights, old enemies and bandits. Not to mention the occasional marauding dragon. This rulebook can be used by itself for skirmishes between knightly retinues or barbarian warlords, but it is also the first book of three for using Fistful of Lead in a larger fantasy setting. The second book introduces magic, while the third brings in mythical monsters and the underground world they often inhabit. $22.00 USD

Magic & Mages: Fistful of Lead Fantasy Trilogy – Book II

Introduces spellcasting and other magic to the Fistful of Lead family of games. This is not a stand-alone set of rules. You'll need the first book, Might and Melee, or at the very least the Fistful of Lead Core rules. You can call them Magic Users, Wizards, Sorcerers, Warlocks or Witches, but we're going to use the term Spellcaster to cover them all. A spellcasting miniature can be added to your Retinue just as any other miniature. They can be your Leader, a Sergeant or Regulars. Rabble cannot be Spellcasters. There are three Mastery levels of Magic User corresponding to Leader (Master), Sergeant (Journeyman), and Regular (Apprentice). $22.00 USD

Monsters & Mazes: Fistful of Lead Fantasy Trilogy – Book III

Introduces a Creature Catalog, Dungeon Builder, and solo-play supplement to the Fistful of Lead family of games. This is not a stand-alone set of rules. You'll need the first book, Might and Melee, or at the very least the Fistful of Lead core rules. The Creature Catalog contains a wide array of monsters, statted up for M&M; The Dungeon Builder creates dungeon plans; and Solo play turns a multi-player game into a solitaire dungeon crawl. Includes eight scenarios. $22.00 USD


General Orders: World War II Game

General Orders: World War II Game

Players vie for WWII battlefield use token placement to seize crucial strategic assets that unlock special abilities. Balance the desire to gain these advantages with the need to secure supply lines, ward off aerial assault and artillery barrages, and protect your vulnerable headquarters. Game features: Ages: 14+; Time: 30 minutes; Players: 2; 1 double-sided game board; 32 playing cards; 80+ wooden pieces; dice; and tokens. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.


253 Anglo-Saxon Kings and Warlords: AD 400-1070

253 Anglo-Saxon Kings and Warlords: AD 400-1070

Elite series. Profiles of the kings and warlords from the withdrawal of the Romans to the Battle of Hastings. The Anglo-Saxon warrior elite were equipped with magnificent armor, influenced by the cultures of the late Romans, the Scandinavian Vendel people, the Frankish Merovingians, Carolingians and Ottonians, and also the Vikings. Includes color illustrations, rare photos, and the latest archaeological research. $21.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.85 USD.
394 Operation Pedestal 1942: The Battle for Malta's Lifeline

394 Operation Pedestal 1942: The Battle for Malta's Lifeline

Campaign series. A protected convoy to resupply Malta in 1942 was named Operation Pedestal. It was repeatedly pummeled by Axis air and submarine attacks as it ground its way towards Malta, with most of the merchant ships sunk during the passage, along with an aircraft carrier and two cruisers. It also explores how despite this grim toll, the sacrifice was worth it. Heavily illustrated. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD.
009 F4F Wildcat: South Pacific 1942-43

009 F4F Wildcat: South Pacific 1942-43

Dogfight series. Covers Grumman F4F. Examines the carrier battles that took place in August and October in the South Pacific around Guadalcanal. The key combat actions are described and accompanied with rare and original photographs and diagrams, as are the training and tactics that contributed to the Wildcat's success. Illustrated with specially commissioned artwork, including armament views and ribbon diagrams. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.
075 Japanese Infantryman vs U.S. Marine Rifleman: Tarawa, Roi-Namur, and Eniwetok, 1943-44

075 Japanese Infantryman vs U.S. Marine Rifleman: Tarawa, Roi-Namur, and Eniwetok, 1943-44

Combat Men series. Covers U.S. Marine Corps and Imperial Japanese Army troops, explaining tactics, organization and equipment for a trio of battles: Tarawa, Roi-Namur and Eniwetok. On November 20, 1943, amphibious vehicles carrying Marines of the 2nd Marine Division reached the shores of Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll, defended by a determined Japanese garrison that would fight to the last man. This began a test by combat of over two decades of U.S. studies, analyses and planning for capturing and defending naval bases in Micronesia. The Tarawa assault was followed in February 1944 by the rapid capture of the Kwajalein and Eniwetok atolls in the Marshall Islands. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.
130 Sunderland vs U-BoatT: Bay of Biscay 1943-44

130 Sunderland vs U-Boat: Bay of Biscay 1943-44

Duel series. Examines the respective advantages and drawbacks of Sunderland and U-boat, and first-hand accounts provide a vivid analysis of their historic engagement during the Bay of Biscay campaign in 1943-44. Includes maps, tactical diagrams, photographs, and specially commissioned artwork. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.

322 U.S. Navy Gun Destroyers 1945-88

New Vanguard series. Using battlescene artwork, detailed illustrations, and photos, this book explores the careers, modernizations, and roles of the last gun destroyers of the U.S. Navy during the Cold War. WWII Fletcher-class and Gearing-class DDs were modernized under the Fleet Modernization and Rehabilitation (FRAM) program, which allowed them to serve until 1980. The majority of these ships then saw service with foreign navies. Many Sumner-class destroyers were also kept in service, with the last decommissioned in 1973. Also, commissioned in the 1950s, the 18 ships of the Forrest Sherman class were the U.S. Navy's last all-gun destroyers, and were considered to be the pinnacle of U.S. Navy gun-destroyer design. The virtually unknown Norfolk class was originally built as a destroyer leader and maximized for ASW but only two were modernized and the other three retired early. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now 17.00 USD[.

323 Tanks of the Iron Curtain 1975-90

New Vanguard series. Features detailed new illustrations and many photos to pinpoint the key technology of the era, including turbine engines, APFSDS ammunition, advanced armor and high-tech fire-control systems, and describes how the rival tanks compared in the final stretch of the Cold War arms race. Analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of final versions of the Soviet T-64, T-72, and T-80 tanks. Explores how the failure of the U.S.-German MBT-70 project led to America's development of the M1 Abrams tank, and to Germany's all-new Leopard II. The British development of the Challenger tank is also considered, as is the lesser-known Leclerc tank developed by France, the smallest and lightest of any of the western designs. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.00 USD.


Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King

Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King

Well-written and extensive analysis of original sources, including the French battle plan that still survives today, provides a new interpretation of the location, battle formation, and progress of the 25 October 1415 battle. Discusses some of the popular myths surrounding the Hollywood version of the battle. Includes 16 pages of color illustrations and numerous black-and-white maps. The English invasion of France in 1415 saw them take the French port of Harfleur after a long siege, following which Henry was left with a sick and weakened army, which he chose to march across Normandy to the port of Calais against the wishes of his senior commanders. The French had assembled a superior force and shadowed the English Army before finally blocking its route. The battle that followed was an overwhelming victory for the English, with the French suffering horrific casualties. Agincourt opened the door for Henry V's further conquests in France. $30.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50 USD.

Crecy: Battle of Five Kings

Is another readable account by Livingston that suggests an alternate location of another decisive medieval battle: Crecy. $30.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50 USD.
Hojo: Samurai Warlords 1487-1590

Hojo: Samurai Warlords 1487-1590

Stephen Turnbull analyzes a century of samurai warfare using Japanese sources not previously translated into English. Well illustrated with photographs of armor and weapons plus artwork. The history of this violent time is perfectly encapsulated in the campaigns waged by five generations of one outstanding warlord family: the Hojo of Odawara Castle. In 1487, the dynasty's founder attacked a wooden stockade using bows and arrows; in 1590, his great-great grandson defended a huge castle using cannons. Successive Hojo warlords were contemporaries of famous samurai such as Takeda Shingen, Uesugi Kenshin, and Oda Nobunaga, whose armies they fought and defeated, but their end came at the hands of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who defeated the Hojo in a massive siege of their mighty castle of Odawara. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.
Kesselsdorf 1745: Decision in the Fight for Silesia

Kesselsdorf 1745: Decision in the Fight for Silesia

The victory of the Prussian army under Leopold von Anhalt-Dessau over a Saxon army at the Battle of Kesselsdorf prompted the peace agreement at Dresden. In it, Austria once again renounced its claims to the province of Silesia, which had been lost to Prussia in the First Silesian War. In addition, Prussia rose to the rank of the great European powers and became the regional hegemon in northern Germany, while ambitious Electoral Saxony lost considerable political importance in the Empire and in Europe. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.
King George's Army: British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: Volume 1 – Administration & Cavalry

King George's Army: British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: Volume 1 – Administration & Cavalry

King George's Army: British Regiments and the Men who Led Them 1793-1815 will contain five volumes, with coverage given to cavalry regiments (Volume 1), infantry regiments (Volumes 2 to 4), and Ordnance and other regiments (Volume 5). Volume 1 covers in great detail the cavalry regiments that comprised the army of King George III for the period of the Great War with France, and the men who commanded them. Regimental data provided includes short-form regimental lineages, service locations and dispositions for the era, battle honors won, tables of authorized establishments, demographics of the field officer cohorts and of the men. But the book is essentially concerned with the field officers, the lieutenant colonels and majors who commanded the regiments, and Volume 1 alone contains over 1,000 mini-biographies of men who commanded the regiments, including their dates of birth and death, parentage, education, career (including political), awards and honors, and places of residence. Volumes 2 to 5 will extend the coverage to ultimately record over 4,500 biographies across more than 200 regiments. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.

The Khotyn Campaign of 1621: Polish, Lithuanian & Cossack Armies Versus the Might of the Ottoman Empire

The book focuses on the Khotyn campaign of 1621, describing the day-by-day actions of the combatant armies – assaults, sallies and raids – during the whole of the siege. Additional theaters of war, such as Cossack operations from the summer of 1621, and Tatars raids against the Polish interior, are described as well. Provides details of the organization and strength of the armies, information about the battle dispositions of the troops at Khotyn and commanders leading the troops. Actions leading to the outbreak of the open conflict between the Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire are explained in a separate chapter, providing a good historical background of the war. Another chapter covers the outcome of the war and the ways that influenced the internal and external situation of both the Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.

Not So Easy, Lads: Wearing the Red Coat 1786-1797

First-hand unpublished eye-witness letters of Serjeant Major William Roworth to his wife about being in the redcoats in Georgian England. Roworth's 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot was just one of many destined for duty on the Continent, where it joined the Duke of York's army as reinforcements during the War of the First Coalition 1792-1797. On his return to Britain in the late Spring of 1795, he received an order for service in the West Indies. The Roworth letters highlighted so many of the concerns in the lives of soldiers then which are much the same today; love; duty; ambition; children; extended family; sickness at home; the difficulties distance and lack of communication created by infrequency of letters; the careful personal censorship of those letters, to avoid instilling fear – all these and more. William Roworth left his own interpretation of the arenas of Boxtel and the reduction of St Lucia. $55.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $46.75 USD.
From Ironclads to Dreadnoughts: The Development of the German Battleship, 1864-1918

From Ironclads to Dreadnoughts: The Development of the German Battleship, 1864-1918

Following unification in 1871, the development of the Imperial German Navy mirrored the rise of Germany as a technical power. Still, such a rise needed more than just technical ability – it required considerable political will and economic resources. The early chapters cover the initial purchase of ships from abroad, the switch to German shipyards, and the hesitant attempts of Emperor Wilhelm II to develop the navy. The later chapters present the fundamental changes after Alfred von Tirpitz became naval minister in 1897. They focus on the history of the various classes of ships, from their inception to the wide variety of design influences, through their history in service and individual fates. The text is accompanied by an abundant selection of illustrations, photographs, maps and tables sourced from the vast Federal Archives at Freiburg and several private archives. $95.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $80.75 USD.

To Do the Work of Men: An Operational History of the 21st Division in the Great War

The 21st (New Army) Division was formed in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third Army, comprising units mostly from Yorkshire, Northumberland, Durham, and Lincolnshire. It spent its entire active service on the Western Front, taking part in almost all the major engagements. Only two weeks after having arrived in France, and with no battlefield experience, they were thrown into action on the second day of the costly Battle of Loos. Badly misused by the high command, it was no surprise the division underperformed. The 21st Division, from May 1916 under the command of Major-General David Soarer Campbell, recovered from this disastrous baptism of fire to achieve creditable success during the Battle of the Somme. The division then re-entered the fray with the newly-introduced tanks in September as British Fourth Army captured the villages of Flers and Gueudecourt. The division experienced mixed fortunes in 1917 at Arras, on coming up against the formidable Hindenburg Line defenses, and during the latter stages of the Third Ypres campaign when defending Polygon Wood against fierce counter attacks before struggling forward through the October mud to assault the hamlet of Reutel. Between March and June of 1918, the 21st Division faced all three major German spring offensives and recovered to play its part in the Hundred Days victories. $80.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $68.00 USD.
Desert Armor – Volume 2: Tank Warfare in North Africa: Gazala to Tunisia, 1942-43

Desert Armor – Volume 2: Tank Warfare in North Africa: Gazala to Tunisia, 1942-43

Follow up to the excellent Volume 1 (OMM Book Number 235830) that covered the initial stages of WWII North Africa. Explores the second half of the history of the WWII North African campaign, from the Gazala offensive in May 1942 that drove the British forces all the way back to the Egyptian frontier and led to the fall of Tobruk, through the pivotal battles of El Alamein, and to the final Allied victory in Tunisia. He examines the armored forces, equipment, doctrine, training, logistics, and operations employed by both Allied and Axis forces throughout the period, focusing especially on the brigade and regimental level of operations. Fully illustrated with photographs, profile artwork, and maps, this book features tactical-level vignettes and appendices analyzing tank data, tank deliveries in-theater, and orders of battle. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.
Next War: Reimagining How We Fight

Next War: Reimagining How We Fight

An analysis of the lessons learned from recent wars, including the conflict in Ukraine, and how top war-fighting disrupters are transforming the methods of warfare. The nature of war is constant change – today, the battlespace is transparent; multi-domain sensors can see anything, and long-range precision fire can target everything that is observed. Autonomous weapons can be unleashed into the battlespace and attack any target from above, hitting the weakest point of tanks and armored vehicles. The velocity of war is hyper-fast. Imagines a peer fight against Communist China, a new war in Europe against a resurgent Russia, or a conflict against Iran in the Middle East. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $21.25 USD.
2SAS: Bill Stirling and the Forgotten Special Forces Unit of World War II

2SAS: Bill Stirling & the Forgotten Special Forces Unit of World War II

Having originally joined the SOE in March 1940, Bill Stirling sailed for Cairo in 1941, and there had the idea for a small special forces unit to be led by his mercurial brother. But despite some success, David allowed the legendary 1SAS to drift under his leadership. Bill re-directed 2SAS, under his personal command, to the strategy he had originally envisaged: parachuting behind enemy lines to gather intelligence. Fully illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, this book details how 2SAS fought with ingenuity and aggression, from Italy and then into France before heading through Holland into Germany. The unit was capable of attacking by parachute, jeep, or landing craft, establishing a template for future special forces' operations. Their feats have been overshadowed by the many books that have focused on David and 1SAS. 2SAS corrects this oversight, revealing that the real innovator was Bill Stirling – the true pioneer of Who Dares Wins. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $29.75 USD.

When the Shooting Stopped: August 1945

The stunning dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 seemed sure to force Tokyo over the tipping point. In fact, most of the Japanese cabinet refused to surrender and vicious dogfights still raged in the skies above Japan. This recap of the final weeks of the war details the last brutal battles on air, land, and sea with first-hand accounts from troops on all sides. Also details the first weeks of a tenuous peace and the drawing of Cold War battle lines as Soviet forces concluded their invasion of Manchuria. $22.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $18.70 USD.

The Convoy: HG-76: Taking the Fight to Hitler's U-boats

HG-76 sailed from Gibraltar to Britain in December 1941, and was specially targeted by the Germans. Luftwaffe aircraft and a U-boat wolfpack targeted the convoy in a rare example of German inter-service cooperation. Yet the British outfitted the convoy escorts with improved radar and sonar that gave the convoy a slight edge over their opponents, while the HMS Audacity, the Royal Navy's first escort carrier, offered aerial surveillance and protection. HG-76 was led by Commander Walker, an anti-submarine expert who had developed new, aggressive U-boat hunting tactics. The convoy endured seven days and nights of relentless attack. Technical and tactical developments infuse the narrative of terror and the stubborn determination that defined the experiences of those that served on convoy duties. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $29.75 USD.

Going Downtown: The U.S. Air Force Over Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia 1961-75

Examines the U.S. Air Force's struggle in the skies over Vietnam Southeast Asia, starting in 1962, when instructors were sent to train Vietnamese pilots. Covers the major air operations against the north: Rolling Thunder from 1965 to 1968, and then Linebacker I and II in 1972, with the latter seeing the deployment of America's fearsome B-52 bombers against the North Vietnamese capital Hanoi. These operations were carried out in the face of a formidable Soviet-inspired air defence system bristling with anti-aircraft guns and SAM missile sites. Beyond this, the U.S. Air Force was intimately involved in secret air wars against Laos and Cambodia – one cannot speak of a war only in Vietnam regarding U.S. Air Force operations. The war the Air Force fought was a war in Southeast Asia, including attacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail at night with modified T-28 trainers, to missions Downtown (Hanoi). $22.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $18.70 USD.

The Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club

Note: This book complements Cleaver's The Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club (OMM Book number 228230), which covered the U.S. Navy's aerial war over Vietnam.

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Wargames Illustrated: Issue # 430 includes free copy of Valour & Fortitude 2nd edition

Wargames Illustrated: Issue # 430 Includes Free Copy of Valour & Fortitude 2nd Edition

Theme: Valor and Fortitude Rules: On Campaign: 2nd edition of Valor and Fortitude rules and Peninsular War campaign ran during playtesting; and Spanish and Allied Army Sheets: Two new army sheets. Departments: Observation Post: Weird WWI, legendary Arthurian miniatures, cavemen, Iroquois, and imaginations; Release Radar: Less publicized wares from independent companies; and Quick Fire: WI readers' projects. Features: 7TV Second Edition Rules: Designer's Notes; A Very Fierce and Hot Dispute: Part 2 of ECW battle; Britcon 2023: Convention Show report; Scenic Storytelling: Great Escape Games' plastic General Purpose Wagon gets built into a storytelling terrain piece; Olaf the Forgetful and Watlington Hoard: 9th Century Viking Lion Rampant scenario; and Historicon 2023 painting photos. $10.00 USD

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