Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Project Kursk Part 1: A Huge Thankyou to PSC

Right, here's the plan.

As already discussed here, I am very impressed with Battle Group Kursk, the new WWII rules from Plastic Soldier Company and Iron Fist Publishing.

Next year is the 70th anniversary of Kursk, and we happen to teach an elective topic on the War on the Eastern Front to our boys in Year 10. So the plan is to build on our success with SAGA at the school wargames club by introducing BGK as a second main club game. The plan is to paint up models and figures as a club, build some ace terrain and start playing the game asap, all in preparation for some major display games to coincide with the anniversary in July-August next year. The boys are keen, and already putting together some 15mm T-34s.

I'm planning to keep track of our progress on the blog, although with holidays starting in a week we won't really be getting underway until the start of next year. However, I wanted to give a huge shout out to Will Townshend from the Plastic Soldier Company. A couple of weeks ago I wrote to Will to tell him our plans and ask if he had any posters etc we could use at school to publicise what we're doing. He wrote back straight away to say that he was very keen to support school clubs, and that he would send me a hamper!

This is what arrived yesterday. Enough tanks, artillery and infantry for both sides to make a great start on the project, along with decals for the Gross Deutschland Division. Some of the boys will work on these during the break, but next year I'm envisaging a bunch of boys sitting around the table after school learning painting and modelling techniques, then being able to use the troops they've put together as we start playing scenarios from BGK.

Whenever I've heard Will interviewed on Meeples and Miniatures, he's struck me as a very smart bloke who understands how to run a business and who is doing really good things for the hobby. It is so great to see his support for getting kids interested - thanks Will!

15 comments:

  1. Brilliant!! That is very cool. Sounds like a great project too.

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  2. Must admit I am a big fan of the PSC armour!

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  3. Very generous support and a very smart business move - good luck with your project and keeping the kid's interested!

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  4. Alays nice then the postman bring a box of godies, I to got some the other night, that I might not realy have needen, but it feelt very needed then I ordered them;)

    It will be interesting to follow your project !

    best regards Michael

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  5. Gross Deutschland eh? In that case, don't forget to encourage them to read The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer.

    That's certainly very generous of PSC.

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  6. Great project and excellent support, I wish you every success and look forward to seeing the project suceed.

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  7. Sweet! Nice to see the do something like this. A club buddy just picked up BGK, and has been raving about it. You should be in for some fun!

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  8. Top man, very generous and looking forward to this sir.

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  9. That is wonderful - I know the boys will really appreciate that and I'm looking forward to seeing your project develop and your wargame club go in some new directions!

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  10. It's great to see this level of support and hats off to them. Hopefully your club will gain a lot from theexperiance

    Ian

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  11. I've said it before and I'll say it again; Jeez, I wish I had you as a teacher when I was at school!

    Very generous of the chaps at PSC and I hope you all have a lot of fun.

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  12. Likewsie why did I not have a teacher like that. Looks like school has changed for the better. Anyway that was really cool of PSC to send the swag. Looking forward to the project unfold.
    cheers

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  13. What a great bloke! That's what I call great service!!

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  14. Hey,
    just discoverd your blog! Very nice projects! I especially like the 1/72 stuff, as I'm a big fan of this scale. Good luck with your tanks!

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