News for the upcoming days and weeks here at Ritter Krieg…
Monthly Raffle – Here is the finished coffee mug from the good folks at Redheaded t-shirts for our monthly drawing. To enter into the raffle for the month just subscribe to our blog at the top left of the page. And remember, anyone who buys something in our store is automatically entered for a whole year of raffles (or until you win a prize). November’s raffle will the a coffee mug with both sides of the 60mm OBA card on it. So as you are sipping on your hot cup of tea you can thank God you aren’t in those cold mountains of Greece in the winter time. Boy, do they look miserable.
AFV Turrets – we are finishing up a deal with Battleschool to get stock of the beautiful Russian/German and US/British turret counters from Countersmith Workshop.
Battle Dice – Good news! we have just about the entire line of Battledice from Battleschool in stock including some 14mm and 12.5mm precision backgammon dice. Don’t forget that we are offering free shipping as always. Bad News! most of the dice are in quantities of one or two, so they may be sold out very soon.
Woodworking – We have orders for ASL tabletops (3) and Dicetowers (1) that we are working on. Unfortunately, this puts any future orders into February + for completion. If I ever get caught up, I will make some inventory for immediate sale to post in the store. I will post finished photos as they become available.
Sniper, Terrain, and ECO cards- The results of the poll are in and after weighing all that is involved, we have decided to produce the Sniper cards first. This is a much more manageable project than the terrain cards and we want to get something out to you by ASLOK XXXI. Hopefully the first installment of the terrain cards (PTO) will be ready by ASLOK XXXII.
The second Annual ‘Where the Iron Crosses Grow’ ASL Team Tournament will be held April 2nd-3rd, 2016. World renowned as being the best and oldest ASL Team Tournament in the entire Kernersville Area.
Spirit Of The Event: This event is held for fun. If you are the type of player that never looks up from the table to make eye contact with your opponent, doesn’t make small talk or tell stories, will only play scenarios that you have mastered, or get’s offended by jokes about Ken’s mom, then you might not have a good time being here and we probably won’t have a good time having you here. Sorry to be so blunt but we take our lack of seriousness very seriously.
Format: Team Tournament. Each team is made up of 1 Veteran, 1 intermediate, and 1 Novice player. Each player plays round-robin games against the other players in their class gaining points for their team.
Location: My house. 918 Maxine St. Kernersville, NC. 27284.
When: Saturday April 2nd – Sunday April 3rd, 2016 (Carnage begins Friday night but the tournament begins Saturday)
Cost: Free (but bring money to pitch in for Pizza)
Accomodations: Ray Woloszyn and I may both have room for travelers to stay with us at our homes (Ray lives in the neighborhood next to mine) unless you are really creepy.
Scenario list: None. Play something that you would like to play not what I would like you to play. All scenarios choices are upon mutual agreement of the players.
Prizes: Too many to mention. Plus some participation awards so everyone feels like a winner.
Limited Space and Availability: There are 12 spots total for this event so register early.
As a thank you to all of you that served our nation to give us what we have today, I am offering a one day 20% off coupon on everything we have in stock. If you are not a veteran but would like to make a donation to a veterans organization (honor system), please feel free to use the coupon as well. This coupon will expire at midnight. Please share this post with your veteran friends.
Thank you for my freedom and a safe place to raise my children.
I just received an e-mail from Chas Argent of MMP that Yanks was put on pre-order. I went to the page and sure enough, there it was. I got in at number 48. Since then (about 20 minutes ago) it has climbed to 167 so order from them soon or you will be at the back of the line. Here is a link to MMP’s pre-order page. If you miss out on the pre-order, be sure to pick up a copy from Scott or Alex Key or check my store just in case I have an extra copy.
Because I needed even more hobbies to fill my hours of free time, I started making 3D ASL maps a few years ago. The first map I made actually wasn’t an ASL map but was the TCS map from ‘Hunters from the Sky’. I was having a terrible time cutting out the foam with an x-acto knife so I tried using craft foam (the stuff that pads our dice towers) and although this was easy to work with, it left a very warped map. Then, thanks to Tim Brieaddy, I found out about hot wire cutters and so was back to regular Styrofoam sheets for my levels.
My completed maps include:
Panzer Blitz: Hill Of Death
ASL: Kakazu Ridge
ASL: Point of no return (given to Doug Sheppard)
ASL: Various scenarios
Panzer Blitz Hill of Death
first attempt at 3D Kakazu Ridge. Since then, I have learned a lot about seams and finish.
A few day ago, Dan Dolan asked me to make 3D maps of the Dinant CG and Kakazu Ridge. I will be posting photos and commentary here with the progress as I go.
As a first step, I divide the map file in into sizes that can fit onto 8 1/2 x11 sheets of printer paper. I should have printed these in black and white to save toner but I forgot. Next I trim the edges very carefully so there will be a seamless fit once glued to the 1/2″ particle board.
Here we see the 12 divisions of mapsheet 1 laid out on the particle board. Prior to gluing the paper to the board, it will be cut down to an exact 36.5″ x 22.5″. The extra .5 will allow a .25″ overlap on each edge of the side boards for stability. Note that these prints will be covered up by foam and the final laminated higher quality prints of the top layers.
This is a photo of the top layer that will cover the final levels of the 3D map. These are printed at Staples and then assembled and laminated for protection in case Dan Stanhagen ever plays with his orange Doritos stained fingers.