Work continues on "Viva Juarez!: The French Intervention in Mexico Resource Book." It is expanding in size
all the time as more information of all kinds is being added so that while not a narrative history, it will be the
place to go for OB's, thumbnail biographies of the protagonists, maps, uniform information, and discussions of key
There is a ton of material to mine, so I'm not crazy enough to promise a release date, but if it's not
early this Summer it will be... later. But worth the wait!
We Only Kill Each Other (WOKEO)
is still the newest addition to TVAG Publishing. For full details of the game, visit the
Rules and Books Page.
THE OFFICIAL WOKEO FIGURE RANGE IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Opening on VE-Day, 2019, Frank McGovern declares his own successful launch of this unique range of
New York Gangsters in 28mm. Sculpted to be compatible with other castings for Pulp Gaming (such as those by Bob Murch of
"Pulp Figures"), the range features eight of the most (in)famous New York Mob Bosses/Capos such as "Bugsy" Siegel and
"Dutch Schulz", plus twenty unique "Soldiers" wielding a wide range of weapons.
A New York based wargamer, Frank McGovern, embarked on his labor of love by engaging UK based sculptor Alan McGuire
to produce an original range of 28mm range of gangster and underworld types. The "unique" feature is that the range would
provide "portrait" sculpts of New York's most infamous gangsters, personalities never offered in miniature before. So far,
eight of the most important of these have already been molded, including Arthur "Dutch Schultz" Flegenheimer, Otto
"Abba Dabba" Berman (The Dutchman's Policy Numbers genius), Owen "Owney" Madden, Jack "Legs Diamond" Moran, Vincent
"Mad Dog" Coll, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer "The Mobs Accountant" Lansky, and the very man whose remark named the rules
and this range, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. More of these pivotal characters in the history of the Mafia and Organized Crime
are in the works, including Albert "The Lord High Executioner" Anastasia, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, Mendy Weiss, Abe Reles
and others associated with "Murder Incorporated," as well as more historical personalities.
As Frank points out, previous ranges of gangsters seem fixated on Chicago, while these other arguably more significant
Mafiosi and Associates are well remembered, but never yet given the same attention.
Not only are these an ambitious selection of Character types as called for in the rules We Only Kill Each Other,
but a series of vignettes for life--and death--in underworld will be offered. Already finished is "Cement Shoes," and "The
Hot Seat" (see photos above), and more of these Crime Vignettes are planned, such as "Albert Last Haircut," and
other memorable scenes.
The wait is over! Click on the link above to see, if nothing else, one of the best illustrated figures ranges ever offered!
Viva Juarez!--This Much Closer [Gesturing] to Full Release
For those wondering why this range hasn't been formally re-released yet, the answer is embarrassingly plain: I've spent
the weeks since January working to complete the edit/expansion of a ms by long-time wargamer, Ron Vaughan, that will now
be released as "The Wargamer's Resource Book for The French Intervention in Mexico." Already bristling with weapons data and
illustrations, army profiles of all the combatants (even Banditos and Indios), exquisite period maps acquired
with permission from Mexico's Mapoteca Orozco y Berra, color uniform plates, and the indispensable OB's from the Preziosi
It has taken much longer than originally anticipated to procure the maps and make other critical additions to the work, but
upon release by late this Spring, it will be the last word on the subject under one cover. And as such, it will perfectly
complement the original TVAG 28mm miniatures range now to be released at the same time, if not before.
Among the new sculpts and castings that help to complete this range are new Color Bearers for all units previously
without them, full artillery selections for both Republican and Imperialist/French forces, and special Officer/Leader
figures for Republican Guerrillas.
All Artillery (Light, Medium, and Heavy, where appropriate) will come as one gun with limber and the buyer's choice of crew
type (Republican Regular or Irregular, French or Imperial), and draft animals (4 Horses or 4 Oxen).
Returning as part of the "Viva Juarez!" range will be two classic Ox-Cart models originally offered by Richard Houston.
A Small two-wheeled Ox-Cart drawn by a pair of oxen, and a large four-wheeled type with four oxen are each available singly.
Not only are they perfect for use in Mexico, they will serve nicely for any number of other eras and places.
Infantry will be offered in units of twenty figures, including a Color Bearer and Officer. An appropriate full color
flag will be included in each bag. Cavalry will be sold in twelve-figure units with Officer.
I'm peddling as fast as I can on completing the book, but believe me, the wait will be worth it!
"Mean Streets/Sets" Progress
Well, now it looks like the "Tiki Bar" may be delayed in favor of completing a long dreamed of new Neighborhood, "The Harbor."
Of the five component sets, one has been available for sometime--Block Section #7, including the Fish Market, IWW Union Hall,
The Mariner's Rest hotel, and the Harbor Master's Office. Soon to be added are The Wharf (a 30" long section high above the
water), and two large warehouses (Strombergs Universal Freight & Cargo, and the Uranium Steamship Company) to stand along
its landward edge. The final Block Section will be the site of shops for Nautical Salvage, Maps and Navigation, Ship's Supplies
of all kinds, and the most dangerous dive on the docks, "Shanghai Lil's!"
Thanks to the continuing services of first class gamer and modeler, Glen Allison, these new additions should be available
More "Mean Sets" and "Mean Streets" are continuously in development, and all are designed for use with
We Only Kill Each Other, or any other RPG.
More 54mm Wargame Buildings--"On The Border"
TVAG continues to support 54mm miniatures wargamers and collectors with this latest addition of an entire
Southwestern/Mexican adobe village.
Consisting of six distinct buildings ranging in size from 4" square to
10" square, with wall sections, including a Cantina and a Church, players
of Western games or Mexican Revolution scenarios now have all they need to
conduct large or small scale games with the buildings necessary to make their
miniatures feel right at home!
Such buildings in other media could cost hundreds of dollars and require painstaking paint jobs, but these card designs,
self printed from the PDF's sold here, are permanent, sturdy, and anything but flimsy if built using foam core as all other
such TVAG designs encourage.
"Tudor Towne" even come with genuine ECW era posters to mount on their walls!
More 54mm Building Collections for other times and places are in the works. If you have a preference, let me know!
We have received our first restock of Chris Ferree's/Richard Houston's
original Tibetans for the 1904 British incursion. Now cast in pewter, with all
individually cast weapons, including their signature Jingals, it's just a matter
of getting samples assembled and photographed before I can add theirs to the
Splendid Little Warriors pages. If anyone will give me an E-mail prod, I'll jump
that much faster!
The Rajah Brooke range of 15mm castings for use with The Kris And The Flame,
will STILL be re-released ASAP now that new molds have been made of the original castings of Malay, Dyaks, Ilunan, and Chinese
Pirates, and Royal Navy sailors and landing parties. The existing range of inexpensive, easy to build card stock
ship models will be partially revised and released at the same time. Our plans to create new war canoes and other models cast
in either metal or resin are still in place, too.
Knights of The Pacific Northwest also returns later this year. The Tlingkit and Russian figure ranges have both been
expanded, including new warriors, Russian sailors and Marines. The original rules, with some new additions, will be released at
the same time.
There are so many more 25mm Colonial ranges to bring back--too many to list here--but it appears the logjam that faced
the RR! and PAORD ranges has broken, and now the flow of old and new ranges can begin!
And now, we return you to the dance portion of our broadcast....