Paper Soldiers: Hamburg Tactica Show 2017

By Peter Dennis

Every year, a small group of the Perry mafia goes over to the Hamburg Tactica Show as guests of the organisers. I like to repay their hospitality with a piece of artwork for whatever purpose, and last year Frank Becker of the Hamburgers, who has taken to paper soldiers bigly (as we say nowadays), asked me to do a camp scene for the magazine in the style of the Zinnfiguren flats. This page is the result and is, I hope, an attractive addition to the Battle for Britain. Wargame the English Civil War book.

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7 Responses to Paper Soldiers: Hamburg Tactica Show 2017

  1. Antony Spencer says:

    Peter, thanks it is a great addition. I have asked this on your Facebook page but do you/Helion think it would be possible to provide some WoTR in men at arms, bowmen etc in just white livery coats so we could colour ourselves when we want to represent some of the lords etc who fought in the wars?

  2. Andreas says:


    it’s a very nice addition! I love the paperboys books and I have all of them. I can’t wait to get the next volumes in my hands.
    The mule from this camp scene will be also very usefull for any Roman Army!

    Thank you very much to the great artist Peter Dennis and the publisher Helion for making it possible to get all this amazing paper stuff.

    Best regards from Germany,

    PS: Are there any plans for Napoleonics in the future?

  3. Bob Hill says:

    Hello there,

    I know i’m a bit behind the game on this one but I stumbled across this new sheet of figures and printed it out immediately! I’m enjoying playing the ECW game from the book and people at my gaming club are always speaking positively about the paper models despite being of the more traditional metal models bent themselves. My friend even said looking at the two armies set up that it made him wonder why he’d bothered spending all that time painting models up.

    I thought of a nice simple rule that could be used to include the camp model you’ve put up in games. It could be placed in your deployment area and then if it is even attacked by an enemy in combat it would be removed. It would then count one point towards your army having lost 50% of it’s starting numbers to simulate the dismay of loosing the food/money etc.

    Anyway, I’ve noticed that Andy the rules writer sometimes comments on these posts so i’m hoping if I post my rules question for the ECW rules he might be able to answer it?

    So, on page 38 under section 1.1 it says pistols have a range of 8cm then under 1.2 that horse units have pistols which can be fired only once during the battle. Cuirassiers I would assume count as a sub type of horse units so have one shot only pistols.

    However on the summary sheet on page 42 both horse and cuirassiers are listed as having a short range of 16cm and long range of n/a.

    Is this simply a typo – i.e the summary on page 42 should say short range 8cm? Or is it intended to imply that horse units have some other sort of weapon which they can shoot with repeatedly?

    Thanks if your able to clear that up. Me and my opponent couldn’t quite understand that.

  4. Andy Callan says:

    Thanks for pointing that out, Bob. It’s just a typo. My mistake – oops!
    Pistol range is 8cms for both Cuirassiers and standard Horse.
    And always a “one-shot weapon”.
    There is another typo on the Playsheet. Medium Gun Long range should be 80cms, not 96.
    Let me know if anything else isn’t clear to you. I didn’t have enough space to explain everything in full.
    I like the idea of losing points if your camp is captured. Rupert’s boys clearly thought it was worth a try at Naseby.

    • Bob Hill says:

      Hi Andy, thanks for taking the time to reply and clearing that up.

      We did use the camps as counting towards the break point in a recent game. My highlanders smashed through the middle of the Royalist line and took the camp with them which was a key factor in my victory!

      I’ve got two nice sized armies now and have got the armada book which i’ve just started working on.

  5. H.Oudekerk says:

    So here am I. looking at the beautiful Roman Invasion book from the “Battle for Britain” papersoldiers book. I think I will try and leave the cutting to my Cameo Silhoutte cutter.
    One thing got me stumped though: What to do with the Testudo model. There are no provisions for it in the rules section. It can’t be, I think, just another infantry model. Can it?

  6. Jonathan Stanyon says:

    I love the Roman Invasion book. Any chance of some Gestati fantics for the Brits?

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