We aim to launch our 1st deck 'Sandbag Edition' on Kickstarter in 2020. The Sandbag Edition has been created by British Veterans with experiance on multiple combat operations.
Whilst away we would spend our down-time pulling up a sandbag, playing cards and spinning dits (telling stories). In recent times the effects of PTSD are growing. We hope this deck can help bring people together to play and talk. One game of cards at a time.
During the Kickstarter campaign we will be offering our cards, posters and t-shirts at a discount price along with massive amounts of discount codes for future orders.
Deck design progress
When coming up with each of the picture cards we have tried to represent as many units in the UK military as possible.
Every card will be different, working closely with our own digital illustrator we will develop images from Special Forces units such as the SAS, SBS,
SRR to Attack Dogs, Engineers, RAF Planes, Medics and lots more!
To follow our development keep an eye on our weekly updates on this website and on our social media platforms.
Above is our Sandbag Deck Box. On the front of the box it shows the back of the card design.
It incorporates a number of different units cap badges and unit symbols.
In the centre is the Quick Draw logo which is shows a back of a 7.62 bullet.
On the back of the box is a short statement about this edition and the reason behind creating the deck. On the top of the deck is a scroll with our motto 'always got your back'.
On the bottom of the deck is a laurel reef paying homage to the Royal Marines our old family unit.
Speaking of Royal Marines, to the right is our King of Spades card. Royal Marine Commandos are the United Kingdoms specialists in arctic and mountain warfare. In this image we wanted to show off some of the kit and equipment used in the arctic environment.
In the front your can see two Marines cover fire and moving on skis. This is a hard still to master on its own on the training areas of Dartmoor and Sennybridge, let along in deep snow in minus -30C and manoeuvring on skis and snow shoes.
In the back of the image is a Viking Amphibious Armoured All Terrain Vehicle. It consists of two tracked vehicle units linked together. They can be deployed rapidly into arctic, jungle and desert environments. This is achieved by transporting via landing craft, chinook helicopter or C130 plane.
The Viking travel from speeds of 15kph up to 60kph, in the image you can see a gunner mounting a GPMG General Purpose Machine Gun on top ready to give fire support. Vikings have also been used to pull 105 Light Guns and are also used as mortar platforms.
This is one of two joker cards from the Sandbag Edition. It shows Saddam Hussein sat on his famous golden plated toilet with his golden AK.
Saddam Hussein was captured on 13th December 2003 in the town of al-Dawr, Iraq.
The missle in the image is reference to the WMDs that were never found after the Iraq invasion.
The writing on the missile is following a trend started during WW2 by American bomber pilots. "Love notes" were written all over munitions such as "Happy Christmas Adolf".
This is our Ace of Hearts card, paying homage to the Special Reconnaissance Regiment.
Formally known as 14 Int and renamed SRR in 2005, this unit is known for conducting covert surveillance & reconnaissance operations from the most hostile environments around the world to the streets of Northern Ireland & UK.
Conducting operations in the middle east SRR would would often work in small teams, being fluent in multiple languages and working undercover posing as locals.
Experts in gaining intelligence and following key enemy personnel ready for other special forces units to conduct strike ops.
Our Jack of Clubs is paying homage to all those Good Boys out there who are man's best friend and in cases worst enemies.
Throughout the course of the long war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Coalition troops have relied on thousands of military working dogs to help keep them safe, and make their jobs easier.
The dogs are trained to detect explosives, to find illegal drugs, to search for missing comrades, or target enemy combatants.
Not only are they active on the front lines, but behind the lines they serve as therapy dogs, service dogs and loyal companions.
They also share the same risks as the ground troops, suffering injuries and sometimes death on the battlefields.
Our second joker card shows the famous Al - Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden. Dressed in his
famous camo jacket over the top of his traditional white dress.
Afgan national police and talian fighters enter a club in down town Sangin waiting for the night to begin.
Finger nails painted and with the disco lights flashing, Osama is ready for his Thursday night out!
If you know, you know.
Paying homage to the most notable Special Forces unit in the world, The Special Air Service (SAS). Formed in 1941 by David Stirling. The unit undertakes a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and hostage rescue.
Having operated all over the globe, the SAS received world wide attention after Operation Nimrod, a hostage rescue mission on the Iranian Embassy in London on 5th May 1980 where 2 Teams of operators led a raid that lasted 17 mins and killed 5 out of the 6 terrorists.
Fast forwarding to the modern day and in the wake of the Manchester bombings of 2017, a squadron from the SAS conducted house raids in and around the area of the believed bomb makers that killed 22 people.
The unit had also been heavily involved in the aftermath of the London bridge bombings, arriving by helicopter to assist with the Metropolitan Police in the event of further attacks.
Paying homage to the equally as dangerous sister special forces unit The Special Boat Service (SBS)
With their origins dating back to the 1940s, the Royal Marines formed a unit that underwent name changes all the way up until the 28th July 1987 when the Special Boat Service settled on their name after assuming responsibility of the Maritime Counter Terroism roles.
Each Squadron works on a rotation with the Maritime Counter Terroism Roles AKA 'The Black Role'. The SBS also operates on land, with recent operations in the mountains of landlocked Afghanistan and in the deserts of Iraq.
Their main tasks include intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism operations (surveillance or offensive action), sabotage and the disruption of enemy infrastructure, capture of specific individuals, close protection of senior politicians and military personnel, plus reconnaissance and direct action in foreign territory.
A specialty of the SBS involves sabotaging ships and harbor installations. Canoeists, swimmers or divers infiltrate the target areas, sometimes with the assistance of mini-subs and swimmer delivery vehicles.
The Royal Engineers (sappers) specialise in building bridges, blowing up bridges, clearing mine fields and everything inbetween.
The Royal Engineers have served in more operations than any other UK military unit.
From digging tunnels towards the enemy during WW1 to searching for IEDs in Afghanistan.
The Royal Engineers continue to play a vital part in the UK military.
In our King of Hearts card we came up with a remote bridge demolition. Set in the jungles of far flung lands, swarmed with drug cartels and terrorists.
Many UK units still train and operate in jungle environments across the world and this card represents some elements from that.
Introducing our Jack of Spades card 'Hellfire' paying homage to the Army Air Corps
Designed to hunt and destroy tanks, the Apache attack helicopter has significantly improved the Army's operational capability.
The Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weathers, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets in a matter of seconds. It carries a mix of weapons including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun, as well as a state of the art fully integrated defensive aid suite.
In addition to the distinctive Longbow radar located above the rotor blades, this aircraft is equipped with a day TV system, thermal imaging sight and direct view optics.
The latest fleet of Apaches flown by Army Air Corps pilots from the Joint Helicopter Command, are more advanced and more capable than the previous model which will provide the Army with a continuous edge over any future adversaries.
The new AH64E model of the helicopter can also carry more weapons while being more fuel efficient, allowing the Apache to operate in more demanding conditions for longer durations.
The new helicopter’s improved computing capacity and updated sensors means the new fleet will also be receptive to upgrades in the future, ensuring it remains at the cutting-edge of technology.
The first UK helicopters are due off the US production line in early 2020 and will begin entering service with the British Army in 2022.
Paying homage to the British Army elite, The Parachute Regiment.
The Parachute Regiment is the airborne infantry regiment of the British Army. The 1st Battalion is permanently under the command of the Director Special Forces in the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). The other battalions are the parachute infantry component of the British Army's rapid response formation, 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Paratroopers are trained to conduct a range of missions, from prevention and pre-emption tasks, to complex, high intensity war fighting. Watchwords are professionalism, resilience, discipline, versatility, courage and self-reliance.
Queen of Hearts card 'Man Down' paying homage not only to our combat medics, but our own frontline female warrioresses.
In 1992, the Women’s Royal Army Corps was disbanded, and its non-medical members merged into the new Adjutant General’s Corps. This marked the beginning of women's full integration into the British Army.
The positive contributions made by women in Iraq and Afghanistan answered many questions about female suitability for the most challenging deployments. In 2009, the Ministry of Defence changed its view. A new report concluded that there was no statistically significant evidence in relation to women and unit cohesion. Still, women remained excluded from close combat roles.
Five years later, the Women in Close Combat Review recommended ending the ban on women in front-line infantry and armoured corps roles. And finally, in 2015, the Government announced that all armed forces roles would be open to women.
Notable accolades for some of the british female medics are L/cpl Kylie Watson & Chief Petty officer Kate Nesbitt who were both awarded the Military Cross after their actions in Afghanistan & Sgt Michelle 'chuck' Norris who was also awarded the Military Cross in 2006 for her actions in Iraq.
All amazing stories that you can read up online.
But also to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice working along side us on the front line. Most recently L/cpl Brodie Gallon who sadly lost her life earlier this year working as a combat medic ourlt in Iraq.
Introducing our Jack of Diamonds card 'Pirate Pounding'
Paying Homage to one of the worlds most notable navel warfare force, the Royal Navy.
To write a short summary from the beginning to now about the Royal Navy would take a week in its self. So here's something abit more specific.
In recent times piracy has been at the fore front for the battle of the seas and oceans with the Royal Navy, but when did they start and who are they?
Pirates are sea robbers who prey on other ships and rob them of their goods and sometimes capture the ship itself for their own purposes. Piracy has a long history and began over 2000 years ago in Ancient Greece when sea robbers threatened the trading routes of Ancient Greece. Roman ships were also attacked by pirates who seized their cargoes of grain and olive oil. The Vikings (which means sea-traveller from Old Norse) were renowned for attacking shipping and coastal settlements. Piracy really flourished between 1620 and 1720 and this period is known as the golden age of piracy. Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, different types of pirates include privateers, buccaneers and corsairs.
Modern day pirates still rely on speed and surprise in their attacks using fast dinghies and arming themselves with assault rifles to overpower ships. Many ships today have smaller crews, relying on technology and so can be easily overpowered in this way. Changes in technology have also meant it is easier to report attacks and these are monitored by the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC). The IMB PRC follows the definition of Piracy as laid down in Article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Ace of Diamond card 'Contact Wait Out'
Paying homage to Special Forces Communicator
18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment is a SF branch of the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army and the Royal Marines SBS Signal Squadron.
Created in 2005, the regiment is one of Britain’s newest SF Units. Members of the unit are referred to as Special Forces Communicators (SFCs). The Regiment/Squadron provide Ground Force Tactical Communications both overt/covert, Information Systems Support to other UKSF counterparts, Signals Intelligence, Electronic Warfare Intelligence and conducting Personal Security during special missions.
The SFC is regularly embed with their counterparts, such as those in the SAS/SBS/SRR. Due to this, they are required to be trained to the same standards. This includes mastering methods of infiltration/extraction such as HAHO, HAF, Surface Swimming, Underways, Off Road Driving, Evasive Driving and Blue Light Response Driving.
They are also specialists in force techniques including resistance to interrogation and survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE). The Regiment runs its own UKSF Selection program called the Special Forces Communicator Course (SFCC). The small percentage that pass this arduous and mentally challenging course come from across all branches of the British Army, as well as from the Royal Marine Commandos.
Introducing our Queen of Spades card 'Lightning'
Paying homage to the Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning Jet.
The United Kingdom has played integral role on the Joint Strike Fighter since the program’s earliest days. Even before a final aircraft concept was chosen, British engineers and test pilots were making their mark on what would become a revolutionary capability. Under the desert sky at Edwards Air Force Base, California, British test pilot left onlookers awestruck as he took the X-35B prototype out for its first flight on June 23, 2001.
A mere four months later, after witnessing the aircraft’s impressive performance, U.S. and U.K. defense officials announced Lockheed Martin’s concept would go on to become the Joint Strike Fighter. In the years since, the F-35 has continued to evolve. It’s advanced stealth, sensor fusion, exceptional maneuverability, unmatched interoperability, and intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities will provide the U.K. with a tactical airpower advantage for decades to come.
The jet measures 15.6 metres (51.2ft) in overall length, has a wingspan of 10.7 metres (35ft) and a height of 4.36 metres (14.3ft). Its top speed comes in at 1.6 Mach or 1,200 mph, that is 1.6 times the speed of sound.
The jets will have a maximum thrust tops 40,000lbs, an amazing range of 900 nautical miles and a combat radius of 833km.
Introducing our King of Clubs card 'Tiger Team'
Paying homage to the Special Forces Support Group
The Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) was formed in 2006 and is based around a core component of members of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1 PARA), with additional troops from the Royal Marines and the RAF regiment. The SFSG provides specialised support to United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) operations.
Between 18–29 December 2009, a company from the SFSG mentored two patrols from Afghan Task Force (ATF) 444-the Afghan special operations group for Helmand Province-during Operation Tor Shpa'h.
SFSG, worked hand-in-hand with an elite unit of Afghan commandos, known as Task Force 444, throughout Helmand Province. The unit's A Company arrived in Afghanistan in January for a six-month tour and went on to mount relentless raids against the Taliban.
This image was a tough one for us to put into a picture where SFSG stand out for themselves rather then being confused for SF, having worked out of FOBs that groups of SFSG operators conducted ops with Tiger Team this was one of their important jobs whilst in Afghanistan .
Introducing our Jack of Hearts card 'Keep Rolling - Paying homage to Britain's own, the Challenger 2 Battle Tank.
The Challenger 2 had been used in peacekeeping missions and exercises before, but its first combat use came in March 2003 during the invasion of Iraq. 7th Armoured Brigade, part of 1st Armoured Division, was in action with 120 Challenger 2s. The type saw extensive use during the siege of Basra, providing fire support to the British forces and knocking out Iraqi tanks, mainly T-54/55s. The problems that had been identified during the large Saif Sareea IIexercise, held 18 months earlier, had been solved by the issuing of Urgent Operational Requirements for equipment such as sand filters and so during the invasion of Iraq the tank's Operational availability was improved.
During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Challenger 2 tanks suffered no tank losses to Iraqi fire, although one was penetrated by an Improvised explosive device (IED). This was, at the time, unprotected by Dorchester armour. The driver was injured. In one encounter within an urban area, a Challenger 2 came under attack from irregular forces with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. The driver's sight was damaged and while attempting to back away under the commander's directions, the other sights were damaged and the tank threw its tracks entering a ditch. It was hit by 14 rocket propelled grenades from close range and a MILAN anti-tank missile.
The crew survived, safe within the tank until it was recovered for repairs, the worst damage being to the sighting system. It was back in operation six hours later. One Challenger 2 operating near Basra survived being hit by 70 RPGs in another incident.