Get some Wargames @ Nordalia Figures! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Thursday, 30 September 2010

Updated: June 11, 2011. These figures arrived too late for last year's auction, so they will be sold this year. I am also looking into a separate donation for this year... Drop a line if you have ideas, they might be better than mine!

Updated: October 11, 2011 - new dates for con inserted.

Just a quick note to tell you that the figures (not the castle, sorry) shown below are the Wargames @ donation to the FlatCon annual Gamers For Life auction in Normal Illinois.

FlatCon 2011
Oct. 21st-23rd, 2011
Heartland Community College, Normal, IL

Forged In Battle Product Line Overview | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 26 September 2010

  88s in front of a sparse wood.

Every once in a while we at Wargames @ Nordalia HQ get blindsided by a product line that has been around for a bit and we just didn't know about it. Forged In Battle was one of those product lines. The first time we noticed anything about them, the line was pretty extensive. Of course we had to run out and get some to find out how much they rock... Or don't.

We spent quite a bit of time thinking about how broad a look we wanted to give you all at the line - do we order a few of each country, a single pack of infantry, a little of each... We settled on a wide view of the German part of the line, giving you our impression of tanks, vehicles, and infantry. While restricting ourselves to a single country might disappoint you if you're looking for a particular country, we did have to worry about the overall costs - including shipping - of what already turned out to be a large selection. We also had to limit the time it took to paint this stuff up while other items sit on our painting table screaming for review (we held off the 28mm JTFM Panzergrenadier review for this one, for example). So you get the nazis. We had a place for all of this stuff in our armies, but they're painted for the army we're going to deploy them in, so bear with us if you don't like our painting choices.

So we ordered a set of three Opel Blitz's, a set of 88s with tows, an infantry platoon, Panzer III, Hetzer, mortar squad, and HMG squad. That gives us a selection of infantry, trucks, tanks, and guns. First impressions are important, these came packaged nicely and in decent sized sets - more on that below. We'll take a look at them individually to give you a handle on just what you'll be getting, and we'll show you some comparisons to other vendor's models along the way. The over-arching comments are both positive and negative from our perspective. The figures are nicely done overall, and the vehicles are very well done overall. The figures have some issues around the face - some beeing too short top-to-bottom, but once painted this isn't too large a problem. The only thing that we found completely out of place in all that we looked at was the rifles, which we'll discuss in the infantry section.

Treads and Tires: A 15mm Sdkfz 251 Firefight! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Friday, 20 August 2010

The finished review, moving to the front.

OUR APOLOGIES: These models were purchased in 2009 and finished in December 2009. The vagueries of life kept us from completing the review any sooner. Some of these models are one full year old, so if you are aware that a vendor has re-mastered their models since the ones pictured in this review, please drop us a line and we'll note it here.

From the very beginning of World War II, German soldiers rode Sdkfz 251s into battle. In the waning days of the war there were plenty of them still running around, transporting troops, being mobile gun platforms, and even rocket launching platforms. If there is a single vehicle that could be considered iconic of Nazi military power, the Sdkfz 251 would be it. Propoganda shots showed men jumping out of it, they were deployed on every front, and were inspiration for APC designers for a generation.

Gothic Line Miniatures: Africa in 1:48 | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Friday, 30 July 2010

It has been a while since I wrote a review for the site, my apologies, as real life – work and family – have taken precedence. Since I now have some free time, I’m re-starting reviews, but only on new miniatures, the items I had stacked up for review when I quit writing will just be fodder for my brush, as some of them have gotten years old, and I would hate to misrepresent a vendor by reviewing something that doesn’t exist anymore, or has been re-mastered.

Africa Corps Gothic Line Miniatures with the Tamiya 1:48th Opel Blitz

With that said, the new GOTHIC Line Miniatures came about at the same time that I decided I could pick up some new reviews, so I ordered their entire product line to offer up for your consumption.

Naval Thunder-Battleship Row | Print |  E-mail
Written by Joe Debold   
Sunday, 06 December 2009

Joe Debold takes a first (and second!) look at Steel Dreadnought Games' Naval Thunder - Battleship Row and gives you a report on what he finds.

Now if only we could pry him away long enough to play some other games...


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