Building a Polish Commonwealth Army | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 17 November 2008

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Poland is not yet lost
while we live
We will fight (with swords) for all/
That our enemies had taken from us.

                        - Polish National Anthem, Source: USC

Early War German Armor: A 6mm FireFight! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Saturday, 06 September 2008

Early in World War Two, German armor seemed invincible. Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, and the Low Countries all fell rapidly to German armored might while Rommel went on to push England back from the brink of victory in Africa. For the first six months of the campaign it seemed that Russia would also fall to the German armored machine. Reading accounts of German tank commanders in those early days of victory after victory leaves one with the impression of whirlwind battles and long forced marches – long even for the panzers.

You will notice that some vendors pictures prior to painting do not match the painted final product. This is because we originally were going to do this as both British and German EW armor, and our packaging and pre-assembly pictures reflect this fact. After reviewing the size of the collection, we decided to split it into German and British reviews. Our apologies, where practicable we cut the British vehicles out of the pictures.


The entire review

The equipment that Germany was using was serviceable, but not truly fantastic. In the Panzer II one could find equals in the French, British, and Russian armies. One could find them in droves – either destroyed or with swastikas on them after the battles. The key to the German success was not the unbeatable quality of those early war tanks, it was the way in which armor was utilized. Mad rushes into the rear of the enemy to make sweeping encirclements and put tens or even hundreds of thousands of enemy soldiers out of the fight typified this early period.

Figuratively Speaking: a 28mm WWII US Infantry FireFight! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

“We hit the eye of the storm. The battalion was decimated. Hell, after that we didn’t have enough to whip a cat with.”

Sgt. John R. Slaughter, D Company, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division - on landing in Normandy, as quoted by Richard Holmes in The D-Day Experience.

We do a decent amount of World War II gaming in 28mm, and all of our Fantasy gaming is in 28mm, so when we were asked to take on the large array of 28mm vendors out there, we took the challenge as a great idea for some fun painting and some good comparisons. Luckily for us, there are a lot of differences in this space, between advertised size differences, qualitative differences, and actual size differences, it makes for a nice review with lots to say about a lot of figures.

Through the Snow: A 15mm WWII Late War US Infantry Firefight! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Tuesday, 15 July 2008

The CD Figures without Greatcoats.


When the United States fully mobilized for World War II, the men drafted were a cross-section of American society. Rich, poor, handsome, ugly, fit, unfit… All were drafted, run through training, and sent to fight and die. Equipped with a variety of equipment depending upon when they were last re-equipped, and sometimes even being under-equipped, they fought on.

This review is our attempt to give you a cross-section of late war 15mm US Infantry. We ordered all of them that we could find, brought them into our painting area, and whipped them up, bringing you notes on what to expect from each vendor’s offering. Originally this review was slated for “US Infantry in Greatcoats”, but it’s been on the books for a while, and there were only a couple of vendors that provided that specific style, so we changed it to both with and without.

We were able to track down BattleFront, Command Decision, Essex, Historifigs/Resistant Roosters, Quality Castings, Quick Reaction Force, and Skytrex. This is quite the array of figures, and amounted to more than 200 individual soldiers.

After much examination and discussion, we have decided that Old Glory and Skytrex split the win on this one, with the winner if you live in the UK being Skytrex, and the winner if you live in the US being Old Glory. These figures are nice enough, and while in many ways Essex figures are better, there are some weaknesses to Essex that, for us, put them out of the running, and the variety of the CD line of figures clinched it in their favor.

Universally Used: A 15mm Universal Carrier FireFight! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 07 July 2008

All the vehicles in this review. 

Everyone recognizes the Sherman as the hallmark of American tanks, and most people whether they wargame or not think of the Germans when they see an Sdkfz 251. But there is one vehicle that was more pervasive than either one of these icons, and receives passingly little credit for its achievements outside of the UK, and as time goes on it is less recognized even by native Britons.

But it was the only truly universal vehicle, seeing service everywhere in both Pacific and European fronts, counted on by the troops that used and heavily modified them, and taking a beating while still doing their job. 

For armor protection, they weren’t much at all, for weaponry they were under-gunned for most jobs originally planned for them, and being open-topped, they were more susceptible to indirect fire than most AFVs. And yet as many as 100,000 of them were produced in every role from AT Gun tow to mortar carrier, Armored Observation Post, Machinegun carrier, and reconnaissance.

This review is our tribute to this redoubtable little carrier and the men who bravely drove them into battle on all fronts. We salute the men and the vehicle that served them from 1940 to the 1960s.

We offer a huge thank you to Dom Skelton of Dom's Decals for reading this one for us and offering excellent input, and for allowing us to pass some decals he sent us along to a reader.


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