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Nazis in the Nave: PaperTerrain’s 28mm Chapel | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

The PaperTerrain Model.

When we heard that PaperTerrain was publishing a replica of the St. Mere Eglise chapel in 10/12, 15, 20, and 28mm, we put in our order immediately, and prepared to shuffle schedules to fit it in as soon as reasonably possible. The cool thing about this chapel from our perspective is that it is just as applicable to other genres, even though it is sold for WWII.

We set out to build it with a little bit of everything. We worked out ways to brace the different parts, we sought advice from Scott at PaperTerrain, and we picked up a ton of materials to build with, then Don went to work with scissors, glue, and a ton of other items to put one of these together. All of our fantasy gaming is in 28mm, so that’s what we ordered, and what was delivered.

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.

Reviewers' Notebook LVIII | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 28 July 2008
Reviewers' Notebook LVII | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 27 July 2008
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