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Offensive Miniatures US Airborne Platoon Pack | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 10 May 2009

I know it’s been quiet here for a while, but that is indeed part of the reason that I scaled back the site and expectations… Life and work both got busy.


The entire army


But I’ve finished the Offensive Miniatures 28mm US Airborne army that The WebMistress picked up for my birthday, and gave them a little armor support, so here you go, my impressions.

What's up these days. | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Saturday, 09 May 2009

Been a while since I made an update, so here's the current status...

  1. Finished with all but writing about Offensive Miniatures US Airborne (28mm) they came out nice enough.
  2. The WebMistress and I have been using Twitter for work for a good long while, and now we have one for this site and our RPG site (we opted to start with just one for both items). If you want nightly updates/ponderings/etc in 140 characters or less, go here. To filter out RPG stuff, search on #paint.
  3. Just finished a Tamiya 1:48 Panther G and Sherman M4A1, will post pictures soon (Sherman is with the Airborne army)
  4. Working on Pegasus Models Gothic Ruins Set #1, about 1/2 way through them.
  5. Working on the upgrade of this system to something more neuvo.
  6. Next on the painting table is a Tamiya 1:48 T-34 with Tankodesant and some infantry.
  7. After that, I want to turn back to 15mm for WWII. I have a Russian reinforced infantry army (more than a year old), and an Afrika Korps Panzergrenadier army (both set up for FoW). If you have a preference, let me know.
  8. I have a major night or two of work restoring the vehicles and stands my 15 month old got to. Mostly the 20mm plastics, but some of the 15mm (mostly the German 7th Panzer EW army), and some 28mm - a Bradley, a Cromwell, a Stuart, some British Airborne, and a Humber, all took a hit pretty badly (the Stuart barrel is twisted off). And to think I was standing there. Can't imagine what he'd have done with 10 minutes alone. ;-)
  9. I also have a cache of five 1:16th fantasy figures to assemble and paint.

That's it for now. Items like these bullet points will come through the Twitter account, and the new site will RSS feed the Twitter account in once it's ready to go live.

Oh, okay, I'll slip in a picture of the Sherman...


Until next time,


For Sale: FoW Romanian Vanatori Company | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Edit 04/04/2009: Thank you all for your interest, I have an offer pending as of early this afternoon.
Annnddd... Sold! I hope the gentleman who bought them enjoys them as much as I enjoyed painting them.

When I finished the Romanian infantry review, I couldn't bring myself to just toss them in a box and forget about them, but I'm not a huge eastern front fan, so what to do?

For the first time in my life, I've decided to sell some miniautres. I built up a complete Vanatori Company for Flames of War, and I'm offering it here for not much over my investment cost - still a considerable sum, but I think it's worth it, and hope it will be to one of you.

The Entire Army


Both Sides of the Fence: A 15mm Romanian infantry FireFight | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Thursday, 26 February 2009

We had some very bad Dutch helmets, which dropped over our eyes, and when by instinct we lifted the head for a better sight, we became an easy target… Not to mention that when it rained, the shape of the helmet allowed the water to pour along the throat, along the spine and down to the boots. Once I fitted a German helmet on my head. It was a luxury compared with what we used.

                                    Sgt Sandu Aurel, in his memoirs on WorldWarTwo.ro 

In World War II, the Romanian soldier was ill-trained, well equipped, but with sometimes inferior equipment, and lead by men who could be callous and cruel.

But they were the third largest European army in the Axis, and they fought from the beginning of Barbarossa until the very end of the war, first under the Germans, later under the Russians.


We brought the four 15mm vendors that we could find with a selection of 15mm miniatures into the Wargames @ Nordalia painting areas to see what’s available on the market, the fact is that these four vendors offer a better selection of figures than all of the vendors that offer some of the more primary combatants. Since all of these figures go together relatively well, your options are great, and several of the vendors offer a large variety of poses.

Miami Miniatures/CR Miniatures 15mm Product Line Overview | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Wednesday, 14 January 2009

NOTE: We have been advised that the models in this review may be the IP of a third party. We have put in a request for information to CR Miniatures, and will post it here when we hear back. Meanwhile, we are forced to recommend that you not purchase these miniatures while the ownership issue is resolved - if indeed they are counterfeit, we do not want to condone or support such activity. We delayed posting this message until we were certain that CR Miniatures has been advised of the claim, and are holding all future reviews of their products until such time as the issue is resolved.

With regrets,

The Wargames @ Nordalia staff

The Miami Miniatures Vehicles as delivered.

This summer, Don made a purchase through TMP Marketplace that included some M5A1 Stuarts by Miami Miniatures. When the purchase came, we went out searching for Miami Miniatures. We found them under CR Miniatures and were surprised to see the breadth of their coverage.

So of course, we did what you would expect of us, we ordered a bunch of their 15mm and 28mm World War II gear to compare to other vendors. We tried to match up with items we have already reviewed, so that you could see these miniatures in relation to products we have already looked at. That is a lot of miniatures, but we thrive on this stuff, so we took it on.

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