1-48 Combat Figure Review | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Thursday, 24 September 2009

When Baueda Miniatures announced that they were working on a 1:48th scale set of miniatures and skirmish rules, I jumped on the chance to try them out. As soon as they announced pre-release, I ordered a "Play Set" of the first four figures from both German and Russian armies.

 

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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.


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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.

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Tamiya 1:48th T-34 With Desant Infantry | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Thursday, 28 May 2009

 

For Christmas, the WebMistress bought me a box of the Tamiya Infantry with desant (tank rider) figures, and when I looked close at the box, I realized I needed a T-34 for some of them to ride on. So I picked up the Tamiya 1:48th T-34, even though we only rarely game the Eastern Front and almost never in 28mm, I wanted to have a place for the tank riders to sit.


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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.

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