Nick: Painting up HLBS 40mm Moderns. | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 26 November 2007

Regulars on the site will remember that in early summer my nephew was hit by an IED, and though there was a lot of blood, it turned out that he had a very minor wound�a piece of shrapnel in his chin.


The figure, in the case. The case distorts images.

Because he was barely touched by the device, his platoon started calling him "Nick." Nearly every member of my family for several generation has served in the military (mostly U.S.), and he's the first Purple Heart recipient. I decided to build him a figure to commemorate his close call.

I shopped around for larger-scale figures and decided that I would run with either the very large Dragon miniatures or a 40mm Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company (HLBS) figure. Because I needed only a single figure, either would work just fine. After looking closely at the available Dragon offerings at a local modeling store, I opted for the HLBS Modern range, specifically set US1 � Infantry.

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Fast Enough: The Battlefront Cromwell Box Set | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 26 November 2007

The box looks cool enough, but what about the contents?

While the British used a lot of American Sherman and M3 Lee tanks during World War II, they also produced a fair share of their own armour as the war dragged on. One of these tanks was the fast and agile Cromwell, a medium tank with a low profile, powerful engine and Christie suspension. While not produced or utilized at the level of the Sherman, Cromwells were put to use in the armoured recce regiments of several British armoured divisions, and fully equipped the 7th Armoured Division. They were also used by Polish and Czech forces.

We painted up a platoon of Cromwells with a Sherman Firefly for heavy armour support. Here's a peek at what you can expect from the Battlefront Cromwell Platoon box set.

We'd like to extend a special thanks to Dominic of Dom's Decals for all of his help with this review - both before and after it was an actual review.

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US Painting Guide WWII | Print |  E-mail
Written by Zach Ward   
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Bringing you the second of PRobert/Zach Ward's excellent series of painting guides, the WWII American painting guide covers all but Microarmor, and includes guides for every theater and several branches of service (airborne, marines, army).

As with the German Army painting guide, Zach has collected an impressive set of guidelines, and we're happy to be able to share them with you. Feel free to send us any additions or corrections you have found useful while using these guides, Zach is happy to share the credit if you have a contribution.
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Growing the hobby | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

Editors' Note: Gordon (EmpireGames) submitted a version of this article to the FlamesOfWarPacific Yahoo group, and we were impressed enough to ask permission to publish it. Gordon was good enough to point out that this is a modification of someone else's work. If you are, or know, the original author or authors, please let us know so we can properly credit this work.

Growing The Hobby: Why? How? Who?

Three Questions: How important is growth to the hobby of Historical Miniatures Gaming? How do we go about promoting? Who bears the task of "Growing the Hobby?"

Why Grow The Hobby?

If we define growth as increasing the quantity of gamers everywhere, one question that comes to mind is, "Why bother?" If one is satisfied with the quantity and quality of the local gaming scene, then why should we seek to promote it further? Many gamers don't feel that need. But I would identify some reasons each of us should Grow the Hobby to our collective benefit.


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Building Arial: A 28mm Reaper Mod Project | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Thursday, 08 November 2007

Arial Brightband, Chosen of Nordal, God of Justice, and High Protor of Nordal's Knight-Protectors, stood atop a hill, facing 500 Knight-Watchers and 500 Criers�wizards who paired with Knight Watchers. She was giving delivering a final address before leading the force into battle against a much larger army.

She finished her speech with a simple truth, spoken in the High Cant favored by Knights of Nordal the world over:

"Thou shouldst each of thee know that I am proud to have served Nordal's will with each of thee, and mine place and time of death couldst not be better chosen than on this field, with thee, defending Passrock and reminding the world what a Nordalian is. Prithee may I serve thine comradeship well this day!"


The finished Arial from the front

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