Red Surprise: A 15mm Early War T-34/76 FireFight! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Saturday, 13 October 2007

When the German army first encountered the T-34, it sent a ripple through the ranks that veterans were still writing about in the late 1950s. In short, the Germans didn't know about this tank, and the big question was, Why? Our take: It wasn't such a surprise - the Germans knew about the BT series of tanks � but the fact that there were many available was a surprise.

Whatever the reason, they learned all about this threat soon enough. With armor able to withstand all but a direct short-range hit from most German tanks, equipped to shoot at long range and tracked to handle the rough Russian winters where snow could bog any vehicle as heavy as a tank, the T-34 played a major role in slowing the German advance into Russia.

We brought nine T-34s from six vendors into our painting area and prettied them up to give you pros, cons, tips and ideas for your fine Russian Tankovi army.

All of the tanks in this review from the front.

Changes, The Wargames @ Nordalia version | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
We report on news-worthy events in the industry, particularly if they may change the way you, the reader, receive service.

Well, we've implemented some changes, and we figured that, in fairness, we should be up-front and let you know about them.

Historically speaking, we have not encouraged vendors to send us product gratis. The reason is simple, there are a lot of sites out there that will review free product, and they lean toward glowing reviews. That is not the type of site we wanted (or want!) to be.
Twisted Passages: Bendy Dungeon Walls Review | Print |  E-mail
Written by Bill Silvey   
Thursday, 13 September 2007
There's an old adage: "Well-made, fast or cheap. Pick two." With gaming products, this is a truism. For example, prepainted D&D minis are cheap (you can find some under a buck in buy-it-now eBay sales), they're fast (no painting time) but the paint jobs are often lacking, and they tend to be as rubbery as all get out.

When it comes to gaming terrain, you can generally either DIY with products like HirstArts molding kits or paper printouts you fold together, or you can go for expensive premade pieces from Dwarven Forge. When we heard of Bendy Dungeon Walls from Dark Platypus Studio and noted the price ($24.99 USD per set) we wanted to know if they had made the hat trick: Fast setup time, affordable, and well made.

BT Cruisers: A 15mm Soviet BT 'Fast Tank' Firefight! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Saturday, 08 September 2007

Prior to the outbreak of World War II, the Soviets built nearly 10,000 BT fast tanks. These vehicles were an integral part of Soviet defenses at the outbreak of Operation Barbarosa, when the Nazis set out to invade Russia on June 22, 1941. During the early days of the war, thousands of BTs were captured or destroyed by Germany and her allies.

In this article, we take a look at several BT tank offerings from four vendors, giving you our take on what will work best when defending Mother Russia.

M16s have Plastic Too: BattleFront M4A1 76mm Sherman Platoon With Plastic Parts | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Friday, 31 August 2007

The box as delivered

With all of the conversation and concern out there over the new plastic parts BattleFront (BF) included in its miniatures, we decided to grab ourselves one of the Sherman 76mm Platoon Box sets as soon as they came out. Don walks through the box, assembly, strengths and weaknesses for you, pointing out the gotchas and making a firm call on what he thinks of the new plastic parts.

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