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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Modeling - Mud Effects

Most of us have a variety of styles when it comes to painting and modeling war game figures. Some of us prefer sharp lines with lots of crisp details while other of use like a more battle worn look. We even change our style of modeling between armies or even figures. For those who like the more worn, battle hardened look to their models, nothing makes them look like the have been fighting hard in the field like a little dirt and dust. Most of the time this look can be achieved with mild to heavy dry brushing using a variety of brown and grey paints around the tracks, tires and fenders of vehicles. This dry brushing makes the tanks appear to have been in the field for month’s, maybe even years.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Raiding Forces - Long Range Desert Group

What better raiding force to talk about next than the main opponent of the Autosahariana....the British Long Range Desert Group (LRDG).  The article on the Autosahariana can be found HERE

Who were the LRDG you ask?  First shame on you for not knowing this already.. I can understand not be familiar with the Autosahariana…but knowing about the LRDG!!   ;-)  But a quick look at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Range_Desert_Group) for a summary of this elite unit:
The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a reconnaissance and raiding unit of the British Army during the Second World War.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Review: Crescent Root Church

Luke got me a Crescent Root Church for my birthday, and I just got around to painting it. I love this thing! I really needed a church for my Flames of War games. Steven has had one for a long time, and I had been coveting it for a while. In most of Steven's Batreps, you see Crescent Root buildings.

I sprayed this with fairly dark grey auto primer. For the stone areas, I did drybrush layers of: Dunklegelb, Khaki, Stone Grey, then some very light White.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mid/Late War FlaK 36 88s!

It is pretty hard to believe that I have been playing Germans in Flames of War for this long and never put together any 88s. I have always liked the models and have seen some really cool examples both in-person and on the Interwebs. I was lucky enough to find an old box suitable for Early, Middle and Late War in the Flea Marker at Cold Wars this past year. I think they were $25. Also, I got the REALLY old version that came with transport options and basically enough parts to make FOUR guns! I decided not to do four 88s (I have ANOTHER of the later boxed set) and to go ahead and make the transport versions later. Version 3 has made transports worthwhile and I wanted them available to me limbered.

The really cool thing about this platoon is that almost every list known to man can take them! Now, in Early War, 2 of these guys Confident Veteran can run you over 400 points - ouch! As you get in to Late War, the same thing can be had for under 200.

The Germans produced many thousands of these guns for the war, so it is about time I started learning how to use them!

I had to pick a time period for the guns. I figured that I would mostly use these guys for Mid War and Late War, so I decided to do them in a Dark Yellow without camouflage. I think that German Camo just screams LATE WAR, so I left them without. I will possibly do my other set in Grey.

I had to really plan this out. The gun models and bases are very detailed and hard to paint if completely assembled. I put the crew on popsicle sticks and painted them up (...though I forgot to do shoulder stripes - damn!). I assembled the guns completely (minus the gunner) and painted those up. The cruciform mount is part of the base, so I just went ahead and painted the entire base too. I used a red-brown primer for the base that just felt weird the whole time, but I think these turned out ok. I was thinking the brown would save me time over black.
I decided to do a full crew -- if you have an 8-man crew and pay the points, you get ROF 3. Why yes, thank you! I very carefully plotted the layout of the crew by looking at the box for a long time. The crew would have to go on together -- minus one guy in the back -- then the guns. I then took a large amount of super-glue to the bases and mounted the infantry. I quickly used brown ballast to make the bases blend. This worked ok, but I usually paint this stuff - verdict? I then went ahead and used the Sepia Wash on the base without the gun in the way. The last basing step was to apply some flocking from the Perpetual Bag of Flocking. I put the gun on and was done!

I think these turned out pretty well. I cannot wait to get these guys on the table and figure out how to use them. Thanks for looking!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

EW Warsaw AMB vs Leichte Panzerkompanie

This was my first battle using the Polish motorized brigade force and the first time my friend Thomas used his Leichte Panzerkompanie so it was really exciting.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tale of Two Cities Week 4: Tom's PzG Lehr

Tom's Panzergrenadiers Lehr

Week Four: Half-Tracks and Such.  Editor's note: Sorry for the delay on this post!  Historicon was a slight diversion!

It's time to finish up, and that means the half-tracks.  (And a Kubelwaggen.  Isn't there a Kubelwaggen in there somewhere? Whatever.)   

For the half-tracks, I will apply all the techniques for tanks on the tracks, and all the techniques for vehicles on the passengers.  The key here is endurance, since the army has over a dozen light vehicles to paint.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Episode 41 Live from Historicon!

The gentlemen are live at Historicon 2012!  We talk Flames of War Nationals, The Flames of War I-95 tournament, Saga, and a lot more!  Stick around for the 2nd part of the show as the guys decompress and lament how much stuff they bought!
  • 0:00- ACT I: Live from Historicon 2012!
  • 1:12- ACT II: The dudes, still worn out, talk about their growing mountain of lead!
Links discussed in this episode:
Editor's Note: Sorry the 2nd half is lower audio quality!  We recorded on a phone in my game room.  We couldn't get to the bunker in a timely fashion!

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Pictures from Historicon!

Here's a picture dump of some pictures Dirty Jon and I took at Historicon.  A lot of these were posted on our Twitter, so if you aren't following us- fix that!

Off we go!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Breaking! Historicon FOW Nats Results early look!

I'm sure Battlefront will post the full results on their Thursday update, but until then here's a low-resolution copy to wet your whistle.  This is only the first of 2 pages, but you get the idea!

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Historicon 2012 ... and a new adventure

Greetings troops !

     Joe Mezz here typing to you.  I was able to get to Historicon this year and hang out with the gang.  I want to send my sincere and heartfelt thanks to my WWPD bros and awesome followers that I was able to meet and talk to at the convention. It was an awesome experience and I am sure to attend next year !

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Panzers vs US Tanks in Italy (MW)

Tom wanted to get a game in before the MW Nationals. I obliged by taking my "runner up" list. I almost took these panzers instead of Armored Rifles.

The mission is Dust Up.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Soviet T-70 Company

Just a quick post today showcasing some painting I recently finished!  These are 10x Soviet T-70s.  

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tale of 2 Cities, Week 4 - Joe's US Armor Company

Greetings troops,

Week 4 ... what a fast ride for raising the army.  In case you have forgotten my whole list, here is a friendly reminder from EasyArmy.com !

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Raiding Forces - Autosahariana AS42 Platoon

Editor's note: We'd like to welcome Jeff "Sonbae" to the list of excellent chaps contributing to WWPD! -S

First of all I just, wanted to thank the WWPD crew on giving me a chance to do reviews for them.  Glad to be part of the team. 

Over on the WWPD forums in the Operation Sea Lion section, there is a poll about what campaign we would like to see next.  As of this writing, North Africa/Raiding Aces is leading by a good margin with 34% of the vote.  This got me to looking back at my Autosahariana Force I built a year ago for our local Raiding Aces campaign in hopes that North Africa will be the next campaign location.  On my blog, I just sort of showed off my paint job, but didn’t get into a proper review of the box set.    

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Measuring Sticks and Flight Stands by Corsec Engineering

Corsec Engineering, makers of all kinds of neat odds and ends for use in gaming, send us some measuring sticks and flight stands for review!
The stuff

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Devil's Charge! SS Panzers vs US Perimeter Outpost

I got our copies of Devil's Charge in the mail and within 15 minutes was setting up a board for us to play on! Sean and I decided to set up a fairly historical board and scenario, knowing it would be difficult for the Germans. But Sean wouldn't refuse the challenge so off we went! US Perimeter Outpost vs SS Panzer Kamfgruppe! Originally we had the central bridge intact, but I traded in my AT Obstacle to have it blown. The river was Very difficult with difficult ford crossings.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

City X Fight (Mega Desert Battle Scenario)

If you've seen some of Anatoli's posts showcasing some of the 'uge desert mega battles he's played in, then you know how epic the battles looked!  Patrik Fridland put a lot of effort into not just making a ton of awesome scenery to bring these battles to the tabletop, but a really fun system that uses cards and random events!  Patrik worked diligently to translate the rules into English for your viewing pleasure!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Today is VUK Day! Sea Lion is Over!

The Operation Sea Lion online campaign has come to an end!  Watch the video below, you can still check out http://www.operationsealion.net/operations/ to see all the AARs!

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

What's been going on over at The Tapestry?

Since we all got caught with the Saga bug there haven't been all that many "Somethin' Else Sundays" around here!  So here's an opportunity to get you fellow Sagamites and would-be Sagamites caught up with all that's gone down on The Tapestry!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tale of 2 Cities - Week 4: Dirty Jon's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers

In my last article, I talked a ton of strategy for the list. This week, I want to talk about how to use the troops you already have to build a flexible force for multiple companies, fronts and time periods!
Adding Nebelwerfers is a great way to get a cheap platoon for pinning and smoking!

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Tale of 2 Cities Week 4: Steven's US Rifles

In the last article we looked fairly in depth at the non-Artillery support options, so to conclude this 4 part article we're going to talk briefly about the Artillery in this list.  After that we'll discuss some suggested next purchases.  Fortunately a lot of the Yank stuff works in both mid and late war, so you can be ready for a variety of fronts!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

On Non-Battlefront Models in Battlefront Tournaments.

Edit: As of July 16th, 2012, Battlefront have ammended their decision.  The rule as it stands now is that at least HALF of your army must be made up of Battlefront Models.

As most of you know by now, Battlefront has come out with a statement expressly forbidding non-Battlefront miniatures in "official" events.  This came as a total shock to me, as it's a 180 degree reversal from their stance held for the last decade and reinforced fairly recently on their forum.

Before I proceed to give my thoughts, I'd like to lay a few ground rules.  As you know, I much prefer reasoned, fair discussion.  I feel that vitriol is out of order when discussing wargaming. We're gentlemen with a toy soldiers hobby dammit.  As we discuss this, please keep that in mind.  You know our #1 rule on our forum.  

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WWPD News From the Front Episode 40 and After Hours!

The dude's discuss the last 40 episodes, the future, and Devil's Charge!  The train derails almost immediately- like usual!  Let Steve, Luke, and Dirty Jon reminesce a bit before talkin' Peiper, The Bloody Bucket, and much more!  
  • 0:00- ACT I: Intro, AAR, A look back
  • 0:50- ACT II: JP Interview recap, Devil's Charge!
  • 1:39- ACT III: Jon Reviews Hitler's Gladiator, Army lists predictions and discussion
Links discussed in this episode:
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Devil's Charge Exposed! Part 2: The Americans

Alright, I hope you enjoyed part one of our Devil's Charge preview!  Again, if you want to hear a general review please listen to Episode 40 of our podcast!

The US have several lists available to them!  Read on to see how they stack up!

Perimeter Outpost

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Devil's Charge Exposed! Part 1: The Germans

By now you've probably learned what you've wanted to learn from Devil's Charge since advance copies have been floating around for a while now!  But, we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't give you a complete run down on all the awesome new stuff you can run out of the first book to cover the Battle of the Bulge!

To hear a review about the book itself, listen to Episode 40 of our News From the Front Podcast.

There are 2 lists available to the Germans.  These lists represent SS Kamfgruppe Peiper and Skorzeny's 150. Panzerbrigade.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Assault on Vitebsk (Firestorm game)

FIRESTORM TURN 2 GAME 2 The Soviets have now encircled the Festerplatz, and the time had come to crack them. Vitebsk was chosen as the first, because capturing the fortress city would open up supply to the soviet forward elements pushing for Minsk. A heavy assault gun company with Engineer support was sent as the first wave. Their goal was to secure the Southern bridge, or if rapid advance could be made- to push into the city and secure both bridges. The Germans were cut off from supply and thus had their morale reduced after suffering several days of preparatory bombardments. The soviets had air support (technically air isn't allowed in the city battles, but we don't need no stinkin' rules). We also had a guest helping with the soviets- shout out to Dan Wood! The Mission was Pincer.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Arnhem Finished!

I took a bunch of pictures of Arnhem so I could remember how to set it back up. I figured I would turn that into a post. Enjoy!

Overhead of the board. Missed a little on either end, but you get the idea.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Mid War Panzer IVs

I had a couple of these models I picked up from.....somewhere. I may have stolen these from Luke. Anyway, I decided to paint these up Mid War and take them to Historicon and sell'm. I believe that these are Battlefront Panzer IV F2 and Panzer IV G models.
The decals are a mix of Battlefront and i94 Enterprises.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Dithering for Nationals

Building a Nationals Army

Choices, Choices, Choices
First, I needed to choose between a tank force or an infantry force.  In Mid-War, tanks are far more expensive, relative to infantry, than in any other period.  Overall, I like this: it makes infantry armies more viable and tank companies less overwhelming.  But it does mean that I'll have difficulty fielding my favorite army type -- the German tank swarm.

I will have to look at other options.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Homemade Terrain - Paved Roads

Even though roads don't give any cover, they are still a significant part of any battlefield.  Roads connect farm land to villages, villages to towns, and towns to cities.    Some parts of the world are riddled with modern paved roads while others may only have the most basic of dirt roads.  When playing Flames of War, roads give troops added mobility by cutting through difficult terrain or giving teams a boost to their mobility.

There are lots of pre-made roads available for gamers to buy.  Battlefront offers gamers both rural and cobblestone roads which looks great, but will set you back $40 USD.  This price is comparable to roads made by other miniatures companies. For those of us who are gaming on a budget, or who need large quantities of terrain this can add up quick.

We could resort to cutting strips of colored felt or fleece, but felt and fleece roads don't look real.  If you don't have the cash to buy roads, but don't want to make roads out of fabric you can always make your own.  The only problem with making your own is that it is time consuming and can be difficult to figure out where to start.  Worse case scenario is that you end up spending more money on making your own.  I have found a easy way to make roads that is not only easy, but also inexpensive.

Model Railroad Track Strips  - $1.60 for 36"
Grey Sand Paper - $.69 for a 12" x 12" square
White Glue
Super Glue
Hobby Knife
Static Grass


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tales of 2 Cities Week 3 - Joe's US Armor Company

Greetings Troops,

     I am extremely sorry for the delay in my weekly posting for the Tales of 2 Cities.  As you know, we were hit pretty hard here on the east coast by storms.  Needless to say I have been out of power for 2 days and had to pack the family up and move to my brother's house until power is restored.

     Last week I promised the next two units in my list.  We will be covering the M10 tank destroyers and the combat engineers.  Some of the pictures are not as good as I like but I was lucky enough to get some before the loss of power and the high heat forced me from the house.
Editor's Note: Week 4 will be delayed one week as well to stay in sync with the Battlefront crew who were interrupted with the Early War Nationals in Texas!  -S
Engineer Combat Platoon (2nd A.D.) p.213
Cmd Pioneer Rifle team
Jeep with .50 cal AA MG
Pioneer Rifle team
M1917 HMG team

     First up for review is the Combat Engineers.  I wanted to take one infantry platoon with my list for good objective holding as well as being able to push other infantry out of fortifications and buildings.  These tough guys are Confident Veterans.  Their holding power and ability to "give it back" are great !  The HMG teams alone have a ROF of 6, a total of 12 for both teams.  If the HMGs are pinned, each team still gets 3 for a total of 6.  Still not shabby at all.  It's more than enough to stop an assault and pin infantry.  Pioneer teams are rated as Tank Assault 3 which makes any tanker think twice of just running up to them.  One more option is the ability to swap out 2 HMG teams for 2 rifle stands before deployment.  Also included is the Command Rifle stand and 1 jeep with a .50 cal AA MG.  I decided to place 3 figures and 1 engineer "bit" to the 4 main stands.  This left me with 6 extra men.  I placed 3 figures to the "reserve" rifle stands that you are able to swap out for the HMGs at deployment time.  It allows for me to not crowd the stands and make them stick out for movement and accountability.  All in all, a great unit for only 195 points !

4 Combat Engineer stands

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review: Battlefront Panther G Platoon

Battlefront was kind enough to send us a new box set - GBX66 Panther G Platoon - for review. Since I have been doing the German stuff lately, Steven turned this one over to me. Let's take a look!

Panthers on overwatch.

This box comes with everything you need to build 5 Late War Panther Gs. These are the ones without Zimmerit, which is correct for Late Late War - I still prefer with Zimm. Right off the bat, we notice that these are NOT the long-awaited Battlefront 'Plastics' - I hate assembly anyway. You get a hefty resin model with various plastic and metal accessories. Magnets and decals are also included.

Everything but paint and glue!

Lots of extras included. It looks like there are pieces for another kit in here... hmmm....older Panther exhaust, and 88mm gun...

The accessories sprue has a ton of stuff. The second MG has Zimmerit, so I expect this is a multi-use sprue. Also note that the muzzle brakes or drilled. Woo hoo, Kayjay!
Metal stowage and such. Magnets too.

Numbers too... if this is your 4th PlatoonCompany, 2nd Platoon! GAH!

These guys went together pretty well. I did the usual -- hull, turret and tracks groups. These took about 10 min or so each to assemble. There is very good detail on the tracks and very little flash. The hulls were in really good shape as well. I did find the metal accessories are pretty full of flash -- I am guessing the molds are just old, as these accessories are in tons of different box sets.
Ready for camo pattern.

There was one problem with assembly. When I got the tracks and hull together, the side skirts just would not fit properly. There was a gap near the front due to the tracks poking out beyond the mounting rails and the fenders. See pictures below.
Note the tracks out beyond the hull in the front.

Gah! I'm not going to green stuff that gap.

I immediately emailed the guys at Battlefront, and got an answer in like 5 minutes. Apparently, they sent us a super early box that had this fault in the hull. The master had already been fixed and replacements sent to other folks who got the bad ones. They offered to send me new hulls, but I decided to just proceed without the side skirts. Meh.
These bad cats look pretty good nekkid, right?

These guys painted up really nice. I love the increase in detail on the plastic tracks. I also like the 'feel' of resin - both from a weight and a paint standpoint. I don't know what it is about plastic, but I like the feel of resin when painting.
Nice detail on these.

Exhaust is resin, so unless you want to do some modeling, these are what they are.

View from the top. Model is slightly larger than the PSC model.

- Everything in one box
- Model is lighter with more plastic parts
- Detail is better on the plastic tracks
- Some plastic, but not enough to really lengthen assembly much

- Another casting issue. Though worked out, I'd like to get these correct in the box

Weighing in at $70USD for the box, this just seems like a resounding 'Meh'. You basically get the decals and magnets for free. A sizable portion of the community is very price-conscious and were really (REALLY!) hoping for a way to support Battlefront within their budget. This is not the set that achieves that goal, as it is not a plastic set. Plastics ARE coming from Battlefront(see Episode 39), and we will see if they are more attractively priced for our budget-tightening mates.

For those who are not as restricted in your budget, this is a great way to get everything you need to make non-Zimmerit Panther Gs.

SCORE: 6 out of 9 K-Rations issued to D-Day troops

All models provided by Battlefront Miniatures.
How did I paint these? See the German Camouflage Tutorial.
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