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Friday, March 29, 2013

Adapting Flames of War

This concludes the series of videos.  I hope you all enjoyed them!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

News From the Front Episode 55


The boys are all rested up form Cold Wars and ready to get back in the studio!  On the docket today are various topics like #WWPD4VETS, recent gaming, etc.  The guys talk a lot about Market Garden- upcoming tournaments and fireflies.  Some random overlooked rules like digging in and kampfgruppe, and a whole host of other topics!
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dave's Baggage Train Review

Dave's Baggage Train Review - By Luke Melia

Dave's Baggage Train produces an assortment of storage trays and carrying cases for miniatures.  The basic tray is opened topped and made from plastic and wood.  All trays are 7 3/4" wide and 14" long.  The trays vary in height from 1" to 6" tall.  All of the trays and inserts are sold separately.  You can choose from rubber magnet, rubber steel, foam and felt inserts. He even makes glass-topped and snap top covered trays.  The glass covers are awesome for displaying models and the snap top trays are great, especially when you can fit your army in one or two trays.   All of Dave's inserts are  made to be customized to your individual gaming needs for every tray.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sd/Kfz 251/1D and some Grilles

 Sorry this post is a little bit light on content!  Way back at Cold Wars 2012, John Desch hooked me up with a pair of Grilles for Flames of War.  I grabbed a halftrack for the commander and intended to paint it ASAP.  But, you all know how that goes.  Finally out of the blue I saw it sitting in my "to do" pile and decided to knock it out right quick!
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Bocage for WWD4Vets or should we say Lucage?

From the Mines of Melia

Hey Gang!   People have been asking so I got the listing up on Ebay for WWPD4Vets.

Here's some pics and what is included.  I could be talked into throwing in some free bonus pieces if the auction brings in enough.

Here's the link. Bocage Ebay WWPD4Vets
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Peter Pig Wrecks

If you took a tour of Europe during the 1940's you would find the wrecked skeletal remains of knocked out vehicle and tanks littering the country side.  Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of vehicles and their crews found themselves on business end of high velocity cannons, artillery and attack aircraft.  Those not knocked out in combat often succumbed to mechanical failure or the elements. 

Peter Pig is one of my favorite miniature manufactures and they make a wide range of wrecked vehicles and tanks.  I recently picked up two of these wreck vehicles, a Panzer IV H and Sdkfz 251/ 1C, and plan on using them as terrain to litter my table top with wrecked hulks.  The wrecks are both single piece resin models and required no clean up.  Each wreck was about $9.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sherman 76 auction for WWPD4Vets!

One of the many ways you can help us to reach our goal with #WWPD4VETS is by selling items on eBay with a percentage of the proceeds going to the charity of your choice.  We here at WWPD wanted to try this option out, and so here are my Sherman 76s I painted to auction off!  These are live now, so go bid on them here!  These Shermans were generously donated by Scott Weland, so there's a real team effort going on here!

Light weathering so you can muddy them up to match your own guys.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WWPD4Vets - Prep the Battlefield Contest!

WWPD4Vets - March 30th, 2013 

The WWPD4Vets Event will take place Saturday, March 30th, 2013. 

Ok, WWPD Community -- it is time to show us all how pumped you are for this wonderful charity event!  The Dudes at News from the Front would like to "prepare the battlefield" by getting a jump-start on our goal of $2,500.

CONTEST:  Between now and Monday, March 25th, 2013, a randomly selected person or group that donates at least $25 to the Wounded Warrior Project will get a special "Shout Out!" on the next episode of News from the Front.  We'll allow a 30 second spot to be read by your choice of the Dudes.  Donate HERE.   

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Things I wish I had known sooner

So following on from my Windsor and Newton Series 7 brush review I posted some time ago, it got me thinking.

If I can go years not realizing there was a difference between synthetic and natural brushes, what other gems of knowledge do the pros know that they don't tell you?

I'm not saying its a conspiracy, and that there's an Illuminati of painters that jealousy hold onto the secrets of pro painting, protecting it from the world, I’m just saying there's a lot of things that to them seem like common knowledge and often don't get shared with the new guys.

The information isn't impossible to find if you're looking for it, but you can’t look for what you don't know exists.

So what are the few gems of knowledge I've managed to uncover from the ancient temple of the hobby Pros whilst ducking spears, out running giant boulders and dodging booby traps?

Natural Hair Paint brushes vs Synthetic.

I covered this more in-depth in a previous article, but a quality natural hair brush provides better flow, a sharper tip and does not curl at the end over time. This really was a revelation for me, why was I not told!

Base Coat your Minis

This will seem like a no brainer to most painters, everyone picks this one up pretty quickly, but everyone started out trying to paint directly onto plastic, metal or resin at some point, and while it's possible to produce a decent painted mini with no base coat, you're really just starting your journey with a flat tire.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

WWPD Network Highlights!

Hey guys, with the nixing of weekend posts, I realized it'd been a while since we'd posted any network wide updates!  So, what's been going on?  For those of you who may not follow our other sites, hopefully some of these tidbits might entice you to go check them out!

Bolt Action.Net
Bolt Action at Cold Wars
Judson has an in depth look at the Bolt Action.. er.. action at Cold Wars!  Lots of great photos, and after action reports.

Soviets vs Germans in Maximum Attrition
Our buddy Craig Baxter posted an awesome battle report pitting some Germans against some Soviets.  The picture of the exploding KV-1 makes the report worth reading all on its own, but the rest of the pics don't disappoint!

Outpost Zero
Gunship! First Strike review
We get a hands on look at the board game by Escape Pod Games.  A fairly in depth rules discussion and analysis.  Overall we give the game a pretty high rating, and it's continued to be a go to for me!  We've been on a real boardgame kick so keep your eyes on the Outpost for more, sure to be on the way!

Dropzone Commander Battle
Epic battle!  See the UCM forces go to town with the Scourge!  The dudes have a really nice table (full of city blocks and abandoned cars) to wage war over.  Still waiting to get my first game in, but I really love the models!

Saga Tapestry
Saga Warlord Painting Competition (Ending Soon!)
There have been some great entries so far!  So what are you waiting for?  Head over to the forum and submit your entry!  I need to hurry up and get my Scott Warlord painted up!  But, not only am I ineligible, I will miss the deadline.

Normans vs Vikings- Clash of Warlords!
This was a hell of a battle!  The Normans were textbook, unfortunately, but the vikings were bloodthirsty!


Stay tuned for updates from some of our fine Network Partners!
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Episode 54- Live from Cold Wars!

The dudes are live at Cold Wars 2013, with plenty to talk about!  We talk about the gaming we've gotten in (FoW, Zombicide, Spartacus) and generally ham it up!  The second half of the episode is recorded in the Artemis with Steven, Luke, Dirty Jon and Tedley.  Thanks to all who came out to the live show, and for all the great vendors who provided prize support!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

BF Video: "Tell Me About..."

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Soviet BA-10Ms

 After reading Bob's review of the Zvezda BA-10M, I went ahead and ordered 10!  However, once I got them, I was not particularly happy with them.  To be fair, I've generally liked a lot of Zvezda stuff in the past (See also: Shturmoviks and Panzer IIIs) but assembling 10 BA-10Ms is an exercise I was not ready to continue.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cold Wars Picture Dump

This is just a random picture dump from Cold Wars.  As usual, I am bad at taking lots of photographs, but here's the few I did snap.  More on our time spent at the convention coming up on the next episode of News From the Front!
Killin' Zombies with the Millers, Matt, and Mike.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

AAR: Tankovy vs. Feldherrnhalle Panzergrenadierkompanie

Eric and I decided to get in a little weekend Flames of War.  We rolled up Fighting Withdrawal, so Eric's tanks got to attach my Infantry.  

I wanted to continue our theme of lighter terrain with more open site lines, but Eric moved around and added terrain until there was basically a giant wall down the center.  In the picture above, take out the forest along the water and move the forest above the road back and turn it ninety degrees.  I thought that looked more like the Battlefront tables.  I think with the giant line of blocking terrain in the middle of the board, this AAR is not very valuable in getting WWPD more familiar with lighted styled boards.

Lesson Learned:  Set up the terrain, and don't let anyone touch it. =)

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

We'll be right back!

Hey guys, with us being away at Cold Wars,  all the work on WWPD4VETS (have you donated yet??), and all of the other exciting things we've been working on (oh and maybe blowing up space ships a bit too...), we're going to take a rare, brief break.  Fear naught!  We have a few articles ready to go "in the can" and we'll be live again on Monday, March 11th at our usual publishing time of 8:00 EST.  Y'all be good while we're away!  No crazy parties on the forum while we're out okay?

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: Battlefront Wrecked Panzers Objective Markers

Battlefronts Kampfgruppe Piper Box set comes with two wrecked Panzer objectives.  One is a Panzer IV J and the other a Panther.  These finely sculpted resin models will not only give your army an objective to fight for, but will also give your battlefield extra character.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

News From the Front Episode 53!

Download Episode 53 here!
The dudes are in the studio and gearing up for their next convention trek!  In this episode we talk about our newest time sink: EVE.  We also hear Steven's interview with Pete before the guys dive in to Flames of War chat.  We cover some often overlooked rules again, discuss what we've been up to, and ham it up like usual!

0:00- Intro/AAR

0:49- Interview w/ Pete Simunovich from Battlefront Miniatures

1:23- Often Overlooked Rules, Book Review, and more FoW!

Episode 53: After Hours!
The dudes continue their chat on Cold Wars, EVE, and whatever else crosses their minds.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

US Rifles in Vietnam!

After Finishing up my Choppers, I knew the next step was to get some boots on the ground! So here they are!  I grabbed the Vietnam company box, and went to town.  I'm looking forward to trying out Flames of War 'Nam.
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: CorSec Engineering Quonset Hut

We got in a really cool looking 15mm Quonset Hut from CorSec Engineering for review.  These were seen all over the place in World War II, and is a key piece of terrain for an Allied airfield or other semi-permanent installation.

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