Historical Information

Rules, Rules, Rules – Parte the Fourth

Rules, Rules, Rules – Parte the Fourth

Compared to everything else – researching the figures, cleaning/painting the figures and making lots of neat extras – the search for a good rules set to support skirmish gaming was the most challenging part of the entire project. Bruce Meyer and I looked at many different rules sets that likely work very well for the […]

Painting Napoleonic Figures: Parte the Third

Painting Napoleonic Figures: Parte the Third

Once all the figures I had been cleaned and based, it was time to start painting. I started off with small, easy steps first – I pulled out the Russian civilians first because I figured any colors I used would be reasonable. I had purchased three units of six figures and painted one in a […]

The Figures Arrive: Parte the Second

The Figures Arrive: Parte the Second

Well, actually before we ordered the figures, I looked around for some skirmish rules for the game. I liked Pete Berry’s Once Upon a Time in the West Country rules for the ECW and saw he had written some for Napoleonic skirmish gaming. Fortunately for me, On Military Matters, a book seller who seems to […]

British Columbia Regiment in WWII gaming

British Columbia Regiment in WWII gaming

Many of you have history with the British Columbia Regiment. Some of you may even be serving members, as the British Columbia Regiment is an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment of the Canadian Army Reserve (39th Canadian Brigade Group, 3rd Canadian Division). It is an excellent example of a Canadian Armoured Regiment to model for Flames of […]

Rommel’s first Afrika Korps offensive

Rommel’s first Afrika Korps offensive

Rommel’s First Offensive: March 31 – April 11, 1941 Reprinted from the excellent http://www.testofbattle.com website with permission. Following publication of Benghazi Handicap, at least one forum-rat has asked for the detailed Italian order of battle in Rommel’s first offensive. I mentioned in the forum that – if you dig a bit – it’s mostly there […]

AVANTI SAVOIA!  Italian WWII Armor

AVANTI SAVOIA! Italian WWII Armor

I am fascinated by obscure armies and forces. I have clubmen for the English Civil War, a converted naval artillery crew for the Russian Civil War and lots of partisans for WWII, so it is no surprise that the Italian army in WWII caught my eye. While most people have built Italian armies to fight […]

How To Use Those Machine Guns?
By January 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

How To Use Those Machine Guns?

I tend to break down WW2 machine guns used by infantry into four categories, which are: Automatic Rifle – Section weapon, limited magazine, no spare barrel capability (ex. BAR, FG42) Light Machine Gun – Section or platoon weapon, larger magazines but with quick change barrels and bipod mounted (ex. Bren, Type 96, Hotchkiss 1922, Russian […]

Early War German Tank Availabilty

Early War German Tank Availabilty

I remain a proponent of all things out of the ordinary. Maybe my likes are not as obscure as NHMGS President Kevin Smyth’s ,or as extravagant as NHMGS Treasurer Bruce Meyer’s, but I do like things that are not mainstream. My English Civil War armies have clubmen, my WWII collection has continental/European Italians and my […]

Is It Historical?
By December 19, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Is It Historical?

I get the impression that many of you either prefer historical scenarios or only play historical scenarios.  This is quite commendable.  Now, I must ask what is a historical scenario and for you, why are they so special?  I suppose what fascinates me about these questions is why the fervor?  Yes I play historical scenarios, […]