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Blacklining

Blacklining

Among the many possible painting styles, blacklining is the technique where a thin line of dark paint is run between articles of clothing or gear on a miniature in order to make the detail stand out better. This technique has been discussed in other articles but I want to offer my experience to help clarify […]

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Magazine: PAINTING WAR – WWII German Army (Season 1, Issue 1)

Magazine: PAINTING WAR – WWII German Army (Season 1, Issue 1)

This magazine may have been out for a bit. However, it only came to the notice of my friends and I at our local gaming convention, Enfilade, in May, 2014. The magazine is a production out of Spain (www.breakingwar.com) and is exceptionally professionally done – full color, 74 pages and chock full of painting tips for […]

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 […]

Fixing Resin Models With a Hot Water Trick

Fixing Resin Models With a Hot Water Trick

Resin is the new metal for many reasons: it costs less than metal to cast and is lighter and cheaper to ship. Occasionally, resin parts appear slightly bent or warped, and when that happened with metal, those misshapen or bent parts were simply pushed back into place. Pushing resin that is out of shape will […]

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Lead into Gold – Accounting, not Alchemy

Lead into Gold – Accounting, not Alchemy

This article is reprinted, with permission, from the Enfilade 2010 Yearbook and was written by an author who wished to remain anonymous. The information presented is very enlightening and provides some insight into the accounting related to miniature figure lines.  I have been in the business of manufacturing toys for wargamers for just under a […]

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Building a Type 4 Ho-Ro, Part II

Building a Type 4 Ho-Ro, Part II

Type 4 Ho-Ro   The gun was a challenge to make look appropriate for this vehicle. The Ho-Ro’s gun was based on the German sIG33 150mm gun. Now, I can do straight and angled construction fairly well – curved pieces just plain drive me crazy. So, I purchased a sIG33 sculpted by Mike Broadbent and […]

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How To Use Those Machine Guns?
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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 […]

Sratchbuilding gun emplacements, Project I

Sratchbuilding gun emplacements, Project I

With my ongoing interest in the WWII Pacific theater, I decided to try my hand at something different. I already tried sculpting, building a couple of vehicles and a pillbox, so I thought some terrain would be interesting to attempt. I found out that, of all the building projects that I have done, this one […]

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Building a Type 4 Ho-Ro, Part I

Building a Type 4 Ho-Ro, Part I

The Imperial Japanese Army’s armored vehicles in WWII performed just fine when they fought in China or when there was no armored enemy force. Unfortunately, when facing the Allies, in particular the US-supplied armies, the under-armored and under-gunned Japanese tanks fared quite poorly. As a stop-gap measure, the Japanese combined the turret and more powerful […]

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Fences for Rural and Economically Challenged Areas

Fences for Rural and Economically Challenged Areas

I had wanted to entitle this article “Russian Civil War Fences,” but realized they could be used in far more periods and geographic areas other than Eastern Europe. The ‘economically challenged’ part of the title was just me being a little passive aggressive. A good and aesthetically pleasing wargame takes more than merely putting nicely […]

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Converting a Japanese Command Figure to a Senior Officer

Converting a Japanese Command Figure to a Senior Officer

One of my active projects is the WWII Pacific theater. My Japanese infantry are almost complete with only small extra bits required to finish it. I have plenty of infantry that can represent the standard rank and file soldiers as well as unit commanders. I looked at the Osprey books that I have I noted […]

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Making Birch Trees

Making Birch Trees

  One of my favorite periods is the 1917-23 fighting in Eastern Europe. This time period includes the Russian Civil War and the Russo-Polish War (Polish-Bolshevik War). These wars offer a variety of scenario possibilities from infantry only battles, sweeping cavalry actions, armored trains and assortment of different armored vehicles. Battles can be fought on […]

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