08 May 2012

1/72 Scale WW2 History Book - When The Time Comes by Mark Thomas




Mark Thomas, a veteran 20mm gamer and modeler from Oregon (US) whom I met over the internet about 10 years ago now, told me some time back that he was working on a history book illustrating scenes and information related to some of the most important battles of WW2 using 1/72 scale models, figures and scenery.

Mark's book is now finished and he's informed me that he'll be making it available to interested parties on a CD-Rom for USD 9.95 + postage which can be purchased directly by contacting him on the following email : cbeta@q.com

You can read some sample excerpts and see some sample pictures his book  as posted by another veteran 1/72 scale gamer and modeler, David Reasoner, on the Command Decision Test of Battle Forum on the following links:


So, good luck with the book Mark and hopefully if this one is a success for you, we can look forward to seeing a second publication from you next year maybe ?


John

06 May 2012

WW2 British Staff Car



It's not exactly Monty's Humber but I like the look of it to ferry some Brtish top brass around the wargame table.

The car's a 1/76 Oxford die-cast ready-painted model of some British car from the 30s or 40s, but the make and name of the particular car that its supposed to be escape me right now (I threw the box out after I bought it) so if someone in the know could please tell me what car it is I'd appreciate it.

24 April 2012

Pirates to the rescue ?

A motley crew of 1/72 Caesar, Orion and Esci/Italeri modern figures I recently finished for a game we'd been planning for a fictional modern-day scenario


The pirates were trying to rescue their leader who had been captured by UN forces and who was being held in a compound in a medium-sized old colonial town somewhere along the coast of East Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean. 


The pirates had some help from the local populace who were armed and hostile to the UN soldiers in the town, and even more help from a group of combat-tested renegade troops from the country's regular forces.


In spite of the help, the pirates got soundly thrashed (good show too).


We used a free set of one-page skirmish rules called FUBAR. 

Quite good for the job, but we included some tweaks to the activation process that put the pirates at a great disadvantage so they spent the majority of their time undecided and floundering around getting shot to pieces.

17 April 2012

Abandoned Tram



A few weeks ago my mate Iván phoned me and said he'd found a 1/72 scale model tram lying abandoned in the gutter and immediately thought of me.

I like to think he thought of me because of the 1/72 tram, not me lying in the gutter - as a respectable middle-aged man I now no longer end up in the gutter after a mad Saturday night out.


It's a promotional model of some kind that the local tram company must have been using at some event, and must have been just slung away when they finished with the promotion.


It's a bit scratched, but it looks the business and all it needs is a bit more dirtying up and we've got a nice scenery piece for a modern-day / post-apocalyptic game.

Thanks Iván.