Historical Information

Getting Into a New Period: Parte the First

Getting Into a New Period: Parte the First

Normally, I am the person who gets drawn into new gaming periods – one look at Bruce Meyer’s beautifully painted Russian Civil War figures and I was hooked! Mark Copplestone’s sculpted figures were too amazing to refuse. WWII in the Pacific was another era Bruce introduced me to. It was a mix of figures and […]

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?

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?

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, […]