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Panhard 178 Conversion for the Eastern Front

Panhard 178 Conversion for the Eastern Front

In the past year I read George Nipe’s “Last Victory in Russia” and got hooked by the winter war on the east front. The book describes the Soviet Operations Gallop, Star and von Manstein’s “backhand blow”, operations in January-March 1943 following the Soviet encirclement of the 6th Army in Stalingrad. I also found a copy […]

German Propaganda Cameraman Conversion

German Propaganda Cameraman Conversion

A few years ago I bought the DVD 1939 Battle of Westerplatte from Belle and Blade at Historicon in Fredericksburg, VA. The movie is about a garrison of about how 200 Polish soldiers, defending ammunition stores on Westerplatte near Danzig, held out for a week against overwhelming German forces. The movie is well done and […]

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Figure Conversions

Figure Conversions

I know that I have written this before, but I always seem to find the need to tinker with figures. Sometimes it is because I must have a certain figure that is normally not available, sometimes it is because I need a specific piece for the gaming table and sometimes it is because I am […]

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Brand X Painting Rust

Brand X Painting Rust

There are many ways to paint different effects on line which really are amazing. I would like to show you a very easy way to paint rust that is quick and offers a very realistic look. It looks great everywhere from rusted vehicle parts to tank exhausts to any weathered metal buildings. This involves only […]

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BOKKENRIJDERS

BOKKENRIJDERS

I am really pressed for time at home. Anyone with a full time job and a family with young children understands the time requirements this involves. I am using this excuse to explain how I missed a very cool Wargames Illustrated article (Issue 314, Nov 2013) on Bokkenrijders – for the obscure few of us […]

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How to Run a Great Convention Game

How to Run a Great Convention Game

I love game conventions. The atmosphere, the excitement, the buzz in the air, the dealers’ room, the flea market, the sights, the sounds, the smells (OK, not the smells so much), and of course, the games. Over the years that I have attended conventions, I have played, run, and observed countless games. Unfortunately, I have […]

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Scratchbuilding Gun Emplacements, Project II

Scratchbuilding Gun Emplacements, Project II

While doing the original gun emplacement, I was working on another gun pit, as well. As I mentioned in Part I of this series, it always helps to do projects like this in pairs so that when one is drying you can work on the other (and if you have extra bits of stuff that […]

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Blacklining Technique

Blacklining Technique

  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 […]

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