Some time ago I bought models for By Fire and Sword cossack army made by Wargamer company from Poland. It took me some time to start assembling them, but it finally happened and some time later I finally got around to write this review. Continue reading
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Recently I have been looking for more armed civilians to add to my Warsaw Uprising army for Flames of War. To my surprise whilst scrolling through Lead Adventure Forum (thoroughly recommended by the way!) I came across just28mm company from Poland that just started selling few of their sculpts. Continue reading
A lot of us really liked army sprays produced for Battlefront. They were good, easy to use and helped a lot with painting your armies quick. For some unknown reason (there are lots of rumours, but I will not be going into them right now) BF stopped their productions and soon it was just next to impossible to get them anywhere. It was only matter of time before somebody would step in to fill that gap in the market and it was Will from the Plastic Soldier Company. Some time later new sprays, produced in co-operation with guys responsible for Army Painter hit the market. I managed to get couple of cans courtesy of Luke from Onslaught Games (apparently somebody gave them to him after being really disappointed) so decided to check for myself.
I got two colours- British and British Khaki. Sprays are divided into armour and infantry one, “British” being one for vehicles and second one is for Brit uniforms. They look very nice with big picture of either tank or a soldier on them, so nobody will make any mistakes :)
British spray for armour was all good. Sprayed in equal layers, bit thin but covered surface of the model really well and had no “powdery” feel so common with Army Painter sprays. It is not as thick as for example Games Workshop primers or now out of production Battlefront ones, but still does the job.
British Khaki was the same, bit thin but again final effect was satisfactory. Only problem with this one was that it leaked quite bad so I had to spray it whilst holding a tissue on cap, otherwise everything ended up covered in spots of paint. I am not sure if this is just a faulty copy or is this a problem with a whole range.
All in all it is a very welcome addition for any of us that don’t like to spend too much time painting and at £ 8.50 a can it is a good investment.
Some time ago Juan from Spain, same guy that sculpted Growler Creatures (that I reviewed earlier and use as my mangler squigs for Warhammer Fantasy) put pictures of his new goblin models on Da Warpath forum. Now I always had a weak spot for goblins and fancied another cave squig boss in my army, so looking at pictures of a Goblin Knight I decided I need to have that model. Since I have far too many goblin characters on foot already, I didn’t get ones that Juan sculpted, but they definitely look nice as well.
I paid 20 euro for the knight posted to UK by a signed for letter, so quite comparable to 15 quid you would have to pay for GW boss on cave squig made in Failcast (for 10 euro more however you get all 4 heroes). Package arrived swift and this time packed really well :)
Model itself is made in resin. It assembles really well, there is almost no mold lines and no flash to clear off. As for the model itself I simply love it. It looks much better than it did on pictures posted on the forum. I definitely like the armour. There are few alternative heads in the pack cast in metal, so you can use them later to personalise your other goblin models and there is a choice of two weapons for your knight- either cavalry lance or a sword. All parts are cast really well, detail was crisp and there were no air bubbles, so all good here as well. Assembly was easy, everything fits well, although little bit of green stuff might be needed to smooth over small gaps, but this is quite often the case with all multi-part models on the market.
All in all it was definitely money well spent and Goblin Knight will be appearing in my green army sooner or later !
If you want to order that model, write to : juan.abella(at)gmail.com
Looking forward to seeing more goblin madness from that man :)
Another of my purchases from this years Salute and I only just got around to assemble it. They come in blisters of 2 guns with crew for £9.75, which is slightly cheaper comparing to Battlefront equivalent. Quality of gun itself and crew is nice, almost no flash and no mould lines to clear, which is always something good in my books. Gun itself is also well cast and compares well size-wise to Battlefront one (6pounder on the grey base is a BF one). Level of detail is satisfying. It is “deployed” position and there is only one version , with few different crew members. Only minor problem is that it doesn’t fit on Flames of War base that well in that particular position, but this is not really a big deal. All in all kit looks really nice and I could definitely recommend it as another good product from Forged in Battle that I have seen.
Recently I started collecting PAVN force for Flames of War/ Tour of Duty. After getting a mix of Peter Pig and Battlefront stuff I also spotted Flashpoint miniatures during my internet searching. Soon after I received couple of blisters courtesy of my brother as a present. Thanks bro! :)
Blisters I received were PAVN HQ and also Sappers blister. Personally I didn’t have to pay for mine, but for us in Europe they work out quite pricey as Flashpoint Miniatures is a company operating from Australia, being 22 AUD for HQ and 24 AUD for Sappers (roughly 14 and over 15 quid) and that is not including costs of postage.
Models came in nice blister packs. Sapper one had 28 miniatures and HQ 25 miniatures. Worth mentioning is plethora of poses you get- 15 unique models in for sappers and 19 for HQ. That is quite a lot and only few minis repeat themselves in blisters packs- definitely a big plus in my books! As you can see on pictures poses are dynamic and looking good. Sappers are armed with explosives on sticks, flamethrowers, ladders and nice mixture of weapon such as AK 47s, PPSh submachineguns and so on. HQ pack has also nice models in it, including spotters, command figures standard bearers and even a bugler!
Models scale very well with Battlefront ones as you can see on the comparison picture (BF models are based ones).
My only problem with those minis was that some of them have fairly big amount of flash to get rid of, which in 15mm scale can be bit of a pain. I am not sure if this is a case with this particular batch or all across the range. Also few of the weapons seems to be sculpted pretty badly (some AK 47s simply lacking barrels etc.) but all in all i am very happy with those models.
If you are based in Europe price makes it very expensive to make all force out of them, but if you look to add more variety and character to your troops, then I would definitely recommend spending bit more money and getting some blisters from Flashpoint Miniatures!
Amongst many miniatures I brought home from last Salute show was latest release from Scheltrum miniatures. It’s always good to see stuff released for more niche ranges. We got three sets of Polish POW militia ( POW stands for Polska Organizacja Wojskowa or Polish Military Organisation) for inter war period. This figures are suitable for Polish-Bolshevik War, but also with small adjustments (removing eagle symbols from hats) can be easily used for Baltic States militia units and of course for Very British Civil War, where they can work as militia troops of all sorts.
First thing is the price. At 5.50 pounds per 4 models they are priced very decently, nothing to complain about here :)
There are 2 sets of riflemen plus one command set including standard bearer and LMG gunner with Lewis.
Some flash on miniatures to get rid of (as seen on picture) but nothing major. Same goes for mould lines- there are some, but nothing major and quick work with a file sorts it out.
I have to say I like most of those models- they have enough character (due with a hand axe looks bad ass!), although some more poses would be handy (maybe couple of miniatures laying on the ground or kneeling?). Detail on them is quite good as well and in packs I received there were no miscasts.
There is however room for improvement here. There are couple of problems with some of the miniatures. Main issue for me is that some of the riflemen holding rifles by the butts do it in completely unrealistic way. They are holding them in a wrong spots and in a manner that would make it very difficult to do in in reality. Other issue, one that a lot of previous Scheltrum miniatures suffered from and one that luckily seems to be affecting them less and less is that heads on couple of models (especially LMG gunner) just seem to be at very weird angle and LMG gunner looks like he doesn’t have much neck. Also his hat seems to be too big comparing to the other models. Despite some imperfections and problems Scheltrum Miniatures continues to offer good value for your money and needs to be applauded for releasing more and more stuff for interwar range that nobody was doing before. As I mentioned already this stuff is also absolutely perfect for use with Very British Civil War forces, whether is more organised looking militia force or perhaps BUF.
Check their website at http://www.scheltrum.co.uk for more releases (Cossack cavalry anyone?).
This Salute I purchased a lot of goodies for my modern Soviet army to fill in the gaps I still had. Heroics and Ros was an obvious choice for some of the stuff. They only just released new T-55 models with improved armour. I have to say that the level of detail on them is much better than on other H&R tanks, so it’s nice to see that company that produces good quality stuff anyway still finds a room for improvement.
Also got some of the older models. As usual with H&R products, there were no mould lines and very little flash to get rid of. You can see some of them are older models, as BTR 50 and MT-LB transport lacked some detail that you can find on newer models, but still good enough. PT-75 looks very nice as well.
I recently decided to upgrade my Soviet artillery park, so started looking for a manufacturer that would do all the missing artillery for my army. Scotia Grendel had most of stuff I needed in their offer so I promptly made an order. Models were dispatched very quickly and with no problems, with one missing element quickly replaced.
Models themselves are very nice. Good detail, no mould lines to get rid of, very little flash to clean, exactly what I like. Most of artillery pieces are cast already on small bases with shells, crates etc added on to it, which makes it look really nice.
Below are ZIS 2 57mm anti-tank guns with some Heroics and Ros crew added on. Each gun came with elements to build either firing or limbered version, which is a plus as you can represent them being in transport if you want to.
Also got a lot of heavier guys as well: 240mm mortars, 130mm field guns, s-23 180mm field guns and BM-24 rocket launchers. That should add enough firepower to my modern Soviet army :)
Last thing to add were two MT-LB transports with 82mm mortars. Again, nice models with enough detail on them.
This batch of Scotia Grendel kits was very good, definitely happy with them and also with prices (very affordable) and customer service. Definitely recommended!
I have been waiting to add Mi-6 Hook to my Soviet paras for a long time. After disastrous purchase from Skytrex ages ago (review of that model is somewhere on this blog) I kept hearing that H&R meant to release one. Two years ago at Salute I have seen work in progress and it looked good. At this years Salute it was finally available and I was a first person to buy it :)
Model costs 15 pounds. It’s not cheap but it is massive and definitely worth it. Nicely sculpted body cast in green resin plus other elements such as wheels and wings in metal. Rotors are high quality brass ones and just add the professional look to the model.
Elements fit very well, there was tiny amount of flash on metal elements and none whatsoever on the main body. There is a satisfying level of detail on it as well. My only minor gripe is that a hole for front is too much forward, although perhaps it was just my copy that was cast that way. Apart from that model is very good and it looks fantastic when assembled. Well done Heroics&Ros!
(picture of an assembled helicopter is without wings as I received two same wings by accident and currently awaiting replacement, also I put wheels wrong way around for this picture, but they are in the right position now! :)