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28mm Scheltrum miniatures Polish POW militia review

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?).

S.

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Brigadier 38 rules for Very British Civil War

Got this little book some time ago, but as usual it took me some time to get around to reviewing it. I have a weak spot for anything connected with Very British Civil War and whereas our small team uses modified Warhammer the Great War rules I thought “why not!”.

It is small A5 format book with 28 pages, all in full colour. Cost is 11 pounds and whilst it might sound bit expensive for such a small thing, Solway Crafts is a very small company that is totally worth supporting  and I gladly spent the money on getting it.  Layout is very nice and easy to read and there are plenty of great photos of VBCW miniatures and some great illustrations as well.

OK, now the rules itself. Subtitle says “jolly sporting wargames rules for 1938 a Very British Civil War” and it is really a fitting description. All book is full of “jolly British” spirit from the beginning till the end.

This set allows us to play battles on a bigger level, up to a Brigade with commanders giving orders to whole sections of your forces rather than each unit doing separate thing. In that respect it seems like the Brigadier 38 game would be totally different from ones we had with Warhammer the Great War.

There are different orders you can give to units and each set of orders has its allocated point cost, with points allocated to your commander every turn for him to spend. Quite interesting solution. There is surprisingly a lot of detail in such a small book (print is pretty small though so that partly explains it) and quite few of them are very innovative, at least to me- for example fthe fact that you need to spot units first before you can fire at them with your tanks or guns!

Other interesting feature is possibility of customizing your troops with different skills (each with its own point value and in case of Time for Tea ability it actually decreases cost of the unit) such as Shock Troops, Fanatics, Hopeless Courage amongst the others. Cost of your units also depens on their quality with three categories of Green, Trained and Veteran being in place.

Haven’t played the game with these yet but it definitely looks interesting and I thouroughly recommend the rulebook to every VBCW fan!

S.

You can order it at:

http://solwaycraftsandminiatures.webs.com

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