Friday, May 20, 2022

Updated! Wargames Atlantic 28mm Generic Horses Updated! Size comparisons

       For ages I have had to put up with pricey horses, either to replace ones that were damaged or to provide horse to figures that came without them. At last someone is marketing affordable, good-looking horses, and that company is one of my new favorites Wargames Atlantic.  At long last I can replace the underfed-looking horses in some of my Lace Wars kits with nice powerful steeds. I have had contact with WA and they advise that mounted figures are in the offing (their capacity to have a dozen irons in the fire and still be on top of things never ceases to amaze me). Of course (rather selfishly) I wish for mounted Conquistadors. 

       The multi-part horses themselves are crisply molded in medium gray plastic that shows not a trace of flash and only the faintest of mold-lines. They are cast in left and right halves with separate heads. The horses are modeled with a halter and reins and a cinch-strap around the belly of the model, blankets are cast separately to add as you see fit. Eighteen horses for $35US is a very good deal, I will most likely be buying several more boxes.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Wargames Atlantic 28mm Conquistadors

       Fresh off the presses is another great product from Wargames Atlantic; 28mm Conquistadors! I picked this box up from Michigan Toy Soldier the other day. These guys are cast in light gray plastic with no trace of flash and almost no mold lines. At twenty-four figures for $34US you are getting away with less than a dollar and a half each. These figures will also double for Spanish foot of the Italian Wars of the 16th century as well as the Spanish armies in the Low Countries during the Armada period. And of course you could always head west and conquer the Americas, maybe even find the Fountain of Youth or the Lost City of El Dorado.

box front

Monday, May 16, 2022

A few shots from Motor City Mayhem 2022


       I had the opportunity to look in on the Death Or Glory tournament at the Best Western Southfield this past weekend. Motor City Mayhem 2022 was one of the circuit of wargames tournaments hosted by Death or Glory over the course of the year. The tournament was a nine-round, three day long event featuring Warhammer 40K. There were other subjects covered as well; Bolt Action and Age of Sigmar both had tournaments over the weekend. The sheer energy of such a large event was impressive, as were the vast number of beautifully painted armies  in play. Most impressive of all were the army display bases. Some players must have spent nearly as much time modelling the bases as they did assembling their armies.

an Ork Stronghold as a display base

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

I Just Couldn't Help Myself


the P-26 looks surprisingly small next to the Goshawk II

       While waiting for the glue to dry on some figures that I was assembling my wandering eye drifted toward some model aircraft that I had yet to put away in the Pile Of Guilt. The old classic Revell/Monogram kits were destined to employment in my Chinese Air Force (to oppose my recently completed Japanese forces). Knowing how simple and easy to assemble these kits are I thought to myself, "Why not?" (this sort of thinking has led to all sorts of trouble over the decades) and within the hour they were completed. To this day I am amazed at the excellent fit and design of these ancient models. I was forced to wait a couple of days to get them primed due to weather conditions but after that I was done in the blink of an eye. Now I am berating myself for not sticking to plan and finishing the Soviet Air Force, ah well, now I'm back to painting French Guard Artillery and assembling a horde of Victrix Carthaginians for The Housemartin (more on that later).

the Chinese bought a good many Hawks but only got eleven of the P-26

I still have a little work on the pilots and  the weathering to do