May 31, 2017

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: The Painting War Series: Volume 8: The American Civil War

Painting War

Painting War is a book series out of Spain (published in English)Each issue of PaintingWar focuses on a particular period and army. For instance Issue 1 focuses on WWII German Army and Issue 2 covers the Napoleonic French army. The book lays out a step-by-step guide to preparing and painting figures including sections on Uniforms & Equipment, Weapons, Cavalry, Artillery & Horses and much more. Issue 1 features the work of  Ruben Torregrosa aka "Heresybrush", the Warlord Games master painter. Issue 2 features the work of Rafael Pérez "Archiduqe" , the painting techniques of Claudia Zuminich are featured in issue 3 and José Antonio Bustamante is featured in issue 4. Painting War Volume 5 is the second Painting War volume By Rubén "HeresyBrush" Torregrossa.

These are excellent books for painting small scale figures such as 15mm, 1/72nd scale and 28mm but can be applied to all scales when needed. View our listings HERE

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PWN-PW008 Painting War Volume 8
The American Civil War
Special issue for painting American Civil War armies. This complete guide for American Civil War armies lays out via the step-by-step process...preparing & painting figures including sections on uniforms & equipment, weapons, cavalry, artillery & horses and much more. A special section features 25 different ACW miniatures painted by Ángel Aparicio of Oniria Miniatures each of which is featured on its own individual page showing how to paint that particular figure. A must have for modelers of small scale 15mm, 28mm & 1/72nd scale figures.
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The Painting War Series...
PWN-PW001 Painting War Volume 1
The German Army in WWII
This premier issue covers WWII Germans. In it you will find "Step by Step" painting guides for different types of German soldiers. From a general painting guide of a 28mm figure, up how to paint the emblems of helmets or the different camouflages used by Germans. In addition, this issue includes a 15mm painting guide, for those who prefer to play with smaller scales. Included is three pages with information about epaulettes colors and rank symbols from all branches of the German army. Finally, over 36 painted show models (one per page) all painted by Ruben Torregrosa aka "Heresybrush". From Grenadiers in the 1939 invasion of France, to Fallchirmsjägers that fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Thus, this publication offers the possibility to find all info you need to paint your small scale German figures to play Bolt Action, Flames of War, or for any destination you want.


PWN-PW002 Painting War Volume 2
Napoleonic French Army 
Focusing on the Napoleonic French army, Issue 2 of PW collects everything you need...to learn the miniatures painting techniques of Rafael Pérez "Archiduqe" in a "Step by Step" format. PW2 features 21 miniatures painted exclusively for this publication, each of which is featured on its own individual pages showing how to paint that particular figure. Painting guides feature Vallejo paint numbers and covers everything from Skin, Muskets, Hair, to Uniforms to you name it. If it applies to Napoleonic French it's here! Color charts, Insignia and brief historical background are also featured. The book covers all different types of infantry, cavalry and even how to paint French artillery. Both Line and Guard figures are covered. This book can also be used to paint figures from other conflicts such as the American Civil War as the uniform colors (blue) are virtually the same as are the equipment and other aspects.Once again there is a page of tips on painting smaller (15mm) figures.

PWN-PW003 Painting War Volume 3**
WWII U.S. & Japanese Armies
This issue follows the same format as the first two volumes with 94 pages and features Claudia Zuminich's painting techniques for U.S. & Japanese armies during WWII. It includes a "Step by Step"  guide and 37 different miniatures (one per page) painted exclusively for this publication. As with the other Painting War volumes there are plenty of guides on painting individual pieces of kit and uniform, including webbing, jackets, helmets, Japanese cloth etc etc. It shows off some pretty impressive techniques to really dirty up your figure and give it some real battlefield personality using materials from AK interactive like rust streaks to simulate dried blood. 
Includes a free figure with a accompanying painting S-B-S included in the book
**As an added bonus painting War 3 has (Quick Response) QR codes that when scanned (many free apps are available) will take you to the tutorial. There are five How-to and two Galleries or trailers.

PWN-PW004 Painting War Volume 4
Napoleonic British Army 
Following the same format as previous volumes Napoleonic British Army collects everything you need to use the José Antonio Bustamante techniques to painting miniatures including "Step by Step" of 27 painted miniatures, that Bustamente has painted exclusively for this publication. Also included are six pages of Rank Insignia for infantry, artillery, cavalry, the Royal Navy and the KGL. As with volume 2 this book can also be used to paint figures from other 18th & 19th century conflicts where red and gray uniforms are used. Once again there is a page of tips on painting smaller (15mm) figures.
Includes a free figure with a accompanying painting S-B-S included in the book
PWN-PW005 Painting War Volume 5
Spanish Civil War
...presents a guide to painting both sides of the conflict including campaign uniforms, artillery, machine guns, horses, weapons and basing. representative insignias and rank markings of both armies are also covered. This is the second Painting War volume By Rubén"HeresyBrush" Torregrossa. HeresyBrush also wrote the very first PW issue The German Army in WWII. Like the previous title Spanish Civil War includes his amazing step-by-step method to painting miniatures throughout the 88 pages of this softcover book including 40 pages, each covering one individual figure.
Includes a free figure with a accompanying painting S-B-S included in the book




PWN-PW006 Painting War Volume 6
Feudal Japan 
...presents Antonio Pena's painting techniques and tips, giving to you all the keys for painting all kinds of Feudal Japan miniatures. Covers 29 different miniatures. 88 pages.















PWN-PW007 Painting War Volume 7
Dark Ages
...collects everything you need to see the Alberto Mateos (AVAHN Art Studio) painting miniatures techniques. It includes an amazing step by step and 39 painted miniatures (28mm), that Alberto has painted exclusively for this publication. 104 pages.

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May 30, 2017

TRENCH RUNNER REVIEW: Matt Koltonow Reviews Painting War Dark Ages

Dark Ages (ref. PWN-PW007) is the seventh issue in the Painting War Series. I’ve been a fan of this series from the beginning. Each issue covers a specific army or era and offers advice for painting 28mm figures to a high standard. Issue 7 covers everything from Vikings to Crusaders and is fantastic resource, especially for SAGA players. 

Like most of the other issues this one opens with some general advice for painting. This covers your usual brush recommendation, paint range discussion and general techniques. The paints used are from quite a large variety of ranges including Vallejo, Andrea, Scale Color, and Citadel. Included in the general advice is an explanation on color harmony and outlining, the two major techniques used in this issue. 

Next there is a big section on various common colors and materials found on dark age figures. This includes a few different skin tones and things like basic tartan patterns or simple shield designs. Advice for painting Horses, wood tools and equipment is given as well as tutorials for scratch building scenic bases and flags.



The second half of the book covers painting several different figures from multiple ranges including Crusader, Gripping Beast, Foundry and a few others. Almost every army available in SAGA is covered. On each page is the painted figure as well as any new painting techniques. Each tutorial references colors covered earlier in the book and can be quickly looked up in the very nice “table of contents” located in the middle of the book. This color chart makes finding specific painting advice quite easy and makes it a pretty good resource even if you don’t paint a lot of Dark Ages stuff. 



Overall I really like this magazine and this issue in particular. As usual the quality of the paint jobs is top notch and the tutorials easy to follow. The tutorials cover a huge range of colors and subjects making it a great resource for SAGA players as well as anyone painting 
Dark Age era armies.
M Koltonow 2017


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MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Wings of Glory Giants of the Sky

The latest addition to Wings of Glory features the huge bombers the British Handley-Page O/400 and the German Zeppelin Staaken R.V. Each of the new bombers is presented in two different versions. The British Handley Page O/400, a huge Entente bomber used to support ground troops on the Western Front and fly bombing raids deep into the enemy territory, is available in a RAF and a RNAS version. The German Zeppelin Staaken R.VI, the largest airplane ever to fight during World War 1, is also available in two versions, featuring the airplanes commanded by Hauptmann Arthur Schoeller and by Hauptmann Erich Schilling.



The British Handley Page O/400 was a colossal Entente bomber used to support ground troops on the Western Front and fly bombing raids deep into the enemy territory. This leviathan of the air was used in the last months of the war in pivotal historical events, such as the strategic bombing of industrial complexes in Germany.

WGF303A Handley Page O/400 (RAF) 
WGF303B Handley Page O/400 (RNAS) 
The wingspan of the O/400 scale model is 21 cm (more than 8"). The model will be a complete, ready to play miniature in 1/144 scale, painted and assembled.The model also includes everything you need to include it in your Wings of Glory aerial battles - maneuver deck, airplane card, crew management card and damage counters, new rules, and the special gaming base.



The German Zeppelin Staaken R.VI was the largest airplane ever to fight during World War 1, with a wingspan more than 30 feet larger than a WW2 B-17 Flying Fortress. This leviathan of the air was used in the last months of the war in pivotal historical events, such as the raids over London in 1918. The R.VI is available in two versions, featuring the airplanes commanded by Hauptmann Arthur Schoeller and by Hauptmann Erich Schilling.

WGF304A Zeppelin Staaken R.VI-Hauptmann Arthur Schoeller 
WGF304B Zeppelin Staaken R.VI-Hauptmann Erich Schilling


The wingspan of the R.VI model is about 30 cm (1 foot!). The model will be a complete, ready to play miniature in 1/144 scale, painted and assembled. The model also includes everything you need to include it in your Wings of Glory aerial battles - maneuver deck, airplane card, crew management card and damage counters, new rules, and the special gaming base.


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NOTE: This is not a complete game.
To play, you must own a Wings of Glory Rules and Accessories Pack (or other compatible WW1 airplane combat rules set). Designed to be used with the popular air combat game system created by Andrea Angiolino and Pier Giorgio Paglia, each WW1 Wings of Glory™ Special Pack is a ready-to-play large size model, painted and assembled, 100% compatible with any other WW1 Wings of Glory game product.



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May 26, 2017

MTSC PRODUCT NEWS: Damaged The Weathered & Worn Model Magazine


A NEW STATE OF MIND
Damaged Weathered & Worn Model Magazine is the new magazine from Abteilung 502/AK Interactive. Fernando Vallejo, AK's president has conceived this new publication as a personal challenge to show modelers the infinite possibilities this great hobby has to offer. A new way of thinking shaped along with the world’s best modelers.

This new publication wants to show modelers how to weather any type of subject, under any circumstance with various effects. Fernando Vallejo takes matters into his own hands and selects all the modelers to showcase their best models, creations and special curiosities. Inside this magazine you can find various subjects ranging from trucks, ships, tanks, trains to spaceships. Damaged is the NEW manual for weathered and worn models.
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May 24, 2017

MATT KOLTONOW'S GAME ON! May/June Historical Wargaming Quick Looks

Incoming! Hot on the heels of Salute (the biggest wargames show in the UK) comes a huge batch of new gaming treasures. There are so many highly anticipated new releases coming in I decided to compile a list of all this great new stuff...

First are the new releases from Perry Miniatures; TravelBattle (PRM-BB2) and British Infantry for the Zulu War (PRM-VLW20). TravelBattle is the brand new complete boxed game set during Napoleons wars. This box includes everything you need to play the game including the rules, figures and terrain. The British infantry set is a box of plastic multipart British Soldiers with 38 figures usable for the Zulu War as well as the First Boer War and the Ninth Cape Frontier War.







Plastic Soldier Company has just released a new campaign supplement and a few new kits to go with it. Battlegroup Tobruk (PSC-BGK026) is the newest campaign book for the Battlegroup series covering the early war desert campaign. This book covers also covers the air landing in Crete and includes army lists for the LRDG and Auto-Saharan Company. Accompanying this is the Core Rules reprint (PSC-BGK025) which contains the core rules as well as a new normandy campaign covering the Canadian 3rd Infantry and 12th SS Panzer Divisions.







To go with the new books PSC has released a slew of new plastic kits. In 15mm theres the SdKfz 231 Armoured Car (PSC-WW2 V15031) and the British Universal Carrier (PSC-WW2 V15032). The SdKfz 231 is now also available in 1/72nd (PSC-WW2-V20025)





If ancient or medieval wargaming is a little more your speed, you won’t be disappointed. New kits from Fireforge, Gripping Beast and Victrix are now available. Fireforge has just released their new plastic Scandinavian Infantry set (FRG-FF012). This set goes great with the newly released Deus Vult: Burn & Loot rulebook (FRG-BL001). Gripping Beast has just released a new supplement for their big battle ruleset in the form of Swordpoint: Classical Army Lists (GBP-GBP12) and a new box of plastic Dark Age Archers (GBP-GBP13). These new archers are suitable for all kinds of rules including both Swordpoint and Saga as well as many others. Finally Victrix’s new Early Imperial Romans are available (VIC-VXA025).











Also new this month are a couple of new rules supplements. For Frostgrave, the new Frostgrave Folio (OSP-18508) is now available. This book is a compilation of all the previously released mini e-book supplements and collects nearly two years’ worth of Frostgrave material.















New from Warlord games is the highly anticipated supplement for Pike and Shotte; To Kill a King (WLG-201013001). This new book covers the English Civil War in detail and contains all kinds of army lists, scenarios, and historical background on the war.

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May 23, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #153: What the Heck Were They Thinking? #1

Back in the late the '00s Conte Collectibles released an American Civil War series known as "The Carter." Conte sets had been slowly getting a little more animated and shall we say...realistic in the later years of the company. While it's true that War is Hell many collectors didn't see a need for such graphic representations in miniatures. 

A recent collection we purchased happened to have one of these sets (ACW57173 "The Crater" Signature Series - Hand to Hand Vignette #1) in it but had been "enhanced" by the collector who got a little heavy handed with the Testors red paint, turning the set into something out of the Walking Dead. To each his own I suppose but what the heck was he thinking??

Original Conte ACW57173 "The Crater” Hand to Hand Vignette #1
Collector "Enhanced" version

Moral of the story...keep the Testors red where it belongs...in the 60s on Marx figures!

DYK?
*William T. Sherman actually used this often misquoted (War is All Hell) phrase twice in speeches but not during the Civil War where he actually said war is cruelty.The complete quote is  You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” 
― William T. Sherman

The War is hell quote originates from his address to the graduating class of the Michigan Military Academy in 1879

I’ve been where you are now and I know just how you feel. It’s entirely natural that there should beat in the breast of every one of you a hope and desire that some day you can use the skill you have acquired here. Suppress it! You don’t know the horrible aspects of war. I’ve been through two wars and I know. I’ve seen cities and homes in ashes. I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, War is Hell. 

 I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is Hell. 

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