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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MTSC SneaK PeeK: Panzer Aces no.54 Special Issue Modern AFV


Panzer Aces is a scale military vehicle magazine produced in Spain by Euro Modelismo/Accion Press and features high quality pictures and excellent step by step procedures by the most prestigious hobbyists on the international scene. The magazine also includes pretty unique visuals of the vehicles enhanced with numerous profiles by outstanding illustrators in the scale military hobby. Tricks, techniques, scenery tips, scale figure painting and photographic reviews about the real vehicles as these appear in the magazine. One of the best there is!

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ARTICLES
Panzer Aces no.54
Special Issue Modern AFV's
To celebrate the remarkable Modern AFV kits which have popped up on the market, Panzer Aces launches a special issue. Peculiar vehicles are shown with highly detailed images, text and step-by-step guides share the techniques, painting camouflages and weathering effects.















-GERMAN SPAHPANZER LUCHS A2
In spite of the beauty of its lines, the Luchs isn’t a frequent visitor to specialized publications, shows or contests. Fortunately there are always modelers with an excellent taste and know how able to rescue such gems from the mists of forgetfulness. There is also a great deal of guts on this kit, because we’re not all capable of running the risks of doing a mud and dirt job like the one Fabrizio has done. The piece also has an undeniable charm, which is the fruit of the contrast between these effects and its NATO camouflage.

 - MTVR
And talking about peculiar vehicles, here we have another one: A transport truck with added armoring which is by itself quite a “refreshing” piece. Other than the seldom seen subject of this article we also greatly appreciate how Pablo has achieved such a realistic appearance for his vehicle, using methods and means which are all quite simple and available to most modelers. I’m sure that you will learn a lot from this particular article.

- PANZERHAUBITZE 2000 (PZH2000)
We’re used to seeing every once in a while an outstanding kit of this self-propelled piece of artillery painted with the traditional NATO camoufl age, but Carlos was determined to recreate it with the desert camoufl age employed in Afghanistan. In spite of being a diffi cult job, he’s also succeeded in making a camoufl age with a number of very realistic weathering effects.

 - YW-750 ARMOURED AMBULANCE
We certainly don’t see ambulances very often in our pages, but we’ve certainly never seen one with Chinese colors on an Iraqi vehicle. Additionally, this has been “seasoned” with dirt and corrosion effects which are quite original. This kit is the way we’ve chosen to introduce Jean-Jacques to our magazine.



- 9A52-2 SMERCH
You really have to muster large doses of patience and a lot of guts in order to assemble a kit like the Smerch. It is never easy to deal with kits in this size and make them look attractive, realistic and cool looking like Domingo has succeeded in doing. Precisely because of all of these reasons we decided that you might enjoy having a taste of a seldom seen piece which is quite spectacular in every way.

- MODELLING LESSONS
This time we offer a number of ways to paint exhaust tubes. We’re sure that you will find the way which suits you best and helps you obtain optimal results. But as usual we invite you to explore further and develop your own techniques. Certainly that’s the goal we aspire to reach with this section.


Panzer Aces no.53
Special Issue Blitzkrieg
This issue features Balkenkreuz. The reader will be transported to four German AFV’s and one miniature of WWII through a wide range of painting techiquics , assembly and different styles.

- Panther Ausf. D • 11. SS Pz Abteilung "Hermann von Salza"
A last generation kit in the hands of Domingo Hernández can be nothing but a success. Here you can see his magnificent Panther D executed with a few improvements and painted with the usual author's mastery.
- Jagdpanzer Pz IV Sd.Kfz 162 Ausf.F
It wouldn't be possible to ignore AFV hunter vehicles when dealing with German machines. Michel Pérez improves and adds detail to this veteran Dragon kit using mostly homemade solutions. He paints his vehicle with a colorful camouflage pattern that enhances the sharp lines of this hunter from the end of WWII.
-Sturmmpanzer IV Brummbar Sdkfz. 166
It is rare to be able to see such elaborate, well documented, detailed and ingeniously executed projects as Angel Iñigo's. Again we're proud to showcase among our pages this incredible assembly and painting work accompanied with his incredible illustrations and color charts. A special "black cross" section wouldn't have been the same without his work.
-Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf. J
A rare bird which is not that rare. This small reconnaissance AFV had a very short production run and in spite of that several brands have produced it over the years and its presence is also common on several contests. There's surely a reason for that, no doubt. The beauty of this vehicle is well represented in our newest collaborator Ivan Drond's work. He accomplishes this by developing a painting process based on color modulation obtaining the best out of this particular piece.
- Unternehmen, Merkur, 1941
What if we painted a figure as if it was a military vehicle? Crete was full of dust during the Merkur operation. We have worked on this german paratrooper at Crete how to create mud and dust on a figurine.
- Modelling Lesson: Applying Dirt


Panzer Aces no.52
Special Issue Blitzkrieg
Panzer Aces launches a special issue focused on Blitzkrieg, a revolutionary military doctrine that characterized Wehrmacht operations between 1939 and 1941. The great importance that Germany placed on the armored forces are showed in a complete issue along the main characters in the dispute.

Index to Articles in this issue: 
 2. PANZERBEFEHLSWAGEN Pz.BfwG 38 (t) Ausf B 
This small Czech AFV which eventually became rather useful for the German Army, was one of the great stars of the Blitzkrieg. We are showing a seldom seen version; the command version identifiable by its large radio antenna found on the rear of the vehicle. This is an excellent Tristar kit with an excellent contrast work between the dirt and the dry mud and its dark Panzer Gray livery.
14. RenaulT FT17
One of the consequences of the Blitzkrieg was the capture of a considerable amount of enemy war material. Abilio gives us an example of this with his German FT-17. This kit has a subtle paintjob, especially with the dirt work on this vehicle.
24. Stug III Ausf.B
Another feature of the “lightning war” was the common use of self-propelled artillery for infantry backup, a job that was entrusted to the specially designed Stugs that played an important part towards the beginning of operation Barbarossa, when very large expanses of land were conquered in a very short time. Carlos’ Stug with its peculiar brown spot camouflage on the roof of its casemate is a perfect example. This kit also features outstanding dirt and dry mud work.
32. Sd.Kfz 232
We can’t talk about the Blitzkrieg without mentioning the scout vehicles. The work which traditionally was entrusted to Germany’s cavalry was given to these armored vehicles on wheels that were present throughout the conflict in varied forms. Ivan deploys a wide range of techniques on his 232 including the new “Black and White” painting technique to recreate the vehicle’s Panzer Gray. We will also like to mention his elaborate dirt application work.
44. Waiting for the towing vehicle, France 1940
Not everything was gray during the Blitzkrieg. Color was provided by the French AFV’s and their flashy schemes. Jorge shows us in a very instructive way how to use these camouflage patterns, integrating the vehicle in a natural environment, putting the vehicle in context and hiding it at the same time. A very interesting article of a vignette which is full of light, color, plant life, minutiae, human elements, animals, etc. with an impeccable presentation and some wonderful pictures.
64. Modelling lessons: mud
This time we’ve been doing some tests for recreating easily mud and doing mud splashes. We also show what are the market choices and the different products available in order to create a springboard for your own work.   
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Panzer Aces no.51
Special Issue Winter Camouflage
Panzer Aces launches a special issue focused on Winter Camouflage. One of the most popular themes in military modeling, the posibilities of this type of paint and weathering are quite broad. So through out all 96 pages of issue 51, Aces offers a varied range of authors, kits, techniques, subjects and finishes in great detail and Step-by-Step processes. Staring with this issue you will also be able to you can gain free access to a supplementary picture galleries of more images in the articles using QR Codes.
INDEX
2.- Cruiser Tank A-30 Challenger, scale 1/35
16.- Bison I, scale 1/35
26.- T-34-76, Factory 183, scale 1/35
38.- Marder III, scale 1/35
48.- Crush this Bastard!!, scale 1/35
68.- Modeling Lessons: Techniques for winter camouflage
74.- Sdkfz 251/9, scale 1/35
82.- Modeling Lessons: Tree stump in snow 2nd part

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Panzer Aces no.49
Special Issue World War I
Issue 49 is another special issue, this one featuring World War I tanks.
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- A 7V STURMPANZERWAGEN.  Before the Meng kit hit the shelves, you could only reproduce this AFV with the TAURO Models release –outdated in every way- so Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo
rebuilt it almost from scratch using the treads and a few other pieces taken from the original kit. The vehicle has been painted with the Losenge pattern so typical of this period. This 22 page feature covers everything from scratch building to painting to painting a figure to groundwork!

- SAINT CHAMOND. These AFV’s were nothing but self propelled guns and most of these vehicles have a suspicious “farm tractor” aftertaste -revealing the vehicle’s compromised origins- sporting machine guns and armoring. Luckily the French camouflage patterns are anything but boring as Laurent Stankoviak beautifully demonstrates with his work here. 12 pages.
- SAINT CHAMOND “WALK AROUND” In the AFV museum in Saumur, France we can find a few WWI “survivors” such as this Chamond which Laurent has photographed in order to improve his kit. The main pictures employed for the development of his work are showcased here. 6 pages.
- MK. IV MALE. The paintwork of British tanks contrary to the French ones is pretty sober and quite insipid from a modeler’s point of view; at least its large treads give us some room to create some interesting dirt as José Luis López demonstrates. José also shows his black and white style on this 1/35th scaleTamiya kit. 14 pages.
- CA 1 SCHNEIDER. The tractor which is the base for this self propelled gun is a relatively small vehicle and carried a smaller gun than the Chamond, which gave it a rather curious and better balanced look. Michel Pérez has chosen a simple and effective, reproduce camouflage pattern which is rather apt for an humid appearance for a scene set in Maizy during 1917 in the Aisne river area. Gaso.Line, 1/48 scale kit. 9 pages




from the editor...
With so much information and such a remarkable array of articles we ran out of pages
for the Renault FT-17 and another version of the Chamond which will be featured in our
sister magazine, Euromodelismo no. 258. In this magazine you may also find featured other WWI planes and figures hoping that our readers will not get too saturated with models from this period. However we’re not waiting for the anniversary that will take place in 3014 because none of us will be around; possibly nobody will remember us and who knows; maybe WWI may be forgotten as well.

Also available is the sister publication Euromodelismo no. 258. This is another issue dedicated to modeling WWI but unfortunately for those who only read English it is available only in Spanish but I would have to say that the Step by Steps are so good and clear that even not being able to read the text still makes it a worthwhile investment for the Great War Modeler
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May 23, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #153: What the Heck Was He 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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May 22, 2017

TRENCH RUNNER REVIEW: Charles Oldaugh Reviews Painting Miniatures from A to Z, Angel Masterclass Volume 2


Charles Oldaugh takes a look at the best selling...
Angel Giraldez Masterclass Volume 2
A4 softcover book contains 152 full color pages full of guides and techniques.

As an Infinity player and miniature painting addict, I was really excited when Angel Giraldez released his first Masterclass book. When I saw the second book on the shelf, I knew I had to have it. The great thing about this book is that it is a companion volume to the first one. It isn’t a simple re-telling of the first book with new photos. The first book focused on the basics of miniature painting: Glazing, washing, stippling, and points of light. This book focuses on Non-Metallic Metals (NMM) and weathering using Vallejo products. 

The opening chapter of the book explains his painting method. He covers three different colors of primer (black, grey, and white) and when to use each. Next is a section on color theory and zenithal highlighting, two very important aspects of model painting that are usually overlooked by painters. 

While the first book explained NMM, this one expands upon it. It goes in-depth into the technique and reveals the colors needed to represent silver, gold, and bronze. Each color is first shown as a ‘sketch’ to show to location of the lights and shadows, and then refined to the final product. 

Weathering is probably the most important step to making a model realistic looking. Angel covers chips, scratches and bullet holes using a brush as well as chipping medium. He also makes mud, dirt, rust, and dust with a minimal amount of products. The chapter closes with verdigris and blood. Verdigris is one of my favorite effects as it can add a splash of color to dull areas. 

Something you won’t notice at first glance, but is very important, is the diversity of skin colors that he paints in the book. Each human figure painted in this book has a different skin color, ranging from pale to dark. He even gives a step by step on an Asian fleshtone which has always given me troubles. 

Following the techniques is a series of Masterclass articles where he paints a couple models from each Infinity faction with step-by-step instruction. If I had to pick my favorite one, it would be the Guija tutorial for the Yu-Jing faction. I love the contrast between the orange/yellow armor and the dark steel NMM.
The Angel Giraldez method is a blending of brush and airbrush to create eye-catching models. To get the most out of this book you should be using an airbrush. This is not a book for casual painters. Even though this book is geared towards science fiction, painting flesh, cloth, metal, guns, and swords is useful in every genre and time period.

If you are a serious painter looking to push your skills to the limit, this is the book for you. Every page is a new challenge to meet and a chance to outshine your opponents on the battlefield. We all know that the dice gods favor the best painted army!
Charles Oldaugh May 2017

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MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Painting Miniatures from A to Z, Angel Giraldez Masterclass Volume 1 & 2

May 21, 2017

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Modeling World War I - Reference & Researching Part 2

Histoire & Collections
Modeling WWI Tanks 
by Frédéric Astier
128 pages, A4 size softcover
Using numerous S-B-S processes and 500+ pictures illustrating this book, Frederik Astier shares with you his knowledge to building; painting complex camouflage of the Great War, aging and weathering, making mud, painting miniatures, making scenery, etc. Includes photos of orginal militaria as well as a gallery of completed achievements of the author.

This book, for modelers, is devoted to scale model tanks of WWI and accurately describes assembly methods, painting and creation of dioramas for each of 6 different models:

• British Mark IV "Male"
 British Mark IV "Female"
 German A7V
 French Schneider CA
 French Saint-Chamond
 French Renault FT.

Frédérik Astier, a professional photographer, is one of the most talented and prolific French modelers. For more than 10 years, he has been regularly collaborating in the magazine specialized in this area, Steelmasters. Renowned for his mastering techniques in assembly and painting as much as in setting dioramas, he always attaches a particular care to finding documents for each of his projects in order to find the greatest historical accuracy.
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MTSC Trench Runner Review: Modeling World War I Tanks by Frédéric Astier


Guideline Publications 
Armour in Theatre
Camouflage & Markings - Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918
by Mark Healy
64 pages. A4 size booklet
No 4 of this ongoing series of Armour in Theatre examines the development and employment of the first tanks. The volume covers the evolution of the tank with a special and understandable emphasis on the developments with Great Britain. Special treatment is given to two important tank battles of the conflict - those of Cambria 1917 and Amiens 1918.

The booklet is illustrated throughout with lots of color and black and white photographs and maps, as well as several drawings showing individual profiles of tanks with different color schemes, designs and camouflage.
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Great War Tank Mark IV
by David Fletcher
160 pages, hardcover

from the publisher...
The world’s first ever battle tank receives the Haynes Manual treatment and its centrepiece is the most prolific British tank of the Great War – the Tank Mk IV. World authority David Fletcher looks at the anatomy, construction and operation of the Mk IV (including rare contemporary eyewitness descriptions), as well as giving fascinating insights into the maintenance and restoration of these historic armored fighting vehicles. Individual preserved Great War tanks featured in the manual include Flirt II, the Ashford Tank, Lodestar III, Excellent and Deborah.


David Fletcher has compiled the most complete history of the MK IV that is available today. The first chapter describes how the Mk IV's predecessors, "Little Willie," the Mk I, Mk II and Mk III, could be rightly described as "prototypes" to the eventual 1917 production of the Mk IV. Fletcher uses this chapter to discuss the basic structure of the tanks, including armor composition. It goes on to describe the Mk IV production and vehicle variants.

Chapter II covers the "Anatomy of the Mark IV" by introducing the reader to a restored Mk IV, but mostly through period illustrations and informative text. A chapter on armaments follows, again using a combination of a few photos of a restored Mk IV with very strong period illustrations. Fletcher describes these inner workings in a way that is both informative and easy to understand.

The book then delves into a topic that most modelers and wargamers will value: Camouflage, paint and markings. Tankers devised a system of identifying the rhomboid monsters on the battlefield, including numbering and naming each vehicle. Though the book does not provide a list of the names, the author does explain the logic behind the practice.

Chapter V finally delivers material that could rightly be expected in a "shop manual." "Operating the Mark IV" combines instructions from period manuals with interior photos of an extant Mk IV to illustrate a crew started, drove, steered, stopped and functioned inside the tank.

The last two chapters chronicle the Mk IV's combat history and retirement from service. The final also chapter discusses extant Mk IVs, including the incredible discovery and 1998 excavation of an intact Mk IV from the Cambrai battlefield.

Great War Tank Mark IV is a valuable weapon in combating what might be the fading memory of the origins of tank warfare. David Fletcher has put together a terrific overview of the tank that will aid other tank historians, military vehicle enthusiasts, modelers, wargamers and reenactors in the study of the magnificent Mk IVs that dominated the battlefields the Great War's final years.
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Haynes
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car: 1915-44
by David Fletcher
160 pages, hardcover


from the publisher...
The Rolls-Royce Armored Car is almost a legend: introduced by the Royal Naval Air Service the First World War for shore patrols, modified versions were still in service during the Second World War in 1940–41 with the British Army’s 11th Hussars in the North African desert. Between the wars they were used for policing duties by the Royal Air Force in Iraq, Egypt and India. Centerpiece of this manual is the Irish Army’s 1920 Rolls-Royce Armored car ‘Sliabh na mBan’, restored jointly by the Irish Defence Forces and specialist historic Rolls-Royce restorer James Black Restorations between 2012 and 2015. 

Very nice overview of this iconic armored car - hardcover, full color throughout, high quality printing. Many color photos of preserved examples.
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Histoire & Collections
The Encyclopedia of French Tanks and Armoured Vehicles, 1914-1940
by Francois Vauvillier
176 pages, hardcover, currently out-of-print

If you have an interest in the armor of WW1 and WW2, then French armored vehicles surely have to come into the equation.  This one is immediately at the top of my list for information on French AFVs of the period.  It is 176 pages, packed with 190 excellent color profiles, 450 archive photos and details of 100 main vehicle types plus another 285 variants on them.  Tanks, SP artillery, armored cars, mine-clearers, bridge layers, infantry carriers and supply vehicles are all in here.

The author, Francois Vauvillier, has made his passion for military history into his career.  He founded the publishing house of Histoire et Collection, created 'Militaria Magazine' and since 2006 has produced a quarterly magazine 'GBM' (Guerre, Blindes et Materiel).  Some of the color profiles used in this encyclopedia have been drawn from work done for these magazines.

It opens with his introduction on what he wanted to accomplish with this book, and examines what else is available up to now on the subject.  It includes a time line of the story of mechanized development in the French military from WW1 through to WWII.  He explains his approach, and how he has referenced the 100 main vehicle types, and then added a point number to indicate the variants.  So, for example, 5.0 is the number for the prototype Renault FT while 5.25 is a bridge layer based on the same chassis.  The book is then split into three main sections.  It starts with 'The Idea of Strength', then 'The Idea of Speed' and thirdly, 'The Idea of System', which is then split into sub-sections such as Armoured Motorbikes, Armoured Personnel Carriers, Recovery Machines of Tank Units, Amphibious Armoured Vehicles, Mine-Clearing Tanks and others.

This is a one-stop reference for French armored vehicles from both WW1 and early in WWII.  



DK/Smithsonian
Tank: The Definitive Visual History of Armored Vehicles
This book will satisfy anyone with a craving for reading/understanding armored vehicles. Not a single page of the books 250+ pages is wasted. Presented in a chronological manner that pretty much starts with the early 1900s to present day … the thorough nature of the book doesn’t forget to spotlight Da Vinci’s armored vehicle drawing. Following the traditional method DK uses to present material, the chapters are grouped by significant periods in the history of tanks. Each and every page is laden with original (not archived) color photos that beautifully illustrate most every facet of tanks/armored vehicles all the way up to today. While the book is wonderfully rich in photographs, the accompanying text and factoids add to the books informative value. Throughout the book are numerous two-page spotlight sections that pay special attention to key innovations, innovators, vehicles and events in tank history. What I particularly liked was that iconic vehicles are highlighted and each is given a multipage spread that includes a highly detailed photographic examination of that vehicle’s interior and exterior (including the Sherman, T34 and Tiger tank). Even experimental tanks are covered and presented in vivid color.

The Smithsonian contribution is what really packs the book’s punch … the collection of photographs give you the experience of visiting a museum. I have all the DK/Smithsonian “Definitive Visual History” books in my personal library and view them as indispensable resources. Each and every volume offers an exhaustive study of the subject matter with stunning visual support; TANK is yet another fine addition to this wonderful series of books.

Publishers description...
Tank: The Definitive Visual History of Armored Vehicles
A visual guide to the history of tanks, Tank tells the full history of tanks through stunning photography and informative text.


From the early Mark Is of World War I to the T-34 of World War II to the cutting-edge M1 Abrams of today, Tank showcases the most famous (or infamous) armored fighting vehicles in history. Packed full of tanks, armored vehicles, personnel carriers, and anti-tank weaponry, Tank combines comprehensive photographic spreads with in-depth histories of key manufacturers and specially commissioned visual tours of the most iconic examples of their kind. The featured vehicles are placed in their wider context, along with with tactical and technological improvements, and the impact of the tank on the evolution of battlefield and military strategy.

Tank charts the evolution of the tank over the past century, covering over 450 tanks and military vehicles from all over the world. Look through the history of tanks and explore the form and function of a weapon that changed history. Learn the different vehicles' weight, size, country of origin, and time of use through in-depth profiles.




An essential visual history, Tank provides a complete and exciting overview to the iconic vehicles that changed history.
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