Blitzkrieg tank bop

A wee while ago a manufacturer came to visit us, with their 1:72 scale tanks. We’ve mentioned them before, Blitzkrieg Miniatures, but we’re going to talk about them again today.

In particular, their 1:48 scale tanks which have been specifically designed for those of you who play 28mm. Now if you paid attention in maths at school you probably are saying ”but but miss 28mm is 1:56 scale”. And you would be right, give yourself a gold star. However, sometimes, the thing with scales is that perfect scales actually end up looking a bit wonky. Often 1:56 scale men and 1:56 scale tanks end up with the men looking as if they were Gulliver in a world of Lilliputian tanks. Which, if you are trying to look like the formidable Third Reich isn’t terribly formidable. This sort of problem isn’t uncommon, a full scale Waterloo model for example had to have a vertical shift so that the hills weren’t smaller than the tanks.

This is where the 1:48 Blitzkrieg tanks come in. These resin tanks are specifically designed for wargaming rather than being scale models. They are though still detailed and of high quality. However, they will look just a touch more formidable against your 28mm men. They also like to focus on some of the less commonly available vehicles for the period.

You can find our ever growing range just here

Ebob and Fray Bentos

We love hearing from our readers and shoppers, and this week’s hobby post is from Ebob. Ebob has to take the award for  the speediest hobby completion, taking just a weekend from purchase to completion.

Basing his scene on the Battle of Fray Bentos, which was not a battle over unappetising pies, but a battle involving a tank nicknamed Fray Bentos in the First World War. Ebob has made use of this Emhar model, which he reports was good to put together though the rails were tricky as they are in three parts.

And this is what he has produced…

If you want to know more about the battle there’s a couple of sites that might be of use …here and here.

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Friday Round Up

We have lots of new items this week (many photographed by yours truly, due to a mahoosive backlog, so sincerest apologies for fuzziness or anything!)

From the awesome Battlefield in a Box we have huts…many huts! The Chief’s hut and the Bestial hut…don’t your beasts need a hut? And some menacingly named Blood Crystals

From Flames of War we have some barbed wire…no no, don’t be dissuaded, nor terrified we mean barbed wire obstacles…can your enemy hop over those? No, no they cannot. You need these, and then you can cackle in a suitably authoritative fashion as you watch your enemy fail to clamber over them…

And TANKS…more tanks than you can shake a stick at…though we wouldn’t recommend shaking sticks at tanks, because tanks and big and have guns, and sticks are pretty ineffectual against guns…unless it’s a really big stick

From Warlord we have the Americans well represented…

And then Dragon serve us with some British and German tanks…

Your troops can bed down for the night in the new tent from Tamiya, or make like Steve McQueen on the motorbike…

 

It’s not only tents and motor vehicles that the lovely folks at Tamiya have brought this week…oh no siree, they have brought us paint, lots and lots of paint…we can sing the rainbow about a hundred times over…and they will be on the website as soon as possible.

Friday round up

Bonjour mes amis ou mes armées…

Last week we skipped the Friday round up, sorry chaps.

We do have some new and forthcoming items to make up for no round up last week…

Not new, but reissue is the Warlord Roman batallion/starter set; this reissue offers a great bargain at a penny under £60 you get:
60 Plastic Legionaries
20 Plastic Praetorians
20 Plastic Veterans
24 Plastic Auxiliaries

Also from Warlord there is…*deep breath* Dacian Commander, Roman Casulties, Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Duke of Cumberland,and Imperial Harquebusiers.

From the Plastic Soldier Company we have two 15mm Sherman Tanks, in umm wet and dry

We now carry all the Artizan Wild West range…

And from AFV we have some ammo  and tracks 

 

 

Saws…we have saws (yes that’s saws not sores…) from Expo we have the ultra thin razor saw and the jewellery saw

AND forthcoming we will be stocking some more Tamiya items and from Zvedza we will have the 38T tank and the Reconnaissance group forthwith…

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Friday Round Up

We have some fabulous new stock and some very exciting forthcoming stock….

From Zvedza, designed for their own game, ‘Art of Tactic’, but ideal for Flames of War gamers a Soviet ZIS-5 truck, German Opelblitz truck, Soviet KV-1 tank and two Soviet soldiers with their 82-MM mortar.

 

Also new in stock are some unusual tanks from Hobby Boss. Steve has long been a really big fan of Hobby Boss products for their ability to produce really good quality moulding for a relatively low price.

First of the three is the PzKpfw I Ausf. C (VK601) 1/35 which was in service 1942 to 1945, and manufactured by Krauss-Maffei. A light tank with space for a crew of 2 it weighed 8000kg and came armed with one 7.92mm EW 141 and one 7.92mm MG 34 machine. The Maybach HL 45P engine could reach up to 79km/h.

 

Second of the three new kits is the VK4502 [P] Hintern tank. There are lots of details about this Porsche designed tank at Michael McSwiney’s Technical Virtue.

And third, and most interesting (in the humble opinion of the office) is the Land-Wasser-Schlepper an amphibious vehicle  in its early un-armoured version. Disappointingly  there appears to be no German Shepherd kit available to recreate the cover picture…

Keeping to the tank theme we have a rather exciting coming soon from Italeri. The Crusader III  was the first British tank to mount the 6 pounder gun, around 100 participated in the Second Battle of El Alamein.  This is a classic Italeri kit.