Monday, May 27, 2013

Operation Cobra!

Operation Cobra the breakout of Normandy as seen through the eyes of the US Army.  Some awesome footage of the bocage that the Allies had to fight through and the Germans defended.  There is some great points of Strategic weapons being used at the Tactical level, such as the V1 and V2 rockets and heavy bombers.  Some amazing footage of Tigers, 88's and Panzersherks in action.  Lots of Shermans, Tank destroyers and guns of all type firing.  This video would make a great sound track to a game with all the combat noise.  Take a look at 21:42 I'm almost positive that's a Grant, but I didn't think there were any in Europe.  I think however made the video like the M8 Scott because you see a fair amount of them.  There is a great shot at 22:30ish of a Stuart smashing through some small trees.  Near the end of the video check out the land mattress and the Crocodile firing, truly something to be scared of!

Sunday, May 26, 2013


With the release of Tour of Duty for FoW Vietnam I found this film that talks about the 173rd and The Royal Australian Regiment.  There is some sweet images of the tanks getting bogged down to say the least.  All in all a great film about the US in Vietnam.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tour of Duty!

With the latest release from Battlefront for Flames of War Vietnam I thought it was only right to share this video.  Steve at WWPD is doing a great job getting all these models painted up and I'm sure that he would like to see them all in action.  The video does a great job explaining how they improved the vehicles for the fight.  The Shearaton's with their 152mm guns look fearsome same with the M109s.  I figure that RKelly from the Dice Devil's is going to be pick up with M109s for his Canadians.


Ever wonder why the FoW book about Bastagone is called Nuts?  Take a look at this video talking about the 101st Airborne and the 10th Armoured division and you'll find out.  Matt Varnish from Dice Devil's I'm sure will be happy to see just how important the Air Force was in supporting the defenders and resupplying them.  I also really like how it is a bunch of interviews of the actual soldiers mixed with the combat footage.    There are some great scenes with Shermans of all type, Stuarts, guns, tank destroyers and Priests.  There is even some footage of StuGs, Grilles and Panzer III Ns. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sandbags a Tanks best friend?

Patton and an Easy 8!

I started doing some more research into how the sand bags looked on the Sherman tanks and it looks like the ones I've made a little big.  So now I need to figure out if I'm going to strip them all off or if I going to use them anyways.  I'm leaning towards using them in there current state as they look good and like much of the detail done by BF models the details are enlarged so you can see them on the table top without having to be right on top of them.  I figured that there would be a bunc of people that would like to see the various reference pictures that I foun so here they are.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Brown/Green Stuff Sandbags Tutorial

Capt is coming along nicely!

As part of the Avenger's initiative I wanted to do as much modeling as I could.  Here is my first attempt at making brown/green stuff sandbags.  I was really surprised at how easy this was and how fast it went and I'm very happy with the final product.

Make sure that you use lots of water on your hands or any tools that are going to be touching the brown stuff.  Also make sure that you have mixed the putties together well and that there are no streaks of one colour or another.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The American 1st Army

Another great post from Nuclearvault.  This one is all about the American 1st Army from Aachen to the Roer river.  I love the footage that the Army signals corp was able to get of all set up for the long campaign.  Often we forget just how much logistics goes into running a war at that scale and this video does a great job of showcasing the hard work that some many men and women did to support the troops at the immediate front.

Invasion of Southern France!

I always thought that the First Special Service Force (FSSF) was used in Italy and was then stood down and its troops returned to other units.  Turns out that wasn't true.  The Allies launched an invasion into the South of France to stop the Germans from being able reinforce Normandy and the FSSF was used in the landing preparations.