Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WIP Shermans

Here are the first painted members of the Avengers (Ironman, Thor, Hulk and Black Panther).  Thanks to Rex from Crac des Chevaliers for the how to on paint these guys.  The stars still need a little refinement but I'm happy with how they are turning out (for now).  Up next are Recce and the Tank Destroyers, I'm going to need to pick up the pace if I want to get this army done before Historicon.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Avengers Initiative WIP

Here are some WIP shots of the Avenger's Initiative, the plane (P-47, "Avenger") took me about two evenings to get done (I still have to paint the bombs).  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  In the back ground you can see the various other platoons.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Operation Overlord and Historicon!

WWPD in conjunction with Battlefront are doing Operation Overlord campaign.  It looks like it's going to be an awesome time.  I borrowed the image above from their website that's supporting the campaign.  This is also a perfect fit with my 82nd Airborne that I'm working on so I have yet another reason to get them done.  As part of the campaign you have to submit battle reports so stay tuned for a bunch that will be coming down the pipe.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Band of Brothers Vietnam style

This is a new version of the Big Picture featuring the 101st Screaming Eagles in Vietnam.  Pretty cool beginning to the video talking about WWII.  The more I see the work that Steve from WWPD is doing on his choppers the more I get excited about the idea of doing the same thing.  Some very interesting parallels in the counter-insurgency that is described in the video and the current ones that are going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It seems from the video that the small units, constantly operating in an area is what ends up being effective.  Around 13:02 you can see how quickly a mortar can fire, I think they fired 5 rounds in less than as many seconds.  Around 15:55 there is a really cool segment on how the 101st guns were helping to relieve a Special Forces fire base that leads to a massive fire fight around 17:20 which is no doubt where a lot of Vietnam moves got their ideas for combat scenes.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Beachead at Anzio

With the anniversary of the capture of Rome only a few days away I figured it would be appropriate to share a video that talked about the beachhead at Anzio and the Sitskrieg that took place there.  This video does a great job of showing how importance of digging in.  I liked how the naval guns were used to support the troops on the ground after all the naval landings had taken place.  There is some more good footage of StuGs, Marders on the move and a bunch of German guns.  Likewise, there is a bunch of Allied guns with some Shermans and at one point Churchills.  The iron sled is an interesting idea but I can understand why it didn't catch on.