Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Coffins (4pcs)

Published: December 29th, 2017     
Coffins (4pcs)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler always makes great sets with a lot of thought put into the subjects. From AFV sets to diorama details, it is fun just waiting for a new release. With this release, they have produced four coffins with lids in two different styles. Thinking about it, I don't remember seeing these from anyone before and with all the war subject's modelers build and the dioramas, this set is a natural add on and will help tell a sad but not uncommon story.

The set consists of four coffins; two are rectangular and two are, well, coffin shaped. Each coffin has a separate lid also. The coffins have casting blocks on the bottom which will need to be sanded smooth and the lids have casting blocks on one side. The parts are cast in a tan colored resin and are free of bubbles and pin holes. This set is 1/35 scale (other scales are available) and has a nice wood grain cast into the parts.

Shrewsbury 1403-Struggle for a Fragile Crown

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
Shrewsbury 1403-Struggle for a Fragile Crown
Author: Dickon Whitewood; Illustrator: Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us. Osprey continues to expand their Campaign series with an astonishing 316th book in this installment. The campaign series mostly covers large scale or pivotal campaigns of a given conflict that carried large ramifications for either it success, failure, or complete change of government or royal families. In this installment the campaign series covers the bloodiest battles in English history.

For the Campaign series, the chapters are organized as follows:

Roman Legionary 109-58 BC

Published: December 21st, 2017     
Roman Legionary 109-58 BC
Author: Ross Cowan
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us. Osprey continues to expand their Warrior series with the 182nd book in this installment. The warrior series examines specific units and armies of a particular nation. In this installment the Legionnaires of Marius, Sulla and Pompey the Great are discussed.

For the Warrior series, the chapters are organized as follows:

Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940-41

Published: December 20th, 2017     
Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940-41
Author: Phoebus Athanassiou
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

As an amateur historian, I'd always assumed that I had a pretty good handle on my understanding of World War II and its various actions, armies, equipment and consequences. However, reading this book has humbled me considerably. Until now I'd known virtually nothing about the dramatic skirmishes that occurred between the ambitious Italian forces and those of the much smaller but fiercely determined Greek forces in the mountains bordering Albania. When the fighting started, no one familiar with the international scene expected much from the Greeks, who were facing a much larger and well-tested force. In fact, the Greeks proved something of an ugly surprise to the supposedly invincible force of "eight million bayonets" that Mussolini had at his disposal, actually throwing them back into occupied Albania for a time.

The Hindenburg Line 1918, Haig’s Forgotten Triumph

Published: December 7th, 2017     
The Hindenburg Line 1918, Haig’s Forgotten Triumph
Author: Alister McCluskey (Illustrated by Peter Dennis)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Osprey Publishing

If you are a person interested in the Great War, you will likely enjoy this new release from Osprey as part of their "Campaign" series of books. In this new offering from Osprey Publishing, author Alister McCluskey writes about the late war offensive on what the Allies referred to as "the Hindenburg Line" on the Western Front. The story along with photos (both historical and of the landscape today), artwork, and maps helps to tell the story of the battles that raged from late September into early October 1918.

This offering by Osprey is written in eight chapters, which are titled "The Strategic Situation", "Chronology", "Opposing Commanders", "Opposing Forces", "Opposing Plans", "The Campaign", "Aftermath", and "The Battlefield Today". There is also a "Further Reading" list of books and an "Index". There are 59 black and white photographs contained within this publication as well as nine color maps and three paintings, each covering two pages, all of which are followed by a smaller black and white image of the painting and a description of the action taking place.