Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Osprey: Field of Glory - Renaissance

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Osprey: Field of Glory - Renaissance
Author: Richard Bodley Scott
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

I'm not a war gamer, but I've been curious about it for a few years now so I jumped to the opportunity to review a war gaming book.

Fields of Glory is a series of war gaming books oriented to the ancient and medieval ages. This current book is the first of the series expanding into the renaissance era and as such is the rulebook.

The book has a historical introduction to the military doctrine of the renaissance era including pros and cons of different military formations of the time (tercios, keils, cavalry, etc).

Then the book moves into what is needed in order to be able to play, before diving into details of troops, battle groups and in general, the rules of the game, including movement rules and combat phases like impact, maneuvering, shooting and melee. Each rule is demonstrated with examples, which makes understanding and learning of the rule much simple.

Finally, there are nine appendixes in the reference section, covering among others, battlefield terrain visibility, army composition, set up rules, etc.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #804, September 2010

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #804, September 2010
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Model Art

Publisher: Model Art Co., Ltd, 1-12-30, 1Chome, Kudankita Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0073 Japan

Thanks to  Model Art and Dragon Models - USA  for the review copy.

Model Art No. 804, September 2010 issue features new armor model kits, which take up the first 52 pages of this issue.  The focus is on WW2 German armor on the Eastern front, and includes some Russian armor as well.  Oddly, the Table of Contents is on page 10 after the feature on a Russian BT-7 tank build.  After that, you get kit and diorama features on German Figures, Cyber-Hobby's Tiger I in snow camouflage, Cyber Hobby's Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel diorama, a Dragon Elefant with Zimmerit, Trumpeter's German 21cm Morser 18 artillery piece, and lastly, Tamiya's 3 ton 4X2 Cargo truck diorama.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #37, Autumn 2010

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #37, Autumn 2010
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Model Art

ModelArt special subject magazines are really softbound reference books on a particular subject.  ModelArt Autumn 2010 No. 37 is entirely devoted to ships.  No.

U.S. Air Force Special Operations

Published: October 14th, 2010     
U.S. Air Force Special Operations
Author: Rick Llinares and Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: SAM Publications

Several weeks ago, I attended a change of command ceremony for a unit of the United States Army Special Forces at Ft. Bragg. My mind was still full of memories of Ft. Bragg and the visit to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum when this book became available for review. I jumped at the chance to do the review. Thank you SAM Publications for providing the review sample.

The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) probably had it's beginning during WWII. It was not until the Vietnam War that Special Operation came into its own. During that war elements of the U.S. Air Force provided concentrated firepower to confined areas, infiltrated and exfiltration troops into and out of enemy terratory and provided resupply and refueling operations all across enemy territory. However, it was the catastrophic failure of Operation Eagle Claw, President Carter's attempt to rescue 52 Americans from Tehran, Iran in 1980, that was the catalyst for forming a Special Operations Command. After several years of discussion and planning the AFSOC was finally created in May 1990. Mr. Llinares and Mr. Evans book gives us a detailed look at the aircraft used by AFSOC today.

The Roer River Battles, Germany’s Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45

Published: October 12th, 2010     
The Roer River Battles, Germany’s Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45
Author: David R Higgins
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Casemate Publishing

This book describes the battles of the US First and Ninth Armies between the breakout of Normandy and the final crossing of the Roer River ending in late February of 1945. These two armies were located south of the British Army in the general area where Holland, Belgium and Germany meet.

The book is divided into 15 chapters with an introduction, 1 appendix, a Bibliography and Index:

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