Monday, 18 April 2016

Panzerfäuste: Forest Trolls

Although I didn't got to Salute this year, I had managed to get my hands on a set of the Hysterical Games Skøgtroll (Forest Trolls) for Panzerfäuste and have just finished painting them.

Sculpted by Alex Huntley of Warploque Miniatures fame, they are based on the Norwegian army of 1940 and I think they look pretty cool. 

I've found Alex's trolls to be probably the best on the market today, having a cool Scandinavian vibe, which suits the Norwegian theme perfectly.

They're impressively large models, standing on 40mm round bases...

I've got another three which I am thinking about converting into the Kings Guard...

Friday, 1 April 2016

Brexit Threat to French and German Toy Soldiers

I must confess to being quite socked at this morning's claim that a vote for the UK to leave the EU in June will have major ramifications on the UK gaming industry. Following on from ridiculous EU legislation that can punish you for taking a photo of a historic monument, it is being claimed that if the Brexit were to occur then EU states would refuse to give UK model and war-game companies copyright permission to manufacture model vehicles and toy soldiers based on their nation.

This would mean that UK companies like Warlord Games, Airfix  and Perry Miniatures would no longer be able to produce WW2 German infantry, Me109 fighters or French Napoleonic infantry.

Further it may be illegal for gamers  to use any existing figures they have in their collection in public (so at a club night or show) without obtaining a license (similar to a visa) from the respective nation's embassy.

Shocking though this is, at least it will see an increase in interest in British history and periods such as the English Civil War should receive a major boost.