Review: Combat Storm 2nd Edition Boxed Set

The Combat Storm Boxed Set includes Army Men in these poses. Each pose represents a different type of soldier with unique abilities. Image taken from combatstorm.com.

Combat Storm is a rule set produced by Strategy Wave Studios. It is designed for two to four players, ages 12 and older. Combat Storm is a turn-based tactical wargame, intended for use with plastic Army Men as miniatures. The implied scale is 1:35 or 54mm, i.e., one inch of tabletop represents three feet in the game.

The rules are available at combatstorm.com. The rulebook retails for $22.99 U.S., but for an additional $7 U.S. you can purchase a boxed set including the rulebook, about 60 Army Men of various poses and colors, and four vehicles: a main battle tank, a light tank, a self-propelled artillery vehicle, and an air defense/ground support vehicle. Purchase of the rulebook, whether in the boxed set or by itself, grants access to the online Combat Storm Player Portal, through which you can subscribe to newsletters, download exclusive content like print and play tokens for identifying squads and troop states or papercraft terrain, and access utilities such as an army builder tool. You can also purchase additional Army Men, armored vehicles, dice, and additional paid papercraft downloads on the Combat Storm site.

This review describes the boxed set, including a review of the rules. Continue reading “Review: Combat Storm 2nd Edition Boxed Set”

The playset we just reviewed appeared in a stop-motion short film

Last week, we posted a video unboxing and review of Lenard’s The Corps! Elite 120-piece playset. We were pleasantly surprised to see soldiers from that set appearing in this short stop-motion animation piece, Army Men: Red vs Tan Firefight. The director did a really good job with editing and special effects.

Review and Casting Tutorial: Meng 1:35 Concrete and Plastic Barrier Set

It’s been quite some time since we’ve posted a video. This time, it is a quick review of the Concrete and Plastic Barrier Set by Meng. A pleasant surprise was that the set actually included a mold for creating these road barriers from gypsum or casting plaster! The review of the set is followed by a quick tutorial on casting barriers from plaster. If you obtain the set or have any ideas that should be added to the tutorial, please let us know in the comments.

Killer find – a true 1:35 Abrams Tank for less than $2

The toy tank, among 1:35 scale terrain.
The toy tank, among 1:35 scale terrain.

My son and I make frequent visits to Savers, something of a thrift store that helps the environment by re-purposing second hand items and donating some of its proceeds to various charitable endeavors. It’s a fine place to obtain used video games, board games, books on military history, and, of course, army men and suitably scaled vehicles for them.

While we have been disappointed with what was available during our past few visits, we really struck gold today -a toy tank, modeled to closely resemble an M1A1 Abrams, pictured at right.

Without the price tag to differentiate, it would be tough to discern between the toy and the model.
Without the price tag to differentiate, it would be tough to discern between the toy and the model.

Actually, the words closely resemble are an understatement, as you can see by checking the next image; the toy tank is on the left, while a 1:35 military model of an M1A1 is on the right. You’ll notice that the length, width and height are nearly identical. When I checked the scale with a scale calculator, I found the difference between the toy and the scale model is virtually none.

The best part was the price. The item was tagged at $1.99 U.S., but that number dropped to $1.40 after my military discount was applied. We’ll have some great gaming with this piece, after it gets cleaned up and painted…

Tutorial: Re-purposing a Toy Truck for Wargaming, Part I: Concept and Modifications

We’ve uploaded another tutorial, this time as an attempt to turn the ECCVALEV mystery vehicle into something workable for 54mm wargaming. Part 2 should be up in a few days. Until then, happy viewing!

Free Download: Tokens for Phil West’s ‘Budget Battle’

The action-packed 'Moved and Shot' token.
The action-packed ‘Moved and Shot’ token.

One of the suggestions made during yesterday’s review of Phil West’s Budget Battle wargame rules was that the game would play more smoothly if there was a set of tokens to identify units that have already acted during a turn.

Since we plan on doing a Pirates vs. Ninjas battle report using these rules in the near future, we thought we may as well go ahead and design those tokens, which can be downloaded here, or through our Free Downloads Page.

Most of the tokens are round, and one inch across. They can be cut out with scissors or, with minimal investment, punched out with a 1″ round scrapbooking punch. We often buy 1-1/4″ steel washers, then attach our paper tokens to the washers with glue sticks for long-term durability.

The tokens represent figures that have already moved, already shot, or already moved and shot during a turn, as well as tokens that identify pirate figures that carry grenades or ninja figures who are considered hidden. The second page features a cut-out template that accurately depicts a flamethrower’s arc of fire, so it is easy to see which enemies nay be affected.

Did we leave any token concepts out of our design? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll update the document!