Hey, Huron here bringing you a taste of my mini gaming past!
For the first Tuesday Time Capsule I thought I should share with you the most startling discovery I made when opening up the Time Capsule case. I have long believed that my first Historical Mini Gaming experience was with Flames of War. I originally picked up some Flames of War Russians back when the game was first becoming popular but ended up selling them off pretty quickly to a friend as the scale was pretty daunting to me. Then when Huzzah Hobbies, my now LGS, opened up near me I gave the game a second look (Thanks to the store owner Chris who is an avid historicals fan). This lead me down the slippery slope of Historical gaming where I now find myself with armies for Flames of War, Saga, Bolt Action, DBA, WAB, War & Conquest, etc. I am even looking at building some 28mm Civil War Union and Rebel Troops for some Gettysburg (150 anniversary of the battle in 2013) refight scenarios, but that is something I will get into another time.
Back on track, so I though Flames of War was my first experience... But I was wrong. When I opened the case the first thing that caught my eye (after the old school rhino painted metallic purple, more on that next time) was a 28mm WW2 US Infantrymen sitting amongst the piles of fantasy and scifi minis. After digging through the box this is what I found:
A whole Horde of US 28mm Infantry. There are enough models here that with a bit of work and a few more things added in I should be able to put together a decent sized Bolt Action force with little trouble. I have done some research to try to figure out from what company these miniatures are from, but as of yet I have not been able to identify them.
For some reason the name Black Tree or Dark Sword sticks in my mind as to a possible manufacturer, but I am unsure at this time. Some of the minis have (c) DJ or (c) DE on the bottom of them but I think these are just sculptor marks and do not refer to the company that manufactured them.
They are very nice miniatures though and besides a plethora of grunts with a mix of rifles or smgs I seem to have several officers, MGs, the crew for a mortar team (but no mortar), and even a Bazooka Team.
This alone made rescuing the Time Capsule case in the attic worth it.
See you next week for another Tuesday Time Capsule! experience.