Links and Forums
Rather than build, host and monitor our own forum, we thought it more prudent to simply point our customers to several forums we frequent the most. Although we visit all of these forums on a semi-regular basis, we generally field and respond to questions on the Small Scale forum, simply because we've been there the longest and know most of the forum members.
Feel free to stop on by any or all of these hangouts, but just remember, they're addictive. Furthermore, all of these forums are absolutely terrific and have proven an invaluable resource for gathering news from both a consumer and vendor's stand point.
Forums of Interest
What follows is a list of links to various sites that you might find interesting to check out. Some are game-related while others are historical in nature or tie-in to some facet of the diecast military market.
Memorials and Museums
National WWII Memorial
The World War II Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to all who served in the armed forces and Merchant Marine of the United States during World War II and acknowledging the commitment and achievement of the entire nation. All military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms will be honored. The World War II Memorial was offically dedicated on Memorial Day weekend of 2004.
This site is dedicated to the Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster, one of the premier armor museums in the world.
The museum shows the development of Germany's armored troops from 1917 to the present with displays of vehicles, weapons, equipment, uniforms, documents and medals. The museum's exhibits cover all branches of the German armored corps: tanks, mechanized infantry, armored reconnaissance, anti-tank, self-propelled artillery, and armored engineers.
"Explore our nation's heritage in the air and on the sea."
Intrepid is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits. Visitors can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the worlds fastest commercial airplane, Concorde.
Electronic Arts' Battlefield 3
In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York. As a U.S. Marine in the field, periods of tension and anticipation are punctuated by moments of complete chaos. As bullets whiz by, as walls crumble, as explosions force players to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before.
Electronic Arts' Medal of Honor Warfighter
Medal of Honor Warfighter puts players in the boots of todays most highly trained and skilled warriors to experience missions that have a dotted line to real world terrorist events. This is Tier 1 on a global scale, featuring real world hotspots in the single-player campaign and introducing international Tier 1 Operators in multiplayer. This groundbreaking move gives players a window into the look and style of elite soldiers from 10 different countries around the world. With Medal of Honor Warfighter, gamers can represent their nations Special Operations Forces on the multiplayer battlefield. Medal of Honor introduces a new mode where the worlds best-of-the-best warriors go head-to-head in online competition.
Eugen System's Wargame: European Escalation
"The Cold War goes hot."
Wargame: European Escalation is a real-time strategy game on PC, that maintains the two core values of the classic wargame (depth and reflection) while offering a dynamic, real-time gameplay, and an incredibly spectacular and realistic visual experience.
Set in the rarely explored Cold War period of 1975-1985, Wargame: European Escalation explores the battles 'that could have been' if history had taken the wrong turn at some point in the conflict. On both sides of the Iron Curtain that tears Germany in two, the two military alliances, NATO and the Warsaw Pact, are on the verge of war. The zeal of a patrol close to the East German border eventually leads to a firefight with their enemy brothers. Soon the local skirmish pushes the already-tense relationship between NATO and the Warsaw Pact over the edge into all-out war.
Both superpowers have enough nuclear fire at their disposal to annihilate all life on the planet, but of course this is the very last resort; if an open conflict was to happen, it would take the form of conventional warfare in Germany, and throughout Europe.
The world is about to fall into the feared 3rd World War. Wargame: European Escalation plunges you into the midst of this conflict, through a big and explosive military campaign!
Activision's Call of Duty Black Ops 2
A time-spanning, generation-spanning narrative, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 introduces players to an insidious villain named Raul Menendez who hijacks the US military infrastructure to further his own agenda. Harness the power of near-future technology and advanced robotics to pull the world back from the brink of annihilation.
Activision's Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the 2011 release in the best-selling Call of Duty First-Person Shooter action series. The game is a direct sequel to the previous game in the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, with a campaign storyline continuing the struggle of U.S. forces against an invasion by the Russian Federation following the framing of an undercover U.S. agent in a terrorist attack on Moscow. Along with classic Call of Duty multi-character control, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 contains deep multiplayer support, including two-player Co-op Survival mode. The game also contains all-new Kill Streak categories and customizable strike packages that offer more options for player combat styles and strategies.
WWII Online: Battleground Europe
"It's not just a flight sim...it's a war!"
Set in World War II Western Europe, WWII Online: Battleground Europe is a brutally realistic MMO featuring hundreds of towns and cities in a huge, zone-less map where battles rage for days and campaigns for weeks. Choose to fight alongside the axis or allies against thousands of players and advance your character rank to unlock equipment and permissions. With over 100 weapons and vehicles accurately modeled and utilizing military-grade physics, every soldier can make a measurable contribution in the battle for victory!
Third Wire Productions' Strike Fighters 2
"Air Combat taken to the extreme!"
Third Wire Productions is an independent software development company formed in 1999 for the purpose of creating multimedia entertainment products such as flight-simulation and strategy games. Third Wire Productions, Inc. is a Texas C-Corporation based in Austin, Texas.
Sega's Company of Heroes 2
"The Motherland is calling."
As a true sequel, Company of Heroes 2 moves the battle away from the common Western Front focus of World War II and refocuses on some of historys most brutal and devastating conflicts on the Eastern Front, challenging players to take command of the iconic Red Army and repel the Nazi invaders from the very gates of Moscow.
Company of Heroes 2 utilizes Relic Entertainments state of the art proprietary Essence 3.0 EngineTM to bring new technological advancements to the strategy genre in the form of innovative Dynamic Battle Tactics, increased graphical fidelity and new environmental destruction, ultimately putting the player in control with new Commander Abilities.
Ubisoft's Crysis 3
"This time we hunt them."
In the wake of the alien invasion, New York lies covered by a giant nanodome, hidden from the rest of the world A secretive military faction has set up shop in the ruins of the city. What do they want? Who are they? What have they found? Uncover their true motives and bring them down from the inside out.
Stalk the canyons of the abandoned, ruined city in relentless pursuit of your prey.
This time we hunt them.
"The Wargamer's True Ally."
HPS Simulations is one of the oldest publishers dedicated to producing computer games and simulations for wargamers. Since the company was founded in 1990, HPS has received dozens of awards, including the prestigious Premier Award from Computer Gaming World Magazine.
Slitherine's Panzer Corps: Wehrmacht
"The German soldier is to be tough as leather, fleet as a greyhound, and hard as Krupp steel."
Panzer Corps Wehrmacht is a brand new turn-based strategy game that reinvents a classic genre. Produced and developed by a team of experts and brought to perfection by a community of hundreds of fans, the game has evolved over 2 years to become what can be defined as a modern classic!
Set in World War II, Panzer Corps Wehrmacht puts the player in charge of Axis armies, taking their core force with them through the entire war. The use of combined-arms tactics requires each general to make use of the strengths and exploit the weaknesses of their opponents.
Its multiplayer mode, an improved version of Slitherines award winning PBEM++ system, allows players to easily find opponents anywhere in the world enjoy playing them with none of the hassle.
Panzer Corps Wehrmacht is designed to replicate the feeling of a classic wargame, but brings it up to 21st century standards and to a whole new generation of gamers.
Slitherine's Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps
"Panzers Rollen in Afrika Vor."
The year is 1941 and you will lead the German Afrika Korps, and its Axis allies, into Libya and Tunisia during the North African Campaign of World War II.
The reputation of the "Deutsches Afrikakorps" or "DAK" was synonymous with that of its first commander Erwin Rommel. Now it is up to you to overwhelm the Allied forces in North Africa, secure the Suez Canal and take hold of the oil-rich lands of the Arabian peninsula; maybe even invade the underbelly of the British Empire and threaten its crown jewel: India.
Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps is an expansion for existing Panzer Corps owners and a full stand-alone for new players. With more than 20 new units, 24 new scenarios, new dynamic and varied scenarios and weather types, players will have their wits and tactics tested in this turn-based strategy game of the award-winning Panzer Corps series!
Slitherine's Panzer Corps: Allied Corps
"The only way you can win a war is to attack and keep on attacking, and after you have done that, keep attacking some more."
The Allied Corps Campaign takes the award winning Panzer Corps game system put you in command of the Western Allies. Starting in the Western Desert and commanding the British 8th Army, the player takes on Italian forces with support from the German Afrika Korps. The war then moves on to Sicily and then must fight their way up Italy against stiff German resistance. In 1944 a new front will be opened by Operation Overlord, D-Day, and then push on to the Rhine and Berlin.
Allied Corps includes more than 25 new scenarios, over 50 new regular and special elite units, and modified version of existing units to cover the entire war in detail from the Western Allies perspective.
Storm Eagle Studios
"Storm Eagle Studios.... a totally new concept in design and publishing of high quality games."
Returning from an absence of four (4) years, premiere wargame developers Norm Koger and Jim Rose once again have come down from the mountain!
New Concepts!... New Ideas!... New Approaches!... New Battles!... New Standards.
After dominating the shape and direction of PC wargaming during 1990s designing and co-designing award winning titles such as SSI's "Tanks" and "Red Lightning", Talonsoft's "Battleground Series, East Front, West Front" and the ground breaking "The Operational Art of War", the dynamic duo are back with an entirely new approach to creation and distribution of PC wargames!
Storm Eagle Studios was conceived as a totally new concept in design and publishing of high quality, polished strategy and simulation computer games. Breaking from the old game distribution model of the past, which strangled the very economic life out of many PC game publishers, was one of two key concepts in creating Storm Eagle Studios.
Wargaming's World of Warships
World of Warships is a free-to-play naval action MMO that shifts players to the territory of 20th century warships. Dive into the massive naval battles and tame the overwhelming power of multi-ton titans to conquer the hard-line high seas!
The game provides numerous strategic opportunities for combat. Sudden strikes from cover, cunning flanking attacks or open head-to-head encounters every player will have dozens of tactics to choose from. And don't forget about the team! Its the joint effort and efficient cooperation that will give your fleet near invincibility against the enemy attacks.
The already familiar credits, gold, and experience featured in World of Tanks and World of Warplanes will allow you to rapidly get into the game, and the common economic system will give you an option to distribute your resources between the three projects for ultimate progress in each of them.
The free-to-play system will allow to try World of Warships free of charge, the straightforward interface will help the player get directly into the combat, and simple controls will make allow the player to concentrate destroying their enemy in an epic naval battle.
Wargaming's World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online game dedicated to armored warfare in the mid-20th century. Throw yourself into epic tank battles shoulder to shoulder with other steel cowboys to dominate the world with tank supremacy!
An advanced system of vehicle upgrade and development allows you to try out the vehicles and weapons featured in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and maneuverable light tanks, punch deep into enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the power of heavy tanks to eliminate opposing forces, or become a high-powered sniper using long-range artillery, each unit type is extremely lethal and effective when commanded by a true tank ace.
It takes more than just being a great tank commander to win. In World of Tanks, it's all about teamwork. Victory can only be achieved through the combined efforts of every member of the team, each playing their own role on the battlefield.
Wargaming's World of Warplanes
World of Warplanes is an MMO dedicated to World War II military aviation. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world. Become a lone hero or lead your squadron to victory the choice is yours!
World of Warplanes offers a highly detailed and personalized aviation experience, giving players access to hundreds of historically accurate planes with detailed cockpits, dozens of upgradeable weapons, and flying skills that can be honed and improved with each mission. Thanks to the games painstaking attention to detail, you'll truly feel like a World War II fighter pilot as you plunge into battle.
The genuine World War II experience isn't limited to the skies. World of Warplanes also exposes players to combat on land and at sea. The games co-op features include collaborative missions with allies as well as intense battles against enemy forces.
Hobby Master Collector
A terrific fan-created site whose aim is to discuss Hobby Master- and SkyMax Models-related products.
"Get More Out of War and Strategy Gaming."
A fantastic online magazine that covers all facets of combat games for the PC and board wargame community.
"Welcome to the Ultimate Combat Simulation and Strategy Gamer's Resource."
COMBATSIM.COM provides daily news, articles, and community resources for the specific genre of personal computer games called military combat simulations and strategy games. The site first appeared online in January of 1997.
Since its inception, this site has covered all facets of air, land, and naval combat simulation and strategy games, but with a particular focus on air combat simulations. On this site you will find combat simulation game and hardware news, interviews, previews, reviews, strategy and how-to guides, industry editorials and commentaries.
In addition to combat simulation and strategy game software and industry coverage, this site also publishes military history articles, military biographies, defense and aerospace news, and even military humor and fiction..
"The Simulation Community's Headquarters."
Another game-related site that covers many different facets of the interactive entertainment industry.
"Ground Zero for all tank sim reviews."
An excellent and informative site dedicated to covering the latest PC tank simulations.
An outstanding resource containing loads of information pertaining to armored fighting vehicles.
"Conflict simulation gaming news and discussion."
An excellent and objective site that primarily covers the board wargaming industry.
Without a doubt, Military.com is the largest independent site devoted to past, present and near-future military affairs. At Military.com, you can get the latest news, research unit histories, engage in open discussions and even purchase a wide range of military-related items, from games and models to books and toys.
Sponsor of the East Coast Toy Soldier Show held annually at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vintage Castings now plays host to a terrific blog aimed at discussing some of the latest comings and goings occurring within the world of toy soldiers. Vintage Castings also offers a very limited number of American Dimestore Soldiers, Christmas Figures, and Vehicles from old original Barclay & Metal Cast factory production molds.