Axis and Allies Miniatures Rules

Wizards of the Coast releases its Axis and Allies game today. The rules are available for free. You can get the quickstart guide or the advanced rules.

Uniforms of WWII by Andrew Mollo

There was a discussion over at the Miniatures Page about a good WWII painting resouce. I don’t normally do posts about commercial products, but you can consider this a public service review.

For my money, the best resource for WWII uniforms is the Armed Forces of WWII by Andrew Mollo.

I’ve painted a lot of WW2 figures on commission over the last several years, and I have found this book to be the one indispensable resouce. Virtually every uniform I’ve wanted has been in here. Where else would you find the uniforms and insignia of the WWII Hungarian Air Force. There are 365 color paintings in the volume, and many more black and white photos. There is also a lot of information about the organization and ranks of the various armies. All, in all, its highly recommended for WWII painters and gamers.

Battle for Norway

Robert Martensson has created a nice site describing a rarely-touched aspect of WWII: The Battle for Norway.

Axis History Factbook

The owner of the Axis History site cautions: “This is an apolitical site dedicated to the history of the Third Reich and its allies. This is not a Nazi site, and I am not a Nazi.”

Its a good warning, because this sort of thing could easily be abused. That said, this is a good site with lots of information for wargamers. Of particular interest are the sections on the Axis allies, which have lots of good information on the units, decorations and equipment used.

A Terrible Resolve Midway Rules

Matt Fritz has these free wargames rules for gaming the Battle of Midway. The rules are designed for 1/700 ship and airplanes models but Matt also provides paper counters and airplanes.