Welcome to Sally 4th's photo-realistic Normandy project.Sally 4th - Normandy: Live on Kickstarter
Our plan is to design and manufacture a range of twelve 28mm model building kits for WW2 Normandy gaming using our new photo - realistic model making techniques. These kits will contain simple, robust parts, laser cut from 3mm Medite and 2mm MDF combined with detailed parts cut from coloured mounting board, perspex glazing and downloadable high quality cover sheets to print out to easily complete your models to the same standard as the ones in these photographs.
The buildings that will form this project are:
The plan is to design and manufacture this range of buildings as a kickstarter project running from October - December 2015 with fulfilment from Janurary to March 2016.
Their will be a wide range of pledge levels from individual buildings, 2' square, 3' square, 4' square and 4' x 6' terrain layouts and models will be available through the project below their RRP and with stretch goals that will include interiors, gardens and other optional extras.
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Last week I got to have a game of Combat Patrol with my Danish Friend Lasse, who happened to be in North Yorkshire.
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Sally 4th Normandy - Interior Detail
Here is a first look at the detail of the interiors of our Normandy buildings. Buildings are designed with a removable first floor.
This features a chunky central fireplace to give you something strong and secure to hold onto when lifting out a floor full of soldiers! We prefer this approach to stacking buildings in levels because you do not get the visible join lines on the outside. We also have an optional ruined version of the first floor and a choice of five ruined roof sections.
The interiors have period wallpaper available to go with them. Like all of the cover sheets for our photo-realistic Normandy range you can either print yourself or purchase professionally printed sheets if you feel your printer is not up to the job.
Lasse Hansen from Denmark kindly agreed to put together an End Terrace kit and write an independent review.
He has done a cracking job on the build, which was a pre-production kit, without instructions!
Lasse did find a shortage of ridge tiles in the pre-production cover sheets. We have already corrected this and doubled the amount on the printed sheets.
Sander van der Ster kindly agreed to put together a pre-production prototype of our Normandy detached house. We are very grateful for this and it was a bit of a challenge as the models are not released until first quarter next year their are no instructions yet, but I think the review gives a good idea of how the kits are but together with our photo-realistic texture sheets.
During another Kickstarter I saw an announcement on Facebook from sally 4th (Chris) about starting a Kickstarter project for 28mm WW2 wargame buildings. So I saved my money on the other KS and after seeing the actual project went full in for the Normandy town. I liked the general look and feel of the product (not having touched anything yet).
Halfway thru the KS Chris asked another backer (lasse) and me if we wanted to do a review. Well, yes, of course, if it helps the project and product along.
Mind you, this is a work in progress kit, it’s not the final retail kit. Chris sent it to us to try out the different techniques and to try and change my opinion on the covers, read on to find out if he did.
So after a day or 4 a package arrived. It was a kit for a detached house. Now I had this huge pile of mdf parts, plastic windows and a bunch of printed covers. At first glance, the stuff looked great, clean cuts, great printing quality, really excited to get stuck in. The mdf parts all came separate, except for the window frames and stone bits you glue around the windows and doors. Use a sharp knife to cut out these pieces, the are fragile.(as specified by Chris there were no instructions)
Building it was actually straight forward, even without instructions. After dry fitting I noticed that the parts only fit together one way (the floor tile has cutouts that match specific walls) so it’s almost impossible to make a mistake. the walls and floor are interlocking so with some PVA the whole thing became pretty sturdy.
The next stage was gluing the covers to the house, I used PVA, slightly thinned with water. Don’t make it too thin or the paper will crinkle and you will not get it flat again. I learned that the hard way with the cover for the backyard.
I fixed the windows (there are actual transparent plastic window panes in this kit!!) in place with superglue. Some fit snugly, others were a bit lose but the superglue did the trick for all of them. After this I fitted the window frames and shutters with some PVA to the edges. The shutters have actual separate “hinges” which you need the tweezers for. The doors are a small project in themselves, there are 4 “doors” with cutouts, you need to cut a piece of leftover paper the same size as the door, this piece you have to glue in between the 2 “doors”, pay attention to the keyholes, don’t glue them upside-down. Now you have 2 doors which you need to glue in the doorframe.
The roof came next, again, an easy fit. The 6 dormers were also a breeze to build, only 5 parts and 2 extra parts after fixing them to the roof. The chimney has 6 parts, 2 of which you have to be careful to glue on straight. My wife cut the strips of tiles, which there were a lot of. After gluing the tiles on, this took me quite a bit of time. After this there were only the corner tiles to glue on. There are now several small things you can opt for to finish the house. You could cut strips of the leftover paper and use them as wooden boards on the dormers or you can paint them.
Now we had a finished house. Scale wise it’s great with Warlord miniatures next to it.
+ Big pile of parts
++ Transparent plastic windows
+ Separate window pieces and doors, these really add to the detailing
+ Easy to build, even a novice could do this
+ Good quality printing (if you opt to buy the sheets, otherwise you can print them out yourself)
+ Good quality mdf, in different thicknesses and colors.
+++ The materials used (and if not using the paper covers) give you huge amounts of conversion options, instead of the covers you could paint it, add plaster texture, cut it up for battle damage, glue the shutters closed, leave them off etc etc, the options are endless.
- Packaging for retail needs to be improved (but I already heard from Chris that how he sent it now is definitely not the retail packaging, the retail kits will come in separate boxes).
- Floor tile was damaged due to packaging. (corners were bent/fraying) this won’t happen with the retail kit.
- No chimney pipes (probably due to it being a review kit, time, stress, etc)
- Not enough of the red corner tile strips for the roof. (this has already been Corrected by putting extra on the print file).
- 2 transparent window panes short, but if you glue 2 windows with the shutters closed you won’t notice. (Chris told me this is because it’s a work in progress, the final retail kit will have all the part).
- missing sheet of covers for the dormers and chimney tubes. (also a boo boo because of the time frame to get the package to me. On the plus side, this cover sheet also includes posters which you can stick onto the walls of your houses).
So you could say that none of the minus points stated above are valid anymore.
All in all I really enjoyed building this kit, there’s a huge potential in these kits. The photo realistic covers are a great new idea. I will definitely be using them on some of the houses. (my initial opinion was not to because I wanted to texture them and then paint them all. I’m already planning out a French village with bocage, a town square, German headquarters. I will be sticking vines and other plants to the buildings, I will probably add drains and gutters to. French posters, advertisements for Jean’s garage etc etc.
For what I think in my opinion is a fair price compared to other manufacturers I can fill a big gaming table with a complete village. I’m Stoked!! I need this stuff now!!
Sander van der Ster
Over the last couple of weeks I have been painting up a German Fallschirmjäger Platoon to use with our 28mm Normandy Terrain which is running at the moment on Kickstarter
In May 1944, the Parachute Battalion was reorganised in similar fashion to The German Grenadier Battalion 1943 to 1945 that using the 'new type' structure.
The Parachute Battalion was organised around it transport, the Junkers 52. Each Junkers 52 could carry twelve parachutists, and the aircraft were organised into flights of three, with four such flights making a squadron of twelve, and four squadrons were needed to lift a Parachute Battalion.
The Rifle Company - the Parachute Company was larger than its infantry equivalent, and on paper at least had sufficient motor transport to lift all its personnel.
Platoon HQ had an Officer, with both pistol and MP40, an NCO and three messengers all with rifles. There were then two drivers, armed with MP40s for the two 3-ton lorries used to transport the Platoon, plus an attached medic and an armourer, both with pistols.
The Rifle Squad was ten strong, commanded by an NCO and an assistant, each armed with an MP40. There were then four men, each armed with a rifle, two light machine gunners, each with an MG34 or MG42 and pistol, and two assistant gunners with pistols. One rifle in each Squad was a sniper version with telescopic sight and two more had grenade launchers.
No 1 Rifle Section
No 2 Rifle Section
No 3 Rifle Section
As we see, each section contains 2 x JNCO's armed with MP40, 2 X LMG teams and 4 Riflemen. The section has the flexability to be split down into two seperate fireteams each with a JNCO, LMG team and 2 Riflemen which offers a lot of tactical flexability with 7 elements (including HQ section in the platoon.
All buildings are from Sally 4th photo-realistic Normandy terrain range, and are available at a pre-release discount on Kickstarter.
These are being offered as a free upgrade for all kickstarter backers who take the level 5 - Town option.
Our Kickstarter has now been live for 7 days and is 80% funded, so many thanks to all who have backed us so far.
I am sure that we will soon by 100% funded and working on our first stretch goal, which is the house at Dead Mans Corner.
This week we have been working on the Norman Church to give it a choice of tower tops. (Crenalated, Spire or Pitched Roof)
The tower top and roof are removable to allow actions to be fought inside the Church.
The kit contains nicely detailed stained windows and their stone mullions.
Sally 4th's 28mm Normandy Project went live on Kickstarter today!
We are all set to go live on Kickstarter tommorow. Video is completed which shows lots of great shots of the terrain plus an overview of what we mean by photo-realistic terrain and how to assemble it.
If you want to take an early peak at video, it has been loaded on to our Facebook Page.