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AMMO by Mig- The Battle for Hungary 1944/1945

ISBN Number:
978-84-17846-66-4
Published:
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Publisher:
Ammo by Mig Jimenez S.L.
Retail Price:
$35.73
Reviewed By:
Michael Reeves

AMMO by Mig- The Battle for Hungary 1944/1945

Book Specifics

Author: Roger Hurkmans with Mirko Bayerl

ISBN: 978-84-17846-66-4

Price: $35.73

A.MIG-6280

Softcover, 200 pages with with high-quality maps, illustrations and photographs in full color and black and white

What's Inside

Reading through this book reminded me of something from early on in my modeling and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. This is not your typical AMMO book with step by steps and detailed descriptions of the AMMO products used in each step of the process of creating the model. This is, for each chapter, a bit of history surrounding the basis of the setting, and some excellent color photos and brief summaries of what was done in the process. Then I read the little blurbs on each of the authors on the front cover and it hit me. They were both heavily influenced by Francois Verlinden and the Verlinden Way. I went to my library and found some of the early Verlinden Publications books on building, detailing, painting, and weathering military vehicles. This book is reminiscent of that style, as least to me. Here is a list of the chapters inside:

The first chapter goes into detail on how one can take standard figures available from Dragon, Miniart, Tamiya and the like and mix and match alternate parts with Hornet and other companies' detailed heads. There is a bit on using wire armatures drilled in for limbs and using Magic-Sculpt to create the arm and clothing on top. It is one of the few parts of the book concerned with sharing techniques.

Following this is a brief chapter on recreating typical old Hungarian houses. There are some excellent photographic references and then small captions to the author's examples recreated with Styrodur extruded polystyrene foam and plaster.

For the remaining chapters, the Battle of Hungary is broken down into separate phases that are broken down into specific diorama scenes, often taking inspiration from an actual wartime photograph. Each chapter begins with an Introduction that is a synopsis of the featured phase of the battle- and these pages often include wartime photos, maps, and artifact photos. From there, captions relate the manufacturers of the kits and figures used, or in cases where something isn't available, details on scratchbuilt parts. There is coverage of the composition of the scene, with brief snippets on the kit construction and painting, figure work, base, and general views. You get plenty of different angles of the works which is excellent.

Typical Introduction for each chapter

 One feature in the book that was particularly appealing to me was some custom artwork for the book from some well known artists- Ron Volstad, well known for his work on Osprey books and Dragon kit box art, among other great pieces. Felipe Rodna also has a few excellent pieces inside, and should look familiar to anyone who has perused a Panzerwrecks book. The included artwork is excellent- unfortunately Felipe's art in the book is two page spreads so I could not scan them in for this review- but the artwork from both artists are spectacular.

I was impressed with how the pieces in the book conveyed the environment that was faced by those fighting in this engagement. From the foam carvings of the buildings and walls to the painting and weathering work to make them stand out on the scene. Adding gray shades to certain pieces to represent the cold and the fog faced in some of the battles was brilliantly done. Right down to the excellent sketches he used to figure out the composition of the piece-- and those sketches were amazing! 

Before

After

Sketch by the builder in setting the scene

Each chapter represents a specific engagement in the overall battle and the cover page for each features the piece that follows.  Again, if you are looking for thorough step by step guides to how the scenes were recreated, you may be a bit let down. However, you do get the gist of the procedures through the many included photos and there are details in the captions. I was pleased to finally find out how they created the corn stalks that are prominent throughout many of the pieces.

Conclusion

This book is really a piece of art and brings back my early memories of modeling and learning of the Verlinden Way. I am not sure if that was the intent of the authors, but this was what I perceived as I read through the book. I had some bit of knowledge of the Battle of Hungary from my interest in the Eastern Front, but this really brought the different aspects of the overall campaign in great detail through the photographs and phases of the build. The dioramas are fantastic and the additional artwork from Volstad and Rodna are certainly an added treat. 

Highly Recommended for anyone interested in modeling from the Battle of Hungary.

Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig Jimenez for this review sample.

Reviewed by Michael Reeves

 

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