New and Unusual Pieces for Axis & Allies and Where to Find Them

| August 1, 2013 | 13 Comments

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Article and photos by Will Henson.


One of the great things about Axis & Allies is how easy it is to add new and exciting pieces to the line up. So in article, I’d like to talk about the best and most exciting places to get war machines to populate your A&A board.

HistoricalBoardGaming.com

Historical Board Gaming (HBG) has one of the largest selection of pieces made specifically for Axis & Allies. In addition to being able to buy almost any piece from any game individually, they have a great selection of A&A compatible pieces you’ll find nowhere else.

Grab some of HBG’s Russian and German pieces and your Eastern front might look like the photo at the top of this article.

Panzerschiffe.com

Panzerschiffe is one of my favorite places to find ships for Axis and Allies. They have an enormous collection of ships from all nations, you can find, I’d say just about anything here – at very reasonable prices – all in 1/2400 scale. And I don’t mean just cruisers and destroyers. I’ve got all kinds of oddities and painted them up for the game. You can find rules for lots of these on my blog.

Throw down some money and some paint and your game might turn into this…The Americans attempt to protect the Philippines with an Anti-aircraft cruiser, while a transport and an LST (landing ship tank) load forces on the islands while the Rigid Frame Airship loiters overhead scouting for the enemy…. In the mean time Japanese I-400 seaplane carrying submarine, Seaplane carrier Chitose, Battleship-Carrier Hyuga, a Japanese Escort Carrier, the CV Akagi and an LST prepare to attack!

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Shapeways.com

Probably some of the beautiful products come from Shapeways.com – This isn’t your usual gamers website. This site features products that have been computer designed and are uploaded to the site. When you buy them they are printed on a 3D printer and shipped to you directly. Below are some PBM Mariners and H6K Mavis Flying boats obtained from Shapeways.com

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GHQ

GHQ (http://www.ghqmodels.com/) has been around a long time, and it has collections of 1/2400 Miconaut ships and 1/285 armor that can’t be beat. It is the place for 1/285 scale armor (the size of an A&A tank) and great for all types of ships – all of which a metal and high quality. Below is the 1/2400 scale Yamato and a Japanese destroyer. You can see a standard A&A battleship – likely intended to be the Yamato – for a size comparison. I’ve found the 1/2400 capitol ships can get a little big, but the destroyers are about the right size.

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If you like what you see here, and want to up your game with flying boats, seaplane tenders, and more, come visit my blog where you will find hundreds of new pieces and rules for them – http://axisallies1940.blogspot.com

 

 

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David Jensen has been operating Axis and Allies.org since 2000 and writing about Axis & Allies since 1997.

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  1. Archgeneral says:

    So… are these just new molds, or are there specific rules for them as well? I mean, that bomb in the second picture looks pretty non-standard, unless it comes from one of the Europe or Guadalcanal games.

  2. Will Henson says:

    Its not a bomb, its a rigid frame airship

  3. Joshua says:

    I am interested in finding different World War II-era French units that are the same color and size as the ones I have, at a reasonable price.

  4. AJ says:

    Hey Will, checked out your setup and blog which I found very helpful for some new rules and optional units. Noticed your domain is .com.au, you wouldn’t by chance happen to live VIC side of Australia?

  5. robert vezina says:

    hi i find a lot off new units on historicalboardgaming.com and on field marshal games ; i will look too at panzershiffe.com , axis&allies.org its the best site for axis & allies board games good work

  6. Robert Vezina says:

    Hi i just got some cool stuff from Historicalboardgaming.com and Field marshal ; americans , marines , germans , russians and italians … stil whaiting for 2 japaneses set preorder ; and will whaite for the france and uk set and another japanese set . maybe some ships from Panzersshiffe.com too ; axis&allies.org its the best reference off all continue your good whork …

  7. jason says:

    Great article thanks for posting. I am new to the axis and allies world, and am very much into the customization of pieces, and greater historical accuracy! I recently visited panzarchiffe and was amazed at there selection of historical ships. Do you have any photos of some of your painted ship pieces??

  8. Will Henson says:

    Jason, I do have lots of photos on my blog: http://axisallies1940.blogspot.com

  9. Robert Vezina says:

    Hi all very cool stuff on shapeways.com b-29 superfortres , gliders , farman-222 , he 111z … global war 39 scale some are in 1/700 & 1/600 but they wil be made too in globar war scale too cool man all for my axis & allies global 1940 whit a lot off ++++++++++ goodies huge game …

  10. Andrew Wright says:

    Good article – thanks. My nephew has played with the 40th Anniversary Risk game with metal pieces and thinks it’s great. I would like to get him a set of Axis and Allies metal pieces as the greater variety would create more possibilities for imaginative play and organization. Would any of these sites be the best for a reasonably priced set of “basic” metal pieces?

  11. Ralph says:

    Doe anyone know how I would sell 2 huge boxes of axis and allies miniature pieces? We’re my 2 sons. Played with 10 years ago in perfect condition. How would I price them? Lots of the pieces are retired. Want to sell the whole thing.We also have pirate ship miniatures from that same time. Would like to sell them for a fair price. Need money for college tuition. Please don’t contact me unless you can be a help me!

  12. David Jensen says:

    Post a message on the forums.

  13. Shipwreck113 says:

    Has anyone got a link to the rules for these historical pieces?

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