Monday, 27 March 2017

The invasion of Poland Begins

To invade Poland, one must have Panzers... I chose Panzer 1s!  Already considered outdated for the invasion, they were used and in large numbers.  Usually I would go for no more than 3 of a kind for some tanks but the thought of 5 Panzer 1s and a Panzer 1 Befehlswagen was too much of an opportunity to pass.  Being a bit silly I decided to paint them all at once in addition to a Panzer 35T and a Krupp Ammunition car.  The Panzer 1 horde is primarily for a scenario in Battlegroup Blitzkrieg however they should also make their way into a Bolt Action Armoured Platoon some day.

I have also been working on a table.  I will post my terrain separately but here is a nice sneak peek.

1/56 Panzer Horde
A German Armoured Column passes a Polish Farm

The German Armoured Column rumbles on

The Regimental Commander takes in the view

JTFM Krupp Ammunition Car

Warlord Games Camera Man Propaganda BTD Painted Germans
Smile for the Camera.  More BTD Painted up and Warlord Camera Man

BTD 28mm German MMG Team

1/56 Panzer Befehlswagen
Warlord Games Panzer 1 Befehlswagen

Warlord Games Panzer Crew

Panzer 1 Befehlswagen

28mm Panzer Befehlswagen
A good Regimental Commander Sees Everything

1/56 Panzer 35t
Warlord Games Panzer 35T

Warlord Games Panzer 35t 28mm

Warlord Games 1/56 28mm German Tank Crew Panzer Crew
Panzer 1 Platoon Commander, he too likes to Heil things

Blitzkrieg Miniatures Panzer 1 Panzer I
The Panzer 1s are from Blitzkrieg Miniatures and crew from Warlord Games

1/56 Blitzkrieg Miniatures Panzer 1

JTFM Krupp Munitions Carrier
JTFM Krupp Munitions Carrier - Crew are JTFM

Unedited troops

Panzer 1 Horde
The Fleet (horde)
Coming Soon...

The invasion of Poland Solo play mini games developed by myself...


Friday, 10 March 2017

Now on Twitter

Following some inspiration from The Brit The Yank and The Hobby Podcast, I have decided to join twitter.  Not really sure the point of my twitter account but I guess its just another way to show off some of my stuff via social media.  Might put some pics of other stuff up there or previews for this blog.

My twitter page is

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

BTD Germans and adding to the Blitzkrieg...

I have pressed on with my Blitzkrieg Germans Project.  I painted up some BTD miniatures and am super impressed with the quality of their figures.  Even some of the sculpts that looks a tad awkward on the website or prior to painting come up very nicely and I am very impressed with BTD.

I have also included a Panzer 1.  I will be painting up 4 more of these plus a Panzer 1 Command Vehicle.  There is a Warlord Games Light Mortar Team and a Crusader Miniatures SS Schutzen which I will be using for 1940s campaigns.

Painted Black Tree Designs
Black Tree Designs 28mm Early War Germans

28mm Black Tree Designs Painted Miniature
NCO with a brew

28mm BTD Painted German Miniature

The NCOs together

Black Tree Designs early war German
BTD Rifleman

BTD Early War Germans
BTD Rifleman

Black Tree Designs Germans
BTD Rifleman

BTD German LMG Team Black Tree Designs
Blitzkrieg Miniatures Panzer 1
Blitzkrieg Miniatures Panzer 1

Blitzkrieg Miniatures 1/56 Panzer 1
Blitzkrieg Miniatures Panzer 1

BTD Miniatures next to the Panzer 1, they were tiny in the war
Warlord Games 28mm German Light Mortar Team
Bonus! Warlord Games Light Mortar Team

28mm Early War SS
Bonus! Crusader Miniatures SS Schutzen

Monday, 6 February 2017

Blitzkrieg Germans

In order to recreate the battles of September 1939 I needed some (slight under-exaggeration)  Blitzkrieg Germans.  With the Black Tree Designs (BTD) 50% sales I could not resist their miniatures.  Love them or hate them I think they are pretty decent and paint up nicely.  I have a huge range of Blitzkrieg Germans to paint up from a variety of manufacturers.

I decided I needed to do two test figures.  One is a BTD Rifleman and the other is a Warlord Games German Pioneer.  I also needed a test vehicle for Panzer Grey so I assembled and painted up my Phanomen Granit H25 truck.

I plan on using these guys for more than just Poland.  They will be used for campaigns from 1939-1942.

With no pressure on me to paint an Army for an upcoming event, these will be part of many projects I have planned!

The BTD German tunic is painted with Vallejo 920 German Uniform and the Warlord tunic is painted with Vallejo 895 Gunship Green.

28mmBTDpainted Black Tree Designs Painted comparison
BTD and Warlord Games German Pioneer with H25 Truck

The view from the rear

1/56 28mm German truck Phanomen Granit H25
German Phanomen Granit H25 Truck

Black Tree Designs Painted German BTD Painted
Black Tree Designs Blitzkrieg German

28mm German Pioneer Engineer Painted
Warlord Games German Pioneer

28mm 1/56 vehicle crew driver german
The Truck Driver - Metal figure from Warlord Games

Monday, 30 January 2017

Mission Complete Poland Was Made Great Again!

If you browse through this Blog, you will see the challenge I laid out to "Make Poland Great Again".  You can see how this vision of mine has been executed and my reasons for doing so.  I wanted to prove you can take possibly one of the most unrepresentative armies in Bolt Action with rubbish national rules and take on the hard hitting forces tailored to powerful national rules and beat them.  Not to mention you have limited early war equipment at their disposal!

On the weekend of 28-29 January 2017 in the Nation's Capitol, CANCON took place.

I took my 1000pt Polish Army and set out to achieve greatness and they did just that!

28mm Polish Infantry WW2
Early War Poles... So much swagger

So how did they go?

Game 1 vs Late War Germans with a Tiger fearing Tiger 1 - Victory

Game 2 vs Late War British with double prep bombardment, Vet Firefly, Free Arty Obs - Victory

Game 3 vs Early War Partisans.  Complete level playing field and a great opponent - Victory

Game 4 vs Late War Germans with 2 x Tanks including Tiger Fear (opponent forgot rule) - Victory

Game 5 and the decider vs Late War Germans with no Tiger Fear - Draw

Out of the 54 players in the tournament I was undefeated, achieved 3rd place and won best Minor Powers General (only half a dozen or so Minor Powers).  I was also one of the only early war armies and the majority were late war usual suspects being British, German, Americans and Soviets.  On a side note I made it into the top 10 Best Painted, however 2 very lovely painted German Armies took out the award.

Note the Polish theme for the minor Powers General.  It was Poland's time!
Here is my list for those that wish to view it.  Note the lack of Special Rules.  I had only played the Poles once before the tournament so I quickly had to work out how to best play them!

bolt action 1000 pt polish list army

Project Poland is far from finished! I have so much more to paint and many options to expand the Army.

On a final note.  You don't need big fancy units with special rules to do well in Bolt Action.  I didn't need to rely on Poland's very ordinary National rules at all during the Tournament.  Any nation in Bolt Action can do well with a bit of thought, creative list writing and good Generalship.  Leave the cheese behind.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

28mm World War 2 Polish Army Showcase

A couple of weeks ago I finally finished my first (yet no where near complete) Polish Army for Bolt Action.  The force is 1000 points and will be played in Australia's biggest Tournament CANCON in the nation's capital of Canberra.

I have played the Army once in a great game and a historical match up with my good friend Luke and his early war Soviets.

The following pictures do not show the complete Army, its only a small selection!  It is a combined traditional Polish Army with elements of the 10th Mechanised Brigade.

I have also used a new photography method - Goodbye black dress, hello white paper! Also, goodbye JPG, hello PNG!

This will not only be used for Bolt Action but I want to really start playing more Battlegroup which is a brilliant rule set for World War 2.  It is designed for 15mm and 20mm however we have proven it also works for glorious 28mm. Such hipsters going against what the game is designed for.

This army is far from complete, watch this space for more Polish Greatness!!! MAKE POLAND GREAT AGAIN!

Enjoy and as always feel free to comment or ask questions.

28mm Polish Poland Officer HQ Radion Operator Warlord Games
Polish HQ. Elite Officers of Poland. Soldier on far right is a radio Operator.

1/56 28mm Polish Tankette
20mm Tankette! Note how small it is!

Polish Anti Tank Rifle 28mm Miniatures Warlord Games
Anti Tank Rifle Team.  Can't play Poland without these guys.

28mm Polish ATR Anti Tank Rifle

28mm Polish Medium Mortar Team World War Two 2 WW2
Medium Mortar Team

28mm 1/56 Polish Medium Howitzer
Polish Medium Howitzer and Crew.  Spotter has the binoculars

Mad Bob Miniatures Poland Polish Howitzer
Howitzer is by Mad Bob Miniatures

28mm Polish Cavalry World War 2
Polish Cavalry armed with Lancers

Polish Cavalry Miniatures WW2 HQ
Can be used as a HQ option

28mm Warlord Games Cavalry Poland Polish Flag Banner

Polish Cavalry WW2 Colours Colors

28mm WW2 Polish Lancers

Warlord Games Bolt Action Polish Infantry
Various Polish Infantry - Warlord Games

Gorgon Studios Polish WW2 10th Mech Officer
10th Mech HQ - Awesome Sculpts by Gorgon Studios - HQ Options

28mm Polish Anti Tank Rifle Team
10th Mech Anti Tank Rifle

28mm Polish Light Mortar Miniature
10th Mech Light Mortar Team - Very iconic for Poland

Polish BAR 10th Mech Brigade 28mm
10th Mech BAR Team

28mm Gorgon Studios Poland Polish
Various 10th Mech Infantry