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

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

2017 - Time to step up! The road ahead.

I haven't done a post in a while so I thought I would just quickly write what my war gaming goals (well we can only hope) are for 2017.  The silly season and renovating a house hasn't helped!  Can I do it?!?  Of course I know I cant finish all of the bellow but I want to put some good dents in the projects!

First and foremost...

I am currently applying the final touches to my Bolt Aciton 1000 point force then will be adding more units to them over time to really make them great!  Stay tuned for this!

Bolt Action

Armies that I have and will be expanding on:

- Mid War/Late War Fallshirmjager
- Mid War/Late War Grenadiers
- Panzer Lehr Grenadiers
- Deutches Afrika Korps
- Luftwaffe Field Division
- Armoured platoons for all of the above!

New projects I will be starting: I have the models for this!

- Kharkov 1943 - Winter SS
- D-Day 101st Airborne
- Imperial Japanese Army
- Blitzkrieg Germans/Mid War Germans - Poland, Summer 1940, Sea Lion, Barbarossa etc (all sorts of goodness!)
- Armoured platoons/support for the above!
- German K47 Starter Set
- Band of Brothers Starter Set

Other Systems

Kingdom Death Monster - I have the original and is on the bench
The Walking Dead All Out War - Kickstarter edition and about to finish first batch of minis
Zombicide - Various Season 1 stuff, Black Plague Kickstarter and tones of goodness
Z War One Damnation - Brilliant Game
Terminator Genisys - Good game done up some minis already
Gears of War - started painting a few
Frostgrave - Got a few models painted, a bit on the fence with this.


Will start posting soon!  I have built quite a bit so far and will start getting some posts up.  Got lots of World War 2 stuff and post apocalyptic goodness.  I aim to have a Normandy and Eastern Front themed table done within the next few months.


I am going to post more reviews, more tutorials and more gaming goodness.  Stay tuned and stick with me (or even join me) for a cracker of a year.