Monday, 27 November 2017

Sd. Kfz. 13 Adler and Blitzkrieg German Pak 36

My latest offerings for my Blitzkrieg German Force is by Warlord Games.  There is a beautiful 1/56 Resin Sd. Kfz. 13 Adler Armoured Car and a Pak 36 Anti-Tank Gun.

The Adler was produced by Damler-Benz and was seen in Poland and France before being phased out.  It was a fast armoured reconnaissance car and about 187 were built.  There could reach speeds up to about 70km/h on a road however were terrible off road.  They were armed with a MG34 Machine Gun.

It is rarely seen on the table top hence why I just had to have it and it is full of swagger.


Adler Armoured Car
Warlord Games 1/56 Sd. Kfz. 13 Adler Armoured Car


Warlord Games Adler Armored Car

1/56 German Armoured Car
This thing oozes swagger

Adler Armoured Car

1/56 Pak 36
Warlord Games 28mm Blitzkrieg German Pak 36

German Pak 36


I see you


28mm Pak 3628mm German anti tank gun


Winter is coming...


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Polish Airborne - By The Shortest Way

As you know I have a rather large 1939 Polish Collection in 28mm.  Naturally I should progress to their Airborne.

Warlord Games recently released some British Airborne Plastics that can also be modelled as the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade.

I will be modelling my box set on these brave chaps.  These guys jumped into Operation Market Garden and suffered heavy casualties.  As always they fought Bravely.

These Warlord Models are simply fantastic.  I am surprised at how well they painted up.  The Berets look great and I will definitely model a lot more with their unique beret.  I have some metal support options for these guys also from Warlord Games.

These models will be used for the upcoming Bolt Action Supplement for Market Garden and the recently released Battle Group Market Garden Book.  I do plan on making a British Airborne force in 20mm.

Rather than my usual paint a test figure and go from there, I jumped right in and painted 6!

"Najkrótszą drogą" (By The Shortest Way) - Motto of the Polish Airborne


28mm WW2 Polish Airborne Miniatures
28mm Polish Airborne By Warlord Games


Polish Airborne Beret
My favourite of the first 6 I painted.



Polish Airborne Bren Gun
Bren Gun


Polish Airborne Rifleman
Helmets optional


Polish Airborne Sub Machine Gun
With SMG


I finally have a force with Moustaches


Polish Airborne with berets
Polish Airborne Berets look awesome and are unique





 

A BIG Game of Bolt Action

A very talented terrain maker and member of Company of Dice, Paul, proposed a big game of Bolt Action, and a BIG Game we had!  Paul hosted this at Company of Dice West.

The scenario was June 1944 D-Day +.  It would be Germans vs Brits.  It would be played on Paul's magnificent Normandy themed Board.  The table size was a massive 12 x 4 feet!

We did not want to game all night so we came up with the following conditions

  • 750 Points Per Player
  • 6 Order Dice Cap
  • Key Positions D6 + 6 Objectives (a 6 was rolled!)
  • Objectives must be 12 inches apart and within 12 inches of the centreline
  • Officer's could snap to action allied units
  • 4 Order Dice would be pulled at a time
  • A limit of 2 free arty observers for the Brits (they brought one to their credit)
Paul and his son Angus were incharge of the preliminary dice rolls and then we simply drew dice and got on with it!

It was an epic game and everyone had fun.  The Germans trumped the Brits on the Day, 10 objectives to 2.  The Brits blame tiger fear however they were both Panthers so they couldn't complain too much as we paid the points for it.

The Teams:

Germany:

Paul, Dave, Bryan (The General), John

Brits:

Angus, Spyros (no free minis but plugged Uncle Les), Andrew, Ian

I very much look forward to another big Bolt Action Game!





Big Game of Bolt Action
A big Table for a big battle - Stunning Table

My Humble Kampfgruppe - Green Fallschirmjager




Brits Take a salvo from the Nebelwerfer





The Field of Shame.  Destroyed dice entered it... Full of Brits

A nebelwerfer salvo got rid of those Brits

My MVP for sure!


The end result.  The field of shame.  Brits top, German Dice Bottom



Tuesday, 7 November 2017

My First 8 Austrians

G'day mate, been working on those Austrians!  I must say I am a bit of a Perry Miniatures fan boy.  Their Austrian Line Infantry are just stunning and a pleasure to paint.

I have completed the first 8 figures.  They are based on 3D printed movement trays as per my previous articles.  I will be designing my own movement trays in due course to have magnets incorporated into them. 

8 Down... many many many more to go.  Ahhh Naps...

28mm Austrian Line Infantry
Perry Miniatures Austrian Line Infantry

Perry Miniatures Austrian
3D Printed and magnatised movement trays