Sunday, May 10, 2015

BA- Soviet M3A1 Scout Car

One of the iconic vehicles of WWII was the M3A1 (White) scout car. A large number were sent to Russia under lend lease and were used in a number of roles, including by rota razvedi, Soviet reconnaissance troops.

In Bolt Action the Russians can take them as a lend lease recce option instead of a Soviet BA 64 armoured car. A Regular M3A1 scout car is 86pts and comes with a 50 cal but for 15 pts each you can add up to two more 30cal MMGs.

As soon as I saw the new Warlord Games M3A1 I knew my Soviets needed one, hell so do my Americans!

I decided that the scout car needed a crew of infantry manning the machine guns so have added 4x Warlord Games plastic Soviet infantry and am pretty happy with the result. I also used two of the crew that comes with the scout car (driver and NCO with a map) using a simple head swap to Sovietise them.

I decided to paint it in the ubiquitous US Olive Drab. I'm not sure if the Soviets would have bothered repainting them when they arrived in Russia, I recall reading somewhere that they didn't.

The resin model is very, very nice Minmal flash and lots of stowage moulded on to give it a great look. I can't wait to terrorise the Germans with this. I also intend to add a M3 half track to motorise one of my squads and make my Soviets into a more mechanised force representing a motostrelkovy platoon.

Monday, May 4, 2015

BA: German reinforcments

A few reinforcements for our next game of Bolt Action. My friend Nigel is starting to put together a German force. He is unable to paint  force himself so Kent has painted up his infantry and I'm doing his vehicles. I 've made up one of the new Warlord Games plastic stugs. I am really impressed with this model, the barrels are interchangeable so it can be either a 75mm or 105 mm (StuH) version. Crisp details. The only issue I've had is there is a small gap in the front which I will need to fix (and only really picked up on the photo). I painted them in an ambush scheme for Nigel. I also added some plastic reinforcing to the back of the schutzen skirts to ensure that the remain robust

For myself I've added a 251/7 pioneer hanomag. I wanted a pioneer vehicle for my assault pioneer squad and you can't get any more iconic than a pionner version of the hanomag. Again it is a Warlord games kit, the standard 251/c with a 2.8cm panzerbusche AT gun and the very cool assault bridge ramps and also some resin seats crammed with engineer equipment.