torstai 18. kesäkuuta 2015

Bolt Action - Project Finland Continuation War

This had to come and now it came through. I've been planning to build Finnish late war army for Bolt Action. Along with that I will also make thematic gaming table depicting area of Karelian isthmus. Finland fought hard there to repel Russian massive attack and managed it. Thus stopping Russians and saving Finland. The idea came from a Finnish movie Tali-Ihantala, which is story of those dramatic days on July 1944.

As a start of the project I bought some Finns I found from local gaming store. The collection was bit limited, but I managed to grab 105 mm howitzer and 37 mm  AT gun. So it starts...
37 mm Bofors AT gun. A bit obsolete at 1944.
105 Howitzer, not so obsolete at all.
Gun crew in summer uniform.
From other side.
FO's converse.
There wil be more coming...

maanantai 15. kesäkuuta 2015

Bolt Action - Blitzkrieg Germans

Some time ago I started this early war German project as a some sort of side show along with US 2nd armored. Those who have followed my posts of Bolt Action games have actually seen some of these Germans in the reports. Now I have gradually amounted quite playable collection. These are pure early war soldiers with not so much automatic weapons and all are wearing German field grey, which is green, in fact. These soldiers will be backed with my combat engineers. So here's the collection so far.

Iconic Prussian officer with some HQ staff.
Another officer wearing the famous cross.
37 mm AT quite capable gun in early war years.
Medic team.
Forward observer.
Sniper team.
Side view to show the cover aspect.
Squad one.
Squad two.
Early vehicles of the Germans.
Very cute Panzer II, nice model.

This will go on as a side project, which I will keep tinkering with other painting projects. We will be also gaming German versus French fights and in a form of loose campaign. This I will post in my blog.

lauantai 6. kesäkuuta 2015

Bolt Action - Storming the Village

Occupation of France continued as we went back to Blitzkrieg games we started a while ago with my Club friend. The scenario was devised by him and it was quite simple and straightforward, but extremely good game where Germans were to take village and neutralize French defenders in process. Germans had slightly more troops, as attacker should. Bot sides had a tank, those nice early war things that get you smiling. Germans had also armored car for support. At the beginning of the game French deployed in the houses at the village, so the would hard to take. Germans started by moving in and advancing.

The village was done with brand new model houses from 4Ground that one of our established Club member had purchased to be used on Bolt games. The houses were absolutely great, they added a lot to look and feel of the game.

The fight started Germans infantry advancing in two groups from left flank and in the centre. From right flank came German armor driving along the road in a column led by the armored car. French were lurking in the houses readying their weapons and French tank rolled to meet Germans to left. At first the fight was only Germans advancing and French taking pot shots at them once in a while, but nothing dramatically happened. Germans piled up behind a hedge in a centre and on the left German squads pushed forward taking some casualties during advance. Then the actual fight started and it was all chaos. Germans managed to hit French howitzer and neutralize its grew with some good hits from tank and mortar. On the other hand German squad was slaughtered by french infantry fire when it was trying to move for
attack. French AT rifle sneaked around German tank and took a hit to German tank from behind and destroyed it with one shot.  At the high point of the fight French platoon leader sent two of his squads running from on of the houses after it was hit by the mortar. Only problem was that those squads came
under heavy German infantry fire from behind the hedge. And after that they were attacked by German soldiers and killed in close range combat. But in return German squads were shot to pieces by French from nearby house and by tank. The fight was nearing the end and Germans had emptied from two out three houses, but their force was very depleted. So German platoon leader ordered all remaining troopers to assault last French strongpoint. In horror captain looked his me fall when they were trying take the house and when there were no more troopers left he decided to attack himself. He ran to house and sprayed last defenders with his machine pistol and took the last house. The fight went to Germans, but at what cost. The casualties were horrendous on both sides almost all French defenders were killed as well as Germans. The fight was over and the lone German captain for sure showed that the Iron Cross the model is carrying was given for a reason.

Some AAR shots.
The village before the fight.
French tank moving to meet Germans.
French howitzer on watch.
Mortar waiting for fire orders.
Germans advancing over the field.
And by the woods along the road. 
German panzer moving in.
In the centre Germans pile up behind the hedge.
French FO sending a message.
Germans waiting for to attack.
French heroic AT rifle team moving to hunt.
German captain leading the attack.
Panzer firing the house at point blank.
French bust out of the house, strange move indeed.
AT rifle hits the panzer setting it fire.
The village during the fight.
Germans have taken one house and readying for last assault.uvateksti
Absolutely great game! The advantage turned from one side to the other from turn to turn. Great heroic feats were made and some amazing lucky shots and epic last assault of the captain, the man with the Iron Cross. This was Bolt Action at it's best.

Bolt Action - US Reinforced Armored Platoon complete

After completing latest Sherman addition of my 2nd Armored project, I'm happy announce it complete. Some two months ago I started building this fine US armored unit for Bolt Action. For some reasons beyond me, I've always liked to build and paint US troops. So this work advanced swiftly and it was fun.

Now I have very full bodied collection of ETO US troops with quite substantial armored support. So I will be able to field units for Tank War too. This is very mobile force since every soldier is riding in a vehicle, as armored troops should.
 Here's some shots from all troops gathered together.
Full armored platoon in group foto.
Infantry squads with their rides.
One more squad.
30 cal. MMG.
And more infantry.
Platoon Lt. with sarge.
Company commander.
Platoon support elements, medic team front.
Platoon sniper.
US steel ready ferry boys into fight.
Platoon of Shermans.
Tank destroyer and recon tank.
Maybe in some stage I'll get some more tank destroyers, to make additional TD platoon, but that can wait.

Now I'm heading to new project, but more fo taht later...