Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mini Tanks Part 3: Stuart! "Look What I can do?"

Not that Stuart!
Mad TV's "Stuart"
Rather this one.
Great comics like this and Sgt. Rock really fueled my 11 year old
imagination paving the way for my WW2 tank affliction!

Again, straight from Warlord, another US tank sent to the Soviets under the Lend Lease program. The Stuart wasn't really popular with the Soviets but gives this war gamer some variety to choose from. It's always fun to have these little guys battle it out as opposed to the proverbial tank vs tank clashes with the T34/85s vs Panthers, Tigers and King Tigers, oh my!  

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Next to the Suchka (SU76) and the T70 for scale comparison.

Another great model from Warlord, clean and easy to assemble.

Ready for color. Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mini Tanks Part 2: T70

This all metal model of the T70 2-man tank from Black Tree Design was easy to assemble and paint.

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Straight out of the bag. No instructions but very easy to assemble.

Just dipped.

Ready for action along with a Suchka (SU 76 from Warlord)

Since these photos were taken awhile ago, I've since used these vehicles in a couple of light tanks with infantry engagements for Bolt Action. To be posted soon in the near future.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WIP: Soviet and German Armored Cars, Part 2: How RAD is that SdKfz 231?

Another favorite of mine, the German 8 wheeled armored car: SdKfz 231 (8-rad). Just assembled and ready for priming. What's not to like:
  • sleek, timeless chassis design with different turret configurations
  • turreted 20mm auto-cannon with coaxial mg
  • excellent maneuverability: forward and reverse movement with no penalty
  • recce special rule 
and how sexy can you get in an armored car? Want more info? Go here for everything you always wanted to know about the 8-rad but were afraid to ask:

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In case you're wondering the cars in the back were featured in Part 1.

Truly a sexy beast!

To supplement my Black Tree Design Soviets,
I've since acquired some West Wind SMG troops.
They're just a tad smaller than BTD but
compliments them well scale wise. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WIP: Soviet and German Armored Cars, Part I

Recent acquisitions from the Warlord for use with upcoming small unit, Bolt Action skirmishes. I've always dreamed of armored car vs armored car scenarios with lots of infantry support battling it out. 

Left to right: Soviet BA-64, German SdKfz 222 and Soviet BA-6

German SdKfz 234 aka 8 Rad 

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Streets of Stalingrad, Part 2: A Bolt Action Meeting Engagement

And now the long awaited outcome from Part 1: on three sections of the table, the battle continues...

The center: Infantry squad vs Infantry squad.

Soviet Command element braves the open street and runs into the Stug then quickly ducks into a building.

"Load, HE..."
The Stug with no target in sight stalks the streets in search of one.

"Target lost, where did they go?"

T34 in ambush mode.

The T34 comes out to play as the Soviet infantry looks on.

Time for a showdown.

Shots were traded but no hits scored for both AFVs. Meanwhile on the far left flank another showdown between the HT and an SU76 is about to begin.

The HT is cheered on by infantry.
Where's the HT?
'Here I am, Ivan.'

Direct hit!

3rd Squad prepares to move out and exploit the opening.
Soviets mourn their lost Suchka!
Prepare for action...


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