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5Mar/180

An army with an exotic theme – Chindits for Bolt Action

I have this lot of chindits lying around for quite some time now, and I want to explain why I chose these and what is the motivation behind it.

First of all, why a themed army? I always liked from background to my projects, wether it is sourced ficitional or historical. I like to have a proper base to start from. A source to begin with, a common thread that combines the miniatures. And it doesn't matter, if it is sci-fi, fantasy or historical. Simply painting your marines blue like on the box, is less interesting to me, than to read the books and see for something that catches my eye. I have to go back in my arguments, back when I started wargaming, I played Warhammer Fantasy and 40k, like many others do or used to do. A regular army project was already an invest and a themed army would easily be something that would drive up the costs by at least 50%, as you had to gather specific bits and pieces for conversions etc. But historical wargaming is usually much cheaper, as there are more companies offering the same ranges.  Exotic or themed armies can still be difficult or more costly, as in some cases only one or a few companies are covering specific nations or conflicts.

In this case, as we're talking Bolt Action, we're talking World War II. The conflict is rather Euro-centric and most go for the elite or well known armies, US Airborne, Afrikakorps or something similar. You have battles between Americans, British or Russians on one side and Germans on the other. There is often not that much variation, as you more or less see the same armies. As with the armies I already have, different German forces, US American and British late war western front forces, those have broad vehicle pools, only a few limitations. So I looked for something far from home. I could have gone with the blue division (spanish volunteers on the eastern front), but that is more or less a regular german army with a minor different paint job. Along the campaign supplements for Bolt Action "Empire in Flames" was a very interesting read for me, as it showed that there many conflicts that lead to a global war scenario, beside the tension after World War 1, but I don't want to go into detail on that, I'll pick up the conflict in the pacific in the upcoming review on the Campaign: New Guinea. More interesting was for me this specific special army of the British in Burma. Warlord has these in their Bolt Action range and they were sculpted by the talented hands of Paul Hicks, so the miniatures had it easy to "lure" me in.

As the chindit range is entirely metal, it is spread across a couple of blister codes and a single larger box, with lots of different poses. I went more or less with ordering one of everything, as you can see below. And as we're talking Bolt Action, around 1,000 pts should be enough and not to costly.

Bolt Action - Chindits

28Feb/180

Infamous JT Warsaw Uprising Kubus

The "crown jewel" of the currently running Warsaw Uprising Kickstarter campaign by Infamous JT is most certainly the Kubus, that I want to show you in this pre-release review.

Infamous JT - Warsaw Uprising Kubus

The Warsaw Uprising is part of the late war years of the second world war. It was an operation of the polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa) to liberate Warsaw from the German occupation. There were resistance cells in many occupied countries, in some cases the Allies supported the resistance with equipment and gear, in other cases the underground look after themselfes. In this case, the polish resistance built an armoured car in secret, based on a Chevrolet 157 truck and called it "Little Jakob" (Kubuś). It was one of a kind and often seen with a captured Sd.Kfz.251/3 Ausf.D named Grey Wolf.

15Feb/180

Undead Blood Bowl Team – Golden Vultures

Almost eight years ago, I started a Blood Bowl project in a german-speaking forum, with the aim to create a team by simply using leftovers that I found in my bitzbox. In doing so, I wanted to make sure that I painted and played as well, and that's how the concept of "Challenge" came into being, where I had to completely paint up a mini before each game.

As I rummaged in my Bitzbox, I noticed that there were still a surprisingly large number of remnants of a classic human plastic team and skeletons lying around. At that time available Undead Blood Bowl players were all made of pewter and since you touch your models often in this game, I wanted to avoid this material as much as possible. So the thought grew in me to combine the remains of the old human team with those of the skeletons.

Blood Bowl - Undead Team Golden Vultures

9Feb/180

Blood Bowl – Skycastle Titans Part 2

A guest article by Daniel / DinoTitanEdition on his Blood Bowl Underworld Team, the Skycastle Titans.

"Oye ... what is dat?"
"Dunno coach, da troll wanted to eat da little gobbo there and did`t let go."
"Da git is quite big .... O.K. Place our most delicious player near the middleline. We gon’ keepz da troll. "

At the Skycastle Titans' last team presentation (read it HERE), you've probably noticed that some of the team’s players have been missing yet. It`s about time for an update.

In order to maintain motivation when painting a team, it usually makes sense to start with the rather expendable players to reward yourself with the more interesting models. Accordingly, I painted the linerat as the first of the last four psychos…er…players. I chose a helmeted head from a few regiment lefovers of the Skaven and gave the rat an additional shoulder padding, which rounded off the Blood Bowl look nicely.

The troll, on the other hand, was one of the more elaborate conversions - for many years this classic model was languishing in a box, half painted but never finished. Partly out of pity, partly out of a strange fascination to overhaul old models, I stripped it from color and stuck all sorts of plastic parts to it. Retrospectively it occurred to me that he looked a bit like Flavor Flav, a well-known rapper from the 80s.

Blood Bowl - Skycastle Titans

29Jan/180

Citadel Painting Handle

End of the year is always time for terrain and hobby supplies at Games Workshop, so around Christmas we got a new painting handle by Citadel.

Games Workshop - Citadel Painting Handle Games Workshop - Citadel Painting Handle

27Jan/180

Iron giants, iron calves and hovering boats

I saw this picture on facebook, it is a K2SO toy converted by Steve Perry (Rubicon Models UK represenatitv) into a 28mm terrain piece. That would be awesome for all kinds of Sci-Fi settings, from the Ashwastes of Necromunda, over Gates of Antares to Rogue Stars.

Star Wars - K2SO Ruins

21Jan/180

White Tigers in the snow

Currently continuing on the vehicles for my Winter germans. I started with the Kingtiger with Zimmerit, that will be covered in a review along with the regular Kingtiger, an IS-2 and the Road to Berlin Bolt Action supplement, just as a little teaser for the next weeks.

Bolt Action - King Tiger Bolt Action - King Tiger and SdKfz 251, Opel Maultier

The Tiger II is accompanied by the Opel Maultier, SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. C and SdKfz 251/10 Ausf. D. I went with AMMO Dunkelgelb 010 by Mig after a black-white primer on the plastic kits. The paint is more suited for using with an airbrush, so I had bit of trouble to apply it by brush. But as this would receive an extensive white wash, getting an even coat wasn't that important. I thinned down Vallejo offwhite to a milky consistent and did a drybrush and stippling around the kit, to make sure and keep the Dunkelgelb visible in the recesses.

13Jan/180

Warhammer 40,000 STC Ryza Pattern Ruins

Along with the Necromunda Release, Games Workshop put a lot of suiting terrain on the market. As a "entry" product, with a low price barrier the STC Ryza Pattern Ruins caught my eye and were added to my terrain collection, for their generic yet very 40k like style.

Warhammer 40,000 - STC Ryza Pattern Ruins Warhammer 40,000 - STC Ryza Pattern Ruins

8Jan/180

Bolt Action Campaign Gigant – Operation Sea Lion: The Second Front

Campaign Gigant - Operation Sea Lion: The Second Front, picks up where the first chapter of Campaign Sea Lion stopped or better said came to a hold. The german plan of invading Great Britain was spun further.

Bolt Action - Campaign Gigant

As the first chapter of the hypothetical campaign Sea Lion was incredibly successful as a product, it received a sequel quickly. As many topics of the foundation were already covered in the 124 pages thick book, the Campaign Gigant is roughly half the size with "only" 64 pages. This makes the book cheaper, as it comes with a price badge of 20 USD / 12,99 GBP, which roughly translates to around 15 EUR.

6Jan/180

Upcoming events for 2018

A short list of events, that I have my eye on for this year. If I missed something, or you would like me as a guest, feel free to invite me. 🙂

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