Bolt Action French Army Infantry

Regarding infantry kits, the latest addition to the vast range for Bolt Action are the French Army Infantry boxed set, with a lot of options for different units. Let us take a closer look!

Bolt Action French Army Infantry Bolt Action French Army Infantry

While this boxed set is meant to be used for the early years of war, you can assemble them for a lot of different lists, with the regular French Army infantry, fortress troops, chasseurs à pied, engineers or colonial troops (Algerian, Moroccan or Tunisian). While sharing the same uniform, the differentiation is made by the use of helmet / head gear, of which this box covers quite a lot.


Bolt Action Sd.Kfz 251/10 Ausf. D (37mm Pak) Half Track

And while we're at it, covering various Bolt Action vehicles and their alterations, let us take a look at the Sd.Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. D with the 37mm PaK.

Bolt Action - SdKfz 251/10 Ausf. D PaK 36

Just like the Sd.Kfz 250s we have covered over the time on here, the Sd.Kfz. 251/10 uses the base sprue of the Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D and with the addition of a compact sprue with a 37mm PaK, is modified into the 251/10 mittlerer Kanonenpanzerwagen mit 3,7-cm-PaK 36 Ausf. D.


Bolt Action Panzer IV Ausf. B/C/D

It has been a while since the last world war tank reviews, especially in plastic, and today we cover the Panzer IV Ausf. B/C/D by Warlord Games in 28mm / 1:56 scale. This one is released about 8 years after the Panzer IV Ausf. F1/G/H plastic kit.

Bolt Action PzKpfw IV Ausf. B/C/D Bolt Action PzKpfw IV Ausf. B/C/D

This kit marks the middle between the Panzer III and later variants of the Panzer IV. To be honest, I am a bit surprised, that we actually saw this one, especially with the inclusion of the Ausf. B and C, as they saw minor alterations to the hull, but were not produced in larger numbers and don't have any different rules than the Ausf. D, and even of that one only about 250 units were produced between 1939 and 1941. To put this into perspective, the Panzer IV was built 8,500 times in total, which is still far less than the 34,000 units of T34/76 or 50,000 units of M4 Shermans built in the same period.


Bolt Action SdKfz 250/1 250/4 and 250/7 variants Ausf. A

This is the third time we're covering the Sd.Kfz. 250. Warlord Games released a base kit and covers the variants with small, additional sprues, and while we had the /3 leichter Funkpanzerwagen and /10 leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (3.7 cm PaK), as well as the /9 leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (2 cm) and /11 leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (schwere Panzerbüchse 41) variant, today's review will be about the new Sd.Kfz. 250/4 leichten Truppenluftschutzpanzerwagen and /7 leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (schwerer Granatwerfer).

Bolt Action SdKfz 250/1 250/4 and 250/7 variants Ausf. A Bolt Action SdKfz 250/1 250/4 and 250/7 variants Ausf. A


Bolt Action Campaign Case Blue

The next supplement for Bolt Action is on our table - Campaign Case Blue, covering the summer offensive into the southern region of the Ostfront.

Bolt Action Campaign - Case Blue

Campaign Case Blue was released in late October 2023, much early than initially anticipated. As the communicated release date was January 9th of 2024. Along with Campaign Stalingrad and Road to Berlin this book completes the coverage on the Eastern Front even further.


Bolt Action Campaign Italy – Tough Gut

We cover the second part of the Italian campaign today and move on from the Soft Underbelly towards the Tough Guts.

Bolt Action Campaign Italy - Tough Gut

Almost a year after the first book, Campaign Italy: Tough Gut was released in August 2023, expanding the possibilities for the Italian forces even more. The first book covered the activities until Ortena in December 1943 and we pick it up again in the second supplement in January 1944 with their move further towards Rome through Cassino, until June 1944.


Warlord Games – HQ Store & Studio 2023

While were in Nottingham for Bring Out Your Lead, we used the time on our hands to visit the new Warlord Games Headquarter and Store. The moved within Nottingham from the Business Centre (where Northstar and a few other miniature companies have their offices as well) to Lenton, not far from the Warhammer World. And once again, it is impressive to see how much the company has grown and I want to share my impression with you.

Warlord Games - HQ Store & Studio 2023

You can sign up for a guided studio tour, which is held Fridays at 13:00. You'll need to book the day before by 12:00. Tickets are 15 GBP per person (free entry for children under 15) and you get a goody bag of sample figures. Conor, who runs the Warlord HQ store, is the tour guide and brings you from station to station, to learn more about how the miniatures are crafted and how a miniature company this size operates.


Cruel Seas – Royal Navy Flotilla

To counter the Kriegsmarine in Cruel Seas, we have a flotilla of the Royal Navy. This would be themed around the English Channel and North Sea, to cover the battles between the German and British vessels in those areas. Again, this is meant to be used as a stand-alone as well as combined with Blood Red Skies and Bolt Action, or other world war 2 systems for campaign games.

I am not even fixed on Cruel Seas for this one, I played Action Stations at CONflict and would be fine, using that as well.

Cruel Seas - Royal Navy

For the names of the vessels, it is a bit different as it depends on the size or class of the ship, if it has just a number or a name. Wikipedia is quite helpful here, as they provide a proper overview.


Bolt Action A34 Comet Cruiser Tank

We've covered the lighter Cromwell tank before (the resin kit in 2013 and the plastic kit in 2014 - only in German), and we're following up on this class of British tanks, with another draft from 2018's backlog we're completing today - the A34 Comet Cruiser Tank.

Bolt Action - A34 Comet Cruiser Tank Bolt Action - A34 Comet Cruiser Tank Bolt Action - A34 Comet Cruiser Tank

My attention to the Comet Cruiser tank came from World of Tanks, as I really enjoyed playing the Tier VII medium tank back then. So, when Warlord Games added the kit to their range, I just had to have and now want to share the build report / review with a bit of delay with you.


Cruel Seas – Kriegsmarine Flotilla

So, here I am with my Kriegsmarine Flotilla for Cruel Seas. Next step would be painting the ships. Therefore I researched camouflage and denominations for those models.

Cruel Seas - Kriegsmarine

With the German Navy it was not custom to give boats names. Some crews gave their ships inofficial names, but those were never documented in the navy records. The policy to name ship classes after the first boat of that class, was first used after the war and introduced by the Bundesmarine (the navy of the Federal German Republic). Sweeping boats didn't originally carry the class names listed on pages like wikipedia and such. A bit like with Hetzer for the Jagdpz. 38t.