Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Early WWII Polish Army For Bolt Action with Trenchworx Transport

Warlord Games Polish Army with Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action
Finally getting a few moments to assemble and yes, paint a few figures. Next on the list is the Polish Army for early war campaigns. These were some of the first models we purchased from Warlord Games for Bolt Action. However the Cromwells and Firefly of 11th army Black Bulls and subsequent British forces delayed their start.

Warlord Games Polish Army with Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action
Here is most of the Polish support units primed and ready to go! Everything from a light AT gun to the Polish 7TP Tank. One with a canon the second with the twin turreted machine guns!

Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action
We started painting with a unit of infantry and a hastily commandeered transport as they desperately try to stave off German attacks. A Trenchworx Crossley Tender. We imagined the Poles grabbing for anything that would move. These guys couldn't find any horses!

Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action
The Crossley is a nice resin kit, little flashing and it went together easily. Here are all the pieces ready to assemble.

Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action
And the assembled transport.

Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action

Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action

Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action
Add a squad of Warlord Games Polish infantry and off they go.
Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action
We wanted an old well used look with plenty of wear and tear with lots of dirt and rust.
Trenchworx Crossley Tender for Bolt Action
Have a Great Battle!!
The Old Crow

Monday, February 12, 2018

11th Armoured Black Bulls for Bolt Action

It's been far to long since our last post so here's a quick one! We were in need of some recon for the Black Bulls so a new Humber scout car and a couple jeeps were the order.

And then some heavy support  from the Engineering Division.

A ton has been happening but life can be relentless! Play table top war games or blog about them? hmmmm....

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

German Armor from Warlord Games for Bolt Action!

Warlord Games Panzer IVWell When you don't have time to show off your own stuff, show off someone elses!! David Dinsmore has been cranking out German Armor and these are just a few of the new ones. We featured some of his Soviet armor in an earlier post.

Warlord Games Panzer IV
Here we find three fine examples of the iconic German Panzer IV . . .

Warlord Games Panzer IV
Including an Afrikakorp variant..
Warlord Games Sturmgeschütz (StuG) III
a Sturmgeschütz (StuG) III Tank Destroyer . . .

Warlord Games Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
and last but not least a Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer

Warlord Games Panzer IV
Those who play world of Tanks know all these guys and even non war game enthusiasts would recognize the iconic Panzer IV

Warlord Games Panzer IV
The Panzer IV fought from the invasion of Poland to the fall of Berlin. The Panzer IV was constantly updated, with its sound design giving it a longevity well beyond that of its contemporaries.

Warlord Games Sturmgeschütz (StuG) III
The StuGs were welcomed by the infantry, supporting their attacks with HE shells or knocking out enemy tanks to the extent that by the end of hostilities, they had amassed more kills than any other German vehicle.

Warlord Games Panzer IV
The last great bit of news is these are all for sale on our eBay store!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

4Ground Ruined House Model for World at War!!

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
OK, let's have a look at another wonderful 4Ground model kit, the Ruined House. There are several ruins and damaged house options to choose from, this one is 28S-WAW-108, Ruined House 01! Here you can see what it looks like when completed with the 4ground Pegasus bridge in the background. The British Commandos are launching their attack!

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
Like most of the foreground smaller kits, it comes in a ziplock bag with everything you need.

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
Inside you will find a detailed instruction sheets, and 6 tile boards with all the pieces needed.

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
During the assembly process we use the clothespins to hold the walls together as they are drying. All of the larger kits come with several clothes pins and large rubber bands to wrap around the bases

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
The interior walls just like the exterior are printed on the outsides and sandwiched together. Here we have them clamped and a rubber band to pull the pieces together while drying

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
Once the walls are set in place you can start adding the bricks along the top, once again they are two pieces sandwiched front and back

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
You can see all the bricks added to the tops of the walls.

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
Now we'll look at the details like the front door and window. The windowsill is already in place here.

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
As the building is ruined we decided to do the same with the doors and windows here's the pieces that we wound up with, as you can see we made a cut along the door and then snapped all the pieces off to use for debris.

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
And there you have it one ruined house ready for action.

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
4ground also provides you with extra brick bits and a few broken boards. We broke off pieces from the leftover sprues, anything that was thin enough to look like boards.

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
The rear view.

4Ground Ruined House - World At War
And here we have the Americans moving through the finished 4Ground Ruined House ready to Ambush any German armor that might come up the street.

These really are great kits and if you haven't tried building one yet, we recommend you do it soon!

Have A Great Battle!
The Old Crow

Monday, March 6, 2017

Miniature Photography and Photoshop Fun with Bolt Action

Having a collection of miniature vehicles, infantry, buildings and scenery allows us to take some pretty nice photos of all the above. We recently had Josh Henderson available and decided to let him have at the above mentioned vehicles and scenery to photograph and prepare for some Photoshop action. Here is a fine example of his work, so let's take a closer look at what he can do.

With minimal lighting and a creative mind Josh began with a 4Ground cityscape located somewhere in northern France.

With a few tweaks and a couple layers in Photoshop you can go from this to...

this in a very short time.

Here is a nice clear shot down the scale street with good depth of field but needing atmosphere.

Bring in the atmosphere, a tighter angle and now you have the tension of a looming engagement in the image.

Now take it into Photoshop, working with some layers, color and contrast adjustments and filters, and POW there you have it. This one is a simple example of building on a decent photo, but there are those that think they can do the same in Instagram with a filter pack. That may be true, but lets look at some things you can't do there.

Here we move to the Russian countryside where a T-34 and an outdated T-28 are attempting to stem the German tide. Again we have enough ambiance but need a little more.

Simple color correction and the addition of mountain range in the background gives life and depth to the photo.

With the same two Trenchworxs models and scene we see that Josh changed the angle and brightened the lighting.

Again a simple color correction, some additional haze and a skyline in the background bring emotion to the photo.

We personally love this shot with the old Soviet T-35 land battleship plodding along, infantry in close support and a modern T-34 providing support on the hill above. The tank riders are from Warlord Games.

Josh provides a crisp dawn blue sky and a powerful muzzle blast from the T-34. Additional mist, color corrections and retouching provide us a finished image of the Soviet early morning counter attack!

One last image to show you how our intro photo started. Working with the lighting and adding a few directional spot lights Josh created a dynamic well designed image.

But once again he finished with a fantastic, well composed and action packed image.The muzzle flashes, blast debris and bullet tracers give this final photo a story all its own.

For Josh's other real artwork, check out his website at Joshlikesdrawing.com

Have a Great Battle
The Old Crow



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Soviet Armor From Trenchworx for the Eastern Front

Trenchworx Soviet Armor
If you are not familiar with Trenchworx, you should be! Trenchworx designs and manufactures high quality scale models for gamers and hobbyists. They design all of their models with accurate detail and ease of assembly. Trenchworx has had a three successful Kickstarters; Tanks of WW1, Tanks in Manchuria and Tanks on the Western Front.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - OT-26
One of the Manchuria tanks is the OT-26. The OT-26 or HT-26 was the first of a series of flamethrower tanks based on the T-26 light tank. It was produced by mounting a Model 1933 flame-thrower in the right hand turret of the twin turreted T-26 Model 1931. In early examples the second turret was retained, but it was then removed to make more space for fuel.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - OT-26
Trenchworx starts all models using in-house 3D printing technology and eventually convert to resin kits. Their resin cast products are manufactured in their facility in Sandy, Utah.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - BT-7
The BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov or “Fast Tank” type 7) was derived from the 1930 American-built Christie tank, which had been perfected and modified into the BT-2 and BT-5 series. These were pure cavalry tanks, designed for speed, with good armament but weak armor.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - BT-7
The Soviet BT-7 was produced between 1935 and 1940. Several thousand were built during the opening stages of World War II and among those 154, BT-7A artillery tanks were produced.

The inspiration for the Trenchworks company began in July of 2013. Wanting to create models for their favorite table top war games and using the 3D printers of their parent company Worxsimple, it began with that simple statement of “wouldn’t it be cool to have…”

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-34/76
"We started with a T34/76 turret for one of Nate’s models. Next a Sherman 105 and Calliope turret was needed. After a couple of weeks of modeling and printing various kits, Dave said “Nuts to turrets. Let’s build a tank!” A week later we had a brand new Jagdpanther (cause why start small!)."

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-34/76
That very same Jagdpanther can still be seen on their Trenchworx home page and is still a favorite.
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Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-28
Here you can see another fine example of their hard work, the T-28. The Soviet T-28 is a multi-turreted tank used between 1933 to 1945.  Over 500 tanks were manufactured.  The tank had one large turret with a 76.2mm gun and two smaller turrets with 7.62mm machine guns.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-28
This Trenchworx (1/56) scale resin cast kit allows you to equip the tank with either the KT-28 76.2 mm gun or the improved L-10 76.2 mm gun.  The guns are interchangeable and attached to the turret with magnets.  Magnets are included for the main turret and the main gun.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-28
Since the first tank rolled of the line at Trenchworx, they have designed, printed and shipped thousands of new models to customers around the world. Nate has been posting his progress on the BoltAction.net forums with great support, commentary and even model suggestions.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-35
And now, the Soviet T-35 “land battleship”! This Soviet monstrosity was a multi-turreted heavy tank used between 1935 to 1941.  Weighing in at 45 tonnes, just over 60 tanks were manufactured.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-35
The tank had one large turret with a 76.2mm gun and two smaller turrets with 45mm 20k guns and an additional five 7.62mm machine guns.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-35
They apparently did not participate in the border wars in Mongolia, the invasion of Poland or the Winter War. By June 1940 they were seen as nearly obsolete and costly to operate,

Have a Great Battle!
The Old Crow