Saturday, May 21, 2016

M3A1 Half Track from Warlord Games! Transport for the Yanks or Tommies

As our forces grow, we found they need to get where they are going faster. Thus the M3A1 Half Track. Fantastic for almost any Allied force. Building up your US and British armies, it can serve you in both. Who is only building one army?

One of the most iconic pieces of hardware in US Military history, over 40,000 M3 half-tracks were produced during World War II. Many thousands were supplied to allies including Britain, France Russia and Poland.

The M3A1 is ideally suited to rushing your troops to the front lines and through gaps in the enemy formations. With a top speed of 45 mph, and armored enough to keep out most small arms fire, they performed well in this role and can for you on the tabletop.

They had a crew of three men and could carry ten fully equipped troops. In Bolt Action it can hold 12 men, a driver, Machine gunner and 10 passengers. It can also tow anything other than a heavy howitzer.

The box set includes two part sprues, decals and instruction sheet.

There were many variations on the chassis including tank destroyers, mortar carriers and ambulances, but most frequent by far were the M3A1 with its armament of a heavy .50 cal heavy machine gun and two or more .30 cal machine guns.

In Bolt Action it has one pintel mounted Heavy Machine Gun (360 degree field of fire) and up to three additional pintle mounted Medium Machine Guns. One for each firing arc (left, right and rear).

Assembly is easy enough with a couple options for the windshield and front bumper/tow cable. The rear three machine guns can be left off and added in game as you have the need. At 15 points per gun, adding all three can cost you more than you want to spend.

There is plenty of room for stowage and packs. Check your leftover sprues from infantry box sets to see what extras you have around. We added British pack, helmet and extra PIAT rounds to this one.

Mount up, boys!

Have A Great Battle,
The Old Crow

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