Saturday, August 11, 2018

Early WW2 Polish Armor for Bolt Action

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
Here they are, the Polish 7TP JW and 7TP DW Twin-Turret tanks for our early war Polish Army!

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
The 7TP was the only genuine tank produced in Poland before World War II. The 7TP stood for 7 Ton Polish even though it was a 9 ton vehicle.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
It was also the most combat worthy armored vehicle in the Polish Army at a time of the German invasion in 1939, and one of the icons of the pre-war Polish Army.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
Several guns were considered but the Swedish 37mm Bofors gun was chosen, since it had been adopted as a standard towed anti-tank gun for the Polish Army, and offered good performance for that time.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
The 7TP was the most advanced of all Vickers 6-Ton tank derivatives in the world, and can be considered a Polish design, being a compilation of foreign licences and their own inventions.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
Despite all of this, it was not the most modern tank in 1939, but it kept pace with the world's standard for a light tank.

The light tank class constituted a mainstay of armored forces worldwide, and the 7TP could be a match for any enemy vehicle.
Early War Polish 7TP Tank
In March 1935, the first series of 22 twin-turret tanks was ordered.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
All were utilizing machine gun turrets removed from 22 Vickers E tanks during their conversion to single-turret.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
Such armament was a forced solution, since a final turret and gun had not yet been chosen for the single turret.

Early War Polish 7TP Tank
For additional information on the 7TP, check out The PIBWL military site.

Have A Great Battle!
The Old Crow

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sarissa Gangs of Rome buildings and Accessories

Sarissa Gangs Of Rome
Well with our love of the 4Ground kits we put off Sarissa products until now. With the coming of Gangs of Rome from War Banner, Sarissa has developed a series of Roman buildings and Accessories for the game. Today we'll take a peek at this Semi Detached Small Mixed Shop.

Sarissa Gangs Of Rome
The simplicity of the kit is kind of nice. Two mdf boards and one heavy card stock are all you need!

Sarissa Gangs Of Rome
On the back of the cover are basic instructions on the assembly.

Sarissa Gangs Of Rome
We took a couple minutes to glue on the door and window frames. Then we attached the four outer walls to the base, inserted the middle room divider and wrapped it with a rubber band to let dry.

Sarissa Gangs Of Rome
The upper floor was very much the same. Four window frames, outer walls and a dividing wall. There are no stairways or working doors like in the 4Gound kits.

Sarissa Gangs Of Rome
The roof is a heavy card stock with a simple mdf frame.

Sarissa Gangs Of Rome
A quick awning over the stall doorway and there you have it. I wish we would have timed it because it couldn't have been much longer than 30 minutes from start to finish and we have a grand little building.

Sarissa Gangs Of Rome
These kits are quick and painless for anyone who has built models in the past and a great starter kit for any new to the world of tabletop gaming! We'll show you other Sarissa kits as we begin to establish terrain for an Italian Bolt Action Campaign!

Have A Great Battle!
The Old Crow

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

3D Printing for Bolt Action and 28mm War Games

When the need arose for Polish transports, we tried an experiment with a decent little 3D printer. We found a model of a truck similar to those used by the Polish Army and scaled it to fit a 28mm world.

We were happy with the results and will post finished images when that happens.

In good turn, we tried a Matilda to support the growing British forces.

A quick coat of primer and basic paint job left us with a table worthy piece of armor.

The possibilities are astounding!!! Tank War here we come
!!

Have a Great Battle
The Old Crow


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Warlord and Artizan 28mm Models for Bolt Action in Progress

Well there are always more models to build and paint! We are like everyone and have several additional projects all going at the same time. For our early war Polish Army we have the wz.29 Ursus heavy armored car from Warlord Games!

Designed in 1929, the Samochd Pancerny wzr 29, was more commonly known as Ursus. It was based on the chassis of a 2-ton truck, mounted a 37mm anti-tank gun and multiple machine guns. Although adequately armored for the inter-war period, the Ursus fared poorly when facing more modern opposition in 1939.

Another Bolt Action project is our US Army in Greatcoats for winter campaigns. You can see an earlier post HERE. These are recently primed reinforcements to bolster the Battle of  the Bulge.

Add a light howitzer, this one from Artizan Designs, and these boys will be ready for the onslaught.

This bazooka team was painted to add firepower. Remember to keep the get away jeep close by.

And of course you can always use an extra squad of British Infantry.

Have a Great Battle!
The Old Crow


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Early WWII Polish Army For Bolt Action!

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army
The early war Polish forces are moving toward the battle ready mark. It's been way to long once again since we posted anything. The finished infantry squad we shared back in February has finally been based!

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army
The support units had a paint job over a weekend vacation over Memorial Day.

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army
Now the bases have been finished. We decided the rubble of the war torn streets of Krakow or one of the many other Polish cities would make a fitting setting.

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Marksman
 Here's the Polish Army sniper team.
WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Marksman

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Marksman


WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Anti-Tank Rifle Team
 Anti-tank rifle team members.
WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Anti-Tank Rifle Team

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Anti-Tank Rifle Team
WWII Bolt Action Polish Army wz.30 MMG Team
 For some extra attack dice, the Polish wz.30 MMG team is ready for action

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army wz.30 MMG Team
WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Bofors 37mm Anti-Tank Gun
 And the Polish Army Bofors 37mm anti-tank gun will try to stem the tide of the Panzers.

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Bofors 37mm Anti-Tank Gun

WWII Bolt Action Polish Army Bofors 37mm Anti-Tank Gun
Have a Great Battle!!
The Old Crow

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