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My 28mm Bolt Action Forces

Posted by MikeRC97 on 17 Nov 2019, 01:20

Hello All,

Here are some pictures of the first of my Bolt Action forces, a late war German Heer reinforced platoon (28mm plastic figures by Warlord Games). The force is composed of a 3 man headquarters unit, two 9 man infantry squads, a 3 man medium mortar team with spotter and a two man sniper team.

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The headquarter unit is made up of an officer and two optional soldiers. In game terms the officer can be a First or Second Lieutenant. In reality German lieutenants wore helmets in the field but the peaked cap on this figure makes it easy to pick out on the tabletop.

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Here is the first of the two infantry squads. The Bolt Action rules are very flexible when it comes to squad composition so I built my squads based on the historical late war Heer squad (1 squad leader armed with an MP40, 1 assistant squad leader armed with an MP40, 1 machine gunner armed with an MG42, 1 assistant gunner armed with a rifle and 5 soldiers armed with rifles).

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The “maneuver element” of the squad. Some of the figures were painted years ago when I purchased the original Warlord Games plastic German Infantry set. Since then I expanded the platoon with figures or bits from the plastic German Grenadier sprue (which includes two bodies wearing Zeltbahns), the Blitzkreig German sprue and the plastic Afrika Korps sprue.

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The second infantry squad. Both squads include one figure armed with a panzerfaust disposable hollow-charge grenade launcher (the rules allow up to four per squad).

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Close-up of some of the figures from the second squad. The NCO figure reloading his MP40 is a minor conversion; I simply cut the magazine off the weapon and glued it to his left hand.

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Here is a better view of a soldier armed with a panzerfaust, another NCO and the MG42 team. The helmet on the gunner’s belt is from a Tamiya 1/48 German Infantry sprue. Although the 1/48 Tamiya figures are larger (28mm is closer to 1/56 scale) the bits work well on the Warlord Games figures.

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The medium mortar team and spotter. The plastic 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortar is from the Sd.Kfz 251/2 upgrade sprue which Warlord Games sells separately (the hand holding the mortar round is also from this sprue). I don’t think that the Germans painted mortars in late war Dunkelgelb (Dark Yellow) like the panzerfausts but I saw a 1/35 Dragon model of the Granatwerfer 34 painted that way and I really liked the way it looked.

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One of the crouching figures and the prone spotter figure are from the plastic Afrika Korps set. Some of the uniform details are not accurate for ETO Heer infantry but when painted as such it’s not really noticeable.

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Sniper team, the figures are from the Warlord Games plastic Waffen SS sprue. I painted the smocks in Splittermuster camouflage. These are really nice figures by Warlord Games. The faces in the older sets are often sculpted in a very cartoony way, but these figures have very realistic faces and the head with the foliage attached to the helmet cover makes a great sniper figure.

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Snipers are a bit overpowered in the current edition of Bolt Action. Due to the way the rules work, a single hit from a sniper can destroy a 3 man weapons team. I’ll admit it’s a bit of cheese including them in my force as snipers were not part of a historical German infantry platoon, but I wanted them because the Waffen figures were so nice.

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If fielded as regular quality troops, this force adds up to just over 400 points in Bolt Action so this is a good start for a German force that I can expand with AFVs and more infantry.

I have also started collecting US Infantry by Warlord Games as an opposing force but those will have to wait for now as I shift back to Napoleonics.

Any feedback is appreciated.
MikeRC97  
 
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