Category Archives: WWII

Toons Tank

This seemed like a good idea when I bought this online, I thought the Toons style design was quite fun and might work as a steampunk tank, but now I am not so sure. This Meng Toons King Tiger is more likely to work as a Weird War II tank.

The model itself took a few minutes to build, really not very many parts.

The tracks are soft rubber so they can actualy work, but I do not want that, so I have glued the wheels in place.

When it came to painting, I originally did a green and brown cammo pattern with my airbrush but I did not like it. So I went back and did a dark gray that I will highlight a bit.

Konflikt 47

Konflikt-47-coverI have just ordered my copy of Konflikt 47 for the rather excellent price of £17.13 from Books Etc.

This is yet another Weird War II set of rules but this time using the Bolt Action game mechanics.

So already knowing how Bolt Action pays, and liking those rules a lot anyway, this seems like a good way to get some more use out of my Secrets Of The Third Reich US Army models…and maybe even my Allies and Axis from the Dust range

Konflikt-47-Alternative-CoverThe models have been created by Clockwork Goblin and I had already bought some back at a Salute show ages ago for the British Steampunk army, although I did remove the Russian star from the chest plates of the heavy infantry.

The cover to the right must have been an early concept draft of the book cover as it is not the one that Osprey/Warlord Games have gone with.



Panzerwerfer 42 Sd Kfz 4/1

I have just added some extra firepower for my Dust Axis force, a pre-painted Panzerwerfer 42 Sd Kfz 4/1. If I ever get a German Bolt Action force sorted out then this will slot in there as well.
Panzerwerfer 42 frontLuckily, those nice people at Dust HQ have created an official profile card so I don’t have to worry about trying to make up my own profile. Although it would have been interesting to see if whatever I came up with was anywhere close to the official card. I would have based the main weapon on a single Lothar Nebelwerfer 42, so only having a single splash rather than a double splash. Interestingly, this Panzerwerfer version does not have a minimum range for the Nebelwerfer. Panzerwerfer 42 backAdding a machine gun is easy enough using the same MG 44 profile. I think I would have made it a type 4 vehicle rather than a type 3 as it certainly looks well armoured and pretty well enclosed.  A damage value of 4 seems about right. I guess my only trouble would have been coming up with a points value, I not sure if I would have ended up at Lothar back8 points or been higher or lower, but it would definitely been lower than the 13 points for a Lothar.

I’m not sure if I will keep the pre-painted scheme, it is a bit stripey and will not really fit in with the rest of the grey in the army.


One of my intentions is to reduce the number of new games I buy into. But I must say I have failed this week with the purchase of Tanks by Gale Force Nine.
Can’t really complain as I bought it for a good price and I have loads of Flames Of War tanks that may now actually get used for something. I tried it out last week at the famous shed of Mr Steinberg and it is a nice game. Basically it is X-Wing for tanks. I used a platoon of Panzer IV’s and went up against firstly a squadron of Shermans and then a trio of heavy Russian tanks.

I like the game, it is quick, objective driven and you don’t need too much stuff. I’m not sure that some of the expensive commanders are worth the points but I maybe some more games will clear up why they cost so much.

Bolt Action

Bolt Action is one of those games that looks really good but I just don’t play enough. Too many games, not enough time.

In an attempt to put that right, we had a large game, pretty much ignoring the force construction rules, so we could try out lots of different units again and remind us how it works.

Two Shermans on the American side did not last long, leaving the German armour to do what they wanted.
The American infantry advanced using ever bit of cover available.
As did the Germans, this is not a game to get caught out in the open.boltaction3
An armoured German Nebelwerfer was hard to kill, but also had trouble hitting targets. The Panzer IV and the Marder had a much better day.
German artillery got itself into a good position and was able to drop shells onto the Americans.
American Bazooka unit got a shot off  against the German armour but failed to hit. Twice.
An American flamer did get a hit on a German armoured car and caused it to promptly retreat. But that was not before the armoured car took out an American halftrack.
More US infantry advance towards the German lines.
An American HMG team were largely ineffective and spent the entire afternoon exchanging bursts with a German HMG team.
The Americans decided to retreat and the day belonged to the Germans.

Bolt Action is good game that really must come out more often.