Tank Goodness: WW2 Armour for Bolt Action/Konflikt 47!

The only painting I’ve gotten done, but they look really cool!

I’m back! It’s been an absolutely insane last few weeks, limiting my blogging output by a great deal. I’ve been desperately missing it. In the second week of January I accepted a job in nearby Chesley, Ontario, a very small town with a lot of history and character, and also incidentally where my local gaming group resides. While I’ve been apartment hunting for a place closer to my new job, I’ve been poring over as much Konflikt 47/Bolt Action content as I can.

I’ve fallen back in love with the Weird War game in particular. It appeals to a much broader audience at my local hangout, as many eschew historical games but are much more game if it’s not straight history anymore. My British have been dusted off, and even added to. The most recent additions were two sections of late war Commandos, armed with Vickers K machine guns and as many Thompson’s as I can grab off the sprue. I even painted some!

A fierce Commando cocks his tommy gun, ready for Nazi Germany’s latest freak-shows.
Another Commando fires bursts of .45 ACP at the foe.
Wounded but not out; A Commando with a Vicker’s K ready for business…
…while his Loader get’s his pickaxe ready, just in case the Zombies keep coming.
The Sergeant with a slung Thompson motions for a halt.
The detail on the included decals is impressive. But I put them on the wrong way, the Thompson on the patch faces forwards!

But this was months ago. In the dreadfully unpredictable Canadian winter, which is currently on the nasty side of the scale, I cannot paint anything I had not already primed. And I had begun to amass a truly outrageous backlog of 28mm WW2 kits. I have currently unbuilt a British and Canadian Army Starter Box, an additional British and Canadian Infantry box, and while I got them done today, I had also an LVT-4, A34 Comet, and a troop of Stuart’s to build. I was able to put at least a small dent into this backlog as of this evening.

I started by building one of the three Stuarts I had gotten. Now the Stuart in Bolt Action has a mixed reputation; in most configurations it is a merely above average Light Tank, but the M3 model has the option to have 5(!) medium machine guns. This paired with its cheap points made it an absolutely lethal choice in tournament play, and the reputation of the tank suffered as it was used by the ultra-competitive crowd. Interestingly enough, this is the reverse of history as most times the machine guns were removed in these early variants in actual combat usage.

But for Konflikt, this option doesn’t exist. The Stuart available to Konflikt 47 British armies is the M5 and onward version, which had a different powerplant and more modern appearance. It still features hull, pintle, and coaxial machine guns, along with the 37mm main gun. As a solid light tank to deal with hordes of zombies and such, it does nicely.

A very clean model kit, done by Warlord themselves instead of being outsourced to Italeri, and this is for the better..
…as it’s much more robust, a much better “gaming” model. The deep detail and slightly exaggerated features may not appeal to some, but I really like it!
The detail on the back is particularly nice.
While I still have some filing to do to get rid of mold lines, the completed tank should be a nice addition to my late war British army.

Next up on the docket was an LVT-4. This was a gift for Christmas from my friend Ty. For the Crossing of the Rhine and the Battle of the Scheldt in both systems, the LVT-4 is very useful indeed. In Konflikt it can transport an 8 man unit of Galahad Heavy Infantry quite well, as its 30 man capacity and the Galahad’s costing two slots means I have room to spare still. Warlord does a serviceable resin LVT-4, but after how boring a build the Centurion from them was, I was quite happy to receive the plastic Rubicon Models version.

The build on this was finicky, not overly difficult, but fairly time consuming. A lot of thin parts and shallow keying on the connecting points meant it took a great deal of finesse to build!

A large, imposing vehicle. I left off the forward mounted 50 calibre machine guns as they aren’t an option on the British entry. It also leaves room for another option…the 20mm Polsten gun! This should come in handy, I just need to order it.
The 30 calibre machine guns on the sides give it some protection from Nazi goons, both alive and dead! The forward mounted machine gun sadly isn’t reflected in the rules, but I’m hoping a new rulebook will clear that up in a future release.
The cargo bay is well detailed. In both systems, it can also transport instead of men a single jeep! That could be fun to try…
The detail is very crisp, if not as deep as Warlords plastic offerings. But this kit is a lot better then the Warlord resin one, and is better then what I imagine Italeri would cough up.

Last up was the A34 Comet, a Christmas gift from my friend Chris. This late war British tank was everything the Cromwell was meant to be, with a lethal 77mm gun derived from the 17 Pounder. It was fast, decently armoured, and would have been a great tank even post-war…had the British not simultaneously invented the Centurion! In Konflikt both of these tanks are available, and I own a Warlord Centurion. The Comet gives me a cheaper(just!) option with similar stats from the front. While in our timeline they only managed to equip the 11th Armoured Division entirely with them, in Konflikt I can see them seeing much wider adoption. Perhaps I will even kitbash a Tesla option…despite that being a downgrade in the rules from the Super-Heavy Anti-Tank gun it has!

A really solid kit. The hull went together really well, but the turret was annoying. Still, it built up really clean.
A definite wargaming model with few frills, this Comet will see a lot of action in the coming months. It’s a solid choice, if not a cheap one in points.
The Cromwell influence is obvious, but also is the clear progression from it. The Comet, had it entered service earlier, would have made a great name for itself.
In a nice touch, the kit has options for both WW2 and Post-War variants. I went with an early production WW2 version, as it makes sense for both games then!

The Tank Workshop today was definitely fun! I still have two more Stuarts to build, as well as a lot of infantry to work on. I have my work cut out for me over the next few weeks!

I haven’t gotten around to what unit my infantry will be modeled as. I have two friends who play Canadians in Bolt Action and Konflikt 47, so while I have a lot of Canadian pride I may paint up a British unit instead. I have in my mind a Bridge too Far, and have this plan to build them up as XXX Corp, specifically the Irish Guards. The Guards Armoured Division has a little bit of everything, and the Konflikt 47 timeline lets me expand upon that in new and interesting directions. The infantry will be versatile in either direction I choose. The vehicle choices available means I will probably need to grab some Shermans. Annoyingly, the Konflikt 47 rules only allow Sherman V’s and Fireflies in a Canadian selector, but I may just…ignore that. My local group doesn’t really mind, and it lets me build a Bolt Action list at the same time.

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I need to find a Brigadier “Joe” Vandeleur model, and if I can find General Horrocks too I will definitely pick him up! “Gentlemen, this will be a story you will tell your grandchildren, and mightily bored they’ll be!”

In other news, my new job is fantastic. I’ve never done woodworking before, and it’s definitely a new experience. The factory I’m at was built in 1906, and the dichotomy between old and new in the plant is breathtaking.

The town of Chesley is winning me over too. A classic slice of small town Canadiana, it’s got its rough edges, sure…but the history is everywhere.

Aside from modern signage and such, the main street would have looked much the same in 1922!
And a simply beautiful war-memorial dedicated to the town’s contribution to both World Wars. In a town this small, that roll of honour to the dead is particularly shocking, as it would have been a significant blow to the small town. Canada suffered much in service to King and Empire.
I’m going to talk to the appropriate people in town to see if I can’t help out with the maintenance of the memorial. It’s not in rough shape, but it could use a little tlc.

I will probably be posting more build progress on the weekends, as those are my days off. I miss blogging immensely, and with Konflikt 47 getting a shot in the arm recently with the new comic series in the works as well as the promise of a consolidated rulebook on the horizon, it is a great time to be a Weird War fan. As for my move to Chesley, it’ll mean some changes in lifestyle but I look forward to continuing my online presence, come hell or high-water. And I really hope to keep the job going, it’s the best one I’ve had in years.

But, that is all I have for today. I’ll see you folks in the next one! In the meantime, I’m going to watch A Bridge Too Far(again!). Happy Wargaming wherever you are, and have a great day!

8 thoughts on “Tank Goodness: WW2 Armour for Bolt Action/Konflikt 47!

    1. I’m really keen to get some paint on them. Great thing with historical models is I can just follow the real life examples to come up with a similar scheme. The Comet should be really fun to come up with some alt-history schemes for.

      The M5 kit is really good, and I’m happy I have a couple more to build.

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    1. Yep, your definitely right. Learning to love my own painting and not comparing it constantly to others is a challenge! Still, they look good on a table, certainly better then bare plastic!

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    1. You’ll like what’s coming in the mail then! I got Stoessi’s Heroes miniatures of “Joe” Vandaleur and Mad Jack Churchill, one to lead my XXX Corp stuff and the other to lead my Commandos. Just need a Humber Scout Car to stick Joe in.

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