Bolt Action Russians

Now that I am really retired I will have the time to do some serious WW2 gaming. I collected large 20mm armies (German – Canadian – Russian, pics later) and went way over the top in 28mm Warlord Games Bolt Action.

I had my painters at MMPS paint “large numbers” of Russians, early and late war Germans, British infantry, BEF, French, American Infantry and Airborne, British Paras and Commando’s,  Fallschirmjaeger.   These are all painted but I still need to shade and base them.

I also have unpainted US Marines and a ton of Imperial Japanese sitting on my painting table but almost 5 years of running a painting service have seriously  ruined the “paint it yourself” bit for me. I guess I need to take a long break from painting before I get stuck in with these.

What I managed to finish (just shading the flesh and basing) are my Russians.  They are not spectacular, just tabletop quality, but I’m happy with them.  I was always very skeptical about applying flowers and grass tufts to my bases. To me flowers are girl stuff and do not belong on wargames bases. But I thought what the heck, let’s give it a try and I must say that I like the result. There will be probably more flowers and tufts in my future. 🙂

Anyway, here are my first finished Bolt Action (and Chain of Command, and Rapid Fire, and Battlegroup and whatever other rule set that I will use them for) Russians. Let me know in the comments what you think of them and do please motivate me to get the rest of my WW2 armies finished!

Too much artillery?

I wonder is there such a thing as having too much artillery to choose from when setting up a game?

I think I have gone a little bit overboard with my ACW artillery.  I have about 15 Union and 15 Confederate  guns. There’s no way that I can use them all in the same game so I’m thinking why on earth did I do that many.

It must be a wargamer thing, always wanting more troops than we are ever able to use at the same time. Or is it just me?

Anyway, here’s a selection of my ACW 28mm guns.  (especially for you Barry!) 🙂

Saxon Chevaux Leger

These are Perry plastic French Dragoons with Perry plastic hussar heads and some creative painting on the horse furniture to make it look like a Saxon one. The brigade commander is a Victrix Austrian mounted officer painted as a Saxon general. Not 100% accurate all of this  but close enough for me.

These are the Saxon Prince Johann and Prince Albrecht Chevaux Leger led by a brigade commander and his ADC’s.

Young Guard

Perry plastic line infantry with Perry French hussar heads.  It needs a bit of work to make the hussar heads fit because the line infantry has cast-on heads that you need to chop off.  The hussar heads are rounded at the bottom so you then need to  “dremel” out a seat for them in the infantry figure’s neck.  All in out about 5 minutes work per figure which is not bad at all.

These are Voltigeurs and Fusiliers of the Young Guard. Some of the drummers and officers are Perry metal figures.


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