One of my last games of 2018 was a game of Bolt Action against a friend with Soviets. I though that this game would make a great excuse to get my generic German army on the table again. This army is old, way older than Bolt Action. I've had the army for years and used it with tons of different rules but I have not used it in Bolt Action for a very long time. Well, I was in for a bit of a shock as it was not in the same condition I remembered it being in. Specifically there were lots of models missing so it was bit of a challenge to put a decent list together for the game. After the game I resolved to fix this long neglected army by filling in the gaps.I set out to find some Crusader Miniatures Germans as they are some of my favorite 28mm figures. I started checking eBay and watched a few auctions as my plan was finalized. I was still a bit confused as to what had happened to the army and I gradually remembered that I had planed to update the army years ago and h
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More items from the dead lead pile all finished up. This time we have a German Kradschutzen squad for Bolt Action. I bought these figures at least 12 years ago and they were in the same box as the cavalry figures I finished the other day. Don't ask me why it took so long to finish these, I really have no idea. The figures are from Black Tree Designs, which I guess has been renamed again. They are pretty good game models. I am really looking forward to trying these on the table.
Many years ago, probably about 11 years ago, I ordered a bunch of stuff for various projects. This was actually a bout of retail therapy. During that time my family and I were going through some tough times and I was not thinking too clearly for a while. As a result I ended up with a whole bunch of stuff that I never got to or just plain for got.Enter my Crusader Miniatures German Cavalry collection. These are actually from the now defunct Crusader USA. I did manage to assemble these back in the day but for about 10 years they have been in a box in my garage. They did not do too well in the box.The Crusader USA figures were manufactured my Old Glory and for some reason they used a much softer alloy then their other figure lines. As a result these soft figures bent very easily especially the thin horse legs as you can see. II was able to straighten them out but several figures required green stuff reinforcements on the ankles.After a few days of work I now have a nice cavalry squa
Another Christmas gift is complete. This time we have the Rubicon Models Panzer III. This is another first generation kit from Rubicon and I 'think' it has been updated with more detailed and accurate kit. This kit claims to build the J through N models but it will not build the J. I went with the M version. The kit has a more traditional design than the Panzer IV I just built. Assembly was quick and easy and the instruction were accurate. I went with a quick three color paint job for game set in '43 and later though this tank would be rare after 1943.
For Christmas I received a couple Rubicon kits for my Bolt Action Germans. The first one I built was the Panzer IV kit. This is the first generation kit and it is a little odd in some of its design characteristics. It was easy to build and can be built in three (four?) different versions. It is not the most accurate model of the Panzer IV out there but for wargaming it is more than adequate. I went with the IVH version so I can use the model for '43-'45 themed games. I wouldn't mind having a couple more kits to build the other versions but I think this one is no longer available. Rubicon has completely redesigned this models and released a new version. I have not seen that one in person but I expect it is excellent.This was a very quick build and paint job and, as often happens, the photos for the blog post reveal lots of flaws that I was not aware of. Oh well, nothing a little touch-up won't fix.