Category Archives: Models

I Hear a Train a Coming…

‘I hear the train a comin’ It’s rollin’ ’round the bend…” (with apologies to the late, great Johnny Cash) Printing and Using Railways in Bolt Action As soon as railways were widely introduced in the mid-19th century, progressive Armies soon saw the advantage of employing them for both strategic and tactical purposes. The logistical benefit […]

Are You Up for Some Chinese?….

Fielding a Chinese Army in Bolt Action It’s suggested you can identify someone’s nationality by the answer they give when asked  “When did the Second World War start?”. Some Americans would suggest December 7th, 1941. Commonwealth nations and Poles would say September 1939. Residents of the former Soviet Union would likely answer June 22, 1941. […]

3D- Day!!

Operation Overlord    Commemorating a “3D-Day” This coming June 6th, 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion on North West Europe; the landing of American, British and Canadian forces on the beaches of Normandy and the airborne landings that immediately preceded them. There are multiple scenarios for replicating these battles in existing […]

M 24 Chaffee: Is there anything it can’t do?

M 24 Chaffee Is there anything it can’t do?   Once the American military viewed the ground combat that commenced in 1939 in Europe, it quickly realized that its nascent tank design program was far behind those of other combatants. The Stuart line of light tanks, just entering service, were a reliable and nimble design, […]

The Italian SPA Autoprotetto S37. Your Italian Armoured Uber

The Italian SPA Autoprotetto S37 The FIAT SPA S37 Auroprotetto (“self-protected”) was developed in 1941 on the chassis of the FIAT TL37 light artillery tractor. After some trials by FIAT, the Regio Esercito (Italian Royal Army) ordered 150 vehicles in 1942. This lightly armored vehicle was used primarily for police and law enforcement missions, especially […]

There comes a time when  a Man just has to Werf some Nebels

  The German Nebelwerfer Family The Germany Nebelwerfer family. They were known by the recipients of their wares as “Moaning Minnies” or “Screaming Mimi”, because of the frightful sound given by the projectiles in flight. These weapons were called “Nebelwerfer”, or “Smoke Mortar”, not just because they were able to fire smoke ammunition, but also […]

“Oh Chutes!” A Bolt Action Scenario… and .stl

The following is a modification of the scenario “Supply Drop” which was put out by Warlord games on line a few months ago. I have play tested it and tweaked it to remove some ambiguity in the original scenario and playability. I also have designed an .stl of an objective marker ideal not just for […]

You Want Another Great Thing from France? How About The Schneider Model 1917 155mm howitzer!

You Want Another Great Thing from France?  How About The Schneider model 1917 155mm howitzer! The French went to war in 1914 anticipating a quick, fast fight, between large, tightly packed field armies fighting on open ground. They planned, trained and equipped their large military for just that type of fight. It didn’t quite work […]

The Spanish Bilbao armoured car…. Not your average “police” car…

The Spanish Bilbao armoured car Not your average “police” car… This is another one of my niche projects related to the Spanish Civil War (“SCW”). As I wrote in an earlier article, the Spanish Civil War was a large, complex and savage conflict which has been largely lost in the shadow of the Second World […]

Wargaming the Spanish Civil War in Bolt Action

Wargaming the Spanish Civil War Unofficial Bolt Action Rules Overview The very term “a Civil War” is an oxymoron in any context, but doubly so in reference to the Spanish Civil War. There are tomes written about this savage conflict and I would be doing a disservice to both you, the reader, and to the history […]