Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Warlord Games IS-3

A few years ago I published a review of the Warlord Games's IS-3 tank kit for WWPD. Now this is a very controversial vehicle in Bolt Action for several reasons.

First of all, the IS-3 was probably introduced into the war so late that the Germans had already surrendered. While many were sent to fight Japanese forces in Manchuria, it has never been actually confirmed if this beast ever saw actual combat during WW2.

Second of all, this tank has the highest armour value of any tank in the game. The armour to its front is one higher than super heavy tanks meaning that it can and does often survive direct hits from most AT guns in the game. The last time I used this tank it took repeated shots to its front from a King Tiger and outside of pins and scratches to its paint... it rolled away unscathed. It is TOUGH!

Third and last, it is one of the most expensive tanks in the game. Coming in at 600 points (at regular), this thing is the definition of points inefficient. Especially since it only carries a heavy AT gun. Regardless, if you have a small army and you need to fill out points to get your force onto the table or if you just like armoured rarities, this baby is for you. Plus, the sharp casting and solid detail on this Warlord resin kit is fantastic!

For more info on the IS-3 click here.

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Soviet Motor Pool Grows! (Some Support Vehicles)

Here are a few of the support vehicles that painted up last year to accompany my winter Soviet WW2 army.

This truck is made by Rubicon and comes with two alternative beds. I used the closed canvas top on this truck so that I could use the open bed on another truck that I will post later. Despite my... reluctance to build plastic kits (I prefer the sharp lines and quick assembly of resin models), I really do like the finished look of this model.

I have also included pictures of an early Soviet armoured car and a Komsomolets armoured tractor. In Bolt Action terms the armoured car is a cheap order dice that zips around the board with light machine gun. Likewise, the Komsomolets is there to serve as a cheap armoured transport that also mounts a light machine gun. You can find out more about this vehicle here.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Custom Made SU-76i

A couple of years ago, the extremely talented Jakob Lotz made a custom SU-76i model out of the hull of a Panzer III and plasticard. I painted it to match my existing Soviet SU-152, using a chipped white washed effect. 

I could not be more pleased with the results in the end. The BTD Soviet Sailor is to show scale.

For more information about this interesting Soviet vehicle that was made out of captured German vehicles click here

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Hey everyone,

I recently started experimenting with a light box that I picked up a while back on Ebay. I thought I might share some pictures of some of the stuff that I have been painting over the last year or two.

First up is a JTFM made Soviet SU-152. I bought this kit as a miscast and rescued it with a little green stuff and a little TLC. I am pretty happy with how it came out in the end.

The Brigade games snowsuit model is shown for scale.