For a bit of modern 28mm skirmish gaming I decidet to again build up a Black Watch unit. The miniatures I´m using are Empress Minatures British army soldiers. Other than my Bolt Action WWII project these dudes all wear camouflage uniforms so that was a hard thing to tackle.
I managed to finish my 6pdr gun for my british Bolt Action force to get some more anti tank value. The gun and crew is a Blacktree model. I just added some stuff from the Warlod Games plastic sprue. The base is self made and came out way too big in the end for gaming purposes. I added a road sign and tree stumps to cover the big space. To give it a bit of flair I painted an “HD” on the roadsign. The 51st Highland Division got their nickname “Highway Decorators” because they painted their initials on signs all over the places they went through.
I finally managed to finish some bolt action stuff, leaving me with just the QF 6 pdr gun left to do. First and most recent, my tank, a Sherman V. A nice Warlord Games plastic kit. This particular one is from the 33rd armoured brigade, which supported the 51st highland division. It’s a good all around tank with even some anti infantry capabilities.
All in all a really nice kit. I only used some extra parts from the plastic infantry sprues and milliput, to model some extra stowage onto the tank. The name Andrea and the decals came straight out of the box.
My infantry is also finished now. I now own two 10 man squads and one 6 man squad.
Sorry for the bad pictures of the infantry. I will take new ones soon.
With the 6 pdr, this will get me to a whole 750 points army.
I finished the 2nd 5 man team, and the light mortar team recently, and made some changes to my 500pts list. I really like the Vickers MMG but if you’re playing scenarios, the 50 points are much better spent on another 5 riflemen.
Since my Army Painter matt varnish spray caused some trouble the last time, I tested an acrylic dull coat from Valleyo on these miniatures. It doesn’t generate such a matt finish, but looks much cleaner in the end (and is less expensive).
The light mortar is always worth its points, even just as an order dice generator. The 5 man squad on the other hand, not riding in the carrier, is far to fragile for being a regular unit. Bringing them to full strengh will hopefully help them last a bit longer.
Next up, I will paint a PIAT team and the missing guys from the 10 men squad. After that, another 10 men squad and maybe an OQF 6 pdr gun will follow.
I painted up the first 5 man squad, to man my universal carrier, and the Vickers MMG. Both units still need to be based properly. I played a first test game today, and was quiet happy about how the transport carrier and free artillery observer worked out.
The 5 man squad got a NCO with SMG and a LMG team, one of them holding the Bren light machine gun, the other the spare barrels and accessories pack. I think in the next few games, I’ll swap the LMG for a rifleman because they mostly fire the carrier mounted weapons, and dont really need to get their own Bren gun.
The MMG team members all have the Highland Division Badge on their shoulder, but not the one of the Black Watch, since they would be attached from the 1/7th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment.
Hope you enjoy, cheers.
Bolt Action is a game which I laid my eyes upon for severel years now, but always resisted to start playing it. Until now. Our local gaming community recently came to the conclusion that we should give it a try.
Since I am a gamer who always emphasizes the design and look of the miniatures, and not the competetive gaming value, I started with a british army. At first Universal Carriers. I love them and fielded them alot back in the days when I played with british “Flames of War” forces. Secondly Highlanders. I like kilts and bagpipes, so there was really no question for me in fielding an highland army.
At first I thougt about a unit I could field. Reading through some old FoW books, I found a unit roster of the 51st Highland Division and finally chose the 5th Black Watch. Next step was buying some stuff from Warlord Games giving me a 500p starter army, the commando character blister and decals for the 51st Highland Division.
For the seargeant I used the kilt supplied within the commando blister and parts from the plastic infantry. The 2nd Lieutenant is the “Brigadier Peter Young” miniature. I just removed the rifle and replaced it with a sten gun from the plastic infantry sprue, and modeled a umbrella around his stick. I use the bagpiper “Bill Millin” as my medic, since Bolt Action has no rules for bagpipes. The carrier got some stowage parts and weapons from the plastic infantry sprue too. I changed the heads from the crew with those from the plastic infantry since they look much nicer.
After building and priming everything, I decided to start with the commanding miniatures and the carrier.
The infantry and stowage parts on the carrier were painted using Army Painter Quickshade (exept for the Kilt). Before adding the matt varnish, I applied the decals indicating them as guys from 5th Black Watch (logo of the 51st division, 2 red stripes for the 153 Brigade and the patch of the Black Watch). The only guy who didn’t got Black Watch patches is my free artillery observer. I think he comes from the artillery section and just accompanies the guys, supporting them if necessary.
I will finish the bases by the time the whole starter army is finished. Left to do are one 10 man squad, two 5 man squads, a light mortar team, and a MMG team.