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BATTLE of the BULGE…..Mega Project!

BATTLE of the BULGE…..Mega Project!

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Project Blog by intelligentmistertoad Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

My Mania for historical gaming has recently spawned a fresh project (somewhat suitably a Winter one for the build up to Christmas!). One of the best known Battles of the Second World War, the Ardennes offensive. My plans are suitably ambitious and I would like to include as much special units, vehicles and scenery as I am able, so that I can stage a GIANT game of Bolt Action with my Mates. This is the first teaser image of what is to come.

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Kit-Bashed Plastic SS Grenadier Squad.

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Kit-Bashed Plastic SS Grenadier Squad.

I started this project in the Autumn, but fell ill with Covid and let it go fallow for a bit, but now it’s great to pick it up again and finally start getting units done.

The German’s fielded different units from often various sources in this offensive. I intend to build the Bulk of mine from The S.S, the regular Wehrmacht and Volksgrenadiers.

For this squad I have used the bodies from Warlord Games’s fantastic-plastic  ‘German Infantry (Winter)’ with heads and some weapons taken from W.G’s Plastic Waffen S.S. boxed set.  It has been great fun and relatively quick. I have added weapons notably panzerfausts to give them a bit more anti tank from the SS set, this not only makes them more of a threat in game, but also looks cool. The S.S. heads also identify them on the tabletop, as they are quite different to the Wehrmacht ones in the box.

If anyone is interested in re-creating the miniature above, please use my following affiliate links:

Germans Infantry (Winter)

Waffen SS

4Ground sadly are having a closing down sale, so if you would like to get any of their scenery that I have featured of not, it is an excellent time to buy as their is a sale on. In addition I have a further discount code: TTMINI5

Scenery by 4ground:

https://www.4groundpublishing.co.uk/index.php?route=product/search&search=urban%20ruins

 

 

Where to start?

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Where to start?

‘The Ardennes Offensive’, or ‘the Battle of the Bulge’ is one of the stand out battles of the second World War. I wouldn’t describe it as a turning point like Stalingrad, but as a last ditch, desperate gamble which certainly hastened the end due to the squandering of resources by the German’s.

There is a great deal of literature, films and documentaries, often varying greatly in quality. I found the 5 Osprey books that I have read, and the quarter of ‘St Vith’ that I have read particularly helpful. The episodes from the ‘Band of Brothers’ T.V. series has also been really enjoyable.

I now find that I have a reasonable strategic overview, and a familiarity with many of the key characters, units, vehicles and equipment. Many of which stand out as pretty exceptional, for instance, the German’s having all their late War Monster’s on the field, and the Allies having some amazing characters, units and improved armour, much of soon I hope to feature soon.  In general, there are so many options for both sides, ranging in the extreme in terms of quality and abilities.

This is going to be a fantastic project to get my teeth into!