Monday, January 5, 2015

There's finally some movement on the Bolt Action front...

o/

Well, its taken a few years, but it sounds like Bolt Action is finally getting going around here. Rob has 'narrowed it down to 3 armies' (down from 5) meaning by the end of the decade he ought to be close to picking a faction. Screech has built a Tamiya 1/48th scale wirbelwind and also assembled about a squad or so...I think. Neverness has a Sherman Firefly in progress, Kushial has mentioned interest (in his latest post as it turns out!), and there are two guys at the FLGS (one a somewhat recent addition, the other returning after a considerable absence) who have 1k armies already built and ready to go! My 500 points of Quar (British) are ready to go once I reread the rules again. Aside from myself, two others in our group are also pondering Weird War II with non-human armies, so all-in-all, it looks good!

With that in mind, I finally finished building my Quar tank today. Originally I intended to use it as a Firefly, but instead decided on an early war (1940-Fall of France/BEF) army. As such, I yanked out the Firefly barrel with the intent to use it as a Matilda Mk I only to find that I lacked any sort of suitable HMG for it. Rummaging thru the bitz box, I found a cool looking (if over-sized) bit to use.

Do all miniature companies make their tank hatches too small? Seriously, how are these chubby little guys supposed to crawl in there? Then there's the issue of the curiously narrow hull-turret...
The Quar Matilda Mk I. Edit: The more I look at that gun barrel, the less I like it, so expect that to be changed in a future post.
Apparently the Quar aren't nocturnal (unlike Ant Eaters/Aardvarks) resulting for the need of this huge headlight!
Land mines could be a serious problem considering this engine/fuel tank bit from Curious Constructs. Amusingly, its the most detailed bit of this conversion, even though when the turret is on, it is largely hidden from view.
In the event that Bolt Action gets going steadily and I have some funds to expand my force, I would like to get some of Zombiesmith's wonderfully characterful Partisan miniatures to use as a Home Guard Section for a 'Dad's Army' force. However those plans will be some ways off if ever coming to fruit...

5 comments:

Mordian7th said...

Very cool conversion, man! Always love seeing stuff about the Quar!

neverness said...

That tank looks a bit like a crane without the actual crane. -It's too weird not to like! :)

Greg Hess said...

Lovely conversion!

Da Masta Cheef said...

@Mordian: Thanks!

@Neverness: Well you're consistent. I think you said the same thing about it when I first posted it about a year ago.

@Greg: Thanks!

neverness said...

I probably did, cause it doesn't look like anything else...