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My 2022 Hobby Blog

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My 2022 Hobby Blog

17/02/22 - WW2 British Airborne Army in 1/72 scale

1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action

Above - My British WW2 Paratrooper force in storage box.

I have not had much time for hobby projects for quite a few months.

However I have just dusted down some of my accumulated WW2 stash intended for use with the Bolt Action rules. I had gathered the sets I wanted ages ago and am now moving on to basing the poses I need ready for future painting - which I will blog about when it get's done.

I am showing the figures in their unpainted state as it's often easier to see what poses and makes where used before the paint covers up any conversions etc...

In 1/72 scale it is not always so easy to find the exact figure type you require in any single set to match what is specified for a Bolt Action force.

1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action

Above - 4 paratroopers with rifles and 1 with Bren Gun. These together with the 5 chaps in the next photo make up a 10 man squad. Three of these squads form the core of my force.

Hence my paratrooper figures are a mix of Revell, Italeri (Esci), Waterloo1815 and Italeri (Anti Tank set). Plus quite a few figures taken from the excellent Caesar British Commando set which features many serviceable figures wearing berets and Denison smocks.

1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action

Above - 5 paratroopers with submachine guns. Figure on right is a Caesar commando with Thomson who will be painted up as Airborne. The other 4 have the more common Sten.

I've also done a few head swaps although how long the heads will stay on without pinning I don't know! I always find getting the head properly lined up with the body tricky when pinning. Trouble is if ditching pinning finding the right glue for a good bond is not easy, especially if head and body are different plastic types.

1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - Command1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - Command

Above - A couple of command bases. Caesar & Waterloo1815 figures.

Revell Contacta cement is best with hard plastics in my experience leaving me using Super Glue & and an activator for softer and mixed plastics. This bond can be brittle though. If too many heads keep coming back off I will either have to abandon head swaps or go back to the drawing board. Shame it's not easier as it does make getting the exact figures you need possible.

1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - Spotters1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - Medic

Above - Artillery Spotters (Waterloo1815) & a Medic (converted Caesar). The figure on the right in the first photo is a radio operator who needs a thin wire adding for an aerial.

Whilst I remember one thing to say about this force is how easy it is to store! I got some good value plastic hobby boxes with compartments off Amazon. These only measure 27 x 18 x 4cm and yet hold all the figures I need for any one force or 'army'.  See below.

1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action1/72 Scale British Paratroopers for Bolt Action. Flame thrower team

Above right: Flame thrower team. Converted figure from HaT British Infantry Machine Gun set wears a leather jerkin with Waterloo1815 head. 

I have not created this army based around points. Rather I have tried to create pretty much all the different units listed in the Bolt Action rules which is both an enjoyable challenge and provides flexible options. I have in mind mainly using the Tank Wars Bolt Action variant so infantry will be a complimentary rather than central element. 

1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - Light Mortar1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - Mortar Team
Above - 2 man light mortar & three man mortar teams. Light mortar figure is from the Italeri Anti-Tank set. 3 man crew all from Waterloo1815 and mortar is from HaT British Infantry Mortar set.

For basing I am using 20mm metal 'penny' washers for individual figures and 40mm metal washers for multiple basing. The light artillery piece is mounted on 40mm x 60mm plastic made from Victrix bases.

  WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - Vickers MG Team1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - PIAT Anti-Tank Team

Above - Vickers Machine Gun Team and PIAT Anti-Tank team. Machine gun is from the HaT British Infantry MG set. Crew are from Waterloo1815 & Caesar. PIAT guy is Revell assisted by a converted Caesar assistant with ammo.

I use Super Glue and a piece of scrap paper to cover the washer holes where needed. Some of the larger washers shown in my photos look a bit grubby with old glue marks etc...as I am re-using them and the marks will get covered up once painted and textured.

 1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action - Sniper Team1/72 Scale WW2 British Paratroopers based for Bolt Action- Pack Howitzer

Above - Sniper Team & Pack Howitzer. I could not find a bespoke sniper so used the prone Revell figure as my choice. I roughed up his rather smooth helmet with a file to create some camo foliage. As you can see the Waterloo1815 Pack Howitzer piece is the solitary painted piece in my collection to date.

Well that pretty much completes my overview for now. 

If you are interested in WW2 1/72 scale figures you can see what I have currently available here: https://www.drumandflag.co.uk/collections/ww2/1-72

You may well also find Plastic Soldier Review of great use as it details out of production sets as well that you may be able to find on ebay etc...

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/PeriodList.aspx?period=1

 My 2021 Hobby Blog can be view here:

https://www.drumandflag.co.uk/blogs/news/latest-completed-units-projects-wip-2021-hobby-post-last-updated-25-01-21?_pos=2&_sid=efbdb29b8&_ss=r

 

 



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