Frontline Reports: Warlorder Pete’s Australian Forces

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Warlorder Pete H shows off his ruff and ragged Australian force!

Pete: G’day, Welcome and Salutado.

I present photos of my Bolt Action Australian WW2 Army and a brief technical and tongue in cheek account of its creation.

Being an Australian and a gamer I was very grateful to see such a substantial number of figures in the range. Well done Warlord Games! Where is the Militia Command Group?

I would like it noted from the outset that this “army” was not meant to be either historically accurate or representative of any particular unit. I am not that good a painter nor do I have the patience to ensure buttons, badges and kit are of the correct type and placement.

This was a project that took me seven months to complete and I didn’t paint a single eye.

WW2 is an interest of mine and the action in New Guinea in particular I find very interesting. The battles on the Kokoda Track are the stuff of legend. If you haven’t read anything about Kokoda, Milne Bay, Buna or Gona you have done yourself a disservice. So stop reading this and get a book out on ground operations in New Guinea during WW2, go on.

Now you have read up we will continue. So my army is as close as I could get to the Militia, Papuans and Regulars that fought in New Guinea and the South West Pacific theatres. At the start I wanted it to be as near to the real thing as possible. But as I got in to painting the figures it felt better (to me) to make it near enough. The aim was to paint an army of substantial size and diversity to deal with all and any Japanese force likely to be tabled. The other aim was to use the paints to hand as my budget was limited and I can be frugal.

The elements of my army are:

  • x2 Militia platoons (60 figs)
  • x2 Regular platoons (60 figs)
  • x1 Commando section (10 figs)
  • x1 Papuan section (10 figs)
  • x1 Engineer section (7 figs)
  • x1 Officer/Command group (3 figs)
  • x1 PIAT
  • x1 Boyes ATR
  • x2 Vickers mmg
  • x2 medium mortars
  • x2 25pounders (short)
  • x1 Sniper team
  • x1 2 inch mortar team
  • 3 Matildas

There was a need for me to mix the required colour for the Militia uniform and the webbing colour from my available paints. I don’t think I did too badly. They look pretty bloody good to me anyway.
I used the grey and subtle differences in green to show the uncertain and irregular supply of kit at the time (and to eke out the sand/beige mix). I think the Matildas are great. They look good and are hard to stop. The 25 pounder short looks like a beast, just a shame you can’t use canister rounds.

I didn’t do any modifying as I like the Warlord figures as they come plus I get to cast my own figures (as I’m part of the casting team at warlord) so they were perfect. No point modifying perfection. I like the feel of the metal and resin figures. No offence to plastic figures and those who prefer them, my preference is always resin and metal. I didn’t flock the infantry bases, no patience – remember, but I did “dress” the crewed weapons, rather well too if I do say so myself.

In my opinion, the Warlord New Guinea campaign book is the best in the Bolt Action range; please don’t rant at me about this as it is my opinion. If you still haven’t played from this campaign book yet, why not? The Japanese are a most dangerous foe and they are not prone to retreating.

I would like to thank my wife for her patience and encouraging words and nods of approval each time she was forced to endure history snippets (essentially each time a unit was completed). I would like to thank Peter Wright (another Warlord in the casting team) for his encouragement and handy tips. I would like to thank the Resin Room Team, especially Rachel and Basik, for their assistance and advice.

I am looking forward to future additions to the Bolt Action Australians… coming out today!

Peter Hely

Pete’s Army on the Battlefield!

Here’s an army list you can use out of Pete’s forces…

Platoon 1: Reinforced Platoon
Unit Type: Unit Name: Upgrades: Total Cost:
Headquaters Regular Australian Officer Team  + 2 men 95 pts
Infantry Independent Company Commando Section + 5 men, NCO with SMG, 4 SMGs, 1 LMG 170 pts
Infantry Papuan Infantry Battalion Section + 5 men 120 pts
Infantry Militia Infantry Section + 5 men, NCO with SMG 73 pts
Infantry Jungle Division Infantry Section 4 SMGs, 1 LMG 132 pts
Support Regular Sniper Team 50 pts
Support Medium Machine Gun Team 50 pts
Support Medium Mortar Team 50 pts
Artillery ‘Short’ 25pdr Light Howitzer ‘Short’ 45 pts
Platoon 2: Tank Platoon
Tank Matilda II Frog  – 155 pts
Tank Matilda II Frog  – 155 pts
Tank Matilda II Frog  – 155 pts
Total Points Cost: 1250 pts

Get Pete’s Australian Force here!

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You can get Warlorders Peter Hely’s 1250 point list with this set! It also comes with the Bolt Action Campaign book: New Guinea for free! Additionally, it comes with a Flamethrower and a light mortar team allowing you to mix up his army and create it to be your very own force!

This set contains:

  • 1 x Bolt Action Campaign: New Guinea Book
  • 1 x Australian Officer Team (pacific) Blister Pack
  • 1 x Australian Independent Commando squad Box
  • 1 x Papuan Infantry Battalion section (Pacific) Blister Pack
  • 1 x Australian Militia Infantry Section (Pacific) Box
  • 1 x Australian Jungle Division Infantry section (Pacific) Box
  • 1 x Australian flamethrower, light mortar and sniper teams (Pacific) Blister Pack
  • 1 x Australian MMG team (Pacific) Blister Pack
  • 1 x Australian medium mortar team (Pacific) Blister Pack
  • 1 x Australian short 25-pdr (Pacific) Blister Pack
  • 3 x Australian Matilda MkII tank (inc.CS/Frog flamethrower)

Battle for the Jungle – Australian Second Wave Release Set

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Reinforcements have arrived! Australia and her Allies and unleashed a new wave of men and equipment ready to beat the Axis forces back and to finally conquer the Pacific!

This set contains:

  • 1 x Australian 40mm Bofors AA gun (Pacific)
  • 1 x Australian 2-pdr light anti-tank gun (Pacific)
  • 1 x Australian 6-pdr anti-tank gun (Pacific)
  • 1 x Australian 75mm pack howitzer (Pacific)
  • 1 x Australian platoon scout team (Pacific)
  • 1 x Australian medic team (Pacific)
  • 1 x Australian Forward Observer team (Pacific)
  • 1 x Kachin Native Irregular Squad

Gear up and head to war!

401010004 Bolt Action Campaign New Guinea 600x72 plus fig

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This set is a perfect starter into the jungles of New Guinea…

  • Australian Officer Team (Pacific)
  • Australian militia infantry section (Pacific)
  • Australian Jungle Division infantry section (Pacific)
  • 2x Papuan Infantry Battalion section (Pacific)
  • Australian PIAT and anti-tank rifle teams (Pacific)
  • Australian short 25-pdr (Pacific)
  • M3 Stuart

Or collect one of everything and get your hands on the upcoming jungle modified Matilda ahead of general release…

 

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  • Bolt Action Campaign: New Guinea
  • Corporal ‘Bull’ Allen – New Guinea campaign book figure
  • Australian Jungle Division infantry section
  • Australian militia infantry section (Pacific)
  • Papuan Infantry Battalion section (Pacific)
  • Australian short 25-pdr (Pacific)
  • Australian PIAT and anti-tank rifle teams (Pacific)
  • Australian medium mortar team (Pacific)
  • Australian MMG team (Pacific)
  • Australian flamethrower, light mortar and sniper teams (Pacific)
  • Australian Officer Team (Pacific)
  • Australian Matilda MkII tank (inc.CS/Frog flamethrower)

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