Pre-Order: Panzer VIII Maus

The heaviest fully enclosed armoured fighting vehicle ever built. The aptly named ‘Mouse’ rumbles out of the factory workshops and onto your Bolt Action battlefields…

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Demand for the Maus has been overwhelming and as such production is underway to provide more as soon as possible. Pre-order yours today to be first in the queue when the new casts arrive over the next few weeks!

Unsurprisingly this is a challenging model to cast so we only have a limited stock available at release. After this initial stock is gone, we will cast your Maus to order especially for you, so there may be an extra wait.

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Historical Vital Statistics:

  • Produced: 1944
  • Number built: 2 (of which 1 incomplete)
  • Weight: 188 tonnes (207 short tons; 185 long tons)
  • Length: 10.2 metres (33 ft 6 in)
  • Width: 3.71 metres (12 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 3.63 metres (11 ft 11 in)
  • Crew: 6
  • Expected Operational range: 160 km (99 mi) (road)
    62 km (39 mi) (off road)
  • Expected Speed: 20 km/h (12 mph) (maximum)

Armour:

  • 220 mm (8.7 in) (turret front)
  • 200 mm (7.9 in) (turret side and rear)
  • 200 mm (7.9 in) (hull front)
  • 180 mm (7.1 in) (hull side)
  • 150 mm (5.9 in) (hull rear)

Main armament:

  • 128 mm (5 in) KwK 44 gun L/55 (68 rounds)

Secondary armament:

  • 75 mm (3 in) KwK 44 gun L/36.5 (co-axial) (100 rounds) 7.92 mm (0.31 in) MG 34 machine gun (co-axial) (1,000 rounds)

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Using the Maus in Bolt Action

Maus Size comparasion

Size matters!

Whilst the Maus may not have entered combat during WW2 there is no reason why you cannot field this mighty vehicle in your games of Bolt Action. Of course any operational Maus prototype would have fought during the dying days of the Third Reich.

The Panzer VIII Maus may therefore be taken as a Tank choice in the 1945 – Last Levy force selector found in the Armies of Germany book on pg.95.

Note: The Maus should always be affected by the ‘Fuel Shortages’ special rule.

Bolt Action Statistics for the MAUS

PANZER VIII ‘Maus’ (Prototype Version 2)

Note: We’ve modified the official rules for the Maus as of Jan29th 2017 after feedback, in line with second edition rules updates, to include Tiger Fear and remove the ‘may not be fired indirectly’ statement from the Co Axial Main Gun special rule. This will now allow the Howitzer to fire smoke.

Principal Service 1945 (Conjectural)

Cost: 570 pts Regular; 684 pts Veteran
Weapons: 1 Turret Mounted super-heavy anti-tank gun with co-axial light howitzer and co-axial MMG
Damage Value: 11+ (Super-heavy tank)
Special Rules:
Slow
Tiger Fear
Unreliable: If the Maus suffers one or more pin markers as a result of an enemy attack
it automatically suffers one additional pin marker.
128mm KwK 44: This gun was almost as effective at long ranges as at short range – so does not suffer the -1 penetration penalty when shooting at targets over half range. It counts a full +7 penetration bonus at all ranges.
‘Mobile Fortress’. To fulfil its role as a breakthrough tank the Maus had extremely heavy armour.
There is no penetration modifier for hitting a Maus from the side and the penetration modifier for hitting a Maus in its rear arc is reduced to +1.
Co Axial Main Gun: Although the Co-axially mounted 75mm KWK44 L36 would in any other tank be a respectable anti-tank gun, it was fitted on the Maus to provide dedicated HE fire. For the purposes of these rules it is classed as a Light Howitzer.

When firing the turret mounted weapons you may fire only one. You have the choice of the super heavy anti-tank gun, the light howitzer or the MMG.

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Demand for the Maus has been overwhelming and as such production is underway to provide more as soon as possible. Pre-order yours today to be first in the queue when the new casts arrive over the next few weeks!

Unsurprisingly this is a challenging model to cast so we only have a limited stock available at release. After this initial stock is gone, we will cast your Maus to order especially for you, so there may be an extra wait.

 

 

Battle your way to Berlin and on wards:

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