27 February 2019
Bringing out the big guns...
Warlord Games has released some new artillery, heavy weapons and tanks for Bolt Action.
As part of its ongoing focus on the Africa Campaign, Warlord has rolled out reinforcements for the British 8th Army and the German Afrika Korps.
The Afrika Korps have received a three new heavy weapons platforms; the Pak 36 light anti-tank gun, the LeFH 18 10.5cm medium artillery and the 2cm Flak 38. In addition to the weapon itself, each set also comes with three metal crewmen. The Pak 36 was the standard issue German anti-tank gun in 1939, equipping the Panzerjäger battalions to combat enemy amour. The LeFH artillery piece, meanwhile, was a recoilless gun first used by German forces stationed in Crete in 1941. The fist version was the LG40, a 75mm piece developed by Krupp Industries and then Rheinmetal. A 105mm version was introduced in late 1941 and saw service in North Africa. Finally, the 20mm Flak 38 was the standard light anti-aircraft of the Nazi forces, and could fire around 120 rounds per minute, including reload time.
On the British side, the 8th Army has received the 2 Pounder ATG and the A12 Matilda II Infantry tank. The standard anti-tank gun of the British army at the beginning of the war, it saw action in numerous theatres of war and fared well against the early panzers, light vehicles and poorly armoured Japanese tanks. Though used against the latter two until fairly late in the war, the weapon become less effective against German forces as panzers developed thicker armour.
The Matilda tank, meanwhile, was the only British tank to remain in service throughout the entirety of the war. Nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Desert’ by her crews in the Western Desert, its principal role lay in providing mutual support for infantry. Though this meant that the tank was relatively slow – having to keep pace with soldiers on foot – its thicker armour, which made it largely invulnerable to enemy fire during the first half of the war, countered this vulnerability. Under the Lend Lease act, over one thousand A12s were sent to the Soviet Union to fight on the Eastern Front as well.
Warlord has also put up preorders for a new campaign supplement focusing on the siege of Budapest and the Hungary invasion, as well as a Hungarian starter bundle.