Wednesday, April 14, 2021

BEF - Matilda 1

Quite some time ago, well before Warlord Games released Bolt Action,  I was collecting early war British vehicles for other systems. At the time, finding early war vehicles was somewhat a crapshoot unless it was the Matilda 2. There were some folks out of the UK who had them however & this is where I picked up this Matilda 1. In fact its plausible I bought 2, & will make the 2nd one at a later date.

 

I bought the kits from Ian Crouch who eventually sold his line of kits to Warlord Games, which have since been redone. So the kit I have is all metal. A heavy little tank.

 

Relying on super glue, the 2 smoke dischargers on the turret sides came off a couple times during the build & I expect when on the table, this is likely to occur again unless the players are careful....well they will be coming off again. Some will think that I may have missed some spot painting the base colours, but that is in fact intentional, do denote scratched off paint & weathering.

 

Here is an image with a couple riflemen for scale. The Matilda 1 is not a large vehicle, even accounting for the fact the soldiers are on higher bases. 

 

As seen in the image below this appears to be scaled correctly, so I am happy with that.

I've got 3 more Riflemen on the paint table now & am gluing heads onto a 2nd squad. 

8 comments:

  1. Little thing will be a great support to your troops. Good work!

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    1. It will provide that nice MMG in an armoured box, that much of the German Armour will have a bugger of a time cracking. Throw in another of these with a Matilda 2 & watch the Germans cringe.

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    1. Thanks John, yep, once those tracks get taken out, it pretty much is a pillbox

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  3. The "C" man would have been Ian Crouch.

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    1. Your right! Thanks Rob. Ian Crouch it was indeed.

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  4. Great model and quite a chunk of metal, even if it is small.The ailda variants are seldm seen in games too, so this is a vry welcome bit of eye candy.

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    1. Thanks Joe, its certainly an odd looking critter. I will need to make 2 more of them to form a troop, which is the most I would field in a Chain of Command game.

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