I’ve had Bolt Action minis in my collection since early 2017 and I haven’t painted a single one until now haha.
Why now suddenly? Well, two reasons really. I watched the movie Kokoda and felt inspired but lately I’ve been feeling like painting something different.
So I dug out my Aussie Bolt Action boxes and blister packs and settled on the Australian Jungle Division Infantry Section.
Then I did some research on Aussies during WW2 and felt a real sense of pride. Some of you know I was born in England but I became an Australian citizen when I was seventeen so I consider myself an Australian with a weird accent haha.
Aussies are known for their toughness and courage under fire so to kick off my Bolt Action project (finally) I’m starting with my own countrymen.
I’m calling the project “Bolt Action ’48” because, even though it will be all WW2 units, vehicles and terrain etc, the setting will be 1948. In my universe the War didn’t stop in 1945 because Hitler simply fell back, invaded (Neutral) Switzerland and regrouped ready to strike again. Likewise the bombs that fell on Japan didn’t work at all.
Why am I re-writing history haha? Simply because I want to mix things up.
I want my Aussie Jungle fighters to join up with British Airborne and fight the Germans in France.
I want Germany and Russia to reform an alliance and invade England.
I want the Italians to try and reclaim some honour and take on the Americans in the snowy mountains of Montana haha.
In other words I want to be half historically correct when it comes to uniforms, weapons and tactics but I want to mix up the battlefields and battle groups.
I hope that makes sense.
Ok, back to what I’ve painted.
Dundee’s Devils. (I like the sound of Merill’s Marauders and The Red Devils).
First we have the unit leader NCO Sergeant Mick Dundee with an Owen SMG, machete and iconic hat. His famous catchphrase is “That’s not a knife but this is a machete and I’ll give you a five second head start before I hack you to pieces.”
Next we Darko with his beloved Bren Gun he calls Delihla.
Then we have the Kelly brothers. John, Red, Dan and Jim.
This next chap is Kirkpatrick. (If you know your Australian History you’ll know all about Kirkpatrick and his Donkey).
Then we have Derrick. (One of our many Australian War heroes).
Next we have Smithy.
Lastly we have Max.
They were a lot of fun to paint, despite being quite a simple colour palette BUT they were a bit of a bastard to photograph to be honest and I’m not 100% happy but I think they’re passable. For the outside (in the garden) photos I tried to capture the “Kokoda” vibe. It was dark and wet outside when I took the photos.