Wednesday, 20 March 2019

From GrantH: The Polish 10th Motorised Brigade (90 points)

For what is likely to be my last post of the challenge, I have finally found the time to paint up part of a new project! As many people in my local gaming group have decided to start building early war armies for Bolt Action and Chain of Command, I decided it was high time to start expanding into the era with a force of the Polish 10th Motorised Brigade. The Motorised Brigade famously fought throughout the invasion of Poland in the early days of of the Second World War, squaring off against elite panzer units and fighting them to a standstill unit the brigade escaped to France via Hungary. What makes their journey even more increadable, is that they able to escape along with the allies at Dunkirk, later forming the 1st Polish Armoured division while in exile continuing the fight to the end of the war.

Part of what makes this unit so unique were the black leather jackets worn by the officers, NCOs and motor crews. This made the unit stand out to the point where it earned the name "the Black Brigade" from their opponents. While I have not yet painted any officers or NCOs for this post, I have painted the infantry troops of the brigade, outfitted in their trademark greatcoats and 1916 pattern Stahlhelms. I was quite excited to work on an almost exclusively greatcoat equipped force as a change from the the paras and commandos that compose my commonwealth forces.



Closer photos of fire teams 















The full force 


 The challenge has been a blast this year! I have enjoyed looking and seeing all of the fantastic projects people have completed in the last few months. Sadly I did not have time to finish a "Curtgeld" in time due to the time crunch from school assignments, but I have decided that I will be making a suitable donation to a UN global development charity instead as per the rules of a challenge. Perhaps after the challenge and my exams I will try to finish it and send it off anyhow...

Anyhow, for points this post contains eighteen 28mm Polish troops for a total of 90 points. Thank you to Curt and the Minions for facilitating such an excellent event, and well done to all of the excellent hobbyists who took part! I look forward to the next year of the challenge as my backlog of unpainted minis seems to has inexplicably increased in the last few months...


TamsinP:

Those Polish troops do look rather splendid Grant. I suspect that at some point I will end up acquiring early- and late-war forces for Chain of command, and the Poles would be an interesting one to collect.

That is 90 more points for you.


12 comments:

  1. Good work!

    They do look very German, though, with those helmets. Must have made target identification very interesting.

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    1. Thanks! The NCO is what really makes them stand out, what with the black leather jacket and all, but I thought it was interesting that they would be outfitted so closely to their German counterparts.

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  2. They look great! Lovely finish, they do look a bit like WW1 Germans with been guns but great fun!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks! Their weaponry is just as wild as the unit's history. Much of their equipment was build under license from American and German arms companies in Poland with modifications made to fit their needs. Off the top of my head the BAR and Browning 1917 machine-guns were produced with modifications and under the designations cz.28 and cz.30.

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  3. Great work and a great charity to contribute to - thank you Grant!

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    1. Thank you! It has been wonderful to participate in the challenge again!

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  4. If I were in their shoes, i'd be asking for a change of helmets...!

    A great submission and one which has prompted me to further investigate the unit's history, thanks Grant!

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    1. Thanks! They do have quite an incredible history;facing down everything from the Invasion of Poland to the Falasie Gap and more. Definitely a fun unit in wargames too!

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  5. Great work Grant. I have a soft spot for WW2 Poles.

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    1. Thanks! The Poles have swiftly become a favorite of mine as I started to explore their history and army options.

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