Hey guys, Bryan here and I don't feel well. For the last few months I've been feverish with a disease that many of us suffer from here in Bolt Action land. In fact, unless you're the ultra-disciplined Dave 'o War himself, I know you've had it to. NPF - 'New Project Frenzy', that's the official scientific term. Experts believe that you are at your most vulnerable to NPF as you 'finish' your current army with the exception of a few straggling units you've run out of motivation to paint. This is when it begins, something new and shiny catches your eye, and before you know it there're folders full of inspiring pics, army lists written and your Mrs is asking tough questions about all the boxes of new miniatures covering your work desk.
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Although this force is very specific in focus, these armies saw a huge amount of action during this period, and against many different opponents. France's armistice with Germany, after being defeated in 1940, meant it's far flung colonial forces were split between the pro-Axis Vichy and pro-allied Free French. I am planing on my army being able to play as Axis or Allied. This means, in theory, I can play against Americans, British Commonwealth and even other French (The Legion itself was split between Vichy and Free French, and two Legion units even fought against each other in the 1941 Syria campaign), or as Allied Free French against the Afrika Korp and Italians.
|The core of the force assembled and undercoated.|
To this infantry core I have picked up several amoured cars and light 'tanks' to help put out the pins and maneuver around in support of my infantry. France's colonies didn't exactly have the latest and greatest of France's military hardware at the time, but the units they had aren't actually too bad in Bolt Action. The armoured car used by the Legion - the 'Laffly 80 AMD' - is Recce, and has an HMG and a rear facing MMG for 85pts; very useful. The Renault FT-17 'tank' is a bargain at 35pts; seriously, it's that cheap! Mind, you calling it a tank is a stretch. It's armour 7, very slow (can never move more than 6") and has the one man turret rule. In game I will be using these little guys as armoured MMG's with 360 degree line of sight because of their turrets. I am taking two of each, representing a squadron of tanks and an armoured car patrol.
|Senegalese Tirailleurs, in Libya 1942.|
I have sourced all the miniatures from several different brands, so I will give a proper guide and review all these in part two of this series.
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