With autocannons being all the rage in V2, a light autocannon isn't a terrible option. While it does lack the range of my favourite (the heavy autocannon found in say perhaps, a Hungarian Nimrod?) and a gunshield, it is still a decent buy at 50 points for the regular version. While I do not think the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion used the Polsten, I decided to paint mine up to fit my Canadians, as the 3 crew that come with the Polsten are British Airborne. The crew are great, you get a gunner, a loader and a commander, with the crisp detail that you expect from Warlord's infantry. Even if I prefer plastics over metals, I can appreciate the quality of these brave chaps.
Now this is the truly amazing part of this model and why I think it is ground-breaking for Warlord. This AA gun is essentially a 4 piece model! There is the base plate, the gun with attached gunner, his left leg and then the gunner's head. That's it. Your Polsten AA gun is built. No head scratching over which of the 13 tiny cogs goes where that is so common with many 28mm artillery pieces on the market.
The base plate is massive, and you'll be needing a decent sized base for this gun (bigger then a 60mm). It is textured and includes the trailer's wheels folded down in it's firing position. This is both a benefit and a curse. While it means you don't have to put as much effort into basing the gun, there is always the possibility that you wanted to base it in a different way. But this is a minor thing in my opinion.
All up, this is a great kit. It doesn't experience any of the failings similar guns have in past reviews, like lack of instructions (okay there are no assembly instructions but seriously, if you need them for this 4 piece kit, I have no help for you!) or too many tiny fiddly parts that you inevitably lose or glue to yourself. I give this kit a straight 10 out of 10 (on the caveat of you pinning the join for strength). I would also love to see Warlord do some of the multiple-gun mount versions, like the quad Polsten, and I doubt I am alone!
"Anf" is a long-time gamer from Down Under, who currently focuses his hobby time on Bolt Action.
With an equal love of rockets and Ice Hockey, he constantly explores weird and wonderful army lists
in his never-ending quest to collect them all.