Ive been wanting to start up an early war list for a little while now, but i couldn’t decide what i wanted to do. If i was going to put a list together i wanted to get only specifically what i was going to run, and thats it. I wanted to make a Polish list and i liked the idea of the armored train and with lower AT ratings in early war, the train seems effective enough.  After much debate and staring at some HO model trains that i have, i made up my mind, he only problem is that there is no way im shelling out $150 for the train model that battlefront has.

I had googled around to see images of any polish trains that other people had scratch built and they were all pretty terrible.  I saw one where it looked like the guys had taken a box car and attached KV turrets to the top of it and then spray painted it. Theres no way im doing that, if im going to scratch build something it had better look damn good. I have several flat cars so while im not going to be making so much an “armored” train, it will still have the guns that its supposed to have.

So heres what ive got to work with:

Thats the engine im using. Its actually a box cab for hauling lumber during the 70’s or something, but its the best ive got. I have a nice little mantua steam engine and coal car too but mantua has their own coupling system and its to much of a pain to deal with. I cant simply swap them out for normal couplers with a drill to make new holes. I got this engine for free cause it was shattered and as you can see its still missing some bits in the front. A little green stuff and ill patch that up.

These are 2 of my flat cars ill be using:

The top one will be one of my artillery cars, and the bottom one will be my assault car.

The second artillery car is shown here currently being worked on:

As you can see ive already started making sandbags with greenstuff. Since theres really no good way for me to make any kind of armor, im going the next best route. Lots and lots and lots of sandbags. I know that those sandbags are going to be by far the most time consuming part of this project. But it will be worth it. Im starting with some low walls on the ends until i get all my model placements figured out.

Speaking of models:

The only blister ive picked up so far is a pair of Italian 75mm guns. They are the closest thing to the Polish 75mm guns and they have those great gun shields on them. As you can see, the gun carriage was cut down so that it will fit onto the flat car. Im going to model the gun sitting on the cut down carriage while sitting on one of the wheels to create a sort of turntable system for aiming the gun. Ill add some green stuff underneath the gun so that it will have a spot to sit and still allow me to turn the guns and remove them when destroyed. Ill probably do the same thing with the 100mm guns. Those i will probably model with the german GE569 10cm chech guns. The 2 guns will be easily distinguishable.

Well thats all for now, hopefully this weekend ill get that engine finished and start painting it. Once that polish 3 color camo goes on, it will look far better.

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