Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Magyar Steel

Today I received my Hungarian tanks from the Mad Bob Miniatures Kickstarter. Let's have a look!


First of the lot is a CV33 (or L3/33) tankette. It comes with three weapon options (MG, twin MG and AT rifle). Sadly, it is also the only model that was damaged during transit, as you can see the MG barrel is broken in two places. I don't mind that too much, it will easily be fixed and I am not sure which option I will use eventually - I am not even sure if I'll use it for my North Africa Italians or the Hungarians:


Next up the food chain is the light 38M Toldi I/II, which came with two crew miniatures:


The 40M Turan was the other mainstay of the Hungarian tank forces. I got a couple of extra turrets to be able to use all three variants:


I am very impressed by the spaced armor for the Turan III variant:


Here we have two hulls for 40M Nimrod, based on the Toldi which itself was a licence copy of the Landsverk L-60B. It was supposed to act in a combined Anti Aircraft / Tank Destroyer role, but the 40mm Bofors gun proved to be no match for heavy soviet tanks. The second turret is for a Finnish L-42 AA-tank which I will add to my Winter War army. Turret number three is a Nimrod 80mm, or Szebeny's Tank Destroyer project, which never went into production:


And the Nimrod and Nimrod 80mm ready for action:


Staying with designs that never made it off the drawing board, this is the 44M Tas. It was planned as a homegrown copy of the German Pz Kpfw V Panther and armed with the same gun. Only one prototype was built:


The 44M Rohamlöveg (literally "assault gun") didn't even get a prototype. It was again designed close to the German Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer, and was supposed to use the same 88mm gun:


 This tank is massive, with proportions and dimensions very close to its German counterpart


I'm going to play them both using the rules for the German tanks.

Last, but not least: every vehicle came with a decal sheet!



In conclusion, these models are not only the only 28mm Hungarian tanks I am aware of, but also of very good quality. I'd consider the casting to be well within the upper third of what you can get.

My biggest problem now: Where do I get Hungarian infantry?


If this tickled your interest, visit Mad Bob Miniatures.

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