Saturday, January 2, 2016

Magyar Királyi Honvédség - The Plan

There is a Bolt Action tournament coming up on February 6th and I decided to use get some Hungarians done for that!



You might remember that I got a a whole bunch of Magyar Steel from Mad Bob Miniatures, and my first idea was to field as much of it as possible. A quick check of the army list showed me that I can get a Toldi I as my armored car and then use the Turan III as a count-as Panzer IV H. The army special rule "Axis Support" allows me to take another unit from the German army list, and the Marder II was a good match for Szebeny's Tank Destroyer.

That would leave me with a couple of hundred points for infantry, so my first list looked like that:
Regular Second Lieutnant - 50
Regular Squad (10) - 100
Regular Squad (10) - 100
Regular Squad (10) - 100
Regular MMG Team - 50
Regular Sniper Team - 50
Regular Panzerschreck Team - 80
Regular Panzer IV H - 235 (Turan III)
Regular Marder II - 160 (Axis Support, Szebeny's Tank Destroyer)
Regular Toldi I - 75
Total: 1000
Solid army,but sadly I completely neglected something I am still not used to here in New Zealand - up to 28 days delivery time for almost anything that is not in stock...

So I was limited to what I could get from the local retailers... And my budget isn't that large, either.

I decided to go for Blitzkrieg Germans as infantry. These pics here show that they should be a good match if just painted green:



I would have preferred great coats (or maybe SS-Smocks), but there was no way to get them in time and for a reasonable prize... So Blitzkrieg it is.

Checking availabilties showed me that this would be a viable list:
Regular Second Lieutnant - 50
Veteran Squad (9) + SMG - 120
Veteran Squad (9) + SMG - 120
Regular Squad (9) - 90
Regular MMG Team - 50
Regular Sniper Team - 50
Regular Medium Mortar Team - 50
Regular Panzer IV H - 235 (Turan III)
Regular Marder II - 160 (Axis Support, Szebeny's Tank Destroyer)
Regular Toldi I - 75
Total: 1000
I tried it today against Soviets with OT-34, Siberians with truck, Combat Engineers with truck, Sniper, Medium Mortar, ZIS-3 and inexperienced squad. We played Hold Until Relieved and Maximum Attrition, and I lost both quite significantly. The message I took home was that my army is too small and too slow (and that I absolutely positively hate vehicle-mounted flamethrowers...).

So there is not much I can do about mass (unless I happen to find another box of Blitzkrieg infantry in some dusty corner of my FLGS, in that case I might drop the Panzer IV to get two more squads), but I realized that a Sd Kfz 234/2 Puma costs exactly the same as the Marder II, but seems to be much more effective. And I am sure I saw one on the shelf the other day... Additionally, I can reduce the quality of one Veteran squad to get a truck in.


New army list:
Regular Second Lieutnant - 50
Veteran Squad (9) - 117
+ inexperienced Truck-  31
Regular Squad (9) - 90
Regular Squad (9) - 90
Regular MMG Team - 50
Regular Sniper Team - 50
Regular Medium Mortar Team - 50

Regular Panzer IV H - 235 (Turan III)
Regular Puma - 160 (Axis Support)
Regular Toldi I - 75
If my miniature get delivered on Thursday as promised, I have to paint a squad, a weapon team and a vehicle per week - Not too crazy ;)

3 comments:

  1. AWESOME! are you Hungarian? Or your family?
    I'm sure you will do well in the games as long as your belly is full of Goulash and Palinka! Regards David, by the way awesome sites you have here

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    1. Hello!
      Thank you for the kind words!

      No, I am not Hungarian, my family roots are in what is now Poland. I chose Hungarians because I think they have a strong list and are quite rare on the table (and they can field 3 armored vehicles without problems ;).

      The miniatures are here now so I hope I can write another blog post very soon.

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  2. Greetings from Hungary! Good luck for your project, WW1 Late Germans are the closest figures, sadly nobody make them in 28mm plastic.
    I do my BA Hungarians in 20mm, some inspiration in English for you:
    http://www.wwpd.net/2015/04/hungarian-support-weapons.html

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