Bolt Action! Perry Miniatures and Desert Rats

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A while back my friend SC John gave me a box of the much discussed Perry Miniatures “Desert Rats’. He bought some Afrika Korps Germans from the same range and we decided to put together a desert themed battlefield, with 2 nice looking armies.

Just to make sure, here’s the box set that I got:

Upon opening, I noticed one thing right away: these models have absolutely great detail. The sculpts are crisp with plenty of detail, including tiny shirt buttons. To be honest, i realized I am not a good enough painter to honor these little guys. Here’s the radio man, which will become my forward observer for my Spitfire.

You can see the nicely detailed torso, with plenty of detail to work with. It’s not really strange, keep in mind the Perry twins have been in this game for a long time and have sculpted plenty of model classics for Games Workshop. The only complaint I have about the set, is that there are no shirt sleeve decals. I had to paint mine on, which looks fine from afar but poor upclose.

Here’s the painted squad:

All the models are on Games Workshop bases with Litko magnetic adhesive for easy transportation. I kept the ground on the base minimalistic, the way desert looks where there is a lot of foot traffic.

When the Desert Rats kit came out, there was a lot of buzz about the size of the models, which is 28mm but not ‘heroic’. So the head and body size actually look realistic, but also makes them slightly smaller looking then Warlord’s Bolt Action models. I read that people wouldn’t model or play them, since the size difference bothered them so much….well, here is a comparison, with a Victoria Miniatures guardsmen and a Warlord medic included. The medic is metal.

Now you can’t tell me the Perry minis are SO far off, you won’t play with them? Of course basing it on a GW base helps my cause a bit..but they look splendid nonetheless! Go buy yourself a box! The Perry twins have a great website: Perry Miniatures. If you want to follow my exploits in Bolt Action, go to Santa Cruz Warhammer Historical.

SC Mike 

  • Kai Klomann

    still gonna wait till warlord games makes ther own africa armies that fit the range

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  • bonesaww666

    If Perry drops a plastic Waffen kit I will buy an armies worth.

    I far prefer these minis, they actually fit the scale of Bolt Actions vehicles better.

    • Snord

      I agree – the real issue is Warlord’s exaggerated proportions. It’s a shame that the dominant player in 28mm WW2 minis has gone for such an extreme look. I would have preferred the Perry look to be the norm. My only issue with their minis (and it slightly contradicts what I’ve just said) is that I kind of like the oversized weapons on the Warlord models, and the faces have more character.

      Another point in favour of the Perry approach is that they pack a lot on the spues (including optional heads and headgear), and provide a proper commander figure.

  • Azatoth

    These remind me of the Matchbox military miniatures which were also very good at their time, much better then the 1:72 Airfix ones.