Bolt Action: New Plastic M18 Hellcat

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Roaring onto a tabletop near you the new Plastic M18 Hellcat!

If you’re looking to add some speed and firepower then the new plastic Hellcat is the one for you!

via Warlord:

Mighty fast and packing a deadly punch the M18 Hellcat blasts its way onto your battlefields this week for World War II and beyond…

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The fastest tracked armoured fighting vehicle of World War II with a top speed up to 60 mph (92kph), the M18 Hellcat was an American tank armed with a 76mm cannon.

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The Hellcat’s prodigious speed was attained by keeping it’s armour to no more than 1″ thick. Hellcat crews quickly took advantage of the vehicle’s speed to minimize the enemy’s ability to pierce its thin armour. Hellcats used their speed to outflank and penetrate the side and back of the heavily armoured German Tiger and Panther tanks.

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The M18 Hellcat saw service in the Western Front in the main. However it also saw action in the Pacific and in Italy. The US military also supplied the M18 to Chinese Nationalist forces opposing the Japanese in the Pacific theatre. As this was something of an overkill situation against weakly armoured Japanese tanks, the Hellcat was more often used in a fire support role.

Post war, the Hellcat would see service with several nations and it is still in use with the Venezualan Army!

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In Bolt Action

Cost: 132pts (Inexperienced), 165pts (Regular), 197pts (Veteran)
Weapons: One heavy anti-tank gun in open turret
Damage value: 7+ (armoured car/carrier)
Options: May add a pintle-mounted HMG for +25pts
Tow: Light or medium howitzers; light, medium or heavy anti-tank guns; light or heavy anti-aircraft guns.
Special Rules
Open-topped
Flak (printle-mounted HMG if fitted)
Recce

Contains:

  • 1 M18 Hellcat plastic kit
  • 1 Waterslide transfer set
  • 1 Full colour construction and paint guide
  • 1 Colour, detailed stats, Bolt Action play card

 

Like a cat outta hell!

  • jasonsation

    Reading this article made me go play Company of Heroes 2. I made sure my Americans got one of these and ran circles around the German armor while getting anti tank support from Bazooka teams and anti-tank guns. Love that game. Wish I played more Bolt Action!