Bolt Action: New Panzer VIII Maus

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This will be available tomorrow in limited quantities – make sure you get yours!

This Friday Warlord release a model of one of the most enigmatic armoured fighting vehicles of the Second World War. The subject has the fairly innocuous designation VK100.01 PorscheType 205 yet to any serious student of WW2 AFVs this subject is better known as the Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus (Mouse).

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Prototype V2 ready to head to the front

This example of late war German imagination may be named after a tiny rodent but it is anything but mouse like. Weighing an astonishing 188 metric tons the Maus still holds the record as the heaviest fully enclosed armoured fighting vehicle ever built. Unlike the majority of the so-called ‘paper panzers’, advanced German tank designs which only existed in technical schematics and project documentation, the Maus was actually built with two prototypes almost complete and perhaps as many as 9 others under construction when Hitler cancelled the programme in late 1943.

There are even unsubstantiated rumours that one of these prototype vehicles may have been used in combat against the Soviets. Speculations on how the Maus would have actually performed in combat are of course securely in the realms of ‘what-if’. However, one of the great things about Bolt Action and wargaming in general is you can experiment with these remarkable examples of the ‘what might have been’ and incorporate them into your gaming.

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I can imagine that there are plenty of ‘tread heads’ out there in the general Bolt Action Community who will find the temptation of adding one of these monsters to their late war German army difficult to resist. With the recent release of Konflikt ’47 there is also no reason why the Maus cannot be incorporated into German Army lists for that game also.

Find out more about this monstrous beast (and how it works in your games of Bolt Action and Konflikt’47) when it’s released at 12pm GMT (6am CST) Friday 20th January in the UK and US web stores!

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  • PanzerDan

    One minor thing The Maus was cancelled by the Bombing raid on the Krupp/meppen yard. It was the only Panzer line that the bombing raids completely ceased production on as a fun trivia piece

  • I do not understand peoples’ obsession with this thing. As paper tanks go it isn’t even one of the particularly interesting ones.

    • GrogDaTyrant

      It comes down to childish obsession with being “da biggest and da bestest!” The armor thickness was ridiculous, and frontally greater than any allied weapon could penetrate. And the gun would have blown through any armor the allies had. However the vehicle was a failure, and spent almost the entire war in development. In many ways, it was one of Germany’s greatest wastes of resources during the war. At least vehicles like the Tiger II, or Jagdtiger, made it in into production in limited amounts… This thing was just failure from the word go.

      • That’s precisely my point, though. It was a failure, and it would have still been a failure even if it had made it to production.

        As a case study in resource mismanagement and fatal overengineering it’s interesting, I suppose, but no more.

    • Gideon Ernesto

      It’s perfect for pulp or of course Konflikt 47 though. Becasue it highlights how ridiculously megalomaniacal the 3rd Reich was.
      The Gustav Gun
      Germania (the City project)
      All the UFO (Dresine) BS
      This Tank

      It makes sense why the Nazi Pulp genre is so poplar. Because they were actually really that crazy.

      I don’t care for historical wargaming at all. But this product, I find it appealing. I would paint a hydra skull on it. Maybe even modle a Readskull on the turret.

    • georgelabour

      You obviously haven’t watched enough girls und panzer then.

    • Hedwerx

      Yeah, personally I’d rather have a Panzer VII Löwe.

      • Damistar

        Isn’t the King Tiger the Panzer VII? It would be fun to see the E series worked up too. The Lowe (Lion) was a concurrent development with the Mammoth (later renamed Maus by some German with a sense of humor). The Lion was abandoned and resources diverted to the Mouse on Hitler’s orders.

        • Hedwerx

          No, King Tiger is Panzer VI-B (and Tiger I is VI-E).

          • Damistar

            I figured the King Tiger would be its own mark, since it’s new and not a modification of the Tiger I. The Tiger I being basically an up-gunned and up-armored panzer IV and the King Tiger doing the same with the Panther. Then again there’s not always rhyme or reason to the way the Germans assigned designations, look at the Panther Ausf. A coming after the Ausf. D.

          • Hedwerx

            Well the Tiger II was the spiritual successor to the Tiger I, and they both came from the ‘Breakthrough Tank’ initiative. Also I’m pretty sure the Tiger I didn’t receive it’s VI designation until 1943 when the first Tiger II rolled off the production lines.

          • Damistar

            I’m sure you’re correct. By the end of the war consistency in tank designation was probably not a priority for Germany.

          • Hedwerx

            There was another Panzer VI at the start of the war. Just to make things even more confusing.
            The Neubaufahrzeug

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  • MechBattler

    This was more a mobile gun emplacement than a tank. It would have been WAY too slow to have any practical offensive value. Best they could’ve done is park it in a defensive position and take potshots at anything that got too close.

  • Damistar

    I’ll get one for Konflict 47. I figure that with the “rift technology” the Germans can work the bugs out and make it live up to it’s potential.

  • Satu Patel

    Would love to have one of these… My son and I play plenty of “what if” scenarios against enemy AI (I created charts for enemy movement and placement, I just have to roll on it) and many times we lose, but that once awhile win is very memorable.