Gun Mount on Sarissa Armored Train

Buck

In my previous post about a recent Poland 1939 Combat Patrol ™ game, I showed some pictures of the Sarissa armored train MDF and paper kit.  In a couple of the pictures you can see an empty area that was obviously meant for some sort of weapon.  I thought that it would be a good place for an artillery observer or machine-gun crew.  Duncan found this picture on the Warlord Web site:

Carissa armored artillery carriage with quad anti-aircraft gun

Carissa armored artillery carriage with quad anti-aircraft gun

While the train is obviously meant to be German, based on the shape of the turret provided for one of the other cars, I wanted it for a Polish armored train.  I did some looking for Polish WWII anti-aircraft guns and found these pictures.

Polish 40mm Bofors anti-aircfaft gun

Polish 40mm Bofors anti-aircfaft gun

This is a technique for anti-aircraft fire if you have no purpose-built anti-aircraft weapons.  We were still taught this technique in the 1980s.  I don't know if there is a documented case of this ever working.

This is a technique for anti-aircraft fire if you have no purpose-built anti-aircraft weapons. We were still taught this technique in the 1980s. I don’t know if there is a documented case of this ever working.

I figured it shouldn’t be too hard to find a 40mm Bofors anti-tank gun in scale for 28mm figures.  Voila!  Warlord had one in their Bolt Action line.

I figure that I could file the edges of the helmets down and make this a passable Polish crew.  I have not seen the kit in person, but for every kit like this I have ever seen the carriage and the gun mount are separate.  I can use this as a ground-mounted gun in some scenarios and then put the gun in the train for other scenarios.  Unfortunately I just put in an order for Polish tankettes and the Wz-34 armored cars, so I won’t be ordering from Warlord any time soon, but it will go on my “next time I order” list.

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