Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Armored Platoons will be Standard

Yesterday morning, for those of us on the east coast of the United States, Alessio Cavatore dropped a big surprise in our laps. It was something that I, after reading the review copy, said was not going to happen in Bolt Action. As Alessio made quite clear in his article, however, I had interpreted it incorrectly.

As it turns out, the upcoming Armored Platoons are indeed intended to be used alongside the Reinforced Platoons we're used to, and not only in separate one-off games.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Tamiya Sdkfz 222 Armored Car

Need a cheap Armored Car to include in your German force? Consider getting an SDKFZ 222.  This little guy is really cool looking with his 20mm cannon and MG-34.  While not the best armored car in Bolt Action, it has some great lines which make it one of the sportiest looking of the armored cars.  It is also essential if you want Hanoswag (TM - J) points for your early war army.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Look At The National WWII Museum

Having recently returned from my honeymoon tour of the United States, I thought I would switch gears from our usual article topics to tell you about the National WWII Museum. You might be surprised to learn that such a large and well resourced WWII museum is located in New Orleans, a city more known for great food, strong drink and loose morals. Initially called the National D-Day Museum when it opened more than ten years ago, the museum unsurprisingly focused on the lead up to, the event of, and the aftermath of the D-Day invasion. New Orleans was chosen as the location because Andrew Higgins, the inventor of the D-Day landing boats, lived there along with his company that made literally thousands of landing craft for the Allies over the course of the war. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

AAR: USMC v Japanese in a game of Point Defence

Recently I played a 1000 game where my USMC faced off against Japanese ran by a friend of the site (Mal). We were eagerly anticipating this game as both of us built our forces for the express reason to fight the opposing nation so it was a historical grudge off!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: The Condor Legion by Osprey Publishing

Osprey already has an amazing reputation, so when I received a trilogy of Osprey books about the Spanish Civil War I was very excited. The three books I have in my hot little hands are ‘The Spanish Civil War’, The International Brigades’ and finally ‘The Condor Legion’. In this review I will concentrate on The Condor Legion as this is what drew me towards this period in history.

Written by Carols Caballero Jurado and Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CBax's Historicon List

Historicon is just around the corner and it's time to get out the war dollies.  Here is my 1000 point army for the two Bolt Action tournaments I plan on participating in.  This force looks much larger than it actually is.   This is because my army consists of a lot of Cavalry and troops that will be riding into combat on the back of vehicles.  Having mounted and dismounted versions of most my units means my model count will dwarf other armies of similar size.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Partisans Part 2: My List and Why

In part one of this duo of articles concerning the Partisan army list, I talked generally about the Partisan army list, why I chose the theme of my particular brand of Partisan force, and listed a few of the specific challenges that the army generally encounters in game. Today I am going to talk about the list that I have built, used and tweaked over time to create a historically accurate, fun and effective group of resistance fighters.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

REVIEW: Skirmish Campaigns – Normandy ’44 – First Hours

I’ve heard a few people talk about Skirmish Campaigns and their line of products in a positive light and it really caught my attention.  The concept is that Skirmish Campaigns researches historic battles and provides scenarios that can be played individually or as part of a campaign to recreate historic fight.  What game system?  It’s a generic system that was created to make easy to fit into many game systems, including Bolt Action.  It’s fairly easy to translate into Bolt Action and the owners of the company do play the game.  There is a downloadable document on their website that translates the rules into our game system.

(This Monday edition brings guest author heychadwick of forum fame to share his review of Skirmish Campaign scenarios. - J) 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AAR: Soviets and Germans Demo Game

Growing any game you love is the best way to ensure you will play it for years to come.  As an ambassador of your game you have to be willing to set aside time to run demo games.  Demonstration games give you the opportunity to bring new players into the game and also helps improve your understanding of the rules.

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