Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: Revell Snap Tite Spitfire

The unofficial warplane rules recently debuted and I found myself lacking a 1:72 aircraft. Revell Snap Tite kits to the rescue!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Painting War - Season 1, Issue # 1 - WWII German Army

by Patch

After seeing a bit of positive chatter around the various forums about this magazine, I decided to take the plunge and order it online. The magazine is the first in a new series dedicated to painting miniatures and in this issue Ruben Torregrosa "Heresybrush" takes the reader through step by steps on how to recreate WW2 German infantry in both 28mm and 15mm.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Speakeasy 22

Hey, Eenis, if it's OK with you, Dano and I are going to talk about Bolt Action, as hard as we can.

Episode 22 brings it all the way back to the basics - Dano's got a list he needs to tighten up before a big tournament, and the boys talk it out.

(For those that don't know, subscriptions provide access to all WWPD premium content, and Speakeasy represents just a fraction of the whole. - Judson)


Friday, April 11, 2014

AAR: Soviets and German Probing Action

I had an FTX weekend recently, and got in a pick up game of Bolt Action with my buddy Andy. We wanted to play with the big toys, so we each ran one armored and one infantry platoon, in a modified version of the second mission Jud had for tank battles at Cold Wars. It used three objectives, strung out down the diagonal center line. At Cold Wars, forces came on within 12" of opposing table corners, but we adjusted this to 24". It worked really well, and we will get the mission up soon so everyone can enjoy it.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kradschutzen Review

By Patch

When I commenced planning my early war, Blitzkrieg, German army, one of the units that drew my attention the most was the motorbike troops - commonly known by the German name of Kradschutzen. These motorbike troops are so iconic to that early war period that I had to base my army around them, and one thing that I had noticed was that I had yet to face an opponent that was using them; certainly I had not seen them in the several tournaments I had attended.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Deployment Essentials

by Judson

From time to time, we all face the player that deploys the entirety of his or her forces in a horizontal line across the length of the table, thereby spreading his or herself thin and guaranteeing a complete inability to focus power (dice, specifically) from multiple units onto a single target. The inability to throw maximum dice at minimum targets can often lead to maximum defeat in a dice game; and this is, of course, an error no professional BARbarian would ever commit. Right?

Hate to break it to you, BARbarians, but chances are, you make some cardinal deployment mistakes. Do you disagree? Well, MarkDawgs, read on and find out how many of these mistakes you make!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LRDG Episode 13

Episode 13: Lucky 13

This time around the boys decide to try something novel: Sobriety!  

Join Dave'O'War, The Mouth of Madness and Old Man Morin as they break down the highlights of Bradcon 2014 in all the musical details.  Italians get more discussion and the boys look at the uses of howitzers VS mortars.  The lads also take a long, hard look at Bob Emmerson's resin vehicle range, and do a little compare and contrast with the newest and best from Warlord and Company B.   Come aboard mates and see what the LRDG are like...  without booze!?!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bolt Action Radio Episode 22

Welcome back, BARbarians, for episode twenty-two of Bolt Action Radio. Cbax, the good Captain TO, and the newly-crowned, Dark Lord of Hate and Evil, Chris Hecht join Judson for a round at The BAR. Starting things off is a quick rundown of the tournaments at Cold Wars. (Those of you with premium access heard different coverage last week.) Next up, the guys talk about their initial reactions to the optional air power rules recently released, before CBax delves deeply into his brand new, unofficial, and very popular, Ethiopian army list. Captain TO mentions that Lieutenant TO bought a Lamborghini with the money he made at Cold Wars, as well!

Download the BAR here! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Terrain Trouble

Different game systems require different terrain conventions, and our favorite Bolt Action system welcomes the use of "true" terrain.

This is an idea we should embrace, and here's why:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

An Open Letter to Some Local Game Shops

After a fairly long running series of problems with my mobile phone provider I was struck how, as hobbyists, we put up with rubbish that we would never deal with reasonably outside of the toy soldier world. If “normal” companies that we deal with regularly tried the tactics often employed by businesses in our hobby, we would be voting with our feet and either going elsewhere or rage quitting. Let me give you a few examples.

My personal bane: Low stock levels. If you walked into your local grocery store and they were out of milk, eggs, and all meats except for a small section of beef and pigs feet, you would probably not go shopping there again. Why? Because it is a waste of your time. We expect businesses to sell what they advertise. If I had a dollar for every game/hobby shop I have been in that has a minimal stock of EVERYTHING (not just GW or Warlord products) I would be a rich dude. It is a worldwide phenomenon. I'd like to think that I am fairly well travelled and from Boston to Bermuda to Tokyo to Paris to… you name it… I have found poorly stocked shops everywhere. What is also universal is that they all tell me that, if I don’t mind waiting two weeks, they can get me what I need. What? Video game shops (similar market) don’t make people wait to buy hot sellers.

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