Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bolt Action Radio Episode 30

In Bolt Action Radio, Episode Thirty, Nemesis Andy, Dano de los Danos and Judddson both take off and return from another glorious Fall-In trip. Tune in and listen to the tournament report that avoids giving you a turn-by-turn, roll-by-roll snoozefest and instead focuses on the big picture. Do armored platoons fit in well in the standard reinforced platoon scene? Do the scenarios still work well when treads are trundling across four-by-six foot battlefields? Are super-heavy guns over-powered? (Ha.) This and much more gets tossed about in the latest episode of BAR.

Also if you live in the neighbourhood, you should check out this good cause: 
"We are doing an event on December 6th here in Flint, MI at Gamers Sanctuary where we raise money for the local food bank. We have done this for a number of years and we are pulling in Bolt Action this year.



If you would like the  direct link to this episode... You can find it here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

OXI - Greek Army Project Part 2: Converting Greek Artillery Crew and Officers

With limited option available to anyone wanting to collect a Greek army, you may be require to get creative to fill out your collection and meet your army's needs.  I ended up lacking officers, characters, and gun crews for my artillery.  I wasn't able to find figures that liked or, in the case of artillery crew, wasn't able to buy crew separate from their guns to make the purchase worth it.  So instead I made my own figures from bits I had laying around from old kits and models I had in the house.

Review: Blitzkrieg Miniatures Honey Stuart and Bandai Valentine

When Blitzkrieg Miniatures announced that they were going to be offering free shipping world wide I immediate purchased two more of their amazing Honey Stuarts to form the core of a new British Armored Platoon.  The Honey Stuart is a iconic tank and Blitzkrieg Miniatures does this tank justice.  Blitzkrieg makes all resin tanks that require very little assembly.  The Stuart kit includes a hull (with tracks attached), a turret, a hatch, three MMGs and a main gun.  It took me less than twenty minutes to assemble all three of my Honey Stuarts and the detail is as good, if not better than, the best alternative kits on the market.  If your a gamer who wants high quality model tanks, but you don't want to frustratingly labor through the assembly process there is no better choice than Blitzkrieg Miniatures, especially if you game in 1/48 like me.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Preparing Resin Vehicles for Painting

I have been painting resin vehicles for a few years now from various manufactures and I have had a few issues over that time which could have been avoided with proper preparation. I did not really understand how to prime resin to allow for the paint to bind and hold over the long term. If you are new to the scene this could help you out and it is based on my experiences only so opinions may vary. I am far from an expert and just your average Jo war gamer but I have learnt some small tricks along the way.

You can see the symptoms starting to appear, this is not a good day

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ghost Army Podcast: Episode 2

Ghost Army Podcast Episode 2

In the sequel to the first Ghost Army Podcast Brad, Bryan and Patch chew the fat over two very different lists from MOAB's Bolt Action Tournament. There is lots of talk about an Australian campaign in the Pacific in the context of creating competitive and historical lists. There are also more special guests as we talk to folks from The Assault Group and the man behind Melbourne's next big gaming event, This Is War. And last but not least we take a look under the hood of the newest Bolt Action book: Battleground Europe.

If you require the direct link to the episode...  Click HERE

You can find The Assault Group HERE

And This Is War HERE

AND War And Peace Games HERE

AND as always we are seeking feedback from you guys (and gals) from the community about the show. Please log onto our forums or our Facebook page to let us know what you think.  Thank you for listening!

OXI - Greek Army Project Part 1: The Infantry

I finally got off my butt and started working on my long desired Greek army for Bolt Action. The Greeks contributed a small but not insignifcant fight force to the allies during the War.  Collecting a Greek army is difficult because there are no easily available Greek figures available in 28mm. Luckily you can substitute a variety of figures from other ranges, due to Greeces reliance on outside assistance for military hardware.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Speakeasy 29

Speakeasy 29! Let it begin!
For starters Dano and Judson talk a bit of Fury, so if you haven't watched it, go watch it before they spoil everything! They get a bit of last minute Fall-In discussion in before making a special announcement that's probably going to cause a stir. Later on, Captain TO jumps in to bring everyone up to speed on what they can expect at one of his events - specifically Fall-In '14 - and any time the good Captain comes on, it's a valuable listen for anyone that runs their own events.

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

Download here! 

Review Warlord Games: Soviet Assault Engineers

At Historicon this year I scored a pack of the Soviet Assault Engineers from Warlord Games.  This pack includes an LMG, flame thrower, and five dudes with SMGs.  I supplemented the pack with four more guys in soviet overalls from Black Tree Designs to fill out the squad.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Duelling Paintbrushes

Hey there BARbarians,

Most of us at Boltaction.net are deep into the hobby groove right now. New armies are being started and finished off; its an exciting time. So we though it might be time for some Duelling Paintbrushes action!

For the uninitiated Duelling Paintbrushes is where we set a benchmark in terms of time and number of models painted. We have decided to aim for (around) two 8 man squads, a support team and a vehicle by the end of the month.

This is what we're all working on:

The Mouth of Madness

I'm painting up two squads of USMC. They're the plastics from Warlord (very nice models). the Bazoka team is also Warlord, and the Sherman (Sloppy Joe) is JTFM.


Patch is painting up Pacific Australians. The infantry is a mix from Artizan and Wartime Miniatures and that amazing Matilda II is Blitzkrieg Miniatures (with the crewman from Warlord).


Bryan is working on his Hungarians (note the converted mustache). The infantry are Artizan, and the tanks are from Bob Emmerson aka "Mad Bob Miniatures". The tanks are the Toldi light tank and a Zrinyii II Assault Howitzer. I'm told there are also some Warlord panzershreks in there.


Just is working on his Luftwaffe Field Division. They are all from Black Tree Design. Enjoy assembling the Flakvierling Judd.


CBax is working on starting a British/Greek Army for the desert and Italy.  These troops will be painted up to represent that Greek troops that fought at the tail end of the campaign in Greece/Crete, the 1st Greek Brigade that fought at the Second Battle of El Alamein, the the 3rd Greek Mountain Brigade which fought in Italy, and Sacred Band, Greek Special forces that worked with the SAS in North Africa and raided Axis forces in the Aegean.

We'll keep you updated on our progress through the forum and on boltaction.net

We're also through out the challenge to all of you. Can't wait to see the progress.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Black Tree Design NKVD

Most people don't realize this but the NKVD, the law enforcement arm of the Soviet Union, did not just place political officers known as Commissars amongst Soviet troops but were also fielded units.  As troops they often served as border guards on the Soviet frontier and as border guards to prevent desertions.  There were even times they served at the front as full time combat troops.  In the waning months of the war, Stalin also used these troops to purge the Soviet Union of unwanted or unwelcome ethnic groups and political enemies.

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