Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Agony of Humidity (Frosting your Models with Matte)

It was pretty humid today, and I decided to spray some matte varnish on tanks. Care to know how it went?

I'm a bad decision dynamo! Read on to find out all the sad, tragic steps in this latest misadventure.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

For Starters, Let's Just Call 'em Walls

There's a piece of terrain famous in all of war gaming, Bolt Action included, that for the sake of simplicity we'll refer to as a "wall"; but it really incorporates any sort of feature situated in a straight(-ish) line that at least partially obscures the models on the opposite side.

Time to launch an assault over a six foot obstacle, boys!

Oh walls! As I believe Catullus (should have) once said, "I hate and love (walls). And why, perhaps you'll ask? I know not - but I feel, and I'm tormented (by walls)."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AARticle: Your Point Defense is Strong, but Merica is Stronger

I'm back in the Bolt Action dice chucking saddle after Historicon and got engaged in a double header Bolt Action FTX.   I decided to mix it up and give my Soviets a much deserved RR away from the front.  So I busted out my Dad's Merican Army to give them a whorl.  I have played with the US a few times in larger group games I have put on, but never built a 1000 point US army.  I wanted to see how they run and also wanted to try a few listing "ideas" I have been kicking around.  The "idea" was could I find a way to make MMGs work by loading up on more than one.   My rationale was to form a MMG base of fire that can reach out and support my advancing infantry.   Since the US gets to take three MMGs per platoon I tried to make this work two .30 cals.

Monday, August 18, 2014

LRDG Episode 18

In Episode 18 the guys are all back from their travels abroad. In the first segment the guys talk about hobby plans and highlights from their trip before getting down and dirty with the new Armies of China PDF. In segment two the guys are joined by Uncle Mal and Patchimus Prime to discuss light mortars, smoke, and MOAB. Later still, Anfernee and Old Man Morin visit the Dawgpound to talk list building, comp, point levels and campaigns with the one and only MarkDawg. Ruff ruff!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Moisture, the Essence of Wetness: Wet Palettes, What They Are and How to Make One

Here is an oldie but a goodie from the old LRDG website that we thought you guys might enjoy. I have found this tutorial invaluable when creating a wet palette, which is necessary when I am blending endless shades of white on my Finns. - Old Man Morin

Hey guys and gals, Tobu here.

Today I’m going to go through the positives and negatives of using a Wet Palette and show you how I make mine. First off, we all know how frustrating painting models can be. We’ve all got horror stories of how we ruined hours of work by using the wrong colour, forgetting an important step or not waiting until a coat was completely dry. For me, my main problem was I was rushing which meant these type of problems occurred more often than they should. Whenever I’d put a colour on my palette, or especially, whenever I mixed a colour up out of a couple of paints, I felt like I was racing against the clock to try and get my work done before the damn paint dried up. This led to sloppy painting on my behalf and I wanted to fix it. I heard on the internet tubes that there was a thing called a Wet Palette, that could solve all my woes – so I went about making one for myself. First, an explanation of what a Wet Palette is: basically, a source of moisture is placed below a permeable surface which is drawn up into the paint on top of it to keep it in a workable state. Below is a (very) rough diagram of how it works:

I’m no physicist, but I believe the pressure of the paint holding its form is enough to draw water up through the permeable surface (baking paper) and into the paint.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Boltaction.net Week in Review

Did you miss a daily article this week? If so make sure you go back and check them out.


Dave of War took a closer look at the Mk V Tank from Trenchworx.

Tuesday: List Conception: Luftwaffe Field Division
Judson bounces around the idea of running a German list made up of Luftwaffe Field Troops

Anfernee gave us some tips on the Big Cats in ourlives.

Welcome back to BAR 26.  Join the guys recap of Historicon 2014. 

Friday: Review - Foundry Fallschirmjager
C-Bax showed us his newly painted Fallschirmjager from Foundry

Make sure you join us next week for more exciting articles and Bolt Action news.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: Foundry Fallschirmjager

I got my hands on some of Wargames Foundry's Fallschirmjager.    These highly detailed figures are absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend them for anyone looking at collecting a Fallschirmjager force, especially an early war Fallschirmjager force.   Foundry has for a long time set an industry standard in quality and these models will not disappoint.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bolt Action Radio Episode 26

In this episode of Bolt Action Radio, Captain TO, Baxter, DaveOwaR, and Judson talk about the Historicon experience. Unfortunately, a large portion of the final segment was lost because some amateur (Judson!) had recording issues; yet waste not want not! The boys will make lemonade out of lemons! Chat them up on the forum, where they will be lurking to fill you in on the mysteries of the last round!

Here's the link to find those awesome custom Brader tables:

Download the BAR here! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Optimizing Big Tanks

Gather 'round boys and girls, as I divulge my ideas on how to get the most out of those beautiful big girls (queue the Queen! - J), the Heavy and Super-heavy armoured vehicle.  Heavy and Super-heavy tanks are quite rare in the standard (read non-Tank Wars) 1000 point game of Bolt Action because they usually take up 300+ points.  Such a whooping chunk of points can often leave you short on other useful tools and make your list less flexible, but there are things to consider to help you get the most out of these large investment units.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Listception: Luftwaffe Field Division

For most of us, a good list idea isn't about discovering a powerful unit in the rule book and building a force around it. No, sir! It's about something from the story of it all that grabs you. I'll leave it as a loose generalization like "story" because that can come from all sorts of sources, which we've discussed before. This listception came to me in the form of those blue uniformed gents sometimes referred to as Goring's Grenadiers.

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