Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PSC Russian Infantry Box Review

Here's a look at some new infantry from the workshop of Joe Messerle. Outstanding work again - I think he gets the most out of what he's working with. I also couldn't help but notice some WIP pics of my Warlord Games British Infantry in the background. Keep churning out Bolt Action, Joe! - Judson

Greetings Comrades,

     Comrade Joseph reporting from the glorious painting desk of Comrade Messerle.  We have been preparing strong infantry to be shipped to the Steve-O-grad front for victory.  Please sit and enjoy the review of the troops.

     Plastic Soldier Company has been a strong ally in the wargaming department here recently, having ranges in 15mm and 28mm.  I have found that every new product coming out is an improvement on the previous models.  I have experience with their 15mm German armor ranges and looked forward to diving into their 28mm ranges.

     These lovely troops of Mother Russia are provided by Steve.  He asked me to paint them up for him and it is always fun to see the final project on his wargaming table.  These Russians are from the 28mm Russian Infantry, Summer Uniform.  This box set is a HUGE value for the cost.  You get 57 figures in one box.  It includes 6 Jr Officers/NCOS, 45 Riflemen/SMGs and 6 LMGs with loaders.  The only downfall when first opening this box is realizing that it includes NO bases.  A small inconvenience but noticeable.

One Squad of Comrades, the box gives you three of these !

Monday, January 28, 2013

Current Infantry Balance

Bolt Action has only been around for six months or so, but the pace at which it has evolved in that short time has been a completely new experience for me. Everything moves, I suppose, at the speed technology allows it to, so comparing the Bolt Action evolution with those of past game systems may not be fair. However, it bears noting that in the six months since the game's release we've seen an official FAQ/Errata document, and two full rules supplements from Osprey Publishing in the form of Armies of Germany, and most recently, Armies of the United States. On top of that, we've seen preview lists for upcoming books in the Armies of France PDF and the Armies of Imperial Japan PDF. My head still reeling from all these new lists and rules, we've now received word that the latest full supplement, Armies of Great Britain, is available for pre-order and due out in a couple months.

I'm impressed at the pace of it all! (My greedy little gamer hands are loving it!)


Friday, January 25, 2013

Warlord Games M10 Review

by Dirty Jon
Judson and Steven have roped me into creating a Bolt Action army.  I took the opportunity to create an army based on the US 29th Infantry Division and I am trying to be as historically accurate as I can.  As it so happens,  the 115th Infantry Regiment of the 29th was charged with guarding some M10s in France - I read all about this in The Clay Pigeons of St. Lo by Glover S. Johns.  So, I went ahead and ordered an M10 and got started.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cold Wars List Dissection

You might not be aware, but there's a 1000-point tournament coming up in March at Cold Wars, hosted by my friend Stefan. This will be my first competitive event, and I'm sure the same can be said for the vast majority of the other competitors.

In my limited experience in Bolt Action, no vehicle has fascinated me quite like the Churchill Crocodile. I'd recently put out the call on the forum to help me with my list, and some WWPD forumites have answered the call! Obviously, this requirement restricted us to Commonwealth lists - and as it turns out, we reached a general consensus on a Commonwealth/Crocodile list!

I finally had the chance to test out their ideas on the tabletop, at the latest FTX with Dano. Care to hear how it shook out?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Hobby Boss KV-1

Not every army needs a tank, but if you're going to take one, the KV-1 is one fine beast.  The KV-1 has always been my favorite Soviet tank of the war.  Partially because it is a refrigerator with a gun, partially because it has never let my Germans down in FoW.  (I run a captured one named Kathrine the Great in my MW grenadier list) So when looking at buying my first tank for Bolt Action, I chose the KV-1.

Friday, January 18, 2013

AAR: Point Defense: Broken Arrow!

The final 1000-point game of our last FTX ended up being Point Defense. We decided to see how the game played blue versus blue this time, since all of our previous games had been red versus blue, and these sorts of matchups are inevitable in tournaments or pick-up games. At this point, we were pretty beat from a weekend of gaming, but Dano played his Americans and I played the Commonwealth.
A British officer and his attendants peer down an alleyway towards an enemy position.
For those unfamiliar with it, Point Defense calls for one player, determined by roll-off (winner calls it), to defend three objectives spaced at least two feet apart from each other and six inches away from the long table edge. Of course, on a six foot table, this twenty-four inch objective spacing means there's not a lot of leeway in placement for the defender.

Dano ended up defending, so victory for him meant none of his three objectives could fall into my hands. I needed to claim at least two for victory, and if I held one at the end, it would be a draw. 

I had a full, veteran HQ; a couple regular infantry squads; a veteran infantry squad; an artillery observer; veteran flamethrower; PIAT; Bren Carrier; and Crocodile.

Dano had his usual command and four small infantry squads (he calls it two full squads broken into teams) with a couple MMGs and a medium mortar. He also had a couple trucks with fifties, a Sherman, an air observer, and one full squad of engineers (simply infantry with anti-tank grenades) rounding it out.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: Warlord Soviet Naval Infantry

Soviet Naval Infantry made up a small, but significant portion of the Soviet military force during World War Two, contributing troops to some of the hardest fought battles of the war.  Famed for their ferocious fighting and heroic sacrifices, Soviet Naval Infantry were some the best troops fielded by the Russians on the Eastern Front.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Warlord Games Panzer II Unboxing (11JAN13)

Update 11JAN13: A new Panzer II is on the way, courtesy of Warlord Games customer service. A follow-up review will take place when I receive the new tank, as well as a review of the systems Warlord Games has in place to take care of issues like these. While I'm certain the stated goal of every miniature manufacturer is "no mistakes", I've yet to play a mini game where they didn't happen occasionally. I'm looking forward to this rare opportunity to review the whole process! Stay tuned!

My little brother, like all well brought up little brothers, pays attention. Truthfully, by "well brought up" I mean, "tortured daily by an older brother"; and by "pays attention" I mean "is big enough to crush me now but generally buys me good stuff for my birthday, regardless of the daily torture."

He knows that the Panzer II, for some reason, is my favorite tank of the Second World War. Does it even count as a WWII tank? Who knows! I'm not here to debate the value of the Panzer II on the battlefields of 1939 and '40 Western Europe. I am here, however, to talk about the Warlord Games Panzer II he bought be for my birthday.

You order one from Warlord Games, and it arrives inside a bubble wrap bag within a box. The metal bits are inside their own baggie, which is not pictured. My brother said it took two weeks to arrive, from England, and he ordered it early in December. Pretty good turn around!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

AAR: US vs Germans (Envelopement)

Dano and I kicked off our latest FTX (48+ hour gaming session) by rolling for a Bolt Action scenario, and up came Envelopement. I had some new German ideas I'd wanted to get on the table, and Dano was bringing his Americans. The dice dictated the Germans would attack the defending Americans, which was fine with both of us, as we both wanted more experience from either side in this scenario.

Envelopement, if you haven't played it before, calls for the attacker to move his units off the defender's table edge. The defender is tasked with eliminating as many of the attacker's units as possible. More points are awarded to the attacker for leaving the table than are awarded to the defender for destroying the attacker's units, so in a sense, the "defender" is forced to attack. He cannot sit back and let the enemy come to him, because if he waits too long, he won't be able to inflict enough casualties to earn the points he needs to overcome the points his opponent earns for running past him.

Envelopement starts off with a Preparatory Bombardment. As expected, most of the American units received one or two pin markers, but the MMG position sustained a direct hit from the German shelling. One member of the crew fell to the shrapnel.

With that out of the way, we started pulling order dice!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: Sarissa Precision Weapons Teams Bases

After seeing Gazza's based weapons teams on the forums, I knew that's how I wanted to base my weapons teams - one large base, with the crew on removable bases to show causalities. I first attempted it with my Soviets in the style Gazza did, using my usual FoW basing stucco, and while functional, it looked pretty poor. Off in search of a better basing solution... 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Book Review: Albert Kesselring

Osprey Publishing brings the work of author Pier Paolo Battistelli to the printed page in the "Albert Kesselring" edition of its "Leadership - Strategy - Conflict" series.

The one picture in existence depicting Kesselring without a huge grin on his face. OK, OK, I'm exagerrating. There's one more.

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