Friday, May 31, 2013

New to Bolt Action: Your First List

Craig did a great job earlier in the week letting you know what you need to get before you start playing, up to and including several miniature manufacturers to choose from. Once you've read the rule book and decided on your nation of choice, it's time to dive into my second favorite part of any miniature battle game - listing!

Time to form up and head to the table front!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Speed Painting US Infantry

(Continuing our "Week of the New Guy", here comes Martin Bond, "marticus", with another article for you Bolt Action-related pleasure. This time, he's showing us his quick and dirty painting guide for American infantry. Great for those of you first timers out there just starting out, and great for those grizzled veterans just looking for a fast way to get those models on the table. - Judson)

I’m not a great painter, I am the first to admit that, but I wanted to get my guys looking at least acceptable for tabletop standard, and I wanted to do it quickly.  So I painted these guys using my Flames of War US paint set, gunmetal grey, beige brown, flat flesh and that old favorite of mine Devlan Mud. (Not in the FoW US paint set, but OK! - J)


Monday, May 27, 2013

New to Bolt Action: Getting Started

So, You're New to Bolt Action
When reading through the WWPD Bolt Action Forum, and when talking to potential new Bolt Action players, a lot of questions arise about what you need to buy to get into the game.  Over the next few weeks I am going to be putting out a series of articles on how to go from having nothing to having a 1000 point Bolt Action force.  We'll start with the basics, then take a look at the thought that goes into a small 500 point force. Each week I'll add a little more until we have a 1000 point force ready for action. (And I might even join in. Let the "Week of the New Guy" begin! - Judson)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: Battle Honors Type 97 Chi-Ha Japanese Medium Tank

Armored units are an often overlooked branch of the Imperial Japanese Army.  In our movie-minded version of the War, tough as nails Marines struggled against an unseen Japanese foe in the jungle islands of the Pacific.  Rarely does an accurate depiction of Japanese armor make its way onto the silver screen.  However this is not the historical case.  The Imperial Japanese Army developed and fielded armored elements, which were utilized in many of its campaigns against the Chinese, Soviets and Western Allies.  For example, the Japanese used several hundred tanks against the British during the Malaya Campaign. Of all their tanks one of the best and most reliable tank was the Type 97 ShinHoTo Chi Ha.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AAR: Envelopment Germans vs Americans

Three of us go together and played a 1250point Bolt Action game.  The battle pitted my Germans against my buddy Bob's Rangers.  My German's were tasked with defending a hilly wooded section of the front from an allied attacked.  (Note: We played on the same battlefield we used to play an ACW Black Powder game the night before, so it looks like we are fighting in rural West Virgina.) - Hardly a stretch to think of that table as something somewhere in Western Europe. -Judson

Monday, May 20, 2013

Armies of Germany List Utility - Fully Updated

 Your wait is over, BARbarians. After countless hours of hard work, Duncan's finished updating the German List Utility to include all the units from the Armies of Germany book!

On top of all that, he's finished some nice additions to make using the list even easier. Head on over to the downloads page and check it out!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Berlin or Bust Japanese Infantry

There are many option out there for people looking to collect an Imperial Japanese Army for Bolt Action.   West Wind Productions: Berlin or Bust range is readily available at their online store from those in the UK or  from Old Glory 25s in the US.  Each pack comes with ten figures and cost about $16 a pack.  Additionally, if you join the Old Glory Army ($50 annually) you get 40% off all orders.  This makes the Berlin or Bust range one of the more affordable range of figures.  

I picked up three packs of Japanese from Berlin or Bust; two packs of infantry with rifles and one pack of command.  The command pack came with NCOs, officers, a bugler, and a flag bearer, while the infantry packs came with enlisted men with rifles.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review: Warlord Games M2 Bag by Battlefoam

Warlord Games and Battlefoam have teamed up to bring all you BARbarians out there another option for transporting your forces. The M2 Bag! I've had this bag for a while now, so I apologize for the delay in getting the review out to all you interested parties, but things have been hoppin' lately!

Queue dramatic, box-opening music!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bolt Action Radio Episode 10!

Download Episode 10 here: Bolt Action Radio Episode 10

Our security crew's quit - something about demanding actual wages for their work - and The BAR lets anyone come in! Forum poet laureate UberGruber stops by, tournament organizer supreme Stefan shows up, and WWPD's northernmost (we think) Bolt Action battle reporter Craig Baxter rounds out the BAR-barians in Episode 10.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Tutorial: Rural Fences

Rural fencing is a simple way to enhance the battlefields your miniatures wage war on.  While there are commercial fences readily available to order from a variety of well know and reputable manufactures, it is easy and cheap to make your own from scratch from items you have laying around your house and yard.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: Warlord Games US Plastic Infantry

This review's brought to us courtesy of Martin Bond (marticus) and Warlord Games. Enjoy! - J

I was lucky enough to get to take a look at the Warlord Games WWII American Infantry plastic boxed set.  

So I thought I would share what’s in it and my thoughts on it.

As always nice artwork on the box…

Monday, May 6, 2013

AAR: 29th, Let's ... Defend?!?

Steven came over to give the 29th their first game of Bolt Action!  I finally got everything all painted up and ready for the table.  We decided to play the Envelopment mission and I got to defend -- must be some counter-attack near St. Lo.  I deployed two Infantry Squads, both MMGs and my LT.  Steven had to bring everything on either in the first wave or after.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Review: Warlord Games Ruined Farmhouse

General Review:

The Ruined Farmhouse from Warlord Games provides a pretty nice looking, modular building for your Bolt Action battles.  I am going to review this from two perspectives, so please take a look...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Review: Company B M7 Priest

The following review was done by community member and tournament organizer extraordinaire Stefan Sheckells. I've never dealt with any Company B stuff, so I hope it proves as valuable and insightful to you as it did me. - Judson

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