Posts Tagged ‘World War 2’

Rubicon Models British CMP 15cwt Truck

Posted on June 2nd, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In addition to the Northern Africa campaign week in November, I want to cover the British CMP 15cwt Truck by Rubicon Models in a review today. The CMP stands for canadian military pattern. This truck was build in Canada and used by armies of the Britis…

KublaCon 2018 Report

Posted on May 30th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve returned from another KublaCon.  This is the bay area’s largest gaming convention by far – and it was nice to see a marked expansion in attendance – up by several hundred people I’m told.  While still not massive, the convention is now p…

Clairemont must be held

Posted on March 16th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

The wind ruffled the canvas of the temporary command post set up in the forest. The rooves of the houses in Clairemont were just visible if you craned your neck and peered around the curve in the tent flap. Despite the breeze the interior of the CP was…

Bolt Action: Afrika Korp Project Part 3

Posted on March 12th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Following on with the tradition of being very slow to post updates for my Afrika Korp Force. I have neglected it for far too long […]

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Ride to Battle in Tank Wars

Posted on March 5th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Bolt Action has been around for a while and is primarily focused on infantry battles. Tank Wars however features, you guessed it tanks. The British […]

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TSA Clubevening 16th of february 2018

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Yesterday, I wasn`t playing any games at the club myself, so that meant I went to have a look around and bring another oversight of the games being played…While it was busy this week, there weren`t actually that many games being played, as a lot of p…

Bolt Action: Afrika Korp Project Part 2

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Part 1 Part 2: Supply Drop So where is this “Afrika Korp army then lad?” this was the first thing that the lovely Paul Walker […]

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Rattenkrieg! Second Edition sponsor gift

Posted on December 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

This is fantastic!Just for participating in the AHPC, one of the sponsors of the challenge, Barrage Miniatures, hands out the PDF version of their rules to all participants.Rattenkrieg! is a 210 page thick rulebook that, as to quote Alf of Barrage Mini…

Perry Miniatures AEC ‘Dorchester’ Armoured Command Vehicle

Posted on November 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Fresh from the molds, the AEC Command Vehicle by Perry Miniatures, directly covered as a review as part of the Africa themed week. The AEC 4×4 Command Vehicle was the most common ACV (armoured command vehicle) of the British Army. It was based upon the AEC Matador chassis (although available by the Perrys as code […]

Small yet Mighty!

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Most of the posts on this Blog will cover the broad aspects of games, painting and collecting. People who follow it will have seen some of the models we have. But these models and the games they are used in depict only tiny snippet or window into that world. A large game, let us make an example of Horus Heresy (a game best suited to large battles from the dawn of the Imperium) might have a 100+ models and a good handful of tanks. It stirs the soul for us Wargamers when we see two lovingly painted forces clash on themed terrain. When you play those games, you can well imagine yourself as a fearless hero leading your forces to battle. In Horus Heresy and even Historical games like Bolt Action.

But You can have more…

This article will be about even bigger games again. Now not all of us can afford a football pitch sized table and fighter command Battle of Britain style move sticks to shuffle the forces around. Enter the 10mm Wargame! Most of the Games we play are around the 28mm size (Heroic scale or 1/54 scale) 10mm Scale is a different monster. Many of you will remember Epic and Warmaster, it’s this style of games I am talking about today!


This is my late war American Army. Left to right  (Models on small round bases are Recce units and are a mix of M5 Stuart Tanks, M8 Greyhounds and Willis Jeeps) Models on square bases are HQs and or Artillery.




Top: M26 Pershing Tank Company, Sherman Tank Battalion (including 76mm, 75mm and 105mm Sherman variants) 2nd Sherman Tank Battalion (same as first) Anti-Tank Battalion (M10s and M18s with a fully company of 76mm Anti-tank guns and 2 Artillery Companies (x1 with Priest SPGs and x1 with 105mm guns with trucks).

Middle: Mechanised Regiment (x3 Battalions mounted in Trucks and Halftraks). Engineering Battalion

Bottom: Old Blood and Guts Patton himself! Then an Infantry Regiment (x3 over strength battalions)

I have a Japanese army for Bolt Action. That roughly represents two re-enforced platoons form a WWII Japanese army. But for my 10mm Forces I have quite a bit more. When you shrink the scale, you increase the numbers. When you play 10mm games (sometimes called “Grand Scale”) you become more than a front-line commander, you are elevated to an Army Commander! Rather than a dashing and heroic Captain or Lieutenant on a horse at the battle of Waterloo you become Wellington himself. Imagine the film Saving Private Ryan, that for my example is Bolt Action – Squads of soldiers in a desperate battle to survive and achieve their objectives. Now one of my Favourite games is Blitzkrieg Commander – this is like the film The Longest Day. In this game you don’t have time for squads and individual actions, you are too busy fighting the entire D-Day invasion!

Blitzkrieg Commander is a very clever game that borrows from Warmaster and a few other Grand Scale games. It covers all WWII periods and the vast majority of the Forces too. Your army centres around a Commanding Officer (CO) and a number of Headquarters Units (HQ) they in turn are responsible for commanding your forces. Each CO or HQ has a command Value, that determines how effective they are at commanding the forces attached to them.

Quick Example; Each HQ is in Command of a Battalion of Infantry. In that Battalion might be nine platoons of Soldiers accompanied by machine gun, anti-tank, mortar and recon platoons. Then you may have two more battalions of soldiers. Let’s not leave out the support, maybe you could have a tank battalion or two (also needing an HQ) and why not throw in some artillery and air support. 

Oh… you have a Tiger Platoon? Well I have a Tank Regiment!


Sherman Tank Battalion, with HQ (Stuart Command Tank) on a square base and Recce (M5 Stuart Light Tank) On round base


 Blood and Guts Patton, Take care he will slap any privates not up for the job!

Now you don’t just fight a one of the many battles on D-Day, you fight THE battle of D-Day. 

Small scale yet Mighty Games!

All of the Models shown are from Pendraken Miniatures with the Exception of the x3 M26 Pershing Tanks, that are from Pithead miniatures.

Small yet Mighty!

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Most of the posts on this Blog will cover the broad aspects of games, painting and collecting. People who follow it will have seen some of the models we have. But these models and the games they are used in depict only tiny snippet or window into that world. A large game, let us make an example of Horus Heresy (a game best suited to large battles from the dawn of the Imperium) might have a 100+ models and a good handful of tanks. It stirs the soul for us Wargamers when we see two lovingly painted forces clash on themed terrain. When you play those games, you can well imagine yourself as a fearless hero leading your forces to battle. In Horus Heresy and even Historical games like Bolt Action.

But You can have more…

This article will be about even bigger games again. Now not all of us can afford a football pitch sized table and fighter command Battle of Britain style move sticks to shuffle the forces around. Enter the 10mm Wargame! Most of the Games we play are around the 28mm size (Heroic scale or 1/54 scale) 10mm Scale is a different monster. Many of you will remember Epic and Warmaster, it’s this style of games I am talking about today!


This is my late war American Army. Left to right  (Models on small round bases are Recce units and are a mix of M5 Stuart Tanks, M8 Greyhounds and Willis Jeeps) Models on square bases are HQs and or Artillery.




Top: M26 Pershing Tank Company, Sherman Tank Battalion (including 76mm, 75mm and 105mm Sherman variants) 2nd Sherman Tank Battalion (same as first) Anti-Tank Battalion (M10s and M18s with a fully company of 76mm Anti-tank guns and 2 Artillery Companies (x1 with Priest SPGs and x1 with 105mm guns with trucks).

Middle: Mechanised Regiment (x3 Battalions mounted in Trucks and Halftraks). Engineering Battalion

Bottom: Old Blood and Guts Patton himself! Then an Infantry Regiment (x3 over strength battalions)

I have a Japanese army for Bolt Action. That roughly represents two re-enforced platoons form a WWII Japanese army. But for my 10mm Forces I have quite a bit more. When you shrink the scale, you increase the numbers. When you play 10mm games (sometimes called “Grand Scale”) you become more than a front-line commander, you are elevated to an Army Commander! Rather than a dashing and heroic Captain or Lieutenant on a horse at the battle of Waterloo you become Wellington himself. Imagine the film Saving Private Ryan, that for my example is Bolt Action – Squads of soldiers in a desperate battle to survive and achieve their objectives. Now one of my Favourite games is Blitzkrieg Commander – this is like the film The Longest Day. In this game you don’t have time for squads and individual actions, you are too busy fighting the entire D-Day invasion!

Blitzkrieg Commander is a very clever game that borrows from Warmaster and a few other Grand Scale games. It covers all WWII periods and the vast majority of the Forces too. Your army centres around a Commanding Officer (CO) and a number of Headquarters Units (HQ) they in turn are responsible for commanding your forces. Each CO or HQ has a command Value, that determines how effective they are at commanding the forces attached to them.

Quick Example; Each HQ is in Command of a Battalion of Infantry. In that Battalion might be nine platoons of Soldiers accompanied by machine gun, anti-tank, mortar and recon platoons. Then you may have two more battalions of soldiers. Let’s not leave out the support, maybe you could have a tank battalion or two (also needing an HQ) and why not throw in some artillery and air support. 

Oh… you have a Tiger Platoon? Well I have a Tank Regiment!


Sherman Tank Battalion, with HQ (Stuart Command Tank) on a square base and Recce (M5 Stuart Light Tank) On round base


 Blood and Guts Patton, Take care he will slap any privates not up for the job!

Now you don’t just fight a one of the many battles on D-Day, you fight THE battle of D-Day. 

Small scale yet Mighty Games!

All of the Models shown are from Pendraken Miniatures with the Exception of the x3 M26 Pershing Tanks, that are from Pithead miniatures.

Japanese Attack!

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The Imperial Japanese Army, ready for war.Here is a quick painting guide for the Japanese Infantry.Step A1: Primer – Halfords brand Grey primer2: Vallejo Japanese Army Uniform – Tunic and Trousers3: Vallejo Violet-Brown – Putties4: Vallejo German Cammo…

Japanese Attack!

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The Imperial Japanese Army, ready for war.Here is a quick painting guide for the Japanese Infantry.Step A1: Primer – Halfords brand Grey primer2: Vallejo Japanese Army Uniform – Tunic and Trousers3: Vallejo Violet-Brown – Putties4: Vallejo German Cammo…

Battle Report – Push on Caen

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

As promised, here is the battle report from our live streams Push on Caen Bolt Action WW2 game.  This is a big game that I expected to take a while — we played it in about 6.5 hours from start to finish which I think is not too bad considering w…

Battle Report – Push on Caen

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

As promised, here is the battle report from our live streams Push on Caen Bolt Action WW2 game.  This is a big game that I expected to take a while — we played it in about 6.5 hours from start to finish which I think is not too bad considering w…

Bolt Action – Push On Caen Live Stream Preview

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Hey everyone!  Not a long post today – but lots of pictures for you …I finished setting up the table for tomorrow’s “live stream” game – the scenario is called Push On Caen and will see British/Canadians pushing against the Germans on the outski…

Bolt Action – Push On Caen Live Stream Preview

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Hey everyone!  Not a long post today – but lots of pictures for you …I finished setting up the table for tomorrow’s “live stream” game – the scenario is called Push On Caen and will see British/Canadians pushing against the Germans on the outski…

Bolt Action WW2 Wargame Live Stream – Sunday, September 24th

Posted on September 19th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Don’t live in Fremont, California?  What to game with us?  Wondering what kind of nonsense happens during our game days?  No problem – come and join us online!One of our crew is about to become a father (very likely this week … heck, i…

Bolt Action WW2 Wargame Live Stream – Sunday, September 24th

Posted on September 19th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Don’t live in Fremont, California?  What to game with us?  Wondering what kind of nonsense happens during our game days?  No problem – come and join us online!One of our crew is about to become a father (very likely this week … heck, i…