Bolt Action


Bolt Action: Hungarian Armour

A couple of tanks so far today:Toldi 1 - Light TankTuran 2 - Medium TankThe Royal Hungarian army was supported by a full range of armour of its own design rather than supplied by Germany, and to me this was a big part of the appeal in choosing the force for the game!Both these tanks are from Mad Bob Miniatures, a fantastic small company that supports many of the minor powers for 28mm war gaming. These were 2/3 piece resin with minimal flash, few mould lines and now bubbling, and are highly recommended! Im going to be picking up a few more vehicles as my army grows.

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"House F" - TUTORIAL

Are your parents pissing you off?You want to move out but have no place to go?Or maybe you need some cover for sniper in Bolt Action game?Build yourself a house then!A while back we got some terrain pieces for Bolt Action game - one of them was "House F" from Black Grom Studio. That 2-floor building turned out so useful during our fighting manoeuvres, that we got even more Black Grom stuff shortly after.Not mentioning the fact it looks just supercool on the battlefield...While working on the previous one I learnt some stuff, which might be useful for anyone who'd like to get decent looking terrain pieces quite fast and with least effort possible.You kids ready? Let's start!This is how the stuff looks like straight from the box.Just like before: customer service and delivery was just top notch! Although I got some more buildings but for the start I decided to build additional "House F". It's simply large enough to provide a cover for any vehicle in Bolt Action game.Not mentioning the fact you can hide 2 s

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The Never Ending Hobby

The day before I went on holiday I received two trucks for my Bolt Action forces, an Opel Blitz and a CMP 15cwt, having returned I put my guilt aside re finishing the grenadiers on the tray and built them both on Thursday, primed and undercoated them yesterday and have now finished them today.Both kits are Rubicon. The CMP is beautifully ugly, I just had to get one of these, I found the build fiddly, especially the box at the back, I am sure there is a technical term for it but to me it's a box, I also found the canvas supports a bit fiddly as well having decided not to put the canvas top on. My problems usually arise due to my lack of patience and perhaps someone else would find it easier. I base coated the vehicle in Russian Uniform and used Dark Rubber for the tyres, the whole was then given a watered down Army Painter Dark Tone wash and then a drybrush with the base colour plus a little white.The Opel is a far superior model to the Warlord version and is an easy build, nothing fiddly about this one at all

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Blast Markers - Napalm/Air Strikes

Just a quick one today - figured I'd share/spread the word - I just got my blast markers in from Bud's Blast Markers and I have to say they are AWESOME.  Bud uses tea lights with different colours - and fibre optics to create the markers.  A great addition to my collection (I picked up 5 of the napalm explosions).You can buy these (and more) from here:https://www.budsblastmarkers.com/product-page/napalm-explosion-with-fiber-opticsA couple of pictures below of one of the napalm explosions (he does regular explosions as well).Kaboom!Kerplow!

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I'm Back.

My first duty on arriving home was to look at the mail, sure enough a small box from Warlord Games was waiting for me. Inside were a few goodies, some dead livestock to litter the Normandy battlefield and the new Fortress Budapest campaign book, this came with not only the special figure, a Hungarian legend of the siege but also a sprue of around six soldiers, I think these too are Hungarian although I have not looked too closely at them yet."Sword behind the Shield" Helion. I got the book because it piqued my interest and I have drawn maps for a serious history of the campaign in the past, I also wanted to get the scenarios to add to what I have, I will have to adjust the troops used as I do not plan to get Hungarians or Soviets (yet) but don't see that as a problem. I already have a Warlord campaign book and thought it OK, another lazy effort on their part. This book has a completely different feel to it, the historical information is just enough to hook you in but the scenarios seem to be much better

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Bolt Action: Starting up a Hungarian Army!

A few club mates have begun to get into Bolt Action by Warlord Games! I had a look over all the countries models and was immediately draw to the Hungarian range from Mad Bob Miniatures and also Great Escape Games, and as fate would have it, i saw Warlord Games was about to release the Fortress Budapest Expansion hahaHungarian Infantry SectionHQ TeamI have about 1100pts built, based and undercoated, along with a German Panther tank still to buld which will take me to 1500pts hehe

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Fight for the Factory - Bolt Action Modern AAR

Before I jump into the game ... just wanted to show a couple of pictures of my new gaming table from the "Table of Ultimate Gaming" company.  I picked up two of their 4 foot by 6 foot tables with joining kit and combined them into a 6 foot by 8 foot table.  The "depth" of the tabletop is adjustable (deep or shallow - I'm using the deeper setting).  Quick attach cup holders and pads.  My dice trays are on back order.  I also have the table "tops" that store in the table.  When stored in the table the tops pull out to be little pull out surfaces, otherwise they cover the gaming area and turn the whole thing into a regular old table (for like ... eating and stuff).  Did I mention it also has power outlets and USB ports!  Anywho, really happy with it.Roy, John, Steve, Matt and myself managed to get together to play a modern "Russia Resurgent" game this past weekend.  I setup a table with a factory that we would fight over.The initial setup was a small detachment of Fre

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Some more Bolt Action GIs

Hello again,This time it's just quick update about last preparations to coming edition of Road to Berlin: Bolt Action two days long gaming on march 30-31!Last year it was just big success:that event was just friggin awesome! I was taking as much pics as I could between giving orders to my trusty US army and rolling dices - definitely worthy visiting.This year armies are 1200 pts strong so to fulfill the requirements I had to paint few more infantrymen and one more transport: Dodge 3/4 (a.k.a. Beep).For uniforms I used olive combo, working really fine on US models.New thing was using pigment binder - which turned out weird:see that white spot on the bases with leaves? That white stuff revealed like day after models were sealed with matt varnish.I think the reason was varnish was applied before binder was totally dry, but it's just a thought: haven't used dedicated pigment binder ever before.Still like the team - they all look really good together with rest of my infantry:As for the Dodge 3/4 painting was

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Bolt Action - Somewhere in the Western Desert

The scene was set for another run through of the Bolt Action rules for Roo's benefit. An 8th Army v D.A.K clash (sticking to my preference to fight with historically comparable armies) we were playing this time the "Surrounded" scenario from the main rule book (number 11). As the 8th Army player I decided to be the defender which required half of my available units to be set up in the centre of the table, in this case they would deploy in the village and try and hold their positions until relieved.I  must really iron out the creases in that matIt was only after deploying the units in the village that I realised that I had already made a number of mistakes. Firstly, in this scenario the attacker gets to try and call in a preparatory bombardment, something that the Brits have an advantage in that they get to roll twice on the table and pick the best result. Secondly I realised that I didn't have a MMG team in my list so that had to be removed and replaced with the light mortar team. Finally, Roo, as t

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Sherman Stowage in 28mm

This looks like the contents of my loft!I'm now completely bogged down by a back log of work, having had no time over the weekend to keep up to date, so much so that I had to bail out of the Iron Cross game last night to mark a Year 8 set of books for today. How rubbish is that? I did get the 1/72nd scale resin stowage for the What a Tanker! project in the post yesterday, which cheered me up a lot, as it is really nice and will be great for loading up the 1/72nd scale US Shermans for that 'late war' on campaign look. I'll add some to the models I've already built as soon as I get the time.This way to the stowage men!I was so impressed that I have now ordered a set of stowage in 1/56th / 1/48th to use on my 1/48th scale Corgi Sherman M4A3's, which I originally re-painted for Bolt Action a few years ago but which are now destined for Iron Cross. I've never been happy with these, as they look far too 'bare' and lack the 'pile it on with kit and sandbags' look. They also need some snow camouflage I think, to matc

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Bolt Action - Roo's first try out of the rules

So Roo was keen to play more miniature games, as well as more hex and counter games, in fact, just keen to play MORE games and that's fine by me.Bolt Action, as most of you probably know, is a set of rules for recreating WW2 battles. Written by Alessio Cavatore who has many rule sets and board games to his credit and published by Warlord Games and Osprey Publishing, it is now in it's second edition, which was released in 2016. The rules have also spawned a number of army list books and campaign supplements -Currently it is the WW2 rule set of choice for the THAGGers (although some of us in the past have played Rapid Fire when we were still going up to the Kirriemuir Wargames Club) and, if you read the previous blog post we have played What A Tanker, but that is just for playing with tanks. We also started playing BA in 20mm but, as is usually the case, Kev persuaded us to all paint up 28mm forces in order to take part in a tournament that was being run by the Dunfermline Wargames and Roleplayin

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M1 57 mm anti-tank gun (Bolt Action)

I am Bolt Action celebrity!!!Me! Me! Me!Who's hot? Meeeee! No fat, centaur-ass reality show b!tch but meee!!!Wooo-hooo!!! Just check Warlord Games' gallery of awesomeness!!!And here's some more in case my infantry ain't enough!!!Right... Ekhm...What was is supposed to be about?Ah yes, an anti-tank gun.Some time back decision was made to put my medium mortar and it's crew on a single, 60mm round base:for me it's simply easier to transport, there's no need to search missing (deserting...) crew members while packing for battle and which more (actually: most) important - looks better.  While preparing army for battle I always try to provide my trusty troops with some anti-tank punch. Medium 57 mm gun maybe is not something spectacular, but it's at least fine for blocking part of the battlefield. Enemy usually thinks twice before parking a vehicle within it's arc of fire. Shit happens after all.Besides when there's no other hope (and gun around...) you can also use it against infentry: 1" template!

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We wus Robbed Sir.

 Muskets and Tomahawks last night, I arrived a bit late so the terrain had all been set out and as I chose to be British I was handed my OOB and orders. There was a French spy around, a Jesuit priest who we had to apprehend while keeping the unruly savages at bay, as we were the vanguard our forces arrived piecemeal so for the start of the game and most of the rest of it I had two light companies. To get further troops we had to reach certain points on the table, so it was my own fault I left my regulars to near the end.As my Jocks set about reaching the first reinforcement point it became apparent that there were a lot of Indians in them nearby woods. I thought here was an opportunity to get some points by wiping out the savages while holding the left flank as Rob made his way to rescue the settlers near the river. As ever my shooting was terrible and it took me a long time to make the left secure, so much so I did not make my way to the next reinforcement point until almost too late. Rob meanwhile took

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