Bolt Action


The Steamroller keeps coming.

Just back from a night on the town in Glasgow with my two boys and a couple of nephews, kick off was 1300 hrs and I retired exhausted at 2200 hrs. Overcrowded pubs, huge TV's (with no sound and everyone ignoring them), a fight to get to the bar only to be ignored half the time. Although I was only drinking 0% I gave up at some point as I could not physically drink any more. Getting too old for this now. Despite this I had a great night as my boys are good company.Got back and immediately picked up from where I had left off, I finished weathering my new SU-122 and based the assault engineers, not sure when the new and possibly last order (for now) from Warlord will turn up so the only thing on the tray are three new Jump Off Points for Chain of Command, two German, one Russian and the SU-76 crew. I have started reading one of my eastern front books, all of which I drew the maps for, this one concentrates on the battle for Vienna which turned out to be the graveyard of many Waffen-SS divisions among others

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Black Grom Studio pillboxes

Hey again,Apparantly I've finally managed to get back on painting tracks and started dealing with the unpainted stuff despite whole that recent real life mess.It was rather quick job - last afternoon I had to bring and unpack some of my remaining stuff from the old flat and assemble display case, so since I wan't going anywhere - started slapping some paint in the meantime. Late evening it turned out all was ready for the next Bolt Action game.Those pillboxes ("einmanbunker") arrived together with the iron bridge. Once again I must say I definitelly love Black Grom Studio's lasercut stuff: definitely brought our battlefield on the new level.Assembly was piece of cake and the material it's made of is just so easy to work on.I tried to give it cocnrete look so I airbrushed it with several layers of greys, glazed with oils and then hit with some dry pigments. Imo result is at least decent for gaming purposes.As for that weirdo in the middle it's prepainted priest from EM4 models (Dunwitch Detectives se

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Almost there.

Last night I finished painting the first of my three Soviet tanks, I took some tips from Pete the Wargamer's YouTube playlist where he shows you how to paint most of the stuff available for Bolt Action from Warlord Games, he doesn't use Vallejo paints but you get the idea. For Soviet armour he recommends Army Painter Army Green Paint and then a wash with AP Army Shader, I did this over a grey undercoat and the results were perfect although you just have to take care the shader does not pool too thickly in places. I always put the decals on before shading/weathering. Instead of a second coat and then a brownish coat I merely 'pin washed' the vehicles and put in some delicate rain streaks with the shader, these I enhanced at places with a little rust (from MIG). Although I use MIG Track Primer, a kind of grey, for my tracks I did follow Pete's advice to wash them with rust then drybrushed with gunmetal. Quite a lot of slogans and numbers on Russian tanks were hand painted so if you are up to it go ahead, I used

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Road to Berlin II

I argued with myself for quite some time about building up a Soviet force for WWII, when the thought originally came to me it was for Bolt Action but now of course the force is based on something for Chain of Command, which by the time it is finished will be absolutely fine for both sets of rules. I did not make allowances for how easy these guys are to paint, when I finished my anti-tank guns I will have painted most of the infantry and heavy weapons required in three weeks. It was not my intention to be so quick as my son and I have the Scottish Corridor mini campaign to finish before setting out on the Konigsberg one. Yes, I can still find the odd figures to add and still have the tanks and assault guns to come but these can be built, primed and painted in two days tops, each one not them all obviously.This week I have finished the heavy weapons supports, first up are an MMG, HMG and anti-tank rifle. Usually the MMG is the wheeled maxim type, for some unknown reason I chose the Warlord SG43 with a crew of

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Bolt Action: Hungarian Pancelrem & Anti Tank Rifle Team

A couple of quick reinforcements for my mighty Magyars ahead of a game on wednesday:Pancelcrem TeamAnti Tank Rifle TeamA Pancelrem is rather similar to a bazooka, and in game terms its a few points cheaper than a Panzerschrek hehe. The rifle is just that, a cheap team to threaten light vehicles etc but wont do anything to serious armour.Now if only my Nebelwerfer will show up today!

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Cruel Seas M-Class Minesweeper

After the decision fell towards the Flower Class Corvette as the large ship of the Royal Navy fleet, I was looking for a fitting counterpart for the German Kriegsmarine. My choice went towards the German M-Class Minesweeper. The Minesweeper was in competition with the Marinefährprahm (basically a landing ship) and the Vorpostenboot. The landing ship […]

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Pizza Rolls, Lego Trucks and the Weekend

Long time, no cooking on here. But a chance to fix that! To take care of my colleagues in the office on my birthday, I made some pizza rolls as Finger food. You can make your own ingredients or buy one of the pizza kits (those where the dough and sauce is included). I pre-mix […]

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FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur) Char B1 for Bolt Action

After thinking about Bolt Action for a while and reflecting on the rules I finally decided on which force I was going to build. My regular opponent Simon was going Italian, so I actually had quite a wide choice of potential foes, from Early War French, British Desert Rats, Anzio which would mean regular British Infantry and US forces, Russians and even Germans towards the end of the war. I did initially think about Greek, they used regular British equipment so would be quite easy to model. I did consider Late War Germans, so I could get a JagdTiger in 28mm…. but in the end I decided that I would go totally irregular and go with Partisans, so just infantry, or maybe a car or truck or two. I have a few civilian vehicles, a Citroen Civilian 1000kg Dropside Truck. Citroen Civilian 1000kg Dropside Truck And the slightly bigger truck, the Citroen Civilian 4,500kg Truck with Canopy. Bolt Action Citroen Civilian 4,500kg Truck with Canopy I have been slowly painting the models, and was quite clear to myself that I

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Cruel Seas British Flower Class Corvette

In extension to the fleets of the Strike Fast! Strike Hard! starter kit I chose a large vessel for both sides. For the British that was the British Flower Class Corvette. Among the large British ships would have been a Landing Craft Gun or the armed trawler. The landing craft looked more like something for […]

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Cruel Seas Merchant Tanker

The Merchant Tanker is one of the firsts vessels that were available for Cruel Seas and has a cardboard stand in included with the Strike Fast! Strike Hard! starter kit. As a "neutral" ship that could be found in service of every nation this kit bears the potential to be part of most scenarios, either […]

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Tinkering with Franken- Wirbelwind

Some quick "almost there" workbench shots... this is a bit of a Frankenstein and has been delayed way too long, in fact so long that two alternatives are available... anyway. JTFM panzer IV hull, Company B Wirbelwind turret, kit bashed company b/ rubicon flak 38 and dremelled bolt action crew! Thankfully there is no need to take this route anymore, I’d recommend the Rubicon or Warlord models as a much easier option. The Company B turret is a bit "old school", but had the advantage of being first to market but needs a lot of work to get to acceptable ( for me at least) Troop of Shewe The Showcase Quality Historical Painting Service Figures, Vehicles and Terrain 1/300 through 1/48 A Specialist in Scale Armour modelling Full Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/troop-of-shewe/sets

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Dug-in Firefly

Heya,Recent month was like a nightmare for me. Sadly for non-hobby related reasons.But life goes on and no matter what shitstorm rages outside the window there's no reason to stop painting stuff. Actually sometimes I think the hobby is one of very few things which keeps me anchored to the reality.I should probably start getting worried...So what's today?Most of my stuff (both related and non-related to hobby) has already been packed and prepared for moving so I don't even want to start a serious project. Instead I've managed to paint some random bits still staggering on the hobby desk.First one is "recycling" job - it's actually terrain piece for Bolt Action game: dug-in Sherman IC Firefly. This one is or course based on dug-in Panther from Road to Berlin expansion. While packing bits box I've found spare Sherman hull and turret, which were just enough to assemble half on the tank.The piece was made to practice using oils (lesson learnt: BIGGER CONTRAST!!!) and will be used as terrain piece, mission objective

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Star Wars Bolt Action v2.0 - Playsheet and Army Lists

I've completed a MAJOR overhaul and revision of the Bolt Action Star Wars rules (and army list - scroll down for the army list info/download).  The includes all new rules and a dedicated section on Force Powers and Users.  You can download the Star Wars Bolt Action playsheet here.NOTE:  A special thanks to Dan Kerrick for setting our group down the path of playing Star Wars and for his initial revision of the rules.  These rules have been posted for the enjoyment of the wargaming community.  I use these rules primarily for the group I play with and to run my Star Wars games at conventions.  While I'm happy to hear feedback and I do update the rules periodically, I have no specific commitment to supporting the rules beyond "as time permits."  Additionally, I have no affiliation or connection to Warlord Games.I've completed the army lists for this as well.  This primary is focused on the models available from the Star Wars Legion line along with specific additional models

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Tinkering with... Panther F

I’ve had a bit of a hiatus with this blog, but am now getting back on track. After reading the new Panzers in Berlin book, I was inspired to create a Panther F. Originally with only speculation on their operational use the book confirms with several photographs. On to the build.... I had a old JTFM Panther in the spares box which was ideal, sort of. The JTFM Panther seems to be modelled on the Panther II prototype hull, which makes it awkward to use normally. The difference (in 1/56) between the II and F hulls is minor, primarily some redefining of hull plates ( hence the green stuff lines) so it’s a good donor.  The supplied steel wheel set was replaced with a spare track set from a Warlord Panther G which worked fine with some filler pieces. Other alterations were substitutions with rubicon panther spares to upgrade the resin versions Still some work to do on this one, but it needs to sit a while whilst I get some other Panthers moving.Troop of Shewe The Showcase Quality Histor

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