WW2


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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1st battle of Tomaszów Lubelski, 18.09.1939. Pierwsza bitwa pod Tomaszowem Lubelskim, 18.09.1939.

Last Thursday we replayed the first battle of Tomaszów Lubelski. This battle was very interesting, because it was the largest battle of Polish Campaign with a use of tanks on both sides. For the game we used the Rapid Fire! rules.W ostatni czwartek na stół przenieśliśmy pierwszą bitwę pod Tomaszowem Lubelskim. Bitwa ta jest o tyle interesującą bitwą kampanii w Polsce, że jest ona największą w jakiej użyto czołgów po obu stronach. Do gry użyliśmy zasad Rapid Fire!SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bartek ŻyndaUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Bartek ŻyndaFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Bartek Żynda1. Introduction. Wprowadzenie.Polish forces, composed of Army Lublin and Army Kraków under general Tadeusz Piskor attempted to break through the German positions around Tomaszów Lubelski towards the Romanian Bridgehead area. Both armies joined forces on September 15, in the area southwest of Frampol. Their road towards south was blocked, by two German corps - 8th Army Corps (

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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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End Of The Week - Actually

The end of another week of painting 28mm miniatures is here again and his week it has all been about the 1930s and 1940s be that VBCW, Weird World War 2 or Call of Cthulhu.  It has been another record breaking week (well maybe personal best is a better phase), for me. I am thirty two (plus a big figure) 28mm closer to the bottom of the lead mountain. As I have said, this is perhaps not the hardest work ad the paint jobs on most of the were fairly uniform. I have also got some terrain finished although it was not the most taxing work either.I would say that these are the last of the Wargames Foundry Home Guard but for the fact that I am sure that there is one missing and I would like to buy some more to make up a full unit (a platoon with some support) for a VBCW force. There were a few that needed a little work and they were a bit "flashy" but they are older sculpts. The process was enjoyable, especially the character figures.This is the last of the Royal Marines I got (also from Wargames Foundry) as cha

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Early One Morning - End Of The Week, Well Almost

I work up early this morning and have been painting RPG and wargames miniatures since well before dawn. Getting up that early is unusual for me, let alone getting anything done. In terms of painting minis this is getting on for the most productive period of my life. If I could keep this rate up I could have a thousand figures done by the end of the year. Roughly the same output for the last three years. I think even my lead mountain would have run out by then.Almost thereIn terms of output, total number of figures and terrain, this is going to be a new record week. I have a little detailing on the skin to do on the Home Guard, do a highlight on the weapons and I need to paint a cigarette on one of them. Then they will be done. The cultists need much the same but there is much less of that to do.  here are a few "more characterful" figures to do but they are mostly done.I guess I have picked easy figures to paint this week although I hadn't figured on them being this easy. Now I am wondering what to do ne

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What a Tanker!!

So with Mrs kingsleypark and youngest daughter away to see some arty farty play at Dundee Rep, Roo and I had time on our hands to get some extra gaming in. We had been looking at the rules for the old Avalon Hill Hex and Counter game, "The Russian Campaign" and although the rules only amount to 6 pages it still looked a bit of a time sink to play the game so we decided we would come back to that at a later date.He wanted to try something new so I suggested we play "What a Tanker!" by TooFat Lardies.Now I had played WaT a couple of times with the THAGGers, the last time being a Tiger I (me) taking on a seemingly never ending stream of Shermans (the Tiger won 6-0, if I remember rightly -Does it bring back memories Gary and Neil??Strangely enough, I've never been able to persuade the THAGGers to bring it back to the table. However, after a quick peruse of the rules Roo declared himself up for the challenge. He had wanted to use my 20mm T-34's but I got some nice shiny 28mm Panzer IV's and Shermans

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WW2 Project: Introduction

There comes a point in most wargamer’s life where your eyes start to wander towards collections of tanks and men armed with bolt action rifles. Afternoons spent watching war films, trips to the library to pull down the hardcover book full of black and white photos or endless nights of Call of Duty suddenly lead you to looking at collecting books of reference material and eyeing the various ranges of chaps in steel helmets and woolen uniforms. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your frame of mind), it is my time to take a trip back to WW2 and build my own army up. Although we had been talking about it for a while, the decision by my ‘friend’ Peeb’s Gaming Nonsense to gift me a Churchill tank for Christmas was really the straw that broke the camels back and unleashed the whirlwind. (It should be noted that I got him back by gifting him some additions to a possible WW2 British Para Force. So guess what we’re playing in September) So, what am I doing in my W

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Towing the Line

We're a month and a half into 2019, and I'm only half a month late with my first "monthly" post. This is going... not "well", exactly, but maybe "close to adequate".So let's crack on. In 2015, Warlord released the Germany Strikes! book, which Pete and I acquired almost immediately. Now, just 4 short years later, we're in danger of actually playing one of the scenarios.We're planning to tackle the battle of Orp first. It's a tank battle so requires both forces to be entirely mobilised, and the French force also needs to be based around the Somua S35.I already had two S35s, from Blitzkrieg miniatures, which I painted back in November. I needed one more, and fortunately I had one from Warlord that I'd had lying around for an embarrassing amount of time.Painting this made me wish I'd gone for Warlord models for the other two!It's a much more detailed model, and was also a lot easier to paint. I think this is mainly because it wasn't so heavily caked in release agent as the Blitzkrieg versions. It scales with them

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Belgium 1944. Belgia 1944.

Last Thursday we had Chain of Command game. This time we set up the game somewhere in Belgium, where British and Polish troops get attacked by German reinforcements.W ostatni czwartek mieliśmy grę z zasadami Chain of Command. Tym razem nasza rozgrywka była umiejscowiona gdzieś w Belgii, gdzie brytyjskie i polskie oddziały zostały zaatakowane przez niemieckie posiłki.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Peter MearnsUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Peter Mearns, Bartek ZyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Peter Mearns, Bartek Zynda1. Forces. Siły.UK/ZJEDNOCZONE KRÓLESTWO(Alasdair)Infantry Platoon+ Firefly tankPOLAND/POLSKA(Bartek)Motorised Infantry Platoon+ Adjutant and 2'' Mortar3rd REICH/III RZESZA(Peter, Angus)Infantry Platoon+ HetzerPanzerGrenadier Platoon+ PzKpfw IV2. The game. Gra.From the beginning we split our game on two clashes. Panzergrenadiers against British and Poles against German infantry. This time my Poles won the Patrol phase and get better deploy points. That allow

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M20 Armoured Utility Car

After my M8 made an appearance at Sheffield Wargames Society ,Tim Gow very kindly  gave me a couple of solido M20's to bolster my forces .I have painted the first up to join my winter U.S Infantry for Rules of Engagement  .The M20 wasthe recon version of the M8 with the turret removed it was equipped with a,50 cal for defence and the crew was issued with a bazooka for anti tank use ?. The 2nd Solido will appear with my late war US parasThe pair of M20;as donated by the very nice Mr GowAll white washed for the Ardennes winterwith the Italeri M20 a birds eye iew of the M8and M20 a slight difference in size but Im happy with it .

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Battle of Britain start of campaign

We started the campaign from the BOB rule book tonight at Sheffield Wargames society,with John Grayson taking command of the Luftwaffe and I led the few , very badly I might add .The luftwaffe carried out a wonderful bombing campaign even though they suffered high losses .The Luftwaffe stole the first game 53 points to 41 .This is a really great game only marred by the awful service from PSC ,which I learnt my lesson from and have not dealt with them since . 

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Battle Group Market Garden Campaign prep

In preparation for the Battlegroup Market Garden campaign hosted by the Deeside Defenders last year I christened the new wargames board with a solo game using the force of British Paras I planned to take and the German force I was supplying for my mate, who created his list.The tableGerman start pointBritish start pointFirst learning point is I don't have enough British paras, so for the real event I need to borrow from a club mate. Here an US para jeep goes on a recce. I'm also already taking chits not a good sign.The German recce get in to position and contest the objective with the British paras now in the woodsThe rest of the recce forceGermans find a good view to call in artilleryThe Puma backs off the woods after a few lucky escapes from PIAT shotsThe PIAT team gets pinned from the Puma's return fireGerman main force arrives and the Puma succumbs to more PIAT fire from unpinned teamsParas with stand ins observe the open space they need to crossBritish artillery which in the day will be Para 75mm arrive

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