Friday, September 28, 2018

Paras sent to liberate France


This time there're only fresh photos of old stuff.
Last week my patatroopers found new home in France so before they were packed I took keepsake family photo of the squad.
All in all they are cool and reliable unit (and my first purchase from Bolt Action range if I remember correctly) but after year or so of playing I realised they just don't fit my vision of US force. I simply like ordinary troopers better.

Good news is the buyer already has solid paratroopers force so I am quite sure the guys will get along in no time.

What else?
Oh yeah, more pictures.

After sending paratroopers there was inspection of rest of my Bolt Action toys and it looks like there are two more pieces which I don't use too often, which could actually be changed into something fitting ground force better.

First one is M3A1 halftrack:
solid combat taxi, big enough to cary full squad of infantry:

The next one - M3A1 Stuart:
nasty piece, really: pretty cheap in points and armed with deadly flamer: 12" of range + 9" advance makes it just terrifying:

And mentioned before these were painted a while ago but in my opinion both look way better on printed background, than just standing on my messy hobby desk.
If you are interested in any of these from me a message or visit FB Bot Action buy/sell group for M3A1 halftrack and for M3A1 Stuart.

And finally paratroopers - good luck in France!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sisters or battle, US engineers and others...

Hello again,

Stuff below has been prepared a little while back but since there was Bolt Action "tourney" recently, anything else would be simply dominated and crushed under pictures I've taken during the games.
Which reminds me: here's what I brought: 1110 well fed and equipped points. Don't think anyone's interested in the list's details so family picture should be enough:

So for starters:
I am proud to announce that the job to collect Warhammer 40.000 2nd edition army books is finally done! 
Last August friend of mine delivered Sisters of Battle book so now they are all standing proudly in my micro library.
I must admit I've never played 2nd edition. In fact - after having few games (later edition) realised 40k ain't my thing at all: I definitely prefer skirmish games than large scale battles (paining dozen or so models size gang should prevent me from becoming bored too fast).

I gathered these books mostly for graphics and fluff.
Well... Graphics actually...
It's just great source of Mark Gibbons' stuff, who's works was of main reasons I drowned into the hobby back days. And never regreted.
Right now I am considering putting the books into hard cover but at this point have no idea which tomes should be binded together: good vs bad?
But who's good in 40.000 universe? 

Let's get back on Earth.

I've mentioned Bolt Action "Road to Berlin" game, right?
The game format was rather unusual: 1111 pts. I prepared force rather different from what I usually field, but all in all it was quite reliable team. Especially given the fact all games were brand new scenarios.
For the event I painted fresh squad of engineers (sadly they never got close 'nuff to use flamethrower...): they got slighty different, brighter uniforms to make them pop among rest of cannon fodder. Me likey. Especially these are mix of models from Warlord, Artizan, Black Tree and West Wind. Such cocktail makes any unit even more characterful.

I think infantry coming next will also get these bright jackets but maybe different helmets, to discern squads (hemp? bright olive? white - like military police?).

And she last Bolt Action thing for now: mortar.
Most of armies (if not all!) I've seen during the game were equipped with mortar - I must say I've underestimated this weapon until single shell blew my whole squad, leaving big hole full of smoking shoes...
Than was scary.

After coming back I rebased my medium mortar - to keep whole unit on single base. It looks way better now, than keeping mortar and the crew on separate bases, like I had it before. What do you think about 35 points such well spent?

Till the next one!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Road to Berlin 2018 - PICS HEAVY!


Last weekend I had great pleasure to participate in local Bolt Action gaming event, organized by Tricity community (you check their webpage and facebook sites): Road to Berlin.
All in all these were 2 days of gaming: there were planned 5 battles for each player, each from different front / war theater.
But it gets better: there were 3 different scenarios in each of the fronts, all prepared especially for this event so whole thing was also big testing ground.

Initially I wanted to write as much as possible about everything, but there's just too much of it!
So just know that it was ton of fun, lots of gaming and friendly players around, no unhealthy competitive atmosphere and beautiful, damn inspiring, game tables.

So feast your eyes!

Next post I'm coming with old routine: few pics and more babbling.

Overall look on empty tables, Saturday morning:

My first game.
those sneaky Germans managed to steal enough fuel to win the match. This was lots of fun nevertheless (thanks Zimmer!):

Second game.
This time I had more luck and managed to defend brick factory: 

And the last battle of the day.
Another success - my trusty force managed to protect city supplies against hungry Germans and therefore saved the population from inevitable starvation...

Sunday game.
It was the last match for me: enemy, which now was nazi-Brits, tried to deliver mad scientist / war criminal / spy to the submarine. Sadly I didn't manage to stop them.
There was lots of shooting and fun - despite the final result*: 

*hope they all fucking drowned while crossing La Manche Channel...