Additional Reinforcements, larger lead pile!

So this Birthday and Christmas (they are very close together) was Bolt Action heavy with US reinforcements.

So I thought I would share the reinforcements:

1.) The rule book, Armies of the USA Book, and Battleground Europe supplement.

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I will give an overview of each book soon I hope!

2.) Rangers lead the way box set.

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I plan for these to be split in to a small squad of 5 Engineers, and two squads of 10 Rangers. From reading the Battleground Europe book Engineer squads may come in handy!

3.) M5 Stuart light tank and a M3 Lee Medium tank.

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Both are resin models, built, primed and with two coats of olive drab. I enjoyed the build of both of these. These have given me options for my list.

4.) 2 Armoured Jeeps and an Airbourne Jeep

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More options for transport, reconnaissance or fire power!

5.) US Forward Observation Officers, USA Army Command (Inc Officer, Medic and FOO), Special Character models (War Photographer, General Patton, Chesty Puller, Brit Medic). Airbourne Medium Machine Gun team.

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All based and primed and in the paint pile.

6.) To be built….. Army MMG Team, Duece and a half truck, Airborne Medium Howitzer

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7.) “Borrowed” British Universal Carriers which my USA Infantry or Rangers will use for transport!

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Thanks to the guys at Warlord, who when the order was delivered, upgraded the original order of two Universal Carriers to the Universal Carrier box set which included 15 British infantry.

I have plans for the British infantry, our group may expand in to Very British Civil War rules/scenarios.

Well that’s about it for reinforcements! I will show the completed troops very soon!

Still prepping the troops for this Saturdays game day when I go toe to toe with Mr S’s Soviet hoard (he has sooo many for so few points!)

Till next time!

J

The beginnings of the field artillery

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The beginnings of the Warlord Games US Airborne 57mm Anti Tank Gun.

Four pieces glued tonight in an hour, not too much glue on the fingers either!

Whilst this is fiddly it’s very enjoyable to build. As with all Warlord kits the are well made and nice to build.

Just a short sharp post tonight!

See you soon,

J

A road trip…..

For a few weeks now myself and others in the geek clan have not summoned up the energy or enthusiasm to build, paint or do anything remotely link to Bolt Action.

We’ve still enthusiastically talked at great length about our plans and ideas but it hasn’t translated into any ‘productive’.

We needed a kick up the posterior, this kick came in the form of Warlord Games Games Day 2014, an open day at Warlords HQ in Nottingham.

Mr A had shown us the open day on the Warlord website a few months ago, we had all got rather excited and booked the tickets and waited, got more excited and waited some more. Then the 26th July arrived.

A 400mile round trip was a head of us, Mr S and I left my house at 0445 to start the pick ups. By 0600 Mr A and Mr D had joined us in the geek mobile and we were off to Nottingham!

From 0600 till 1030 when we arrived at Warlord HQ we discussed anything and everything geeky and Bolt Action related.

Upon arrival and after eating breakfast we proceeded to queue for our wrist band and free miniature, PC Dogsberry, and we were in! We had a quick glance around the first welcoming lobby, we the proceeded to enter the main hall. First stop shopping!

We all spent a quick trolley dash picking up the items we had been planning for week. For me I purchased a Sherman tank, M8 Greyhound, Half track, and the Historicon 2014 minature of Dick Winters. Being the US and having a squad of Airbourne this was a must!

We then had a break and a drink, then we walked round the tables.

The table walk round was brilliant, all the exhibitors running the demo games were very friendly. The tables were really good and I think we all picked up some ideas for our own terrain boards.

Here’s a few snap shots, apologies for the lack of photos but I was caught up in the day!

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Black Powder........ I think
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The Alamo, Saving Private Ryan
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The Alamo Pt 2
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Huge Black Powder board
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Black Powder again. Loved the avenue of trees
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Mandatory Miniatures Normandy Bolt Action board
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An amazing cliff board

After another break we then went on a tour of the factory. We saw the two workshops, the resin casting area and the metal forge.

All the Warlord guys were really friendly in each of the areas. In the metal forge you were able to cast your own miniatures. Mr D cast 12 German’s, Mr S cast 12 Russians and all were given a free Druid miniature.

After another brief walk round we brought our trip to Nottingham to an end and hit the road again.

I would like to say thank you to Warlord Games for putting on such a relaxing friendly open day. It was really nice to share the day with people who were just as enthusiastic about the games as we are.

There was never any pressure to play, chat or buy from any exhibitors or companies at the day.

The open day has really lit a fire in all of us, so much so at 2100 when Mr S and I arrived back home we built our tanks whilst waiting for Mrs S and Mrs J to get in!

Thank you again Warlord, we will return!

J

An old out house…….

Well the ramshackled farmhouse is built and awaiting installation on a game board in the near future, but it would look silly on its own, wouldn’t it?

To turn the farmhouse in to a farmstead it needed a shed/small barn/man cave.

So here goes:

To make the below the following materials were used:
Foam core board
Lolly sticks
Long matches
Cheap wall filler
Paint
GW earth wash
Beach sand

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Initial skeleton
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Roofing material installed
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Strategic priming
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Painted and weathered

The finished article…..

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Front
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Right hand side
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Rear
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Left hand side
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From the top
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Inside

Thanks for reading!

J

The Second Installation

The bunker and farm house were part of my ‘annual leave project’, that was seven weeks ago – I’m a bit behind on the posts!

The bunker and farm house were both built over three Bolt Action focused days.

On one of the days Mrs J and I were off out in the afternoon, this left me twiddling my thumbs in the morning, to overcome the thumb twiddling I decided to make another military installation. 

This installation was to be a mortar/machine gun pit. A small enough build to start in half a day!

This time I had a plan of the look in my head and I proceeded to start cutting foam board! Here are the results……

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Bunker built, ground works polyfillered. Apologies for lack of previous steps!
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Concrete 'cast'

Action shots……

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Zeroing in

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Aerial shot

Hope you enjoy!

Until next time.

J.

The Bunker

Whilst on a weeks leave I thought I would make a start on scenery and terrain for Bolt Action.

Although I have USMC units (and now Infantry and Airborne!) I fancied building more European terrain.

After a trip to Hobby Craft to pick up some supplies and materials, I set about building.

Being an engineer and working on a personal project, no plans were drawn up. Measurement were made throughout.

Here goes……

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Initial shape
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Glued together
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All purpose filler applied
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Primed nicely
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Painted and glued to base - with removable lid
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Sand and rocks added
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Nearly done

And now some action shots……

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Till next time!

J

The chosen side!

Recently I have made reference to my new geek strand of Bolt Action but I am yet to show my hand as it were!

I picked the Americans, due to the lovely miniatures and the fact I was watching Band of Brothers!

During this shopping spree I had decided I didn’t want to buy a starter army. I couldn’t justify the money without playing first!

After shopping round and looking at the infantry boxes I decided on the US Marine Corp.  Plus I ordered a Medium Machine Gun (MMG) and a medium mortar.

I had already splashed some cash on an Airfix M4A3 Sherman tank from Hobbycraft whilst shopping for our new arrival!

In the end my reinforced platoon consists of:

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1 x 1st Lieutenant

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1 x Forward Observer Officer

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1 x Sniper Team

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1 x   Bazooka Team

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3 x 8 man squads. Each with a NCO with sub machine gun and at least 7 rifles (one squad contains a shot gun).

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1 x Medium Machine Gun.

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1 x Medium Mortar

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1 x M4A3 Sherman Tank.

All have been completed over the last 6 weeks.

All four of us nation’s have been bitten by the BA bug! So much so we are all off to the Warlord Games Games Day next month!

This visit was supposed to be a shopping day, but alas we have broken and ordered more units early.

I’m very excited as my box of US infantry and squad of US Airborne have been dispatched today!

Fingers crossed for a delivery tomorrow!

J