Monday, 23 November 2015

Scaling up for 'Bolt Action'.

Having managed finally to get the US infantry finished after the struggle of sticking the damn things together, I thought a run through of Bolt Action would be in order. While I'm fully committed to learning Flames of War, BA has continued to pull me onside, not least because the rules are considerably easier to get a grip of and I have been able to memorise the basics quite easily. I was worried that trying to learn two new sets of rules together might cause confusion, but it's not been the case so far.

I need the terrain to be able to scale up for 28mm so I'll be adding taller trees and raising the hedgerow a bit. The road sections seem to work OK as they are, wide enough for a Sherman to pass. The fields now represent waist high wheatfields. I have invested a fair bit of cash in the Bolt Action project including new 28mm houses, both plastic and MDF. Much remains unpainted at this stage, including a StuG assault gun and Sherman V. The halftrack has had it's basic paint job but needs finishing and weathering. I also have more infantry in the pipeline, sniper teams, anti tank teams etc.

Numerous Bolt Action shots, early stages as I plan to really break up the terrain for this game with lots of cover. You can see I tried doubling up the road sections (deliberate design feature by Tony Barr at ERM!), which does seem to scale the road up better, but I'll need more road sections now. Work in progress. On the Flames of War front I built two Panthers over the weekend ready for painting, they will bring my 15mm tank collection to over 40 models.



















9 comments:

  1. Good work Lee. I'm told that BA calls for quite a cluttered table to break up lines of sight. You're certainly getting there.

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    1. Thanks CK. Yes, BA is described as a 'true line of sight game' with players getting down to gain the soldiers eye view, if you can't see it, you can't shoot it. I'm trying to think of a way to raise the table height as with my back it's the straightening back up again that is the hard bit!

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  2. Nice - making me dig out my Bolt Action rules (on the Kindle) now.

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    1. Easier to learn that FoW but I regard them as more of a fun set of rules, nothing wrong in that though, I'm really enjoying myself with BA.

      Cheers Norm.

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  3. Nice looking game with beautiful figures!

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  4. I have a whole Bolt Action Soviet army waiting for paint and am excited to see how it plays after reading the very easy seeming rules.

    The double-width road looks boss mate.

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    1. Dai, I'm glad you said that about the doubled up road, my wife said it looked like a Scalextric set!

      Those Soviet troops look very tempting :)

      Lee.

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