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Monday, December 31, 2012

Rota Razvedki vs German Pioniers


Every year, the day after Christmas, Luke and I always play a game of Flames of War. We leave the setup entirely up to the dice. We decided on Late War, and flipped a coin between Western front and Eastern front. We got Eastern Front. I then randomly set up the board using the modified V2 terrain rules from the FoW website. The mission we rolled up was Pincer.

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The Tale of Three Painters

Happy New Year, everyone! Something a little different this week, patrons of The BAR - Tim (TJSKI from the forum) and his crew have a challenge going on in their corner of The BAR (Arizona). He's here to tell you about it, and there's no reason you and your crews can't do the same! He's included some pictures of his group's previous works, so I hope you enjoy, and I hope it inspires you and your group! - Judson 

Welcome to a tale of three average gamers in Phoenix Arizona who are going to each build a new 1000 point army for Bolt Action in a four month paint challenge. Here are the details of our little challenge and you can follow our progress on our respective Blogs.
TJSKI's vehicle submission from the painting contest.





We will be building up to 1000 points in about four months with 250 points each month. The challenge is to only do 250 points each month. You can do less than that but no more than 250 points each month. Now if you come up short points for each month, you can carry over the points to the next month. Example is you build 235 points this month, the following month you can add the extra 15 points to that month. So here is the schedule that each one of us will be following:

 Start Date: January 1st
 1st Installment Due: February 1st, 250pts
 2nd Installment Due: March 1st, 500pts
3rd Installment Due: April 1st, 750pts
 4th Installment Due: May 1st, 1000

Our “Prize” for winning the challenge is twofold, first up we each get a new 1000 point army painted up for the game! Secondly we will celebrate by having a BBQ with a few adult beverages and throw down a game or two, a perfect prize for this challenge. (Awesome prizes! - Judson)

Below is a brief introduction from each of the participants in the challenge:

Jerry Autieri

I've been gaming since I was old enough to hold dice, but I am a relative newcomer to miniatures gaming. I have only been seriously involved with mini games for about the past decade. Historical war gaming is even newer to me, having only undertaken that in the last year.  You can see what I'm up to at my blog,  http://jerry-bigpicture.blogspot.com/

For this challenge I'm doing 1,000 points of Russians. I haven't settled on a list yet, but whatever I end up with it's likely to have a lot of infantry. I just don't think of Russian forces with small numbers of troops. I'll be using a mix of models from different companies: Crusader, West Wind, and probably some Warlord figures for harder to find models like a Russian medic. In any case, I'll probably begin with the basic requirements of the reinforced platoon and move out from there. I have all my infantry models already, but don't have any support units or vehicles. So beginning with the core is a logical choice. I'll be aiming to produce good quality paint jobs for the table top, which should help me keep pace with the challenge while creating a decent looking force. I'm planning to save the tanks and high points units for those months where I don't have a lot of time to paint.

Mike Wilster

 I am just your average gamer.  I have been actively table top gaming for the past decade and beyond.  I have seen games come and go and have grown old with fellow gamers.  I enjoy the hobby of gaming more then gaming itself.  Jump on over to my blog page to see my work; http://dagreenskins.blogspot.com/

For this year’s painting challenge I will be painting up 1000 points of Americans.  My goal is to start with something big (a tank) so I can spend extra time painting all the infantry I need for this army.  I still have to decide on the actual list and it will most likely change when I get the American army book.  As of right now, my goal will be to have a tank, transport, gun teams and infantry (regular and veterans).  This is going to be a great way to kick off 2013 and support a great game.


Tim Kulinski

 Like my two other challengers, I too have been a gamer for far too long. I have always been interested in World War Two gaming and have played many of the miniature rules sets that have been released (Battleground, Arc of Fire, Flames of War and many others). Needless to say, I have a large amount of 28mm WW2 figures and Vehicles. But many are not painted since I could never find the right set of rules.

But that changed with Warlord releasing Bolt Action, suddenly I had a reason to paint up some bare lead. So I decided that I would get my US Paratroopers painted up for this challenge. I have a large collection of Artizan Design figures that I bought from a friend a few years back and I have wanted to get these guys painted up for some time. So I will be building a 1000 points of US Airborne, I am thinking of basing the army around the Band of Brothers, US Army 101stAirborne. Now it is time to get painting, you can follow my progress here at my blog: http://cursedtreasures.blogspot.com/

And there you have it, folks! Let us know about your groups' challenges or events. The community's excited to hear about it, and always talking about it on the forum.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Minecraft - Herobrine's Mansion Part 1



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Friday, December 28, 2012

Dirty Jon Goes Early War: Part 6 - THE LIST!

In Part 5, I completely dodged actually getting a list together for my Flames of War project for Early War.  Well, I finally got around to getting the list set, so here we go!


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Black Tree Design LMG Team

Over the holiday, I managed to get another unit painted for my Bolt Action army.  This time, I tackled the Black Tree Design US Infantry .30 cal team.

Again, the figures were nearly flash-free and looked very good out of the package.  I could tell right away that these were from a different line and/or sculptor, as the faces are a different style.  I decided to go for a more correct looking color for the '41 jackets and chose Russian Green from Vallejo - I think it turned out well.

A little ding in the barrel, which has been corrected.




This is our assistant gunner.  It seems counter-intuitive, but it was actually the assistant gunner who carrier the weapon -- the gunner carried the tripod so that he could place the weapon in the proper location.  It is interesting that he carries a standard cartridge belt, as I believe that the gunner and assistant gunner were equipped with M1911 pistols.  A big improvement on this model is the pattern for the helmet net and the inclusion of the leather strap outside of the net.  Jump boots are included again, making this guy a likely Ranger model.



This model seems 100% correct for the force I have chosen.  This seems to be an ammunition bearer with an M1 Carbine and an M1923 cartridge belt, leggings and '41 jacket.  I should paint the cotton ammunition belt down the middle of the belted ammo, but it didn't seem worth the time -- I can always add it later.

I shaved off the pockets of this '43 jacket.  You can tell that this jacket is a bit longer than the '41s seen modeled above.


This gentlemen seems to have lost his firearm. As an Ammo Bearer, he should be equipped with the M1 Carbine.

Overall, I still like these models very much.  I find it curious that the pack (and Bolt Action list rules) only include 3 men for an LMG section. I believe that the compliment was a Squad Leader (Carbine), Gunner (M1911), Assistant Gunner (M1911) and 2 Ammunition Bearers (Carbines).  I would also think that at least one of the models would be carrying the tripod, as firing an M1919 from the hip would be pretty difficult.

Having said all that, the models were a delight to work with.  The level of detail was good and the flashing was minimal.  Great models!

What do you think?  Discuss in our forums....


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Zvezda BA10M

I have thought about a Soviet Armoured car company for some time. Unfortunately, I am afflicted with deep pockets but very short arms so I am always on the lookout for a bargain. Along comes Zvezda with their plastic kit at just over 1/3rd the price per model of some of their competitors and suddenly the project is a go.

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Star Wars: Corvette Battle (Capital Ship Rules Test)

I wrote an early draft of some Capital Ship rules for FFG's X-Wing, and was eager to try them out.  So Sean and I setup a quick scenario to give it a go.  The Rebels have a lot more than the Imperials here.  They have the Blockade Runner "Orin", an X-Wing squadron lead by Wedge and fully kitted with proton torpedoes, and a Y-Wing squadron lead by Garvin fully kitted with Protons and ions.  


 The Imperials were a bit lighter on the line- with just a single TIE Advanced (which we reasoned was launched from the Pursuant) and 3 TIEs lead by Howlrunner.  Obviously the Rebels massively outweighed the Imperials here, so the mission was for the Rebels to get off the long edge with as many fighters as possible.  Of course the real goal was to give my capital ship rules a thorough test.
Y Wings

TIEs

The Capital Ships play chicken

Later in the game.  Y Wings line up on the Imperial Corvette as critical hits start taking their toll!


Proton torpedoes rip into the Imperial Corvette!

The Corvette's fast tracking turrets knock out Garvin.

But the Corvette is pummeled by the Blockade Runner and the Rebel fighters

While the Blockade Runner is significantly damaged as well, the fight is clearly going to the Rebels

The Imperial corvette goes down hard

At this point we call the game.

We played for quite a while!  Only a single Y-Wing goes down, although the Rebel ships did take a beating from the Corvette.  Next, the Rebel fighters would make a break for the board edge, but we were satisfied with the rules test and decided to call it.

The rules held up pretty good- I'd give them a solid B.  A few tweaks need to be made, and a few areas tightened up- but we succeeded in having a great game!
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Painting Contest Entries

I have to admit that I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I kicked off the painting competition. Being a newer site, the best I hoped for was that we'd get some participants, my biggest fear being an arrival at the deadline with no submissions.

And then the BoltAction.Net community absolutely blew me away! I had no idea so many people would get involved. Even more amazing, I had no idea the skill level of the painters perusing our humble corner of the internet! Incredible painters submitted in three categories: Best Painted Squad, Best Painted Team, and Best Painted Vehicle.

With over fifty entries, the judges are going to have quite a time making their decisions, but I'll let you know as soon as we do. For now, please enjoy the entries! They're listed below, in alphabetical order, based on the file names I saved them under - so don't read in to the order of their appearance.

"Portrait of a miniature painter". Now I know what the contest entrants look like. Thank you, google image search.

First up, check out these squads!

Squads:

ArbaTheHutt

Bergkonig79

Broke Low

Burns

dugkirby

Ezekiel

garga

gordon

Jabbaa

jlmartin621

jmilesr

Kalle

legatecorbulo

Tiger205

tolcrothlogan

Vanth

viewfromtheturret


Now that you're done painting your contest entries, send me your addresses so I can ship you my stuff to paint. You guys are awesome painters!

Now, on to the...

Teams:

8up

Aircav

ArbaTheHutt

Bergkonig79

Broke Low

Burns

dugkirby

Ezekiel


garga

gordon

Jabbaa

justruss

Kalle

lanejc

legatecorbulo

pbeccas

viewfromtheturret

Tiger205

tolcrothlogan

Vanth


Simply brilliant work from everyone. If only I could get them all in the same venue, playing a giant game of Bolt Action...

That'll be my next project! For now, enjoy the vehicle entries!

Vehicles:

ArbaTheHutt

Burns

Count Stilico

duellist

Ezekiel

Frankerad

garga


Kalle

lanejc

mikep18103

oconlan

pbeccas

viewfromtheturret

TJSKI

tolcrothlogan

Vanth

Zed


There you have it. All the entries in this year's BoltAction.Net Painting Contest! Thanks to all the entrants, and I'll be letting you know very soon who the winners are!

For now, come discuss who you think the winners should be on the forum!

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