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Friday, June 28, 2013

Operation Overlord Starts Sunday!

The fight for France is on at Overlord.WWPD.Net

Need help choosing a scenario? Check out this compiled list of suggested scenarios right here!

So get in those gliders, or landing craft and get ready to take the fight to Jerry!

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Conversion: Dog Mines and Flags

I picked up a blister pack of Celtic War Hounds and box of plastic Soviet Siberians from Warlord with the intention of making Dog Mines and flushing out more Soviets.  I had two flag poles in my bit box, left over from some 28mm Napoleonic figures, so I decided to make a couple figures sporting the Hammer and Sickle.  

I made the Dog Mines with a variety pieces from the plastic Soviet box.  I started by cutting trenching tools apart.  I separated the handles from the shovel covers and glued the shovel covers to the side of the dogs.  I then glued the DP magazine to the top of the dog and glued small round discs on top of that.  Last I took the shovel handles and glued it to the top of the mine.

After completing the Mine Dogs I got to work on the flags.  The plastic box set is full of options, which makes the figures perfect for conversions.  It was easy to glue to flag poles into the open hands of the soldiers.  After that I printed out two Soviet flags and glued them to fit.

I glued the flags down before I applied quick shade.  I contemplated waiting to add the flags till after dipping, but wanted to give the flags a battle worn look.  I hope it worked.  I will be using these flag bearers as staff members for my officers.

One of the things I love about Bolt Action and all the plastics that Warlord offers is how easy it is to convert figures and bring character to you army.  If you have conversations you want to share, if you want to talk about this article or if you want to talk about any other article on the WWPD network make sure you join the conversation on the WWPD Forum by clicking the link below.

“Craig Baxter is the Director of the WWPD Northern Research center in Anchorage, AK. When he’s not contributing to he is busy blogging, painting, modeling and rolling dice. You can find more of his work and articles at”

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Peter Pig Vietnam Civilians

Back in march having just picked up Tour of Duty and having a quick scan through I decided I needed some resistance teams.

Off I trot to the Peter Pig stand at the WMMS and bought 3 packs of civilians. A pack of male civilians, pack of female civilians and a cart. All packs cost £2.80.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

News From the Front Episode 59

The dudes are back in action and ready to roll!  We discuss our recent gaming and painting, Operation Overlord, Historicon, and the Huzzah Hobbies tournament.  In Act III, the guys followup the commonly overlooked rules to discuss the effects of pinning, spearhead, and capturing objectives.

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The dudes talk about their careers filming commercials, and running trains.  In tournaments.

Edit: The WWPD Operation Overlord Campaign reward will be rewarded to participants after submitting 5 battle reports, rather then early signups. The podcast is recorded weeks in advance and the terms were still being discussed with Battlefront.

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Dirty Jon's Black Tree Design Germans

I just HAD to get some infantry to go along with the Tiger, right?  I loved my 29th Infantry from Black Tree Design, so I went ahead and picked up some Germans at a 'uge discount.  I will now have two armies for Bolt Action.

I decided to try and paint up some Germans with the green uniform, as I have done mostly the fledgrau uniform in the past.  I used Luftwaffe Camouflage Green as the base, with a drybrush of Russian Uniform, then a mix of Russian Uniform and Khaki.  I think these guys turned out pretty well.

Each figure has a good amount of detail on them.  I was pleased that there were different types of web gear and boots on the figures for variety.  I like to use lipped bases for my Bolt Action and Saga figures and the Germans are no different.

Overall, I like the BTD models.  They are a great value, have little flash, a variety of poses and paint up very nicely.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Building Lists Without Recon

So new book ABC with list XYZ you always wanted to run just came out - but low and behold your most favoritest and bestest list doesn't have a Recon Platoon slot.

While there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over this and there is no 'true' replacement for a good reconnaissance platoon, this article will examine the capabilities of a recon platoon and how to replicate those effects with non-recon units.

Please note this may require you to build your list in a way that you had not originally intended, but will provide a more well-rounded solution in a general tournament environment. It's also important to mention some army lists do not have the options to provide even these 'secondary recon' elements - I'm looking at you RT Panzer-brigade.

What do you mean I have to buy four 8-Rads?

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Company of Heroes 2 Multiplayer

w/ Darqueling and Kerghun (WWPD World of Tanks) and Judson (WWPD Bolt Action Radio)

Company of Heroes 2 is a World War II real-time strategy game that focuses on the Eastern Front being developed by Relic Entertainment and published by Sega. It is due out June 25th and can be purchased on a majority of outlets.  

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Review: Flashpoint Miniatures Vietnamese Huts and Palm Trees

Flashpoint Miniatures is an Australian wargame company that makes 15mm miniatures for Vietnam War and Modern Middle East conflicts.  Their Vietnam ranges not only includes a variety of troops and vehicles, but also terrain.  I recently picked up two sets of five huts for $25 a set and two packs of 24 palm trees for $15.  That gave me 10 huts and 48 palm trees for $80.

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Review: Tamiya 1/48 Scale 88mm Flak 36

Tamiya has long been know as one of the best model kit markers in the industry.  Their highly detailed kits come in a variety of scales and rarely disappoint.  I picked up an Tamiya 1/48 scale 88mm Flak 36 for Bolt Action the other day and plan on putting it to good use.

The photos I have posted here only include about 70% of the kit.  The kit itself comes with lots of extra bits, including the wheel mounts, ammo, create, barrels and a tent.  These piece will be utilized in future projects.  This left me with more than enough extras to create a cool diorama for my new gun.

The kit came with eight crew members, but I only mounted seven since it only needs seven crew for Bolt Action. Crew included a gunner, a loader, a radio operator, an officer (who looks like Rommel) a grenadier, and two other crew men.  The missing crew was another grenadier with a rifle.  I also generously littered the ground with empty shells and gave the crew a sandbag emplacement to take cover behind.

You'll notice I added three slots on the base for dice.  One for orders, one to track pins, and for tracking hits.  I had contemplated single bases, but like basing my fixed teams together on the base.  I think it looks cooler and allows me to have fun making a mini diorama.

This kit is a true 1/48 scale kits, so the figures are much skinnier than my Black Tree and Bolt Action 28mm figures.  It took me about 2 hours to assemble the whole kit, most of the work being put into the 88mm Flak 36.  It could have taken longer, but I opted not to build the wheel mounts, which likely would have added another hour onto the project.  You also probably noticed the shorts.  This was a North Africa kit, but I am not collecting a North Africa themed army.  I made the assumption that Germans wore shorts in Russia also.  I just hope I have historically represented the use of shorts on the Eastern front on my 88mm Flak 36.  ;)

I didn't notice it during assembly, probably because the plastic was a light color, but I missed some of the mold lines on the crew.  This did not become apparent until after I dipped the diorama.  However, the spurs were easy to navigate and the directions where easy to follow.  Very little clean up was required and piece fit together very well.

I absolutely love this kit form Tamiya.  It was easy to build and came with a lot of extra bits which makes this kit really stand out.

I give this kit 10 out of 10 historically accurate eastern front short shorts. (New favorite scoring metric! - Judson)

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“Craig Baxter is the Director of the WWPD Northern Research center in Anchorage, AK. When he’s not contributing to he is busy blogging, painting, modeling and rolling dice. You can find more of his work and articles at”

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Operation Overlord: Battlefront give away Doodlebugs!

From the Flames of War website:
It is a little over one week till the WWPD Operation Overlord Campaign kicks off and we want to see as many of our Flames Of War players getting involved! Sign up for the campaign and submit five or more results and you’ll receive a plastic V-1 Flying bomb as seen in the Open Fire! box set and the German Scientist and Camera man figures as our gift to you for participate in this exciting event. Make sure you add your address details when you sign up (or add them if you have not already) so we know where to aim the V-1...
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Dirty Jon's Latest Tank Adventures

I have been putting together some rather random stuff lately - the tremendous backlog that I have built up over the years has a wide range of stuff!  This will be a short look at some of my latest projects.

Guards Armour

Over the years, I somehow picked up two of the Cromwell Armoured Platoon (BBX12) box sets.  I got these sets, even though I already had and entire Welsh Guards Company....and had already sold a complete Welsh Guards Company a few years ago.  What was I thinking?  The Guards Armoured was one of the first lists I really went after and painted over time.  I had not achieved a consistent look to the tanks and I had messed up the decals and marking more than once.  Instead of flipping the box sets, I went ahead and painted both up.

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Papercraft: Bocage (Free Download!)

Papercraft: Bocage

Operation Overlord is nearly upon us! But there is still some time for preparation.

Continuing on from my previous article with my Normandy themed buildings, I have created another paper-craft template that will allow anyone who is short on cash or short on time to quickly assemble a Normandy themed terrain table.

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Warlord Games Sarge Program

(Hey gang, Mike Majors from Warlord Games asked me to pass on a little message for you. We've recently had a lot of constructive conversation on the forums about the game's local popularity. If you're one of the people that would like to play more Bolt Action, but don't yet have a community in your area, then I think this is the program for you. - Judson)

We are looking for a few good men…and maybe some women

               Do you have what it takes to join the ranks of Warlord Games elite fighting force? The Sarge program is looking for individuals with the knowledge, skill and desire to train others (mostly the desire as we can give you the rest). As an official Sarge of Warlord Games, you would represent us on the field of battle as demonstrators and event organizers. Remember, local game stores need your help!

               You may be asking yourself, do I have what it takes to be a Sarge? Are you 18 years of age or older? Do you have a strong knowledge of Warlord Games or a desire to learn? Can you handle the prestige and glory that comes with representing Warlord Games?  Then I think you are ready!

               Listen up men (or women)! We have some rules you need to know!

·        The Sarge Program member understands and agrees that he/she is an independent contractor and has no power or authority to bind Warlord Games.

·        A Sarge applicant certifies that the information that he/she has provided to become a member of the Program is true and correct. 

·        Any rights or benefits of membership or earned as a member of the Program cannot be assigned or otherwise transferred to any other person or entity.

·        Warlord Games reserves the right to modify terms, conditions and policies of the Sarge Program at any time without notice.

·        Warlord Games or the Program member may terminate Program membership at any time, with or without cause.


               Our current objective is to showcase our new Bolt Actions rules to local game stores.

In order to accomplish this goal we will be issuing a standard Sarge uniform (t shirt), field manual (Bolt Action rules), and equipment (Demo sets).

In addition to glory and the envy of your friends you will also earn gear (product) vouchers for every mission completed! Sign up now!

Name:                                                Phone:                                Address:                                                          

Base of Operation (Local Store):                                             Email:                                                                              

Or send the above info to: Subject Sarge!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Plastic Soldier Company Allied M5 Halftrack

Plastic Soldier Company hooked us up with their Allied M5 Halftrack box set for review.  In the box, you will find 5 complete sprues and an instruction sheet.  This kit allows you to make the M5 or the M5A1.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Android Netrunner

Android: Netrunner came out in 2012, and caused quite the splash in the board gaming world. It has held a top spot in Board Game Geeks' "The Hotness" since released (currently at number 1) and also maintained a high overall rating (currently 8.46/10). It is a Living Card Game. What makes it unique in the overcrowded realm of card games, however, is its asymmetrical play - both players are competing for similar goal, but go about doing so in different ways. Netrunner is set in the future with a heavy cyberpunk setting.

The box

Netrunner is a "Living Card Game". This is FFG's answer to Collectible Card Games (such as Magic: The Gathering). LCG's retain a lot of the core concepts that make CCG's so successful, such as deckbuilding, customization, and a constantly changing metagame, but eliminats the random trading and collectibility. Instead of buying randomized booster packs (or boxes...or crates...), you buy a $15 expansion pack whenever a new set is released, and you get a full playset of all the cards. So rather than spending hundreds or thousands of dollars every few months chasing rare cards, you drop down $15 every month or so and have access to anything you want from that set.

36-page rulebook!
 The game comes with a pretty awesome 36-page color rulebook, as to be expected with a Fantasy Flight game. It takes each side through everything they need to know, has a handy index, quick reference flowchart, and a few pages describing the background of the Netrunner universe.

Basics of the Corporation
One player takes the role of the Corporation. The Corporation's deck contains valuable Agendas, which are the victory point cards for both players. They are worth 1-3 VP's each, and the first person to seven wins.

Assets - the hunt for these is both player's objective
The Corporation must develop these Agendas behind well-defended Servers. They install hidden layers of Ice in front of the server to protect them, and over a turn or two, they advance and develop the Agenda, and eventually advance it far enough to score, claiming the VPs as their own.

Basics of the Runner
The other player takes the role of a Runner. The Runner's goal is to break in to the Corporation's Servers and steal their Agendas before they can be advanced to development. They are aiding with various hacking Icebreakers to accomplish this, which must break through the Corporations defensive layers of Ice. The Corporation can hack and attempt to go after Assets directly as they are being developed, but they can also go after the Corporation's HQ (their hand), their R&D (the deck of cards) and their Archives (discard pile), attempting to steal assets before they even hit the board. All of these areas (called Servers) can be defending with Ice.

Sample board layout
Still with me? Good. Here you can see a sample board layout. If you were sitting in the blue position, the cards closest to you facing vertically are your Servers. The horizontal cards infront of them are the Ice defending them. You'll notice a lot of face-down cards. Ice is played face-down, so the Runner doesn't know what's there until he encounters it. Also, Agendas are played upside down, so the Runner doesn't know if he's attacking a valuable Agenda worth VPs, or perhaps an Asset that's just giving the Corporation some secret benefit. There's even face-down traps played in the Agendas area just to keep the Runner second guessing!

Sample Icebreaker and Ice
The Runner makes attack Runs on the various servers. He encounters the Ice piece by piece, and uses his Icebreakers to "break" them. Each piece of defending Ice has different subroutines that must be broken by the Runners Icebreaker. The Corporation builds different types of styles of Ice, forcing the Runner to alter his Icebreakers as needed to adapt to the fight.

This game has caught on pretty big locally, and we're loving it. It's just completed it's first cycle of expansion - the base starter set and five smaller expansions. A new expansion cycle should start in a few months. I personally really like that it has the basic feel of a game such as Magic: The Gathering, but it's a mirrored game where both players are doing the same thing. Having each side play in different, opposing manners, really adds to the game! I'm looking forward to playing this quite a bit at Gencon, and Templecon 2014 just announced their theme will be Cyberpunk, so I expect this to be pretty popular there too.

It's a great time to jump in. If you have any questions about the game, please feel free to ask!

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M551 Sheridans for Vietnam (VUSBX06)

I was very much looking forward to these guys.  I love how they have that gypsy caravan look- covered with everything but the kitchen sink!  The box includes 3 Sheridans, decals, and magnets as you'd expect.  

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