Bolt Action First Game 750 points Brits vs Germans Max Attrition

At our gaming club we are now playing our first games of Bolt action and we're having a blast. In my first game my British army faced the German Heer in a game of maximum attrition (750 points).

 Since we've been a Fantasy/40K/FOW club up until now we don't have a lot of scenery yet to split between our Bolt Action tables but I think for a first game this was a nice table set up. Some open areas, some light and heavy cover en the church for lign of sight blocking.

Bolt Action table set up 750 points maximum attrition (Click on picture to enlarge)
My right flank. 2 British rifle sections and a Medium Mortar. The Mortar's spotter is further up the field to pick targets. the rifle section will advance towards the church knowing the Germans are waiting for them there.
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In the middle my Daimler Armoured car has advanced ahead of  another rifle section, MMG unit covering the middle and a medic taking cover in a ruined building.

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On my left another rifle section and a Cromwell cruiser tank. Not much cover here so I hope my tank will reap havoc and my rifles can advance carelessly.
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Of course a sniper should always take position in a tower should the table provide such lovely scenery.
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German right flank, Sturmpioniere, medium mortar and rifle section.
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German center and left flank. hiding the Anti tank rifle, 2nd lt., Forward Air Observer, Medic, Light Howitzer and another rife section. The 222 scout car is already behind the church.
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The Daimler and 222 went on to chase each other for the entire game without doing anything. Daimler hit twice but both rolls result...a 1 :o(

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Rifle section moves up but will be targeted by the light Howitzer downing half the men. After that they fail close combat against a two men sniper team...
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German rifle section assault the British that moved into the church. Brits come out victorious.
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British rifles consolidate out of the church surprising the german medic and 2nd lt
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The end of battle sees the British victorious in the maximum artrition game. (score 8-4)

All clear...push on!
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So in the end I won this game of attrition, it was good fun. Even though this was our first game we didn't make too many mistakes. The Bolt Action rules are easy to follow. I'm already looking forward to my next game (which will probably be at a tournament next month...)



Bolt Action British camo tutorial

For everyone who hasn't thought of the obvious way to paint British camo like on the warlord box art here's a quick and dirty tutorial.
Undercoat your model in black and add those nifty small stickers from your office supplies and spray/airbrush/light brush over with green color.

Then paint up your shading, high lighting and details and your done. looks nice with a matt finish and some pigments.

Here's a step by step guide.

Bolt Action Daimler Armored car just primed in black

Added some small stickers

Airbrushed the green color on the model and then removed the stickers

All done


Bolt Action British Army Support Weapons

Here are some pictures of my British Support weapon teams. A Vickers Machine Gun Nest and a Mortar team. I had some Green Stuff to spare so I made a lot of sandbags.

Bolt Action British MMG Team
 The MMG is handy for covering zones of the gaming table. Their fire arc must be placed to I can cover as much ground as possible. I will use mine to lock down choke points or a table edge when I expect my opponent to try and outflank me bring in his troops from the sides.

In bolt action the rules for mortars are a bit wonky in my opinion. You can only hit on a six and lower the score needed to hit by one each round, that is if your target hasn't moved. If you miss no scatter or anything...you just missed.

I think these small support weapon teams look ace on the gaming table and they both have a role on the gaming table. Fun to paint and definitely fun to field.



Magnetizing your Bolt Action soldiers

Here's how I do it.

Step 1: glue model on it's plastic base.
Step 2: glue model's base on a metal washer (mine are 2,5mm thick)
Step 3: put a little ball of greenstuff in the center hole of the washer...
step 4: put little drop of super glue on the greenstuff
Step 5: press a 2x5mm rare earth magnet in the ball of greenstuf
Step 6: Press down model on flat surface. the magnet sinks in the greenstuff and is level with the surface.
Step 7: put it away for a few hours to set and cure.
(for metal models I use 2 magnets)


-Plastic models carry a bit more weight and are nicer to handle
-Models stay upright and don't tip over due to the weight and low point of gravity.
-You can put them on a metal tray and they will never fall of, this is especially handy at tournaments because you just put them on a tray and don't have to worry about bumping into anyone and that you models fall on the floor. (see picture)

-time investment during assembly
 -Models are 2,5mm taller

In the last picture you can see I hold the tray at a near 90 degree angle. (tray with metal sheet but a metal tray works even better) I can flip the tray over 180 degrees and the models still stick. Even metal figures like the heavy British para medic at the left front. (2models on 1 base)


Bolt Action British Command

I finished my spotter, the 2nd LT and his "plus one". The piper is suppose to be a commando (I have those too) but I wanted to use him supporting the 2nd LT in my British Regulars army. sorry pictures taken with my Iphone but will take some better ones when I finish my mortar pit and MMG squad.

Bolt action British army 2nd lt, spotter and piper



Bolt Action British Army Start

I had set myself a deadline. “Get all the infantry models from the Bolt Action British starter army done before the new year”. I Started a month ago and I finished with a day to spare. WOW RESULT!


 I don't like batch painting so I'm glad I can enjoy the models now and look forward to painting up the rest of the army. I have painted up 4 squads of 10 men and a sniper team, Piat team and light mortar team so that’s 46 models at once. For this project I have switched from Citadel paint to Vallejo and I don’t think I will ever turn back. Vallejo have a very big range, good quality paint and I really like the easy dropper bottles. They even have a specific colour for my troops, “English uniform” which is perfect. I have used Iraqi Sand for the webbing. I like this colour scheme the best, the contrast of the webbing to the uniform creates a bit of depth and makes the models nice to look at from a bit of distance on the gaming table. Using just brown tones would be a bit dull. I still have to do the support weapons and an armoured car but I’m really pleased I have such a big chunk of the army done.



Bolt Action British Cromwell mk. IV Cruiser tank

After pumping out the 40K Grey Knight Army I was ready for something new and fresh. I have always been interested in WWII History and this summer I picked up the rules for a relative new WW2 skirmish game called Bolt Action by Warlord games. I really like the rules and I have picked up a starter army to get things going. I picked the British army because they are a bit of a middle of the road and all round army. They can be fielded in numerous ways and I like the general look of the models.


I started on the first model and why not pick a characteristic tank like the British Cromwell tank for a first model. I airbrushed the tank using the modulation technique. I have used the oil wash technique for the first time which I really liked but you have to be more patient than with normal washes because it takes a long time to dry. Another new thing was the Vallejo pigments to create a muddy/dusty effect.


Here’s how it turned out.