Thursday, June 26, 2014

Another birthday come and gone!

Well, another birthday has come and gone! Mom's birthday card with cash made me dive right into ordering two goodies I wanted....well there was more but I had to pick. The wife may give me some grace to blow a little extra this weekend on a Warlord order and something from the LGS if possible to support them.

I know what you are thinking! What did you order?

I had a coupon for $10 off, so I struck while the time is right. I loved the green mat so this one will go well in my collection. If you don't own one, buy one....they are great! This will be great for regular gaming and use in tournament also. 

Did a pre-order on Amazon for this. Been stalking it for months and I figure now is good as I will forget about it and when it arrives it will be a cool surprise in the mail! I looked at the Nickstarter but I could not bring myself to order a book at full price and pay overseas shipping still to get a free fig....meh. The figures they do are amazing in detail, but after some thought they are rather expensive, I may splurge later but I have two plastic cases full of figs and will no doubt hit Black Cat Bases up soon for some extra pirate figs like the English, some sea dogs, the cabin boy and such....I bought some of their earlier stuff and it was great looking and the price is right even for overseas purchase.

I still have my eye on a few other things:
X-Wing the miniatures game....
French Calvary by Crusader
French Foreign Legion by Gorgon Studios with the cool coats....
Order from Bob at Bolt Action Net some French vehicles.
Another company that makes some nice table mats.....

Wow, I need a second job or win the lotto!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bolt Action: More French are painted!

Finished off the last batch of infantry and working on a mortar squad and vehicles at the moment! Whooo!

French Anti-tank rifle team

Another view

And another

Old artillery but 4 new crew join the ranks!

Officer and loader


VP Launchers!

LMG and Loader with pistol.

Carbine and rifle

Carbine and rifle


Rifles (NCO on the right)

Rifles (NCO on the left)

Carbine and rifle

Carbine and rifle

Crusader (left), Black Tree (middle) and Warlord (right) side by side shots

Warlord soldier with pistol next to Crusader ones.

NCOs (Warlord on left and right, Crusader in the middle)

LMGS (left Crusader, Right Warlord)

AND....Meet all the troops!
All mixed from Crusader, Warlord and Black Tree


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

D-Day and Beyond Mega Battle on Sunday at Salty Bay Con!

The Sunday mega battle themed for D-Day and Beyond went off well, history repeated itself as the allied forces crushed the German defenders when we called it on turn 5. It was hitting the point of mopping up for the allied forces and German units were slowly dwindling away. Everyone had a blast and the table looked great.

We had two 750 British and two 750 US lists facing 4 German lists each at 750 also. The mix of Germans was two Heer, one SS and one FJ. We played long wise on two 4x6 tables with the Pegasus bridge in the middle with the US attacking from one side and the British attacking from the other side in a pincher attack.

Some of the amusing highlights:
Early in the game my Tiger I prowls down the road, fires at two squads with the MMGs and then promptly is hit with a flamethrower. No worries, Regular tank, only one pin, 12 for the check to abandon the tank. ARG! There went 50% of my points and one of my 5 order dice! I don’t think I rolled the 50/50 chance to take the pin but in any case I think I would have had to make the fire bail out check.

German Air Strike rolls a 1, they target a house with a unit in it with one of my FJ squads are in, rolls a 3d6 strike on the building. Rolls enough to collapse the flipping house and killed my squad outright. Another lost order squad.

The second Tiger I heads to the British lines, it fires on a British Centaur at close range and misses. The Centaur backs up and retreats from the Tiger. Tiger follows after the tank and destroys it. Then a British AEC flanks in and shoots the Tiger in the rear, making it immobile. The Tiger turns to fire and misses, AEC opted to hold on the new turn to shoot instead of giving up its order dice. The Tiger finally dies; we had a nice daisy chain of vehicles on the British side.

A German Stug takes a mortar hit and is immobilized the rest of the game unable to move. It continues to fire the MMG and main gun killing squad after squad in its fire arc earning the tank crew a promotion to a Tiger…as it seems we need some new crews!

A Hellcat attempts to take on a Puma, it opts to stand and take the shot. It misses as it was a ploy to herd the Puma to destroy it. The Puma pulls up and point blank shoots the Hellcat and misses. Puma is put into a tight spot and escapes the next time and is finally destroyed by the Hellcat.

The allied forces had two artillery observers and an air observer….my goal was to have one of each but we played with it as is. I feel it really pinned the hell out of the bridge area to the point it made the Germans very I ineffective allowing some easy advances by the allies to objectives.

The dice roll of a 12 on the Tiger early helped also….dice what can I say? If people was worried about the changes to tank pins are worried, don’t be….no tank was any more powerful as we had a mix of both regular and veteran.