Thursday, August 09, 2012

WWII - 28mm temptation... Bolt Action!


Warlord Games, who have released the great series of mass battle period wargames rules; Hail Caesar, Pike and Shotte and Black Powder, have been steadily releasing 28mm goodies for WWII over sometime now...

And now it appears a set of rules are about to surface..., if they havent already? Bolt Action, written I believe by a certain Mr Priestley.

This fine fellow, has certainly been known to turn out a decent set of rules or two... and I await some web feedback and reviews of these rules before diving in.

I have been thoroughly enjoying my Flames of War gaming recently but this would give another twist to the period, and allow me to paint up forces with my favorite scale figures...

A write up here from Rick.

Plus the plastic figures from Warlord, should I hope be a fair and dare I say affordable (Is the Missus listening?) price too!



23 comments:

  1. I can't fault their figures and production rate!

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  2. Be careful. 28mm WW2 is an addiction. It is my first love and I have hundreds of figures and dozens of vehicles. I think I can field an entire company of US, Soviets, Germans and Fallschirmjagers. I can do reinforced platoons of British, British Paras, British Commandos, French and Alpini. I have very high hopes for these rules.

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    1. Looks like I'll have to forewarn the missus we'll need that mortgage extension...;-)

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  3. It looks good I have to admit. Perhaps I could scale it down and use 15mm figures. 1 team = 1 infantry.
    cheers

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    1. I guess that could work, it just may come down to rules mechanics and aesthetics if it looks and feels right...

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  4. I like Bolt Action for the look of the figures but in metal they take up a lot of cleaning, worth the extra work though. No knowledge of the plastics other than th price is a little lower than the metal.

    Ian

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    1. I must admit Ive always found metal figures far quicker to rpep that plastics... but these days plastics win out on price, its hard to beat that!

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  5. Sounds like a slippery slop to me Scott, but they do look awfully tempting!

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    1. I know... the chance to make a Tiger tank in 28mm scale... I apologize now if I can't resist making boom noises when I roll the dice ;-)

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  6. Have to agree, very tempting!!

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  7. The rules do sound good. I went and preordered the rulebook and the German supplement. My only concern so far is the random activation sequence (apparently both players draw their activation dice from a wee bag!)

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    1. I wasn't aware there were supplements ... I'll have to check that out...

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  8. I always like reading Mr. Priestly's rules as they are usually quite sensible and give a good game. There are so many 28mm manufactures out there that you will be spoiled for choice.

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    1. What I have found satisfying already... is that the idea of a 28mm 'skirmish game' with infantry tanks and guns has been done before (set may years in the future) , which this game could be loosely compared too, yet when you look at the prices the WWII tanks are half the price of the 'sci-fi' ones yet will most likely be comparable in size... which confirms my thoughts on affordability... It may even draw some of the younger crowd at the games club...

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  9. As novice in all this I need you pro's advice about getting my purchases past the Hubby. There are no shops near where I live so I rely on mail order and he sees those when they come in. I've taken to lying and saying bloggers are sending them to me free!

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    1. LOL, I must admit I spirit many parcels into the house without wifeypoos seeing them all, then to be hidden in the depths of the gamesroom... and pulled out much later... "oh I have had these for ages..."

      We both work so sometimes its a race to get home first to see what parcels the mailman has left on the front doorstep ;-)

      Another option would be to have the parcel shipped to your place of work, or a friends house. Often mail order firms allow shipping to an alternate address... Then you get rip them out of the packs without being seen and a few loose models can easily be slipped in the house without being noticed.

      The main concern is hiding the emailed responses about order placed and paid for, and shipped... and the credit card bill when it turns up... that's where you will get found out!

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  10. Check out the Wargames Factory plastic 28mm too. They do Germans and US infantry and look better figures than the plastic Bolt Action IMHO. Of course there is always Black Tree design. They make very nice - and very reasonable - metals...

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    1. Hmmm, might have to have a look at those...

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  11. I am only interested in early WW2 I wonder whether they work for all periods of the war or whether they are slanted to 1945 and after?

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    1. The game is designed for all periods of the war. The rulebook contains some initial army lists for the 4 major European powers but they are only LW. You will need to purchase the army specific supplements (codexs) to field earlier forces. The supplements will also contain more unit-specific special rules, adding more character to your force.

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    2. Thanks for the reply and info Tyler,
      Cheers
      Scott

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