Thursday, July 28, 2016


My club has their annual campaign for Bolt Action about to start ( first match up is next week! ).

With that, more than a few members have stated that they might not be able to play due to not having enough tanks or especially transports available to play properly or competitively.

So it got me to thinking how many tanks and transport have I collected so far for Bolt Action in the past 2 and a bit years.

Seems there are quite a few.. with it being about 70 in total ( some not built or shown ) and then the bikes. Damn.

Thankfully I have a understanding wife.. else this could be quite dangerous.

In total we have the following:

For transports we have:
- 4 Sarissa trucks
- 3 M5 halftracks
- 3 Cargo trucks
- 2 Bren carriers
- 3 M3 scout cars
- 4 Jeeps (mmg/HMG)
- 2 251/1 (1 not built)
- 2 250/1 (1 not built)
- 1 Opel Truck (not built)
- 4 Sherman 75
- Sherman 76
- 2 M16
- M10
- Pershing
- 3 M20
- M8
- Stuart
- 2 Chaffees
- 3 Crusaders
- 2 A10
- 2 Otters
- Humbler mkII
- 5 Panzer IIIs (1 not built)
- Sdkfz 222
- 2 sidecars
- 3 motorbikes
Japanese (in case someone doesn't have an army and wants to still play!)
- 3 Chi ha
- ShinHoTo
- Chi-NU
- 2 Ho-Ro
- Ho-Ni
- 2 Type 92
- Ke-Nu

For the campaign I will run my Americans as it has the most variety, and cause no one else is really playing them at the moment. That and my Japanese forces would be too powerful in this campaign... 

So that leaves quite a bit left over that allows other to supplement their forces as and where required. So most likely I will set the transports that I don't normally use aside for them to be picked up by club members, and the Brit/German sections made available since we have quite a few players of those nations. 

The Japanese could be used by someone is they wished to join but don't have a force to play with. These are just the vehicles I have, but I also have the 200+ infantry and artillery pieces that can be put forward as well. 

Now to figure out my list for the first game and post that up!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review - Warlords SdKfz 222 for Bolt Action Germany

Quick little review here today. As we move forward with the German forces in Afrika, one of the kits that came with the deal back when it was released was this little armored car. The SdKfz 222.

One of their older kits as it is still available in resin and metal.

The assembly of it is pretty straight forward with the majority of the kit a solid piece of resin. The wheels have the trademark of old where they fit onto cylindrical spacers and have the appropriate groove marked out for them to sit on. The front bumber, and lights have separate holed premade ( though they required a bit of drilling out ), but fit easily enough.

The hardest part was probably putting the gun turret together, and that was mostly taking the flash off the pieces.

No real instructions needed as it is shown on the back of the box, but you can see that the pieces in general were all laid out in a decent manner. All wrapped in bubble wrap inside the cardboard box itself.

I do like the ease of resin kits as they go together very quickly, with minimal fuss or troubles. Though they do lack the variations that the plastics offer, but I think the lack of swearing while assembling or mold line removal is a major plus for me.

Now to get to painting this little kit for the battlefield.. but also thankfully the other kits I have came with enough decals to cover this as well. Once of the few things it was missing overall to complete the kit.

Monday, July 25, 2016

DAK Germans incoming...

So over the weekend I was almost catatonic with regards to doing pretty much anything. Not cause of the weather or anything, but more just have the house to myself with very little life duties being pressed upon me. So aside from a few extended naps on the couch, I painted up a "few" models.

To kick things off, late last week I had gone out to the garage ( will miss that when I move.. again ) and primed up both my German Afrika forces, as well as my American Confederate army ( or what I have assembled at the moment ).

From here you can see that I have a lot of armor once more for my new German force ( with more incoming ). I think this will be more a Tank War force than anything else, but for now let's see how it goes.

To kick things off I selected 10 models and began to block in the main colors that I would be using.

Surprisingly I was using Japanese uniform colors for them since I do not have any German colors within my paint selections. Like.. none.. at all.. never figured I would paint Germans I guess...

But what I went for here was that I wanted to have all officers to have green jackets, and all line troopers to have yellow outfits with green helmets. Just so that it has some variety in the painting ( can't be arsed about the reality of historical aspects at times ). I also painted up the special weapons or variations from Rifles in green as well. My hope is that this will make it easier for me to understand and see them on the board and know who is what. A major problem for me when playing my Americans as they are all wearing the same colors, and from a few feet away they all look the same.

With liking this style a bit, I would carry on with the remaining soldiers assembled and on my desk..

Surprisingly this only took the majority of the afternoon ( with a quick/long dinner break ).. but when all finished on the based, and given a mild drybrushing they fit the business for a game on Tuesday.

At this point you can see them at the post wash phase, and almost complete. The last portions required here was to just do up the basing colors a bit further. Which for me was to pull out the Modelmates Sand colors, and basically drown them in it.

The bases themselves were simply covered in Sandy Paste from Vallejo ( pre-primer of course ) and then painted with the Iraqui Sand. Then covered in unequal parts of Light and Dark shade Sand Brown by Modelmates. Waiting about 5 secs for them to dry ( thank you hair dryer.. knew you were good for something ).. and you would get some really random coloring throughout the bases. This doesn't look so good at this point, but a quite drybrush of Iraqui Sand and Deck Tan though, and it comes out ace.

Actually I have to say that they based came out so well, that I will be using this for other such scenes in the future! I think the sandy paste on its own is a bit meh.. but toss in some rocks or gravel to it, and BAM it does the business and then some!

Heck, I was so motivated with this, that I even carried on and finished up ( almost ) the motorbikes for my DAK forces.

Here you can see the photos of the bases with the modelmates pigments, and drybrushing in action. I don't have any decals for the bikes, which I am sad about, but it still worked out as it is. I just need to now dust up the wheels and undercarriage a bit, and I think I can call these sections finished. Oh and obviously paint up the additional riders for the 3 motorbikes in the front. But I have more bikes incoming, so I will probably paint them in a big batch once those arrive.

Now I just need to tackle the vehicles and see how I can get them out and along now. So far I have started in on 2 of the Panzer IIIs..

But really did not get very far. Too many last minute things that were needed to get finished around the house before I collapsed on the bed last night. But I do hope to have at least these 2 finished before the game tomorrow.. will see how far I can get on them!

Overall.. a nice, quick army to paint up and hopefully play at the club on Tuesday. Let's see how my meagre beginnings can do here..
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