I've been busy in the last week or so (aside from a weekend away in Pembrokeshire, which I'll mention more about in my next post).
On Friday, my pre-ordered copy of Warlord Games "Bolt Action" Game, arrived, a 28mm World War 2 game that uses a army list system and points, in a 40k style codex selection style to allow you to build and tailor your WW2 army to your liking, tanks, infantry, artillery or all three. For example, you must have a reinforced platoon of a Lieutenant (and despite being able to have a Captain or Major for more points, this starting block must be led by a Lieutenant), and two Infantry Sections, normally of an NCO and four men.
These can be upgraded in a similar style to Warhammer 40000, you pay points for more men, or a LMG, and extra weapons or upgrades. (I.e "Add up to 4 men for +10pts per man"). The morale can also be upgraded if wanted; e.g. from Regular to Veteran or for cheaper men, down to Inexperienced.
I like the look of the book, it's published by Osprey, and comes in a neat A5 book similar to Force on Force, if you have it.
The book is full of pictures and diagrams, and despite going into some details, remains a simple looking set of rules to play to. The main rules, which are out in September for general release, include 4 Late War army lists to get you going for NW Europe; British, American, German and Soviet Russia.
I have both British and German forces for demo games, but I'm focussing more on the Brits as a fellow club member has said he has an interest in the game and collecting the forces of Germany.
Currently for my Brits; I have a Lieutenant (with regular morale), two squads of 8 men, with an NCO armed with a Sten SMG, One Bren Gunner, Loader and a further 5 men with rifles. A free Artillery Obeserver with regular morale (Brits get a free Artillery obeserver from the HQ choices as a special rule), one PIAT Team, one Sniper team and my fun unit; a Sherman VC Firefly Tank (armed with a British 17 pounder anti-tank cannon).
So far, the Lieutenant (well, 1st Lieutenant, as there are two Lieutenant ranks in the army lists for each nation), one NCO and a Rifleman are completely finished, the Sherman is close, but not quite done, and I have a Bren Gunner and Rifleman on the table, and a Sniper.
|My British Infantry so far, excluding one riflemen who is mid-way through painting and was missed off by accident...|
|The NCO with Sten SMG kneeling in front of a Rifleman. To the right you can see some Games Workshop Gravestones I'm using as decoration on bases, in various states of wear and damage.|
|The Lieutenant, using a Grave as cover as he orders troops forward.|
|A Bren Gunner, at the back, with the Sniper from the Sniper Team (Surprisingly enough.....) in front, the sniper will have a gravestone to shelter behind on his base.|
|My Sherman VC Firefly, complete with Commander, serial number on the side and the symbol of the British 11th Armoured Division on the front left.|
|The base I'm using for the Sherman, it will be more detailed with mud track-marks on it under the tank.|
|Front-view (almost), showing the long-barrelled gun and the symbol of the 11th Armoured Division, a black bull with red horns and hooves in a yellow triangle.|
Now for the Germans; I've gone for a more experienced, but less specialist driven force. A 1st Lieutenant with Veteran Morale leads the force, with two men to guard him in the same squad (much like a 40k Command Squad) both with MP40 SMGs. The there is a two-man Sniper team like in my British force, except with Veteran status, and then two squads of an NCO with STG44 Assault Rifles, a MG42 LMG gunner, loader and 7 riflemen.So far, the Lieutenant, an NCO and a Riflemen are assembled, with the Lieutenant partially painted and the rifleman undercoated black.
|The Lieutenant is back-left, rifleman back-right and the NCO is in front. I Like the posing on these models, very dynamic.|