sabato 19 ottobre 2019

Bolt Action Vietnam – Jungles fights July 21, 2018

Last week end Antonio and Maurizio prepared a great scenario inspired to Vietnam fights.

In the last months they worked hard to prepare a version of Bolt Action that can work for this kind of setting, and, as it is possible to see below, their work had a good result.

Below a Bell AH-1 Cobra in preparation and…

… the same model finally in action during the game

but also the Viet player prepared his secret weapons

The mission they prepared was easy to better test the rules …  and now a short battle report

During a recon mission, some US troops found a significant concentration of Viet not very far from a little village

After the recon starts the real game

Viet forces were under the control of Antonio, Enrico and Eugenio while US troops were deployed by Maurizio and Giancarlo. All miniatures are 20mm and they are painted by Maurizio (USA) and Antonio (Vietcong).

Viet forces have to evacuate the village using the street at the bottom of the photo

The first Viet move is an escape and…

… the American players try to stop them with the armored forces

Unfortunately, the first platoon that leave the M132 is heavy attacked by the Viet veterans hide into the village

and also the American tank is hit and destroyed after some turns

Viet forces continue their advance

and Us units slow down them with the artillery

And with a suicide attack of M132

it is time for the Americans to show their military power

but the American losses are too high and they have to go back

To conclude a cameo prepared by Maurizio inspired by "Apocalypse now"

Double line October 2019 play test

After publishing their book on Castelfidardo battle Paolo, Alberto and my club mates continue with their play test to create a new rules set of ACW period.

The wargame wrote by Paolo is a collaborative wargame designed to let a group of person to play an Acw game at divisional level. 

Every General (or CiC), after reading the scenario objectives, must create a strategy with his Sub commanders and to give them his orders. For example … if the objective is to take the control of an hill … the Cic gives to the his subordinate the order to “reach and conquest the hill in 3 turns. Starting from 4th turn you must wait other orders”. The problem is that the sub commander must execute the order even if he can see the other sub commanders are in trouble. The CiC can change the initial orders to his subordinates only during the battle and he cannot be sure that the new orders reach the Sub commander every times.

It is difficult to explain … easier to play … but the idea is to recreate the mess that during the American civil wars, General's orders sometimes created.

In the last year … my club mates painted a great number of miniatures to test the rules they wrote at the best

sabato 12 ottobre 2019

German Chaplain and Medical personnel - Bolt Action - Oct 2019

Time ago I bought some 20mm medical personnel miniatures. 

Sometimes I take models because I imagine in what way I can paint them and in this case I decided to use the two group of miniatures for two different roles.
The models I bought are some 20mm Zvezda miniatures

I decided to modified the first miniature (in the photo above) to obtain a German chaplain. I have not find original colorized photo but only this dummy of a Sixth Army so ...

... I changed the head of the two miniatures and eliminate the rifle ... 

... for Bolt Action the Chaplain is a non-combat unit that can remove 1 pin from the other ones and it is a model I can deploy sometimes.

I've kept the miniatures of the medical personnel  unaltered 

The medic is another model with a good game balance that can save casualties from the enemy fire

I had some pieces that I didn't use ... a panzerschreck of a Plastic Soldier blister ... an arm of a Preiser miniature... the body of another Zvezda miniature set ... I used all these items and now I have a new miniature carrying an AT gun

sabato 5 ottobre 2019

The corner of the painter – SAGA The Age of Magic- Oct 2019

As I wrote in previous posts, in the last months my club mate Maurizio worked on his new army for SAGA Magic. Last week he brought the miniatures to the club to show his work and I couldn't resist to take them some photos.

I have to admit that Maurizio is not only a great painter but he has also an imagination that permit him to create “the miniatures that you don’t aspect”
For example the conversion of Warhammer barbarians in “The KIϟϟ warband”

But SAGA is written to merge the fantasy with the historical miniatures so ... why not to believe in a strange alliance between Late Roman soldiers and the new Barbarians?

I painted only the Roman miniatures and I'm a bit embarrassed to put them together with Maurizio's masterpieces but they were the only figures I had in the club that day …

Below a group of milites against a Maurizio's monster ... 

... and another one that is trying to defend himself from a dire wolf's claws

Maurizio painted some "old" Chaos knights and ...

... some Warhammer beastmen using his great painting style

But a fantasy army must have his Champions

And to conclude the post the Titans clash