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Product Review: Battlefront's BB215 Medium Desert House

September 20, 2017 - 14:30
By Ranger Dane

This is a nice piece of terrain for your Desert table.   This Medium Desert House is being released as part of Battlefront's new modern building line for use with Team Yankee, but will work great for WWII gaming as well. . This Medium-sized Desert House is being released with the V4 North Africa campaign set, but it will also blend well in any Italian Campaign.
This Medium-sized Desert House will also blend seamlessly with any Arab-Israeli war game.

These homes are also representative of many Mediterranean homes.   Here are an actual House in North Africa.

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Categories: World War II

Bolt Action German armoured platoon for Tunisia 1943

September 18, 2017 - 14:30

By Bryan,

I've been working away for a while now on a German tank platoon for Bolt Action, based on the 10th Panzer Division in the 1943 campaign in Tunisia. I thought I would share it as I think it's a rather interesting force, being a bit different to the 'classic' Afrika Korp that most people choose to collect. I'll take you on a tour of the force and how I collected and painted an army based on the fall of the Axis in North Africa.

Here is an overview of the platoon, a 'Tank Wars' format of armoured vehicles making up the compulsory choices and the infantry in support. You'll notice it's not really much of a tank platoon as there are only two Panzers! This ad-hoc Kampfgruppe has a Marder tank hunter but most interestingly...many of Uncle Sam's halftracks!

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Categories: World War II

Bolt Action: The Clear Choice for Basing

September 14, 2017 - 14:30

By Seamus,

When it comes to wargaming, it can be argued that you need some decent basing to really bring the whole thing together, to really make the model stand out. A superbly painted miniature inevitably loses something if the basing isn't also as skillfully done as the model itself. One thing I'm sure we can agree on is that basing is a skill that is rarely easy to come by, and indeed it is through practice that we see people achieving truly stunning results over time. Many of us like to have a theme for our armies, whether it be a specific unit or perhaps a particular theater or battle. I myself have a Gebirgsjager force with snowy bases, an Australian force with jungle bases, and an Italian force with Tunisian desert bases, as examples. These bases really help set the tone for the models and the army and, while my basing skills are not anything to brag about, they do help emote the them of the army. In preparation for this article, I've asked the lads to share with me some of the basing they're most proud of. Here are some tremendous examples of what you can achieve with basing, especially in concert with superbly painted models.

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Categories: World War II

Other Road Episode 10: Live from GENCON

September 13, 2017 - 14:30

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Major episode, Mitch and Sean are at GENCON in Indianapolis and 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of this great event. The guys explore the vendor hall and talk to some great folks.

You also get to hear the thoughts of a GENCON virgin (Mitch) as he experiences his first event.

We finally talk to the guys who created Secret Hitler!  http://www.secrethitler.com/

We also speak to the folks from Columbia games; columbiagames.com

The guys that produce the game Superfight which they have been talking about for ages.   https://www.superfightgame.com

Mitch noticed a great game from an indie game designer called Fallen Land: A Post Apocalyptic Board Game, and the guys sat down with its developer Jon Lonngren for an interview. http://www.fallendominionstudios.com

Along with this we have the usual banter and some segments with special guests, super gamer Scott Simoneau and Wanda from housekeeping

This is our longest OTR episiode, however we had so much to cover and talk about!


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Categories: World War II

Quonset Hut Terrain Guide - Bolt Action

September 12, 2017 - 14:30

By Dennis,

By Dennis,

Today I'll be walking you through a step by step guide on how to make an iconic WW2 building from the Pacific Theater, the Quonset Hut in 28mm scale.

Quonset huts were manufactured from 1941, when the United States Navy needed an all-purpose, lightweight building that could be shipped anywhere and assembled without skilled labor.
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Categories: World War II

Behind Enemy Lines Episode 40

September 11, 2017 - 21:10
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40 episodes! Really? Man that seriously is quite a few, isn't it!?
The Behind Enemy Lines guys are back. In this episode, you get some Noob News and rambling. You're gonna get an update on what the guys have been up to...and rambling.
And then we talk about ructions and rumblings within the Flames of War community at large.
There may also be rambling...
Want to join the conversation? Please sound off in the comments below, or let us know on our forum!
Categories: World War II

Battlegroup: A look at the Rule Book

September 11, 2017 - 14:30
I've recently begun a quest to find a new WWII miniature game. In the course of my research, I uncovered a likely prospect for my new favorite game: Battlegroup. Over the course of several articles in the upcoming months, I hope to share my journey into learning this new game system.

The qualities I am looking for in a WWII miniatures game are numerous, but the main qualities include:

1. A rules set that is easy to understand,
2. Playable in a scale that I already have figures for,
3. Does not require rebasing of those figures,
4. The rules rely on and are based on: The rule book, theatre of operation source books, and tools such as dice and a measuring device. Any external additions (eg cards) should be for reference only, and not impact rules or strategy based on their use,
5. Have a community of players and rules designers already established. Even if I have to work to grow a gaming group in my own area, I'd like to know there is a popular base of support behind the game.

Battlegroup, so far, fits those criteria. I've had a chance to read the rules and begin some skirmish games at our local gaming club. The rules are different, much different than what I'm used to with Flames of War (FOW). But, they're not complicated. My biggest challenge has been trying to think inside of the Battlegroup rules, and not applying rules from another game set.

This article will look at the Battlegroup main rule book, its layout, and how it presents the core of the Battlegroup system. The rules themselves will be covered in later write-ups.

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Categories: World War II

Bolt Action - My US Anti-Tank Force for MOAB

September 5, 2017 - 14:30

By Patch,

Some of you may be aware that I have painted up a force of US Airborne (guide here) and I have been looking forward to fielding them in the biggest Sydney event of the year being MOAB in October. I have been dithering around on listing for awhile now and was almost settled on an all vet Paratrooper force however was just not happy with it. A few days ago I decided to go for something different and field a regular Gilder force instead.

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Categories: World War II

Bolt Action Event - Operation Südlicht

August 31, 2017 - 14:30

By Dennis,

Back on July 1st I ran my first ever Bolt Action event, Operation Südlicht, a 1-day Axis vs Allies 1000 point event.  It was also Tasmania’s first event for 2017.

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Categories: World War II

Bolt Action: How to Collect and Paint Early War Fallschirmjager Part 2

August 29, 2017 - 14:30

Hey Bolt Action Community! Hopefully you've had a chance to check out the first part of this discussion, all about how to pull together the best models on the market for your Early War Fallschirmjager (found HERE). Hopefully, too, you've had your interest piqued and did a little research on Eben Emael and Operation Sea Lion and you're really pumped about early war games! In this article I'll walk you through my method for painting Fallschirmjager appropriate for the early days of World War 2, right up to and including Operation Mercury when the Splittermuster pattern was introduced. The green grey smocks found use right up until the end, and indeed there are a good number of photographs from the fighting in Normandy, 1944 where the Green Devils were still using them. You could easily mix these into a late war force for a bit of variation, too.
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Categories: World War II