Carlos & Eltjo played a Chain of Command game. Here’s the battle report.
First the sad news, although old. Two years ago one of our members quit the historical wargames hobby. Quitting is hard. It’s harder than quittting smoking. But he did!
He’s now a member of Infinitics Anonymous – he quit Bolt Action, but he moved to the Dutch clan of Infinity players. We wished him luck. Friendly guy. Bolt Action was just not his game. Infinity is a very smart designed miniatures game, btw. A classic. Addictive.
Now the good news. When he left, he donated his 14 unpainted leftover Finnish WW2 figures to our club. Finland and the USSR were at war in 1939, and the Finnish troops fought in German uniforms against the Russians (Democratic Finland never was a formal ally in the Nazi pact, but the Finns were supported by the Germans). Until 1944, when they changed sides.
So the Finnish miniatures are ‘Germans in light grey uniforms, longcoats and white winter parkas’. These 14 metal miniatures hid themselves in my painting room. No urgency. We have a German club army already, painted 3 years ago.
But now the even better news – I rediscovered these lost figures this weekend and finally, finally, finally gave them a quick – German – paint job. Not a true bleak grey/ white ‘Finnish’ uniform because a 14-figure Finnish battlegroup is too small as independent unit on the table. Nobody will notice. Ready!
I painted them carelessly, hastily, as fast as possible and covered all mistakes with quickshade Army Painter dip. Umpteenth German. Game models, not museum miniatures. I fully admit: they’re neither the most detailed nor the best painted miniatures that I ever – finnished – forgive me the bad pun.
At least the Nazi Schweinhunde have extra cannon fodder. Sturdy metal, some interesting poses, engineers, sharpshooter, good for the club pile.
I also found a lost US army mortar team that I will add to the club reserves.
I. Will. Beat. That. Lead. Mountain!
Our British friend Chris Brown yearly visits Holland to organize and umpire a Grand Table Bolt Action multiplayer game in the NH Rijn Hotel in Arnhem. We joined a game in 2016. About his annual game in 2021 he wrote us:
We are running another wargame event over the commemorative weekend at Arnhem – 17/18/19th September. We have set up a Facebook page (link) where you can find more information and/or PM me if you have any questions.
These events are not like tournaments or conventions/shows. We prefer smaller, informal atmosphere so we limit the number of players to 50 at the very most. Naturally the general theme is Operation Market Garden. The venue is the NH Rijn Hotel which incorporates the old Rhine Pavilion, which was a battle location in its own right in 1944; it is the Art Deco building you can just see behind the Stug, so it is right in the middle of a major axis of the battle. We can arrange rooms at the hotel at a very fair price — where else can you have your breakfast in a former battle site? The general idea is that we will have games in the evening so you can explore the battle areas by day, but if you want to spend the whole time playing that’s OK too – the gaming room will be available from about 1030 each day.
Naturally the theme is Operation Market Garden and there will be a lot of Bolt Action going on. Don’t worry if you do not have a suitable army; we will lend you one. There will be tables for ‘standard-sized’ BA games, but also a number of large multi-player games too. We also hope to have some Rapid Fire and Battlegroup and also a demonstration of our own company-level fast-play game ‘Fire for Effect’. The player fee is UKP 70.00, preferably by Paypal, but we can make other arrangements if necessary.
More on his Facebook page. We heartily recommend this event!
This weekend Maarten & I played a WW2 wargame at a club day, with the Crossfire skirmish rules. For those new and uninformed: since some years we have a WW2 club army for Bolt Action and similar 28mm skirmish games. Like a chess club, we think we must have our own chess pieces. Feel free to join games, use, borrow the club figures. We have our own Lend-Lease Act to fight WW2.
We recently added 2 small support units (MG, mortar, officers, forward observer, medic) to the German and British sides, as advised by our BA specialist Robert. Painted last month. The German and British club armies are really versatile and complete now.
The game was Crossfire. I have posted a Crossfire review. In short: mixed feelings. Meanwhile a few pics of a good game. Gentlemanly wargaming: I love it!