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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Bolt Action: Part 1

Pete's Bit: Heyyyy! The Inquisitorjames blog is back after nearly two years away being busy with life. But I'm back, and this time, I've got some help. My eldest son Jake is following in his Dad's footsteps and maturing into a gamer in his own right. He'll be chipping in with the blog from time to time and we'll pledge not to leave it quite so long between posts :D

So what's been happening? Well, I moved quite a way away from miniatures games (boooo!) and painting in general. Games Workshop pretty much priced me out of the hobby for some time and I've not played 40k for years now... the recent surge in variety and popularity of excellent card and boardgames has filled the gaming gap and no doubt we'll touch on some of those in the future.

But this is all about our latest gaming fix that's piqued our imagination: Bolt Action. For those of you who haven't discovered it yet, it's a WW2 minis games produced by Warlord Games and written by a who's-who of wargaming, including Alessio Cavatore and Rick Priestly. It caught Jakester's eye at the Conquest games show last year and he's played several games with other members of our local club, Gambit Games UK. Although I'd seen it played and liked the game turn mechanics in particular, I wasn't totally hooked on the historic theme, preferring the sci-fi or fantasy worlds of 40k, SDE and all the other games I'd been playing. It wasn't until Jake began studying WW2 at school that I looked at the system again and fancied getting involved. And consequently, with just a little nudge from him, here we are.

Jake's Bit: I really liked the look of Bolt Action because the figures look great and the scenery used in the games I've played looks really realistic. I've been studying WW2 at school and find it really interesting, plus I love gaming, so I'm really looking forward to collecting and painting the figures and getting in some games.


Pete's Bit: The Assault on Normandy boxed starter seems like a good place to start. For the money, you get the full size rulebook, 20 German Infantrymen and 20 US Soldiers, plus a ruined building to have your first skirmish around. Oh, and there are eight custom order dice too. Jake found the individual army books on the Google Play store for under £7 each, which is a real bargain. 

As an aside, the topic of GW and their pricing strategy came up as a hot topic of conversation on the Gambit Games Facebook page recently and although there's still love for the game worlds, GW have lost a few long time players through their meteoric price hikes and crazy goings on. £100 for a Blood Angels Codex?!

But the Bolt Action gear is a good price and we'll be able to put together two modest forces without needing a mortgage.

Jake's Bit: I'm planning on collecting the forces of the German Army. In the games I played, they were really effective. Historically, they were well trained fighters and had access to powerful weapons like machine guns. In the game, these have been good guns to arm the troops with. I'm looking forward to planning my army list with Dad and painting my figures when they arrive.

Pete's Bit: So that's the plan. Somewhere down the line (birthday on the horizon!) I'm hoping to grab a couple of extra buildings for the games table as well as expanding the units of troops on deck. As Jake's opted to play Germans, I'll take on the US troops from the base game, but have my eyes on the British forces too.

As ever, look forward to receiving any comments you want to leave about the articles and the games we discuss. I'm particularly interested in any feedback about which Bolt Action units are hot and which ones are not...

'Til next time :D

Jake's Bit: Peace out!