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  • Ian replied to the topic Bolt Action 3rd Edition in the forum Bolt Action 1 month, 1 week ago

    I hope they take this opportunity to finally make squad LMG’s and MMG’s worth choosing in an army selection. At the moment they are poor points value and don’t reflect their importance on the battlefield.

  • Hi LT,

    I’m not arguing about the definition of an LMG, MMG, GPMG or automatic rifle or what ever they are classed as. The BA rules are clear as to what is an LMG (basically the squad automatic weapon), what is an MMG and what is classed as an Automatic Rifle.    That’s OK, I get that, the rules are fun and not extensive.

    The point I’m trying t…[Read more]

  • I know Bolt Action is a fun game and should not be taken too seriously but one thing has been bothering me for a while. Most armies involved in WW2 evolved their small unit infantry tactics around the squad LMG.  Due to the rules and cost of LMG’s very few people fighting competitive games select them, choosing to select another 2 riflemen which…[Read more]

  • Treat as a building with two floors.

    No. Must be on the same floor

  • Hi All, British Commandos have the “tough fighters” rule. Since the figures armed with an SMG get the “tough fighters” rule due to having an assault weapon do these figures have any advantage over a rifled armed figure in close combat?

     

  • The big advantage of a half-track over a wheeled vehicle is that they, just like a tank, ignore obstacles. So its not just mud etc but any terrain classed as an obstacle. This would include  hedgerows, fences, steams and the like. These would stop a fully wheeled vehicle and limit its movement on the table.

    However the advantage of  being able t…[Read more]

  • Highland regiments only wore the kilt in the very early days of the second world war. After the evacuation of France there is little to distinguish Scottish Highland and Guards from other County Regiments.

    The tam o’shanter bonnet was also wore by many other Scottish regiments but this was rarely worn in combat. Each Scottish regiment, highland…[Read more]

  • Ian replied to the topic Japanese Lone Sniper in the forum Bolt Action 1 year, 7 months ago

    I think I will stick with the normal two-man sniper team, costs 5 pts less and is more robust.

  • Ian replied to the topic Japanese Lone Sniper in the forum Bolt Action 1 year, 7 months ago

    Great, Thanks for that information.

    Paying the extra +5 points for only one man instead of a 2-man team seemed a bit counterintuitive, but I see the advantages now.

    The LMG option is too expensive. 55pts +10pts for an LMG firing at a -1 to hit? Doesn’t make sense

  • Ian replied to the topic Defeating the Japanese? in the forum Bolt Action 1 year, 7 months ago

    Get some barbed wire. That will slow him down long enough for your infantry to whittle him down.

    Which army list is he using that allows 5 Bamboo Spear fighter squads??

  • Ian started the topic Japanese Lone Sniper in the forum Bolt Action 1 year, 7 months ago

    Can anyone tell me the advantage of having a lone sniper (55pts for Regular) rather than a conventional sniper team of two men (50pts regular)?

    Also how does the Lone Sniper LMG work? I know it’s -1 to hit due to not having a loader but does he get the other sniper benefits of ignoring negative to hit modifiers.

    If he gets more than one hit, are…[Read more]

  • Hi Lindsay. Look us up. We are the Guernsey Wargames Club.

    It would be great to get together but difficult at the moment as you say.

    It looks like you have a fairly big membership?

    We are all off out tonight for our Christmas meal. So I will tell everyone we’ve been chatting.

    Catch you later

     

    Ian

  • Hi Lindsay,

    That sounds like a great idea. Do you run wargames weekend right through the summer or only on specific dates?

    We are a small club (Max 10 people) based in Guernsey. We fight mainly historical battles we have just finished a BA game for the German invasion of Guernsey……….but in our version the Brits decided to fight it out…[Read more]

  • Hi Lindsay,

    Looks like a cracking game. It also looks like you have a busy wee club up there.

    If you guys ever fancy a weekend in the sun you are more than welcome to join us for a wargames weekend.

    From the opposite end of the British Isles

  • Ian replied to the topic Sherman track links in the forum Bolt Action 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Dr Dave,

    I have 3 spare Sherman models that I will probably never get around to building (Birthday extras) tell me what you need and I can send it to you.

     

  • Ian replied to the topic Ground Scale in the forum Bolt Action 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Steel Jacket.

    The figure scale is 1:56. If this is translated and used as the ground scale, a standard 6’x4′ table would measure 110m x 75 m, maximum rifle range would be 38m and a man could run 18m per move!!!

    To make movement and firing ranges more realistic it is conventional in most wargames rules to have the ground scale different from…[Read more]

  • Ian replied to the topic Ground Scale in the forum Bolt Action 3 years, 3 months ago

    Thanks all,

    Looking at it again, I think in built up areas with lots of streets, buildings etc. will reduce it to around 1200m x 800m. That seems to work with terrain, movement and ranges. Where the land is more open it feels better to open the scale up a bit to around 1500m x 1000m

    I will let you know how it works out once we get around that…[Read more]

  • Hi Duncan

     

    First of all welcome to Bolt Action. It’s a really good set of WWII platoon level rules, so I do hope you enjoy playing. Also D-Day/Normandy is a great period with all the different troops types and strange vehicles scurrying about the table.

    I hope your table works out well and you get a lot of enjoyment from it . I also like the…[Read more]

  • High explosive value is different from its anti tank penetration value. Therefore use the Anti tank penetration value of +1

  • Ian replied to the topic Ground Scale in the forum Bolt Action 3 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Stuart,

    Thanks for that. 1.5km by 1.0km “feels” about right for the 6′ by 4′ table. I was just wondering if BA had an official ground scale as there is nothing I can find in the rule book about it.

     

    Ian

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