Jacob Carter

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  • Jacob Carter replied to the topic New player here in the forum Bolt Action 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I misspoke, what I meant is that there’s almost no reason to use the AoUS paratroopers if you are able to use the (Late War) paratroopers in a game didn’t actually mean that they “replace” the entries.  Specifically for the Market Garden book, using the Late War is going to be much better than using the basic paratroopers from AoUS with how rest…[Read more]

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  • Jacob Carter replied to the topic New player here in the forum Bolt Action 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    If you are building some Market Garden or later paratroopers, there is a dedicated squad build-up included with the Band of Brothers box that came out after the Armies of… book that covers the units you want to build.  It should take precedence since it’s the most recent unit build.

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  • I’m pretty sure 1/48 is a lot closer to Bolt Actions infantry models scale than 1/56 is.  Tank crews always seem much smaller than the standard infantry but the pilot for the mustang was just a tiny bit larger than an infantry model.  It’s close enough that it doesn’t bother me as much as the tank scale.

    The model was a Airfix P51-D, I’ve al…[Read more]

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  • Before you buy the metal kit, I’d recommend looking at the Flak 37 with transport option, if you don’t like working with metal models.  It’s the plastic kit which still works for Blitzkrieg, includes a transport, and the kit I received also included lumbers.  It’s a good option since you’ll have to get a sdkfz. 7 anyways if you want to move the gu…[Read more]

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  • Looks good dude!  Here is a wrecked P51 I made by beating up a model kit then molding the ground beneath it.

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  • I think it’s mainly because irl the rockets used by those weapons are shaped charges where most of the explosion is focused at the tip of the rocket.  These work by sending a jet of molten metal that is capable of penetrating armor at any range so long as you can hit the target.  I believe they have a small explosion radius so it’s not very good…[Read more]

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  • You are actually not restricted in how many units are in your first wave, at least for the scenarios in the core book.  Reserves can consist of up to half your army but they can be smaller than that.  If you wanted you could get your entire army on the board turn 1.  Typically I wouldn’t recommend that since it’ll be more difficult to counte…[Read more]

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  • Jacob Carter replied to the topic HE vs soft skin in the forum Bolt Action 3 months ago

    I’m going to check when I get home, unless Master Chief can beat me to it.  I’m pretty sure that there is a rule where rolling a 1 on a wound or penetrating roll always counts as a fail no matter what AP value a weapon has.

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  • One of the house rules I’ve been toying with about snipers is to remove the exceptional damage ability and replace it with a pinning mechanic somewhat similar to HE.  On a hit the unit receives d2 pins, wound is d3, and exceptional damage is d6.

    I think this can represent the immense fear a sniper could cause, since I believe there are stories of…[Read more]

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  • I disagree, I think using a BAR instead of an LMG seriously reduces the effectiveness of a BOF squad since they need the highest number of shots at the longest possible range.  The BoF squads’ main purpose is to slow your enemy through either pins or area denial; and LMGs have a much larger board control than a BAR, while putting more shots on mo…[Read more]

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  • To make LMG teams for the US you should pick up a sprue or 2 of US late war Airborne.  It actually has an MG as a part of the sprue so you can make plastic MMGs or LMGs and it shouldn’t be to hard to kitbash to make Ranger LMGs.  Here’s a batch photo of some Airborne teams that have almost all been kitbashed or modified to some degree if you’r…[Read more]

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  • One thing you need to know is that Rangers are only allowed 1 BAR from the armies of the US book.  They are allowed to bring 1 LMG with them unlike most other US infantry squads.  The only other unit that can bring LMGs are paratrooper squads, which can bring 2 if they’re late war.

    One of the tactics I’m experimenting with is building squad…[Read more]

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  • There is no such thing as a Marine that is a medic.  Medics in the Pacific were all Navy personnel that were called Corpsman.  (This does not include the ones in the Army that were in the Pacific)

    The Japanese ignored the Geneva Convention rules against targeting medics so wearing the Red Cross made a Corpsman a high value target.   In re…[Read more]

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  • There actually are some other benefits to Veterans depending on which army you’re using. Usually Veterans typically have more options in weaponry such as bringing multiple LMGs or having a full squad of assault rifles for Germans.

    Tank crews also get a nice boost from being veterans where they ignore pins from heavy weapons that cannot damage t…[Read more]

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  • Well my suggestion would be to make some stand-in hedgerows to start, then get two large pieces that can double as hard cover and LOS breaking.  After that you’ve got enough for some decent games until you expand.

    For building basic hedgerows you can get a coconut fiber welcome mat, cut it into strips, then paint it green with some cheap spray pa…[Read more]

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  • I’ll add that unless you have a massive amount of patience don’t try to make stonewalls by hand!  A 3” piece took me about 6 hours to shape before I decided just to buy a set.

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  • Probably not helpful, but I think it really depends on how quick you want a terrain piece.  From what I’ve seen, buildings from 4ground are great because they are pre painted and just need some assembly.

    But, if you don’t mind putting a lot of work into a piece, making your own is incredibly rewarding since you’ll have a very unique piece.…[Read more]

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  • There actually was a change for light AT in the FAQ

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  • Which German armies have you built?  If you’ve built late-war SS, Panzergrenadiers, and Fallschirmjager I’d suggest a XXX Corps/US Airborne mixed army for Market Garden.  The campaign book has brief rules for including a US Airborne platoon with XXX Corps armies so you could have some fun with larger point games.

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  • Oh yeah, I absolutely intend to use a bazooka as the base part, but the only problem is the shield.  I absolutely love how you can make both MMG teams for US Airborne and bazooka teams out of Plastic, and I hope Warlord has plans for more plastic gun crews/teams.

    I’ll also say, I hope Warlord doesn’t become like Games Workshop.  I was super close…[Read more]

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