Yeah, that's Rangers, but it seemed appropriate for the leaders.
In Bolt Action, an HQ selection may be accompanied by up to two additional models. I like the the additional protection for these important men, however, units of less than three models are -1 to be hit by shooting so it seems tactically better to stick with two.
So as I mentioned last week, one of my goals for this year is to build a US force for Bolt Action. I have a pile of US Airborne models so I dumped 'em all out on the desk to see what I could put together. What I came up with...
Veteran Infantry Squad (12 models)
SMG for NCO, Lt MG Team
Veteran Infantry Squad (12 models)
SMG for NCO, Lt MG Team
Lt Mortar Team
Greyhound Armored Car
2 1/2 Ton Truck (x2)
Not sure how the points shake out because of the options available, but I'm not really worried about it - it looks similar to the starter armies from the Warlord website so I should be good. Infantry units can be 5-12 models, but I have opted for the full squads because I can always field less or combine them into different ways to get three or four smaller units if I decide that works out better tactically. I'll adjust things to make it work. I actually have THREE Sherman Tank kits (Christmas present) which means I can also look at building a Tank War list.
Anyway, so far I have managed to finish the first Infantry Squad!
Just a quick note to announce that Republic to Empire is now available in PDF form. As with BLB you can order hi-res and lo-res versions. What you choose depends on your preferred method of viewing. The lo-res version is designed for fast viewing on tablets and laptops. While you CAN print this version, the resolution won't be great. The high-res version looks great on tablets and PC's, especially on HD monitors, but may be slow to load. The hi-res version is designed to allow you to print sections (or the whole book if you want, though with ink prices these days it would probably be cheaper to order a book)! You order your copy in the League of Augsburg shop today!
'The superb presentation and wonderful pictures might lead the casual observer to believe that Republic to Empire is the equivalent of a coffee table book – a visual spectacle to be admired. And so they should be but there is far more than that! The rules are very well researched, clearly explained and most importantly, eminently playable. They are admirably suited to big battles but also to smaller games. Barry has introduced mechanisms designed to reduce the all seeing and instantly reactive abilities of the wargamer while rewarding initiative and forward thinking. This development really does help reflect the realities of the tactical battlefield of the time. Suffice it to say that this is NOT just another set of Napoleonic rules – it represents a real step forward in reflecting Napoleonic warfare on the wargame table' - Charles S. Grant
As usual, I have lots of plans for the new year... I doubt they survive contact with the enemy, but here goes...
I have thirty or forty Artizan Designs castings I bought a few years ago to face off against my Germans (so the Germans don't always have to fight orcs). I recently got the Bolt Action rules and they seem to be perfect for the kind of game I enjoy. I painted a LMG Team to work out my color scheme a few days ago...
The Battle of the Boyne
OK, so this was one of my projects from this time last year and I didn't get around to it. I want to paint a small force of Jacobites to face the army of William III. So far I've only managed King James II and these dragoons...
Rogue Trader and Oldhammer
I have piles of 80's Warhammer 40k and I am amassing armies of 80's Warhammer Fantasy models (to replace the ones I got rid of years ago) from eBay. I'm not sure what the appeal is in the nostalgic era of these games, but I am all in! I even started another blog to focus on it...
That's probably ambitious enough for now. I'm sure something else will draw my attention like AWI British (I do already have models for a dozen or so units), a return to Middle Earth (ditto - lots of models tucked away in the cupboards), a 'modern' Warhammer Fantasy army (the new edition is rumored to be due out this spring or summer and I have lots of unpainted Empire and Night Goblins)...
Nah... it will probably be something I don't even know I'm interested in yet and need to spend flipping great wads of cash to get started...
I will also be returning to work on material for Donnybrook and several other project Barry and I have on, as well as taking a more active role in the LoA blog. I might even manage to get in some more actual games this year!
2014 was a busy year! Early in the year I had the joy of seeing the publication of my first book with author credits... Donnybrook! Unfortunately, real life conspired to limit what I was able to do by way of support for the rules. They have proved popular nonetheless and in the spirit of the way the rules were intended, many gamers have taken them and made them their own, pushing them in other periods and tweaking rules to suit.
During the first three months of the year, I was heavily into the Lord of the Rings. Besides painting over 100 models, I actually got in a game! I have lots more models and I'd like to return to Middle Earth again in the future.
Games Workshop managed to grab a pile of cash from me in March with the release of the huge Imperial Knight kit. I bought five of 'em - but only managed to (mostly) paint two. Oh, well, I still have the other three...
While I was in 40k mode, I added two squads to my Death Korps of Krieg army.
Then during the last half of the year I managed to maintain focus on one project - The American War of Independence. I painted five battalions of infantry, three squadrons of cavalry, twenty-four skirmishers, two cannons, and four officer vignettes. I actually completed the goal I initially set for the collection (including three battalions of infantry I painted earlier) which is nearly unprecedented for me!
Happy New Year! I'll have another post in a few days with my plans for 2015...