Okay, so remember about a month ago when we were all making our New Years resolutions and promises and plans and the like? Well, one of the things I said I would not do was buy into new systems. And halfway through January I had already failed, succumbing to the draw of Bolt Action. I did mention in my Game Plan 2013 posts that Bolt Action was a possibility this year. I just didn’t figure it would be so soon!
Well, I guess I haven’t bought into it too deep, yet. A few weeks ago I picked up the rulebook, and just the other day I received my German and US army books
I haven’t picked up any models for this yet, and hopefully I can hold off until I’ve gotten more Ogres painted. But I’ve been spending a lot of time reading the books, blogs and watching youtube reports and reviews, and I am quite excited about the game. I am planning on just getting small forces for both Germans and Americans, about 500pts worth which is small or demo size. I will likely just do infantry and support weapon teams right now, and wait on vehicles until later.
And that’s something that I both alread like and dislike about this game, that it’s infantry-heavy and tank-light. On the one hand, I think this adds some realism to a game that is supposed to focus on the infantry and how they get their missions completed. It will be like playing Combat Commander, where even anti-infantry and anti-tank guns are rare. And I love that game, so that’s cool.
On the other hand, tank battles are cool! But I think Flames of War (which I don’t play, but am getting more and more interested in as I do my Bolt Action research) is a good system for tank fun. Sort of like Conflict of Heroes (which I haven’t played, but looks like a much more vehicle-centric game). The scale of that game makes for a good amount of tanks on the field, being 15mm, whereas 28mm for Bolt Action has tanks taking up a lot of space on the table. So less tanks means visually the game won’t look as cluttered as a 40k game that has, say Space Marines facing off against Imperial Guard or something.
Anyway, I just wanted to announce that Bolt Action will be coming to this blog and to my gaming and painting tables in the coming months.
Thanks for reading.