Last November I picked up a copy of Bolt Action and since then have been dipping into the rules and the web forum with growing interest. Last month my friend Keith presented me with a painted box of German infantry, a command half track and a Radio controlled King Tiger that needed a new home. I'm not sure how big a game we'll need to play for the Tiger to be a sensible part of a force but it is a lovely model and could be a piece of scenery in a smaller scenario I suppose. At Salute I picked up a box of Late War British and have been assembling these over the past few evenings. I'm not a big fan of plastic multi pose as the models I produce tend to have an ungainly zombie look about them. However these figures fit together quite well. I decided to use metal figures for officers and specialists, so all my figures have rifles, sten or Bren guns. I hope to add to the force at Valhalla in Farnborough next month.
Meanwhile We have a Bolt Action project getting under way. Matt, Ian and I have agreed to collect complimentary forces, to speed up the growth of available figures and provide some variety. Matt has picked up a 1000 point US starter army, while Ian, who is a reflective sort of bloke, is still wondering what to collect. He is tempted by the Japanese but wonders if a West European force makes more practical sense. His latest idea is to collect Fallschirmjagers, because the models are so cool. And why not? I gather that in the end, Ian is likely to collect more armies than the rest of us put together. He is slow to commit but once launched, he is a completist. Good news for the rest of us.
I have played wargames for five decades. Recently retired, I have even more time to devote to it. More about me here.