Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bolt Action at Rusty's Gaming House in Waxahachie!

Played my first game of Bolt Action last night at Rusty's new war game digs in Waxahachie.  The game was not what I expected.  I had watched several games and several gamers just go ballistic playing these rules.  I was originally off put by the rules and cost of the game in terms of multiple 'codex' and cost of the miniatures in 28mm.  I eventually bought a couple of Warlord vehicles and cleaned up a bunch of 25/28mm Easy Eight Americans and Germans I had laying around.  The vehicles (M8 Greyhound and a M24 Chaffee) are still in the boxes to "get done".
Rusty hosted me for a small game of Bolt Action.  I've been playing some Black Powder Pike and Shotte plus really like Black Powder Last Argument of Kings for larger AWI games.  He plays in 20mm rather than in 28mm.  His game house is a converted detached garage on his property.  Between the two of us, we have become the "Southern Dominion" of war gaming spots in the DFW area.  His collection is outstanding, his gaming area is outstanding and he's a great host!  He lives approximately 7 minutes from my home in Red Oak.  This is serendipitous!  I do like 20mm for this rules set as well.  I can use 1/76 scale vehicles, support and aircraft.  Most 1/76 models are less expensive than larger scales. I also like AB 20mm figures. I've painted them before. Exquisite models.  Well...on to the game.  Do I like Bolt Action?  Yes!!!  It's simple to learn, fun to play and gets to the brass knuckles quickly and to a conclusion in an evening's game. I'm sure there's warts but on first blush, I'm buying these rules. Just keep those Japanese and Marines away from my checkbook!

Rusty's Display case Area. He's got some really
cool terrain, Buildings and "stuff"

Painting Area 1 of 3.

Painting Area 2 of 3

20mm Allies and Axis dudes

Give Miller a Jeep and watch him get it shot up!

More Goimans

Scenario: Find the pesky F.O. that's directing the
off board railroad gun to shoot up Allied rear area positions.

Told y'all earlier, give me a plan, someone go
left, someone go right, who's goin' up the middle?

The village of Schweinschiess

Medieval tower...hmm...F.O. here?

Ahhh...Jumbo time. A little HE support never hurts!
OK, I'm a whore! I'm going up to OKC to play in the Warlord Games Day. Yet one MORE project! Good evening, good game, great host! You should play there as well.  Worth your time and distance from the usual haunts.


  1. That was a fun game. Thanks for gaming and introducing my krauts to HE!
    I can finally call this game den HOME!
    Nice write up ;-)

  2. I agree! Good game! Am looking forward to the dash to OKC...what time are we leaving and do you want me to pop to your place to leave? LMK