Saturday, 15 December 2012

Bolt Action WW2

I won these rules the other night in the Club raffle so thought I would post a review of them.

From the pen of Rick Priestly and Alessio Cavatore these 28mm World War 2 have arrived to complement the Bolt Action range of figures. They retail at £25.

There has been a lot of discussion about these rules and as always it appears people fall into 2 camps. Those that love them and those that loathe them. There is nothing here very innovative but everything gels nicely together. Some have complained they are like 1940K, but I think that is because Rick Priestly is involved.

The hardback rulebook is full colour and very nicely put together and the rules are clearly set out in chapters. They have great diagrams and photos.

Activation: Each player places a 1 coloured dice for each unit they have on the table (each side has different colours). Then a dice is drawn blind from the cup, the owner of the dice then places next to a unit of their choice to activate it. This continues until all order dice have been drawn. When a unit is activated it has a choice of 6 orders, Fire, Advance (move and fire), Run, Ambush (overwatch), Rally or down.

Movement is the standard 6”/12”for infantry and 9”/18” for vehicles. Weapon ranges are mainly in multiples of 12”. Combat is resolved by rolling a number of D6 for each weapon with modifiers for range, firer movement, target cover. The basic hit factor for dice rolled is 3+. All dice that hit are rolled again to see if they damage a target by rolling a target number. Heavy weapons add a modifier to the dice roll. Armoured vehicles suffer superficial, regular, or massive damage. These result in a number of rolls on a critical damage table.

Melee is in keeping with the simplified rules. A unit moves to assault the target unit, if it has not already been activated it may fire defensive fire at the charger. Surviving attackers enter melee striking first any surviving defenders fight back. The side that causes the most casualties wins.

Morale is handled by units receiving pin markers from fire. The more fire they receive the more pinned markers they receive. Each pin marker reduces a units morale. Once a unit receives as many pin markers as its original morale number it is destroyed. If a unit loses half its men from an enemy unit it must make separate morale test.

There are army lists for Germany, USA, Britain and Russia. There is a free French Army guide on the Warlord website. Further Army books are in the pipeline for Germany and USA.

This is a very well produced rulebook. It is designed as a simplistic skirmish game and for those wanting more details then these are not rules for you.  

Friday, 9 November 2012

Free ebook - Height of Courage

Shown as £13 on Amazon UK this book is free to download from the archive this book on Arab Israeli war and tank warfare in the Golan.

In October 1973, the State of Israel was invaded by Egyptian and Syrian forces. Despite early losses, Israel managed to outfight its opponents. The brief and bloody Yom Kippur War stands as a unique chapter in modern military history. Fought primarily by tank units, the war became a story not only of battle strategy and tactics, but also one of human discipline, endurance and sacrifice.
While many historians have chronicled the events of the Yom Kippur War, few have been seasoned by actual combat. Avigdor Kahalani, commander of a tank battalion on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War, describes this experience in The Heights of Courage. Beginning with a description of the initial Syrian offensive, he recounts the personal endeavors of his men, their fears and their ambitions, as well as their emotional and physical hardships. His stark account traces the efforts of the Israel Armored Corps as they struggle to overcome extreme difficulties and setbacks. The author describes their ultimate penetration into enemy territory and their approach to within forty kilometers of Damascus

Monday, 5 November 2012

Random Event Cards

This blogger has designed his own Wargame Random Event Cards (WREC). He is looking for feedback so if you can help him out visit his blog:

Dead Guys Ditch

Saturday, 20 October 2012

More MDF Buildings

Finally got around to building the last 2 buildings from Sarissa.

First building is a Dutch barn which is handy for Wild West games or any Zombie game...a barn full of Zombies or a hideout for the heroes.

Yes can fits lots of zombies in there.

"Hey you in the Jail" for the second building

But its not until you take the roof off

Yes the cell is part of the kit.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Happy 15th Birthday

I have just realised that my Free Wargames Rules website is 15 years old this year. Who would have thought in 1997 when i set up the first website to host free rules for our old Wargames Club that I would still be doing it a decade and a half later.

A big thank you to all the contributors, visitors and family who have followed me on this journey.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

MDF Buildings

At Derby Wargames show last weekend I bought some of the 28mm 4Ground pre-painted Anglo-Danish hamlet.

I bought 2 small dwellings and 1 large building. They are flat packed and you have to make them yourself.

The instructions that come with them are very clear and have colour photos to explain how to put them together. All the parts are numbered to avoid confusion.

They also have interiors with removal roofs for skirmish gaming. With a firebox, door and wooden slats in the windows. The above building even has a small hole in the wall. I used wood glue to fix them together and am very pleased with the results.

The thatched roofs use teddy bear hair which you then apply a 50:50 mix of PVA and water which you apply with an old toothbrush (Mrs Freewargamesrules would not be happy if I used her current one). This really gives the roof a thatched look.

The final purchase for the proposed SAGA game was a medieval Ox Cart from Sarissa. My mate Si and I both wanted several buildings so we pooled our resources and had discount on the purchases.

Again this was a doddle to put together and the nice guys said if I broke any parts when making the items to request a replacement and they would send it free of charge as they don't want negative views on their products. What a quality service.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Monday, 24 September 2012

Fields of War

Received the following email from Aaron Basham:

Fields of War is a fantasy turn based strategy game that uses the innovative command system in place of more traditional turn structures. If you would like to read more on how it works please read the rulebooks provided in the link.  We are also looking for help on our expansion Tides of War.

I have added Fields of War to the main website under the Fantasy Category

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Sea Moss Trees

Whilst attending a model rail exhibition at the weekend I saw a demonstration of how to make cheap trees using Sea Moss (aka Sea Foam) and dried herbs.

Sea Moss is readily available on the Internet from web suppliers such as International Models or Newmodellorshop on its own it looks like a plain and boring tree when unpacked.

Dried Herbs can be bought in in large bags or taken from the wife's kitchen when out of date. The herbs used were:


To make the glue mix PVA glue with water to about a 50:50 consistency and add a drop of washing up liquid. Dip the Sea Moss into the glue fixture. Then sprinkle the dried herbs over the top. Leave to dry for 24 hours and then spray with Hairspray to set.

Not only do you get nice looking trees but your layout will also smell lovely! 

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Kinetic 7 Magazine

Kinetic7 is a new PDF magazine featuring tutorials, skirmish game features, and other articles. The first issue is out now, free to download. 

Focusing on skirmish games and the creative sides of the miniature gaming hobby, Kinetic 7 announced that their new digital download magazine launched its first issue and a new website today.
The staff, based all over the world, consists of experienced gamers, miniature painters and sculptors. Claiming that “we wanted to create a magazine that we would like to read ourselves,” the digital magazine is slated to come out 6 times per year.
In addition to articles and guides, the magazine also promises interviews with known industry artists and personalities, tutorials and painting competitions.
The premiere issue contains features of studio painters from both the Infinity line and Coolminiornot, articles about painting miniatures, and tutorials about creating scenery and sculpting. Readers will also get a closer look at the two skirmish games, Alkemy and 1650.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

RSS Feed Added

Sometime ago I lost the RSS feed from my website. You will be pleased to know I have recreated the RSS feed: RSS Feed

Friday, 13 July 2012

Updates to website

As of tomorrow I am seconded to the Olympics in London for a month. This means updates to my site will be delayed.

I will answer emails where possible but cannot guarantee the website will be updated  as frequently as normal.

When I return home I will catch up with all the updates i have missed.

Monday, 14 May 2012

New Auction Website

I had an email from Alex Adler who has set up a new auction site at Wargames Miniatures that specialises in selling wargames figures.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Falklands Air War - Argentinian

Last post I had the British here come the Argentinians.
I am in the process of writing some rules for them, almost finished, just having difficulty sorting out the harrier's special VIFF capability. Then off for a playtest before I release them on the world for free.