Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Batman (Heroclix)

I have been rebasing all my Batman Heroclix figure. Changing them from their original clix bases.

As can be seen from the Riddler below a textured base makes a difference.

After the fun of writing a new set of One Page rules for the One Page Rules Challenge I have started writing a 1 page set of rules for the Caped Crusader. I am trying to get the rules system and the figure stats all on one page (two sides of paper).

I was inspired by the Ludus Gladiatorius rules from em4miniatures which is a really simple little game. They are about 75% done and I will post them all for you to read when finished. Each character will have the following stats:

Attack Trait (Number of dice to roll), Range (distance in inches they can make ranged attacks), Defence (number of diced rolled in defence to block attacks), Hit Points, Speed (in inches). The stats have been based on work from reading the comics, the Heroclix stats and the Superscape project

Bolt Action Game 2

Here are some photos from our second Bolt Action Game. This was Scenario 3 from the book. All the Germans were Veterans and they were all in hard cover. The Americans were all regular.

The American advance down the left flank with infantry behind a Sherman and M3 half track. Up ahead the Germans had a Panzerschreck in the woods

In the middle of the table a MMG in a bunker with veteran troops in the woods make the centre of teh table a no go for the Americans. One unit was caught in the open and quickly wiped out. The Americans were unable to get good HE support on the Germans all game.

The lone Tiger on the right flank hull down fended off 2 M4 (75mm) and one M4 (76mm). Despite 12 shots at the Tiger only a 75mm Sherman hit it and the shell bounced off. Fortunately the Tiger was a bad shot as well only hitting 1 Sherman which brewed up. To the right of the Tiger is another Panzerschreck team trying to pick of the 76mm Sherman.

Troops on the right flank cannot advance until the Tiger is neutralised and get stuck their all game.

Again troops on the left flank cannot advance over the open ground until they have pinned the Germans in front of them. Despite the use of HE, LMG and 2 squads pouring fire at the Germans as they are behind a stonewall the Americans cannot pin them.

After 7 turns the game ends in a major German victory. The US kill 1 German loader to the Panzerschrek team and lose 1 M4 Sherman, 1 entire US squad caught in the open and 1 US squad retreats under heavy fire. The US commander is also killed.

I have now ordered some US Bazooka teams and LMG to give me more fire support. However, veterans in Hard Cover are very difficult to beat.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Home Made Terrain Mats

Came across this great method of creating terrain mats using canvas and acrylic.

Tobi's Paint Blog

Canvas can be bought reasonably from Ebay or use Thermal Curtain Lining available from most fabric stores.

Bolt Action Game 1

These are the photos from the first game of Bolt Action we tried out. This was scenario 1 in the book with Paddy defending with the Germans.

I was the Americans, we han an infantry only action with about 350 points.

The Americans attacked from left to right with the Germans defending on the right.

Paddy had this great idea to use shell craters as Pin markers, they really look good on the table. Above are the Americans trying to advance down their right flank using the walls as cover. Don't get left out in the open you will quickly get cut down.

This was the Germans view down the same flank, nicely entrenched behind their wall. The order dice are the core Turn Sequence of the game. I have now made my own see previous post.

A German MMG in fortifications this kept the Americans heads pinned down and was a real headache for them.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Bolt Action Dice Labels

I've recently been playing a couple of games of Bolt Action with Paddy down at the Deeside Defenders Club night over the last  weeks. I will post some photos shortly of those games.

Both games have been good fun and we really enjoyed the rules, they suit the way we play. I have some of the 28mm Wargames Factory figures which I bought for my Weird War II project. Paddy has bought some of the order dice but at £8 for 10 dice and 2 sets required I think they are a but expensive.

So I headed over to Blank Dice who have indented six sided dice in multicolours and ordered 10 grey and 10 dark green at 20 pence each.

They arrived 24 hours later. Blank Dice do templates in the popular word processor formats so you can print create your own dice so I downloaded the Open Office template as I use LibreOffice on my Linux laptop.

I created the six sides of the dice in the template and printed them out onto an A4 label. This was then covered with the plastic covering I got from Tesco which kids cover their school books. Once cut out and stuck to the dice they look good.

I have included the template I created below so you can create your own Order Dice.

Download Dice Labels

Friday, 18 January 2013

1 Page Rules Challenge

To stimulate some ideas in wargame rule writing I have set a Forum up to try and gain some interest in simple sets of rules on one sheet of paper.These sets are not for competition games but for people who want a nice simple pick up set for a club gaming night.

The idea is that we decide on a period / battle / war from suggestions. We then have a poll to see which wins. We all then write a set of rules for the chosen challenge.

I have also set up an area where some existing 1 page rules I am aware of have been added to give ideas or just for general interest.

So if you want to join the challenge, join us over at the forum and register:

One Page Rules Forum