Friday, 28 March 2014

Bolt Action on my Mind

I've been focussing over much on painting and 40K since last I posted on this blog some six months ago now, but that's about to change. I'm suffering from an acute case of Bolt Action Fever. The plan is to make use of my existing terrain collection as much as possible, so I'll be concentrating my efforts in the North African theatre. Specifically, I'm planning on making use of the Tunisian theatre.

Why? Because Tunisia is a little under-used in wargaming circles. Which is a shame considering that it was a very active and varied theatre for wargaming purposes. Gaming in Tunisia will allow me to field Commonwealth, French, German, Italian and American infantry platoons, not to mention the US Airborne, Fallschirmjaeger, British Airborne, French Foreign Legion,  LRDG and SAS units.

I'm planning on making this my main effort for the next few years, given that I'm bored to hell of 40K and haven't played WWII "straight" (as opposed to "Weird") for at least a decade. I'll keep you posted, but I plan on assembling four platoons this year for a bit of variety. I doubt any of my regular opponents can be induced into collecting their own WWII Platoons, but I have no doubt they'll be willing to take part in a few games if I can provide all the minis'.

I'm looking to assemble:
  • A  late 1942/early 43 DAK "T Battalion" ( a hodgepodge of troops from various replacement pools thrown together as combat formations to counter the allied landings in Operation Torch).
  • A late 1942/early 43 8th Battalion Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders platoon from the 78th Infantry Division.
  • A platoon of US Airborne from the 2nd (and only) Battalion of the 509th Paraachute Infantry Battalion.
  • A platoon of Fallschirmjaeger from the Ramcke Brigade.
I'll be starting off with a box of Perry Miniatures WWII plastics. Either the DAK box or the 8th Army Box. Not sure which yet. Probably the DAK box as the Argyle and Sutherlands landed in Tunisia in the middle of winter -they'd have been wearing normal battle dress rather than the famous 8th army shorts.


  1. Sounds like a solid plan, I'm digging my heels in on the Bolt Action front. Though I nearly got tempted by the US.Marines and Japanese forces. I must resist!