Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Bolt Action: Spode's Black Shorts

"The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you're someone. You hear them shouting "Heil, Spode!" and you imagine it is the Voice of the People. That is where you make your bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: "Look at that frightful ass Spode swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?"

Bertie Wooster

Roderick Spode
Viscount Sidcup - would be Dictator of Britain, is leader of a fascist political movement called The Saviours of England but better known as The Blackshorts after a Daily Mail article entitled 'Hurrah for the Blackshorts'.

It is believed he chose black shorts because all the best colours for shirts had already been taken by other fascist movements: Blacksirts Italy, Brownshirts Germany, Silvershirts USA, Blueshirts & Greenshirts Ireland (who had to have two fascist parties and Grayshirts South Africa.

Spode's Policies include making railway carriages larger so sheep can stand sideways, banning the import of root vegetables, issuing each British worker with a bicycle and umbrella, and the compulsory scientific measurement of knees.

'The British knee is strong; the British knee is muscular.'

The piccy shows my Blackshort reinforced platoon for Bolt Action. It consists of:

HQ Section: A Overkneeleader Officer with two men: note the latest in mobile phone technology.

Two Rifle Kneesections: Eight men, Underkneeleader with Thompson and Bren-Gun team.
Knesupport Sections: An antitank rifle and light mortar team.

Armoured Car: Improvised armour and Bren Gun.
Self Propelled Gun: Light howitzer in the back of a lorry.
Tank: Vickers 6 Ton with light anti-tank gun.

The Blackshorts use the BUF flag as part of the fascist alliance.

Special Rule: Once at the start of a turn the Blackshorts opponent can yell 'Eulalie' forcing all Blackshort Units to make an immediate morale check.

Blackshort units may be 'green' or 'inexperienced'.


  1. Hurrah for the Blackshorts!
    My own take on them can be found at and

  2. Hah! I have to go back and re-watch Jeeves and Wooster again, been too long!

    Nice work John, those turned out looking great!

  3. Replies
    1. He is one of the great comic characters of all time.

  4. Super stuff! Where did you get your points values / list theme from?

    1. Made them up Michael. I don't worry too much about points when I play. The Bolt Action GB Supplement has all necessary stats.