Sunday 22 January 2017

They'll Always Be An England: Operation Sea Lion

"The year is 1940, and the German invasion of Britain has begun. With this new campaign book for Bolt Action, players can fight the battles of World War II's greatest 'what if' scenario. Defend the cliffs of Dover and the beaches of Kent from wave after wave of German landing craft. Parachute into the Home Counties in a surgical strike to capture Winston Churchill. Rally the Home Guard in a last, desperate attempt to keep England free of the Nazi invaders! Containing new rules, scenarios, and unit types covering all of the unique features of this alternate history campaign, it offers a chance for all Bolt Action players to truly rewrite the history of World War II."

The Campaign Sea Lion supplement for Bolt Action is finished and at the printers. It is on target for the May 18th release date: see link on sidebar.

I am very pleased with this one: it has new vehicles....

It has new armies.

As well as new rules for some much loved old ones.

In fact there are lots of new armies and rules. We have really let ourselves go. The VBCW crowd who use Bolt Action are going to find much useful 'stuff'' here.

Bolt Action as its never been before.

New scenarios, new types of scenarios, new types of vehicles, new characters................And lots of new models to grace your wargame tables.

Saturday 21 January 2017

Mighty Maus

Warlord Games have just released the Pz VIII Maus in 1:56 scale.

The Maus was one of those lunatic German obsessions with gargantuism that bedevilled their war effort.

Only two hulls for this 188 tonnes superheavy tank were built before the factory was overrun by the T34s of the Red Army. It had a 128mm main gun and a 75mm as secondary armament.

The Maus made no sense at all either as a battle tank for real or on the wargaming table but, you know, I am going to buy one anyway.

Just gotta be done.

Friday 20 January 2017

Medway Club's VBCW Xmas Charity Game

Spode's Blackshort Legion (aka your humble scribe) have kidnapped father Xmas from Maidstone's John Lewis aqnd have him hostage at Little Wimpington as part of their demands of a British Bicycle for every British Worker and the railway gauge to be widened so sheep can stand sideways in the waggons.

Spode's WWI artillery piece, liberated from the Royal Engineers Museum, threatens a suspicious looking milk float who identifies himself as 'Ernie, the fastest milkman in the south'.

Unfortunately, the umpire ruled that Spode's air support has frozen up and is unserviceable - boo, hiss.

The Maidstone BUF block the road to Little Wimpington in support of The Blackshorts.

The Post Office Socialist Militia are tasked to storm Little Wimpington and rescue Father Xmas but they first have to hold a meeting to discuss terms and conditions.

Nazi Paratroops unexpectedly drop in to Little Wimpington to take Father Xmas into protective custody, sparking a firefight with Spode's chaps.

Then an armed unit of the Met Police Special Branch infiltrate the village and open fire on everybody.

Then it turns out that Father Xmas has magical allies from the North Pole who ride a self track laying train. This umpire is barmy!

Then up pop killer penguins and snowmen: this is getting tricky.

An armed squad of Kent Police arrive in Little Wimpington and start a jurisdiction dispute with the Met.

Apparently there's been an escape from the local Zoo.

A flying Anglian Mechanised Column.

The Nazi Stormtroopers capture Father Xmas and march him out of the village, protected by air support: Goering's breeding programme has obviously gone well.

Many thanks to Graham, fourth from left, and Mik, fifth from left, for such a memorable evening.

We raised more than £150 for the Royal British Legion.