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Windy City Wargaming Episode 24: Adepticon 2017 Live Coverage

Hey Wargamers!

In this episode, listen in to join the WCWG team on some pretty awesome talks the guys got to take part in at Adepticon this year! Presented to you commercial free! Talks include, but not limited to, Anvil 8 Games, Trenchworx, Warlord Games, and Games & Gears.

Thank you to all who talked to us over the weekend, we all had a great time! We will see you soon for episode 25!

Brought to you as always by:
Mercenary Miniatures

Dragon Fall

Grognard Games

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Army Showcase – MadDog’s Konflikt ’47 Germans

What’s up, Wargamers?! MadDog here with another army showcase! This time, it’s my Konflikt 47 German platoon!

 

May, 1947

Swamplands near New Orleans, USA.

 

Throughout the Blitzkrieg and through to the battle of Stalingrad, the 7th Panzer Division was known as the “Ghost Division” as they routinely moved forward and passed through enemy lines, disappearing like ghosts. This is why, under Rommel, this unit was specifically chosen as the Reich’s pathfinders.

Their target: New Orleans.

 

Moving forward into the American swamps, the 7th Panzer Division was refitted and equipped with state of the art radio communications in order to transmit further to units waiting in the Gulf of Mexico. In preparation for an invasion of the mainland United States, this Division moved through the swamps just like they moved through the Maginot Line; swiftly and without resistance.

 

 

This was my “write-up” for my army for Adepticon 2017. What an awesome time we all had! I will say, before we go forward, I definitely need more of the K47 specific models and units! Just my heavy Wehrmacht troops weren’t quite enough to do battle against American walkers and Tesla cannons.

So, a bit more on the background of my army.

A German fleet has made it past Allied blockades in the Atlantic and were able to find, for a short window of time, refuge in the Gulf of Mexico. The unit I created is acting as Pathfinders in order to radio back locations of enemy strongholds, if any, and areas in which a port and/or beach head can be secured.

I picked the New Orleans swamps because I’ve wanted to do a jungle themed German camouflage scheme for a long while now. So now, what you’ve all been waiting for; The Swamp Rats.

 

We’ll start off with the vehicles I used. I selected a Panzer IV H as my heavy support and two half tracks. One full sized 251/1 and the half sized 250/3.

The Panzer IV is a Tamiya 1/48 scale model kit and I was quite happy with how the camouflage pattern and weathering turned out. I wanted to make it look grimy, but not yet rusty.

Here is the Sdkfz 250/3. I chose this half track variant to stick with the theme of a pathfinder unit with a high powered radio and aerials that extend above the open top.

My sniper team is another part of this army that I’m very happy with. I’ve only recently started individually basing teams and team weapons, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It makes for a more dynamic looking display, and is easier (especially with MMG teams) to keep track of casualties.

Here is my Officer and his assistant, both armed with STG-44’s. Being that Operation Creole took place in 1947, I made sure there were plenty of Assault Rifles in this particular platoon, including in the hands of the command staff.

For the standard infantry, I used the camouflage pattern only on the zeltbahn with tan helmets and green pants. I wanted to go for what made the most sense as far as historical patterns and how they would have progressed as the war went on.

And now, on to the heavy infantry.

With this unit, I decided to use the tiger striping camouflage pattern on the entirety of the armor, but kept consistent with the tan helmets. These models are really cool as they are, so I was very pleased with how they looked after applying the camo.

And last but certainly not least, I had a heavy Panzerschreck team.

And that’s the entire force. The most fun I had was creating the display board.

Who else has their K47 armies ready for action?!

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Polar Vortex 2017 – Operation Wendigo After Action Report with MadDog

Greetings wargamers! MadDog here with an after action report!

 

Let’s start off with a BIG Windy City thank you to Dan Zedan of Draxtar games and Seamus Hamrin (AKA Weekend General) for running another awesome event. Once again, under the General’s leadership, the tournament went smoothly and without a hitch. Fun was most definitely had by all players!

I have something I’d like to cover before I get into how the day went. It appears that Version 2 of Bolt Action is finally starting to be understood by the community and gamers are getting the hang of all of the changes to the system. This was definitely a change of pace for me as my last tournament was Dragonfall, which was the first tournament with Version 2 rules.

So, moving on to Operation Wendigo. Thanks again to Seamus for running ANOTHER fantastic tournament. Just like World at War last year, Operation Wendigo was a great success. This was my second tournament using the Armies of Germany book, and I selected a somewhat mid-war list.

 

One First Lieutenant with an assistant.

One Artillery Observer.

Two full Rifle squads.

One Medium Machine Gun Team.

Two Half Tracks

And one (dun dun dun) Tiger I.

My entire list was Veteran, which is a very big change for me, as I’m used to running regular and inexperienced Soviets. The only Veterans I’m used to using are my T-34s and my Soviet Assault Engineers.

It definitely made a big difference in my units’ toughness, which is to be expected with 5+ to wound. It also made a big difference, naturally, in leadership tests. Utilizing my 1st LT, I was able to keep most of my order checks at 10, however, I did have a grand total of three FUBAR order checks throughout the day. Twice in just the second game.

And if you’ve ever played against me, you know, that’s just how I roll.

Another thing I’m not used to running is up-armored transports. I will typically use soft skinned trucks for my Soviets, which are very fragile. So, having my units transported in 7+ was yet another change of pace for me. I will say, I am of the opinion that half tracks are still getting somewhat of a bad rap. Even though its tracked and it’s movement isn’t that of a truck, the points value and up-armor makes them worth bringing to the table. As always, just be mindful to utilize cover as best as you can and be careful not to park it in front of an AT gun, and you should do well.

In Version 1, I became fond of using the Soviet IS-2, for its high damage HE capability on infantry and it’s armor value. Now, I will admit I was skeptical about the transition to templates for HE weapons in Version 2, but I have certainly come around. The Tiger I definitely ranked as my MVP for the weekend, which probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The extra shot with the hull mounted MMG proved more useful than I initially expected, but the Super Heavy AT gun was truly devastating when it hit. Which, of course, is to be expected.

 

Game 1: Sectors – Rules set from the Main Rule Book

This game was very fun. For anyone unaware, the table is divided into quarters and opponents deploy on opposite quarters. This is much more dynamic and fun for me than just setting up on long table edges and marching forward. The objective is to hold as many quarters at the end of the game with extra points for holding the enemy’s deployment quarter. This is a really cool concept and adds a lot to the game.

I played on the aptly named “Burma Board” against a beautifully painted Chindit Army and its General, Andrew Verticchio. My Germans seemed somewhat confused while fighting Brits in a jungle with funny hats.

I started with my fastest units on the board to try and take what real estate I could, then hopefully sit and wait things out. This was a somewhat difficult task for me, as I’m not used to holding tight with Veterans. My play style with my Soviets is very “FORWARD!”. This was my first game using a majority Veteran list, which was nice as I had troops survive past the second round!

Once my Tiger came out to play, I placed him near the left side of the board, so I could use it as cover for another fast unit in a half track to rush into the enemy table quarter and secure more points. Which, in the end, worked very well and the units on this side of the board were unable to deal with the Tiger.

Here is the fast attack unit I moved up the left side of the board. The units on this side of the board were unable to deal with any armor at all, even just the 7+ half track, which was another situation in which I was very glad to have the armored transport, even if it was somewhat slow moving at 9″-18″.

Moving up was a grind, but I had units in the enemy zone and the neutral zone. The game resulted in a German loss as General Verticchio had units in my deployment zone as well; just more than I had in his.

 

Game 2: Surrounded – Rules set from the Main Rule Book

This was another very fun game with a very dynamic concept. I, of course, rolled low and the enemy General, David Leonard, won initiative. So my Germans were surrounded. We played on my Hydra Airfield board which continues to evolve and has things added to it each time it’s brought out.

I risked preparatory bombardment damage to have the Tiger out as part of my initially deployed force. Along with a half track and an MMG Team, I positioned myself nearly dead center of the board, hoping to use a wrecked T-34 as cover and setting up fields of fire. Which mostly worked for the first part of the game.

This rules set allows for reinforcements to be brought in from any table edge, with one minor exception. General Leonard set up his main force mostly on his table edge, while having his artillery piece lie in wait for the proper opportunity.

I should have realized what opportunity he was waiting for and continued to deploy my force from my table edge, as the exception to the deployment rule was simple; only one table edge could be used per activation. So, along comes the artillery piece, and it had my Tiger’s tail pipes in sight.

Tiger fear meant nothing to this brave artillery crew, but something got into the main gunners eye! The shot was a miss!

The Tiger’s retribution was swift and decisive. Enough said.

 

Game 3: Scalps – Custom scenario and Rules set

Now THIS was a cool game concept. Thanks to Seamus for throwing this together. Your objective is to get your lieutenant some scalps because apparently you owe him 50 scalps. The cool twist to this is each individual unit gets a “scalp” when it destroys another unit, BUT, if that unit itself is killed, you don’t get credit for the scalps. 

This was my fastest game of the weekend. We powered straight through and it was a bloody match. My artillery observer got a kill at the beginning of turn 2, and in order to keep that scalp, he moved behind cover to keep the point.

Much of the game was a stalemate as the board was somewhat constrictive. Lots of ambush orders and waiting. Using outflank, the enemy was able to get around behind my Tiger and was the first to kill it. It took a lot of fire and ended up being mostly stuck for a good portion of the game.

 

After all was said and done, I came away with 3rd place over the weekend. And, following the theme of things we all expected to happen, Mr. Duane Zoldak won the illustrious and highly sought after Zoldak Sportsmanship Award. Which at this point, I’m curious about what might happen if there ever comes a day that he doesn’t win his own award. As we all know, he wrote the book on winning the Sportsmanship Award.

And here are the rest of the winners with yours truly taking home third.

All in all, another amazing tournament with a couple new faces and some familiar ones as well. The community we’ve built here in the Chicagoland area has become very close knit and I can’t wait to see everyone again at the next big tournament. If you’re in the Chicago area, check out the Facebook page Chicago Bolt Action.

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World At War Round Up

Hello Gamers!

So the next podcast will be coming out next week and figured you all needed something to tide you over til then so, here it is!

Over this past weekend (7/30/16) Our humble Bolt Action group (Northwest Chicago Suburbs Bolt Action, and yes, we’re working on the name) Held our first official themed event, going with Blitzkrieg, Europe pre-1943. This was a new challenge for a few of us, as we never really put any thought into early war anything (and for myself, didn’t even have a suitable army for as I play mostly mid-late war veteran Americans).
So quickly we all gathered our paints, brushes and snagged a few new mini’s (or a whole amrys worth in my case, thanks to our friend down south at NWS Online, you’re a lifesaver bud) and we all hunkered down to see what we could all come up with. So for the months leading up to the event, our facebook groups timeline was ablaze with everyone’s hobby progress, and I gotta tell you, it was really cool to have everyone working on new stuff at the same time! One of the main reasons I love Bolt Action so much is the community that surrounds it. Very few times have i found myself in the middle of a game of BA thinking to myself ‘I am not having fun right now’ no matter the game circumstances, and I largely attribute that to the players that I’ve come into contact with, many of whom I now call Friends.

Ok, enough of the mushy stuff, lets get back to the topic at hand (for those of you who listen to the podcast, you already know side tangents are par for the course, and apparently even in Blog posts).
So for my Early War Army, I chose to go with the Polish Army, Defense of Poland 1939 Theater Selector. In other words, I bought the 1000 point Polish Army Box and made a few tweaks to it and ran that, because I’m kinda lazy. Painting them up was a fun new challenge though, which took far less time than I originally thought. All in all, I painted 37 infantry, 3 team weapons, 8 Cavalry, a Tankett, and a Light Tank in about a month and a half (all in between commission work and other normal life things). Good job me (pats self on back).

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My completed Polish Army w/ Display board.

So flashing forward to the event, one day tournament with pre-set matches to keep the games thematic. Players signed up for alignment (Axis-Allies) upon registration. Axis side was mostly German to no real surprise, and a Hungarian player. On the Allies, there was two Polish, French, two BEF, and a Soviet player. Here are a few snaps from the event. (Black & White pics photo credit to Aaron Schmidt, Color photos are mine)

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Polish Lancers on patrol.

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German Improvised MG nest.

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German infantry mustering for a push on the Allied Lines.

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Polish Lancers investigating shots ringing out in the streets.

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German 88 on over-watch looking for targets of opportunity. Strongest gun at the event, by a lot!

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German Armor pushing on French Defenders.

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Forward observer’s view as he radios back the positions of advancing Hungarian light armor.

All in all, it was a pretty incredible event, thanks to tournament organizer: Seamus Hamrin for putting it all on for us. The end totals were: Axsis – 89 battle points to Allies – 237 battle points… Changing history one dice roll at a time!

Cant wait to see what theater General Hamrin picks for next year.

That’s all for now, stay tuned for thew next podcast episode and keep them paintbrushes working and those dice rolling!

– Chris –

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Tank War Event @ Draxtar Games in Batavia 11/22/15

Hello again BA enthusiasts, it is me, your local Warlord Sarge coming in with the next event! Hope you all had fun if you attended Operation Sting or What-Con, and if not,here is your perfect opportunity to catch up.
For this event, we’ll be playing out of the Tank War supplement. It will be 1500 points requiring 1 command tank and 2 selections from tanks/tank destroyers/self propelled artillery.
Don’t forget, if you take infantry, it needs a transport.

Thanks guys and hope to see you out there!
Sarge Chris
(edits to come, stay tuned)

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Operation Sting Primer @ Draxtar Games 9/27/15

Hello again everyone,

Sarge here telling all you fine Bolt Action players about the next tournament I am putting on at Draxtar Games in Batavia. This will be a special installment in our local tournament scene as I have talked to Brent and we are going to ise this as the official Operation Sting Primer event. The first 20 participants will receive a limited edition Soviet Female sniper model and there will be trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (in addition to the usual store credit prize support).

So that being said, bring out your 1000 point single generic reinforced infantry platoon and give it some table time before Operation Sting and workout those last minute bugs before the big show in October.

Sign in will start at 1pm at Draxtar and tables will be called at 2pm. Each game will last 2 hours with a 30min lunch between game 1 and 2. Registration will be $10 ($5 to prize support and $5 to personal store credit).

Remember no vehicle flamethrowers and this time your commander must be equal to the highest veterancy in your platoon.

Anyquestions feel free to shoot me an email to
[email protected]

Hope to see you all out there!
Sarge

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Bolt Action Tourney @ Draxtar Games 8/23/15

Hello fellow BA enthusiasts, your Warlord Sarge here to again invite you all to the next tournament!

With Operation Sting and the Michigan GT right around the corner, I was thinking we should up the points for this one.

This tournament will be 1250 points single reinforced platoon utilizing either generic OR any theater selector from a printed book (but only using one platoon). Mission packets, as always, will be provided the day of the tournament.

Sign in will begin at 1:00 pm and I would like dice to start rolling by 1:45 pm (2pm at the latest). The rounds will be 2.5 hours with a 30 min lunch between rounds 1 and 2. Registration will be $10 with $5 Going towards prize support and $5 Going towards personal store credit.

Sorry that this is going out a bit late again, but hope to see you all out there for some BA good times.

Also, on a closing note for future refference, I will be hosting Bolt Action Tournaments at Draxtar EVERY 4TH SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM HERE ON FORWARD. Our little community has proven to Dan that monthly tournaments are a good idea for Bolt Action. So let’s keep up the momentum and start packing these tournaments with great players!

Thanks guys,
Warlord Games Sarge
Chris

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Mad Dog’s Operation Sting AAR (After Action Report)

Let me begin my report with a windy city wargaming salute to the coordinators of Operation Sting. They did a fantastic job with every facet of the tournament. From the rules to the game boards, Operation Sting was definitely not the tournament to miss. And word ’round the campfire is, they’re prepping for Adepticon.

So, as with any tournament, the storyline/campaign aspect is huge. The mission packets provided for the weekend had primary objectives based on the missions in the Bolt Action rulebook. They also provided special “secret missions” which provided each player the chance to gain up to five extra points. The part I applaud the coordinators for here is the fact that I did NOT have to reveal which secret mission I was pursuing. This aspect of the game is important because, just like any other miniature wargame, mastering sleight of hand and trickery will always ensure a swift and glorious victory. I will have to do another blog post on this later so please, stay tuned for that.

It’s Saturday morning, mission packets are issued, players are deploying their armies from their display boards and the dice are rolling for first deployment. Hands are offered to shake and a “good luck” is wished by both opponents. Now the fun begins.

The terrain was a gorgeous mix of scenic woodlands to very spacious urban towns. Each board had its own personality and mastering each one was a near impossible task. But for those who did, the roads, creeks, forests and buildings became the lifelines to securing victory.

The match ups were, much like the game itself, mostly historically accurate. I only heard of one occurrence of Allies fighting Allies. Otherwise, the entire night consisted of Allies vs. The Axis and this also added even more to the game. Unless I’m playing a Hydra themed German army, it doesn’t make much sense to be fighting another German army. As a Soviet player, I enjoyed that over the course of the weekend, I only played against the armies of Italy and Germany. Another salute to the coordinators for doing everything they could to make sure history was “preserved”.

The sportsmanship witnessed at Operation Sting was unlike anything I’ve seen. I had nothing but fantastic matches with great people who, like me, simply love the game and its history. There were a few stories of questionable conduct, but that comes with the territory of competition. Here’s another aspect that the coordinators added to the game that, in my eyes, encouraged sportsmanship and much more interesting play: Bolt Action Bingo! Mark off a square for each situation, get a full row and you’ve got yourself a prize! Some of the boxes were situations such as “eliminating a squad in hand to hand combat” and “damaging a vehicle without destroying it”. This encouraged players to truly test their mettle with their opponents and was just another addition to the tournament that made it the best I’ve ever been to.

I love to see the game growing as it is and I truly hope to see even more people at Operation Sting 2015!

Let’s all snap a sharp salute to the coordinators of Operation Sting! They’ve done a truly wonderful job and I can’t wait to see what they do at Adepticon!

Until next time, Wargamers!
Mad Dog, out!