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North Africa to the Ostfront

Bolt Action Italy Pavlov Stalingrad

North Africa to the Ostfront

Bolt Action has remained my game of choice this summer and have had much fun learning and gaming with my local Historical group; part of my London Club the LGG (London Wargaming Guild, of which I am an early and loyal member). The first game was a fierce 1K battle to capture buildings on the Ostfront and the first outing for my BA-6 armoured car (which performed valiantly). A tough fought game using the Stalingrad book’s ‘constant bombardment rule’ which made things very ‘killy’. This was also a nice opportunity to pul many of my terrain pieces together for one...

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Summer Update

Summer Update

Well, well, well early July and it’s raining.   Here at Game Cult headquarters we’ve been busily working on new products, recently we added an exciting additional range of desert buildings (three new twin building sets, a new larger deluxe building and big boy bundle 2!) Customers told us how much they liked ‘desert building bundle one’ and wouldn’t mind a bit more of the same. The new variations include tunnels and bridges, but enough straight buildings to create longer streets and alleys. There may well be one last massive desert building in me before the year is out… something even...

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Bolt Action Terrain: Snowy Village

Bolt Action Terrain: Snowy Village

During WW2 (and indeed on many of the other occasions Europe has decided to tear itself asunder) much of the fighting took place in and around towns and villages. My group is gearing up for some Bolt Action in a European theatre and I was keen for a snowy/wintery theme. First as I usually do, I did a bit of rendering with polyfilla and spray sand (a rustoleum product which I whole heartedly recommend – though similar effects may be achieved the old fashioned way with a brush and some sand+PVA). Next I sprayed the buildings. I used Montana Gold...

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In Defence of Italians in Bolt Action

Bolt Action Italy

In Defence of Italians in Bolt Action

In Bolt Action the Italian forces get a lot of thematic rules which ultimately reflect its performance and tactics in WW2. Their national trait ‘AVANTI SAVOIA!’ (Italian for 'lets see how it goes') – which decreases/increases morale by 2 if the army goes 3 up or down on unit kills vs your opponent makes them seem like an army that quickly falls apart when things start to go a little bit wrong. You also get ‘defensive strategy’ but this is one of those wishy washy rules that only pops up in certain scenarios. Its certainly not as tasty as flat...

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Pavlov's House "Not One Step Back!"

MDF Pavlov Stalingrad

Pavlov's House "Not One Step Back!"

“The biggest mistake made by German commanders was to have underestimated ‘Ivan’, the ordinary Red Army soldier. They quickly found that surrounded or outnumbered Soviet soldiers went on fighting when their counterparts from western armies would have surrendered.” ― Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943                                                      Pavlov’s House stands central to the myths of Stalingrad, an apartment block turned into an implacable fortress of resistance by its brave Soviet defenders. A brutal and unforgiving venue of urban combat with daily attempts made by Wehrmacht troops to push up its flights of stairs, while Soviet troops used is key positioning,...

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