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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frizzenspark » Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:14 pm

After a moderately rough week and a half, I'm somewhat fatigued; I have my Canadians out for finishing work (they've been out for two days) I'm hoping to get something done, but so far, nothing's coming.

I informed Black Tree Miniatures NOT to ship anything else in my orders of "Vanilla" Germans until they have everything; they sent a partial order.... I'm not in a rush, I was just taking advantage of their 40% off offer. They're doomed to be held in Limbo under a Tree until Christmas.

I surrendered my first edition Germany book to my son; I was checking many sites, the prices have not yet dropped on them... I'll be patient before I get one; I still have to get the second editions of the rules as well as the second edition of the germany book.
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frizzenspark » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:32 am

I haven't posted to this topic for a while; I have been busy... My Canadians still aren't finished, but they're close. I have assembled my Germansl I still have to work on the bases, and prime them.

I got the Warlord Plastic Churchill Tank; there are essentially two turrets in the kit expanding playing options (minus the rear stowage box and a few details) The guns have different Mantlets for the welded and cast turrets. I'm not sure on the practicallity of exchanging gun barrels; The NA-75 version is an obvious dead-end selection for the cast turret.

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Looking over the kit I will build it primarily as an AVRE and allow for othe options if I can get them to work.
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frank » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:56 pm

An AVRE Churchill has got to be one of the most worrying sights to see coming across the table.

I really do like the new system where you can build at least two options for the same tank. I have just gone for the cheap`n`cheerful option with one of my Shermans, while rewiring a plug a while ago I noticed that the flex was a similar size to the 75 barrel so I cut a length, slit it lengthways and it just fits over the barrel with a hardly noticeable gap, easily removed and replaced, making it into a 95mm.
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frizzenspark » Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:32 pm

Today three parcels arrived today. I ordered aome more Germans from BTD to round out my Grenadier Platoon, two officers, eight riflemen, and three radiomen. Received an LeiG 75mm Infantry gun and a PaK 38 50mm AT gun (both Warlord) from NWS. My copy of "Armies of Germany" (V.2) arrived from Half Price books.... I did receive a Warlord SdKfz 222 Armoured car yesterday.
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frank » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:41 pm

I1d be interested to hear your thought on the new German national rules. I think they are generally quite good though I think that the Tiger Fear one throws out the points cost between the StuG and the Mk 4.
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frizzenspark » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:03 pm

Frank wrote:I1d be interested to hear your thought on the new German national rules. I think they are generally quite good though I think that the Tiger Fear one throws out the points cost between the StuG and the Mk 4.

I still don't have the V.2 rules.... soon I guess. I like the V.2 German Army Book; the old one WAS in need of replacement.

I'll have a Tamiya Marder III arriving some time; my armies tend to have Tank Destroyers.

I'm getting progress done on my armies, about an hour a night, :)
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frizzenspark » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:08 pm

I took advantage of a price drop and purchased the BA II rules for around 25 bucks (including postage); I should see them soon.

I also took advantqage of a small clearance sale from Black Tree Miniatures: I got several of the eight dollar packs for two bucks and some change each; Mostly Germans. My German force is coming along nicely.

I really do like the look of the new German Army Book; it's a needed improvement over the older volume, since the game has expanded since its release.
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frizzenspark » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:15 pm

Fully assembled my Churchill AVRE last night; primed it black before I went to work this evening; it's ready to paint this evening. I have the spare turret to put together to make a gun tank; I'll likely use the 75mm gun since it will be a little thicker and withstand abuse better than the six-pounder.
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frank » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:40 pm

Makes sense going with the sturdier option, I very much doubt anyone would quibble about you useing it as either a 75 or 6pdr as there is hardly any difference, and having two turrets does give you a lot more options.

I think you will like the new rules, they do make more sense than the old ones.
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Re: Bolt Action

Postby Frizzenspark » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:04 pm

My book arrived today.... it is much more attractive on first glance; it also appears to have taken the experience of the maturity of the game in its layout.
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