Monthly Archives: May 2015

Bolt Action – A noob’s beginnings

I bought myself some Bolt Action figures – a mix of Germans and US Army. The rules for the game seem really good and I can’t wait to try them out. As a result I’ve built and tried a few paint ideas out.

This is sooooo much harder than painting fantasy or sci-fi figures. If a fantasy or sci-fi figure has a strange paint scheme – who cares, it’s your own vision, but historical stuff has to look like the real thing.

Anyway, I tried and I’m sure I’ll learn loads more in the future.

Below are some photos of my first 5 US Infantry troops and an M4 Sherman tank. I have ordered a decent batch of vallejo colours but I did these with my existing GW and Army Painter paints.

The tank is about finished but the troops have yet to be based and flocked.

Time for a few photos

I finished off the 2nd chariot and got round to taking a few photos of the completed unit. That’s another unit ready for my Orcs in Kings of War. As I said in an earlier post, I was miffed that the new rules for Kings of War had moved to units of 3 chariots instead of 1’s. I can’t get 3 to fit together because of the wheel spikes so I added the “mechanic” from a pile of parts I had.

While I had the camera out, I also took a photo of the extra 3 werewolves I painted up a few months ago to make the unit of werewolves into a unit of 6 for my Undead army.

I’m now putting together and trying out a few paint jobs on some US Infantry for Bolt Action. I’ll post some photos when I have some finished.

Chariot Unit of 3:

Werewolf unit of 6:

Chariot Unit (Part 2)

Still a work in progress.

I had a bank holiday Monday to do a little more work on the chariot unit.

I managed to paint up and finish the Chariot section. I found this hard work as the chariot on the left was painted in 2001 and 14 years off is a while to remember how it was done and what colours were needed to get a close match.

The “mechanic” with the spare wheels is finished too. 🙂

Chariot Unit

I only had 1 chariot painted up (painted back in 2001) so I was a little disappointed to find that the new Kings of War version 2 rules had a requirement of having chariots in units of 3 or 6.

So I trawled back through my old “to build” and “bits” boxes and found the sprues for a chariot which had come in the Warhammer box set from around 2000. I didn’t have a third, but realised that I’d never get 3 to sit flush together because of the large spikes coming out of their wheels. So, I decided to use a few bits to make a chariot base that had a goblin on a squig carrying a spare wheel for the chariots.

I’ve not finished painting them yet, but here’s a couple of work in progress photos. I did manage to finish off the magnetic movement tray for them though.

Painted Goblins

I finished the last few (small size) Night Goblins which will be added to make my horde of 40 Kings of War Sharpstick goblins.

I’ll photo the whole horde of 40 on their real movement tray when I get chance, rather than using the phone camera while they’re on the paint table.

Now…. 2 more weeks of hellish work and then a week off. Hopefully I’ll get some hobby time that week.

Painting Table

I’ve been so busy with work as usual, I’ve hardly had chance to paint anything, or update this page.

All I’ve managed recently are putting together 10 Savage Orcs as bowmen to use as Skulks for Kings of War. I painted one up to see how they looked and have based the rest ready and magnetised for their movement tray.

I also had a pile of Night Goblins I’d picked up off eBay to add to my existing unit (of Kings of War Sharpsticks) to make a horde of 40. The only problem was that these newer critters are way smaller than the older ones. Although they’re on a movement tray, it’s not got the other 29 painted figures with them. I’ve done these 6 of the newer ones this weekend.