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Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:10 pm
by Bolg_Was_Epic
I dont have an army but Ive been very interested in this game. I was wondering if anyone could play at Games Plus in Mount Prospect or if there are any other locations. Im thinking about buying an army but also, I have a few questions.

Is there any good links to learning about the games and the different armies? I want to pick one before I buy all the stuff.

Any help would be appreciated. Is there a recommendation to buy anything outside of a regular army starter or is it unnecessary?

Im assuming to play I need:
Rulebook
Army Book
Starter Set
Paint and modeling stuff

Re: Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:12 pm
by BostonNazgul
you could play an out of box army with just the main rule book. but all the specially toys, squad/vehicle variations etc are in the army books. amazon is a good way to get the books.

I could play in mt prospect given the right day, you know me and my schedule.

Re: Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:20 am
by Bolg_Was_Epic
Do you have one army? If you had two thatd be great. Would be a huge favor so I could see if I really want to invest into the game. All I really need is a game to see if I want to buy into it.

Thanks for the info/tips btw. Do many people like those who went to adepticon for example bring many models outside of the box sets? I assume everyone brings at least a couple teams/troops, and a vehicle or two.

Re: Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:21 am
by CmdrVimes
The Warlord Games site has lots of good information including demo game videos. That got me started. Bolt action.net is another good source. The basic rule book has army lists for US, Germans, Soviets, and Brits so that, an army, and dice are really all you need. The army books have more info on special unit, more vehicles, and lists by time period, but I have been using the Boltactioneasyarmy.com to make my armies and that is made from the army books so it has most of the information. And it is free. If Draxtar is convenient I'll be there this afternoon and I'm available most evenings and this Mon. and Tue.

Re: Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:55 am
by BrentS
The core group of us that are registered (and in my case running) Operation Sting are long time Lord of the Rings players - we are far more interested in fun armies and excellent painting than min/maxing power gaming styles. Having said that there are a variety of ways to build an army. I've played 11 games so far (I don't get out much, lol) and 8 of those have been tournament games.

At its heart, Bolt Action is squad based Infantry skirmish game. So you have to start your army with a leader and at least two infantry squads. Most armies add on a couple more infantry squads. There are army building restrictions on the number of heavy weapons and vehicles you can build. In addition, I've implemented some "house rules" for Operation Sting to take some of the other cheesiness out of the army building.

The coolest part of the Bolt Action mechanics is the Order Dice system. This is far more interested than the standard You Go-I Go approach to wargamming. This creates a sort of randomness and tactical intrigue in not knowing the order in which squads will be activated.

If you are into watching you tube videos - Beasts of War did a two part intro game for Bolt Action - that was my first experience (may be the same one that CmdVines was mentioning).

You can easily start with a 1000pt army box and be competitive from there. With some tweaking you can add on and do some other things.

The Battle of Normandy is a great value as it does give you a rule book and two smaller forces to start (US and Germany). Neither is a complete army but there's enough there to see how the game plays.

For my army, I bought the 1000pt US Army, the Battle of Normandy, a command squad, and a 57mm anti-tank gun. I went with a pure infantry force (no tanks). That was atypical I'd say as most people will still bring one tank on some sort.

Anyway, hope that helps a little bit.

Re: Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:05 pm
by Bolg_Was_Epic
Yeah guys that helps a lot. I'm probably gonna go to play either the U.S. Marines Japanese or possibly a mixed forcebut that will be expensive. I was thinking Finnish and something else.

Re: Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:13 pm
by BostonNazgul
i am in the process of building my 2nd force so yeah, I could supply enough for a game. japanese and italians might be weird historically but to learn mechanics anything goes.

Re: Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:22 pm
by Lordgoober
one thing you can do if you can be patient is get Black Tree Design miniatures. You register for a free premium account and you get discounts on their stuff, depending on whether something is on a heavy sale, you might have to wait a while but they've been MUCH better than they were about 4 years ago. Prices are reasonable as well.

Re: Need to learn/want to play?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:41 pm
by Bolg_Was_Epic
BostonNazgul wrote:i am in the process of building my 2nd force so yeah, I could supply enough for a game. japanese and italians might be weird historically but to learn mechanics anything goes.


Lets say they went to an Axis Powers meeting, and the argument was if rice or pasta should be served. Togo and Mussolini never looked at each other the same after that one dinner in Munich.