By Fire and Sword – Swedish skirmish force

A friend of mine started painting a swedish skirmish force for By Fire and Sword, but never finished it. Due to lack of time he didn’t finish or played it and sold me the whole deal.

If I really hate something about painting miniatures then it’s horses. One horse per army, well thats ok but a whole cavalry unit? Nope. Horses, especially 15mm ones are my painting nemesis. I had never started By Fire and Sword (BFaS from now on) in the first place because of the huge amount of horses to paint. I like the swedish and the polish armies a lot so there are always horses. Lucky for me, my friend started his paintjob with the horses. So no horses to paint for me at all.

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Bolt Action – Tank!

I finally managed to finish some bolt action stuff, leaving me with just the QF 6 pdr gun left to do. First and most recent, my tank, a Sherman V.  A nice Warlord Games plastic kit. This particular one is from the 33rd armoured brigade, which supported the 51st highland division. It’s a good all around tank with even some anti infantry capabilities.

All in all a really nice kit. I only used some extra parts from the plastic infantry sprues and milliput, to model some extra stowage onto the tank. The name Andrea and the decals came straight out of the box.

My infantry is also finished now. I now own two 10 man squads and one 6 man squad.

Sorry for the bad pictures of the infantry. I will take new ones soon.

With the 6 pdr, this will get me to a whole 750 points army.



Bolt Action – 2nd squad and 2″ mortar team

Bolt Action_british_2nd squadThe highway decorators getting support.

I finished the 2nd 5 man team, and the light mortar team recently, and made some changes to my 500pts list. I really like the Vickers MMG but if you’re playing scenarios, the 50 points are much better spent on another 5 riflemen.

Since my Army Painter matt varnish spray caused some trouble the last time, I tested an acrylic dull coat from Valleyo on these miniatures. It doesn’t generate such a matt finish, but looks much cleaner in the end (and is less expensive).

The light mortar is always worth its points, even just as an order dice generator. The 5 man squad on the other hand, not riding in the carrier, is far to fragile for being a regular unit. Bringing them to full strengh will hopefully help them last a bit longer.
Next up,  I will paint a PIAT team and the missing guys from the 10 men squad. After that, another 10 men squad and maybe an OQF 6 pdr gun will follow.


Bolt Action – first squad and MMG

Bolt Action_british_group bren carrier

I painted up the first 5 man squad, to man my universal carrier, and the Vickers MMG. Both units still need to be based properly. I played a first test game today, and was quiet happy about how the transport carrier and free artillery observer worked out.

The 5 man squad got a NCO with SMG and a LMG team, one of them holding the Bren light machine gun, the other the spare barrels and accessories pack. I think in the next few games, I’ll swap the LMG for a rifleman because they mostly fire the carrier mounted weapons, and dont really need to get their own Bren gun.

The MMG team members all have the Highland Division Badge on their shoulder, but not the one of the Black Watch, since they would be attached from the 1/7th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment.

Hope you enjoy, cheers.

Bolt Action – building a british army

Bolt Action_ british army_group

Bolt Action is a game which I laid my eyes upon for severel years now, but always resisted to start playing it. Until now. Our local gaming community recently came to the conclusion that we should give it a try.

Since I am a gamer who always emphasizes the design and look of the miniatures, and not the competetive gaming value, I started with a british army. At first Universal Carriers. I love them and fielded them alot back in the days when I played with british “Flames of War” forces. Secondly Highlanders. I like kilts and bagpipes, so there was really no question for me in fielding an highland army.

At first I thougt about a unit I could field. Reading through some old FoW books, I found a unit roster of the 51st Highland Division and finally chose the 5th Black Watch. Next step was buying some stuff from Warlord Games giving me a 500p starter army, the commando character blister and decals for the 51st Highland Division.

For the seargeant I used the kilt supplied within the commando blister and parts from the plastic infantry. The 2nd Lieutenant is the “Brigadier Peter Young” miniature. I just removed the rifle and replaced it with a sten gun from the plastic infantry sprue, and modeled a umbrella around his stick. I use the bagpiper “Bill Millin” as my medic, since Bolt Action has no rules for bagpipes. The carrier got some stowage parts and weapons from the plastic infantry sprue too. I changed the heads from the crew with those from the plastic infantry since they look much nicer.

After building and priming everything, I decided to start with the commanding miniatures and the carrier.

The infantry and stowage parts on the carrier were painted using Army Painter Quickshade (exept for the Kilt). Before adding the matt varnish, I applied the decals indicating them as guys from 5th Black Watch (logo of the 51st division, 2 red stripes for the 153 Brigade and the patch of the Black Watch). The only guy who didn’t got Black Watch patches is my free artillery observer. I think he comes from the artillery section and just accompanies the guys, supporting them if necessary.

I will finish the bases by the time the whole starter army is finished. Left to do are one 10 man squad, two 5 man squads, a light mortar team, and a MMG team.


The Great War – french 500pts army finished

Last week, I finally finished my 500 point WW1 project. I’ve played a few games now, using the Warhammer Historical ruleset, “The Great War”. It worked quiet nicely, especially if you played with the 4th edition of Warhammer 40k before.

For our armies we agreed on building 500 pt lists first, with reduced core choices (1 instead of 2). For the Renault FT tank, I used Scarab Miniatures from the late french range. They are nice miniatures and for 500 pts I only have to double the poses on the special weapons and guns.

The last two things I finished are at the first HQ. TGW is originally company based  (one miniature representing 2-3 soldiers) and I just want to represent 2 Sections when fielding 1000 pts someday. It’s actually not a higher command, just a lieutenant. But that’s just for my background purposes, I still use the standard rules, fielding him as a captain.


And finally the guns. Two 37mm trench guns bringing more template weapons on the board. I modeled some sandbags out of milliput, to give them a bit more of a “dug in” look. Some Scarab Miniatures supplied the 37mm guns with gun shields, but they turned out to look kinda weird, so I didn’t end up using them. I don’t know if they ever had camouflage patterns back in the day, but it fits in with my FT 17.
TGW_french_37mm trench gun 2

TGW_french_37mm trench gun

In the end it turned out to be a nice army, which got painted up really quick using Army Painters Quickshade. They got a bit dirty through the shading process, but for a World War One army it fits in quiet nicely. The only thing I added after the shade, are the mud on the greatcoats and the rank, front service and weapon insignias on the sleeves.

TGW_french_group shot 1

Now I have:

HQ:  Captain + 1 extra riflemen

Veteran company: command – 9 men inkl Seargeant and 2 Chauchat LMGs                                                                       troop A      – 9 men inkl NCO, 2 VB RGLs  and 1 Chauchat LMG                                                         troop B      – 9 men inkl NCO, 2 VB RGLs  and 1 Chauchat LMG

Support: Renault FT 17 (char canon)                                                                                                                                      2x 37mm trench gun

Someday I have to order another Veteran Company, some trench Mortars and HMGs, but for now I will play with 500 pts.

I hope you enjoy. You can find more pictures of the french guys I finished last month here