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Tales of a Lazy Painter – Germans Mid-War


Today it starts!

Two weeks painting challenge. I’ve played several Bolt Action games with both my Germans and my US Airborne, I played big battles (an amazing multiplayer game in Arnhem organized by Chris a very nice Scots fellow), skirmish with just a few models, battles with Tanks and special scenarios,  I won and I lost. But there is one thing I didn’t do yet:

I never played with a fully painted Bolt Action army!

One of the reasons I keep this blog is to get the energy to paint but every time I have a look at the tons of plastic and metal I still have to paint I just want to give up.

So I decided to challenge myself and play the next Bolt Action game only with painted miniatures. I’m not unrealistic however, I’m planning to follow the famous (for old White Dwarf readers) Tales of…. series in which players had to buy/build and paint a playable force in limited time.

Fortunately I already bought and assembled all I need, I even painted already some base color and I have one fully painted model (Huzza!) and a couple other almost ready.


I made a playable list at 500 pts using the German Reinforced platoon in the Armies of Germany book to represent a small force of regular troops during the Normandy invasion.

The core of the force will be machine guns, small, light and medium, also because in our club we use some house rules to give LMG’s the proper respect they deserve, in fact we decided they cost only 5pts. Also a club house rule is that transports can fire their weapons even if no unit is transported.

So my compulsory troops will be two units of 8-men grenadier armed with rifles and one LMG. 100 pts each. They will be sided by the elite veteran grenadier squad armed with rifles, 3 SMG and one Panzerfaust just for that extra hitting power that can be useful.

In support a MMG and a Sniper will ensure some pins in the enemy force.

A second lieutenant escorted by a soldier armed with SMG and a Kübelwagen with pintle-mounted MMG will lend mobile firepower where is needed during the battle.

Now let’s see if I will manage to paint all the models before the next club-day 25-October!



I bought this miniature before buying the germans army book and when i did i found out it was not in the army book…..luckily you can find rules for this awesome model in the additional units supplement from Warlord games.

For 40 points (regular) you have a fast moving unit with a MMG and recce. Really not bad!

Hopefully i will soon use this fantastic model in the near future. The paint job is not awesome but i am quite pleased with the result:

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The Great Wargaming Survey


From one of the finest Wargames Magazine:

We are very curious people (probably in more senses of the word, but that doesn’t matter now). Mostly, we are curious about this hobby and the people in it. There is always much debate about the health of the hobby, the age of the average wargamer, which scale or size of miniature is better and endless other questions. Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, being a team of intrepid people, decided to solve at least some of these debates by way of the Great Wargaming Survey. And YOU are cordially invited to take part.

Joking aside, this won’t take long (5-10 minutes), it’s entirely anonymous, it’s nothing every attempted on this scale and best of all, you’ll have a chance at winning some great prizes. What’s not to like? Just click here and spend a few happy minutes contemplating your favorite pastime.