Thursday, 16 February 2017

Bolt Action Battle Report - 1000 points - British vs Germans

Recently I got another game of Bolt Action in at one of my favourite Friendly Local Gaming Stores. This place is always happening and check out the table that we were able to set up using Terrain owned by the Store, my buddy Dave and Must Contain Minis. This table is absolutely gorgeous!

Cigar Box Battle Mat with Plastcraft Houses for WW2
Check out this Bolt Action table at Forbes Hobbies in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Between the store, a friend named Dave and Must Contain Minis, we were able to set up a gorgeous table!!!

Being that an odd number of players showed up, we decided upon a three player game. Must Contain Minis would play the British with Dave and Aaron running the Germans. Points would be set at 1000 points and the German players could split that value however they wished and run as either a single platoon or as two. They opted for two. Below is what the British brought to the table.

Bolt Action Army by Warlord Games
The British brought one First Lieutenant with two assistants (all with SMGs), two 10 man squads with one SMG and one LMG each, one 5 man squad with 3 SMGs and Anti-tank Grenades, a medic and assistant, a Sherman, a Six Pounder Gun Team, a Unversal Carrier (as a troop transporter), and a Forward Observer with two assistants (all armed with rifles). All of the units in this army except the Forward Observer are rated as Veteran. 
The Germans brought the following two platoons. 

Playing Bolt Action by Warlord Games
Aaron brought a Lieutenant, two 6 man squads (each with an LMG and one with an SMG), and a StuG.

Warlord Games
Dave brought a Lieutenant, an 8 man squad, a 9 man squad (both squads with Panzerfausts in them), and two SdKfz 251s.

For the Mission, we rolled Hold Until Revealed with the British Attacking. The Objective was placed on the hill in middle of the table and the Germans elected to have their two smaller platoons on the table defending that objective. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Under the mat is a hill, which makes the Terrain pop out a bit. At the top of the hill is where the objective was placed.
Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Above is the deployment of the forces at the top of the game. On the top left, there is a field of cows. Those cows are neutral in this game. The Germans have two small forces on the opposite side of the hill (centre right) near the objective. The British place their Forward Observer, Two ten man squads, Medic, and Lieutenant on the table to start. The Germans are going to be facing a lot of opposition right off the top. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Having some fun with the table. My Brits deployed in the forest. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Here I am keeping the Medic nearby the squad expected to take the heaviest casualties. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
A models eye view of the hill that the objective is on. The strategy for these guys is simple. Fix bayonets and charge. With the up and at them rule, there is nothing that will stop them from getting to that objective. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The Germans move one of the two guarding squads from behind the hill towards the house where my Forward Observer is hiding. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The Core British Attack Group rushes forward with the Medic and Lieutenant in tow for help. They will be on the objective in no time!!! 

Bolt Action Battle Report on a Cigar Box Battle Mat
From under the trees, the second group of British move to flank the Germans hiding behind the hill. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
A wider shot. Notice the StuG has come on the board and now has a good firing arc on anything coming down that road.

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
A look at how the placement of the StuG changes things for the Brits. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
All of a sudden, the flanking Brits are Flanked themselves by a German Half-track. 

A Sherman Enters the Battle
See that coin by the StuG? The Brits call in an artillery strike there in hopes to encourage the StuG to move. They then bring on the Sherman and aim at the full SdKfz 251. A juicy target, but the tank misses. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The StuG does not move. Instead, it places a well aimed shot through the Sherman. To be honest, it wasn't the smartest move on the British side and hoping that the impending artillery would save the Sherman did not pan out. The first kill of the game belongs to the Germans.

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Infantry piles out of the German Transport and peppers the British with fire. The British Advance and show the Germans how to aim. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
On the other side of the table the British Universal Carrier enters the battle.

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
A long shot of the action on the table. In the front of the shot, the 5 man British team jumps out of the Universal Carrier and rushes to the unoccupied building. Meanwhile, the Forward Observer preps to jump into the Universal Carrier. On the far left, another loaded German SdKfz 251 enters the battle. Across from that, the British bring on a 6-pounder gun.

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The Artillery Strike added pins to one infantry team and the StuG, but otherwise had no effect.

Brits take out the German troops
The Brits Assault and win against the Germans near the Half-Track on the right of the table. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Because they are now the closest models to the transport, the transport buggers off and is no longer part of the game.  

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
In retaliation, the Germans bring the StuG up to bear against the British assault force. One more Brit dies to Machine Gun Fire. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Meanwhile, the core assault force rushes towards the objective. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Another look at the British rushing forward! Based on their tenacity, I am thinking these are Canadian Troops.  :)

Germans lose. So I thought
The British Win!!!! Or so I thought. The Brits managed to get to the objective with no Germans within contention range. The thing is, in this mission, having the objective does not matter until either the final turn or the game's time-limit is reached.

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
Over to the left side of the table, the Germans bring up a Half-Track full of infantry to the building. Knowing our time-limit was close, the British jump out of the house and Assault the Half-Track. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The men on-board jump out and meet the British in intense combat. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The Brits lose, but take a significant number of Germans with them. 

Cigar Box Battle Mats and PlastCraft Games Houses Terrain on Bolt Action 28mm gaming table
The Germans then Assault the British Carrier. The Forward Observer and his last assistant jump out to meet the attackers.

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The Germans roll horrible and cause zero casualties. In retrospect, this die roll should have caused one casualty because the Forward Observer is just a trained unit (not Veteran like the rest of the force). This was an error that all three of us missed. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The British roll excellent and take out the entire assaulting German squad. Had we have caught the four as causing a casualty, the results would have been different. That said, we roared around the table at the heroic deeds of the brave Forward Observer and his Assistant. 

Terrain at its best
Now the German Transport is in clear view and would likely be captured on the next turn. 

It is not looking good for the Germans at this point. Below is how the rest of the Platoons ended this final turn. Although a mistake was made with the Assault Dice, it was not a game changing mistake. This was the final turn of the game. The Germans would not have been able to move back on the objective in time for the end of the battle.

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The British Main Assault Force secure the objective. The Commander and Medic follow behind them to provide support. The StuG on the top right is facing right to fire upon the fleeing British troops on the right (their left) flank. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
A final look at the gaming table at the end of the game. 

Bolt Action Battle Report - German vs British - 1000 points
The British are Victorious!!!
What a fantastic game!!! Bolt Action is fun on its own, but playing on a stunning table makes the experience even better! For those wondering, the mat is by Cigar Battle Box, the trees were home-made by Dave with a 3D printer and some foliage materials, the cows are also 3D printed and the houses are made by PlastCraft Games. To make the seamless hill where the objective is, we placed a hill under the mat. Special thanks goes out on my side to Cigar Box Battle for supplying Must Contain Minis with this beautiful gaming mat and to Forbes Hobbies for providing us with the gaming space with permission to take photos in their store. Forbes also supplied the PlastCraft Games houses and some other terrain pieces.   

I hope everyone enjoyed this Battle Report. There certainly is a lot of eye candy here!  :)

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!! 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Have you ever heard of XOLK?

A Canadian MDF Terrain Company

Have you ever heard of XOLK? Before Saturday, I had not. I came across this company's products while "Window Shopping" at one of my Friendly Local Gaming Stores (J&J Cards in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). There I saw a shelf of MDF Terrain by a company named XOLK. The first thing that caught my eye about these products was the price. $10.99 Canadian for a set of ruins. That is about $8.41 for my American readers. Not bad at all. The next thing that I noticed was that artwork on the cover. The building looks quite good for its price point. Finally, this product is made in Quebec. That should interest my Canadian readers.


Canaidan Terrain by XOLK
This is how the product is wrapped and displayed in the store. That is a nice looking building and at $10.99, I had to buy it to test the building out. 

On the same day that I bought the product, I brought it home and built my new "Cottage in Ruins." The reverse side of the package showed MDF without any details. Because of this, I wasn't sure if the model would turn out like the picture. Upon opening the package, I was very pleased to see the amount of details etched into the product. This will paint up nicely.

MDF Terrain
Upon opening the package, I found a nicely etched board of MDF with a small piece of advertising. 

This building went together very quickly. In under 30-minutes Must Contain Minis was the proud new owner of a completed ruined cottage. Not a bad piece of terrain at all for just $10.99.  :)

Canadian Made MDF Terrain
A Picture of my completely built "Cottage in Ruins" model by XOLK. I was so excited about this building that I took the pictures while the glue was still drying. Included with the model kit, but not pictured above are several busted wooden planks that can be scattered in or around the ruins. 
As one can see, this is a nice looking building. It should paint up quickly and I can easily see myself using it for either Bolt Action or Frostgrave. Of course, this ruins set will fit many other game worlds too.

I was impressed enough with the product that Must Contain Minis reached out to XOLK and worked out a Sponsorship deal. As such, my readers can expect to see more of their products on this website.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Update: In the Comments I had a request for some scale comparison photos. Below is a series of pictures of the XOLK "Cottage in Ruins" with three miniatures on top of TerraTiles by RAINN Studios. One miniature is a 28mm WW2 figure by Pulp Figures and the other two are Chaos Cultists for a Sci-Fi game. Why the two groups are fighting together? I don't know.   :)

Scale Comparison
The Ruined Cottage really pops off against the Terrain Tiles. The details in the house look good even though it is unpainted.  

Scale Comparisons for 28mm Miniatures and Terrain
The planks in the house come with the building. They can be placed or modeled as the owner wishes. I just placed them in the building without gluing them down. 

XOLK, RAINN Studios, Pulp Figures and GW
Why the British WW2 Soldier and Chaos Cultists are fighting on the same side, I do not know. It works for a scale comparison though.  :) 


Monday, 13 February 2017

Unboxing Zombicide: Black Plague by Cool Mini or Not

Unboxings Games is one of the things that Must Contain Minis enjoys sharing with its readers. Zombicide: Black Plague is a game that I wanted since the Kickstarter Campaign started. For Christmas, one of my family members bought me the retail version of the game. Let's open it up and see what is in there.

Looking at Zombicide: Black Plague by Cool Mini or Not
Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing

Unboxing by Must Contain Minis
Inside is a nicely done rule book.

Underneath it is a box of miniatures. 

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Under the box of miniatures is a series of gaming tiles and tokens. 

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Inside the miniatures box are dice, cards,player dashes and plenty of miniatures. 

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
This is the second row of miniatures in the box. Lots of Zombies to fight through here.  :)
Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
The Cards.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Two punch-boards of tokens.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
The map-tiles all laid out in a random fashion. These tiles are double sided.
Zombicide
Above are the Character Cards.

Of course, what Must Contain Minis likes the most about any Board Game is the Miniatures. Below is a better look at the minis contained.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
The Heroes.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Baldric, the Wizard.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing Cool Mini or Not
Ann. This Battle Nun type character looks awesome to me and is one of my favourites in the set. 

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Samson the Dwarf. I love dwarfs in general. Thanks for including a Dwarf mini in the game!!!

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Nelly.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Clovis. This guy is cool.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Silas.
I was very impressed with these hero miniatures and they are begging to be painted. Now, let's look at the Zombies of this game.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
A Necromancer.

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
An Abomination.
Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
A Fatty Zombie. 


Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing by Cool Mini or Not
A Running Zombie.

Cool Mini or Not
A Zombie Walker.

Because Must Contain Minis participates in many Miniatures-Agnostic games, I like to include a scale comparison between the miniatures in the game and other popular lines. Check these out...

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Left to Right... 28mm North Star Miniature, 32mm Reaper Miniature, Zombicide Hero, 28mm North Star Miniature.  

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Left to Right... 28mm North Star Miniature, 32mm Reaper Miniature, Zombicide Hero, 28mm North Star Miniature.  

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing Size Comparison
Left to Right... 32mm Reaper Miniatre, 28mm North Star Miniature, Zombicide Hero. 

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing
Heroes vs an Abomination. 

Zombicide: Black Plague Unboxing Size Comparison
Zombie Scale Comparison... 28mm North Star Miniature, Zombicide Miniature, 28mm Mantic Games Zombie.

Zombicide Black Plague Model Comparison
Zombie Scale Comparison... 28mm North Star Miniature, Zombicide Miniature, 28mm Mantic Games Zombie.

Zombicide Unboxing
Zombie Scale Comparison... 28mm North Star Miniature, Zombicide Miniature, Mantic Games Zombie.

Zombicide Black Plague Size Comparison
Dwarf Scale Comparison... 32mm Reaper Miniature, Zombicide Hero, 28mm RAFM Dwarf. 

Unboxing Zombicide by Cool Mini or Not
Heroines Scale Comparison... Zombicide Miniature vs 32mm Reaper Pathfinder Miniature. 
As one can see, the Zombicide figures all appear to be 32mm "true scale." Although their features (heads, hands and weapons) are smaller than Reapers' 32mm models, I believe that the Zombicide Miniatures are close enough that they can be used alongside the miniatures of other manufacturers.

I hope that everyone enjoyed this unboxing.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

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