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Bolt Action: Western Desert Boot Camp Live Blog – Friday

Bolt Action: Western Desert  Boot Camp Live Blog – Friday

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Come and join us for the Bolt Action Desert War Boot Camp being run alongside the awesome folks at Warlord Games.

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Today we're going to be meeting all of the folks coming along to the Boot Camp, cracking out their armies, and getting ready to build (and maybe even paint) their armies for a weekend of wargaming.

Win Prizes

We have some great goodies to give away over the weekend. Each day you'll be able to snap up an El Alamein Starter Set + A Panzer III & M3 Stuart.

All you have to do is comment on the Live Blog AND on the individual posts to be in with a chance of winning.

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As well as that we've got Oriskany here with us in the studio letting us know how the weekend is going to unfold alongside some regular games.

Comment away and follow along!

Warlord's Charlie Arrives At OnTableTop

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It’s nearly time. A grudge match of epic proportion is happening this weekend.

Warlord’s Charlie has arrived at OnTableTop HQ. He’s here to kick ass and paint models. And he’s all out of models.

Be sure to check in on Sunday at 11:00 BST for the Live Let’s Play of Charlie vs John.

Welcome To The Bolt Action Western Desert Boot Camp!

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Welcome to Day One of the Bolt Action Western Desert where we’re going to be having fun with Warlord Games, building up awesome armies and taking them to the tabletop to show off a good old-fashioned clash between the British and the Germans.

Win Prizes

We have some great goodies to give away over the weekend. Each day you’ll be able to snap up an El Alamein Starter Set + A Panzer III & M3 Stuart.

Welcome To The Bolt Action Western Desert Boot Camp!

All you have to do is comment on the Live Blog AND on the individual posts to be in with a chance of winning.

Make sure to get involved and find out more about both hobbying AND gaming during the Western Desert campaign in WWII.

Bolt Action Boot Camp - WIN Prizes This Weekend!

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We’ve got a great competition in the works for you this weekend as Warlord Games are going to be giving away some awesome goodies!

You can win yourself an El Alamein Starter Set + A Panzer II & M3 Stuart.

Bolt Action Boot Camp - WIN Prizes This Weekend!

There will be ONE given away each day and you can get a hold of it by commenting on both the main live blog AND the individual posts themselves.

If you’d like to check out more you can view the individual components with the El Alamein Starter Set, Panzer III and M3 Stuart sets here.

Which side are you going to play as?

Modelling With The Boot Campers: The British Army Sikh

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Jeff has been tearing on getting his British army ready to play for Bolt Action.

Taking advantage of the different head options provided in Warlord’s plastic kit, Jeff has decided to make a force based upon the Sikhs who as part of the British army in World War II.

A Stash Of Metal & Plastic Needs Building!

A Stash Of Metal & Plastic Needs Building!28 Comments

Boot Campers Getting Stuck In

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We’ve got all of the Boot Campers sitting down and working through their armies, building up the plastic and metal components for both the British and the Germans.

Boot Campers Getting Stuck In

Get Involved! Build Bolt Action Projects & Win Spot Prizes!

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We’ve got a great idea that we wanted to share with you! To get you guys involved at home we wanted to give away some spot prizes to those who create some Bolt Action based projects using our Project System.

Make Bolt Action Projects & Win £20 Warlord Games Vouchers!

This can be anything Bolt Action based, be it a unit of soldiers, a commander figure, tanks (John loves those!) or even some pieces of terrain. It DOES NOT have to be desert themed either.

Make sure to select this option when you’re putting together your projects!

Get Involved! Build Bolt Action Projects & Win Spot Prizes!

We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on and the kind of things you share with us.

Don't Worry, They're Completely 'armless!

Don't Worry, They're Completely 'armless!22 Comments

Modelling With The Boot Campers: The German Afrika Korps

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The armies of the German Afrika Korps have fallen behind the British in terms of speed of assembly, but our Boot Campers have a few tricks up their sleeves for them.

Andy has already broken out his brushes and started painting, while Mick gives us some tips on basing Warlord’s metal booster pack miniatures.

Desert Storm-ing It At Our Boot Camp Weekend!

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The tables at boot camp look amazing this year! Looks like all that hard work has paid off. Forget sunny beaches, we like our sand mixed with kerosene!

Desert Storm-ing It At Our Boot Camp Weekend!

Introduction To The Armies: The German Afrika Korps

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The conflicts of the Western Desert are a fascinating period of WWII. John and Charlie sit down to take us through the two Bolt Action forces facing off at this Boot Camp Weekend.

First, the German Afrika Korps head out to battle and we find out what sort of kit they used to claim victory in the desert.

We're Lost Again, Aren't We?

We're Lost Again, Aren't We?26 Comments

It's Feeding Time! Fuel For The Team

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We go behind the scenes and scope out the team’s eating habits!

Lock up your women! Ben, a.k.a Sexy Furious, now comes with chocolate!Lock up your women! Ben, a.k.a Sexy Furious, now comes with chocolate!
Lance has become eternally perplexed about his yellow orangeLance has become eternally perplexed about his yellow orange
Sam and bananas have a complicated relationship, apparently...Sam and bananas have a complicated relationship, apparently...
Cass has stolen Ryan's Jaffa Cakes (don't tell him!)Cass has stolen Ryan's Jaffa Cakes (don't tell him!)
WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE'S NO FUDGE LEFT?!WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE'S NO FUDGE LEFT?!

As you can see, we’ve got the fuel to keep us going for the weekend!

Introduction to the Armies: The British 8th Army

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Continuing our introduction to the two forces of the Bolt Action Western Desert Boot Camp, Charlie and John have a talk about what the British 8th Army is taking to war.

Attendees in Action! Getting The Hobby Started

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Time to check in and see how our hobbyists are getting along with their Bolt Action armies!

Attendees in Action! Getting The Hobby Started

It’s all looking good so far – can’t wait to see these painted!

Talking WWII Western Desert Terrain & Tabletops With John

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We’re chatting with John about the different tabletops that we’ve created for the Boot Camp. We have a variety of different terrain options for scenarios which include more rural areas and others which are distinctly more urban.

Time For A Tea Break!

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It’s not all hectic hobbying – sometimes it’s nice to just sit and have a chat and a catch-up!

Time For A Tea Break!

What's Gaz Planning With That Nail File?

What's Gaz Planning With That Nail File?18 Comments

Modelling With The Boot Campers: The British Part Two!

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Per has also been working on the British 8th Army, working on turning them into the Commonwealth forces sent over from New Zealand.

Everyone is really impressed by the new Bolt Action plastics and it is interesting to see the variety in approaches people are taking to their armies.

Popping The Boot Camp Cherry: We Meet The First-Timers!

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Some of our first-time boot camp participants – Don’t worry guys, we promise to be gentle!

Christian and Steffan have come all the way from Demark, and are excited to try Bolt Action for the first time!Christian and Steffan have come all the way from Demark, and are excited to try Bolt Action for the first time!
Stephen, lived in Korea for thirteen years, and says he was always envious of the Boot Camps at Beasts of War. Now he's moved back home, and is loving the event so far!Stephen, lived in Korea for thirteen years, and says he was always envious of the Boot Camps at Beasts of War. Now he's moved back home, and is loving the event so far!
Damon Brentnall has been gaming for over 20 years. He's part of a local group in Darby, but after years of watching BoW decided he wanted to be part of the action!Damon Brentnall has been gaming for over 20 years. He's part of a local group in Darby, but after years of watching BoW decided he wanted to be part of the action!

We’re really excited to have so many new faces with us, and you guys following on the feed at home.  It’s going to be an amazing weekend!

Modelling With The Boot Campers: The Afrika Korps Part Two!

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Bob takes us through his experiences with the new Bolt Action German Afrika Korps plastic kit.

Everyone is finding them much easier and faster to put together and Bob is even trying his hand at some light conversion work.

Opinion Time: What Bolt Action Scenario Would You Create?

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Opinion Time: What Bolt Action Scenario Would You Create?

Here at Beasts of War, we’re fortunate to be part of a talented team and partner with awesome hobby companies to make fantastic events like this, but we want to hear from you!

What would be your ultimate Bolt Action cinematic battle?  Tell us where you would set it, what miniatures you would choose and how you would design the best battle royale on the tabletop!

Hatched Buried & Gaming Afoot Tomorrow!

Hatched Buried & Gaming Afoot Tomorrow!20 Comments

Painting Tips For WWII Western Desert Germans

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John takes us through some of the different tips you’ll need to bear in mind if you’re going to be painting up your Bolt Action armies with us this weekend starting with a look at how to get those Germans looking desert body ready…

What tips do you have?

Colour Comes To The Desert

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We’ve done all the building prep, now it’s time to get our men suited and booted for battle!

Colour Comes To The Desert

This is really exciting – we can’t wait to see how these guys look on the tabletop tomorrow!

Painting Tips For WWII Western Desert British

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Much like we did with the Germans, we’re now looking to give you some tips on painting the British as they appear in the Western Desert.

Everyone loves these sandy soldiers and it’s a bit different from delving into the regular European theatre that we’ve been playing for years.

Personal Pick Of The Day: Universal Carrier

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Personal Pick Of The Day: Universal Carrier

I absolutely love the detailing on this universal carrier – it’s amazing that all this work has been done in one day!  I can’t wait to see this finished gun tractor when it reaches the table tomorrow!

Getting Weird In The Western Desert

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This World War is getting Weird as Lance and Gerry show off some of their own stranger additions to the Bolt Action Western Desert Boot Camp.

Gerry has brought in what may be the ultimate objective marker for the Germans, while Lance’s soldiers are feeling sleepy.

Wonder what our historical editor will make of these…

Unsung Heroes: Jen

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Unsung Heroes: Jen

Big thank you to Jennifer (@gladesrunner) who has come all the way from Florida to do the dishes!  We hope @oriskany knows just how lucky he is to have such a wonderful woman by his side!

Jim's Magnificent Map

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Our historical editor Jim (aka @oriskany) is running a campaign throughout the weekend and has come up with an ingenious map to show how the Bolt Action battles develope.

Grubs Up!

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After a long day building and painting miniatures in an autumnal Northern Ireland, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of hearty warmth to energise the soul!

Grubs Up!

Calling An End To Day One

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That’s it for Friday at this Boot Camp weekend. People are still busy hobbying and getting their armies ready to head to the tabletop tomorrow.

Come back this Saturday to see everyone’s progress and how their armies fair in the battles of Bolt Action’s Western Desert.

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alexm
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This looks like so much fun, what a great way to spend a weekend!

aztecjaguar
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British 8th Army and German Afrika Korps – I still have my 1970s 1/32nd scale Airfix plastic soldiers. Anyone tried Bolt Action rules using these “big soldiers” instead of 28mm? (Just so you know, 1/72nd scale Airfix soldiers were “little soldiers”)

Anyway, looking foward to the Boot Camp coverage this werkend – especially that awesome desert trench-system table.

iamgeorgeous
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I will definitely be checking out these posts over the weekend. Going to have to get myself some DAK to play at my local club.

hendrik-damastakilla
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I wise you all a great game weekend. it really looks cool.

hendrik-damastakilla
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WIN: I would really like to win the starter set of bolt action. My nephew of 8 years is really into WW2 and played 1 time in a war museum. It would be really cool if he could play at his own house, with his favorite Uncle (i think)

junt
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Look stop distracting me with all this interesting stuff I’ve got an exam to revise for damn it

julianb
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Here we go again, definitely my favorite part of your shows, boot camp time…..
Top of my bucket list to attend a boot camp.

andre61
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I hope ever body have a great time, wish I was there.

rot6
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So many blog entries to check out… and a project to start… and some games to play myself… busy weekend

bungo
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Where are the Italians!

irishsteve
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Bloody awesome day!! Knackered but well happy. Built (almost) all the things!!

psyntologist
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Tables are looking amazing. Always love when Bolt Action is the game of focus.

dane001
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I’ve been looking forward to watching the coverage of this weekend for ages! I always get massively inspired by your terrain and they always make me fall in love with a game system.

sneakyrabbit
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Cool prizes!

intelligentmistertoad
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I’ve had a great day at the Boot Camp!

dags
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Great start, they are fantastic kits. Nice to see stuff coming together into armies.

beardragon14
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I just sat down to do the Saturday morning e-mail and find this lot here……Well I am going to be a busy boy going through this lot later on today. All the best to the boot campers, it is something that U’d like to do someday, and I will watch your progress eagerly.

cousins286
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Love the desert campaign…… My grandfather used to tell me stories of when he was with the desert rats during WW2.

nehpets
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One of these days I’ll make it to a bootcamp.

duster
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Damned! I have a lot to catch up to!
Hope you guys had a great 1st day and a great weekend!

toricova
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amazin prize!! cheers! I am really excited about this

joereilly621
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Love this idea of a boot camp. I am just getting into Bolt Action and Western Desert looks awesome. After I build Band of Brothers I might just have to add a British Army.

stumpythegoalie
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This is going to be a great week, looking forward to the next set of videos.

kipkyle1
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I wish I could be there. it looks pretty fun.

elessar2590
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This looks incredible.

Everyone is getting a pretty good start on painting which is saying something as there seems to be a small buffet set up in the studio 🙂