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Bolt Action: Western Desert Boot Camp Live Blog – Saturday

Bolt Action: Western Desert Boot Camp Live Blog – Saturday

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Welcome to Saturday of our Bolt Action Boot Camp. We're going to be taking those armies we built yesterday from Warlord Games and getting them stuck into some Desert Warfare.

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We're going to be getting stuck into some mini-campaign awesomeness and seeing who comes out on top between the British and the Germans!

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Scorpions Of The Desert - Infantry Tactics

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Our historical editor Jim (@oriskany) has come over to teach us about the history of the western desert in this mini-series Scorpions Of The  Desert.

Kicking off, we take a look at some of the Basic Infantry Tactics used in this theatre of war.

Getting Stuck Into Painting Bolt Action Germans

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We’re looking at some quick and easy ways to paint up the Germans as Oriskany finds out how the Afrika Korp are coming together with one of the Boot Campers.

Scorpions Of The Desert - Infantry Movement Types

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When fighting in the desert, mobility is key.

In the second part of the Scorpions of the Desert, @oriskany takes us through the different ways the infantry got about this environment.

Scorpions Of The Desert - Combat Tactics

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@oriskany and Justin return for the third part of the Scorpions of the Desert and this time we’re going to look at blowing stuff up!

We learn about the combat tactics used by the different forces fighting in the conflicts of the western desert.

Boot Camp Gongs - Don't Panic!

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The first of our Boot Camp Gongs has been awarded!

Ron has been lucky enough to score snake eyes on an order check, showing his Germans have nerves of steel and earning the Don’t Panic! prize.

Gaming With The Boot Campers - Armoured Rush

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Oriskany talks with Mick and Rob about their game which is using two larger armies to fight out a campaign game.

Here we’re seeing the two sides clash amongst the blasted ruins of a desert village. It seems like things are going very well for Rob and Mick is having a bit of bad luck with the dice!

Gaming With The Boot Campers - Sandy Skirmish

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We’re getting stuck into a bit of an asymmetrical battle here between the British and the Germans. A battle is going on between this very fresh set of Sikh recruits for the British and the grizzled Germans.

Have you played out any games like this where you’re learning the rules and like to feel it out with a scenario or two where you kind of throw the army creation rules out the window?

Scorpions Of The Desert - Support Weapons

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To finish off the Scorpions of the Desert series, @oriskany takes us through the various support weapons the armies brought with them to the desert.

It’s time to look at tanks, artillery, and all the other big toys.

Oriskany Reshapes The Operation Crusader Map

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Oriskany is running his campaign this weekend recreating Operation Crusader.

The first games of the campaign are underway and Oriskany shows us how the map is shaping up.

Boot Campers Get Their Tanks!

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It felt about right for the Boot Camp members to get their tanks so they can start using some heavy armour on the tabletop, throwing in a bit of heavy metal to see what damage they can do.

The British got their hands on two Valentine MkII as well as a Humber MkII Armoured Car. The Germans snagged themselves an 8 Rad Armoured Car along with a Horch Transport Vehicle.

We shall have to see how much carnage they can cause across the rest of today and tomorrow!

Facing Defeat - Mick's Misery

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Oriskany catches up with Mick and Rob to see how their game finished up. With this being a little bigger than the other games going on right now it was fascinating to see just how much artillery came down on the tabletop.

If nothing else…the trees got blown up. All of Justin’s hard work gone to hell…

Boot Camp Gong - Total Wipe Out!

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Another GONG was won…or DONG which appears to be what Lloyd turned our board into. Here we have a winner who managed to completely wipe out his opponent.

Legends Of The Desert - Germans & Free French

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Oriskany continues his Legends of the Desert series, telling us some of the amazing stories and incredible people who took part in the conflicts in the western desert.

This time, we find out about some of the legends of the German forces, as well as the Free French Forces who fought.

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tankkommander
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Just sitting down to paint some Imperial Scouts. Will tune in to the livecast later.

redsarge
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Ooooh I want some of those mini’s in the future, and for NOT Star Wars.

andre77
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First.

rot6
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< on a shopping run in hopes to find metrial for the project

rot6
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unsucessfull… time to plunder the paper bin

bungo
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Those Sikhs look good. Need more!

thatcowboy
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Day 2 looking even better than day one!

yavasa
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Hello friends 🙂

brochtree
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I love the western desert campaign. But that might be because i love the Matilda II. I want to get round to doing an armoured force of Matilda II’s for Bolt action at some point.

timeslayer
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Wow the Boot Camp looks like so much fun! Bolt Action is a great game to go all-in for a weekend.

bobcockayne
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No its hard work, Justin and Warren stand over you with wips, shouting paint, play harder, and if you are not fast enough, they don’t wip you!😜

sneakyrabbit
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need to start painting the mountain of stuff that’s on my desk…

baskett
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sick stream

dukeexeter
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Excited to watch the games today while working on my project! Have fun everyone 🙂

patrickkyle82
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I have a buddy there and cant wait to see him dominate some games!

janus1004
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Painting away on my Gen. Patton and watching the streams, not bad for a Saturday.

rbwgames
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Soooo much to catch up on. I’m still working through day one.

normandyfan
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here we go daY V2

joereilly621
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Does anyone know about these kinds of events happening in the US?

joereilly621
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Also the lady who came with her husband just to pitch in is a saint. Someone should pick her up some flowers.

lgeiger
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I have not jumped in on any historical war games yet, but bolt action looks like it would fit my skirmish kick.

junt
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inspiring stuff

somegeezer
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Another day, another ton of videos to watch. Whoo!

waywarddarkwolf
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HEAVY SIGH. So you all got to spend the day fighting battles in the desert while I spent the day re-roofing my shed. I wonder which of us had the more fun :op

wazarov
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the bolt action project page is not working? anybody having the same issue?

antiphony
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Day 2 or is it Day 1 proper?
Either way looking forward to seeing how the games go. DAK all the way (only as there are no Italian armies)

digganob99
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Love the stories from Oriskany and that campaign map!

oriskany
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Thanks very much @digganob99!

toricova
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day 2 lets get going