With the whole Star Wars/Trek thing currently on the back burner, I’ve been dedicating myself to some new interests, specifically, the idea of wargaming.
I’d gotten into wargaming some years back, but it was never serious. Rather, I should say that I never got the chance to get too serious about it, as components were rather expensive and rule sets were (at least in my neck of the woods) hard to come by. I did manage to piece together a really nice set of expensive 15mm US and Soviet vehicles, but I never got to use them, as my lovely nephew discovered them one evening, and thought they’d make wonderful projectiles to skip across a nearby pond.
Yep, I’m still ticked about that.
Anyway, I hadn’t had much to do with wargaming until recently, when I was intrigued by the release of the 2nd edition rules for Osprey’s Bolt Action (BA). I’d heard about it in passing, but knew nothing else. Virtually no store in my area carried BA products (save for an occasional supplement book), and I knew no one who’d had any experience with the system. But once the updated rules were released, I was curious. I did some investigating and research, and eventually decided to just order a copy of the book. I should add that what really got me motivated to act was my curiosity about a companion rule set, Konflikt ’47 (but that’s another post entirely).
I got the opportunity to watch the game being played at a local store and immediately fell in love with what I’d seen. My only problem was in the costs, as fielding a basic force can be a bit expensive. With me wanting to try the game at home (and possibly recruiting others into it), that meant I’d be paying for at least two armies (so double my prices), as well as all of the books, accessories, and who-knows-what-else would be involved. What am I talking about dollar-wise? The starter kit for one force runs about $120, and that’s essentially a collection of 28mm scale soldiers (between 25 and 40, from what I’ve seen), a copy of the rule book, and several smaller accessories needed for the game. Vehicles could run another $25 to $50 each, and then there’s the costs involved in creating a realistic looking playing area, and that depends on what one is trying to do – but it can be pretty expensive, not to mention time consuming. By the end of the day, I’d determined that I’d probably shell out several hundred on a game that might get used, and that was a bit rich for my blood.
Then, as they say, something happened.
I remembered that a few years ago, I’d gotten bit by the modeling bug. There were a couple of really good hobby stores in my area – now since gone – where I’d gotten some basic 54mm scale Tamiya models on the cheap. Some had been assembled, others sat waiting for action.
I’ve been questioning whether or not it is possible to play Bolt Action with figures larger than the 28mm scale. Without a lot of table space, I’m guessing that it’d be near impossible to conduct large scale actions, but I’m wondering if one limited oneself to smaller, squad based activity – would it still be feasible?
I have so many models that would work that it seems almost silly not to try . . .