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Getting Started with Bolt Action


Thinking of starting a WW2 Tabletop wargaming for the first time? Are you pondering what to work on next? Bolt Action is perfect to get you started in the action packed battles of WW2.

From Blitzkrieg to North Africa, from the Russian Front to the D-Day Landings, Bolt Action puts YOU in command of the most brutal and famous battles of the Second World War.

Assemble and paint your brave men and armoured tanks, field them on a table-top battlefield, and use all your strategy, cunning and luck to defeat your opponent.

The options are near-endless, but the best place to start is of course the Bolt Action Rulebook, which contains all of the rules, a timeline of WWII events, sample Army Lists for the German, US, Soviet and British forces… and is packed with stunning photographs of our studio models, along with exceptional illustrations from renowned artist Peter Dennis.

Historical wargaming can be, but doesn’t need to be, a daunting prospect for newcomers – which force should I collect? What do I need to get started? What colours should I paint my models? We’ve gathered together a bundle of essential resources which should help to break down some of the barriers, and help any new players with some of the basics!

2 Player Starters!

Bolt Action is even more exciting if you starting it out with a buddy. A ready opponent to go against while learning through the ropes. There are 2 starters to choose from!

Band of Brothers – German Grenadiers against a brand new plastic infantry set, the elite US Airborne
Island Assault – focussed on the island-hopping campaigns enacted by the US to reclaim Japanese advances. 

Army Starter Sets

Alternativley, if you’ve already decided upon which army you’d like to collect, we have created a series of specific Starter Sets – which cover all of the core units you’ll need to get started playing Bolt Action – along with a few extra deadly additions to add some extra firepower!

The starters contain 500 to 1000 points worth of units of the core forces represented in Bolt Action. They’ve carefully chosen the lists to ensure that all are competitive, and fun to play – having been put-together by the Warlord staff – a crack team of the most experienced Bolt Action players!

So…Which Army Should I Collect?

Every player has a different reason for collecting their army of choice… for some players, it’s because they want to recreate the actions of a specific historical unit, maybe they want to play out the events from a Hollywood war film…. some players maybe like a specific tank, and collect an army based around that… others perhaps have a relative who served in a specific unit, and want to recreate that upon the tabletop battlefield… or perhaps it’s a simple matter that they like a specific model, or a particular series of models… So why not re-watch your favourite war film, look back through your family tree, or pore over a few documentaries to see what sparks your imagination?

What Colours Should I Use to Paint my Models?

You may feel that one of the biggest barriers to historical wargaming is the paint schemes… specific forces would wear very specific camouflage patterns, and/or uniforms of very specific colours…

However – there is a wealth of reference material online, and it should always be remembered that uniforms would be dirtied quickly, colours would fade with time, and uniforms would often be made in a number of different factories, so variation was commonplace… In any case, do feel free to ask any one of out staff for color recommendations and any questions about painting guides and techniques.

Painting Guides

That being said – Warlord have created a number of Painting Guides (with more on the way!) which should help new players to get started!

The store also has reference materials to help in choosing the colors for your painting needs.

The Bolt Action Community (Singapore)

If you’re looking to chat with fellow Bolt Action hobbyists, if you have hobby questions – be it about modelling and painting, rules questions, or historical queries – we have a Chat group and a Facebook Page packed with enthusiastic, knowledgeable fellow hobbyists – so it’s well worth a look…

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