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Bolt Action / End of Summer Bolt Action Battle League
« on: July 09, 2018, 09:14:42 AM »
As summer starts to wind down, Bolt Action at the Portal will be revving up!

Bolt Action Battle League at the Portal, in Manchester CT
Sunday meetup 12 noon until 5 pm, other games by mutual meetup.
Force Composition:
1 Platoon/1000 points
1 tank only (maximum 8+ armour rating)
No flamethrower vehicles

We will be encouraging players to try their hand at creating new scenarios!  A vote on all entries will be held at the end of September and the winner will be used as a scenario in our next tournament!

Also we will be focusing on building up our terrain for BA.  Now is a good time to put your creative juices to work and make the scenery you always wanted to! 

Best Painted Platoon
Author, Author! (Scenario won the most votes)
Topographical Engineer (Best Table scenery setup)

Join us in August for the next installment of Bolt Action at the Portal!

See you on the High Ground!

Art de la Guerre / ADG List building.
« on: June 11, 2018, 08:51:59 AM »
So, I figured any interested list building for feedback, comments and suggestions can be posted here.

Community Forum / Summer Activities
« on: June 01, 2018, 12:20:24 PM »
As summer draws close, people start looking to being outdoors, vacations and enjoying the summer sun.  So we will go to an open game format for the summer.  This will let members finish overdue projects, tinker with ideas, and just relax.  I plan to pick things up again in either August or September with a BA battle league.  Until then, all games are open for play.  FoW, TY, BA, SAGA, Muskets & Tomahawks, ADG.  See you guys at the tables!

Art de la Guerre / Mycenean Listbuilding
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:48:39 PM »
List 1.

I Corps
Competent General
2x Medium Swordsmen Impact Elite Armour
4x Heavy Spear
2x Light Infantry Javelin

II Corps
Brilliant General
6x Heavy Spear Pavise
2x Bowmen
2x Light Infantry Javelin

III Corps
Competent General
2x Heavy Chariot
4x Light Chariot

24 units, 200 points.

Art de la Guerre / Rules questions
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:53:06 PM »
I was reading the rules on terrain placement and came across something I hadn’t seen before.  According to the book, the defender places their obligatory terrain piece on their side of the table.  But in in every game I have played so far this hasn’t been done.  Is this just a rules oversight, or was this changed in an FaQ?

Team Yankee / Team Yankee 6mm tournament
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:34:45 AM »
Saturday May 26th at the Portal in Manchester CT
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
3 two hour rounds
All books allowed.
Sign ups begin May 1st.

Team Yankee / Return to Fulda Gap; Team Yankee 6mm Battle League
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:33:31 AM »
Sundays in May will see a return to Team Yankee in 6mm.  All books are legal and lists are 100 points.  The East German VolksArmee rides again!!

Bolt Action / Our first Bolt Action tournament
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:32:04 AM »
Saturday April 21st at the Portal in Manchester
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
1000 point lists, one tank or AFV (9+ armour max) only please.
3 rounds, 2 hours each, or completion of scenario turn limit.  Whichever happens first.
Awards: 1st Place, 2nd Place, Best Axis/Allied General, Best Painted.
$10.00 entry fee
Sign Ups begin April 2nd.

Team Yankee / Coming attractions
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:17:26 AM »
We will be revisiting 6mm TY in the month of May,  100 point lists from all current books will be allowed.  Also, I will be planning a tournament on one of the last two Saturdays in May to wrap up the tournament.  Stay tuned for details.

Art de la Guerre / ADG 101
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:57:56 PM »
Anyone up for a learning game on Saturday?  Say around 12 noon?

Community Forum / May Activities
« on: February 15, 2018, 12:27:44 PM »
So may will see a return to 6mm Team Yankee.  100 points and open gaming to prep for the May TY tournament (date TBD).  See you there comrades  ;)

Bolt Action / Bolt Action Winter Offensive; Escalation League
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:59:31 AM »
Starting Sunday, February 4th, we will be embarking on a multistore escalation league.  This will be held, concurrently, at both the Portal in Manchester, and the BattleStandard in East Windsor.  I will also be getting prize support for this from Warlord for multiple awards. I am finishing the details up now and will have a hand copy of the league rules and scoring for any interested persons to look over this Sunday, as well as a sign up sheet I will be posting in the store.  It is my goal to attract a larger group by running this in two locations.  A few highlights of the event;

This will run for 9 weeks stating in February and ending in April (a tournament will follow, date TBD)
three point levels; 500, 750, 1000.  There will be list requirements for each level.  Each point level will last three weeks.  Games will be recorded along for points towards prizes at the end.  Prizes will also be awarded for modeling skill as well as just winning games.

Art de la Guerre / List building
« on: January 15, 2018, 10:41:33 AM »
So, after this weekends pummeling  :P, I started the day doing research.  Seems there was alot about list building in this game I missed.  this is what I found;

- If you don't want to lose quickly, try to take more units if you can... Armies with 27-30 units are really difficult to break.

- Horse archers, Always think to take them as elite when possible.  Elite can protect your cavalrymen from taking too many losses but also give them better chance to inflict losses...

- Heavy Infantry armies should often have 22 units or more... But it's sometime difficult with points.

- Cavalry armies shouldn't have less than 20 units.

- Generals are really important!  Always build your corps thinking that you could make several 1's on die rolls. So assume you can move all your troops with a 1 result. An heavy infantry corps could often have an ordinary general but a cavalry corps will be better with a competent or a brilliant one.

- For a corps with impetuous or non manoeuvrable troops, you should think about buying a brilliant general.

- Don't included generals in melee units.  You can lose your general on a bad roll of the dice! But, I think for horse mounted archerey units, it's a very good way to spare points...

- Elite and armor are wonderful capacities. But very expensive ones. Be sure your elite troops will not be crushed to easily because they are out numbered.

Bolt Action / Intro list building (updated)
« on: December 30, 2017, 01:39:04 PM »
With the intro league just around the corner.  I thought I would share some thoughts I have received from veteran players at Off the Wall gaming in Mass in regards to list selection, and building.

List Selection;  Pretty much every list is viable, whether Early War BEF,MW German DAK ,or Late War Japanese. My concerns about tank shenanigans were put to rest with confirmation that, excepting in larger point games (1500 or beyond), you won't ever really encounter things like Tiger tanks, IS-2's or other big vehicles.  Medium tanks like Panzer IV's, Shermans, Cromwells, T-34's are what you may encounter, but more likely Armored Cars, Halftracks, and Trucks tend to be the support of choice for most 1000 point games.  Light tanks are also likely, but since this is an infantry oriented game, They can be dealt with moderate difficulty.

List Building;  Like FoW, units costs vary based on their relative skill level.  veterans cost more than regulars, and green units are fairly cheap.  Likewise their morale levels also reflected in this.  Each squad, or sub-unit generates an order dice, which is the basis for every action in the game.  The trick is finding a balance between units (skill level and morale, size and equipment, which will take you back to similar list construction from 40K) and enough order dice to keep active each round and not get caught short.  We will be running the Intro league forces at 500 points maximum.  This is enough points for your Platoon HQ, 2-3 squads of Infantry, a supporting weapon or two (MG teams, Mortars, flamethrower, Sniper, Bazooka, etc), and possibly a transport type vehicle (halftrack, truck).  I will also note, that unlike FoW, you can get away with a "trackless list"  in this game.

At 500 points your Platoon leader will most likely be a junior (2nd LT) Officer with 1 extra soldier following him around. It's recommended to keep it to this as the two count as a small unit and therefore are harder to hit when shooting. You may decide to field the Platoon leader as a Veteran, Regular, or Green, and either the junior, or senior (1st Lt) Officer.  the advantage of the Senior Officer is the ability to give two "Snap to Soldier!" orders as opposed to one generated by the Junior officer.  Snap to orders allow you to draw additional order dice for squads when you activate the officer instead of waiting to draw them in the normal course of a game. It allows you to be a bit more aggressive, but could leave you short of order dice later in a turn if things don't roll well. 

Squads;  Each squad usually has a base of an NCO and around 4 soldiers, with provision to add up to about 6-7 more troops (depending on nationality).  9-10 seems to be the sweet spot with a modest mix of weapon upgrades (LMG's, SMG's, Shotguns, Panzerfausts, etc).  Usually you want to select 1 veteran squad and go with regulars for the rest.  Of course, some lists may only let you select troops of only one quality type (Veteran types like Commando's, Paratroopers, SS, etc.) so the selections an become trickier.

Support Options;  You'll probably want one Medium MG team (.30 cal American Browning, British Vickers, German MG42, etc), and one other supporting weapon (most likely a Medium Mortar).  Other options can include Snipers, Flamethrower teams, Medics, Forward Observers (to call in off board Artillery), Forward Air Controller (to call in Air support), Anti-Tank Teams (Bazooka's, PIATS, Panzerschreks, Fragmutts, Nikahaku teams, AT Rifles, etc), and vehicles (Armored Fighting Vehicles, Armored Cards, and transports).

Here is the list I plan on fielding for the league.  I am basing it on the American Paratroopers from the Band of Brothers starter box.

List: 1944 Normandy
Order Dice: 6
Points: 500

First LT (Equipped as Modeled), Regular
1 Paratrooper (Equipped as Modeled), Regular (has to be the same as the Officer)

Paratrooper Squad, Veteran
NCO with smg
Paratrooper with smg
8 Paratroopers with Rifles (M1 Garands and M1 Carbines)

Paratrooper Squad, Veteran
NCO with smg
Paratrooper with smg
7 Paratroopers with Rifles (M1 Garands and M1 Carbines)

Medium Machine-Gun team, Regular
3 Paratroopers with MG (M1919 Browning .30 Cal)

Light Mortar Team (Paratrooper Version), Veteran
2 Paratroopers with 60mm Mortar

Bazooka Team, Regular
2 Paratroopers with a Bazooka.

As you can see, at 500 points I can field two fairly robust squads, with an MG and Mortar in support, and a Bazooka team to hit harder targets, like bunkers, buildings, or opposing support teams.

Community Forum / Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:19:13 AM »
To all the members of CVG, I want to wish you all and your families and happy and safe New Year!  I look forward to continuing our clubs growing list of activities and  social events. 


Chris Kadish

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