1939-1945

28mm World War II Wargaming

Introduction

Getting Started

What You Need

To get started with Bolt Action World War II wargaming you'll need two players, two armies, a copy of the rulebook and of course somewhere to play:

Two Armies

You can play a fun game with just a squad or two each, and your forces will soon expand ready for bigger battles.

Rulebook

The rules explain how to fight a battle, issuing orders to your units to move, shoot or assault at close quarters. They also cover how to pick two evenly matched forces and provide a range of exciting scenarios to fight out!

A Table

Some gamers like to build a fully modelled battleground, but you can have a brilliant game on the kitchen table. Try to avoid having to abandon your battle for the evening meal though.  You can even play on the floor - just watch out for careless feet or marauding cats!

Some Terrain

For an entertaining game of Bolt Action, it's important to give your troops some cover and objectives to seize on the battlefield. Besides, creating the scene is part of the appeal of World War 2 wargaming.  You can buy terrain or build it from scratch, but for your first few games, a pile of books serves well as a hill and a few boxes as a buildings.

Bolt Action rulebook

Collect an Army

Putting together a Bolt Action force is lots of fun and there is a huge array of choices. Start with your infantry and then add vehicles and artillery.

Paint Your Models

A fully painted army is an awesome sight and a great achievement, and this part of the wargaming hobby is just as rewarding as playing battles. Start simply and your skills will quickly improve as you practice.

Fight a Battle

The Bolt Action rulebook contains six scenarios that allow you to fight out World War II battles. Each scenario explains how to set up the battlefield, where to deploy your forces and the objectives required to win the game.

First Buys

Armies

Bolt Action USA

USA

The GIs of the US Army, Airborne paratroopers, Sherman tanks and the US Marine Corps.

Bolt Action Germany

Germany

Heer, the Afrika Korps, Fallschirmjäger and Waffen-SS plus fearsome Panther and Tiger tanks.

Bolt Action Great Britain

Great Britain

The BEF, Airborne Red Devils, Commandos, Chindits, 8th Army and the SAS, with Cromwells and Churchills.

Bolt Action Soviet Union

Soviet Union

The Soviet Red Army - millions of infantrymen, the Naval Brigade and T34 tanks.

Bolt Action Japan

Japan

The Fanatical Japanese Army and the elite Special Naval Landing Force.

Terrain & Paint

Bolt Action Terrain

Terrain

Create the rural villages of Normandy, the bombed-out factories of Stalingrad or the steaming jungles of the Pacific.

Paint & Tools

Paint & Tools

A wide range of paints and tools, including starter paint sets and painting guides for all of the main forces.

More Ways to Play

Bolt Action Theatre Books

Theatre Books

These Bolt Action supplements each focus on a particular theatre of operations from World War 2 such as the Eastern Front or the Pacific.

Each book provides detailed history, scenarios, army lists and rules for specific historical units and characters.

Bolt Action Tank War

Tank War

While the core rules of Bolt Action are based on infantry platoons with supporting vehicles, Tank War allows you to field armoured platoons - entire armies of tanks, armoured cars and mechanised infantry.

Includes rules for crews gaining experience and fielding tank aces!

Konflikt '47

Konflikt '47

World War II continues beyond 1945 with armoured walkers, bizarre new technologies and twisted abominations...

Mix these new units with your existing army to play an alternate history or science fiction wargame set in 1947. Konflikt '47 is a standalone rules-set based on Bolt Action.

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