Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Operation Wolf Player Pack

Operation Wolf:
A Melbourne based, 3 game, 
900 point, Bolt Action Event

Operation Wolf will be held at Good Games Melbourne on Sunday, the 18th of March 2018.  
The event will be run by Brad “Old Man" Morin with the support from the awesome staff at Good Games Melbourne.

Good Games 
Level 1, 365 Lonsdale Street
MelbourneVIC 3000
(03) 9670 0102

Contact Information:
For more information, to submit an army list and for registration information please email Brad at:  whatisabattle(at)

Army Lists:
All armies for this event should be no larger than 900 points. Forces can be made up using the generic reinforced platoons. We will not be using armoured platoon from the TANK WARS ruleset.

We have no restrictions listed for this event.  We would like to encourage people to experiment and play with lists that are fun to play with and to play against. This is NOT a win at all costs event. The TO reserves the right to ask players to resubmit army lists that are considered abusive to play against.  

There will be prize drawing for players who go to the effort of theming their lists. I.E. Invasion of Manchuria Japanese, Guadalcanal Marines, German forces in Anzio, etc…

Use of units listed in the "Tank Wars" book and units from Theatre and Campiagn books like the “Battle of the Bulge”, “Empire Of The Sun,” or “Battlefield Europe” are available to use as well.

Please make sure that you are familiar with the most up to date rules FAQ PDF available (for free) from the Warlord Games Website.

We will have 7 trophies on offer at this event. That said, there will be plenty of prizes in addition to this that players will be eligible to win.
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Best Sports (for the player that folks most liked playing)
Best Painted Army (as determined by players in the event)
Best Themed Army (as determined by the TO, if your army has a theme make sure this is communicated to the TO)
Best New Player (You are eligible for this if this is your 1st or 2nd ever Bolt Action Event)

Operation Wolf is a three game tournament.  Each round will last 2 hours.  In Round 1 players will be chosen at random but grudges are possible at player request. We will be using 3  missions over the course of the day. Two will be objective based missions and one will be based on "maximum attrition" (where you win by "killing" more order dice than you loose).

To submit an army list and for registration information please email Brad at:  whatisabattle(at)

The event costs $15 which must be paid via PayPal prior to the event to hold your place.

For this event you will need:
   Warlord order dice and enough six sided dice to play the game
   3, 40mm circular objective markers
   A tape measure
   The rulebook and relevant “Armies of…” book or list
   Pin markers
   A pen and/or a pencil
   3 print outs of your army list
   An appropriate dice bag

We would like to thank our major sponsors for this event:

The War and Peace gang have once again generously provided prize support this tournament.  As the Australian distributor of Warlord games products they have a great selection of product AND have a super friendly and helpful staff that love to "talk shop."  Give them a call or check them out online:

We would also like to express our thanks to Warlord Games for writing such a great game system (Bolt Action) and for consistently providing great prize support for our events.  Thanks guys!!!

Trenchworx are the makers of high quality resin vehicles and 3D printed kits. We highly recommend that you check out their online shop for some one of a kind models that you cannot get anywhere else.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cast Dice Podcast: Episode 2 Konflikt '47 Resurgence

Halloween brought us the long awaited expansion/sourcebook for Konflikt ’47 called Resurgence. The game, though great, needed updating if it was going to come into line with Bolt Action Version 2, as K’47 was based on the original BA game.

Turns out Resurgence is an apt name for this book as it goes beyond aligning K’47 with its parent game… in the way it adopts new rules and leaves others behind… it becomes something… new. Different. Better.

Please tune in as Old Man Morin and, old friend of the cast, Dave Munro dive into these changes and seek to discover the nature of this new, unique beast.

Please find this episode in the iTunes store or you can directly download it HERE.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cast Dice Podcast: Episode 1, Looking At Malifaux

Welcome to the very first episode of Cast Dice!
With all the fantastic tabletop games and war games available these days, it makes sense to see what is out there and that is the aim of this podcast. That is to examine and discuss popular games, the elements of event play and the gaming industry and to generally have a good time doing it.
My name is Old Man Morin and in the inaugural episode of this podcast, I am joined by, the one and only, DaveOwaR and the prolific gamer Monty (AKA Skilto) to look at Wyrd Miniatures game entitled Malifaux.
Stay tuned for future episodes soon touching on Konflikt '47, Bolt Action and Gaslands...
Thank you for tuning in and checking us out!

You can find this episode in the iTunes store or you can download it directly HERE.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Building A Better 28mm HISS Tank

When I was a kid, the COBRA High Speed Sentry Tank or H.I.S.S. Tank was one of my favourite G.I. JOE vehicles. Maybe because it was black or that it held 4 figures (two on the step on the back) or maybe because it just looked cool. I don't know. I loved it.

Actually, in retrospect, the fact that it was also one of the first COBRA vehicles I owned probably helped. It got played with constantly to face off against the armour of my Joe forces but it definitely went beyond that though because it was a mainstay of my COBRA forces. The fact that the HISS tank was used as the premier COBRA vehicle in countless issues of the comics probably helped too.

Regardless, I knew that if I was going to make a COBRA themed force in 28mm, I knew I would need a HISS Tank... or two... I always wanted a second one as a kid so I could recreate the night fight from issue #16 of the original comic. Anyway, after several good Google searches, I discovered that there was an alternative to the Shapeways 3D printed HISS that was not only significantly cheaper than the printed one but was also made from smooth plastic (no graininess). This kit is also an almost perfect match size wise to the 3D printed one. You can find it on Amazon HERE.

 Seeing the price I may have gone a little off the deep end and ordered a few... OK... I ordered 8 of them. I may have a HISS tank problem! lol

This is what comes in the box:

I love that it not only comes with miniature versions of the stickers that went on the original kit but it also comes with a miniature of the vehicle blueprints that the original JOE vehicles came with. These little touches made the kid in me very happy.

Now, this "mini HISS" does have a few problems that the original kit also had that would look funny on a 28mm tabletop. First of all, the tank has no clearance whatsoever. Its hull basically rubs on the ground. I fixed that by cutting the front hull plate considerably back and covering the giant vents and gap between hull pieces with a piece of white plasticard. I wanted the hull to stick out slightly from the tracks to help differentiate the different front parts of the tank.

I also filled in the large gap in its nose with green stuff.

Next up, I cut the hull on the back on the vehicle to match the front. In the process I lost the cool trailer hitch but I think it looks way better. I also used a hobby knife to smooth the old lines and gaps between pieces.

I also placed a thin piece of plasticard along the hull above the passenger step to cover up one of the worst gaps on the kit. You can see this below.

I then glued down the canopy for easier painting and increased durability. I also used the flat of my hobby blade to trim the excess flash off the nose and the side of the guns. Seen below.

Some of you will notice that there is one key difference between the "mini HISS" and the full sized original. Its guns. The cannons on the mini are almost as thick as the full sized HISS's gun barrels. They are huge because the mini has LED lights and speakers build in so that when you press the red button on the top, the guns light up and the tank makes a gun noise. I was going to cut these off but, in the end, I just liked the idea of having those features would just be too cool to trim off.

The last thing that I did was to add a gunner to the cupola. I used the bodies from Warlord Games Japanese Infantry and arms from various Warlord plastic kits.

Next up I definitely need to add stowage to a few HISS's to differentiate them and perhaps make a command tank or two using spare heads. I am thinking a HISS with Cobra Commander and possibly another with Destro in the gunner's nest could be cool.

'Til next time!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Stitched Up! (Adding Models To My Lynch Crew For Malifaux)

Nothing like animated, cheerful sacks of skin filled with jagged bones and rotting body parts creeping around the place, blowing up and murdering folks! Definitely something that comes from the twisted world of Malifaux!

I recently painted up a couple of these guys to round out my Jacob Lynch crew. I will be adding to this crew slowly while I work on my JOE project. Next up... a beckoner and maybe a wastrel or two. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Patience Is A Virtue

I have always hated waiting for things. As a kid, I still remember saving up my proof of purchases from G.I.Joe action figures to send away for a limited release “Duke” (the only one that existed at the time). I checked the mailbox everyday for months (literally) hoping that my “Duke” would arrive and just when I had given up hope… He showed up in a nondescript plain brown cardboard box.

In the end, he was a fairly ugly figure in retrospect but, man, was I excited when I ripped open that box! I played with him daily for weeks afterwards like no other figure. I am sure that the waiting added value in my mind.

I am sure that I hated waiting for things before that event in my life but that is as far back as the old memory goes and well, I have hated waiting ever since.

Why do I bring this up? Well, Shapeways was having sale that gave free shipping recently and since shipping to Australia is usually ridiculous, I jumped on it! The downside is that I chose the slowest processing speed (which made things really cheap, by comparison). Things should arrive by Halloween... I hope. This should line up nicely with the end of my Masters course. Will make for a great graduation present.

I picked up 5 SNAKE battle armour suits. 

A couple of more VAMPS/Stinger jeeps

And a FANG helicopter 
(though I have no idea what I am going to use it as outside of terrain)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Starting Point (Cobra Army To Date)

As I am stuck in class this week finishing my last course for my Masters this week, I am sadly not using my school holidays to their hobby potential, which is always sad! That said, this has given me a lot of time during breaks to consider the army and how I am going to put it together.

In my last post I showed pictures of 18 Cobra troopers that I had built out of Warlord Games' Blitzkrieg Germans. Since then I have acquired another pile of these models second hand that I can convert up when the time allows. I have also found another baggie of 10 metal assault rifles from the Assault Group to convert these guys over. Sooooo progress is slowly being made.

What I really wanted to show today though was the vehicles. Infantry aside, this is what my force looks like at the moment:

The white VAMP jeep and the cycle above are from the Arctic Skunk Shapeways store. I also have a HISS tank from that shop. 

Here are a few side by side comparison to Warlord Games Bolt Action models to show the scale of these vehicles. The VAMP or the COBRA version in this case, the Stinger, is almost a perfect match size wise as a Horch field car which is convenient because that is what I had originally considered using it as. But converting it to look like it hold more than two people is the subject of another blog post. 

This also give you an idea of my painting style and the level of painting I plan of using on this army. I tend to use a very cartoony style that I think "pops" on the tabletop.

The VAMP/Stinger has always been one of my favourite GI JOE vehicles and I cannot wait to paint this bad boy up!

I got a RAM motorcycle at the same time as the VAMP and I am not sure if I am going to paint it up in COBRA colours or if I will hold onto it until I start my opposition GI JOE forces.

The details on these models are great but they do require a little sanding to smooth out the finish. You can see the graininess on the RAM below.

The "Arctic Skunk," 3D printed HISS tank is a better kit with more detail than the mini-toys (that I have 4 of in the picture at the top of this post) but I can get 4 of the HISS toys (which are almost the perfect scale) for the same price as one white 3D print. Plus to be honest the toys are more durable too. I have been playing around with plasticard and green stuff to make the toys more "realistic" looking and I will post how I am modifying them soon.

If you look carefully at the picture of my 4 toys, one has a smashed turret. I broke one in storage and that has me thinking about turning one of my HISS tanks into a 28mm version of one of these:

Well, it looks like my lecture is about to start. More soon! Thank you for checking out my progress!