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The Colonel13 May 2017 5:28 a.m. PST

I wonder if someone could point me in a good direction on how to start on VBCW? There seem to be a long list of Solway Craft books, but which are the best to start with?


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Tarleton13 May 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

The "source book" in whatever guise it is now.

Have a delve into the local history of your area for ideas for units and scenarios.

Have a look here;

You can get help and ideas from other VBCWers.

Decide what scale you want to game in. 28mm is the most popular but 20m and 6mm have plenty of interwar vehicles etc and buildings for the tabletop.

Whereabouts in the country are you?

boggler13 May 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

10mm is also a good option as Pendraken have lots of useful things.

The Colonel13 May 2017 11:00 p.m. PST


Thanks. Oxfordshire. Which always seem a good place to start these things.

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Tarleton14 May 2017 12:41 a.m. PST


I think there are a few VBCWers around there. Definitely some towards Hereford. They may pick up on your thread yet!

Have a look on the forum too. I think they have a "players" list somewhere.


hurrahbro14 May 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

You have the Concise source book here:

The boards (already linked) are a very good rescource.

Remember it is a setting, not a rule set. Find out what players in your area, what scale, what rules. Then start building accordingly.

I recommend your first force be a militia/LDV unit, they will be an all sides, you could use multiple flag carriers to define which side they are on. Then start to build something more on theme.


It's 1937/38, the Bren Gun and WW2 style battle dress have only just started to arrive with troops. So even regulars will often be in WW1 style uniforms with Lewis guns in support. I said often there, if you have an early WW2 British force, by all means use them.

Anglicans in the south/Kent tend to have some french support and received some french equipment. If you do not wish to go full French in your look (Because, well, standards!), some ranges of figures for WW1 Americans have some figures using French weapons which would suit you (Chauchats and hotchkiss MGs) and still fit in due to wearing the "British" Helmet.

Air forces? I'm using the dramatic conceit of having loyal RAF in WW2 early WW2 schemes, and those that are disloyal to the crown in the interwar Silver dope. Factions of course will have their own quirks with insignia and colours.

Tarleton14 May 2017 8:16 a.m. PST

I would recommend "The Peoples Army" booklet but leave the tank one!

The basis VBCW tenet and rallying cry is "Its your VBCW!"

EricThe Shed26 May 2017 5:55 a.m. PST

As Tarleton says its very much your own VBCW – we use Bolt Action to fight our battles

Loads of stuff on my blog

just hit the VBCW tab?

Also recommend you head to the VBCW forum – great bunch of guys there

All the best…

YankeePedlar0117 Jun 2017 10:37 p.m. PST

My piece in the current issue of Wargames Illustrated may give you some ideas of how to get started, or even what not to do.

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