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Deucey Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 7:43 a.m. PST

I assume you would just double the ranges. Does anyone play this scale?

Green Tiger15 Dec 2017 9:23 a.m. PST

Now there's an idea!

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

I would probably play a squad based game, such as Nuts!. I would imagine that the size of the table needed to play a platoon on platoon game at that scale would be more than is available to most people, and reaching across would be a pain.

Sgt Slag15 Dec 2017 7:01 p.m. PST

I do, but I use my own rules. I'm too old to play on the floor anymore, but we did, years ago. My rules are more skirmish. Each figure is one man. We play with a couple of hundred figures, 20+ tanks, etc. It's a blast, and it's cheap! Realistic weapon ranges are not possible -- they're just too big.

I recommend setting up sheets of plywood, on saw horses, in your garage. You can leave 2-foot wide walkways in between the sheets, to allow access. Measure to the edge, pick it up at the same location on the next board over, and continue as if the gap is not there. It will take a little practice, but it will work, and you won't be crawling on the floor!

Visit the Combat Storm web site for some free building/terrain downloads. They have some others for sale -- they are all great! Worth your money -- remember that the figures for your games, are dirt cheap, so spend your excess hobby funds on some PDF building downloads. Cheers!

ron skirmisher18 Dec 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

We only play Bolt Action in 54mm == 1000 pt. Armies on
a 12.5 X 6 foot table in Northern Va. -- We just put
out a Lot of Terrain, Works Great with 2X Ranges.

Comicbook Hero19 Dec 2017 10:19 a.m. PST

I have gamed Bolt Action in 54mm successfully on a 6ft x 4ft table. Initially people are surprised by this, but with plenty of terrain and realistic numbers the games are all great fun and run at a lively pace. Probably the most fun WW2 games I've had since I was a kid!

The first game was US infantry vs Germans just inland from Utah Beach on DDay. I kept the ranges as per the rules and just explained it down to smoke reducing range. The only anomaly was dealing with the German MG in the Church tower. At the height of the church (it's the Conte one) normal range wouldn't touch the ground. I just said that all range measurements were done along the ground. Made it easier.

The only rule changes I used were to allocate the dice per Officer and NCO with an additional dice allocated for the US to simulate their drive and initiative and reducing the Germans by one to simulate the shock of a sudden attack and disorganisation. Seemed to capture the larger character of the game a bit more.

As I said the game went really well and was great fun. The Germans held out and took a toll on the brave GI's, especially in the Church. The tide was finally turned when the Church was finally overrun, and a small squad of lost Paras arrived at the other end of the village having followed the sounds of gunfire. (Their leader looking suspiciously like John Wayne;-)

Great fun, so much so that I only game WW2 in 54mm now.

Here are some pictures. Please excuse me if they don't work too well as I'm a bit new to this.

Sgt Slag19 Dec 2017 12:26 p.m. PST

Nice, Comicbook Hero! Gorgeous terrain, figures, and painting. Thanks for sharing. As you stated, reduced LOS is a great way to reign in the long ranges of weapons. It can mean that every shot is always fired at "Short" range, but it can be done. I love gaming in 54mm scale. It's a hoot, in many ways. Cheers!

ron skirmisher20 Dec 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

Comicbook Hero BIG Congratulations on your pictures, very Good Job, Looks like a Fun Game also --- Hope to put some Pic's of my 54mm Bolt Action Game, next one we play here, we do mostly 1000 pt. games so we have usually 1 to 3 or 4 AFV's in our Battles that really show well in the Pictures.

Comicbook Hero21 Dec 2017 4:06 a.m. PST

Thanks for that.

However, I can't take credit for painting all the figures. Some are Pre painted metal Conte figures.

I blame 54mm figures for killing off my other scale wargaming! Once I had seen some Conte WW2 on the web and some Armies in Plastic French and Indian Wars Indians I just couldn't get the motivation to paint or game anything else.

SGT you are right, games just seem more fun and full of character. Never had a bad or boring one yet.

Ron, I'd love to see pics of your game.


dBerczerk22 Dec 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

A few photos from a game hosted by Ron Skirmisher in 2015 --









Table, troops, and terrain from Ron's collection.
Photos by the extremely talented Ray M.

A short battle report with more photos may be found here:

Comicbook Hero23 Dec 2017 1:39 a.m. PST

Looks like it was a great game.

Thanks for sharing.

Botch B23 Dec 2017 9:00 a.m. PST

As to the original question – yes, we, the Skirmish Wargame Collective in the UK, do. They work very well, no changes to distances.

Will try to load some photos of some of our games.

We are just about to venture into Vietnam, using adapted BA to include the different weapons etc.

uglyfatbloke19 Mar 2018 9:56 a.m. PST

We bought up a lot of John Landers WW2 kit (see articles in WI)and we use BA almost all the time on a 12x 6 table with lots of scenery and no range modifiers apart from pistols, panzerfausts and Piats.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2018 11:32 a.m. PST

Here a couple of photos from a Nuts! game in 1/32 scale. Thanks to Comicbook Hero's photos for starting me off collecting this scale. I plan to use Bolt Action for my next game.




Sgt Slag20 Mar 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

Gorgeous! Cheers!

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2018 9:12 a.m. PST

Has anyone experimented with smaller squads – say six instead of ten? Also, any tips on how much armor to employ? Seems like armor could easily take over the game table. I plan on gaming the British Paras holding out in Arnhem, plenty of ruined houses, street fighting and dangerous ground for the German tanks due to the close quarters.

Doc Martens from Canada29 Mar 2018 7:29 a.m. PST

At this scale, one could easily and readily use the garden.

(As HG Wells did for this scale.)

uglyfatbloke23 Oct 2018 2:07 a.m. PST

A bit of thread resurrection….We are thinking about selling our large (vast) 54mm WW2 collection mostly built and painted by John Lander. We are in the UK and we can be reached at…

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