I've played a few games of Bolt Action and I've really liked it. I think my local gaming group might be okay with it, too. But we don't have much luck getting 28mm WW2 games to stick, so I'm not holding my breath. However, my experience with the game plus the potential to play it more than once sent me on a shopping spree.
I quickly realized that you still need a lot of guys to fill out squads, unless you want to play with all elites. Then you need a good range of specialist figures and weapons or you'll just have three squads. In other words, my collection of 28mm WW2 was lacking.
A few weeks ago I ordered a bunch of reinforcements to beef up my infantry squads. I have mainly Crusader figures, but they are sadly not available to US customers any more (unless you are willing to mortgage your home to pay for them). So I had to find a suitable match, and found that West Wind models fit in great with the Crusader models. I purchased two bags of infantry, one of command, one of BAR gunners, and one 105mm howitzer and crew.
They did give one prone model in the rifleman bag and the BAR gunner bag. What a complete waste, and I didn't bother with them. I guess I could be a douche and make a completely low profile squad... just to irk all those guys who love true LOS games. Of course I couldn't see anything either, so maybe not a hot idea.
The models fit in nicely. But as I started to paint them, I became aware that these models have some serious proportion problems. Some forearms are really stunted while other arms rival those of an orangutang. The poses range from nice to confusing, to totally fucking queer. Check out some of this strangeness.
But despite all this, I'm really satisfied. As I mentioned, they do mix well with Crusader models. I forgot to take a picture of them together. So I quickly set up a two Crusader and two West Wind models for comparison.
Now that these infantry models are done, I've got vehicles. That's the part two implied in my subject line. I've got West Wind models for a Sherman tank, M10 Tank Destroyer, and an M3 halftrack with crew and passengers. I also have another HMG team to add in as well. Then my US forces will be just about completed.