Friday, 9 November 2018

660 - Bolt Action Game Vs Charlie Foxtrot

Hullo, All. 

I had the singular pleasure - last month - of visiting Charlie Foxtrot HQ in Darkest Cornwall for a game of Bolt Action. What a smashing afternoon it was, too, although I apparently didn't get many photos, alas.
Although the Horsa disappeared before the actual game, it set the scene beautifully, as the Paras had invested the smallholding, and my Heer had the unenviable task of dislodging them.
We played one of the missions from the rulebook - the one with the weird reserve rules where they can potentially arrive from all over the place - and as I was attacking veterans in cover, things were rather stacked against me...but it was super-fun to try!
Here, the Heer advance against the brave Brits. Or try to.
...whilst on my right, my reinforcements arrive - too few.
For a laugh, my troops tried a 'Hail Mary's assault on the farmstead. Their dice rolls - inevitabily - were no better than any of the others.
And this - ultimately - was where I made my final stand. The Brits prevailed utterly, and an enjoyable time was had by all!

With hearty thanks to the marvellous Charlie Foxtrot for his hospitality...not to mention the chance to see his amazing collection of beautifully painted toys and (of course) scenery!

Until next time, then,

- Drax.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

659 - New Bolt Action Scenario: Hasty Attack - Part 2

Hullo, and welcome to part 2!
To recap... I've been a busy beaver recently: not only have I got a bunch of modelling and painting done (details soon) but I've also been play-testing a scenario I wrote for Bolt Action. As I've played it twice now, rather than try to present two different battle reports as well as the scenario itself, I think I'll just outline the scenario in this post (with some pretty pics from Game 1 in the last post, here(link)) and then reflect on it a little in this follow-up post, with some more pretty pics from Game 2 to illustrate.

To re-recap...

The basic idea is that the attacker has to come on from two table edges to blindly advance to engage a defender whose forces are completely hidden practically anywhere on the table (marked on a map, rather than placed on the table) in order to take the centre ground. Both sides start with just half their units (either secretly deployed or in the first wave) and all else arrives from reserve. The attacker has a 20% points advantage and a preliminary bombardment on a 3+.

In the first game, I had attacked with my Heer against veteran British and lost badly. For this second game I was attacking again, but this time with my 4KSLI Brits against Steve's Germans...and I won!
The table during turn 1.
By this point my carrier has uncovered the hidden
Fallshirmjager (bottom-left) and then been rumbled by a
hidden PaK40 (mid-left). It died quickly. See pic below too:
The hidden PaK40. Effective camo net!
The Fallshirmjager killed off the passengers too, but were
themselves wiped out by more of my advancing recce screen.
Meanwhile, I also advanced in the centre, toward the objective ruins.
My Stuart Jalopy led the charge against the incredibly resilient
Fallschirmjager on the upper floor.
AND THEN, A SODDING-GREAT TIGER APPEARED FROM ITS HIDING PLACE. Below, you can see its owner - my opponent Steve - helpfully pointing it toward my troops. Git.
Suddenly, the Jalopy felt rather...vulnerable.
Beside the building, you can see my PIAT team edging bravely
forward to engage the Tiger. They hit it twice, but to no effect.
So it goes. 
Steve's last remaining squad deliver shooty-shooty death to the
brave PIAT team. For them, the war was over.
In comes the cavalry...
...but that 75mm gun also struggled against the Tiger, and the
blasted thing kept slinking away behind the cover of the ruins. Grrr.
With the Jalopy destroyed and the Cromwell (which could no
longer draw a bead on the big cat) distracted by spotter-hunting,
my lovely Staghound weighed in with its puny light AT gun.
Any port in a storm, eh?
Meanwhile, my Toms swarm the ruins, and mop up his infantry.
This was pretty much the end for the Germans as the boys from
4KSLI - supported by the RAF Regiment - stormed the ruin and
defeated the beleaguered defenders.
End game.

I'm not actually going to go into any more detail about the scenario itself, as I may yet publish it elsewhere, but it was brilliant to get a chance to play-test it a second time, and I was very grateful to the assistance and notes from Steve and Guy. Without a shadow of a doubt, I absolutely love, love, love advancing into a scenario when I know there is an enemy force lurking, but I've absolutely no idea what or where. 

So. Much. Fun.

I shall leave you with some of the pics I took of my troops, just because. 
Rock Apes, manning the carriers.

Thanks for swinging by,


- Drax.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

658 - New Bolt Action Scenario: Hasty Attack - Part 1

Hullo, All,
The Heer advance...cautiously!
I've been a busy beaver recently: not only have I got a bunch of modelling and painting done (details soon) but I've also been play-testing a scenario I wrote for Bolt Action. As I've played it twice now, rather than try to present two different battle reports as well as the scenario itself, I think I'll just outline the scenario in this post (with some pretty pics from Game 1) and then reflect on it in a follow-up post, with some pretty pics from Game 2 to illustrate.
The basic idea is that the attacker has to come on from two table edges to blindly advance to engage a defender whose forces are completely hidden practically anywhere on the table (marked on a map, rather than placed on the table) in order to take the centre ground. Both sides start with just half their units (either secretly deployed or in the first wave) and all else arrives from reserve. The attacker has a 20% points advantage and a preliminary bombardment on a 3+.
Some US Rangers, allied with Alex's British Paras.
In the first game, I was attacking with my Heer against Alex's Paras...and I lost; in the second game I was attacking again, this time with my 4KSLI Brits against Steve's Germans...I won. (- although there may still have been a wee Tiger slinking around: see next post!)

Game 1 Pics: 
The Heer continue to advance...
...but discover a US bazooka team...
...and that Hanomag didn't last long. Booo.
In the centre, my Panzer IV trundles up the boulevard...


And eventually - sadly - also falls prey to AT fire.
Bazooka? Sherman? - Can't remember now?!
And then more US troops surfaced in the same ruin.
A whole nest of the buggers! Damn.
...and the Para sections started tabbing up to the crossroads.

Meanwhile, on my right flank, another Hanomag edged up, and discovered a ruddy-great Para 17pdr dug in amidst the crops. Aargh!



I had some good news, in that I managed to neutralise the Paras' tetrarch...but that was about all:
On me centre-left, my assault pioneers tried to dislodge the Americans...and fluffed pretty much everything. Not least the flamethrower, which twice - TWICE - failed to do its sole job (below). Drat.
...and I love these two pics:
My boss  does his best to push forward.
- BELOW, MORE PRETTY PICS!



...all of the Allied models, of course, are Alex's.

Thanks for your time!


TTFN - Part II soon.

- Drax.
NB: Thanks again to Justin for the donation of his excellent pics!