Sunday, 28 June 2015

510 - 6MMRPC 5: Orkses

Who would've thought that Drax would be painting up Orkses, eh?

Well, he is; I am.

I am RIDICULOUSLY busy with my second job at the moment (I'm essentially not blogging for the next two weeks) but - determined as I am to not fluff this second 6MMRPC - I snatched 20 minutes tonight in order to splash a wee bit more paint on Da Masta Cheef's rather characterful orks:
Another poxy late-night mobile phone pic. Mrs Drax has hidden the camera again...

Every little helps, right?

Sorry for the lack of comments on your blogs this fortnight: I will be back - promise!

- Drax.

PS: There's going to be some 40K action this summer. Jus' sayin'...

Monday, 22 June 2015

509 - Bolt Action Battle Report Part 2 - Reflections (+6MMRPC)


Supplemental to my last post [link], here are a few more pics (from my opponent's perspective) and my post-match analysis...such as it is...which are also my first 'post- Bolt action' thoughts.

I shall intersperse the pics - with captions - throughout, for the sake of variety. My notes are transferred verbatim from my 'Seventh Book of Arcane Scribblings' (see here and here):
John's right flank as he assaults, featuring an his sniper (by the building, centre-table); MMG; Divisional AT Gun; Naval Infantry (the 'Black Death', with light bases); T34/85, and some normal infantry on the right).

Feedback Notes: First Bolt Action (28mm) Game, 30/05/15:

Mission: 'Envelopment' - 1000pts - Defending

  • Preliminary bombardment is nasty on the receiving end
  • 6pdr got in a sneaky wee shot right across the board to hurt the T34 twice!
  • My arty bombardment was BRUTAL - pinned 4 units and destroyed MMG
  • --> this effectively stalled his attack on my left flank

    Facing them, the five rifle-armed Toms holding my left flank. There's an MMG in the window too ;-)

  • Remember LOS! Twice my units got in each other's way. 
  • Remember 1" firing lanes too...
  • Star Player: my PIAT-armed universal carrier, which did a lot, but in particular destroyed his two-man flamethrower team with two 6s followed by two 5s! Yay!
  • ALL of my carriers did very well: they pushed up with LMGs blazing very effectively

    These chaps lost one man on my right flank.

  • Sniper was rubbish, but drew fire well

  • OC ran forward and finished off the last man of a squad with his SMG
  • One of my half-sections - by mutual agreement - launched an illicit carrier-borne assault over a hedge...and won!
  • PIAT team in carrier did get close enough to use it, but fluffed.
The Black Death. Very hard to kill.
  • Veteran infantry (like the Navy Boys) are very hard to kill. Very.
  • Cromwell positioned itself well, and shot well enough
  • MMG team in building did very well
  • Don't be absent-minded with dice! - I was TERRIBLE for this: distractedly picking up orders dice left, right and centre.
The carriers bring the fight to the Russian left...
  • Light A-T guns are actually a lot more powerful than I realised. This seems a little simple for Late-War, but I guess it makes sense within the straightforward rules mechanic.
  • Light mortars are super-good - especially with smoke! 
  • Smoke sticks around very well in Bolt Action...
...and to the right,
  • In 'reserves' missions, carriers are great to tow-on the 6pdr and lug the MMG into position. I know this, because I also got in two-and-a-half turns of another game in which I was able to do just this.

Awesome opponent; awesome game.

= win.


- Drax.

PS: 6MMRPC: Time is tight, as I knew it would be, but I've started getting some proper paint onto those Orks...Yay!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

508 - Belatedly, A First Bolt Action Battle Report

...well, of sorts.

At the end of last month, I finally got to go to Kirton Games (link) and finally got to PLAY my first proper game of Bolt Action! Huzzah!

I cannot for the life of me remember what mission it was, but the central idea was that 1000 points' worth of my British infantry had to defend against an advancing horde of John's Russians: a broadly similar force, in fact - except for my four little universal carrier runarounds.
The Plucky Brits of 4KSLI
My left flank. You can see John's T34 rumbling on. The two UCs on the left soon pushed up.
The centre, with depleted sniper team in the eaves, Arty FOO hiding (job done) and the Lt lurking at the bottom.
Sneaky 6pdr. Sneaky, sneaky 6pdr.
Preliminary bombardments whittled me down a little bit and cost me two men...but honestly, it pretty much all went my way after that point. Maybe it was beginner's luck, but after my ginger arty observer called down an LP-sized stonk of high-explosive, which essentially pinned down those Ruskies charging my left flank beyond usefulness, the Brits had a really steady run of things.
One of my fire teams, on the left flank...
...and one on the right, feeling a little more supported.
Whilst our snipers exchanged comically ineffectual 'BANG!' flags in the centre, my four plucky little carriers essentially surged forward and machine-gunned the will to fight out of the rest of John's line: four lots of six LMG shots against troops trying to advance can make anyone think twice. I was also fortunate in that John's T34 rumbled on straight into the sights of the 6pdr I'd dug-in to some ruins. Ouch.
One of the stars of the show. Seriously.
Long story short, John's attack faltered, then withered. Even my Lt felt the urge to nip out with his Sten gun to polish off the last man of one of his units: a great and successful idea, although he completely forgot to bug-out again whilst light mortar rounds burst around him. He remembered in time.
The OC, leading by example.
"Up and at 'em!"
...and the same on the left. These four surging forward actually looked fairly cinematic...if fairly ill-advised, tactically.
In the end, I only lost four men in total before time and inevitability obliged John to gracefully concede...and one of those bravely gave his life in order to show me how assault works in Bolt Action. It was successful - his fate notwithstanding.
Indicative of John's rolling.

John was a great opponent and a real gent throughout. It was a delight to face off against his Russians, and something new for him too, as he'd never before faced Brits. I'll probably post again with my thoughts on my first game, but for now, suffice it to say that I had a real blast!

More soon,


- Drax.