Yes, I got the chance to play my first proper escalation league game with my new German Heer.
I played a very friendly chap called N--, who - like many in the league - is new to Bolt Action, but like any sentient biped, he's finding it really easy to pick up!
N-- had a lovely nascent force of Americans. HQ, 2 infantry squads, M3 halftrack, sniper and bazooka team - all regular.
For me, my 500pt list is a rather unwieldy vet 2Lt, a vet squad with 2 LMGs, a regular squad with LMG and 2 Panzerfausts, a veteran sniper and a Sd.Kfz.251 Hanomag.
As we both advanced onto the board, the forces seemed fairly well matched...and indeed they were! This was not only the quickest, but also the most nail-bitingly close game I've ever played of any tabletop game!
|We start to advance onto the board - that's my twin-LMG vets|
this side of the wall, and my sniper team to the right.
|On the left, my Hanomag advances with the reg troops + 2Lt|
|Across the water...|
|Note the lack of sniper and the advance on the left.|
|The troops on the left do well, but then get whittled away.|
|The Vets (right) close in on the M3 to 'claim' itt.|
|The vets charge, and the Yanks absent themselves.|
At this point, I remembered that my diminishing squad from the Hanomag were, in fact, regs rather than veterans, so I took them off the board in compensation. This left only the remnants of my veterans and my Hanomag (too far back to be of use) against the US sniper team and headquarters unit. So I did the only thing I could:
The eagle-eyed buggers managed to slot one of them on the way in, but my few remaining vets prevailed and consolidated toward the last US unit - the HQ.
At this point the game ended, but N-- being the gentleman he is, he agreed to fight the inevitable final combat between his 3-man HQ and my last two veterans.
The US die came up (rats!) and they charged from cover so I couldn't defensive fire (double-rats!) ... but luckily the experience of my Heer vets told in the end, and I won the combat.
|My remaining two - TWO! - troopers, on the right.|
Now...can I squeeze in another game before everything escalates to 750pts? Hmmm...
PS: Coming up in the near-ish future: works-in-progress, some Devos IV stuff, and...
...Flames of War?