Last Friday I got the chance to roll out my fledgling 1250pts 28mm Bolt Action list to see how they would fare on the actual tabletop against some Germans. It was also a chance for a sneaky wee back-door entry into Cameron's brilliant Firestorm Caen campaign! [see here: link]
|A not unpleasant corner of Normandy in which to scrap. That's my lot on the right, with my 6pdr in the foreground.|
Mission and Forces:
|My centre at deployment. The MMG team is the objective.|
|At the jump-off.|
|Sneaky Germans sneaking up, sneakily.|
|My sneaky sniper...being useful for once!|
This bit's quite easy. The opening turn saw the Germans do very little of note beyond the sniper pinning my 6pdr. In return, my sniper killed his Flammerwerfer - yes! The troops moved up into or towards the buildings. Airstrikes and barrages were placed.
|My Arty observer spent much of the game lurking on the right flank. Watching. Waiting.|
|The very stoic and surprisingly well-camouflaged 3 Section at deployment.|
To add...well...injury to injury, my sniper, having moved position last turn, popped-off his sniper.
|Sniper's gonna snipe.|
|With 2 Section inside the house, the Arty officer sprints to cover against the wall.|
|Really, of course, 2 Section should have been heading towards the objective...|
|In grey, the Germans try to sneak right into our lines past the AEC III. They fail.|
Yeah...a thrashing. The Toms gave old Fritzy a jolly good six-of-the-best, trousers-down, and I was very happy with them. Some thoughts:
- G----- really was very unlucky with his dice, especially when it came to actually killing my men. He played well though, and was - of course - a tremendously Good Sport.
- I was quite lucky with my rolling for the most part.
- I was happy with most of my decisions (except forgetting to storm the objective sooner) and I feel I played my troops to their advantage.
- The 6pdr - despite not firing - served as a great deterrent all game, and channeled his vehicles away from both objectives, which was the idea.
- The mortar had some fun and ranged-in, which was encouraging!
- Veteran troops are sweet!
- Flamethrowers are very scary.
- Very pleased with my sniper. Two shots; two dice taken.
- The AEC III looks absolutely great roaring along a road!
- 4-Ground buildings really are astonishingly brilliant.
|My 6pdr. Fearless. And on a looooong 'Ambush' order.|
With thanks to G----- for hosting me, and with thanks to you for getting this far,
I remain, Sirs, your most humbl. and obt. servt.,