Played 5, Won/lost/drawn……

It’s coming up for a year since we all got together as a geek club and started down the murky path of tabletop wargames.

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The initial battle

In that year I personally have played 4 games of Bolt Action and a game of Tank Wars.

First battle against the Brits was closely fought but ultimately was won by the Brits.

Brits 1 : USA 0

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The Second Attempt!

The next match up was in the geek cave of Mr A, again the Brits went toe to toe with the Americans. Another close fought battle where both sides new toys were taken out very early!

After two encounters against the Brits this is a difficult battle where both Mr A and I through tactics out the window and try to match each others strength. It’s an  ‘Ah your attacking me with an armoured jeep, I’ll attach you with my armoured car!’ kind of battle!

Brits 2 : USA 0

That night the Germans took on the Soviet army. Both fought valiantly but this was ultimately won by the Germans after Mr D carries out a ‘tactical retreat’, we have renamed this Running away!

The next meet up the Germans and Americans were up against each other.
This was a different difficult battle to the Brits, Herr D has some big armour, this caused me to have armour blindness and forget about the very strong troops!

Heavy losses were taken early on causing me to throw caution to the wind and use my Airbourne squad to assault a tank, this surprisingly nearly worked!

Ultimately enough USA order dice were in possession of the Germans for the Americans to be defeated

Germany 1 (with a tactical retreat included): USA 0.

Sofar it’s played three lost three for me. I am the groups wooden spoon!

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Major Winters to lead the troops!

Finally in the last maximum attrition two Saturdays ago was the USA against the Soviets of Mr S.

To begin with this was the largest battle either Mr S or I have played, approx 2800 each, we had everything on the table!

In total there were 48 units, 22 Soviet, 26 USA. The battle lasted approximately 6 hours!

I changed my tactics this time, instead of trying to just take out units to win order dice I tried to put as many pins on the targets as possible. I felt focusing on the dice was clouding the game for me.

This worked for me, I was able to do us on the squad movements and longer game plans rather than fire fighting and reacting to others movements.

After turn one it was I had 3 order dice, Mr S had 1.

After turn two, 4 soviet dice in my possession,  1 USA dice to the Soviets.

By turn five it was 5 dice in my possession to 3 in Mr S’s. Due to the length of time the turns were taking Mr S and I were going to call it a draw. Due to the close nature Mr D and A said no, we were both in a position where it could go either way, we played on……

Turn six ended, I had taken the victory 12 dice to 7.

USA 1 : Soviets 0

It was another close battle….. This one resulting in my first win!

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A lot of things to think about!

Honestly each of the nation’s are extremely difficult to play and require a different approach and mind set, it’s because of this that all four of us really enjoy this hobby!

The Brits are extremely hardy.
The Germans are tough with strong armour.
The Soviets are hardy, have strong armour and there are loads of them!

An amazing hobby, where I am still the wooden spoon!

Until next time!

J

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