Not quiet a year but nearly!

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Nearly went a year without blogging but not quite! Three quarters of the Gaming group met up to get a bit of table time on the soil of Mother Russia (albeit in Kent!).

As a group we have changed the way we approach each game of Bolt Action dramatically from the first few. Gone are the ‘go nuts’ get as much out as possible on the table and max attrition, we now roll for each scenario and have a point limit. This way we have found we can get more games in during a meet up!

Commrade S, Herr J and I got some table time on Commrade S’s board, unfortunately Mr A was un able to join us for this outing.

First up I played Herr J in a Top Secret Mission. The objective was to reach the downed tank containing a brief case of secret information and take it off your table edge.

This game in truth was a short sharp victory for Herr J who played a near perfect game! Within 3 turns his troops had reached the objective, retrieved the objective and were three quarters of the way home.

The second game was Commrade S against Herr J in a game of envelopment. Commrade S as the defender had to stop Herr J from entering his territory and getting off the board.

Watching the Soviets against the Germans was an interesting one. Both of the set ups are extremely strong, especially when Commrade S seems to have Jedi powers when it comes to rolling a six! A heavy mortar has never hit so much when Commrade S rolls! Eventually during this game Herr J took the win 16 points to 4.

Final Commrade S and I played a scenario of Max Atrrition as laid out in the rule book. Prior to this game I changed my list taking out an armoured car and exchanging it for another squad of infantry. It was pretty liberating not having armour distracting from my choices. I find that the shiney metal vehicle becomes the focus of my attention!

For the first few turns I started strong taking 4 out of the 9 dice on offer. From turn 3 Commrade S pulled it back leveling at 4 dice each. After 5 turns we were level at 5 dice a piece, with only support troops left. It was here we called a draw as all remaining units were too far away from each other to do anything.

An extremely enjoyable day as always! Commrade S’s Russian forest of a board is an extremely enjoyable board that really makes you think about the choices you make!

I shall leave you with some photos! Until next time!

J

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Russian tank meet American Bazooka!
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The Germans advancing through Russian lines
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The advancing Russians
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American Sniper taking aim
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An American Airstrike hits!

The chosen side!

Recently I have made reference to my new geek strand of Bolt Action but I am yet to show my hand as it were!

I picked the Americans, due to the lovely miniatures and the fact I was watching Band of Brothers!

During this shopping spree I had decided I didn’t want to buy a starter army. I couldn’t justify the money without playing first!

After shopping round and looking at the infantry boxes I decided on the US Marine Corp.  Plus I ordered a Medium Machine Gun (MMG) and a medium mortar.

I had already splashed some cash on an Airfix M4A3 Sherman tank from Hobbycraft whilst shopping for our new arrival!

In the end my reinforced platoon consists of:

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1 x 1st Lieutenant

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1 x Forward Observer Officer

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1 x Sniper Team

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1 x   Bazooka Team

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3 x 8 man squads. Each with a NCO with sub machine gun and at least 7 rifles (one squad contains a shot gun).

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1 x Medium Machine Gun.

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1 x Medium Mortar

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1 x M4A3 Sherman Tank.

All have been completed over the last 6 weeks.

All four of us nation’s have been bitten by the BA bug! So much so we are all off to the Warlord Games Games Day next month!

This visit was supposed to be a shopping day, but alas we have broken and ordered more units early.

I’m very excited as my box of US infantry and squad of US Airborne have been dispatched today!

Fingers crossed for a delivery tomorrow!

J