Sunday, 5 February 2017

Arms race begins!

Bolt Action was back for our Friday night gaming session.

Being a little late (as usual... gotta get those gains :-) ), I would be facing Brent's Brit's.

Game size was 750pts for a slightly quicker game for the evening.

I had my Germans as usual, but decided to include some units I often don't use. Here's the force -

Regular 2nd Lt + friend
2x Regular 10 man squads (1x smg, 1x lmg, 2x panzerfaust)
Veteran 7 man squad (7x smg)
Regular Sd Kfz 222
Regular Sd Kfz 251
Regular heavy mortar
Regular sniper team

Brent had... (I think they were all Regular)

2 10 man squads (1x smg, 1x lmg)
Light mortar
Churchill (my reaction being "what the...!?!". You can imagine the rest)

Game on. We decided on Meeting Engagement as Brent is still very new to the game.

My heavy mortar arrives first and I'm expecting big things from this unit! The rest of the forces start to arrive...

The Churchill roles right up the centre of the table. Things are looking grim and it's only turn 1. I'll get one chance at victory in this game. I better make it count!

And then Brent places the marker for his free artillery barrage. Sigh, I've seen this barrage win / lose too many games. 

The Churchill maneuvers towards my vehicles, whilst my lot try to leg it out from under the potential blast radius...

Only for the barrage to be delayed allowing Brent to move it 12".... Bugger.

On the right flank, the British carrier had pinned my infantry, but a super roll resulted in my troops feeling rather courageous (I rolled double 1's allowing additional pins to be removed). Panzerfausts up front!

I roll.

I hit with both fausts!

I roll for damage.

Snake eyes....

What should be a flaming wreck is just stunned and immobilised.

But's here's the chance. The one chance to pretty much win the game. Panzerfausts!!

I fire!


Both miss by a mile :-(

Return fire with 10 mg dice wipe the squad out before I can even contemplate transferring them to the Russian front.

And then the artillery barrage arrives.

But Brent rolled a 1... meaning the barrage moved in a random direction. Pretty much back to where it was originally and with the inevitable result...

In the centre, my halftrack and veteran squad pile on some damage to one of the British rifle squads. I also completely forgot about the transports not being allowed to be closer to the enemy (or they are destroyed). Whoops...

And there the game ended with turn 6 coming to a close. 4 - 2 to Brent. Well to the Churchill, artillery and my dismal rolling!

Not a lot I could have done differently I think. I had my chance with my fausts. The rest of my units were making life hard for the rest of the British, but the moment I missed the Churchill meant that was pretty much it.

Oh and my heavy mortar did nothing all game!!

Still all good fun.

And I'm certainly not one to dwell on a defeat like this. Onwards and upwards. Of course the Panther I have just ordered will certainly help. I will not be outgunned again! :-)

The other guys were also playing Bolt Action. Nick's Japs faced Andrew's Aussies whilst a combined German force led by Paul & Dallas faced a mixed Brit para / French force commanded by Ian.

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

First Gaming for 2017

Friday night games are back on for the year.

First session was actually the week prior, but being unable to make that one, this Friday was my first time back gaming.

Game of choice was to be Saga and I'd be playing Andrew.

We rolled up a mission ending up with the river ford crossing fight.

It would be 6pts of Vikings (me) vs. 6pts of Anglo-Saxons (Andrew).

I took...

4 Berserkers
4 Hearthguard
4 Hearthguard
8 Warriors
8 Warriors
8 Warriors

Andrew had....

12 Warriors
12 Warriors
12 Warriors
4 Warriors
12 Levy (bow)

Game on!

 My tactics with Vikings are to get straight into combat as quick as possible. It's the only tactic right? :-)

This was the first time using berserkers, so I was looking forward to an early charge with them. Except the Saxons stole my idea!! Using some of their movement abilities, a large unit of Saxon warriors was across the ford and straight into my berserkers!

Combat was bloody, all 4 berserkers heading to Valhalla, but not before taking 10 Saxon warriors to the afterlife with them.

Suffice to say, the nearby Viking units took revenge and then headed across the ford....

On the opposite flank, the Vikings were also advancing...

Only to get charged by more Saxon warriors...

The result was rather terrible for the Vikings (shocking rolling on my part).... so the Hearthguard would have to do the job with just as poor a result. At least they didn't all die!

Some nervous Saxons on the left.... carnage on the right...

I simply can't hit, but at the least the few hits I am getting are whittling the Saxon units down to stop their abilities (require large units to work effectively).

On the right, my Vikings are wiped out to a man leaving 3 Saxon warriors on my side of the river. Loki soon dealt to them though :-)

On the left, things are just going from bad to worse. I do the only thing a good Viking chief could do in this situation - charge! Death or glory! Guess it was to be death....

There ended the game at the end of turn 6 - the Vikings destroyed to a man. The halls of Valhalla will be full tonight!

Great game, even if the decisive loss wasn't the best way to start the year!

Based on my rolling, I am hoping I've used up my quota of 1's for the year!! Andrew has definitely used up a years worth of 6's! :-)

Tactics wise, Andrew actually played it well with the extra large Warrior units - 12 Warriors was giving a lot of dice, particularly with good battle board use giving a extra attack dice that I just couldn't counter.

In hindsight, I should have combined the Hearthguard units together to give a harder hitting unit. I also think I missed an opportunity to get stuck into the Saxon warlord earlier.

No matter. Next time!

Most of the other guys were playing a fantastic looking game of Frostgrave. Forces looked very nice, particularly Ian's combination of squigs & nurglings. Apparently Imp's are the new black ;-)

I think I've found a new use for my Legion of Everblight models (once painted!) and where's my old Skaven Mordheim gang...... :-)

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