keskiviikko 30. syyskuuta 2015

Bolt Action - a push too far

After so break I got a change to have outing for my Blitzkrieg Germans when we had nice game of Bolt Action in the club. My club mate took his stalwart Russian in the field so the game was located somewhere in Russia. The scenario was variant of point defense where Russians were defending crossroads against motorized German recon platoon. I also had a change to try out freshly painted models of motor cycle unit and Phanomen Granit trucks.

Germans started the game with a quick push to vital crossroads along road and narrower track. Motor cycles and armored car speeded fast forward only to be followed by truck and Panzer II. German lead elements reached ruin of the house by road crossing and occupied it quickly. Then the Russians made their first moves. Russian armored car speeded along the road forward, but was eliminated by the accurate shot from Panzer II. Now the initiative seemed to be at the hands of Germans when they reached the road from both sides of the crossing. Then there was a change in game...

More Russian troops poured to battlefield with T-26 tank to joint the fight. Two units of Russians who had been dug in the field by the crossroads opened fire with success. Freshly joined troops did as well and the German started taking casualties. So the Russians were actually taking more ground around the crossroads thus dominating the field. Then with some missed command resulted Germans to stall their move. At the same time the Russians were intensifying their fire taking advantage from Germans. Then it got even worse...

To change the situation the Germans started flanking move around Russian left so both motor cycles and truck full of troops pushed around. Leading Germans unit made bold move and dismounted from a truck to open fire to dug in Russians. But they were in too good cover and fire was with no effect. The Russians retaliated and assaulted bold Germans and killed them outright. One full squad of stormtroopers was lost. Motorcycles lost their nerve and refused to move for a while. Then German squad in the ruin was shot about everything else on the field and finally annihilated. Then Panzer II was blown away by T-26 the fight was practically over. Germans lost most of it's infantry and a tank. Russians losses were acceptable. Fight went to brave Russians clearly and German push to Moscow was thwarted for a while.

The Russian infantry moving to defensive positions.
No sign of the Germans yet.
And there they come, motorcycle recon squad speeds in.
Then Panzer II and armored car.
The Russians digging in.
Russian counter move starts passing flaming armored car.
German advance element reaches the ruins by the crossroads.
Taking positions.
After a fierce fight the victorious Russian advance from all directions.
Remaining Germans taking cover and preparing to withdraw.
The Russian infantry securing the road and crossroad.
This was also a test run for my new gaming table which I have been preparing for an event mid October. The table is actually a model of one of the famous battle places in our continuation war. The place is called Portinhoikka crossroads, but more of that in a different blog post.

keskiviikko 16. syyskuuta 2015

Bolt Action - demo game at the club

I was asked to run Bolt Action demo game at our gaming club. For the game I packed my US 2nd Armored infantry and Fallschirmjägers with some tanks. The game was "Take the Bridge" from D-day campaign book.

We had relaxed, fun and eventful Bolt Action gaming for some two and a half hours. I think the guys enjoyed the game, two of them have already had some figures to paint. So, soon there will be more Bolt Action gamers in the club soon.

I won't be reporting the game, but some highlights should be mentioned. US armored was well equipped and backed with one Sherman, but somehow were approaching a bit too carefully the objective. And the whole game was to end on turn three, when US air observer managed to hit his own men with ground attack aircraft. Some would say classical mistake. How ever Yanks got their show back on the road and almost made it to the objective. There was also nice tank duel over the river between Sherman and Stug and Stug bested poor Americans. Some AAR shots. (some are badly off focus, too many stray bullets maybe)
Familiar riverside village was the scene once again.
US troops push to the bridge.
But someone is already watching.
German assault gun is slowly moving into vantage point.
Troops pile up on the end of the bridge.
Both half tracks are on fire and infantry push on.
Close range firefight on the bridge.
This is the furthest US managed and lost the day.

tiistai 8. syyskuuta 2015

Bolt Action - Continuation war Finns last of the final.

Some posts ago I announced my Continuation War Finns -project to be completed. That wasn't really true since I got some additions from mail to really complete the force.

First there were two MMG teams to bolster up fire power and some heavy stuff. Namely KV1 tank which was called "Klimi" by Finns. I painted it to be another tank for my Portinhoikka crossroads scene in Karelia table. Portinhoikka was the place where Finnis tanks stopped Russian tanks advance in summer -44. I really like the KV1 model it's very good. So here are last of the final.

Two MMG to provide needed fire power.
And the beast, which is quite beauty KV1.

Now I'm quite safe to say these are the final of my late war Finns since all troops are ready for the display. Now into other projects.

sunnuntai 6. syyskuuta 2015

Bolt Action - Late war Soviet infantry

After getting my Finnish troops more or less ready I started working with opponent, the Russians or Soviets to be precise. You have to have enemy after all. These are from Warlord how else and really great figures altogether. Accurate, good animation and good sculpts. They are real joy to paint. The plastic box contains soldiers in summer uniform as well as in padded winter uniform, so I decided to make half os them with snow bases. These are my first snow based miniatures ever and I'm pretty happy how they turned out. The idea was to depict late autumn when the snow had just started to fall, so some parts of the ground is still uncovered. But actually these look some how more like springtime.
Summer time squad for the use in Karelian Isthmus.
Nice and characterful figures.
Winter based Russians, officer in front.
Full squad here too.
Snow bases turned out quite well.