This weekend saw the wife and I make our way to Vacaville where I met up with my friend Densmol at Forgotten Path Games for a rare face-to-face game of Bolt Action whilst our wives went off and did "wife stuff".
I brought my Winter mat and terrain (Though stupidly forgot half of it so the table looked a little bare!) and both fully painted forces for the game, Densmol playing the desperate Germans and I the invading Soviets.
We played "The Ivans are coming" scenario from the Road to Berlin campaign book which was fun - my Soviets defending a road crossing and Densmol's Germans trying to wrest control from the commies. All went well with some rules look-ups due to neither of us having played for almost 2 years (!!!) aside from completely forgetting to apply the effects of "Snow" the whole game through. (Insert eyeroll here)
Whilst I won't be attempting to put in a turn-by-turn account, here are some photo's of the game. The mdf fencing terrain is brand new and got it's first run out that day; it looked great and I already have a second set ready to assemble and paint/weather on the hobby setup.
|The German Officer and a Squad of Grenadiers approach the crossing cautiously out of the village outskirts.|
|Hetzer tank killer in the distance, killed a tank...|
|... which in this instance happens to be my Soviet T34/85.|
|Then it went on to kill my poor wee BA64 Armoured car.|
|First casualty of the game was Densmol's officer and Adjutant. The T34/85 gunned them down mercilessly.|
|Here's a late game image showing the Soviets swarming the objective. At this point, the Germans only had a handful of fanatical SS troops alive and the Hetzer. Not enough to hold back the Commie tide.|
|Earlier in the game. I have bases to prep for the tree's and about 20 coniferous trees to go in them too. That table was very bare.|
|Soviet reinforcements to come on in the foreground. Germans toward the back of the table.|
|A Guards squad hunkers down behind these woods, waiting for the optimal moment to dash up and add their fire support.|
|The late game mad-dash.|
|That GAZ jeep (on fire) had the Soviet Flamethrower team mounted up inside. Flambe'd flamethrower! Is what they get for missing twice in a row earlier ingame.|
|The Hetzer was Densmol's MVP. It blew up 3 out of my 4 vehicles and put pins on my ZIS-3 artillery gun.|
|The GAZ jeep right after the Hetzer shot it with yet another amazing dice roll by Densmol. Guards squad looks on horrified.|
|Earlier in the game, German Panzerschreck team, SS Vet's and a Medic team carefully make their way to the objective.|
And that's it. Was great to play my first game in a long time and against Densmol too who I hadn't seen for a game in yonks. Playing again has gotten me motivated to get a second set of fences put together and also paint minis!
Thanks for getting to the end of this post!