Monday, May 4, 2015

My First Bolt Action game fielding the Soviets.

Well, the Quar as Soviets...

This photo is here purely because I thought it would look good in the blog roll thumbnail pic...
This won't be so much of a battle report, but rather just a highlight reel. This game was played a few weeks ago vs. Kushial and his newly acquired American army. 750 points, Envelopment scenario, he was attacking (and won quite handily) and it was a good time.


That poor partisan squad (back near the pond) would spend most of the game at a dead run, firing very few shots. Whereas those two pin markers (from the preliminary bombardment) on the tank would render it ineffective for 3 turns or so (rolling high is a double edged sword).  The sniper team would spend the whole game moving around and doing nothing, whereas the AT rifle teams would act like actual snipers themselves (but prove useless vs. the Sherman, go figure).


The *free* inexperienced rifle squad that the Soviets can have. Amusingly their first casualty came from the Commissar behind them, and following that experience you see them here advancing at the fastest possible speed!


My Wily Murican opponent, feeling pretty confident in his army's chances (and rightly so)!


The T26b tries in vain to take out the Murican Jeep. Still, it made for a nice photo op!


Here the free squad finds itself in the unenviable position of having Muricans to their front, and a Commissar and his SMG toting henchquar to their rear.  In case your wondering, no they didn't survive long...


The turns one-thur-5 laser-guided Quar mortar beat the ever loving shit out of this squad (as you can see)!


My first tank dual!!! For some odd reason though I had it in my head that the T26b's light AT gun hit no harder than an AT Rifle (+2 AP). Actually it has a +4 AP!!! Damnit! My mistake resulted in nothing more than a pin marker.


Luckily the Sherman missed my tank, the Quonset hut behind it though, was not as lucky...


One hellova fire fight here! However my poor Quar were coming off the worse for wear in the encounter.


TANK SHOCK!!! Fuck this game has that too?!? lol, well with that many pin markers on them, they fled and were destroyed (no reroll would save them either).

Ya know it seems that every game of Bolt Action, even those which come in as a crushing defeat for me (as in this case), seems to move me a little farther away from 40k. This game is balanced, fun, and requires no wading thru an endless morass of special rules.

As such more 40k has gone the way of ebay, and in return there is a test squad for a possible 2nd go at a British Dad's Army coming in the mail...

4 comments:

Screech said...

Balanced? Fun? No special rules? Challenge accepted!

John Lambshead said...

An interesting Russian tank.

Da Masta Cheef said...

lol, John did you get a good look at the infantry?


Screech I've given up on you (and Rob) for Bolt Action.

neverness said...

My British are finally battle-ready.. ;)