Bolt Action – Bastogne Barricade – Part 1/3

Posted: July 7, 2014 in Gaming, World War II

So, my brother – Blake – and I headed down to Rochester Games, Models and Railways (AKA Rochester Wargames Centre) for a game of Bolt Action last week.  With my brother still learning the system we played purely infantry, no weapons teams either, and about 500 points per side.  The mission was  an Envelopment scenario from the base rulebook, with his British acting as the defender, and my Germans acting as the attacker.  With this in mind, coupled with the snow and ice coloured table we were playing on, we decided to theme it loosely as being a minor skirmish prior to the Siege of Bastogne.  The Germans scored minor points for killing British units, but much more for managing to get off of the British edge of the table, or being in the British deployment zone at the end of the game.  The British objective was to deny the ground to the Germans, and eliminate as many units as possible.

Blake conducts essential research prior to playing Bolt Action

Blake conducts essential research prior to playing Bolt Action

The British began with two squads set up in concrete buildings at either end of the village.  Prior to the beginning of the battle, the Germans had let loose with a preparatory bombardment which had rattled a few of the British troops a little, but with no lasting damage or casualties.

A British rifle team keeps watch from one of the concrete buildings.

A British rifle team keeps watch from one of the concrete buildings.

“I’ll just chant my famous British Chant: Blood for the Blood God.” – Blake

Turn One

German team advances into a ruined church.

German team advances into a ruined church.

Sensing the enemy approaching, a British squad brushes off the dust of the preparatory bombardment, and readies their rifles.

Sensing the enemy approaching, a British squad brushes off the dust of the preparatory bombardment, and readies their rifles.

Across the street from the ruined church, another German squad attempts to bring their MG-42 into position.

Across the street from the ruined church, another German squad attempts to bring their MG-42 into position.

This squad was a little more in the open than I liked, but gambled on being able to move them into cover before they got in range of the British rifles.

The British team in the northernmost building ready their rifles.

The British team in the northernmost building ready their rifles.

The Germans attempt to bring another MG-42 into position.

The Germans attempt to bring another MG-42 into position.

 

The British teams are on full alert, straining for the a glimpse of the advancing Nazi forces.

The British teams are on full alert, straining for the a glimpse of the advancing Nazi forces.

Blake takes a gamble with his artillery spotter.

British artillery spotter in a not at all exposed position behind a tank trap.

British artillery spotter in a not at all exposed position behind a tank trap.

A German infantry squad seeks cover (not-at-all-exposed British artillery spotter visible in the distance).

A German infantry squad seeks cover (not-at-all-exposed British artillery spotter visible in the distance).

Sgt Howling and his Furious Commandos hunker down behind cover.

Sgt Howling and his Furious Commandos hunker down behind cover.

The German Kommandant directs his men into position.

The German Kommandant directs his men into position.

Turn 2

Germans advance out into the open.

Germans advance out into the open.

One of the British squads in the concrete buildings try to snap off a few rounds with Lee-Enfield rifles as the Germans advance into the open.  One of them falls to the fire, but the squad manages to keep moving.

One of the British squads in the concrete buildings snap off a few rounds with Lee-Enfield rifles as the Germans advance into the open. One of them falls to the fire, but the squad manages to keep moving.

The British artillery spotter places a call for ordnance, targeting the street by the bombed out church, where the bulk of the German forces are.

The British artillery spotter places a call for ordnance, targeting the street by the bombed out church, where the bulk of the German forces are.

Germans move from cover to cover.

Germans move from cover to cover.

The advancing fire-team is joined by an MG-42, which may help to force the British to keep their heads down.

The advancing fire-team is joined by an MG-42, which may help to force the British to keep their heads down.

Part Two follows on Tuesday 8th July…

 

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Comments
  1. hipshotau says:

    Reblogged this on See link in body of POST and commented:
    Nice little minis AAR, more tomorrow when you visit Suppressing Fire.
    We shall ignore the fact that the Brits had not much to do with Bastogne as far as the Yanks were concerned.

    • Brad H says:

      Haha! True enough!

      Sometimes things are do obvious you don’t even notice, them. Guess I’ll be painting up some Americans, then!

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