Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bolt Action September 1945

The images I have just posted were from a small Bolt Action game the lads played last Wednesday night. I had put the images up on my Elite Miniatures Facebook page but then lost them and again at last found them again so have added them up for those without FB onto my blog. The game was played between American Airborne company and a throw together German Infantry/SS company with a splice of A Bridge to Far to it made for a nice little game. 

In regards to the airborne drop of the American Company I decided to use the old Games Workshop artillery scatter dice on the first turn. So once LZ's and Rally Points were marked I then got the American players to roll the two scatter dice for each trooper. IF they got a hit then the trooper landed within the LZ but if the got an arrow and a distance (5/10/15/20/25') that was where the trooper landed. However if they rolled on the misfire side of the dice then that lad did not make it to the table.  About 10 paratroopers did not make the table.

Once landed the troopers had to make it to the RV before each squad was allowed to make offensive manoeuvres. This made for an interesting game and allowed and put the Americans under a bit of pressure. However in the end their superior firepower and better training paid off and they were able to claim a decisive victory, but lost almost half the company. 

 The Germans did put up a stout resistance and once the SS platoon made it onto the table they were able to put in a localised counter attacked and stop the American right flank attack cold. But this came a little too late as by the next turn the US Para's had taken the crossroads and won the game.

The figures used for the game were from the collections of Brian Buskell and Terry Moran and most of the terrain was scratch build about ten years ago by the talented Leroy Simpson.

German regulars hold a strong position behind a hedgerow

Once rallied the US paratroopers move forward to take the objective

A German mortar adds a little firepower to the out gunned infantry

Para's move up into assault positions ready to charge the Germans on the other side of the road

US para fire support 

Para's surge forward and capture the German command post

Recon by fire

The attack stalls as they come under accurate machine gun fire from the German command post

SS stormtroopers charge and overrun a US para position but are too late to effectively win the game.


Carlo Pagano said...

Beautiful work Nathan - great looking game and good luck for all of us that you managed to find those pictures. Terry and Brian are very, very talented!

Vinnie said...

Thanks Carlo,

Young Terry painted the SS and did an outstanding job.



Zombie Ad said...

Superb looking game on all fronts, thanks for sharing

Phil said...

Beautiful pics as always, love the bunker's one!

Juan MancheƱo said...

Really nice game and beautiful pictures!

Silver Whistle said...

Superb terrain and figures. A great idea for the scenario Nathan, with the Para's rolling for LZ with risk of casualties and then having to assemble before executing their objective. Will have to pinch that idea.

A J said...

Great AAR and photos, lovely models and figures there. The scatter dice for paratrooper landings is a good one.

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the great comments guys and I am glad you like the old scatter dice for the para drop, it worked a treat.

All the best


Spyros Staikos said...

Fantastic pics and AAR Nathan.Love the idea of the scatter dice. Will have to use that one. Glad to see you getting some BA games in.

DHC Wargames said...

Lovely looking terrain and minis. And a great AAR, too!

Malith Achintha Kodikara said...


jonathan said...

Great looking game.