For the first time, I finally got to play Bolt Action. My fellow hobbyist and blogger The Bob, agreed to show me the ropes on Bolt Action. Get my lads 'stuck in' as it were. And a jolly-good show he made of it too.
|Brits deployment, left flank.|
|British deployment, centre.|
|Brits deployment, right flank.|
|Loaded Halftrack deployed with Forward Observer deployed in cover.|
|The rest of the German deployment.|
The next pic below is only relevant in that it documents the first ever action I have ever performed in a real Warlord game. It was exciting stuff (for me anyway).
|"Take the ruins!"|
|End Turn One|
Turn One wrapped up with little pain for either side. Both of my observers had called in their strikes. My Forward Artillery Observer called in a strike on the German squad in the German center and marked it in such a way so as to hopefully tag the Panzer as well. The airstrike was called in on the Halftack. My Firefly sent a warning shot (yeah, a warning, that's it, yeah) over the panzer and it returned the salute in kind. The German unit on my left flank took on it's first pin marker.
|The lads trade fire with Jerry!|
|End Turn 2, start of Turn 3|
The right flank was getting scary as well, as I only started off with the Forward Air Observer and a PIAT team. After trading shots the Forward Air Observer unit was wiped out.
|Start of Turn 5|
The Firefly kept pounding on the Panzer, almost smothering it in pin markers.
The PIAT Team never had anything come close enough to use the actual PIAT against, but their rifle shots were effective at slowing down the Germans advance on the right flank.
|"Take that you gits!"|
|Top of Turn 6|
|Advancing from cover.|
We traded more small arms fire and although there were a few casualties on bith sides no more units were eliminated. His Panzer did hit my Firefly for the first time in the game but it inflicted no damage.
|End of the game, full table view.|
With that the game ended 3 VPs to 4 VPs.
|End of the game, close up of the remaining action.|
I like the simplicity of the combat system. And the Leadership system, and found the game to be easy to grasp. I like that there are some aspects of the game where a roll on a table is required to determine the outcome of the action (i.e. airstrikes). Some people hate tables, but I am old school enough to totally love them. The only thing we didn't do was a close combat assault so I still need to experience that, but otherwise I am pleased with the game and I am glad I got in a game prior to 2nd edition launching.
Looking forward to the next game!