I got a game of Bolt Action in with the ever gregarious Old Man Morin, contributor at http://www.boltaction.net and co-host of the BA themed podcasts at LRDG and Ghost Army (as a fan of BA with an interest in Monte Cassino, I can recommend episode 3 of Ghost Army).
We played at Games Laboratory in town. It was my first visit, but I’ll be back. There was a convivial atmosphere with the tables full of everything from Magic to Tokaido to X-Wing.
(All of which appear at different times on Will Wheaton’s podcast, spooky!)
I had my Germans, boosted to 1,000 points by including a sniper, a medic and a veteran squad. Brad took his Sikh army for a spin in their India Pattern carriers. We did Kittyhawk down, where a Kittyhawk crashes a random distance along the centre of the table in turn three to become the objective. This creates a nice tension as you don’t initially know where to concentrate your force. In the end it was a moot point as the Heer were machine gunned to pieces by speeding India carriers and a Grant. I headed for cover in a village in the centre of the table, but the Sikh got there first. Tip for beginners: don’t stand around in the open with machine guns nearby. There was a glimmer of hope as the Allied artillery came down on their own lines, but it was too late to make any really difference to the Germans.
I discovered that veterans are tough, but rather than 2 x LMG which I had on the day, I’m going to fill a vehicle with SMG. I can get that into 1,000 points by dropping a couple of regular grunts. I had not seen a lot of medics, so I took one. They rock. He only saved one wound on the day, but it was sweet to keep my MMG at full fire rate as a result. I think he can stay.
My photos don’t do his army justice (some time ago I buggered the lens in my phone trying to record an occultation; don’t ask!) but you can catch a glimpse of his work in the final image of this article at boltaction.net. It is a fine looking army.
Next time, Mr Morin, next time …