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Here it is! Our first attempt at playing Bolt Action. This is going to be a bit rules light since I am overwhelmed with newness. We had to thumb through the rulebook quite a bit, but I feel good that we came to resolution with everything fine. We weren't left with any outstanding questions per se, more like we just forgot to apply things. All in all, I really liked the way Bolt Action played! We were both always engaged. No down time. I mean, except for all the going down our troops did!
I forget the exact points each side had, but it was around 950 per side.
Playing in 15mm with the guys on bases really was not difficult at all. We had to track when specific weapon teams died, but was easily accomplished by placing a token over the figure. All of the squads were correct to their models*, so only occasionally did we need to look closely to see who was an SMG and who
was a rifle!
*The only exception was the mortar observer was only 1 man (not 2 as represented on the board), and the 45mm AT Gun was manned by 2 people (not 3 as represented on the board).
The mission we played was Maximum Attrition. Our forces enter the board as they are activated, with some having the option for being in reserve. Some of those reserve units can wait and attempt a flank move.
At the end of turn one. The forces begin shaping up. Panzergrenadiers hop out of the halftrack and take the train station.
Joe fires off some rounds with his BA-64! First pin marker!
A Hanomag and Panzergrenadier squad light up Joe's veteran infantry, nabbing two!
A Soviet squad launches an assault on the Veteran Assault Rifle squad!
And very nearly win it! But the Assault Rifles prove too deadly.
The BA-64 has another AT round slam into it! The vehicle is immobilized but alive.
View from the Soviet side
Joe's 45mm wastes a halftrack!
The casualties for the soviets are mounting...
But one of the two halftracks has been eliminated.
The Inexperienced-turned-regular squad is wiped out.
With the way open, the Panzergrenadiers dismount, and pour fire into the defenders on the hill.
The Marder and the T-34 engage in a duel.
The veteran Soviet infantry with SMGs charges forward and assaults!
Another German unit down!
Joe consolidates right in front of the German LT!
But the die is rolled at the end of 6 and comes up a 1. No turn 7! That's it!
The bloody hill in the Soviet left.
The center of town.
The tank duel. The Marder immobilized and lit the T-34 on fire, but it still lived!
With that, the Germans have eliminated 5 Soviet units to 4. One more round and Joe could've closed the gap! Still, as the Germans were only ahead by 1- it was a draw.
The Man of the Match!