The boys came over for the end of the month game in March- and i had nearly a full house; Phil, Roger, Ralph, Richard, Spyros, Paul, Nick, Ross and Chris were all gathered in my new gaming room (read garage). So I put on two Bolt Action games. The first a 1941 Crete scenario with German Fallschirmjager attempting to secure an airstrip, and the second a Pacific war confrontation with the Japanese and Australians squaring off.
|The Crete scenario. The airfield in the middle with obstacled scattered across it t stop the Luftwaffe from landing.|
|The Pacific table....loads of long grass, schrubs, hill and a small village.|
In the Crete scenario the Germans established themselves quickly at one end of he runway but despite their best efforts, they could not secure it with the troops on hand. A long range firefight developed with a British MMG and the Matilda tank as a couple of paratrooper squads tried to work their way around one edge of the runway- only to run into well entrenched Brits with another damned MG!! No iron crosses this time! The German losses were heavy and the attack was stalled......until next time.
|The Fallschirmjager section advances past a deployed MG34.|
|The Allied defence: A Mathilda tank, a deployed Vickers, and a rifle squad.|
|Race to the sandbags.|
|Germans hiding in the cornfield. It didn't stop the .303s.|
SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC 1944.
An encounter between Australian and Japanese troops in the Pacific was a nice way of putting my Japanese and Spyros' Aussies on the table again.....and I get the impression that the Japanese don't have much luck against his vaunted Aussies- they lost their tanks...their heavy weapons....and most ended up as casualties...again. A rather disturbing similarity to the last two games when these two forces met. Spyros even had the benefit of a Stuart tank with flame thrower.......roasted tankette...not what the Emperor ordered!
|The Aussies with a flame thrower Stuart leading the way- top left hand corner.|
|Japanese infantry take up position on the edge of the long grass and scrub.|
|Aussies advance- the slouch hat gives them away.|
|The first Japanese tank is hit.|
|There goes number two!!!!!! Sh*t.|
|The Aussies take the Japanese position- wiping the defenders out.|