Saturday saw our club once again filled with gamers, as we held our second Bolt Action gaming day. 10 gamers took part in three scenarios organized and planned by our games masters. It was great to see a few new faces, who had not played Bolt Action or visited the club before. Fresh meat!
|A tight moment in the game. Picture by Kalle Mannonen|
There was also a nice flurry of painting before the games to mobilize enough Finns and Russians for our Karelia game. I managed to put together the three T-34/85s displayed below, but undoubtedly the main effort was by Juha, who's put together a splendid Finnish army. Check out his blog.
I ran a re-fight of my Ramelle scenario. This time the Germans mopped the floor with the defending Americans, overrunning their positions and capturing the bridge just before American reinforcements arrived. The Americans were hurt by some lousy dice rolling, but in my opinion their units also failed to support each other sufficiently and did not concentrate their fire enough.
|The Ramelle board, this time using our new 4Ground buildings|
|German Panzers lead the advance down both roads|
|German mechanized infantry advance along the flank|
|The pin markers are starting to mount on the defending Americans|
|The Americans make a brave attempt at knocking out the tank using sticky bombs|
|American defenders are falling back on the bridge|
|American positions on the left are overrun|
|The defenders flee to the "Alamo" across the bridge|
|The lead panzer drives into the Alamo, collapsing it on the defenders!|
|The American position looks pretty dire|
|The final defenders, outnumbered and cut off on the wrong side of the bridge, are overrun in repeated assaults|
The second game was a Karelia-based Bunker Assault scenario, with a thin line of Finns defending several lines of bunkers against overwhelming Soviet forces. The game played out well, although it was a bit slow due to the number of players involved. The first line of Finnish trenches fell swiftly but the second line took considerably longer as the attackers' first wave was worn down and pinned down. In the final rounds of the game the Soviets launched a last ditch effort to seize the third line bunker. The assault came close, but faltered just before the game ended in a draw.
|The Karelia table as viewed from the Soviet side|
|Destroyed T-34/85 in front of the second line bunker|
|Picture by Kalle Mannonen|
|Desperate assault on the last bunker|
|Final view of the board. Both sides fought valiantly, with the Finns suffering 75% casualties yet still holding their ground.|