Monday, May 27, 2019

Chinese/Soviet Border Skirmish


During the 30's and 40's The Chinese and Soviets fought a number of skirmishes along China's western border.  This battle represents a fictional encounter at an isolated village between my Nationalist Chinese and Art's Soviets.  The objective of the game is to drive the other army from the table.

Round 1:

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

At the top end of the table, the Soviets deploy a Matilda tank, along with a few squads of infantry and a mortar team.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The Chinese counter with a Big Sword squad and some German trained tank hunters, all under the supervision of the army's general.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

In the hilltop village, the spotter for the Soviet mortar team is surprised by Chinese snipers and killed with a lucky shot before he can call in his first round.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

With the snipers occupied, Soviet command directs a squad of infantry and some anti-tank teams towards the village high ground.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

On the Chinese side, a squad of levies takes the back trail to the village while a mortar team and Sd.Kfz. 221 provide cover.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

At the bottom end of the table, Chinese cavalry and a T-26 tank rush towards the Soviet BA-6.  The cavalry suffer a fatality, but are undeterred in their charge. 

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Round 2:

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Using rapid deployment abilities, the Chinese race towards the Soviet tank and infantry.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The Soviets counter with machine gun and small arms fire, killing some Chinese, but doing nothing to deter the advance.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The Chinese sniper team fires upon the advancing Soviets without success, and are soon killed under a hale of lead. 

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Meanwhile, the Chinese levies continue their trek into the village.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The Chinese cavalry swing away from the BA-6 in hopes of catching some Soviet infantry in the flank, but are surprised by a flamethrower team that send the unit to a hellish end.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The BA-6 speeds away from the Chinese T-26 and catches the Sd.Kfz. 221, blowing out the engine and immobilizing it. The Sd.Kfz. 221 retaliates by opening fire on the flamethrower team, but it fails to destroy them.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Round 3:

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Knowing he is in danger, the Soviet tank charges forward to prevent the tank hunters from having time to attack.  The Big Sword squad breaks off and instead engages a Soviet infantry squad hiding in the woods.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Despite superior numbers and better close combat skills, luck is not with the Big Sword squad and they are eventually cut down by the Soviets.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

During this confusion, Soviet officers and an anti-tank team attempt to slay the Chinese general, but his bodyguards keep him from harm (though at the cost of their own lives).

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The Soviets continue their advance into the village, and begin occupying the building on the left. The Chinese levies hold the temple and do their best to pick off Soviet stragglers.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

At the bottom of the table, the Soviet flamethrower team discovers the Chinese spotter hiding in the ruins and burns him out.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

In revenge, the Chinese mortar team begins bombarding a veteran squad of Soviet infantry, keeping them pinned for the rest of the game. 

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

A Soviet anti-tank team finds their mark with the Sd.Kfz. 221 and reduces it to a pile of rubble. 

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The Chinese also find success against an armored car, with the T-26 destroying the BA-6.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Using the distraction of the armored car battle to their advantage, a Chinese command team and a medic move to join the levies in the temple.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Round 4:

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The Chinese tank hunters attempt to destroy the Soviet Matilda, but fail to get through the armor.  The tank drives forward in hopes of escaping.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Levy troops continue to fire on the advancing Soviets, but their efforts result in minimal enemy loses.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

 The Soviet flamethrower team attempts to tank on the Chinese T-26, but fail miserably and are are quickly gunned down.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Round 5:

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

As the Matilda drives away from danger, the Soviet and Chinese infantry engage in a gun battle.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The firefight between the Soviets and Chinese also continues in the village.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

At the lower end of the table, Soviet infantry try to rally, but are unsuccessful in the face of the ongoing mortar barrage.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Round 6:

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The surviving Chinese tank hunters take one last stab at the Matilda, but again fail in their attack.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

The Matilda retaliates with an HE round, but the injury to the Chinese is minimal.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Soviet infantry storm the temple, taking heavy casualties, but succeeding in their goal to destroy the Chinese levies.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

However, their victory is short lived, as the surviving Chinese officer manages to rout them from the building.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets

Despite their best efforts, the Chinese do not have enough remaining troops to hold the village. As the Soviets advance, the Chinese general honorably stands his ground and fights to the death, making sure to take as many of his enemies as he can with him.

Bolt Action: Chinese vs. Soviets


Despite the high number of 1's and 2's I rolled during the game (still can't believe the Big Sword squad lost their battle), I did manage to pull off a few lucky shots and a fun time was had by both sides.



Saturday, May 4, 2019

Bolt Action Objective Markers

Several of our recent games of Bolt Action have been objective scenarios, so I thought it was time to put together some proper objective markers.

Bolt Action Objective Marker

First up is a pilot briefing area, though I think it's generic enough that it could be used for any IJA forward command. This was created using 1:48 diorama elements left over from my Fine Molds Kawasaki Ki-10-II kit, along with a Warlord namba pistol and some Japanese WW2  maps I found online. The kit also included a mechanic, but I wasn't a fan of the sculpt and decided to leave him off.

Bolt Action Objective Marker - Pilot Briefing Area

Bolt Action Objective Marker - Pilot Briefing Area

Next up is a small fuel dump, created from Baueda's steel drums set. They are actually of German design, but I don't think people are going to be too upset seeing them pressed into service in Asia. The local shop also had some AK camouflage netting in stock and I thought the additional covering would make for a much more interesting looking piece. It's a modern style rather than what was seen in WW2, but I am too lazy to try and create something from scratch (and it still probably wouldn't have looked as good).

Bolt Action Objective Marker - Fuel Dump

Bolt Action Objective Marker - Fuel Dump

Finally, I have a downed Japanese pilot, also from the above mentioned Fine Molds kit. He has a camera, so I envision him carrying reconnaissance film that needs to be recovered. Being a 1:48 figure, he's taller than my Warlord Japanese, but I've put him on a slightly shorter base to help hide his stature. 

Bolt Action Objective Marker - Downed Pilot